Over the weekend, we turned on a new theme called Twenty Ten. Twenty Ten is a big deal for us — it’s our first update to the “default” theme (the one you see when you start a new blog) on WordPress.com. Our goal with Twenty Ten was to create something stylish, customizable, simple, and most of all, readable. Since every new WordPress.com user will be seeing Twenty Ten, we wanted to design an example of what a WordPress theme can do — that meant inventing some new features as well as utilizing a few that you may not know about yet.
Twenty Ten comes with a selection of great header images. It’s easy to switch between any of the included header images or upload your own. You can even use a different custom header image for each post by including a Featured Image when you publish a new post.
One of the easiest ways to customize a theme to your personal style is with a custom background image or color. Twenty Ten is the first theme to use WordPress’ new custom background feature, so it’s easy to pick a new background color, upload an image, and tweak its tiling and positioning. If you’ve ever had to write CSS or muck about with code just to change your background color, we think you’ll really dig this new feature.
Twenty Ten neatly organizes your pages into a menu right in your blog’s header, and includes drop-down menus for multiple levels of nested sub-pages. There’s more coming with the menu, but give us a few days.
Special styles for Asides and Galleries
Twenty Ten includes special styles for posts that you file in the “Asides” or “Gallery” categories. When viewed on an index page (like your home page or a list of posts from a particular month), asides get a simplified look that seamlessly fit between full-length posts, while galleries give a peek at the photos that lie within. If you don’t already have those categories on your blog, just add them and start assigning posts to them. Twenty Ten will recognize the category name and start applying the correct styles automatically. For an example of what inspired us here, check out Matt’s blog and how he intersperses shorter posts and galleries.
If you’re like me, you constantly find yourself hitting the Preview button while composing so you can see what your post will look like with your theme’s styles. Twenty Ten aims to break that addiction by using the editor styles feature of WordPress. Now, the Visual Editor in WordPress can mimic the look of your theme, so you get a perfect visual representation of your post while you’re writing. I think this will be a really popular feature with new themes once people try it out.
One and two-column templates
By default, Twenty Ten uses a two-column layout with lots of room for widgets. If you’d like to hide the widgets and focus on the writing for a particular page, just choose the “One column, no sidebar” template.
Because we know you can’t get enough widgets, we’ve included two sidebar widget areas (extra-useful for those of you who customize your CSS) as well as four footer widget areas. It’s easy to load Twenty Ten up with lots of widgets without sacrificing your blog’s design.
Beautiful in Print
We’ve all experienced unpleasant surprises when trying to print an article from a web site. Twenty Ten includes special styles for printing, so you’ll get printed copies that are just as easy to read as the original.
To see more of Twenty Ten in action, visit the theme demo blog. If you already have a WordPress.com blog, you can find Twenty Ten under Appearance → Themes. If you don’t yet have a WordPress.com blog, just sign up and Twenty Ten will be waiting for you when you log in. Twenty Ten will be default for WordPress.org users when WordPress 3.0 launches in May. (What’s the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?)
Apr 26th at 8:50 pm
YES! Custom backgrounds!
Apr 26th at 8:57 pm
With this theme as a “default one” you, the Team, became my personal heroes !
The dropdown menus here are a bit too dark, and their look gets worse with more parent pages. Otherwise – great.
Now I am looking forward for some themes in the style of INOVE.
Greetings from Poland!
Apr 26th at 9:20 pm
Keep the themes coming!
Thanks for the hard work and dedication guys.
Apr 26th at 9:24 pm
Love the look of this but PLEASE can we have more themes where its possible to choose whether to display the author’s name on posts or switch it off?
Apr 26th at 9:33 pm
really a good theme… great job theme team… :-p
Apr 26th at 9:33 pm
Damn it!! Just spend hours fixing up my blog and then saw this awesome new theme… Love it!!
Apr 26th at 9:39 pm
I like how simplre this is. WIll switch ASAP!
Apr 26th at 9:46 pm
Considering switching to this now…I’ve been wanting a way to change the background color without CSS for a long time! Thanks for all your hard work, guys!!
Apr 26th at 10:05 pm
This looks very nice…so simple and clean. You can’t go far wrong with that.
Apr 26th at 10:05 pm
I want to change over to this new theme, but I’ve never changed an up and running blog before…can you tell me if I’ll lose any settings as I have them now using Vigilance theme? (www.theromanticvineyard.wordpress.com) Any chance you could add the banner feature to this theme? I LOVE the banner – very helpful when you need to say something quick or highlight something new without taking an entire post for it.
Apr 26th at 10:15 pm
Apr 26th at 10:36 pm
love this theme ive had it since it came out
suits me perfectly thank god ive been waiting for this
Apr 26th at 10:47 pm
Wow! Another exciting evolution at WordPress!! I love that you guys are constantly innovating!
Apr 26th at 10:55 pm
More and more goodness. Thanks guys.
Apr 26th at 10:55 pm
Awesome! does this mean that wordpress.com has upgraded to 3.0 for the custom background?
Apr 26th at 10:59 pm
This is beautiful. I’ve been waiting for one with custom header.
Apr 26th at 11:08 pm
Hi, this is cool, very clean-cut and easy to use. I have never switched themes before, will i lose my current widgets? thanks for your help!
Apr 26th at 11:21 pm
Peace to you!
Thank you for this new theme. On the Lord’s Day (Sunday), as I was working on our mission’s blog (http://jdisciple.wordpress.com/), I wanted to change the theme, and I found this new theme of WordPress, so I applied it to our blog. It is very practical and has many features that we needed in the past. I only have two little requests for now, if your team would like to help:
1. The most important one: When I put my red sentences in bold, they are appearing as bold black. Is there a way to make them look bold red?
2. Is there a way to make the drop down page-menu optional?
This much for now. May the Lord bless you all!
Grace to you!
Apr 26th at 11:53 pm
Apr 26th at 11:53 pm
Very good theme. Good font, good handling of block-quotes. One tiny problem. I don’t know if it’s me or you. At the bottom of each of my posts I have a few social bookmark buttons. They’re all in one line, separated by dots (Alt-7). With the new theme, all the dots drop down to a line of their own. Weird. But that’s stopping me from considering a switch.
Apr 27th at 12:02 am
It’s a huge improvement to the default theme. I do wish that it’d be available with a sans-serif font (or at least a better-looking serif font), though. Also, it would be nice if the visited links weren’t purple.
Apr 27th at 12:26 am
Drop Down menu’s for the win! I’ve tried implementing on my own servers, but it seems rather difficult. Can we expect them to be integrated into existing wp themes?
Apr 27th at 12:44 am
I love it! It’s easy to navigate, keeps the page uncluttered, and it still has most of the features I need! Keep expanding and coming out with new material. Thank you!
Apr 27th at 1:02 am
Yes, I like it
Apr 27th at 1:04 am
Wow, WordPress themes are beginning to show up regularly. And clean looking too. I like that. And I like this one a lot.
Apr 27th at 1:08 am
looks really nice, simple and elegant, will try it!
Apr 27th at 1:23 am
Great theme, the perfect one to start a first blog and fall in love with blogging!
Apr 27th at 1:27 am
A great widget i think would be a special print button, so you can print out the post without all the extra stuff like many sites have. great theme though, anyway to get the homepage button?
Apr 27th at 1:39 am
great job, Matt..
Apr 27th at 1:40 am
Hmmmm, This looks very Cool,must give it a try
Apr 27th at 1:44 am
Holy Christ! This is totally awesome! I am way surprised with this new theme….COOL! I so LOVE it!
keep it up!
Greetings from Philippines!
Apr 27th at 2:03 am
I’ve spent the day playing with this theme, working on a possible change from Vigilance (yes, you actually tempted me to change). However, unlike other themes I’ve used, the header/banner on this one is NOT a link to the home page. Hope that’s an oversight that you’ll remedy, because the only alternative I can think of is creating a link in the sidebar — a far less attractive option. I’m guessing by now that most WP users are used to clicking on the header to return to the home page, rather than searching for a link in random locations in the sidebar.
Apr 27th at 2:11 am
how can i get this theme?
Apr 27th at 2:17 am
wow.. i love it for sure . Thanks
Apr 27th at 2:21 am
Just implemented it. LOVE it! Thank you!
Apr 27th at 2:36 am
This is a wonderful addition to WordPress. Thanks so much Matt!
I have a question about this theme. I don’t understand which tab takes you back to the ‘Blog” page….besides clicking on the header.
I love the drop down menu and I look forward to hearing about more of them. Terrific work!
Apr 27th at 2:41 am
This is wonderful! It is one of the best themes I’ve seen.
Apr 27th at 2:45 am
If this will become the default for the next WP-theme, i can’t imagine how the non-default theme will gonna be. I really hope it will be greater than the default.
Anyway, i tried to run this theme on Mozilla 2.0. It breaks the design.
Apr 27th at 2:56 am
Dear Matt Thomas,
This theme is quite nice But I won’t be changing my theme because I already have lots of readers and they are already familiar with the theme I’m using now.Thanks.
Apr 27th at 3:06 am
This is definitely my favorite theme so far. My only issue with it is the font size.
I’m rather new to the website, so I’m not really sure if this is the right place for this, but it’d be a seriously huge life saver if I could change the default font and size for the entire site. It’s not an issue to do it manually… but obviously it takes a bit of time.
Apr 27th at 3:22 am
New ceases to amaze me how creative you guys are. Well done – a simply sterling job.
Apr 27th at 4:24 am
Very nice theme from this first glance! I just adopted PressRow for Flaming Catheads and am still tweaking it, but I am definitely going to keep Twenty Ten in mind. Seconding the appreciation for the demo blog, too. I’m not going to have time to explore it tonight but will later.
Apr 27th at 4:43 am
the theme is great and very simple.
the theme demo blog helped to know how the blog will look like, thanks guy.
Apr 27th at 5:55 am
Love it! I’ve already received positive feed back from readers. Thanks guys for a beautiful theme
Apr 27th at 6:35 am
I was looking for a new theme for my new blog on photography,”Motion Mask”, a you came up with Twenty Ten , it is awesome.great job Matt, i really like the Asides and Gallery concept.It’s brilliant .looking forward for such new and creative themes from you.
Apr 27th at 6:45 am
Wow, this was the best theme so far! Switching immediately! Maybe the header is a bit too big to my taste, but choosing a theme is always a trade-off. =)
Apr 27th at 6:50 am
See that link to Matt’s blog that you include? I LOVE his theme! It’s Grungy! Now if only we could have more Grunge type themes, more colour etc on WordPress.com I would move my other blog on here as well! I love that theme! Keep up the good work guys.
Apr 27th at 7:01 am
I love it! especially with the customizable header and background.
thank you very much for your hard work. I can’t wait for more themes from you guys!! ^___^
Apr 27th at 7:24 am
Like the visual editor feature.
Apr 27th at 7:42 am
wow it’s beautiful!
Apr 27th at 8:15 am
Wow … this is very good
Apr 27th at 9:28 am
hey ! i liked it and used it for my blog in Hindi.
Apr 27th at 9:57 am
I like it!!!! Clean and elegant!!
Apr 27th at 10:05 am
Thank you!!! I love this!!!
Apr 27th at 10:14 am
Was this a new theme? I just added the theme two days ago, i was trying to find some theme which is very readable and customizable. I foud a theme named Twenty Ten, and added it, i just came to know from the Dashboard that this is a new theme! At last you have made me change from Journalist v1.9 to Twenty Ten, this is really a customizable theme with an extra wide header, clear fonts, organizable widgets in different widget areas. The best part is the footer columns, i can add the blogrolls and the licensing suffs at the footer without cluttering the right side bar. And huess what, this fulfills my requerement which i complained in almost every theme, the width, this theme has the same (almost) page column width as Journalist v1.9 so its an instant change, without nasty line wraps, and overflowing images. Thanks for making this theme.
I have a question. I can see the author name and the about the author at the end of each post. I do nor want to show this , is there any way to stop this?
Apr 27th at 11:31 am
I have a problem with this theme, or is this not a problem but a feature?
The latex formulas are showing higher than normal text in the line, looks like the latex expressions are shown as superscripts. Please check my blog ‘s first post to understand what i am telling.
Apr 27th at 11:43 am
Very impressive theme. WELL DONE.
Apr 27th at 1:03 pm
Brilliant! Excellent stuff! I am actually one of those people who end up hitting ‘preview’ frequently. I think I may try this one out soon Thanks guys!
Apr 27th at 1:46 pm
I have switched! Susan
Apr 27th at 2:54 pm
SO AWESOME! I love it!
Apr 27th at 3:59 pm
I love the custom background! Thank you!
Apr 27th at 4:15 pm
Wow this great news to find out the Twenty Ten theme has arrived here at WordPress.com. I have been following the progress of this theme on the demo site and really look forward to implementing this theme on my blog.
Apr 27th at 5:39 pm
Can’t wait to give this a try!
Apr 27th at 5:44 pm
Dakujeme! Thank you! Danke schön!
Apr 27th at 5:48 pm
This just got me sooooo excited!
Apr 27th at 8:40 pm
Hi Matt, I just switched to this new theme and love it!…. except for the fact that it does not have the link for “home” along the top where all the pages are. Any chance this could be added? it would really complete the look and functionality of this lovely new theme. Thanks!
Apr 27th at 8:47 pm
Well, I really think this theme is getting closer to what I am looking for. My blog is all about visuals. The header is huge! Love it!
And so many features…
I will definitely try it but will wait until all goodies are finished.
~ Gabriela ~
Apr 27th at 9:17 pm
After 3 years using Freshy (i’m a top 20 blog) I tried this one and ran a reader poll.
Overall they liked it.
#1 complaint – no “home” button/link in the pages menu
#2 complaint – no delineation between posts, they seem to run together, and I agree, some sort of separator is needed.
#3 complaint – body font color is a bit too light, and I agree with that too
There’s also some oddities, like inability to assign a color to a bolded section of text with the wp.com visual editor, sent to support.
Overall a good job with some rough edges that still need smoothing out.
http://www.wattsupwiththat.com hosted on wp.com
Apr 28th at 4:06 am
thats a really nice theme! cool man
Apr 28th at 4:28 am
hey thanks, i loved the theme…!
Apr 28th at 5:09 am
Apr 28th at 5:29 am
I like the new look of this, and I love the idea of a “feature” header. What I’d love to see are more themes that give you the option to turn off that annoying second “home” menu/tab when you make a static page your homepage. It would be awesome to take that idea of a feature header as well and be able to have a different header for each of your pages. Some great customizable options here though…
Apr 28th at 6:59 am
I really like the changes!
Apr 28th at 8:55 am
Honestly, themes are getting better and better! And this one is… woah!
Apr 28th at 10:06 am
Thank you, this is my new choice.
Apr 28th at 11:30 am
I like it, and it’s great that there is a demo blog for it.
Apr 28th at 1:13 pm
simple and sweet.
Apr 28th at 2:55 pm
Cool theme, it simple and not bad looking or distracting with lots of colors. A fellow blogger I follow is already using it – see how fast people like these new themes? Keep rolling out even more hopefully in the new future, more themes + more options = more wp.com users
Apr 28th at 3:23 pm
Matt, I’m having fun with the new Twenty Ten theme! I’m really enjoying the custom banners and side bar color options. Thanks! I also like that you can make your own custom headers but for now I’m enjoying playing around with the ones that come with the theme. Great Work!
Apr 28th at 4:21 pm
Great News, but I do not get it to work like shown on http://2010dev.wordpress.com/2010/01/23/the-great-wave-off-kanagawa/
- How can I place that Author Info beneath a Post on my on hakre.wordpress.com?
- How do I highlight that Post on my Blog’s homepage on my wordpress.com blog?
Apr 28th at 4:46 pm
You say that there are print styles on this. I’m looking for the “print this” icon – is there one, or is some coding necessary?
Apr 28th at 4:59 pm
I’ve been wanting to change my theme for a while now but havent found one that I like…but this definitely comes closest, and I might finally switch. Although, the header image I think takes up a lot of space, with the title above it like that. Font size is bigger than I’m used to, but for people reading the blog this might be a nice relief. Really good job on this, it’s really nice and customizeble!
Apr 28th at 6:03 pm
I’m impressed – this looks like a perfect default theme. Good work!
Apr 28th at 6:51 pm
What does “This post is super-awesome” mean when selected?
Apr 28th at 7:04 pm
I like this theme. It’s just a cool one. What a beautiful Job!!!!!
Apr 28th at 8:05 pm
Per my post above, some additional top level most seen comments from the thousands of users that have visited my blog with Twenty Ten newly installed:
- Just a bit too much whitespace, common suggestion is to have slightly less line spacing.
- The extra whitespace leads to another common complaint, which is purely psychological: “it’s too bright” which is funny since my previous theme also had RGB of 255, 255,255 for the text background.
- Several complaints that this theme breaks under older browsers and screen res of 1024×768, which I’ve seen myself.
- The missing home page button still gets a lot of complaints a day later, given your excellent drop down menu system, this seems like an important feature to put in. Please please do, people aren’t getting that they can click on the blog name, it’s a bit counterintuitive.
See my entire thread on the Twenty Ten implementation here. As a top 20 wordpress.com blog, it has been given a heavy duty workout by users, and the thread has even more comments than this one!
Overall the response is positive, but users with older software are having a lot of trouble. I know you can’t please everyone, but it sure would be nice to see some attention to these issues. Thanks for your consideration.
Apr 28th at 11:46 pm
Really interesting the drop-down!!! great job in all…a big bravo!!!
Apr 29th at 12:21 am
I like the new theme alot, but I’m not sure the Asides feature is going to work for me–maybe if it were in a slightly shaded box or something to delineate it from the other posts, more than just smaller font? Otherwise, switched from Misty Look because Twenty-Ten offers more flexibility me and good navigation tools for the user.
Apr 29th at 3:53 am
Good one, using this theme now.
Apr 29th at 5:27 am
OK.. you got me, big time – I’ve been wanting to change the look of my blog for ages so when I saw 2010 I decided to jump in the deep end & give it a go… I’m not computer savvy at all so the terror set in but, there was no need, it all changed beautifully. I soooo love the drop down menu for pages, the clean look & the easy as pie changeover – you guys are amazing – I don’t like the Black outline & bars… but hey! I can live with that when I consider all the other great stuff I now have…. thanks WordPress.com & the guys who developed this theme…. I’m soooo veeery happy!!!!
Apr 29th at 9:31 am
Thank you once again, Theme Team. You guys are, simply put, amazing.
Apr 29th at 2:06 pm
It would be great if you could add support for excerpts — too few themes on WordPress.com does so!
Apr 29th at 7:15 pm
Beautiful theme. Periodically I go through and try out a bunch of new themes. This is #1.
Apr 29th at 9:03 pm
That’s one of the best new themes I’ve seen in a long time, crisp, clear, creative and stylish….fantastic!