You love themes, I love themes, we all love themes. With millions of sites running on the state-of-the-art WordPress software and over a half-billion people visiting the Automattic network every month, there is a now a need more than ever for unique themes. Themes that make your site, your content, and your voice stand out from the crowd.
Along with this extraordinary growth we’ve been thrilled to watch a thriving marketplace of commercial themes drive innovation and quality in theme design while producing an amazing variety of theme choices for self-hosted WordPress sites.
Now we want to bring the same level of theme choices to the WordPress.com community—it’s time to give you a chance at not only more themes, but a chance to showcase your site with beautiful designs that will blow you away with their style and quality.
Learn all about these two themes by visiting our Theme Showcase, or purchase and activate a theme by going to Appearance → Themes in your dashboard—look for the “Premium” link next to “Recently Added.”
Along with the distinctive features and a gorgeous design purchasing a premium theme like Shelf or Headlines for your WordPress.com site also gives you full access to dedicated support on the WordPress.com forums. The premium themes forum there will be accessible only to site owners who’ve purchased a theme.
We hope to expand the collection of themes on WordPress.com in a big way in 2011. Look for a significant number of both free and premium themes coming your way this year. And, thank you to our WordPress.com community for helping the Automattic network reach the mark of 500 million unique visitors per month. We couldn’t do it without you!
Feb 3rd at 3:38 pm
I have no money.
Feb 3rd at 3:40 pm
It’s great to see you expanding your themes and being adventurous like this. Thank you.
Feb 3rd at 3:40 pm
I want to be able to add my own!
Feb 3rd at 3:43 pm
I’m hoping you come out with more colorful themes in the future, but as always I’m proud of you WP!
Feb 3rd at 3:44 pm
I don’t like the idea of premium themes like this to be honest. You should rather let us install themes from the database.
Feb 3rd at 3:49 pm
Clean and easy to navigate layout.
Feb 3rd at 4:01 pm
Awesome! I was waiting for it to come!
Feb 3rd at 4:10 pm
Great idea and some good themes, but the prices are a bit steep.
Feb 3rd at 4:28 pm
Feb 3rd at 4:31 pm
We cannot afford that cost. That is the very reason why we stick with subdomains. We are a poor country. Poor Filipinos. There are rich people here but they belong to the government.
Feb 3rd at 4:47 pm
Wow! Amazing themes. Thank you.
Feb 3rd at 4:50 pm
Woo! Hoo! Exciting. I have hoped for this for so long. I can’t wait to see what else is coming.
Feb 3rd at 4:56 pm
They look fine, but if I paid I’d still be dissatisfied. And I’d be poorer.
Feb 3rd at 5:05 pm
It’s nice to see we’ll be getting more choice! As my site has been growing I’m certainly considering getting Headlines: it’s simple and striking.
Feb 3rd at 5:06 pm
This is a great offering and great opening for your first two themes. I think I like Headlines the best. I do however think in today’s economic climate that they are too pricey for most.
Feb 3rd at 5:16 pm
Yay! I’ll be saving up. In the near future, hopefully I’ll be able to use this.
Feb 3rd at 5:17 pm
They both look snazzy! (That’s a good thing.)
Feb 3rd at 5:22 pm
Great theme, the Headlines theme. Love it!
Feb 3rd at 5:42 pm
Amazing job guys!
Feb 3rd at 5:52 pm
Your themes rock. Seriously. Can’t wait to play with these!
Feb 3rd at 6:06 pm
Not bad. I likey!
Feb 3rd at 6:24 pm
Love the new concept!
The would perfectly suit my blog on world textile trade, alas it is a tad too expensive
Feb 3rd at 7:10 pm
I love these themes. They are great.
Feb 3rd at 7:43 pm
The dot.communist in me says thanks, but no thanks!
Feb 3rd at 7:48 pm
Great idea and I love having access to more in the future. These two are great, but not quite right for my look. I’m looking forward to seeing more in 2011. Hurry please!
Feb 3rd at 8:08 pm
I like the idea of premium themes…must agree with Tom Baker regarding pricing.
Feb 3rd at 8:29 pm
The Headlines is friggin’ awesome! That’s the thing I was looking for. Maybe except for the columns – I’d love a theme like that one, but with the possibility to display front page post as in Inuit Type (side by side).
Seriously considering buying it! Cost is not that big (at least in my country), but I won’t be happy if you release a better one in a week or two. I’d rather pay some more for a lifetime subscription with limitation of using 1, but freely choosable, premium theme for 1 blog per account.
My 3 cents. Hope to see more of options soon
Feb 3rd at 8:39 pm
I would be interested to learn how the theme Headlines was created in the first place. Anybody any ideas?
Feb 3rd at 8:59 pm
Love this, hope a lot of premium themes are coming to WP.com.
Feb 3rd at 9:29 pm
Shelf made me smile. May you keep thinking beyond the conventional in theme designs!
Feb 3rd at 9:35 pm
I’ve been waiting for this. These two premium themes look great! I’d like to see more though. See, it’s never enough. We’re never truly happy, are we? Thanks.
Feb 3rd at 9:46 pm
Premium themes is a great idea, and since the prices are one-time, not annual, they seem very reasonable. The “Shelf” theme puts a whole new spin on blogging. I thought WordPress was great when I started using it in 2007, but it just keeps getting better.
Feb 3rd at 10:26 pm
I am totally amazed by these two new themes. As John Hayden just said, since they are just one-time fees and not annual, the price is very reasonable. I just wonder if we will have a whole bunch of Headlines them, for instance, all looking the same, except for different blog names. I also wonder if there is a way to make them unique?
I also noticed when I tried it out, that “Featuring” blocks the headline title of each section as it passes through.
I am seriously thinking of getting Headlines for my new blog, News, Views, and Gurus.
Many heartfelt thanks to WP and the staff. The WP blogs are interesting, the theme designs are fabulous, and it’s relatively easy to operate one of these blogs. AND it’s all free. Your efforts are appreciated!
Feb 3rd at 10:49 pm
I’m glad to see something like Shelf here – can’t wait to see more unique themes!
Feb 3rd at 11:17 pm
LOVE the featured post on Headlines. Wish it was three columns though. Probably will hold out for something a little bit more like what I am looking for.
Feb 3rd at 11:23 pm
I totally love the title.
Feb 3rd at 11:38 pm
Can we customise a premium theme using a pre-existing CSS upgrade?
Feb 4th at 12:12 am
Nice. BTW, it would be nice if themes could be previewed without custom css messing up the display of a theme it wasn’t written for.
Feb 4th at 12:18 am
I’m not sure how the themes would make my blog better but doesn’t really matter since I can’t spend the cash!
Feb 4th at 1:25 am
Clear post with super shots of the websites. Job well done.
Feb 4th at 1:49 am
Yeah, the first two paid themes. $68? It’s a crazy price! How about $6?
Feb 4th at 2:13 am
The Headlines theme is one theme design that I’ve been waiting for a long time, a magazine style that suits my blog. Unfortunately, when this theme finally show up, I must pay 45 USD for this. I know lot of free themes are available, but they can’t be compared with this Headlines theme. If I buy this theme, and in the future there is newer one, I cannot switch unless I pay again. What a waste.
Feb 4th at 2:14 am
I think paying for designs as a one off fee is a great idea, I like it.
Feb 4th at 2:16 am
I wish there was a “try-before-you-buy” option so that I could check out the theme in detail (especially the CSS coding). I love the look of the Headlines theme, just not the color options.
Think I’ll hold out for a 3-column version, anyway.
Feb 4th at 2:29 am
Ah…now we go high end! Kewl.
Feb 4th at 3:14 am
I know Shelf supports custom menus, but does anyone know where they appear on the site when they’re enabled? Anyone seen an example? That’s the one big hangup I have before pulling the trigger. Thanks.
Feb 4th at 4:19 am
Now you have created a dilemma for me WordPress: Headlines or new hoodie? Hm – Headlines looks swanky and is tantalizing me with those clean lines…
Feb 4th at 4:56 am
Feb 4th at 7:23 am
Those are awesome themes! Unfortunately they’re not free.
Feb 4th at 7:59 am
The WooThemes site says the theme is circa 2009… I hope it’s up to date.
Feb 4th at 8:23 am
That’s something unexpected for me…awesome!
Feb 4th at 8:24 am
It’s a little bit expensive… you can pay one year hosting with $68.
Feb 4th at 8:32 am
One of these days I will. But for now, still leeching off the free services because I have no money to spare.
Feb 4th at 8:35 am
Nice. It might be time for a new look.
Feb 4th at 9:15 am
Wow! LOVE these. Might have to raid the piggy bank, Headlines would fit the theme of my blog really well but I love the styling of Shelf.
Feb 4th at 9:58 am
I have the Headlines theme since 3 February.
Feb 4th at 11:18 am
They are pretty and elegant certainly, but not worth the price for me. I’d stick with Twenty Ten I think.
Feb 4th at 12:17 pm
I’d have to agree with those who have commented that the price seems a bit out of line…expensive software (themes) for “free” sites doesn’t exactly make sense to my brain… For not much more money one could have a self-hosted site with lots more options and control. This also raises a question about what sort of support commitment is being offered to those who buy one of these themes. I’ve experienced the frustration of putting a lot of work into a blog only to have the theme (or plug-in) developer disappear or decide to stop supporting it… I accept that as part of the system, but I would not be happy if I spent $68 for something that became useless in a year or two.
Feb 4th at 12:46 pm
Shelf is cool, this format opens up a lot of possibilities… Keep up the great work!
Feb 4th at 12:51 pm
I’ve been waiting so long for this!
Feb 4th at 1:18 pm
Quite brilliant! Well done Woo!
Feb 4th at 3:52 pm
At last, long overdue!
Feb 4th at 4:18 pm
Reading the backstory on ThemeShaper also helped me to understand why this idea, which has actually been brewing for quite some time, is now finally possible. Awesome! Looking forward to seeing lots more new themes, both premium and free.
Feb 4th at 5:52 pm
These new themes are great. As someone who manages multiple blogs and authors all posts across multiple industries of my clients, I am anxiously awaiting more themes with author anonymity and plug in availibilty. Consider adding author info as a search term, or a highlighted feature and of course, consider adding the use of plug-ins
Feb 4th at 6:36 pm
Some fantastic themes there.
Feb 4th at 7:36 pm
Very good, it’s good for my pictures.
Feb 4th at 10:24 pm
Very nice premium themes! Unfortunately, I still don’t have budget to purchase one.
Feb 4th at 11:32 pm
Sweet! I am totally getting Shelf for my blog ASAP!
Feb 5th at 1:38 am
Can you create a theme for the content of technology? I want the most expensive.
Feb 5th at 5:00 am
Feb 5th at 5:08 am
I like the new themes but what about something really cool for those of us who like black background themes? I would love to see more themes that rotate your featured or newest posts with a photo on the front page. I love that feature but can’t find it in themes. I would also love to see a widget that rotates the photos in the image widget. Thanks WordPress Today’s Truffles loves you guys.
Feb 5th at 6:17 am
Love it! Keep on doing it!
Feb 5th at 6:28 am
Feb 5th at 9:46 am
What a great idea. Keep the free ones coming though!
Feb 5th at 3:45 pm
These themes are really cool! The only thing is they are so expensive. May I ask why?
Feb 5th at 6:06 pm
Great job! I still love my Twenty Ten though.
Feb 5th at 8:13 pm
Really lame… why would we pay for these themes (they aren’t that good).
Feb 5th at 10:32 pm
These are very nice.
Feb 5th at 10:48 pm
Shelf looks super cool but I hope we still get free themes as well – I love to browse through those and that’s what themes I use for my blog!
Feb 5th at 11:48 pm
I keep meaning to look at the new themes out there, they look awesome! (I hope to soon, I’d like to cross that off my to do list!)
Feb 6th at 5:12 am
Very nice, but don’t you think more color may be more appealing?
Feb 6th at 8:49 am
Great job, I’d love to have one of these themes, but for now, I’ll stick to what I am using. Maybe next month.
Feb 6th at 11:43 am
Oh my gosh. Headlines is professional, but Shelf is just beautiful. Love it to bits!
Would it be possible to lower the price a little, though? Please?
Feb 6th at 7:20 pm
I wish I was able to buy this, but unfortunately I cannot. Thank you for the free themes, though. :-/