New Theme: Toolbox

Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.”

Dr. Emmett Brown

The streets of the future probably won’t be filled with flying cars and hover boards but the Web will be filled with more semantic content thanks to new markup elements introduced in HTML5. Today’s new theme will let you take advantage of that future right now, right here, on WordPress.com. It’s called Toolbox.

Much like the Sandbox theme, Toolbox provides all the markup you need to build your very own theme with CSS alone–with one difference. Toolbox uses some really exciting new HTML5 elements–like <article>, <header>, and <nav>–that better describe what your content is all about.

What can you do with it? Anything you want. :) Since HTML and CSS go together like peanut butter and jelly we’ve put together a small demonstration. Clicking the image below will take you to a demo site where you can see—and download!—some really cool Custom CSS working in concert with the Toolbox markup.

The Toolbox Theme markup together with Custom CSS

If you need some more inspiration, take a look at a small sample of the infinite themes styles available with Custom CSS. All you need to get started is the Custom CSS upgrade and some experience with CSS.

If you’re building a WordPress theme for a self-hosted site, you can use Toolbox too! It’s available right now in the WordPress Themes Directory.


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Ian Stewart

  • Dec 10, 2010 @ 4:35 pm
  • Themes

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  1. raditherapy

    Wow! Awesome!!

  2. Tobias

    Great. I like it to see, that you are on the cutting edge. Thanks for your effort. (BTW I guess I will be finally happy if you decide to include “The Erudite” into the rich portfolio of WordPress.com themes. ;-) )

  3. Charlousie

    Amazing, I am gonna check it out. Maybe I give it a try. Well I’ll see… :D

  4. nnamdi2010

    Wow it’s good. I will check it out.

  5. AKHMAD SUDRAJAT

    Good! I the like the light theme.

  6. Margaret

    This is mind boggling — to say the least….. Now where do I get the time to learn all this stuff? … :) … Can oldies, but goldies, learn all this CSS?…

  7. Christy aka Mamarazzi

    I would really like to know where our hover-cars are! They’d be pretty useful on my commute.
    Great new theme!

  8. Mikalee Byerman

    Love it…as usual!

  9. Jared Scott

    I like this one a lot. I’m always glad to see new themes available! :D

  10. MesAyah

    I’m gonna check this out a bit closer.

  11. Eric

    I’ll be learning this over the winter break!

  12. Intelligent Challenge

    Looks like some study is required – I like the flexibility though.

  13. TN Hapsari

    It’s cool. Gonna try it later.

  14. markjepson

    Well done. Great addition.

  15. Hamlet Hamster

    I think I should start learning CSS right now and here … in a train station where I have just missed a connection. Where’s my manual?

  16. 1MereMortal

    I like how WordPress comes out with great new stuff. Keep it coming.

  17. Emily Gooch

    Great! Maybe I can finally put the CSS lessons I’ve learned to good use. :)

  18. bob43

    WordPress is the best. Works so well with my IPad

  19. shamballa9944

    VERY cool stuff! I look forward to seeing how others use these tools!

  20. Sandra Lee

    I love my CSS upgrade, but I’m not ready to create a blog from scratch. I’m sure this new theme will be perfect for the techies in the crowd. Thanks Theme Team for the regular flow of new themes. I’m always tempted by I’m pretty hung up on Inuit Types + CSS upgrade.

  21. Mary Fletcher Jones

    I think the streets of the future WILL be filled with flying cars and hover boards!

  22. adventurewriter

    Great! I’ve been meaning to mess around with CSS. Great job WordPress!

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  24. Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator

    I wish I knew how to play with this!! Looks great!

  25. Wez

    Very, very cool. Shame I just dabble in css. Looking forward to seeing what others do with it.

  26. My Camera, My Friend

    Nice, but I still think a flying Delorean would be more awesome.

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  28. Ljubomir Gatdula

    Cool, but I’ll stick to my current theme :)

  29. tamiran

    Nice theme. Simple and clear.

  30. Hani

    I love WordPress and all the different cool stuff it keeps offering. Keep the good work going guys. Nice theme. :D

  31. Stranger

    Could I use it without the css upgrade? And if i use it , the theme will be only in white like the sandbox theme?

    • Ian Stewart

      That’s correct. The Custom CSS upgrade is a paid upgrade but the Toolbox theme is free. Like Sandbox, Toolbox will be a plain white theme without Custom CSS.

  32. alamendah

    Woooow…. great! I like it.

  33. carlayvonne

    I love WordPress but I´m a new blogger so I have to study on this possibility. But it seems nice.

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  35. Annoyed Conservative Christian

    This was a great idea!

  36. barrycyrus

    Keep those themes coming! :)

  37. gdnf

    Yoho this seems to be a good tool, I really have so much to learn about CSS … Thanks!

  38. Style Souk

    As usual… WordPress are rocking it!

  39. NixNivis

    Oooh! I love this!! See, I knew getting that CSS upgrade was a good idea. ;)

  40. nonnoi

    Very nice theme…

  41. jocurileus

    Wow, great one when it will be available for use with wp sites?

  42. xiaoxuaner

    Hmm… very simple one, eh? Nice anyway. : )

  43. guard13007

    Nice, I may look into this in the future, but for now, my current theme seems okay.

  44. Jess C Scott

    Uber cool :)

  45. Java Drink

    Nice idea. Simple and sweet.

  46. chriscampbellphotography

    Very nice addition. This will give many the opportunity to learn css. Good work :)

  47. Slowvelder

    Look forward to seeing this in action – anyone got it up and running yet?

  48. elmer

    The road is a lighter highway. This is cool but I still prefer it simple… as simple as Coraline…

  49. Myra's papers

    Sweeeet! Thanks.

  50. logopedant

    Very nice. :-)

  51. Gally Lines ~ LestISmiteThee.wordpress.com

    Interesting. Thanks for the new themes!

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  53. voedinggezonde

    Wow, light themes! i love it. Maybe i should give it a try..

  54. Domenic

    Thank you! Hope to see more themes coming on.

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  58. Miss Mali

    I think i found a winner. :)

  59. peaceandpies

    Eh, kind of bland.

  60. Alessio in Asia

    I don’t like it.

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  63. Haniey

    Well, the theme is fine. I just haven’t found the right theme for me yet …

  64. drex

    Oh, cool! You guys are awesome… I love to learn new stuffs.

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