Update: Check out this dedicated site for P2.
Today we’re extra-pleased to introduce you to a new theme that reinvents what it means to group blog on WordPress.com.
We call it P2 (in the style of K2, the update on the classic Kubrick theme), and it’s an extensive revamp of Prologue, the brainchild of last year’s winter retreat.
Prologue broke ground when it brought microblogging to WordPress.com. Now it’s cooler, faster, sleeker, and ready for 2009 and beyond:
Live notifications, comments on the homepage, and in-line editing are just part of what makes P2 revolutionary. With these features, you never have to refresh, and rarely need to visit the dashboard. Everything you need to communicate with other users on your blog (and your readers, too), is right there on the front page. We like to think of it as a really cool version of Twitter for groups.
P2 is the perfect theme to use when you’re collaborating with remote teams and far-flung friends. It’s also a great tool for school projects, as a class or as a group. We Automatticians use it internally to keep each other up to date, both on a company-wide level and on a project-by-project basis.
It’s also a fun way to post and share total nonsense, as some of us have for this demo:
Check out this video narrated by the illustrious Sheri to see more:
Here’s the overview of what’s new in P2:
- Threaded comment display on the front page.
- In-line editing for posts and comments.
- Live tag suggestion based on previously used tags.
- A show/hide feature for comments, to keep things tidy.
- Real-time notifications when a new comment or update is posted. (If you have a Mac, you know what we mean when we say it’s Growl-like.)
- Super-handy keyboard shortcuts: c to compose a new post; j to go to the next item; k to go to the previous item; r to reply; e to edit; o to show and hide comments; t to go to the top; esc to cancel.
- Helvetica Neue for you modern font lovers.
- Plus more to come! Keep an eye on the news blog for updates.
And as always, there’s:
- Hassle-free posting from the front page.
- RSS feeds for everything: the entire prologue, each author, each tag, and any search.
- A feeling of supreme awesomeness because you’re using a sweet theme custom-made by Automattic.
Just like other themes, you can find P2 under Appearance > Themes in your dashboard. Those who are into the self-hosted version of WordPress can keep an eye out for P2 in the Themes Directory in the coming week.
Plus a note: Don’t forget to change your time settings for Daylight Savings Time if the time in your region “sprung forward” this week!
Mar 11th at 2:19 am
nice one! but is there a word limit we can post?
Mar 11th at 2:36 am
WOW! Will check it out later. Today is a festival in India (Holi, the festival of colours), so kinda busy playing with colours (and playing with themes will resume tomorrow)!
Mar 11th at 2:51 am
So, when we gonna get an update and more info on Prologue Projects theme I ran across in the SVN repo? Hmmm? Looks wildly cool.
Mar 11th at 3:13 am
nice! very nice! ;D Keep it up~!
Mar 11th at 3:16 am
yay more blog themes… keep em coming! and no word limits!!!!! =D
Mar 11th at 4:03 am
A lovely piece of work, this strikes me as the perfect theme to apply as the default for the blogs users receive upon signing up to a BuddyPress because it would clearly encourage the blog owner to post more frequently and encourage visitors to leave more comments, all adding to the stream of activity, as reported on the BuddyPress site’s home page.
I have suggested as much on the BuddyPress forums:
How soon can we rip it off?
Mar 11th at 4:07 am
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Mar 11th at 4:32 am
Nice theme but not really digging the bold font. P2 is defentily
a step up from the first Twitter like theme.
Mar 11th at 5:03 am
Mar 11th at 6:03 am
…I have a feeling blogs are going to be even more painful to read in the near future
Mar 11th at 6:24 am
Thanks for the reminder about Daylight Savings.
Mar 11th at 6:32 am
looks good. though I would prefer to stick to the current one i am using!
Mar 11th at 6:34 am
it’s nice ^_^
Mar 11th at 6:47 am
yes the including good.
Mar 11th at 6:48 am
It seems a good idea, well implemented for what’s intended to do; short messages in a sort of exclusive twitter
Mar 11th at 7:28 am
Does the new theme have some difficulties in case I have scheduled posts? after every minute or even shorter I get note of new updates in my blog …
Mar 11th at 8:22 am
im waiting for some killer lookin themes…wherr r they hiding??
Mar 11th at 8:41 am
So does this bridge into Twitter and/or Identi.ca?
Mar 11th at 8:42 am
cool, I’ll try it out on a test blog
Have not tried prologue, or twitter yet
Mar 11th at 10:29 am
Great, you read my mind
Mar 11th at 11:04 am
Wow, this one looks cool! Thanks!
Mar 11th at 11:43 am
Mar 11th at 11:43 am
very nice !
Mar 11th at 12:31 pm
P2? That’s Propaganda Due, a secret society.
Mar 11th at 12:56 pm
I am still waiting for an Orange Theme But this one is cool!
Mar 11th at 1:10 pm
It’s looking nice! Any chance we can get all these fancy features in the old Prologue layout sometime in the future?
Mar 11th at 1:20 pm
Wow. A new better feature indeed.
Mar 11th at 1:39 pm
Looks like Twitter.
Mar 11th at 4:07 pm
How does the tag suggestion work? Sounds interesting but I am a little confused. Thanks.
Mar 11th at 4:20 pm
Very cool, this would be great for keeping tabs on a projects work flow… college students rejoice!
Mar 11th at 4:28 pm
Not a twitter user (yet), but what are the advantages of P2 over twitter?
Mar 11th at 4:52 pm
Interesting. I hope more themes will be on the way in the near future.
Mar 11th at 4:53 pm
Great! keep on doing the good work
Mar 11th at 5:53 pm
Would it be possible to make Prologue a part of another theme? With a more standard blog, with prologue as a smaller part; widget-like
Mar 11th at 6:07 pm
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Mar 11th at 6:35 pm
Wow, looks better…Hope to see more upgraded versions of popular themes.
Mar 11th at 7:55 pm
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Mar 11th at 8:29 pm
Twitter is like crack… adding it to a blog would be sweet!
Mar 11th at 8:39 pm
would it work well with my blog,or can the feature be added to it for me to take advantage of it?
Mar 11th at 9:02 pm
cool…i’m gonna try it out…
Mar 11th at 9:26 pm
It’s really cool… thanks you guys for the hard work you do… you’re really the best… and I’m thinking of using it in my new blog.. thanks a lot
Mar 11th at 9:42 pm
Cool work we really need that kind of stuff…..
Mar 11th at 10:06 pm
Mar 11th at 10:20 pm
More graphic themes needed..why are there so many rehashed themes coming out?..new ones please!
Mar 12th at 1:02 am
it’s great… i hope more themes will be on the way in the near future
Mar 12th at 1:23 am
That’s really awesome, many of us were waiting for something like this.
Mar 12th at 3:42 am
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Mar 12th at 3:48 am
but I think there is too “square”, hehe
Mar 12th at 6:15 am
THX, I ‘ll try it
Mar 12th at 9:06 am
nice info. hmmm.. faster blogging… yeah and fast comments too… your eye wont sore =)
Mar 12th at 9:23 am
Mar 12th at 10:17 am
Great stuff, keep up the good work.
Mar 12th at 11:07 am
Is there any non-microblogging theme thats more bloggy but only uses tags in the theme and not categories?
Mar 12th at 11:59 am
Sounds good. Why not just come up with another twitter widget or have that integrated into the system? Oh well. I’m behind anything you guys do!
Mar 12th at 1:26 pm
Twitter skin/style ! Nice
Mar 12th at 2:35 pm
Mar 12th at 3:07 pm
Looks fantastic…can I, and if so how, link a conversational blog to my existing article feature blog?
Mar 12th at 3:52 pm
You know what would be great!?? If I could use this theme for a separate page on my current blog (using vigilance) so that my staff members could have conversations- similar to a message board. Then create a log-in procedure to make it private. My staff have WP user accounts, but I wouldn’t want just anyone who came to the blog to see it.
Mar 12th at 6:22 pm
Nice, Keep it up!
Mar 12th at 6:28 pm
Wow. Very nice!! It’s gonna be a good trip. Welcome on board!!!
Mar 12th at 6:46 pm
Sound’s great. Even though I’m a new one using WP, but I think it’s can make the blog cooler than before.
Mar 12th at 8:23 pm
There is one problem I’ve found with the new P2 fast blogger. It is an excellent concept, but there’s one thing that I think could be implemented :p
If a user is scrolling through the posts with the ‘J’ or ‘K’ hot keys, and then presses ‘R’ to reply, but then decides not to reply and ‘esc’-apes out of it, P2 doesn’t remember which post you were last viewing when you go back to pressing ‘J’ or ‘K’, it instead starts you from the top or bottom, relative to which key you press. It would be nice to see some memory of last viewed post
Very good job on the concept and design though, I am very impressed
Mar 12th at 10:43 pm
Very nice! I can’t wait to try it out!
Mar 12th at 10:51 pm
So wait, does that mean that anyone can post a comment on there?
Because I would love to be able to set up another blog specifically geared toward commenting my blog (real time).
Mar 13th at 3:40 am
lets try this out, why not
Mar 13th at 3:45 am
One of the reasons I love WordPress is that you guys have the greatest themes available.
Mar 13th at 6:02 am
this is really an awesome idea and great example of what a theme itself could do to the way of blogging
Mar 13th at 6:39 am
Holy cow. I didn’t read the full feature list, so when it live updated, I was taken aback. When is this thing going to be available to all us .org users as well? It’s way cool.
Mar 13th at 8:57 am
that’s really cool, good job! however im going to stick with vigilance =]
Mar 13th at 10:20 am
Ooh, an orange theme would be nice. Good idea.
Mar 13th at 11:55 am
If you know what to do you with that you can use P2 now for self-hosted WordPresses!
Mar 13th at 1:10 pm
It’s not fun enough. You guys should add things to the top-portion of the pages in themes since users have got less variety there..
Mar 13th at 3:00 pm
Mar 13th at 4:02 pm
That’s pretty cool!
Mar 13th at 7:08 pm
Twitter is not enough :), wordpress rocks.
Expecting H1 title on permalinks pages, on P3.
Mar 13th at 7:23 pm
when exactly can we expect to have this theme in wordpress directory for self-hosted and would you provide support for customization?
Mar 13th at 7:34 pm
No word limit! I can’t wait to see if it will work for our new book-in-progress blog! Would that work?
Mar 13th at 10:40 pm
Very nice, though I like most the other new theme, that one called “Vigilance”.
Mar 13th at 11:44 pm
Mar 14th at 12:26 am
Look’s cool.Kinda looks like a forum lol.
Mar 14th at 1:51 am
Awesome! I might try it out soon!