Twenty Thirteen: Make It Yours

WordPress 3.6 was released today. With it, the Twenty Thirteen theme into which we’ve poured much energy. One aspect that was particularly important to me, when designing the theme, was to encourage users to customize the theme to their liking. For the very same reason, every icon in Twenty Thirteen is an easily recolorable icon-font glyph. So changing the whole color scheme is basically writing some CSS.

To celebrate the occasion, I made a couple of color themes you can install on your Twenty Thirteen blog.

2013 Green

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Green is my favorite color these days. Did you know when danish people have their final high school exams, they sit at a green table, because green has a calming effect on your mind? It’s true. I tried it.

Get 2013 Green (preview)

2013 Green Sequence

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Twenty Thirteen has emphasis on blogging, and post backgrounds are assigned based on post formats. If you don’t use post formats, but want the colors of Twenty Thirteen, get this one — it’ll simply alternate the background colors sequentially.

Get 2013 Green Sequence (preview)

2013 Blue

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I actually threw in a shade of pink, or “salmon”, in this blue mix. So it’s not entirely shades of sky blue, but I guess you could not use the “status” post format if you dislike salmon. Or you could customize it and make it your own!

Get 2013 Blue (preview)

2013 Blue Sequence

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If you really don’t like salmon but do want an alternating post-format-free blue theme, you’ll want to get this one and customize it. Or you could embrace the salmon. Smoked. On toast. With salt and pepper.

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2013 Orange Sequence

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Having made sequence versions of blue and green, it seems unfair not to complete the triad. So here’s Orange Sequence — that’s the default Twenty Thirteen color scheme, but the colorful post backgrounds are assigned regardless of post format.

Get 2013 Orange Sequence (preview)

How To?

These are child themes. That means they’re WordPress themes that require a parent theme to be present, in this case Twenty Thirteen. So these themes will only work if you also have Twenty Thirteen installed. If you’re on WordPress 3.6 or higher, Twenty Thirteen is preinstalled.

More Options

One of the best things about open source is that you can modify things to your liking, and even redistribute.

Please do so. Make it your own, and share it back.

I would like nothing more than to see you modify and redistribute any of the above child themes. So much, in fact, that if you’d like to re-color the default Twenty Thirteen header, I’ve made you this PSD so you can easily do just that.

Now go play with some colors!

Before The Continental Drift

Just a few days ago, my Pangea theme (which was developed for this website eons ago) was added to the official WordPress themes repository.

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(What it looked like)

That means the theme is now GPL and auto updatable in the WordPress admin.

Pangea is a really minimalistic theme, which focuses on being simple and usable and not getting in the way of your content. You can see the demo site, but really the killer features are sub-surface:

  • Theme is built and tested on WordPress 2.7 and 2.8
    • Fully widgetized
    • Galleries look nice
    • Gravatars work as they should
    • Comments are threaded
  • The code is massively clean and separated into as few logical files as possible. There’s only one file containing the postloop code, for instance.
  • Improves upon the standard WordPress comment threading
    • Renames “Reply”, to “Reply here” (and makes it translatable!)
    • Moves the “Reply here” link and the entire comment reply box to the bottom of the comment thread, where your comment will actually appear
  • IE6 is, by default, served a standardized CSS view (read more) but this is optional
  • Comes with an english PO file ready for translation

The honest-to-goodness truth of it is that in my freelance venture, I need a clean base theme to build my client sites on. Pangea is it (the last three client sites on my recently launched corp. site, “Dejligt”, are based on Pangea, I swear) and so it has been iteratively cleaned and tweaked for the purposes of saving me time for the next website I’m building. So, while Pangea should hopefully appeal to the minimalists in the crowd, it should definately also appeal to those of you who are going to throw out most of the stylesheet and the images folder, and then build your own continent.