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Cellar Heat: A Free WordPress Theme


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Today we are glad to release Cellar Heat: a free professional WordPress theme created by Evan Eckard. The design of this theme focuses on patterns and typography, and it comes in two flavors. It is designed especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.

Download the theme for free! Link

You can use the theme freely for all of your projects without any restrictions. However, it’s forbidden to sell or redistribute the theme without both the 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 plan to release your modification, please ask our permission first.

Motivation behind the design Link

Here are some insights into the design and development process from the designer himself.

“After creating the Gumball Special theme based on an older website of mine called Hellbiscuit, I wanted to create a theme similar in layout that wasn’t image-driven like that one. This layout is a unique design that I produced over a couple of years ago, and it’s finally being released.

Wordpress Theme

Wordpress Theme

“At first I wanted to do a dark theme that would contrast with the Gumball Special design. But after creating the dark version, I decided to produce a light version as well. The only real difference between the themes is the images and style sheets. Ninety percent of the code is the same between the light and dark versions.

Wordpress Theme

Wordpress Theme

“Cellar Heat has a few cool features built in: gravatars are enabled, excerpts of previous and next posts appear on each page, the theme is widgetized (although I can’t guarantee they will look hot), no plug-ins need to be installed and a recent comments section appears in the footer.

Feel free to modify the code and design to fit your tastes; just please leave the footer links intact.”

Thank you, Evan. We appreciate your work and good intentions.

Last but not least… Link

We are regularly looking for creative designers and artists. You may not know it yet, but we may feature you in one of our upcoming posts.

If you would like to release a free high-quality font, a WordPress theme, some wallpapers or an icon set, please contact us. We would like to support you, too (both financially and with the broad coverage of Smashing Magazine).

You may be interested in the following free WordPress themes as well:


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  1. 1

    Nice theme to bad i dont use wordpress ! But i do like the style! nice job!

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    WOW nice theme, thank u a lot :_)

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    Michal skrzypecki

    October 20, 2008 6:09 am

    mmm, not my kind of taste. Don’t like these.

  4. 4

    Very nice theme. I love the unique home page layout. Will be sure to recommend it to folks looking for a grunge based free theme that’s of premium uquality.

  5. 5

    WOW! Really, really nice!

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    Wow, I’m really liking the light version.

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    The preview link for the light version doesn’t work (though clicking on the image below does). Not bad but is a bit cluttered for my liking.

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    Just to let you know the light version preview link does not work. It just gives us a 404 error message.

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    This would also make a great theme for SweetCron, the life streaming app. if someone adapted it. Fantastic work.

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  12. 12

    Wow ! Great theme..!

  13. 13

    Bah, I want to check out the light version but it’s a dead link. The dark one looks nice, thanks for sharing!

  14. 14

    Very cool theme, like it !

  15. 15

    It adds an imaginative background to my posts, so I like it. Thanks Evan!

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    Light preview image link seems to be broken.

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    overall it’s nice. i like the feel of the light one. but i never liked the idea of having same sized boxes for your content as it does not give you a proper focus.

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    “We respect the hard work of designers and developers across the globe.”

    I don’t understand how giving a valuable design to the public for free is helping designers. Good for people who want pretty websites for $0, not for designers.

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    I don’t like this theme. The design looks old fashioned to me, but I like the way posts are being displayed. It makes it easy to scan the page.

    Light preview image link seems to be broken.

    Yes, same here.

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    Vitaly Friedman & Sven Lennartz

    October 20, 2008 7:57 am

    The light preview image is fixed now.

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    One of the tags for this post is ‘wordpree’. Probably mistype?

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    Are you able to include images in the posts? If so its exactly what I have been looking for

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    very nice!

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    Very nice, indeed…

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    Exposure on a site like SM is priceless for any freelance web designer, if that’s not helping I don’t know what is…

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    awesome, nice template, thanks a lot

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    this is simply the best theme i´ve ever seen in my life. and believe it or not, my next theme is 90% the same, even the colour stlye…..strange. i´m not sure what i do now – using this kickass-ready theme or getting mine finished!

    evan, thank you for this great work. need to get you a present :)

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    Thanks a lot :-)
    I will use it :-) :-)

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    Joshua Gutteridge

    October 20, 2008 2:00 pm
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    that is really awesome. i love that design. thanx o you guys at smash mag and of cour especially to evan eckard for doing such a great job! keep it up guys!


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