I want to let you in on a little secret: when we launched Lovebirds and Ever After almost two weeks ago, we reached 200 active themes on WordPress.com! With so many amazing new themes coming out, we thought it was time for an overhaul of the Theme Showcase.
I always judge books by their covers and themes by their screenshots, but the old Theme Showcase’s tiny screenshots made that last one really hard. That problem is now just a fading memory:
And, like everything on WordPress.com these days, these screenshots are HiDPI/retina-ready!
We now only show the first 20 or so results, loading more as needed with Infinite Scroll. This, and a bunch of other behind-the-scenes improvements will keep things nice and snappy while you look for the perfect theme for your blog. To top it off, all your searches and filters are quickly returned on the same page.
Happy theme browsing, and here’s to the next 200 themes!
Aug 28th at 1:00 am
How do you filter out all of the Premium themes? I can see how to filter out all of the free ones, but why not let us go the other way?
Aug 28th at 1:10 am
I have to admit I sometimes too judge a book by its cover — especially if it’s one of those cheesey “professional” covers that look so generic as to be only tangentially related to a (hopefully) complex story inside. The writer should be wholly focused on the text, but even taking an amateur shot at a cover design, he or she will normally be more profound than these “chocolate box” covers that have become standard in the industry.
Aug 28th at 1:49 am
Anything that makes things faster is great!
Aug 28th at 2:09 am
Yeah, themes is one my main reasons for checking new posts here at WP.com. Even if I’m not going to use the theme myself, I’m always curious to see the new themes as well as check what it would look like on my blog. Nice work on making this better!
Aug 28th at 3:04 am
WP continues to provide a great service, most appreciated! The difficult part is making choices on which theme to use
Aug 28th at 3:28 am
Sweet. The bigger the better I say. Cheers!
Aug 28th at 3:32 am
i always switch my themes for fun cuz there’s a lot of good ones out there. thank you!
Aug 28th at 3:56 am
I’d like to use some of your themes, but they are too restrictive. Font Sizes. Column width. Suggest something to help me.
Aug 28th at 3:59 am
The variety seems endless. You do a great job guys ( and gals).
Aug 28th at 4:06 am
Yay and hooray. Been noticing the “faster and more visual” about it and love it. I am a theme junkie. Do not often buy, but window shop LOTS!
Aug 28th at 4:11 am
When I first joined WordPress, there was a really great function that the Theme Showcase had, where you could see a preview of what your blog would look like after you switched themes, and it was possible to save the preview as a screenshot to remind you if you were road-testing dozens of themes.
You don’t seem to have that any more, which is a real shame – I’m not sure if I’ll ever choose another theme, because I did a lot of previews and spent a lot of time looking over the screenshots and asking for people’s opinions.
I do know that lots of themes that looked great in the Showcase Demo, just weren’t a good match for my blog and didn’t look right at all.
Please consider bringing the Preview feature back!
Aug 28th at 4:26 am
This is a great new way to view the Themes. Thinking of changing mine so it’s made the process of choosing a lot easier. Now I’m just worried how hard changing the content is going to be!
Aug 28th at 5:08 am
To the next 200!
Could you please make more themes that work well with mostly-text blogs? And themes that work well with a blog that has both photos and text, but not photos and text in one post?
Aug 28th at 5:08 am
Thank you so much, I repeat: I am proud to be a member of WordPress – Kind regards from Germany !
Aug 28th at 6:43 am
I’m not so enamoured. Great that the previews are larger BUT please dispense with the “Featured” feature. With that, you give us only a fraction of the theme, just the header area, and no impression of the overall design.
Aug 28th at 7:19 am
Aug 28th at 7:59 am
Themes is very important, I always am learning. Thanks a lot.
Aug 28th at 10:34 am
It would be nice if we could search for only free themes, like we already can for premium.
Aug 28th at 12:29 pm
the new display looks great … but ….the problem I have in selecting one is getting more details about the theme. I don’t really want to wade through 200 themes. It would be good if the themes were categorized for use. for example, I am looking for one that supports a gallery ‘page’ for paintings. so far I have not found one by blindly clicking and tryiong themes. It would be good to be able to see a page of options, select required options, and then have the 200 themes filtered to show only the ones that meet the required options.
Aug 28th at 2:34 pm
VERY beautiful themes
Aug 28th at 2:38 pm
Have been wanting to browse the themes, maybe get a facelift, sounds like now’s the time!
Aug 28th at 4:14 pm
I use the Themes Showcase frequently when I answer questions on the support forum. This new design is pretty and the pages full of big images load fast, but I find it frustarting to use the Themes Showcase to get information quickly. What I’m doing as of yestereday is using the copious themes notes I have in my private blog rather than using the Themes Fotum at all. In other words, I’m sorry to say that I found the former design to be easier to use.
Aug 28th at 4:16 pm
Good for you all! I was looking around for a new theme the other week and am glad you are fixing the filter drop problem.
One thing did happen that ended up being great, but was startling at the time. I meant to click the “see theme in action” button and clicked the “activate” instead. I backed out without doing anything else, but later realized that this one click had changed my theme just like that.
Luckily, it was one of the themes I was considering, so I plugged in my own pictures and am happy with it. It was a shock, though, to visit my front side and realize what had happened!
Aug 28th at 4:43 pm
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Aug 29th at 1:44 am
I see you have amp; in your title, I have that problem also when I change then wording in my title. I would like to know if there is any solution that can remove it because I can’t delete it once it is in the title box.
Aug 29th at 4:15 am
Looks incredible. Good job guys and so much nicer than those theme jungle marketplaces.
Aug 29th at 8:23 am
Hi from Indonesia.. It’s good upgrade for me because I have slow internet connection in my place.
Aug 29th at 8:38 am
it looks very good. No offense, but the wordpress.org theme directory was one of the reasons why i created http://www.themescroller.com
looking for a theme should be excactly what you said: fast and visual.
check out themescroller, its very similar to what you guys did, but additionally you can browse themes from themeforest, woothemes or elegantthemes.
Aug 29th at 2:08 pm
That’s great, I’m going to check it out, have been wanting to change my theme, those little thumbnails of before were hard to visualize.
Aug 31st at 2:12 am
Adding infinite scroll makes things immensely easier. Same with mobile WordPress. The update is fantastic and long awaited, thanks for all your hard work, WP team.