Do you love WordPress.com themes? Have you ever wished you could view all the available themes without being logged into your dashboard? Curious how other WordPress.com sites use the theme you’re using? Want to be sure you’re using your theme to its full potential?
If you answered yes to any of those questions you’ll be happy to hear this news. I’m proud to introduce the official WordPress.com Theme Showcase.
The Theme Showcase exhibits the amazing collection of themes available on WordPress.com, documents theme features, and gives you a central place to explore themes outside of your dashboard. With colorful screenshots, detailed specifications, links to sites using the theme, and a list of suggested uses, I know you’ll be inspired to learn more about your current theme or try something new.
The Theme Showcase acts as both a tool for existing site owners to learn more about their theme, such as special features and quirks, and for new owners to explore all our themes and make an informed decision before signing up and choose a theme. Large-size screenshots and links to example content will demonstrate real-world usage of WordPress.com themes.
To explore our themes you can browse by subject (Photography, Lifestream, Magazine, Holiday, Single Page, …), appearance (Color, Number of columns, Width, …), features (Menus, Background, Header Image, …), or style (Outdoorsy, Techy, Grungy, Girly, Colorful, Conservative, Simple, …). Or, search for a theme that matches any combination of criteria you choose.
The Theme Showcase should be your first stop when thinking about WordPress.com themes. If you are considering starting a blog, begin here to pick the perfect theme. If you’re a WordPress.com veteran, come explore WordPress.com themes and maybe learn something new about your favorite theme. Prepare to be inspired!
- Dec 20, 2010 @ 4:45 pm
Dec 20th at 5:51 pm
Excellent work before Christmas! Thank you
Dec 20th at 5:56 pm
Thanks for the great feature, it’ll make easier to choose best theme for the content.
Dec 20th at 6:04 pm
THAT IS SO…. Wow! I do not know what to say, because it is so admiring! I am gonna check it out! Thanks!
Dec 20th at 6:17 pm
Fantastic. You guys are amazing.
Dec 20th at 6:21 pm
This really is a useful posting, I have been wondering for quite some time if I’m using my blog template to its potential. I’m now off to compare!! Thank you!
Dec 20th at 6:33 pm
The post’s title just made me all excited. Thought maybe WP.com will now allow me to upload my own themes :p Anyway, nice initiative right at the stroke of Christmas. Cheers!
Dec 20th at 6:37 pm
What a wonderful Christmas present for all of your users! Now choosing a theme for your blog should be a snip! You guys rock. Merry Christmas to all at WordPress.com
Dec 20th at 6:38 pm
I love the idea of seeing how others use my theme…great option.
I’m totally tempted to change my theme (I get bored of themes like I get bored of cars) … so I’ll be checking this out!
Dec 20th at 6:39 pm
Thank you, I change themes all the time. I will check it out.
Dec 20th at 6:47 pm
Seasons Greetings and thanks for the Theme Showcase. I believe it will be a useful tool for many members when it comes to locating themes with specific features, selecting and activating them. All the work the Theme Team has done is much appreciated. Have a wonderful holiday and may 2011 exceed all expectations.
Dec 20th at 6:47 pm
Thank you! I’ve been wanting this feature for some time and really appreciate it.
Dec 20th at 6:56 pm
I think I already have the perfect theme, but some others do look amazing. After all, I did create my blog header to suit the theme, o would be a pain to change now :/
Dec 20th at 6:59 pm
Wow, thank you!
Dec 20th at 7:01 pm
This is really helpful, thank you!
Dec 20th at 7:12 pm
The Theme Showcase is an incredible new WordPress.com feature. I’m happily stuck on Inuit Types with my CSS Upgrade, but I’m often drawn to consider a new theme. This will help me when the urge descends.
I wish the Theme team and everyone at WordPress.com a meaningful holiday and fantastic New Year.
Dec 20th at 7:22 pm
Excellent idea. I really appreciate this and so many of your continuous updates and creative new features. Thanks!
Dec 20th at 7:31 pm
That is fantastic. Perfect for obsessive theme fiddlers like me!
Dec 20th at 7:31 pm
Wow that’s great! Thanks WordPress!
Dec 20th at 8:03 pm
Nice Job. Thanks for the fantastic feature.
Good ideas for you, too Merry Christmas and GREAT 2011!
Dec 20th at 8:25 pm
Awesome job WordPress! I love this new feature!
Dec 20th at 8:49 pm
Thank you so much for this new trying feature!
Keep up the good work!
Dec 20th at 8:51 pm
Love, love, love it! Just the perfect have-to-have-feature-that-I-didn’t-even-know-I-wanted. This makes a great little digital stocking stuffer for us bloggers. Good work guys & gals!!
Dec 20th at 9:15 pm
This is great. Thanks a lot!
Dec 20th at 9:58 pm
Thanks for this great tool!
Dec 20th at 10:12 pm
Thank you very much for this! This is actually something I missed before I signed up (not that it kept me from signing up anyway – obviously – since everything else about the site was so great). Even if I’m happy with the CSS tweaks I’ve made to my current theme, this will be a very useful feature if I want to change it some day – or just feel like theme window shopping.
Dec 20th at 10:12 pm
How on the earth do you guys come up with such ideas?
Brilliant. Although I believe I’m using my theme to its full potential, this will be useful to me because I can see other themes’ options. Wait, can I see other theme’s extra options from the showcase?
Dec 20th at 10:33 pm
Nicely done folks!
Dec 20th at 10:43 pm
Wow, I cannot over emphasize how immensely useful Theme Showcase will prove to be. Efficiency, effectiveness, and minimized stress are just the beginning of how this incredible feature will bless WP users, especially first-timers. I’ve spend countless hours perusing themes the old way, so I greatly appreciate this. Once again, proof that WP.com rocks!
Dec 20th at 11:23 pm
Always looking… thanks!
Dec 20th at 11:36 pm
Wow, this is great – makes everything all the more efficient.
Great job WordPress!
Dec 20th at 11:43 pm
You rock people! This was something that was missing from WordPress.com! It was really frustrating to find the theme that fits your needs through Admin Panel. Now its fun!
Dec 21st at 12:13 am
Hmmm… Not too impressed. WordPress still has a long ways to go on offering interesting themes. Other blogging sites such as blogspot have a wider variety of styles and backgrounds that aren’t so plain. I’m still hoping that someday soon WordPress will catch up.
Dec 21st at 12:14 am
This is great. Especially for all those new bloggers coming from Windows Live. One thing I really miss though is a simple clean and basic template the way blogger works. No predefined themes but just layout templates you can use to create your own personal theme. Right now I am using Pilcrow which comes pretty close and does the trick for me. Don’t get me wrong. I prefer WordPress over blogger for almost all other things but Blogger wins with a landslide when it comes to flexibilty causing a lot of less technical Live spacers to choose blogger over WordPress.
Dec 21st at 12:16 am
This is a great idea!
Dec 21st at 12:20 am
This really a useful stuff! Previously, I needed to apply one theme by one theme, just to test out whether that particular theme able to display > 900 horizontal width photo without subscribing to the CSS paid feature. If this site had been available at that time, I think it would have saved a lot of time, and made WordPress.com a preferable blogging site.
Dec 21st at 12:40 am
Makes short work of a sometimes tedious job!
Dec 21st at 1:07 am
The designs seem to be getting better all the time, too!
Dec 21st at 1:07 am
I know that themes are one of strengths of WordPress.com. Of course, this feature is very important to shape that strength. Thanks.
Dec 21st at 2:47 am
Great! It’s time for me to get a new theme. Hope this will help me pick one.
Dec 21st at 3:06 am
On the 20th day of Christmas Word Press gave to us, an official WordPress.com Theme Showcase.
Thank you for the wonderful presents all year long.
Dec 21st at 3:16 am
This is very cool! I am always scrolling down on the websites I visit to see what the theme is that they’re using and to get ideas!
Dec 21st at 3:27 am
Thank you WordPress!
Dec 21st at 3:35 am
With all the new themes coming out every other week, it’s good to be able to go somewhere and get an overview.
Dec 21st at 3:46 am
Very nice and clean. Keep it up!
Dec 21st at 3:50 am
I think I’ve already found my personal perfect theme, but this is a great resource for when I might feel a need for change. Happy Holidays!
Dec 21st at 4:04 am
Wow! This is so great! Thank you very much for this!
Dec 21st at 4:29 am
Whoaaa. This is awesome.
Dec 21st at 4:45 am
I’ve already found the perfect theme for my blog.
Dec 21st at 6:19 am
This is great! It’s very useful for those who sometimes just love browsing themes for fun like me.
Thanks WP team! Wish you all the best! Happy holidays!
Dec 21st at 6:33 am
This is a great addition! Exactly what I was looking for when I was starting my blog.
One possible thought for the future – you’ve provide some suggestions for subjects for each theme, which is excellent. It would be great if people using the themes could also offer their subject suggestions, based on their experience with the theme’s features. For example, I love Under the Influence for photography-focused blogs due to the combination of a wide main column and the custom menu, and I’m sure other people have similar experiences with the themes they’ve used.
Keep up the great work!
Dec 21st at 6:34 am
I always love to explore the blog themes. Thank you for sharing this info.
Dec 21st at 6:54 am
“Have you ever wished you could view all the available themes without being logged into your dashboard?”
Yes, often, especially when I try to explain to other people about WordPress.com themes compared to WordPress.org themes. Thank you so much for this…
Dec 21st at 8:39 am
Really awesome thanks! The only issue is I got really excited when I saw that there was a ‘sports’ category in the filter section but alas no themes are available under this category …… so I have to ask why it is there?
I wish the WordPress crew a wonderful festive season!
Dec 21st at 8:44 am
This is love. Thank you!
Dec 21st at 8:53 am
This is excellent! I will be interested in trying the seasonal ‘Vermilion Christmas’ and ‘Iceburgg’ theme for the holidays. Thanks, and have a ‘Holly, Jolly, Christmas’ too!
Dec 21st at 9:03 am
Why is there no “Who’s using this theme” for Zbench?
Dec 21st at 10:00 am
Nice job. Thanks for the fantastic feature.
Dec 21st at 10:38 am
Very helpful, thank you.
Dec 21st at 10:48 am
What a great idea. I look forward to exploring it in more detail: I’m sure I don’t exploit my theme’s features anything like enough. Thanks, WordPress and Merry Christmas!
Dec 21st at 10:52 am
Hello, I would like for the themes to incorporate a tree with snow on it, or have the snow falling down from a tree. This would be a perfect theme for winter.
Dec 21st at 11:59 am
Thank you for the help, this is great.
Dec 21st at 1:43 pm
I always change themes because I’m unsatisfied with the look of my blog… I hope this will help me find the perfect fit!
Dec 21st at 4:02 pm
Thanks for the reply Lance! I’m using Zbench and I’d love to see the sites of other bloggers who use the theme too.
Dec 21st at 4:59 pm
Wow! Excellent feature! Seasons greetings from the island of indonesia.
Dec 21st at 5:34 pm
This is awesome, thanks diligent WP team – y’all rock!
Dec 21st at 8:45 pm
Really, really love this major addition to the WordPress.com website and want to thank the WordPress.com Theme Team for all your hard efforts in making it happen! Bravo!
The only addition I could possibly hope for are the inclusion of theme vital stats, like maximum posting width and banner size.
BTW-For those WordPress.com’ers wondering who else is using their theme, just copy your footer info (such as, “Blog at WordPress.com. Theme: zBench by zwwooooo”) and do a search restricted to sites on WordPress.com. (site:wordpress.com). Easy as pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
Dec 21st at 9:53 pm
I was just thinking of something along these lines not too long ago! Fantastic Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!!
Dec 22nd at 8:55 am
Cool! I’m on a hurry to try this one! Cheers to WordPress team! Never fails! Merry Christmas, guys! ♥
Dec 22nd at 3:16 pm
Great improvement. Much easier to view themes now.
Just one critique: To be fair to all WP bloggers, the blogs featured under “Who’s using this theme” should be changed on every page load.
Dec 22nd at 6:55 pm
Great new addition! Thanks!
Dec 22nd at 7:53 pm
I am hesitant to hit the switch and change my theme – it is comfortable, like my favorite pair of jeans, but not a perfect fit, too baggy in the butt. Will WordPress be considering teleporting team members into households to help ease the transition to its new themes anytime soon?
Dec 23rd at 12:04 am
Now if I could just figure out how to get people to read my stuff!
Dec 23rd at 12:39 am
This is great. However, it would be nice if in the feature list for each theme you explained what the features WERE. What is a “sticky post,” for example, and why do I want it?
Dec 23rd at 1:17 am
Thanks for the theme improvements.
Dec 23rd at 8:28 am
This is so great news!!! You are amazing!
Dec 23rd at 10:22 am
A very nice idea, should save a lot of time. You guys are just improving, though one day I would love to see an option to upload my own themes. Thanks for this feature of though.
Dec 23rd at 4:50 pm
Will you be expanding the “Who’s Using This Theme” feature? Most of the themes I checked out didn’t have it, and that’s what excited me most when I read this announcement. Also, why isn’t my theme listed (Prologue)?
Dec 23rd at 8:53 pm
Dear Behind the Scene Word Pressers,
Heaps of Gratitude for a Great product/service.
May you be all filled up with Joy and Peace and …..turkey??
Dec 23rd at 9:45 pm
Thank you so much for helping all of us bloggers maximize our efforts and enhance the quality of our content. Merry Christmas!
Dec 23rd at 10:19 pm
Thanks! This is wonderful. I love to change themes, and it will be great to see some new ones in 2011.
Merry Christmas…Happy New Year!
Dec 24th at 2:34 am
This is a great idea!
Dec 24th at 10:20 am
Very good idea.
Dec 24th at 7:33 pm
A great idea and about time, I say!
Dec 25th at 9:14 am
Something for everybody. A great way to freshen up a tired looking blog too…Nice one.
Dec 25th at 1:19 pm
Some good information here. I’m new to this process, so am trying to get started.
Dec 25th at 2:30 pm
My perfect theme, since I’m an Army vet, would be a camouflage or military theme. But, I don’t think WordPress will ever create one.
Dec 27th at 8:49 am
Thanks for the inspiration!
Dec 27th at 9:01 am
Good guidance, useful.