Over five years ago, when WordPress.com was just getting started, we launched a theme that has become near and dear to many of us. A theme that even then stood out from all the others with its, well, its banana-smoothie-ness. It’s about time to shake up the Banana Smoothie, isn’t it? Maybe even give some other fruit a shake? We think so. Let’s take a look at its delicious successor, Fruit Shake.
The goal of Fruit Shake was to capture Banana Smoothie’s essence and serve it up to everyone with a refreshed design — and even more fruity flavor. Hence, your choice of three fruit-flavored color schemes: Banana, Blueberry, and my favorite, Dragon Fruit. And just like, Banana Smoothie did, Fruit Shake comes with its own fruit shake recipe widget — courtesy of the incomparable Jane Wells — that lets you share your love of bananas, blueberries, and dragon fruit with your blog readers. Also, there may or may not be a secret, unlockable, fruit in Fruit Shake. Or not. I can’t say much more than that except, well, it might be a secret. If it even exists.
Of course, if you just like the basic colors of Fruit Shake you can also personalize the design with your own custom header and custom background image. You can even remove all the widgets from the sidebar in Appearance → Widgets and create a sleek tumblelog look for your blog. In other words, you don’t have to be obsessed with fruit to enjoy Fruit Shake. It doesn’t hurt though. :)
If you want to know more about the cool features in Fruit Shake we’ve made a page that outlines them all on the Theme Showcase. You can read up on Fruit Shake there and check out a live demo or just activate it on your blog and start experimenting! And if you have a self-hosted installation of WordPress you haven’t been left out of the fun. Fruit Shake will be making its way to the official WordPress Theme directory where you can download it and install it on your blog.
- Jul 5, 2011 @ 5:56 pm
Awesome. My blogging buddy uses The Banana Smoothie theme. Good job, WordPress!
I didn’t even know Dragon Fruit was a real thing. This theme looks tasty!
Good job. So clean and simple.
I like it:)
Love it! But how would one go about unlocking the secret fruit that doesn’t exist?! Any hints?
I like the look of this theme – enough color to be interesting, easily readable fonts, doesn’t squish my photos or chop them off. I might have to switch from Choco!
I’ll definitely have to check this out with my own.
Thank you. Again.
Thanks for the hypothetical help!
Brilliant. Makes me want to write blogs again.
Yeah!!! Banana shake!
Once again, I expected something that was more fun, richer and whimsical. Once again, it’s a purist’s summer fantasy. I love WP, I really, deeply do, but why can’t you guys make more baroque and lavish themes for those of us who don’t need all that zen attitude on our blog? Only Koi (which I’m using and loving) is like that and I really, really wish there were more themes in the same vein. Please consider this!
Very nice theme. I haven’t changed themes for a long time. I’m definitely giving this one a try. :)
This is a very good theme addition for bloggers who write about food. Definitely fruity and enticing for readers to have a taste. It would definitely rock if only it had dropdown menus for better navigation.
This sounds pretty awesome!
Thanks for the new theme. Did not quite think it was my up of tea, but after seeing “Aileen” using it on her Blog, i’m starting to like it :) But i am happy with my theme at the moment :)
Ooo. Very nice, though I think this theme will make a lot of readers quite peckish.
Scrumptious and simple; love the colors!
I was thinking of changing from Mystique (too dark for my taste right now), and this might be just what I need! I’ll probably replace the fruit with a typewriter, though…or fried chicken. :D
Ohhhh, loving this :)!
I like it! it’s bright and eye catching.
Lovely and very colorful. If I had a blog about food, I’d use it for sure. Looks like it would be nice for other things too.
Very cool looking, makes me wish I had a foody blog but cooking is not my strong suit-although eating is.
Great theme, refreshing and clean. Wouldn’t fit the style of my site but you cannot deny the simplistic attraction of the theme
Is there a chance of introducing new themes with small header area for those of us who may not wish to emphasize header images but still want them anyway? Thanks, please consider this aspect as well since lately all the new themes seems to carry large header images.
Fresh and Zesty!
It`s very nice andI tried with it. This really shakes my blog so much.
Yummy! ;) I’ll consider this one for the future.
Awesome theme update. I look forward to see other old themes get a make over.
I like it :)
Sexy theme! I love it.
That dragon fruit is flat-out delectable. Love it. And am now inexplicably craving super white tuna sushi. Thanks a lot!
Hmmm, seems a bit girly and colorful….but perhaps that was the intent….
More free magazine themes please!
Love the different color options!
Nice, especially for fruit, food or kitchen-y blogs
“Delicious Magazine”, followed by “Fruit Shake”. You guys are really making me hungry. ;-)
That said, it’s nicely understated and easy on the eye. I’m not quite ready to change themes yet, but I’ll definitely consider this one when I do…
The theme looks very fresh. And the screen edible, is what i would say :D That of course means a real good work. Thumbs up! :)
Made me crave for a banana :D
Awesome theme! I was going to request you add support for menus in, but low and behold, they’re already in there :)
I haven’t found the secret fruity goodness yet, but am eagerly awaiting stumbling across whatever that may be.
For some reason it made me giggle. It looks very fun though. I love the changing colours.
Cool theme, but I’ll stick to my current one :)
Good work but i prefer Twenty Eleven.
I like it very much. Thanks for your work.
Very, very nice!!! But I miss a green-fruit theme!
Perfect new theme for my new food blog!
Love it! I love the ones with more color.
if only i had a fruit blog! :)
Cutel Not for me, but cute.
Fantastic theme! My only suggestion would be to put the “Blog at WordPress.com. Theme: Fruit Shake by Automattic.” part at the bottom of the page instead of in the widget area.
Ha! That’s FUN! :) But nothing for me. I LOVE my recent theme!!
The only problem here is that the bananas are unripe. :(
Am trying out the Dragon Fruit version for a bit. It’s really smooth.
Mm, I don’t like it at all.
I like the banana shake better. :<
Interesting… but why not a theme based on ice – cream? ^^ I would love it! However good work!
Looks great! I like the colours too.
Damn, I’m hungry now. Thanks. :)
Yeah, I must get it now.
It okay. It’s not as good as some others you’ve put out. But keep working! We all like it when yet another example of your (WP’s) dedication to blogging is shown. Okay, maybe I better not speak for others. ;) Just kidding.
Nice one! :)
Thank you for making my blog juicy and refreshing.
Very beautiful theme.
Thanks for this nich theme! I love it <3
I like it!
Such a yummy theme! Mmmmmm…
Very, very nice! But I miss a green-fruit theme!
I like the yellow…
I like this!!!
Great job, cool!!
Looks delicious. Perfect for summer heat!
The banana theme is great!
This theme is making me hungry.
Very cool. Love the pink!
I like it !!!
Love the vibe. :)
Clean and user friendly! Great!
Keep up the excellent work!
Just activated it with the dragon fruit… my blog looks very girly in pink. Good job WordPress.
A good kind of fruity.
I like how the fruit and layout matches. Yum
the theme looks ugly I hate to say, might want to improve on your Colour skills buddy.
I really like the organization and the fonts, especially for the one-column version of this theme. Too bad, the header is compulsory.
I like this one.
I love the theme and would like to use it on WordPress.org. However I didn’t find it in the theme selection there. Will it be available on .org at some point?
Really happy with it! love the pastel tones and design.