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Download a Free Magento Theme: HelloWired

Magento, an open source e-commerce web application, is often a good choice for an e-commerce website. The system is quite powerful and the community around the product is strong, making Magento one of the first options to consider when choosing an engine for your online shop.

In this post we present our first Magento-release: a simple and beautiful HelloWired Magento Theme, designed by HelloThemes1 and released especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. The theme features a clean white background with a simple navigation that will allow you to customize the colors very easily.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

The homepage of the theme features many interactive elements. To the left of the newsletter sign-up box you’ll find a jQuery-based product slider. When navigating on a category page, the theme features polished “Add To Cart” buttons; it also integrates a lightbox for preview images of your products and e-commerce icons ready to be used. As usual, the theme is absolutely free to use in all your projects.

Download the theme for free! Link

The theme is released under Creative Commons5. You can use it for all your projects for free and without any restrictions. Please link to this article if you want to spread the word. You may modify the theme as you wish.

Preview images Link

Promo blocks on the front page of the theme

Multi-level drop-down navigation menu

Category page

Product page

Large preview (Lightbox)

“Further recommendations”-block

Thank you, guys! We appreciate your work and your good intentions.

Footnotes Link

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    Rev. Benjamin

    June 3, 2010 1:39 pm

    Great theme, good work and thank you for releasing under cc!!

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    Connor McCarra

    June 3, 2010 2:09 pm

    The demo link doesn’t work. Here is the correct link:


  4. 4

    super cool… sleek and simple.

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    Great magento theme, love it.

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    Splendid work! Far too creative =D

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    Bryce Wisekal

    June 3, 2010 3:02 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

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    Jean-Francois Monfette

    June 3, 2010 3:57 pm

    This is a beautiful theme ! I wish I had something to sell to use it :)

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    Cool, nice theme. I tried out Magento in the beta days and it needed quite the server to load quickly. Anyone know if this is still the case?

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    Razer Maharjan

    June 3, 2010 7:31 pm

    ohh that great themes. Thanks for sharing

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    about time!
    you guys can read the audience’ mind especially mine.

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    I don’t use Magento but the design is lovely. Think I’ll download it and revamp it for use as a straight-up HTML/CSS design — it’s too cool not to use. Thanks!

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    I have one question: what is the purpose of so many (16, if ie more than 16) script tags in the head?

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    Thanks A Lot. Excellent Work.

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    The way I understand it, in the Magento enviroment it is actually very hard to modify anything out of the ordinary or standard and you need the help of payed Magento programmers.
    In finding a good ecommerce solution I read a lot of complaints on their (and others’) forum about the code and the way it was implemented. This help from the Magento-programmers was thought to be the Magento business model. Can anyone comment?

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    June 3, 2010 10:47 pm

    James, Magento has come a long way from the beta days. The speed comes down to your site host, cache management, and some work within the htaccess file. My sites running Magento load very, very quickly. Most of my sites load in less than 1.4 seconds.

    Nice looking theme. Haven’t looked through the code yet, but I hope it’s better than some of the other Hello Themes I’ve experienced. Especially their support…which is, shall we say, “lacking”.

    • 17

      Dear Consultantnomo , hi

      im looking for an ecommerce (shopingcart) .
      is magneto SIMPLE to use?
      Now im trying PRESTA , but I think ( heard )that magneto is MOST POWERFULL FREE ecommerce solution.

      Can u send me the links of you magneto websites?
      Can I easily add paypal to it ?


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    Tomáš Kapler

    June 3, 2010 11:42 pm

    the .zip file does not contain the /instructions and /static-blocks folders needed for proper setup as per video. Can you send them

    Just trying to set this up on and it seems very nice

    • 19

      Installed the template, but have problems with CSS the default…
      My Account
      My Wishlist
      My Cart
      Log In

      This is vertical but should be a horizontal menu as per demo – how can i change this, and where is the CSS styling to change it please ??

      I see you have fixed it on your demo.. this is urgent.


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    Craig Fleming

    June 4, 2010 12:43 am

    Very nice free theme, but is it 1.4.0 compatible?

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    Daniel Winnard

    June 4, 2010 1:00 am

    Great theme. Thanks!

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    Tomáš Kapler

    June 4, 2010 2:05 am

    so instructions and static-blocks can be found at (second tab) – it seems it has been actualised, the video on the first tab shows completely different static-blocks, so more important is that second-tab

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    Aaron Sananes

    June 4, 2010 2:25 am

    Thanks guys! Hope you enjoy the theme!

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    June 4, 2010 2:26 am

    Thanks-Thanks! ))

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    Exellent template… Please post more posts……

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    JC | Resrource Hive

    June 4, 2010 5:32 am

    Really nice looking theme….I really like the clean look. Posted this on my Free Resource Site @

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    For free??!!! :) Absolutely amazing. You guys are great. Keep the good work. Magento Rocks!

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    Woww !! Very nice theme !

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    I love it !

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    Docs not found :/

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    Lukasz Bachur

    June 4, 2010 11:50 am

    Delicious, more free Magento templates like this. Like .psd here!

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    So – where can you find the documentation about the static blocks etc. – I don’t find it on the offical page ?

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    They have blocked/or moved the docs for the theme, I was viewing them yesterday

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    I really like the theme, but with the removal of the instructions I am starting to question this company. If there is a problem at least provide some kind of notice. A blank page is very unprofessional. Wondering if anyone has a copy of the instructions since the theme download only provides a link to their website.

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    Gopal Bhattacharjee

    June 4, 2010 8:06 pm

    Cool, nice theme. Thanks!

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    Cool, great theme. Thanks !

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    This theme is useless without the setup instructions..
    Official site documentation is blank.

    Really hope someone can help out.

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    I have created a PDF doc with the instructions for setting up the theme on Magento. Hope it helps everyone looking to set it up.

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      Thanks Ken !!!

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      Huh? Why should I pay to download the PDF? can you just make it free for download? After all this is a free theme..

      • 42

        Hi Monie, you can download it as a free user. You don’t have to pay for it.

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      Thank you Ken for this. It does appear that the instructions are now on their site, but this will help greatly.

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    IPC Design Ltd

    June 5, 2010 4:18 am

    Great looking theme, and from looking around, its pretty simple to alter the style as far as magento themes go!

    Very sleek and classy… thumbs up!

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    Some links explaining Magento’s theme file structure:
    Magento website:
    Video explanation of theme files:
    Hope it will help for beginners ;)

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    Aaron Sananes

    June 6, 2010 11:56 pm

    Thanks again guys! Show us your appreciation and follow us on Twitter @HelloThemes

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    Thanks for this useful article.
    Another source of free magento themes:
    Keep this thread going if you find any more free magento themes

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    Really nice theme guys.

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    Missing stylesheet?

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    Irish Cheesehead

    June 11, 2010 4:31 pm

    Anyone else find Magento sites too busy? It’s not this theme, just Magento in general. Guess I’m used to smaller shops using things like WordPress plugins and such. I have no use for such a large shop. Still looks too cluttered to me, though.

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    Nice theme. Thanks for sharing!

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    Awesome theme!!
    I didn’t knew magento, so asked uncle Google :D read about an hour and installed it!
    After that, I spent about 3 hrs looking for a nice theme… until I remembered you all at SmasingMagazine XD
    You guys have the very best of web in this site,
    congrats and of course I will spread the word!

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    how do i change the color of the grey footer block background containing the copyright information?

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    very nice . but I have problem If I want change checkout menu in toplink to button checkout. What’s did I do? Thank you for this theme
    Remark I want show layout this Checkout button : Items 0 : $0.00 What’s did I do it

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    thanks but how do i show menu like demo ?

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    HelloThemes is a naughty, naughty company… Don’t do any business with these guys, they are a fraud. They totally copied (word for word) the real Theme Designers MGNTO – see the entire story here –

    And, I don’t work for MGNTO, but I thought you should all be aware that HelloThemes is a HeckoCopyCat! – Just FYI… I only found this out after I checked up on both companies, I almost purchased a Theme from Hello Theme’s – and I’m glad I didn’t. I keep hearing horrible complaints about their customer service. Stay away, stay far away. It’s just bad luck to copy someone else’s work and pass it off as your own. What a bunch of…

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    That’s a really nice Magento theme. Great work! By the way, I have compiled a list of free Magento themes here you can come and have a look if you have a minute to spare.


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    there’s a little layout issue on the cart page. the “proceed to checkout” button is not laid out correctly. update cart.phtml line 129 to include and :

    <li><?php echo $this->getChildHtml('methods') ?></li>

    gonna go pick items up that I threw across the room now.


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      vinh, can you explain exactly what you think needs to be changed? I just installed HelloWired and looked at line 129 in that file. The only difference is I have no tag. Is that what you meant?

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      I had to fix it by going into app/design/frontend/base/default/template/checkout/onepage/links.phtml (this isn’t in the template directory, and it’s probably not the best way to fix this issue ). Add li tags there.

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      Vinh, I noticed exactly the same problem. I have been trying to identify if it’s a problem in the code or css as a result of upgrading from 1.4 to Did you find a fix or possible cause for the problem?

      I have installed the Hellowired theme into another site with fresh out of the box and everything looks correct. I am wondering what these ‘methods’ are calling, code or sql data? Who knows.

      Now how about some lovely links to show how to recreate the wheel…

      Lovely stuff!!!

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    I just want to send a warning to anyone thinking about using the company SIlk Software ( for any work at all or using this theme.

    Contacting Hello Themes they put me onto this company to do the install and boy what a mistake that was.

    Once installed it never worked and if you have any issues they will not help you – or they will charge excessive fees to fix any issues.

    I paid to install the theme ($150) and only changed images on the site myself. I had it setup on a demo server and then requested they move it to live (same DB on same server, so all that needed hanging was URL’s in DB and clearing cache) They then requested a further $500 to do this simple task. I guess they trap a lot of non technical people this way.

    Since going live the site has never worked (no one can order anything and it has 100% to do with the theme not working with the Magento release they installed it with (I have tested it and it works with default theme) also want to charge excessive fees for fixing any of their own theme issues. Even then, they never actually get around to fixing it. Once it gets too hard for them they ignore messages continually.

    They continually ignore messages and emails requesting (even offering paid) help. So do yourself a favor and get a professional company to help you.

    There are many messages on here warning people about their ( ) practices and this also another warning. Rude, and incompetent best sums up.

    This whole process has been so frustrating, just a little courtesy and empathy from them would have gone a long way. Once a complaint is given they just basically wipe their hands of it.

    I own a little software company and if something goes wrong for a client we fix it for free.

    So install this theme at your own peril and do not under any circumstances deal with Silk Software or Hello Themes.

    Regards Peter

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    Not show the category in top list, how can we show it ??

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    Alexander Stepanets

    October 19, 2010 3:40 pm

    Very nice looking theme, thank you for sharing it! :)

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    thank you for sharing it

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    Thank you. Great theme.

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    Peter, if you are still stuck with this theme, let me know, I can help you.

    If you are running magento 1.4.2 (which I am) you need to make a number of changes to the theme to make it work, especially if you are using credit cards.

    If it is something basic I can tell you what to do, if you need help fixing, I can do it for $50, at most.

    Hope that helps. just submit a support ticket at my site…

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      Hello Derek, i need help with this theme. I made some changes in the whishlist.xml for make it work, but some action buttons don’t work yet. Can you tell me what to do? Thank you!

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    We’ve developed an extension (key:- magento-community/CueBlocks_Zoom ) which seems to be working with all themes except yours. We’ve identified that the following file seems to be conflicting: skin/frontend/default/hellowired/js/jquery.latest.js.
    If we remove this file, the zoom function works fine. Please let us know what you are using this file for and if there is a way we can resolve this? Thanks in advance.

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    Sorry guys, where can I find documentation?
    I saw only video but this theme without doc is really useless.

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    I installed the theme but have issues with the home page product sliders. can somebody please assist me. My site is here:

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    Have found only one problem with WIRED scheme on the pages with custom option fields:
    Fatal error: Call to a member function setTemplate() on a non-object in /home/sites/magento/web/app/code/core/Mage/Catalog/Block/Product/View/Options.php on line 173
    Magento try to get catalog/product/view/options/type/select.phtml which doesn’t exist in


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    Is this theme compatible with the latest magento installation? I’m running Magento ver. – and on some page loads get an internal server error 500.
    Anybody else getting the same problem?

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    everything ok with hellowire theme, only problem is i can’t see “Place order” button at the end or checkout page, so unable to compelete the order.

    Anyone of you face this issue?



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    Srikanth Thandra

    September 10, 2011 1:38 am


    The theme is great I need small help in the product page how to the extra tabs like “We also recommend ” & “Additional Information”. Can I put attributes in additional information and use them for filter-ration. Please let me know how can I do that.

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    Great theme. thanks.

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    good.. one

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    Somebody~ Would you please how to install this theme to Magento?

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    There is a problem with this theme. is you check it with internet explorer 8 or 7, thwarting whole slider on the homepage shifts to the far right outside the html border which is pretty bad. i hope hellothemes are able to fix this issue. Im using the latest version with magento version 1.6.1.

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      The same here man! The slider makes the whole page white. And the featured part shows the first 2 products on top of eachother

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    Hi, I have installed the theme on Magento 1.6.2 works great EXCEPT the slider, does any one know how to get this working?


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    I finally got this working… sort of! there was a missing ‘r’ at the end of the block id!

    But now ast the images fade the rest of the page fades as well arghhhhhh

    Someone PLEASE HELP! lol


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    I’m having the same issue with Internet Explorer 7, 8 and 9. Everything after the slider fades slowly and then comes back in a 5 second cycle

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    If you have problem with blank screen when helloslide plugin is rotating images, use !important in “#slider” and “#slider .panel img” width and height.

    • 91

      Can be you be more specific on the exact script and exact placement to fix the slider issue? This has been driving me crazy for 3 days.
      I have the exact same slider problem. The initial image looks ok and then fades to white that extends out to the right of the page, I also see a couple of lines in spanish to the right of the pictures, ex: “Aca va el otro comment”. I can also see the “Aca va el otro comment” in the static block code that they instucted us to paste from their installation instructions – I’m not sure why it’s there.
      BTW I’m on Magento
      Thanks in advance.

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    Am i missing something ?? I have set it as described above and changed to

    .wired-home { }

    .wired-home .slider { float: left; width: 674px; height: 328px; position:relative; }
    #slider .panel img { height: 328px !important; width: 674px !important;}
    #slider .panel span.comment { display:block;float:left;width: 674px !important;}
    .wired-home .promo-right { float: right; width: 265px; }
    .wired-home .promo-right img { margin-bottom: 22px; }
    .wired-home .promo-right img.last { margin-bottom:0px; }

    flushed the cache, deleted browsers cache and its still the same

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    Great Themes Collection… Have some more free magento themes for download at
    Thanks for sharing…!@!

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    asif hameed

    July 4, 2012 10:45 pm

    i am new to magento, i have just installed the magento and trying to install the theme, but i am getting the following error after i upload app, media and skin folder. i am unable to login into admin as well

    Error 310 (net::ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS): There were too many redirects.

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    Thanks but how to install this theme. plz help!

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    Is there anyone who can share the hellowired documentation? (by Wetransfer or another site) Or send it to my mail ? would be great !

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    devil themes

    August 3, 2013 6:55 am

    It seems nice to see that here is so many free themes for magento themes. So, I would like to list my one free themes on your blog. Please this new magento themes “Pink ” lips It’s totally free and no hassel to download any more.


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