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Meet Serene – A Graceful & Free Blogging Theme With Post Format Support

Posted on August 28 by in Theme Additions | 158 comments

Meet Serene – A Graceful & Free Blogging Theme With Post Format Support

Serene is a truly beautiful blogging theme with post format support. Now you can easily display a dynamic feed of articles, videos, audio files, quotes, galleries and links in the most elegant way possible. It’s also our first completely free theme made for everyone to enjoy! The design’s elegance stems from its simplistic and spacious design. Browsing the theme is easy on the eyes and on the mind.

Live DemoFeatures & Documentation

serene_preview

Custom Colors For Individual Posts

Serene lets you tailor the experience of every post using custom colors. Not only can you adjust the basic design elements though the Theme Customizer, you can also adjust the fonts and background colors of each post as well. This allows you to infuse personality into each article your write.

serene_colors

Featuring Responsive Design

The use of mobile devices is on the rise, and it is important for your website to be ready for those mobile visitors. Serene comes fully responsive, meaning that the design will adapt to whatever screen size is being used to browse. You website will look great and will be a breeze to read on mobile phones and desktop computers alike.

serene_responsive

6 Post Formats To Choose From

Serene supports 6 different post formats, including: Article, Video, Audio, Gallery, Quote and Link. Spice up your blog by creating truly engaging media-based posts that people can interact with. Serene does the work for you by supporting standard WordPress functionality – no need to bother with theme options or custom fields!

serene_formats

I am so pleased with how this theme turned out, and I hope that everyone can put it to good use! We will also be releasing an exclusive version of the theme for just our members with more bells and whistles. If there are any features that you would like to see added, let us know!

Download Serene For Free

158 Comments

  1. Great design. A clean and elegant long format design and absolutely free that’s amazing news!!! Good job ET team :)

  2. Sweet! Well done.

  3. Please, please start adding a return to the top clickable icon for when you get to the bottom of the page.

    Very nice theme though

    • Thanks for the suggestion Lorna. You could always add one to a footer widget if you like.

      • Something nice I’ve seen on scrolling sites is a floating div across the top or bottom of the browser with navigation, so it’s always visible. Highly usable, too! Search the WordPress Plug-Ins for similar options.

  4. Nice, minimalist and colorful I like it! The only thing that bother me is I like having a sidebar and this theme (or Fable) doesn’t seem to provide one…
    Same design with sidebar next time? ;-)

    • Thanks for the suggestion Chrys. Maybe we can add a sidebar option to the pro version.

      • Is there a pro version coming any time soon?

        • +1

      • Thirded! Would LOVE an optional sidebar here in the pro version!

  5. Looks great and definitely stands out from other blogging themes. Thanks.

  6. OMG!!! This is a 1280px beauty…I can’t beleive that Elegant themes released a Free theme when I read this post in my facebook news feed…Thank you…

  7. this is something new and surprising from Elewgant themes.
    Completely free + very attractive and awesome theme.
    looking forward to use it.
    Thank’s guyss….

  8. I love the big text. There are no sidebars anyway on this theme though right?

    • No there are no sidebars in this theme, just a widgetized footer area.

    • Agree with a couple of other posters, sidebars would be nice in an extended Pro version.

      • While I don’t discount sidebars altogether, I think they are becoming passe in favor of callouts embedded in the post itself. It’s generally more mobile friendly. Just an alternative to consider…

  9. This is a beautiful theme! Love the clean look and design.

    • I’m not sure, if I could ask for help or not since it free… but why featured image didn’t show in full? I already put big picture.

      • Featured images are cropped to fit into the header. You can place an image inside the post if you don’t want it to be cropped.

        • I think the featured image wasn’t crop, but re-size to fit header and end up with black border on left and right if the resolution of the image doesn’t fit and 1280 x 540 really weird ratio..haha

          I think you should crop instead, just my idea. Thank you anyway, will be using the theme for sure.

  10. This theme looks great! Clean and elegant. Though I cannot work out how to include a citation on quote post type as shown on the image above….

  11. Been waiting for this since you introduced Kenny. Absolutely stunning! (Not Kenny, the theme.)

  12. Would there be a way to show off a portfolio, say using the GALLERY post format? Could I display other images inline underneath the gallery or single header image?

  13. Your recent themes focus on readability probably. Very big font but look awesome. Cheeer!

  14. Would it be possible to have the audio continue to play when a user goes from one page to the next? In the following site when a user clicks an audio an audio player opens at the top of the screen and will continue to play while the user browses the site: http://www.beatport.com

  15. Hey, nice theme…

    and more happy for nice look in mobile device and flyout menu…awesome…

  16. I have started adding a return to the top clickable icon for when you get to the bottom of the page and now we are happy to use theme what I have in here on ap lioa /

  17. I thought that this theme looks great! Clean and elegant. Though I cannot work out how to include a citation on quote post type as shown on the image and it make my web do better: http://onaplioa.com.vn

  18. Hi Nick please tell us will this theme be available on wordpress.com?

  19. Very Eleghant design Nick. Keep up the great work.

  20. Nice. Amazing that it is free!

  21. Maybe in the PRO version you can add an option to put Google ads at the bottom of each article. 8-)

  22. looks really nice! great job.
    I must say though…. we really need automatic updating or WordPress connecting with download platform. It does get pretty annoying that elements of WordPress plugins & themes update automatically apart from elegant themes products.
    It would be easy to have a key to register to updates … with the key getting changed every year or every quarter or when it suits u guys.
    But great job on your products & service. Top notch guys!

  23. Absolutely gorgeous.

  24. You are awesome!

  25. Very nice theme. I predict it’ll become the go-to theme of choice for many bloggers …

  26. This is a gorgeous blogging theme! I don’t currently have a use for it but it makes me want to start a blog. The audio player is especially great looking!

  27. Another great Theme Nick, great job, and like I always say,
    “” keep em’ coming “”

    Can I request, maybe a Business Theme? Not full width, but Fixed Box, and not catered for Blogs, but only Business’s.. Just a suggestion, thanks Nick..

  28. As usual another great theme from your ET team.

    Keep up the good work! And looking for more great themes! :-)

  29. It would be nice, for the pro theme, to be able to limit the font size and/or the maximum width. It’s a bit bigger than I’d like in my browser on a moderately sized screen.

  30. Would love a soundcloud embed option! And if there’s not yet a vimeo embed option (?), that would be great too. With these embeds I mean the option to listen / view a video directly on the homepage just like’s possible with the youtube embed right now.

    • sorry if these things are already possible, haven’t had a chance to check out the theme completely :)

  31. Now this is my kind of theme! Very well done! Way to go Nick!

  32. Love it… But I have a problem. When I try to make a quote entry appear nothing in the home (title or text). I chance the color of the back and the tex but nothing. Just appear when I click the entry, but in the home do not appear the text, just a white box.

    • Have you added a block quote to the post as instructed in the documentation?

  33. For the pro theme…side widgets!

  34. I love this theme! It’s clean look and content forward style is perfect for my needs. Is there a pro version coming? I am using one of your other themes for another site and I would the same options to be available with Serene.

    Specifically I am looking for:
    1.) Ad Management
    2.) SEO options
    3.) Sidebar option – perhaps showing only on individual posts
    4.) Pinterest sharing icon added
    5.) Font options

    Thanks so much for Serene – it’s gorgeous!

  35. Gorgeous minimal blog theme! To the critics, I say choose a different theme if you want sidebars, constantly playing music, and other cluttering features. This theme is meant to be open, easy on the eyes, and aesthetically pleasing. Embrace the white space!

    Great job, Nick! Looking forward to the Pro version!

  36. Wow folks!!!! This theme looks fabulous!!! I also love that its free!!!

  37. Looks amazing.. will use it for my upcoming personal blog about my travel experience in india.

  38. Pro version…

    1) Email feature box (with customization)
    2) Landing page template (no header, no sidebar, no footer, just only content)
    3) Dark version

    Great theme!

    • Email feature with aweber and mailchimp integration

    • +1 with GetResponse integration. Beautiful theme. Makes me excited to see the Pro version.

    • Yes please! Great Ideas. I’d love to see this theme with the others!

  39. Hi,

    How to remove the submit a comment part?
    If I remove that comments.php page the footer also dissapears.

    Thanks!

    • I mean, how to remove that search button?

      • Try adding this in style.css

        .et-search-form {
        display: none;
        }

  40. Nice, but any ETA on Divi?

    • My thoughts exactly. I’m gagging for Divi…

    • It will still be a while before the theme is finished. We don’t have an ETA as it’s simply not possible to give an accurate estimation at this time. We are working hard to finish the theme as soon as possible, but this is the most complicated theme we have ever made and it will take much longer than usual to finish.

      • OK.

        How about now?
        =)

  41. Very nice I have to adopt one of them.

  42. I am currently trying to build my website for my business. I love the elegant themes and serene looks beautiful.

    I have one request to make though for business. Most of the designs use a large header panel for images or headings. This is great on the front page but can be too large for the main website.

    Having a smaller header section would be really helpful otherwise not much of the site content is “above the fold”.

  43. Seems like a nice, clean looking theme, very similar to twentytwelve theme but some nice colour customisations etc.

  44. Beautiful theme, but it has some bugs….I added a few suggestions for the Pro version, too.

    1 – When adding adding a video the header image does NOT play. (On WordPress’ Support site other users are having the same issue.)

    It would be nice if we could just insert the YouTube link in a box below the post like the “Link” post format because the way it is now it adds two videos to the post. One in the body and one in the header.

    2 – I cannot turn comments OFF.

    I tried modifying the WordPress Discussion settings, but the comments still appear.

    3 – I cannot upload a custom logo.

    4 – I would like the standard Theme Customizer that is always under Appearance –> “Theme Name” where we can modify the Logo, Tagline, SEO options, etc.

    Now, with all of that being said I truly love this theme. I think it is very beautiful and if the things above are corrected and/or added I think it would possibly be the best theme you’ve created (IMO).

    Thank you both for your hard work.

    Waiting anxiously :)
    Brandon Davis

    • Brandon mate, this is an advert. That’s why it’s free. All the things that we actually need on a website will be available in the “Pro” version. Which is what we pay our memberships for. I think this is pretty obvious.

      • Hey Pat,

        As a member I felt as you do that some of my suggestions were probably a given, but you know what happens when you assume.

        Also, Nick asked for our suggestions and I felt it necessary to include them, especially since there are some issues I’m having with this theme that other members are having as well.

        As you can tell by the comments posted by Statusblue and isorock. We are just trying to be helpful to Nick and Kenny, as well as the rest of the members by reporting any issues we run into and by providing any suggestions we might have to help improve the theme.

        Hopefully that clarifies things for you.

        Take Care,
        Brandon

    • I had/have an issue where it seems to double-embed the video… Once at the top in the feature area and once in the body.

      • Same here.

    • Having your own logo is easy. Just change the code in header file.

      <a href=""><img src="http://www.yourwebsite/and_path_to_your_image/logo.png"

        • Hi Matto,

          I have zero coding experience. Can you please tell me where I would paste that code inside the header file?

          Thanks,
          Brandon

  45. I was searching for some inspiration for a new theme and it looks like a really nice theme.

  46. When do you think it will be released?

    It looks pretty much like what I’ve been looking for to use on a new project I’ve had in mind.

    Thanks

  47. Great ideas. So far as the different post formats, is there any way to integrate a map/google map as part of the featured area? In other words, I want to have a post format that is location-based or emphasized: writing about food at a restaurant, a photo gallery while on travel, randomly saw something awesome or horrifying and the location might help provide additional awareness. Your Explorable theme doesn’t handle this idea quite in the way I had hoped in aggregate or as the blog, but this Serene’s format could work well if you could put a map up in that window. Would the alternative be the longer process of making a screen shot of a map, cropping, uploading, and so on? If so, I would be disappointed to lose out on features that a live map could offer, for example and option to Get Directions. I hope this makes sense and I look forward to your response. Thank you for all of the great themes!

  48. Hi there, I’ve tried to add a quote using the blockquote, but your documentation doesn’t say how to format the post so it automatically detects the author of the quote. It only says how to format the quote text, but not the “Albert Einstein” text part of your quote example. Hope someone can help! :)

    • Hi Wendy,

      I noticed that, too. The workaround I found was to highlight the author’s name and select the “Heading 5″ font style and change the font color to gray.

      That made it look just like the example.

      Hope that helps,
      Brandon

  49. Thanks Nick!

    Absolutely love it

    I am sure it is coming but a contact page template please.

  50. looks amazing.. will use it for my upcoming personal blog about my travel experience in turkey.

  51. Support for Soundcloud would be awesome!

  52. This is a lovely theme and I’ll definitely consider buying the pro version! However, a small bug seems to be that when I add a Link format post, the link that shows up is the link to my post, not to the article I’m linking to. You can see an example in the website I’ve linked here. I’m putting the URL in the body of the post, am I missing something? Thanks!

  53. useful however, one of the things that should be included is to apathy the list, in the faculty that bloggers should feel chargeless to avoid some or even all the admonition and experim

  54. This theme can be used as a landing page as well. Thank you.

    • Geo,

      I love that about this theme! All I had to do was create a landing page without a page name so the title doesn’t appear at the top and I’m set.

      Brandon

      • …Or just create a custom menu. :)

  55. Is there any way to remove/hide the box with the date posted/# of comments that shows up? Also any way to remove the posted by ____ in ____?

    All things you can see on my home page! Thanks.

  56. Hi,

    I have a question for the designers out there…

    I’m wanting to use a custom background image for the Serene theme, but I’m not sure which dimensions would work best.

    I’d like to have images appear to the left and right of the theme’s body section.

    Can one of you tell me what dimensions would work best?

    Thank you,
    Brandon

  57. Will the Pro version be the next theme release for the ET members? Any idea when?

  58. Great theme, Simple and elegant!! as it should be…

  59. I am having trouble with the video posts, they seem to work more or less fine with Vimeo links (a playable link appears in the header of both the post page and the main page, plus the video is in the actual posts text body) but not at all with youtube links (i.e. in youtube links no playable file appears in the header on the post page itself or on the main page). anyone else has the same problem? Is there a solution?

    • I have the same problem, nobody has found a solution yet :(

  60. Will this arrive on wordpress.com, too?

    • It’s possible, but we haven’t decided yet. Right now we are working on some other themes, and it usually takes 2-3 months to get a single theme through their review process even after it’s ready for them to review.

  61. Loving this new theme, I am having trouble using the ‘ET Shortcode’ Plugin with this theme (no options are added to the admin interface using this theme).

    Anyone else having this problem as the support forum does not list this free theme to ask the question there!

  62. Could you consider adding the option for an embedded map at the image position in the Pro version? That would be really nice!

  63. Love this theme in Firefox. Not working so well in IE. Suggestions?

  64. hello, wondering how to change the background color, can´t seem to find it in the css and the theme customizer doesn´t show changing that as an option

    thanks in advance

  65. I love this theme.. thank you!

  66. Hi! Lovely theme Nick! But I have a problem, I want to put Vimeo button at the top of the page, where facebook and google plus and twiiter are. But I don’t know how.. Could you please help me? Thanks for all!!!!

  67. Hello! I have the same trouble as Lars says. Video posts is not working correctly. How to fix this bug?

  68. Perhaps a “sticky” post option? Allow me to have a static top post (an intro video) always a the top and then most recent posts below it?

  69. Mabey someone here knows how to place the sociam media on this Blog. Cant seem to find it and there is no theme option available..

  70. About Video posts – there is no file “content-video.php in theme.
    Only this one:
    content-audio.php
    content-gallery.php
    content-link.php
    content-quote.php
    content.php
    I think that’s why video posts are not working. Do you plan to give an new version of Serene with fixed bags?
    Also about Then i using this function in post – on the main page there is no link to the next part of post. How can i fix this?

    • Hi,

      I really love this theme and would like to use it, but the video function does not work. Numerous people have explained this, but I have yet to see an update that corrects the issue.

      Hopefully after they finish up with Divi they’ll be able to address the video issue in Serene.

      - Brandon

  71. Hi! How do you install this theme? I’m really a noob at installing themes that aren’t from WP’s theme garden, please help! Thanks! :)

  72. Beautiful clean & simple that’s how I like themes to be made

  73. Thanks a LOOOOT for your beautiful (and FOC) work. I call it generosity!
    I just started with WP and blogging, so I have a two silly questions to ask : what are the puggin (or widget) that you guys used in the demo for :
    1. the audio player
    2. the vidéo player
    I’d love to use them in my blog…
    I hope you’ll have a bit of time to answer me.
    Thanks!

  74. the theme is quite wonderful for personal blogs…looking so stylish :)

  75. one of the best theme i have ever seen

  76. Love this theme. It’s so beautiful clean and elegant.
    One question though, how do I get rid of the
    “You may use these HTML tags ” info at the
    Bottom of the comments. I’d rather not display that info
    As I feel it clutters up an otherwise perfect theme.

    Thanks

  77. Its a Great theme, I personally have it in Most Used themes rack.

  78. nice themes, keep it up and thanks for sharing

  79. I am having troubles having a gallery on the front page. Has anyone here got the gallery format working? It wouldn’t even pull a featured image, let along the slider option isn’t working… I followed the instructions.

    http://www.ngalan.com is the site.

    Thanks for building the theme. Please support if available.

  80. Hi Nick,

    ok as everybody mentioned before, beautiful theme and amazing that it is for free. Thank you for that, would pay though and do think sidebar widgets destroy the beautiful simplicity!

    I am having some problems with the pictures in theme and after a discussion with someone in the wordpress forums i found out that there are some possibilities on my “theme dashboard” missing. in the articles/post area the only things i can select is the kind of post (standard, video, etc.) and beneath i can select the background and post text color. that’s it. all the other selectors are missing. i have installed and re-installed, uploaded and installed via wordpress … i have even tried to install it on my personal blog on a totally different server… the same. i did upload a screenshot to flickr
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jscuriosity/12018075324/ (the screenshot is in german, but i am sure you can identify the areas)
    i just can’t make the pictures appear full width of the post.
    thank you for your help in advance.
    jo

  81. Hi,
    How can decrease 3 aria in footer to 1 area, but more wide.

  82. hi,
    How can I change the category order in post.
    thank you.

  83. Hi,
    the page navigator in your demo and your theme is not the same???

  84. Hello,

    The main home page shows my first blog post, but it doesn’t show the picture I’ve added to the blog post. The picture only shows up once you click “Read more” under the blog post.

    How can I make my blog pictures show up on the home page under each blog post?

  85. I’m trying to add a Menu for the first time (I’ve created a few test pages to see what it looks like) – but I noticed that from the main page which shows my blog post “Bismillah”, I’m unable to click the Menu’s.

    Yet when I’m on the page “Thoughts and Reflections” , I’m able to click on all the Menu items.
    http://www.muslimjoy.com/thoughts-and-reflections/

    Why is that?

  86. This is a great and elegant theme, I really like it because it’s responsive and looks nice on mobile phones :) Also the picture at the top is great for engagement too

  87. This is a great theme because it is responsive. Thanks

  88. Incredibly beautiful design. I loved it the moment I saw it!

    However, is there a way to remove a header from pages? It is added automatically, and sometimes I’d rather if it wasn’t there. Thanks!

  89. Look nice on my Smartphone … indeed an elegant theme Nick :)

  90. Hi, thank you so much for this beautiful theme. It’s truly one of the most elegant/stylish themes I’ve come across. One question though – how would I adjust the CSS so the featured image will stretch across the frame instead of just being centred? A few of my images don’t meet the size requirement, but it doesn’t look as good when the image doesn’t fill that whole space. Thanks for your help! :)

  91. Hi Nick!

    Beautiful theme… I love it! Quick question though… how do I get the access to other social media icons to be displayed in the header… I see that they have been formatted in the css but I can’t figure out a way to access them. I only have FB, TWITTER and GOOGLE +.

    Please advise.

    Thanks,

    Tiffany

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