For those of you who haven’t yet tried it, P2 is an awesome micro blogging theme with quick front end posting, live ajax updating, and inline threaded comments. It already packs a big punch.
So how can an already great theme be taken to the next level? That was the task of Team 34 at this year’s Automattic retreat.
One of the first areas we thought could be improved was the ease of customization. Most people like to add their own personal touch to a theme, currently P2 is hard to customize beyond the standard design. We’ve added new options to allow you to hide the sidebar and even set a unique header image. All these options allow you to personalize your own P2 to match your tastes.
We’ve also introduced post types into P2. Now you can post different types of content and have them formatted and displayed in a way that fits the content beautifully. There are settings for standard posts, single images and galleries, as well as links and quotes. Selecting which post type to use is as simple as clicking the correct tab above the post box.
We also decided to go a step further and rework P2 so that it could easily be used as a parent theme and extended with child themes. This will allow theme designers to create awesome new theme designs without having to duplicate all of the existing P2 features. We’ve streamlined the HTML of the theme so that it is much more flexible for creating new designs using CSS. We’ve also added a large number of template based hooks that will allow plugin developers to hook into the theme and output extended functionality.
The new P2 theme is now live on WordPress.com, and also available for download from the WordPress.org theme repository. However for .org users, P2 requires WordPress 2.9 beta or greater.
Nov 19th at 5:04 am
Awesome, built-in template based hooks will make p2 easy to customize. I can’t wait for p2 release for WordPress.org
Nov 19th at 5:07 am
I love WordPress!
Nov 19th at 5:13 am
Thanks for the positive efforts and spirit. Keep your constructive and productive efforts going! I will like to test this interesting theme in the near future…
Nov 19th at 5:19 am
Thank you very much! I’d check it this very moment if I could; clients call. So breakneck speed, tomorrow AM.
Nov 19th at 5:54 am
Screenshots or it didn’t happen.
Nov 19th at 6:10 am
how can i use it in my blog?
Nov 19th at 6:29 am
Wow…that’s really nerdy.
Nov 19th at 6:51 am
Great! I really liked the theme but I like doing posts not status updates. Great update!
Nov 19th at 6:53 am
One more theme. Thanks.
Nov 19th at 7:09 am
Oh my gosh!!!! This is just amazing. I am loving this P/2. What a time saver. Thank you!!!!! I will tweak my design tomorrow but the layout is the best ever. Love the readability, style, ease of posting, especially replying—just incredible. Love it—big hugs!!!
Nov 19th at 7:57 am
hmm? it doesn’t matter, does it?
the third hehehe
Nov 19th at 8:36 am
this feature not for me.
Nov 19th at 8:40 am
I will take time to get into this!
Nov 19th at 9:47 am
Thank you very much!
Nov 19th at 10:25 am
I’ll have a look but I’m new to this and am struggling as it is. Takes me abit of time to get the grey matter going.
Nov 19th at 11:39 am
Excellent update, thanks for continuing the development of the best WordPress theme out there. Couple more steps and Twitter has an open, standards based competitor.
Nov 19th at 11:43 am
This is a nice touch. I need to take a closer look. Thanks for adding new features!
Nov 19th at 11:46 am
Is it ready for download for us, wordpress.org users?
Nov 19th at 11:47 am
Thank you very much
Nov 19th at 12:24 pm
wordpress is awesome…
Nov 19th at 12:37 pm
When can we expect a new photoblog theme
Nov 19th at 12:42 pm
Floating image captions are rendered a bit funny in Safari and Chrome (and maybe other browsers too, I haven’t checked).
Nov 19th at 12:48 pm
Nov 19th at 1:41 pm
Thank you very much!
Nov 19th at 2:02 pm
COOOOOOOL!!! I’ve been used this theme at the 1st launch for my microblog
Nov 19th at 2:28 pm
Nov 19th at 2:42 pm
Nov 19th at 3:13 pm
Cool, does this use the post types built into 2.9 because I noticed it creates categories as well when you post
Very cool and I like that you can create child themes.
Nov 19th at 3:31 pm
Nov 19th at 3:53 pm
Where is the page? More coolest if the page is below the header.
Nov 19th at 4:11 pm
Themes are OK – but given that it’s content and the ability to organize it that’s important, I’d really like to see something like an easy way to crosslink posts to later related posts without having to edit each one. That would be handy for all those novel-writers too.
Nov 19th at 4:25 pm
Nov 19th at 4:34 pm
I can’t get the header to set it’s height without repeating the pic. I’ve inserted no-repeat or solid and neither works. Do I need to try the whole image url in that css too. I was hoping it was just automatically expand the image I had selected from the custom header theme page and do it without repeating the pattern.
Nov 19th at 4:52 pm
Any word on when it will available on wordpress.org?
Nov 19th at 4:52 pm
VERY nice theme! Is there (1) a help file for styling it or (2) a way to get it to handle large images imbedded in a post (my current ones disappear)?
Nov 19th at 6:02 pm
I like this theme so mush and used it for my blog. Thanks.
Nov 19th at 6:18 pm
Think you folks might release a 3-column version of it? I’m finding that I need a 3-column theme and the options are kind of sparse.
Nov 19th at 7:17 pm
This will be a well received theme by micro-bloggers. Well done.
Nov 19th at 7:32 pm
I’ll check it out now, must be cool..
Nov 19th at 8:21 pm
mmmm it’s also possibile to post via mail even using “micro-blogging”?
Nov 19th at 10:02 pm
Fantastic job of building a very tweeter-like micro-blog theme! I’m definitely testing this one out. Thanks a lot!
Nov 19th at 10:18 pm
I’m tired of these “twitter” inspired blog templates, I wish someone would create some new ones with more graphical elements or with customisable header images. We have too many of the same template with different versions. Sandbox has 3 for goodness sake!
Nov 20th at 5:09 am
Thanks for this innovation!
Nov 20th at 6:46 am
yaahh!! it is a good idea. thanks
Nov 20th at 10:52 am
The problem with floating images is there regardless if you have image captions or not.
Nov 20th at 11:17 am
“Floating image captions are rendered a bit funny in Safari and Chrome (and maybe other browsers too, I haven’t checked).”
I’m using this P2-theme and have the same problem. Something has been tecnical wrong with the texts in my blog since the updates. Hope it can be fixed/adjusted in some how?
Moreover: Good job!!
Nov 20th at 11:59 am
It So Nice.Cool Designing.
Nov 20th at 2:12 pm
Nov 20th at 10:13 pm
I can’t even figure out how to categorize….God, I am way behind.
Nov 20th at 11:48 pm
Love the idea! Finally, something new…..
Nov 20th at 11:55 pm
the P2 looks like face book, it will make it amazing.
Nov 21st at 1:24 am
Yippppiee! music to my ears
I’ll be refreshing wordpress.org theme depository every second…now when exactly is it being released there?
Nov 21st at 5:23 am
Tabea… Good n thanks,-
Nov 21st at 7:08 am
Not my style. I’ll be staying with my older version, thanks but no. Not for me.
Those who like it, go for it.
Nov 21st at 8:39 am
Nice theme,i love this theme.But option to answer not clearly visible …
Nov 21st at 3:24 pm
wow! nice theme!
Nov 21st at 8:41 pm
This is very inserting nice theme
Nov 22nd at 12:51 am
Yes, web 2.0 does not stop evolving in all directions …
This is a GREAT service that is going to become son a new standard of communication.
Thanks to all developers
Nov 22nd at 1:55 am
wow that good.
Nov 22nd at 2:34 am
Nice feature. I’ll try it!
Nov 22nd at 4:08 am
thanks a lot it is a cool design
Nov 22nd at 4:30 am
I really like P2. Please bring the new version to wordpress.org users!
Nov 22nd at 7:12 am
cool! i’m curious bout it.
Nov 22nd at 7:22 am
Nov 22nd at 8:40 am
This is bloody awesome! So changing my site’s theme now. You guys are ace! Now all my doubts and misgivings about migrating to tumblr have died a quick death. Cannot. Thank. Enough.
Nov 22nd at 9:37 am
Where can I download this theme????
Nov 22nd at 1:04 pm
Nice theme. But, at this time I’ll stick with my old theme.
Nov 22nd at 11:15 pm
You guys should make a Vigilance 2.0! Vigilance is my favorite theme, but it needs some upgrades.
Nov 23rd at 2:47 am
I think it will be something to check out.
Nov 23rd at 2:52 am
nice gadget.its so cool, so that we can speakin’ free as FB
Nov 23rd at 8:27 am
Cool I will have to check this one out!
Nov 23rd at 9:54 am
Looks cute. But I’m stying with my older version as well.
Nov 23rd at 11:18 am
Nice….I like it!!!!
Nov 23rd at 1:59 pm
Nov 23rd at 3:05 pm
wow, an official “twitter” theme by wordpress. amaaaaazing!
Nov 23rd at 6:40 pm
Good theme. I like that!
Nov 23rd at 9:49 pm
Nice thing for sure, but not my style of blogging!
Nov 24th at 3:15 am
like this, same with microblogging
Nov 24th at 3:26 am
Cool! I always love a theme which has place for quick comment like that.
I’ll try it, thanks a lot ^^!
Nov 24th at 8:04 am
It would be great if it is related to the Twitter Account, then a mix of blogging and tweeting can be brought together. Sometimes we need to say something small, sometimes something needs more text.
Nov 24th at 8:17 am
Any ETA on this, Andy? I’m champing at the bit — coincidentally I just launched a tool for a community I run using the previous version of P2 and had to hack in a lot of the things that the new version includes. Sigh.
I’d love to cut over to the new theme as soon as possible before my users get too accustomed to my clumsy hacks!
Nov 24th at 10:52 am
cool.P2 like PS2
Nov 24th at 3:02 pm
looks cool but not my style
Hope to get some new ones soon for the wp.com themes
Nov 24th at 4:08 pm
it really cool….i like it……