Red Light

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Free Themes, Popular Free Themes | 70 comments

Latest Version: 3.00
Updated on: 2015/05/01

I took more effort in the Red Light theme than others that I have created and I really like this one. This time, I used a lot of vector techniques in Photoshop Illustrator, thus giving you this artistic look.

I have created a few 3-column themes but this is the first one in my portfolio where there are two sidebars which are positioned on the left and the right side.

Red Light WordPress Theme
Click on the “Free Download” link above to get the theme now!
By using this theme for FREE, you agree to accept the external links.

Add to Cart
Gain access to the fully layered Photoshop file for quick and easy tweakage. PSD files included for both the main and the sub themes.
Add to CartAd-Free Package
Removing the credit links will make the theme to not function properly. Unencrypted main and sub theme files can be purchased at $20.
Theme Customization
Do you want to customize this theme to include images that suit your blog's topic? I can help you with the graphical customization. For more details, please visit the theme customization service page.

The following is an example of a custom design of the Red Light theme.

Color Schemes
The Red Light theme comes with 2 color schemes below:

To activate your desired color scheme, follow 3 simple steps below:
Step 1 Go to the theme Options page in WP admin => Appearance => Red Light
Step 2 Under “Theme Style”, select your color scheme in blue or green.
Step 3 Save the page and refresh your blog to see the change!

Main Features
– User-friendly Options page
– Drop-Down Menu
– Automatic Thumbnails
– Different design for sticky post feature
– Compatible with IE7, IE8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera
– W3C XHTML and CSS compliant
– SEO ready
– Gravatar enable

Automatic Thumbnails
Please refer to this page for the details of how the automatic thumbnails work.

Drop-down Menu
The Red Light theme has a multi-level drop-down menu. The drop-down menu will show up automatically in the header navigation when you create hierarchical pages.

There is a featured content section below the header link. This feature is built in using the Featured Content Gallery (FCG) plugin. Please download the latest version and follow the instruction found in “Readme.txt” to do the setup.

If you do not want to show this feature, just don’t install the plugin.

Blog Title and Description
The demo is showing a special font as below:

By default, after you install the theme, the blog title and description are showing the Arial font.

You can change the font style by following this instruction:
Part 1: Modifying Font Style
– Download this PSD zip file (also include the font that I use that is available free from
– Extract and open the PSD file in the Photoshop/ImageReady/Gimp/PaintShop program
– Change the title and description using your desired font (you are free to modify the header image if you want)
– Save the image using this name: bg_header.jpg
– Upload the image to your server in the “/styles/default/” folder

Part 2: Activating the Style
– Login to your WP admin
– Go to the options page of the Red Light theme under “Appearance -> Red Light”
– Find “Theme Style” under “Layout Setting”
– In the pull-down menu, select “default.css”
– Save the setting and go to your site to see the changes.

Ad Widget
An ad widget can be found under the “Available Widgets” section. You can drag the widget to Sidebar 1. This widget allows you to add your advertisement while keeping the sidebar design. Please limit the width of your ad to 160px.

User Showcase
The followings are a few examples of nice modification of this theme from other users. You can view all the nice design in the forum theme showcase.

View my other themes

Change log
2009-04-14 v1.00 – Release
2009-05-11 v1.01 – Modified Javascript to fix the height of the dynamic content. Also created a .js file and moved the Javascript there.
2009-07-14 – Theme is compatible with WP 2.8
2009-10-18 v1.0.2 – Fix missing div in footer.php
2010-04-13 v2.00 – Added drop-down menu, ad-widget, Options page that includes Twitter and feed integration, advanced automatic thumbnails, custom style and more.
2010-04-29 v2.01 – Fix missing div section in footer.php
2011-08-01 v3.00 – New – Added drop-down menu, ad-widget, Options page, advanced automatic thumbnails, custom style, custom menu (works on WP 3+ onwards) and enabled localization (translation).


  1. Such a pretty theme again! But the link for the PSD file doesn’t seem to work (yet) …

    • Glad that you like this theme.

      The uploaded filename was wrong. I just changed it. Thanks for reminding!

  2. Thanks for changing it!
    I don’t know which theme I love more, this one or the Watercolor theme, so I think i’ll have to switch between them every week/month 😉
    Good work!

  3. I’ve been following your themes for a while now – from one designer to another: your themes really are some of the best out there. It’s great to see the passion for design in your work!

    • Thanks Tammy and JC. Just six months ago, I was still a WordPress novice and now I am glad some of you really like my design. Yes. Passion keeps me going in creating better themes 🙂

  4. Great grunge-style theme mate, I just listed the theme on 🙂

  5. very impressive, it’s the best I have seen, good job !

    Actually, I use it for my blog, I just wonder how to show date instead of undefined in the post title section, i just paste all the code in html setup =/

    I searched all around your website there’s no explanation.

    Thank you if you can help.


    PS : I’m french, sorry for my english 😉

    • This site only deals with WordPress theme issues. For the support of the Blogger templates, please go to (

      • Thank you for the quick answer. I went to and followed every instruction, but the result is far worst than the previous.

        Just take a look

        I repeated 4 times the same thing, it never changes =/

        I’m on Mac (Safari Beta 4), thanks if you can help

        • Bloggerstyles is the converter for my WordPress themes so I am not sure exactly how the conversion was done. Please post your issue on Bloggerstyles instead.

          With that said, I think the undefined date problem is caused by the Date setting. It MIGHT work when you follow the setting below:
          Go to ‘Settings’ -> ‘Formatting’ tab, change the ‘Timestamp Format’ to this format: ‘Saturday, 25 April, 2009′, ‘Save Settings’

          I copied the instruction above from my other theme, Watercolor found on so I am not sure if it works on the Red Light theme too.

          For all Blogger users, please direct your issues to

  6. where should i get d direct link of this theme?

    • I am sorry that I don’t provide direct link because I need to track the number of downloads for my themes.

  7. Awesome !
    I think that I will replace my Green Light for it !
    Could you do a green variation of this beautiful theme ? I love green ! 😀
    Thanks for you perfect job !

    • I saw that you have replaced the Green Light theme with this one without hassle 🙂

      As you can see, all my themes have different layout and styles. I still have many design ideas to implement before I’ll go back to modify the previous themes. I’ll consider your request of making it green but it won’t be in the near future. I hope for your understanding.

      • I too hope that you can do a green variation of this theme!!
        Please~~red colour doesn’t match with my blog title T.T

  8. Thank you so much, it’s pretty cool, I use for my online store ^_^

  9. finally, I have a good template but it still the undefined problem in post title for me =/

  10. Awesome! Congratulations!

  11. Beautiful theme! It is great art – I wish I would use WordPress to be able to use it…

  12. Thank you, I am using it on my site.
    The theme is cool.

  13. Wow! Very great theme here! I’ve been using the GreenLight theme for a while and I’m “upgrading’ now to this one. Thank you very much! 🙂

  14. Hi
    is possibile change the color of theme? Example a dark theme with this style?

    • There are two ways if you want to change the color of the theme.
      1) You purchase the PSD file ( of this theme and change it yourself
      2) I change it for you at a cost of not less than $80

  15. Hi, is possible change the style? with no sidebars… I think that I must edit the images for remove backgroud mark for the sidebar in left…

    excuse-me for some errors, my english is poor 😉

    • Hi, the theme comes with 2 sidebars and it is quite impossible to remove any of them. If you just want to edit the sidebar images, you can donate to get the PSD file.

  16. hi! i fell in love with this theme and was dying to use it. Only, when i did, the message was:

    Fatal error: Call to undefined function post_class() in /home/andrew/public_html/wp-content/themes/redlight/index.php on line 26

    I hope you can give me some advice what to do to finally use this theme for my site. you are very creative. keep up your good works!

    • Hi, please upgrade your wordpress from WordPress 2.3.3 to the latest one. My themes work on WordPress 2.7+.

  17. oh, ic! thanks for responding brian. i am now a proud and happy user of your theme photo frame, fortunately for me, it works in the version i’m using. 😀 thanks!

  18. You have to have the best WordPress themes around!

    Have you considered a season based off your Green Light and Red Light themes…Green Spring, Red Summer, Orange/Brown Fall, White/Blue winter or something?

    • Thanks for the suggestion! I will keep it in mind!

  19. Brian,

    EXCELLENT themes. I just wonder if the theme can display at 100%? full screen? if yes, which file should i edit?


    • Yes. All my themes will display well on browser with resolution of 1024px and below. What is it that the theme can’t display well?

      • what i mean is colum1,2,3 all stretch out at 100% display. Right now, it seem to be in the center.

        • I view the theme on IE7, Firefox and Chrome it displays well at full screen. Can you show me your URL so I can go take a look?

  20. i haven’t install the them yet but here is a capture of what i see:

    • Got what you mean. What you see is actually not a bug. The width of this theme is fixed at 950px so whatever browser width that you view the theme, it will always show 950px

      • Brian,

        is there a way to for me to change it to display at 100% instead of 950px? also, what is the ideal size for the picture when i insert in my blog? i tried to test it out and it looks really nice on my 24″ monitor. (picture sized at 800 pixel x700 pixel) However when i view it on my 15″ laptop, the picture seem to squeeze horizontaly and it looks distor.

        • There are many graphic elements involved when cutting the PSD file and to make the theme displays seamlessly, the width has to be fixed. I am sorry that it is not possible to make a floating width for this theme 🙁

  21. Brian,

    would it possible for me to get rid of the right colum? I have my picture sized at 650pixel and it looks fine with big monitor. Once view in laptop, the the picture squeeze horizontal. I think the problem would be solve if we can take away the right size colum. Would that be possible?

    • Alex,

      I am sorry that it is quite impossible to get rid of the right column because of the theme structure.

  22. I can’t erase anyway “undefined” i tried all dates formats. please help

    no puedo borrar lo de undefined, y he probado todos los formatos de fecha. ayuda

  23. Love this template! I didn’t think it would work for a ballet theme but actually, I think it looks pretty good. I also like the bright colour of the sidebar which I think looks good for the shop listings.

    However I note that the RSS feed button and Search don’t seem to work on my office PC (I’m using IE). Is this a problem you’ve come across?

    • @Marisa Wright, I viewed your site with IE6, IE7 and IE8 and the rss feed and search are working fine for your site at Please try to view your site in another PC and see if you still have this problem.

  24. Thanks Brian. I found a “calmer”template for my ballet site after all – however I have just converted my flamenco site to Red Light and it looks FANTASTIC (excuse me for shouting, I’m excited).

    However I notice the credit at the bottom doesn’t look right. I’m not conscious of having changed anything – I did originally download it from another site so wondering if they changed something?

    • @Marisa, glad to see you are fascinated about theme :p

      The credit link at the bottom of your site is correct. I just changed it to something else.

  25. I love this theme so much, I’ve also converted my belly dance site now! The red/burnt orange tones of this theme seem just perfect for the passionate nature of belly dancing and flamenco – I’ve been searching for something like this for ages. And a “gold standard” theme, too. Congratulations!

  26. WOW!!!!!
    Looks great check out my site

  27. I think it is safe to say everyone loves this design. Just mind numbing awesome design skills keep it up! Def. going to invest in some link backs to your next templates


    • @SCOFIELDJR, you are asking a blogspot question. Please go to instead for support.

      This site only deals with WordPress related issues.

  29. hai brian.. i really2 impressed with ur red light.. if can, i would like to have the edited one named “Another Red Light theme in blue color” in the showcase for my blogger.. because i am really excite with blue color.. but i cannot do it by myself.. can u help me? 🙂

    • @zaiMi, the sites in the showcase is the property of the respective owners so I am sorry that you can’t use it as it is.

  30. I love this theme, but I can’t get it to display the words “previous posts and newer posts” at the bottom of the page. I’ve searched the internet for codes to add in, but none of them work, and they actually mess up my entire site. How do I get this theme to display older posts and newer posts at end page, not for each individual posts.

  31. I’ve tried everything that your instructions say to change the title font. When I upload the new files, it says “incomplete template, style sheet missing. None of the files are missing when I check the zip file, so it’s something in the header that’s messing up the entire template. Can you help me change the title font.

  32. I love the modification you did to make it blue. How can I get this download??

    • @Stacey, the theme in blue that you saw is the custom modification done by another user and it is not available to the public.

  33. Thank you very much for this theme. It’s really wonderful.

  34. Thank you very much for this theme. It’s really wonderful.
    Can I translate it into Turkish?

    • @Ahmet

      Sure. You are free to translate it into Turkish 🙂

  35. I think I did a really stupid thing. I loaded this template and changed it to use and now it says that : Call to undefined function add_theme_support() in /home/int2000/d/29435/html/24/wp-content/themes/redlight/redlight/includes/theme-setup.php on line 25

    Could you thell me if there is something I can do to fix this?

  36. I’ve started out with your free version, but I think I’m going to upgrade because I really like this theme. But first, can you tell me why I can insert a picture in a page ( and it shows up fine, but when I insert a picture in a post (, no picture appears?

    • @Maria, it seems that your site is not working at the moment.

      After you have got it working, please post your issue in the Red Light forum and I’ll address it there.

  37. Wonderful Theme!!! Thanks a Lot..

  38. HY GUYS! I NEED HELP!, i have this redlight template on my wordpress site, but i dont know how to enable the viewing the full post on the index page… It is really important for me. I want to view the full blogpost on the index page.

    Could somebody help?

    • @adam, simply go to the Options page and uncheck “Post Thumbnail” and you’ll see the full post on the index page.

      If you have problem doing that, please post your issue in the forum and I’ll show you the details there.

  39. very nice theme dude 🙂


  1. Red Light -Colorful and Elegant Wordpress Theme | Calcutta Seo - [...] Red Light is a great wordpress theme with cool visual effects. The presentation is wonderful and perfect for easy…
  2. Red Light Free Wordpress Theme Review - [...] So after much of a thought about all of them, we decided to take one at a time and…
  3. 28个免费的带有高质量纹理背景的WordPress主题 – 柒零柒 主题乐园 - [...] Demo Download [...]
  4. Zp blog » 免费的带有高质量纹理背景的WordPress主题 - [...] Demo Download [...]
  5. Бесплатные темы WordPress. 55 шаблонов Вордпресс | Иконки, шрифты, PSD файлы, кисти и рамки для Фотошопа - блог о дизайне - [...] Демо Скачать [...]
  6. 28 Beautiful Quality Textured Backgrounds Free WordPress Themes « 68Design – ( Creative Design Transmitor - [...] Demo Download [...]
  7. 28种漂亮的WordPress免费风格 « 皇家元林 | Seven’s Blog - [...] Demo Download [...]
  8. December 2010 Meetup: Show Off Your WordPress Site | East Bay WP Meetup - [...] old site had one.) The  theme is called Red Light. (Not to be confused with another, fancier Red Light…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Experience ThemeMask

View a mask:

Get the masks now!

Theme runs on
Elegantthemes Chameleon