New Theme: Pilcrow

If you want a simple and clean blog theme that you can customize to suit your needs I think you’ll like the one we’re introducing today. It’s called Pilcrow.

The Pilcrow Themes default look

Pilcrow is an upgrade to the older PressRow theme we’ll begin phasing out next week. But Pilcrow isn’t just a simple replacement. We’ve pulled out all the stops to make sure it’s a better theme all around.

Pilcrow keeps the familiar, simple and clean PressRow look but we’ve expanded its basic design over six possible layouts and up to four sidebars and widget areas. The choice of theme layout is all yours.

Pilcrows six possible layouts

In addition to multiple layouts you also have your choice of four different color schemes, light, dark, red, and brown. If you visit Appearance → Background you can customize the background of any of the color schemes and upload your own custom background image.

Pilcrow with the three-column layout, brown color scheme, hidden header image, and a custom background

Pilcrow also has a fully customizable header. From Appearance → Header you can upload your own header image, change the header text color, or even choose to hide the header text altogether. If you want a special header image for a particular post or page, you can upload a Featured Image from the post and page edit screens!

The Pilcrow theme is available today in Appearance → Themes and will soon be available in the WordPress Themes Directory, for self-hosted users.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):

  1. The main column width is 500 except in the full-width layout where it’s 990.
  2. The custom header dimensions are 770 by 200 for two-column and 990 by 257 for wide layouts.
  3. The sidebar width is 230.
  4. The secondary sidebar width in 3-column layouts is 180 and both sidebars are 205 where there is a sidebar on either side of the content.

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Ian Stewart

  • Nov 22, 2010 @ 3:26 pm
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  1. Max Strauss

    WOW! Nice, We need more gray/black, solid, professional themes, not brown…

  2. EuropeanDeity

    This looks really good! Thanks!

  3. Olivia Tejeda

    I always liked Pressrow but felt it was a bit too limited. This new theme takes care of that! All the layout options, the clean and simple look. I think I’ll try it!

  4. Runeslinger

    I like the increased range of layout options offered in recent themes, and particularly Pilcrow’s option to show/hide a header image.

  5. Lorna

    This one looks great! :D

  6. R.

    Whoo-hoooo! I like this one! xD
    Gonna try it soon! ;D

  7. myownideasblog

    Good. I’m glad to hear that


    Yeah… I always love simple and light theme.

  9. Deli Lanoux, Ed.D.


    Could it be that this is what I’ve been waiting for?!

    It sure looks enticing!


  10. gbvaz

    Very nice and clean! :D

  11. 3wishesstudio

    I love this theme – I recently changed it to my blog. Clean and crisp.

  12. Trang Đài

    Nice :x

    Haha! My deaR. I’m gonna try it too. Perhaps brown *wink*

  13. jaydeejapan

    I may actually use this one. Very interesting.

  14. madadgar2009

    Wonderful theme and easily adoptable. Different layouts is a special advantage of Pilcrow.

  15. tapegeek

    I think I may be swapping to this one, I’m off to take a closer look now. I wanted a sticky post too, so happy all around.

  16. Sven

    Wow! Thank you for this great theme. I love themes that could be customized.

    Great job!

  17. newsy1

    I’ve used PressRow since I first started my blog, I never wavered because I like a clean, journalistic feel and never found a theme I liked better-until now. I love this. Way better than the original.

  18. Christy aka Mamarazzi

    Definately going to be changing over to this one shortly. Awesome!

  19. Brigitte

    Very exciting! I’m looking forward to playing around with this one :D

  20. murato

    Well that’s some impressive work. But I’m still in love with Vigilance.

    If you can add layout choices for vigilance I think it would be the ultimate theme. :)

  21. Mikalee Byerman

    Considering starting a new blog myself, and I LOVE this theme. Thank you! :)

  22. metaglossia

    I love the way this one looks. Maybe I should try it out one day. Thanks for offering such a variety of equally good themes!

  23. pltprincess

    Thanks for another enticing selection in a long list of great themes!

  24. Tom Baker

    I think this is the most versatile theme you have put out so far. It’s great. If I ever start a new blog (I have trouble keeping up with this one), I will most definitely give this theme a try. Thanks.

  25. bwcalabs

    Just established mine last night, otherwise: tempted!

  26. elyahtoni111

    I like this theme Pilcrow, I’ll use it next time I login to WordPress! Thank you Ian!

  27. terrydarc

    What’s the area above the sidebar-sidebar? Nice color scheme and happy to see more layouts rolling on. Also nice to see some w-i-d-e layouts!

  28. Gally Lines ~

    I really like all the customization one can do with this theme, like background and layout. Keep em coming!

  29. Intelligent Challenge

    That’s nice. Going to have to give that a try.

  30. arvind

    Wow. Now this is what I am looking for, more themes with customized layout. I am using one already. Might try this out.

  31. Sandra Lee

    Thanks for new wonderful new theme! This is the first theme I’ve really been drawn to due to all the white space (on the white version). You’ve done a beautiful job with the upgrade. But I’m still in love with Inuit Types with my CSS upgrade. I like the slightly wider main column (around 620 I think) which works nicely with medium size photos. Medium size photos on left or right don’t work as well in the 500 column width. And I’m not so keen on the really large headers, I prefer a more delicate look. But all in all this is a good option and I would go there if I wasn’t already so happy.

  32. adamode

    Thanks. Using it for my next blog. This is cool …

  33. cOokie

    Very, very, very, COOL 8)

  34. Gwendolyn Alley = Art Predator

    Love the brown demo–it’s inspiring me to do something more interesting with my background on my bikergo gal blog…hmmn

  35. barrycyrus

    Thanks for this WordPress. :)

  36. aangron

    Wow! Excited to try this one out once I have the time! Thank you, thank you. =)

  37. Sunflowerdiva

    Great addition! :D

  38. Ljubomir Gatdula

    I like it, but I’ll stick to my current theme :-)

  39. Will Cookson

    Very tempting to try. Think I will try it on my “backup” blog and see how it looks!

  40. The Silent Spectator

    Nice. i love white themes. They look neat and elegant :)

  41. taytom

    I wish there were more themes with a main column width of at least 900 AND a side-bar..
    But you guys are doing a great job!

  42. Mary

    Love it!

  43. tiallarising

    Wow….that’s really cool. If I wasn’t already in love with my current blog theme, I’d certainly try it out. :D

  44. mrasherkade

    I might experiment with this when I have time. Thanks for adding more journalist themes! Being a professional writer, this is imperitive!

  45. kiwimonkey99

    WOW!… It looks real cool, and I think maybe I might use it!

  46. billiewilliamsmysteryauthor

    Awesome, absolutely awesome. The tireless work of the WordPress people is a big surprise but very much welcome. Thanks for sharing this.

  47. Nora Weston

    Great! I love trying on new themes. I’ve had Twenty Ten for some time now…

  48. Eric

    Nice! So many new things on WordPress, it’s great!

  49. zwiepzwapper

    Very nice theme, fits the season :-)

  50. graciegirl500

    That’s sweet! I love it, I’ll be using this one soon…rock on!

  51. Focus On Liberia

    OMG! I like this one! Good job!

  52. My Camera, My Friend

    Nice. Very customizable.

  53. icicleblue

    Rich in colors of life and nature. Inspiring too. It is going to be mine.

  54. Kevin Neilson

    Simply outstanding. Fantastic. Add superlative of choice. Kudos to you. Cheers, K

  55. deepbellylaugh

    Loving the versatility! I especially like the brown one. Might give it a go!


    Another blah theme. Can we get some modern ones? You know, utilitarian/egalitarian?

  57. shamballa9944

    It’s so cool that you are giving so many more options within each of the themes! Love that :) !

  58. foodtable

    I am using it! It’s awesome! Thanks.

  59. Jess C Scott

    Love all the clean themes — THANKS ^^!

  60. kenkoisanchez

    Again? Oh, this is nice! =D

  61. 1MereMortal

    Very nice..might be the theme I need…great job.

  62. BrittanyAmelia

    THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU! I loooooove it! Just what I was looking for!

  63. John Ryan Recabar

    Gorgeous and simple.

  64. seaportsoapopera

    I love this one! Thanks!

  65. Varun

    That’s a good one, a nice upgrade to the PressRow. I shall be soon using this.

  66. Hani

    Hmmmm Pretty Interestingg theme!!! But I would rather stick with my theme, which is simple and easily customized too.. :)

  67. Lord Vader

    Yah… Really well-done.
    I love WP newest three-column layout themes.

  68. L

    Too much minimalistic themes.

  69. technogran

    LOVE that autumn leaf background used on the shot! How about giving us users some backgrounds to play with as well as headers? Just a suggestion. Nice theme but as always once a sidebar is added, the writing area is not wide enough. Shame.

  70. Soo D

    OMG, it’s amazing..I love the brown one!! Thanks a lot!! Great job!

  71. sungame

    This looks like a nice upgrade of the old – but mostly good – PressRow theme.

    I used PressRow for years before switching to Vigilance, and Pilcrow seems to combine everything I like about the two themes. Still, there is one thing holding me back from switching to Pilcrow: 500 is to narrow for the main column. Vigilance gives me 600, and I still wish for more with, not less. If Pilcrow could offer a main column width of 600 or even 700 in a two-column layout, it would have been perfect!

  72. Emmanuel Ibok

    Ok, I’m trying it out…Paperpunch has been on my blog for so long.

  73. cbcburke9

    It’s very impressive worth a trial.

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  75. X-Evolutionist

    What a wonderful new theme! When I came to WordPress I wanted a nice three column layout, and this looks great! Thank you bunches and bunches! X

  76. Heather Ingemar

    OMG, this is EXACTLY what I was looking for all along!! FANTASTIC!

  77. jaimeestagner

    I’m really liking this one…I may have to give it a shot!

  78. ummaslam

    Cute! I love it :)

  79. cherewaty

    Great! I really like it!

  80. Charlousie

    It is very stylish. I might try it out! Thanks for it and the really great work ;)

  81. munkejens

    Very cool. I really appreciate more themes that allow a wider width. 500px is too small for some blogs and Pilcrow’s 990px is so nice.

  82. Ann Marquez

    Good job! I’m going to give it a try. Thanks!

  83. connieemeraldeyes

    Wowsa… I like that you can put all the colors on it like a picture background and chose different columns. I might try it out when I get tired of the one I am using now. I like it.

  84. jean-philippe

    The layout flexibility is very cool…

  85. nervymike

    Easily the best one! Great stuff, WordPress! :)

  86. George Amoss Jr.

    Excellent! Clean, wide enough (although flexible-width is great to have), doesn’t italicize blockquotes, lots of options thoughtfully implemented — a great theme. I’m using it now!

  87. navedz

    Cool… Sounds worth a try!

  88. DD

    Wow – WordPress keeps getting better and better. I’m not sure I’ll be using my premium themes on my self-hosted sites if you keep this up…(Great, more money down the drain??) lol

    This looks really great: customized, clean and simple. Couldn’t ask for more.

  89. Hussain Kadhem

    Lovely !!

  90. Rony Parvej

    Nice one. I’ll try it. Thanks to wordpress for introducing such great themes.

  91. rmaenza

    Very nice, looks more professional. The 990px is a great advantage too, nice and crisp. Keep up the new themes!

  92. @|3|-||

    Very nice theme :)

  93. Daniel Romo

    Beautiful. Love how it changes up the personality of my writing blog.

  94. V.H.Belvadi

    Looks like it’s built on Pressrow, but its just great!

  95. cutalima

    I like it! I’ll try it soon.

  96. ewiketutut

    Great, simple theme!

  97. foresights

    IMHO, any new themes with layout options need to include ability to adjust widths for sidebars/main content areas.

  98. Tammy McLeod

    Looks like there might be a Pilcrow in my future.

  99. Exodus

    Thanks as always! I like it! :D

  100. TheNorEaster

    Now you’re getting somewhere!


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