WordPress Theme – Urbane

Published On September 19, 2009
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I am glad to announce a brand new free WordPress theme called “Urbane”.


This is a crisp rounded theme that comes with lots of features like built in drop-down menus, Feedburner settings (RSS and Subscribe by e-mail), Twitter, Tabs for Popular/Recent posts, Featured post section, 3 sections to pull posts from different categories on home page, auto generated thumbnails (for both home and the single entry page), threaded comments, widgetized sidebars and 3 widgetized sections on the bottom. On top of all this, Urbane comes with integrated theme options that let you specify categories to use on the home page, configure your feedburner/twitter settings and much more.

The theme has been tested with Firefox, Internet Explorer 7 and Safari and works without any problems.

Setting up the theme

  • Download and extract the theme. Place it in wp-content/themes section of your WordPress installation.
  • Setup the different categories/theme options on the home page by going to wp-admin -> Appearance -> Urbane Options
  • For the thumbnails, just upload images to your posts (no need to insert them). The scripts will make thumbnails automatically.
  • To enable threaded comments, go to wp-admin -> Settings -> Discussion -> Enable Threaded comments

Demo & Download

What Next?

🙂 Just provide your valuable feedback, and if possible, don’t remove my link from the footer.

155 replies on “WordPress Theme – Urbane”

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Excellent theme really nice,before i download i wanna know can i use this theme as blog layout ? or only magazine

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leeuniverse Reply

Forgot to also mention that that “Calendar” is one UGLY butted thing. If you could also fix that, it looks absolutely terrible and completely not fitting with the Theme. It might be the particular font used, don’t know. FYI.

Mary Addams Reply

I would like to first say what a fantastic theme this is for free at premium quality.Kudos on that!

I wondered if you have tested the theme with ie8? I see there is code included in the header to use the ie stylesheet. Website looks great on ie7 and other browsers but in ie8, my content overlaps my header on individual pages. It is an internal staging server so no use in sharing link, but I am glad to post the code and share screenshots. Thanks for the help!

Lomin Saayman Reply

I took my blog based on this theme live two days ago. It works brilliantly in Chrome, Firefox and Safari, but in Explorer it’s a complete disaster. The only reason for this I can think of is because I have removed the code for the RSS feed, which I don’t want to use right now. Somehow in IE the RSS icon reappears, but not in the other browsers I mentioned. Has anyone got any idea what’s going on here?

Monica Reply

Thankyou so much for an interesting template!

I’ve worked hard to get it all functioning, still a few things I’m struggling to modify.

MAin issue is the email subscribe. I just can’t get it to work. Feedburner no longer does numerical ID,so I input my feedburner feed name, and have tried a few options, and nothing is working. Says that feed is not available. But it definitely is.

Any ideas?

Monica Reply

The problem seems to be that Urbane Options requests the email feed ID NUMBER. Whereas feedburner now uses the feeds name rather than a number. I’ve googled everywhere to see if I can find the number but no luck.

Lomin Saayman Reply

Appearance > Urbane Options: I am stumped by how to “Choose a category for your featured post”. Where do I select this category from? There’s no drop-down list of categories associated with this question. If I simply type in one of the categories I already created, it doesn’t work. Can someone please help explain this?

Lomin Saayman Reply

Lynn, I thanked you for your help in an earlier comment, but it was deleted (perhaps because I had made an unflattering remark about Urbane?). I did eventually get round the problem.

Stephen Reply

This free theme is just as nice and functional as some of the premium themes that cost $$. I’m glad I found another great resource for free WP themes. Thanks

danny Reply

Please help me to change header. I want to change header with picture. I have tried many times but failed. Please help me to resolve this problem. Thanks for all.

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One of the nicest themes I’ve seen. Fresh, clean, simple – Just the way i like it. I hope it will work well with my blog

Jeff Riedl Reply

I (somehow) successfully built a site on this theme sever months ago and it looked great. Today, however, it’s moving day (to a new server facility) and in the Export / Import process I have lost the images on the front page.

I have tried deleting the posts with pics and re-creating them (attaching the pics to the posts as directed above) and all I get is broken image links.

Any guidance? Please? It’s a beautiful site and I’d hate to lose it over this.

Thanks in advance for any assistance!


jayadrathsingh Reply

can we add custom page navigation to this theme? i tried to add but its not worling. its showing the page number but the page is same as home page with same posts.

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Chica Reply

I like to use mostly widgets on the home page of my WP site without the default sidebars for ‘Feedburner settings (RSS and Subscribe by e-mail), Twitter, Tabs for Popular/Recent posts, Featured post section’ and Links. Is there a way to hide these?

Marcia Reply

Wonderful theme. Fresh and complete and with a nice sense of order and balance. I look forward to road testing it. Thanks.

Jai Reply

@Alba:- To remove the bottom widgetized sections, just open the file called bottom.php and remove all code from it.

Jai Reply

@John:- All those people, whose thumbnails are not working, please make sure that the images are hosted on your own server and you are not hotlinking them from somewhere.

????? ????????? Reply

There ir problem with image position. I could not float an image to the left or right of text.
What shall I do?
Thanks in advance!

John Reply

Great looking theme but I can;t get the images on the front page to work. I can do it with other themes but I can;t seem to do it on this. Any ideas?

Mike Reply

A very nice theme, but am having some difficulty adding a list of links and modifying the three widgets at the bottom of the page. Any hints you can give me? The Widgets page shows the sidebar components (but not the three lower widgets), and I see no way to modify them. Where are the links added? Using WordPress 2.9.1.

Euzébia Noleto Reply

Great, beautiful theme. Thank you very much for providing it for free. I want to start using it on my blog very soon so I have two questions about it:

1) how can I make the 4 featured posts be my 4 most recent posts (not just the newest post of a certain category)? I have a category called “All posts” if it helps.

2) how do I exclude posts that appear on the 4 featured posts sections from the recent posts section on front page (right before the footer)? I want to avoid duplicated posts on frontpage.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Jeff Reply

Nice! Works pretty well “out of the box” and with a few of my favorite plugins this theme is rockin’!

Clean and easy to edit, thanks … If this client likes it and we end up using it, you’ll definitely be seeing some $. If this one doesn’t use it, I’m sure another will soon.


Mohammed Rhalmi Reply

Urban is a clean theme for wordpress. I downloaded it and am looking forward to installing it as soon as possible. Thank you!

Peter Reply

@JonehRC:- I came across the same issue. To fix is add the following two lines to the style.css file:

.postcontent ul {padding-left:30px; padding-bottom: 10px; list-style:disc;}
.postcontent ol {padding-left:30px; padding-bottom: 10px; list-style:decimal;}

JonehRC Reply

Thanks friend 🙂
Now I noticed the bullet and numbering does not appear?? Just normal paragraph style??!!!
Even I tried in both visual and HTML editor… helppppppp!!!

So Reply

@JonehRCit is in the ‘urban dash board” you can specify what categories should be displayed in the featured left, middle and right box.

Guys thank you for this wonderful clean and easy to adjust theme!
any other place online where i can rate this theme because it is awesome 🙂

Jake Reply

Very informative website. I have just gotten into WordPress and was looking for information on how to use it as a CMS for a static/blog website. This website really hit the nail on the head. 🙂 I downloaded Urbane and will start on my project now, following the advice on this website. Great job!

JonehRC Reply

I see the great potential but how to make the post as “featured post”… maybe i missed.. but there’s no instruction on this function anywhere….??

I do love the theme.. i am trying it now… i just wish all the available functions are on a readme file. Thanks.

eylos Reply

In the design of a site I want to use this theme but the thumbnail pictures CMOD settings even though the 777 could not do.
Best regards

Tom Reply

how do we add a class to navigation bar so that child pages don’t have a same styling as parent pages?
they have a transparent background in the parent pages, does not work for the child page links to have the same…


Andrew Reply

Hi there, love this theme. you mentioned that the thumbnail issue is fixed. Well I just downloaded the theme and it still has an issue placing the thumbnails in (meaning they do not appear)

Ferry Prima Reply

Hello Jay ,

You really did a good job by creating this theme. I really love it for real. But there is one thing I want to ask you. Where did we get our Feddburner ID?? a numeric one, because I sign up to feedburner after this site integrate with google and I only got feed name (mine is “ferryprima”). I search for my Feedburner ID but I only get this “k1itnpmmout4ag24ifqel39gb0″ (I got this when I go to my feedburner account and see the address in my browser which shows ” http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/dashboard?id=k1itnpmmout4ag24ifqel39gb0 “.

Could you please help for this one?? Thanks before jay. I would appreciate if you email me the solution to my email I used for comment 🙂

Thanks You,
From your satisfied theme user
Ferry Prima

Jai Reply

@Jai:- I think I found the error. It was the way the function to generate thumbnails was being used. Till now, it was only picking up images that are posted as an attachment.

Anyway, I have update the theme. Everything works now guys. Check it 🙂

peripheries Reply

It would be a great theme if it worked!
Thumbnail does not show and title get’s repeated in post
and you can’t turn off thumbnail in post…
But it’s free… hope the premium works!

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yup, got same problem with thumbnail. thought it was call function error, might be some bugs there.
but still didn’t find any. let u guys know if it solved.
anyone with solution pls share. thanks

Iztpa Reply

hi! it’s a great theme, the best one after weeks of search! I have wordpress 2.8.4 but 🙁 thumbnails don’t appear (I chose ‘yes’ in the ‘Urban Options’); and the title of the article appear two times! please help me, your its a really nice theme! thanksss!!!

Kuba Reply

Hi, thank’s for great theme. I’ve got only one question I would like to change logo into an image.
How can I do that!

Thank U 🙂

Eko Reply

Very great theme. I love it. But why the thumbnails are not working. In a single post, list and quote are not working too. Any suggest to me!!!. Thank’s for your theme (cause it’s free hi..hi..)

Dheeraj Reply

Fantastic theme with a great design! I have been hunting for a good theme for a long time and I think that I have finally found it. I need to make some modifications to suit my website. Any advise from you would be much appreciated.

M.Pence Reply

Yet another gorgeous, clean design. I really, really love this one–some times the focus on content can be weighed down with bells and whistles. Some really great bells and whistles, don’t get me wrong–but I usually want to read content, not try and wade through everything to find it.

I think I’ve found a new favorite of yours! Please keep at it, I love seeing what you do!

hpnugroho Reply

This cool theme,
but I have problem with it, when go to direct post I found fatal error :
“Fatal error: Call to undefined function post_password_required() in ……\wp-content\themes\urbane\comments.php on line 7”
any suggest to repaired this problem ?

Cocoblog Reply


really great theme, thanks for sharing it with us 🙂
But I have a small issue with it. When a Post contains only an Image gallery and none or little text, the excerpts all over the page are filled with some kind of background CSS code.
See what I mean here
look for the Post whick begins with text FAIL

Any ideas how to remove this coding from excerpts?


Jennifer Reply

Thanks so much for the theme. I’ve been working on customizing it for my needs and have had one little issue that I can’t seem to fix. On my single post pages, the bottom 3 widgetized boxes hang over my wrapper background. (for example- http://www.scrapquest.com/2009/09/new-site-design-coming-soon/ ) I probably did something that caused this but I can’t figure out what. I don’t know if this would be in the stylesheet or somewhere else. Thanks for any help you can give!

Terence Reply

Hi. Excellent theme! How do I change the logo on this theme? I want to add a logo of my own, but currently it’s only “text” based.

Jai Reply

@abietto:- This is a problem with your hosting. Some hosts do not allow caching. So contact your hosting provider and sort it out.

abietto Reply

The problem seems to be that the thumb.php script does not write the thumb image in the cache directory, but I don’t know why, since WP is installed in the root directory and the cache is 777 CHMOD… I didn’t change anything else in the setup or anything, and I had issues with other themes that use the same script to create the thumbnails automatically. Can anyone help me, please?…

abietto Reply

Hi! I activated your theme on a website I’m working on but I got problems with the thumbs.php script: seems like the thumbnails cannot be created, as you can see clicking on the link to the web page. I already changed the CHMOD of the “cache” directory to 777 and to 755 with no results. Is there anything else I should check, like custom fields or should I remove and re-insert the images or anything like that? Can you help me? Thank you very much! =)

ravi Reply

Wonderful work. I though it was a premium theme :O
Only a question: i understood that the theme keeps the uploaded image as thumbnail. But if my post has 2-3 images?How can i set the thumbnail image?

Ricky Chen Reply

I adore this theme! It’s simply beautiful and exactly what I’ve been hoping to find after weeks of searching. I am also experiencing the same issue as valmg. When I read a single post, there are two images: A thumbnail and a larger size. Any simple solution, so that only a full size images pops up?

Cristian Castellari Reply

Wonderful work. I though it was a premium theme :O
Only a question: i understood that the theme keeps the uploaded image as thumbnail. But if my post has 2-3 images?How can i set the thumbnail image?

Jai Reply

@valmg:- In case you don’t want the single post to contain thumbnail, just remove the lines 10-13 in the single.php file from the theme folder.

Btw, I have added this as an option in the theme options page. You can choose whether you want a thumbnail in the single post or not. So, just download the new version 🙂

GinnySkal Reply

I adore this theme! It’s simply beautiful and exactly what I’ve been hoping to find after weeks of searching. I am also experiencing the same issue as valmg. When I read a single post, there are two images: A thumbnail and a larger size. Any simple solution, so that only a full size images pops up?

valmg Reply

I downloaded it and it’s gorgeous. I notice that the thumbnail image appears in the post when you’re reading the single post, causing two of the image to appear. Is there a way to remove the thumbnail from the post by any chance?

Theme Today Reply

I think layout of this blog theme is amazing and can be used for multi niche blogs very well . I wil add this theme in my next collection for sure .

Herbert-Jan van Dinther Reply

The Theme looks great and has lots of options to play with, I really like the layout of the home page and the footer widgets.

I also would love have to have localization build in to make it easier to translate the theme for the Dutch WordPress users.

Thank you for providing us with this great new addition to the WordPress community

giglmania Reply

A new great theme, but i repeat my question: when will you offer a theme that will support localization. It may be simpler for many your visitors to translate the themes when they need it in another language. (Sorry for my bad english, i look for german themes.)
The demo look different as in the capture, not so multicolor.

pond supplies Reply

Yep, I use this one my website as well and love it! I have had several compliments on the “cleanliness” of the theme. I always send them here! 🙂

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