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Today we are glad to release a fervens — a free professional WordPress-theme. The theme has 3 columns of fixed width, comes in 3 flavours and is supposed to be a starting point for your projects. The theme was designed by Elena Gafita especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.
Main features of the theme Link
- 3 columns of fixed width
- widget-ready — two sidebars (both sidebars are supporting widgets, but I recommend to use the smaler one.
- the theme is using 3 plugins; 2 of them are integrated into functions.php, so there is no need to install them. These plugins are Gravatar, Recent Comments and FlickrRSS. You can use the last one to present your Flickr images in a Flickr Photostream (see the demo).
Motivation behind the design Link
We have provided Elena with the freedom to explore her creativity and asked her to create a fresh WordPress-theme which could be used and extended for a variety of different projects. Here is how Elena explains what prompted her to design the theme the way it is released now.
“Fervens is the name for the new theme I made for my friends from Smashing Magazine. But what is Fervens and what does it mean? As you might know, I give Latin names to all my themes simply because I believe they are more practical, more brandable and they just feel right to me.
Fervens is supposed to stand for freshness. Summer is my favorite time of year as it always amazes us with a rainbow of sensation and colors, making this time of year the best of all. The green of the plants and trees, the blue of the water… It’s just amazing and beautiful. And this was the reason why one of the sidebars was chosen to be designed with different variations of green.
With this new theme I have tried to get something out of that “summer freshness” and deliver it to the Web in a form of a WordPress-theme which is easy to use and to extend. Because I couldn’t agree with Vitaly regarding the column positions we decided to make 3 versions of it:
- Fervens A (Sidebar 1, Central Column, Sidebar 2),
- Fervens B (Sidebar 1, Sidebar 2, Central Column) and
- Fervens C (Central Column, Sidebar 2, Sidebar 1).
I hope you enjoy this theme as much as I enjoyed making it. Thanks Vitaly for the opportunity!
The Fervens Theme is released under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. This means that you may use it for your personal and commercial projects and you may also make any changes — just don’t remove the credits from footer. ;-)”
Elena has also designed a small button for Smashing Magazine and all Smashing readers out there. Thank you, Elena. We appreciate your work and your good intentions.
Download the themes for free! Link
You can use the theme for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. However, it’s forbidden to sell or redistribute the theme without both designer’s and Smashing Magazine’s permission — please link to this article if you would like to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish, but if you are planning to release your modification, please ask for a permission first.
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