New Theme: Duster

I am rather pleased to announce the birth of a new Automattic theme designed and developed by the Theme Team. It goes by the name of Duster and is quite an interesting theme — if I may say so myself.

Apart from the custom possibilities you’re already acquainted with in most of our themes — features like custom backgrounds, headers, and menus — Duster is also equipped with a unique Showcase Page Template that can propel your site up to a new level.

Showing how Duster looks.

With the help of the Showcase Template you can make your front page display an introductory text message, a featured post with an image —big or small, your call— at the top, a recent post column showing the latest post and a list of other recent posts below, and a sidebar with a custom widget that displays your Aside or Link posts.

It also has several details hidden all around, like a responsive and fluid design to accommodate smaller views. We hope you like it and create beautiful sites with its help. We like it so much we’re using it for our team blog, ThemeShaper. 🙂 Go exploring and read more about it at the Theme Showcase (you now can even activate the theme from there)!


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  1. El Santo

    I like it all except the black field/white text in the comment reply when the user comments. Is there a way to modify that?

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  2. Kelly Whitman

    Neat, I may just have to test it out, we’ll see 🙂 Keep up the great work!

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  3. Aidyl

    I usually don’t like the more plainer themes, but this one is the exception… I think it’s the spices of color underneath the black title-bars, and the block of text at the top of every page. It just looks so… I can’t find the correct adjective! 🙂

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  4. Judy

    I liked the look of this and tried it out, but didn’t like the white on black in the comments, which I find unreadable, so have now switched back to my previous theme.

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  5. coiruo

    Excellent! Very good.

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  6. funkton

    Looks great but where can I download it from?

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  7. Jaymie

    I like it…. I’m tempted. A lot.

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  8. fineartfinds

    This is exactly what I have been looking for! Just one question – how do you implement the featured post option?

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  9. Giorgio

    Think that it is a really good theme. Easy to use and to see/read. Mmm… :-p

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  10. Sarah

    I’ve already switched to Duster. LOVE it. Thanks!

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  11. Barry Render

    Does this allow for a visitor counter? Does it allow me to make a weekly poll on the side of my blog?

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  12. Erika

    Love the look of this theme! Thanks WordPress! 🙂

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  13. suzannebrandsen

    Good theme, I’d probably go for it if it looked as feminine as this one does masculine. Not too much, just subtle. Hope that makes sense!

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  14. sangpembebas

    I think it’s good.

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  15. enej

    Great work! I am wondering if there is any plans for releasing the theme to WordPress.org? Also are there any plans for releasing other theme that you guys develop or make changes to WordPress.org. I like how WordPress.com has consistencies accross themes you offer and I would love to offer the theme consistencies on our universities blogging network. I understand the difference between WordPress.com and .org. I am just wondering if you have any plans or releasing your work.

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    • Matías

      For sure. We certainly plan on releasing and updating our new themes, including Duster, on WordPress.org extend. The same way we are doing for P2, for instance.

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  16. dongan

    Nice themes… Thank you WordPress…

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  17. Kelly Whitman

    Switched to this theme, I love it so far, LOVE the “Reply” button, looks nice and I’ve been looking for a theme that has a reply/comment button that is easy for readers to find, thanks!

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  18. tHe_diNz

    I like it… This is very nice… 🙂

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  19. AKHMAD SUDRAJAT

    I am considering to use this theme.
    Thank you 🙂

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  20. seekingnicci6

    Clean and spiffy.

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  21. Park-Chaeri

    Nice theme 😀

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  22. Connie T

    I change Themes all the time. I will try this out next. I like that you can do custom backgrounds and headers. I do that to mine.

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  23. Trudy

    This is really lovely! I love my current layout but let me take a look at this.

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  24. louisabellissima

    Well done!

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  25. divyasrivaka

    It is very simple and very nice. I like it.

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  26. Gio

    I can’t read all the comments to see if there are other, but here are few considerations:

    1) “modify” link is over the tag when there are many of these;
    2) “modify” link floats on the different pages: after article in index, top-left on single, etc.

    (sorry for my poor english ; )

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  27. Gio

    P.S. Anyway, it’s a great theme!

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  28. Jöran Fagerlund

    Nice.

    Is it possible to have, say, the three last posts as featured or sticky posts in the showcase page? I liked this feature in Inuit Types.

    Is it possible to not display so much metadata in the showcase page like tags, categorys, ratings etc? I like these features in the individual posts but I prefer a clean front page.

    I really like the ability to exclude “asides” in the showcase page.

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  29. Jöran Fagerlund

    How do I get the sticky post to be just an image and the headline like in your demoblog: http://dusterdemo.wordpress.com/

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  30. thatredsky

    This theme’s great, but for some reason my pictures and captions all get aligned to the left. Any ideas on how to align it to the centre? Also, is there any way to have a shaded area for the captions?

    Other than these concerns the theme’s awesome! 😀

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  31. Sludge

    You guys should make more 3 column themes, with sidebars on the left and right and posts in the middle, those are the best.

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  32. robynruckel

    Hello… extreme newbie here. I would love to try this theme. How do I get it?

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  33. personality510

    I like it very much coz the new theme is the most beautiful design. Don’t miss it!

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  34. Jöran Fagerlund

    Thank you for your help but I allready tried different sizes för the Showcase Template: 4200, 1200 an 1000 pixels wide and nothing changes. The Showcase Template is working but the picture is not large.

    http://pamflett.wordpress.com/

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  35. Ad V~

    Simply lovely! I just switched to it and: “It’s Friday, I’m in love!”. Well, almost… 😉

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  36. enej

    Thanks Matías.

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  37. Zack

    ::LIKE:: this is a seriously awesome theme. I might even consider switching.

    ❤ you guys.

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  38. tamesidetories

    This theme is fabulous, and it is the one I’ve been waiting a while for. However, one problem, I have added a comments box to the website but it is only showing as a very simple design. Is there something I need to do to make it display in the Duster-style comments box shown in the theme blurb? Any advice will be gratefully received.

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  39. ctrlaltrock

    I really love the theme it’s a nice simple and clear layout. My only gripe is the drop-down menu feature. We have a lot of subpages and it makes it look awfully cluttered with a dropdown. Is there any way to easily disable this?

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  40. tamesidetories

    Apologies about the above, I meant ‘contact form’ not ‘comments box’!

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  41. Jöran Fagerlund

    Now the large image on the showcase page works nicely. Great theme.

    It woud be nice to have more than one featured article on the front page.

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  42. Nora Weston

    Interesting theme! I’m going to check it out. 🙂

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  43. amaafco

    Is this Mr. WordPress? But cool theme!

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  44. ctrlaltrock

    Okay now that I have the menu thing sorted (thanks Matías!) is there a way to have the side bar options (in our case out twitter feed, categories and archives) appear on every page? Or will they only come up on the main page? Thanks!

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    • Matías

      You have five different sidebars: one for the Showcase page, one for all blog views (categories, search, etc), and three footer areas. Single posts are displayed full-width to concentrate on the content but you can still use the footer widget areas.

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  45. chefhermes

    Really like it, would use if it was in black. Have the Structure (in Black) theme at the moment & was looking to change when going to hosting.

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  46. Tibi

    Looks so nice… I think I’ll try it!
    TNX!

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  47. K

    One question : If I mark a post as “Aside” it appears in the Showcase sidebar (with the ephemeral widget) but the title vanishes when I sort the posts by category. In my blog, when you sort by “Everyday Stuff” using the menu — you can see that the 2nd post has lost its title since I marked it as an “Aside”…. any thoughts on why this is happening – or am I missing something here?

    Thanks!

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  48. thedailydish

    I spied Duster on a friend’s blog who’d just switched over from the theme I’d been using. So stunning, I made the switch too. THANKS!!

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  49. Cassie X

    Really nice looking, it’s clean and easy to read.
    Good work!

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  50. Fiona

    That is very good! Great work! *thumbs up*

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  51. donibanget

    Must TRY! Thanks…

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  52. wgreco1

    Definitly will use this in the future.

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  53. christinadiane

    I love the new Duster theme! Thanks WordPress and team Automattic 🙂

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  54. Judy Marie Santiago

    I love this theme so much, seems like I’ve long waited for this theme! I’m on it! 😀 Forever!

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  55. thedailydish

    Okay, I switched back to Coraline. NOT b/c Duster isn’t gorgeous (it is!) but b/c it made some of my widgets go wonky. Perhaps I will try again when I have more time to adjust. Keep up the great work!!

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  56. wahyu85

    Now the featured post feature works perfectly for my older post. Thank you theme team 🙂

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  57. Ha

    Luv the new theme…

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  58. tamesidetories

    Hi all,

    I cannot seem to upload the ‘cool comment form’ on to the website. In it’s place I have a bog standard comment form: http://tamesidetories.com/contact-us/

    How do I upload Duster’s comment form?

    Many thanks in advance.

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  59. Michael A. Robson

    Great fonts, very clean. Well done guys!!

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  60. barrycyrus

    Great one! Dope 🙂

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  61. raja1969

    fantastic

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  62. usareviews

    Cool and clean theme. Great job.

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  63. goetheist

    Quite nice to work with.

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  64. Anwar Hossain

    Very simple THEME… I like it.

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  65. K

    Some of my post titles are vanishing if I set them as “Aside” .. I am switching back to Coraline .. maybe I will get back to Duster in a couple of months ..

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  66. whatsaysyou

    Cool theme page. But I got one question though: can you maybe come up with other lovely themes too like flowers too? Thanks

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  67. absolutegrace

    I just switched to Duster! Thanks for the perks and options. And I love the different colour schemes!

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  68. Yamil

    If only I wasn’t so in love with mine. It looks pretty nice.

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  69. thehootfrommrowliy

    Wow! That’s great!

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  70. Netty Gritty

    Thanks so much for Duster. I really love the possibilities it has to offer.

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  71. Timur Aykut YILDIRIM

    Good work 🙂

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  72. Barcode Printer | Scanner

    greats job, i wanna try it

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  73. Piotr Kaźmierczak

    Looks like the theme doesn’t work properly on the iPhone if you’re using the ‘showcase mode’.

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  74. Francesca

    Love it! Already switched!! 🙂 Finally found my perfect theme.

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  75. JawGeX

    Sweet, been waiting for a theme with a sticky, thanks.

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  76. jeffd00

    Thank you.

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  77. Burak Sezer

    Really nice.

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  78. fi

    Nice one!

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  79. Fractad

    This is the first theme that looked good enough for me to switch to since I first started blogging a year ago. I like it a lot.

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  80. Njklas

    I use it and I totally fell in Love with it.
    Thanks for this awesome theme! 🙂

    Greets from Germany.

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  81. cupcake2eater

    Kind of plain for my liking but it’s okay.

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  82. Elizabeth

    Looks good! I tried it out on my blog and I may use it in the future… perhaps when I have my logo picture for my blog. Currently, I’ll stick with Spectrum but in the future I will definitely consider this. Thanks for sharing!

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  83. Justin Halbersma

    I just switched to this theme on Friday and it is perfect. This is the theme I had been waiting for so long, thank you!

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  84. Lambertus Wahyu Hermawan

    Finally, a theme that suits me… Thanks.

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  85. Mike

    Not bad. I may have to give it a try.

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  86. azthfi

    Great! Simple but wonderful.

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  87. Sarah Gwan | Graphic Designer

    I love this theme! So SEXY!

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  88. Adit

    Elegant and cool at the same time! I like the idea of removing the sidebar in other pages—makes it look much more cleaner.

    Kudos to the Theme Team! They should make more themes that implement Helvetica as its primary font.

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  89. Addison

    Like the new theme!

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  90. nicolas

    Looks nice!

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  91. Carolyn Thomas

    For my blog, The Ethical Nag I have just switched over to this from 2010.

    I really didn’t like that choppy 2010 mix of serif fonts! 😦 But I do love the clean fonts available for Duster. It’s versatile enough to add colour in the header or background too. I’m still playing with the Showcase / sticky thing and don’t know if it will work or not for me.

    MANY, MANY THANKS!

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  92. Editor

    How to activate the Large image option? From the Settings > Media, I already set a minimum and maximum size of the large image, but the radio button for Large is inactive when I upload an image. Could you please help? Thanks.

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  93. dem.vn

    I like the Theme, so nice.

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  94. rchelimenace

    Nice theme. Already switched. Thanks.

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  95. leegundi

    Simple but interesting 🙂 Nice.

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  96. adetective

    Wew, great theme, simple but nice. 🙂

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  97. Thing

    Might give it a go if I can get all the widgets on there…

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  98. phio_chan

    Hey it looks great! Thanks for the hard work. All the best. 😀

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  100. σяaηgє∂υ∂є95_

    Cool! I might use it for a CP Blog or CP Army someday…

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