New Theme: Big Brother

Big Brother‘s bold colors and strong type will represent your business or organization with sophistication and panache.

Today we’re proud to present a brand new free theme, designed especially for large organizations and government by Automattic’s own Michael Arestad.

Big Brother

Big Brother

Big Brother offers a clean and traditional design, multiple color schemes, and support for standard customization features. It’s a professional, readable theme that’s easy to tailor to your organization’s style.

Breadcrumb-style navigation on pages make even the largest sites a breeze to navigate, while the widget area keeps your secondary content close at hand. Start a blog to keep your members up-to-date on current happenings, or use the [sitemap] shortcode to create a quick, centralized location to list all of your organization’s important information.

As always, Big Brother adapts to your screen size, allowing for a pleasant reading experience no matter the device:

Big Brother Responsive WordPress Theme

You can see Big Brother in action on the demo site, or activate it on your own blog at Appearance → Themes.


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  1. violingrace

    Wow I love it, so clean, simple and accessible! :)

  2. CrazyGuyinThailand

    Superb! :D

  3. Mara Eastern

    Oh wow, this looks very nice! I was actually looking for a theme of this kind — the only one that looked suitable for my purpose was a theme called Academia, but I was hesitant to use it because the theme is two years old and I wanted something even more modern.

    There are a plenty of beautiful blog and business themes available, but there aren’t enough choices for organisations and such — where you need more pages than posts and an easy way to navigate through a complex structure of the site. This new theme is a great addition :-)

  4. Meredith

    I like the clean look.

  5. David Bennett

    I like this, so I implemented it but it broke the image galleries. Is there an issue with galleries?

    • Caroline Moore

      I think that may have been a bug; they should be working now. :) If not, let us know with a link to a page that’s not working. Cheers!

  6. triciatallen

    I like the theme, but how well does it integrate social media? Thanks much.

  7. bumblepuppies

    The theme looks solid but I’m not entirely thrilled with the name. “Big Brother” for something designed for government? I suppose it’s appropriate in some countries, though…

  8. azyshey

    This is so cool!! ^_^

  9. shoreacres

    A theme designed for business and government named “Big Brother”? Are you kidding me? When is “1984” coming out?

  10. ejd

    I love the large, very readable text in this theme! I had been looking for something like this. I just activated, but am having a problem with my menu showing up when reducing the screen size and on iPhone. Please advise. I really want to use this theme.

    • Caroline Moore

      Hi! The menu appears to be working on the demo when viewed on my iPhone. Can you make a new post on the support forums, describing the problem in detail, the exact device and version, browser information, and a screenshot demonstrating the issue? We’ll get to the bottom of it. :) Thank you!

  11. Darshan Gajara

    Quite simple & concrete :)

  12. alfredsalmanac

    Nice and simple, with a cool minimalist look. I’m very tempted…

  13. Dennis

    Finally there is it…. a template that meets my requirements. Minimal header, clean design and template where the content is focus and not the header or any other graphics and menus that could turn readers off. I waited for such a template for a long time :D Hope to see more of those modern, clean and minimalistic templates in the future!! I´ll test this one here but I believe this could be a very nice alternative to my Twenty Ten theme.

  14. kenbomfeh

    Clean. Simple. Good job!

  15. habibilamour

    Big Brother? What an appropriate name :-P

  16. savyseph

    Great! It is nice to see a new theme being added when I started signing up for word press.

  17. azaleaayden

    Superb! :D i like this theme

  18. Michael Van Den Berg

    Nice, simple and clean. But I’m not entirely sure about the name. I don’t think that there are many government agencies who wants to be associated with Big Brother. :P

  19. Michael Meiser

    Simple and elegant at the same time! Might be suitable for sports clubs, too.

  20. Steve Stapelberg

    Hi Caroline.

    I have a self hosted directory / community website that I’m about to rebuild in WordPress. I would love to use this theme but it doesn’t seem to be available on WordPress.org.

    Is there a possibilty of using this theme via WordPress.org?

    I’m not very technical, just want to know if it’s possible to do.

  21. Rieko Kristian

    I’ll use this theme for my blog. Cheers.

  22. courtneyward

    I really love this theme and having been using it for a day or so. However today my menu is not displaying properly – the dropdown options will not show up and each menu heading is hyperlinked? Why is this? I really do not want to have to start over with a new theme.

  23. Stacie

    Very modern and easy to get caught up in, love it!

  24. Al McRorie

    Like the theme BUT the demo sure does not work on IE8. If I want to convert my web site to a WordPress site, then it must support IE8, just too many users on my site still use that browser.

    The majority of users on my site are IE users and IE8 is the most used browser, so I need a theme that works for these users. I have heard all of the comments about old browsers but we put up web sites for users and not for web developers.

  25. Yhonny E

    Fantastic design, precise blog for news or opinion.

  26. Maria

    Finally a theme I could settle for ! Loved it!

  27. xuxiaozia

    I love the theme, clean, simple and accessible!

  28. leftoverpeas

    I like the sitemap. Can it do it just posts or pages?

  29. jnevarez3

    This is great! Makes for an awesome reading experience.

  30. smilesfix2013

    This looks particularly fresh and would prove quite useful to organisations or larger institutions I think. I like the design and the colours in the theme.

  31. jeanpaulfartre

    I thought it was about totalitarianism, darn, I love global conspiracies.

  32. Prabhat Jha

    Just awesome and very clean, brilliant. I applied it to my blog. Thanks

  33. Mister Timans

    Good template. But the drop down menu’s won’t work. Is that right?

  34. Gael593

    Clear, clear. A good theme.

  35. John Hayden

    I love the simplicity. The typography — the headline font and body type font — makes this about as clean and easy to read as you can get. I’m going to try it on one of my blogs or websites. Of course this theme looks very plain vanilla, but I like vanilla (simplicity). With a custom header image you can give it a distinctive look. I like having the title incorporated in the header image, if it’s the right image.

  36. dhenztm

    This is a nice one! Simple yet very customizable. :)

  37. Sonu

    It’s a wonderful theme. A welcome image would have been great!

  38. Peter Fritz Walter

    I like this theme very much. It is clear, well organized and the color combination is very appealing. Thank you very much!

  39. Metro Square

    This theme helps blog readers focus on content, clean and friendly on the eyes. I love your job.

  40. fahrul08

    Very nice simple theme…

  41. Khanindra Dutta

    That’s a great theme. And well written ma’m.

  42. quincydaniels

    Unless it was a commentary on the government in that case a sincere good job.

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