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
Jul 5th at 6:18 pm
Awesome. My blogging buddy uses The Banana Smoothie theme. Good job, WordPress!
Jul 5th at 6:23 pm
I didn’t even know Dragon Fruit was a real thing. This theme looks tasty!
Jul 5th at 6:30 pm
Good job. So clean and simple.
Jul 5th at 6:48 pm
I like it:)
Jul 5th at 7:09 pm
Love it! But how would one go about unlocking the secret fruit that doesn’t exist?! Any hints?
Jul 5th at 7:10 pm
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!
Jul 5th at 7:12 pm
I’ll definitely have to check this out with my own.
Thank you. Again.
Jul 5th at 7:23 pm
Thanks for the hypothetical help!
Jul 5th at 7:23 pm
Brilliant. Makes me want to write blogs again.
Jul 5th at 7:33 pm
Yeah!!! Banana shake!
Jul 5th at 7:52 pm
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!
Jul 5th at 8:11 pm
Very nice theme. I haven’t changed themes for a long time. I’m definitely giving this one a try.
Jul 5th at 8:58 pm
Jul 5th at 9:10 pm
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.
Jul 5th at 9:21 pm
This sounds pretty awesome!
Jul 5th at 9:28 pm
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
Jul 5th at 9:36 pm
Ooo. Very nice, though I think this theme will make a lot of readers quite peckish.
Jul 5th at 9:47 pm
Scrumptious and simple; love the colors!
Jul 5th at 9:54 pm
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.
Jul 5th at 10:02 pm
Ohhhh, loving this :)!
Jul 5th at 10:16 pm
I like it! it’s bright and eye catching.
Jul 5th at 10:22 pm
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.
Jul 5th at 10:44 pm
Very cool looking, makes me wish I had a foody blog but cooking is not my strong suit-although eating is.
Jul 5th at 11:18 pm
Great theme, refreshing and clean. Wouldn’t fit the style of my site but you cannot deny the simplistic attraction of the theme
Jul 5th at 11:30 pm
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.
Jul 5th at 11:32 pm
Fresh and Zesty!
Jul 6th at 12:23 am
It`s very nice andI tried with it. This really shakes my blog so much.
Jul 6th at 12:38 am
Yummy! I’ll consider this one for the future.
Jul 6th at 12:50 am
Awesome theme update. I look forward to see other old themes get a make over.
Jul 6th at 12:54 am
I like it
Jul 6th at 12:56 am
Sexy theme! I love it.
Jul 6th at 1:34 am
Jul 6th at 2:00 am
That dragon fruit is flat-out delectable. Love it. And am now inexplicably craving super white tuna sushi. Thanks a lot!
Jul 6th at 2:10 am
Hmmm, seems a bit girly and colorful….but perhaps that was the intent….
More free magazine themes please!
Jul 6th at 2:18 am
Love the different color options!
Jul 6th at 3:02 am
Nice, especially for fruit, food or kitchen-y blogs
Jul 6th at 3:31 am
“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…
Jul 6th at 3:32 am
The theme looks very fresh. And the screen edible, is what i would say That of course means a real good work. Thumbs up!
Jul 6th at 3:37 am
Made me crave for a banana
Jul 6th at 5:36 am
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.
Jul 6th at 6:05 am
Jul 6th at 7:42 am
For some reason it made me giggle. It looks very fun though. I love the changing colours.
Jul 6th at 8:57 am
Cool theme, but I’ll stick to my current one
Jul 6th at 9:16 am
Good work but i prefer Twenty Eleven.
Jul 6th at 10:27 am
I like it very much. Thanks for your work.
Jul 6th at 11:45 am
Very, very nice!!! But I miss a green-fruit theme!
Jul 6th at 12:41 pm
Perfect new theme for my new food blog!
Jul 6th at 3:00 pm
Love it! I love the ones with more color.
Jul 6th at 3:14 pm
if only i had a fruit blog!
Jul 6th at 4:59 pm
Cutel Not for me, but cute.
Jul 6th at 5:09 pm
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.
Jul 6th at 5:49 pm
Ha! That’s FUN! But nothing for me. I LOVE my recent theme!!
Jul 6th at 7:06 pm
The only problem here is that the bananas are unripe.
Jul 6th at 10:46 pm
Am trying out the Dragon Fruit version for a bit. It’s really smooth.
Jul 7th at 2:14 am
Mm, I don’t like it at all.
Jul 7th at 6:41 am
I like the banana shake better. :<
Jul 7th at 11:01 am
Interesting… but why not a theme based on ice – cream? ^^ I would love it! However good work!
Jul 7th at 11:46 am
Looks great! I like the colours too.
Jul 7th at 1:31 pm
Damn, I’m hungry now. Thanks.
Jul 7th at 1:40 pm
Yeah, I must get it now.
Jul 7th at 3:24 pm
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.
Jul 7th at 3:32 pm
Jul 7th at 5:58 pm
Thank you for making my blog juicy and refreshing.
Jul 7th at 5:58 pm
Very beautiful theme.
Jul 7th at 6:44 pm
Thanks for this nich theme! I love it <3
Jul 7th at 8:32 pm
Jul 7th at 9:18 pm
I like it!
Jul 8th at 1:29 am
Such a yummy theme! Mmmmmm…
Jul 8th at 7:27 am
Very, very nice! But I miss a green-fruit theme!
Jul 8th at 7:54 am
Jul 8th at 12:30 pm
I like the yellow…
Jul 8th at 11:34 pm
I like this!!!
Jul 9th at 4:06 am
Great job, cool!!
Jul 9th at 1:41 pm
Looks delicious. Perfect for summer heat!
Jul 9th at 3:33 pm
The banana theme is great!
Jul 10th at 1:02 am
This theme is making me hungry.
Jul 10th at 7:38 am
Very cool. Love the pink!
Jul 10th at 10:29 am
Jul 10th at 3:17 pm
I like it !!!
Jul 11th at 7:35 am
Love the vibe.
Jul 11th at 5:38 pm
Clean and user friendly! Great!
Jul 11th at 5:42 pm
Keep up the excellent work!
Jul 12th at 6:22 am
Just activated it with the dragon fruit… my blog looks very girly in pink. Good job WordPress.
Jul 12th at 10:59 pm
A good kind of fruity.
Jul 13th at 1:11 am
I like how the fruit and layout matches. Yum
Jul 13th at 3:29 am
the theme looks ugly I hate to say, might want to improve on your Colour skills buddy.
Jul 13th at 4:21 am
I really like the organization and the fonts, especially for the one-column version of this theme. Too bad, the header is compulsory.
Jul 13th at 12:24 pm
Jul 13th at 11:52 pm
I like this one.
Jul 15th at 9:06 am
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?
Jul 17th at 11:42 am
Really happy with it! love the pastel tones and design.