WordPress.com’s default theme for 2015 is the perfect canvas for your creative vision.
One Theme, Three Ways: Customizing Twenty Fifteen
Our default theme this year, Twenty Fifteen, draws visitors’ eyes to what matters most — the text and images you publish on your site. Crisp typography, generous spacing, streamlined navigation: Twenty Fifteen shows that less can indeed be more (and that it can look great on any device).
Keeping things simple and streamlined doesn’t mean you can’t make a theme your own, of course. From free custom color schemes (pictured in the gallery above) to a vertical header area with ample space to channel your (and your site’s) personality, Twenty Fifteen is a theme that invites you to express your creativity. Here are three sites that are doing a superb job using the theme as the canvas for their vision.
Desertification is a blog on environmental change, sustainable gardening, and other topics relevant to drylands everywhere. The Belgium-based blogger behind it, Dr. Willem Van Cotthem, crafted a design that matches the topic perfectly: the custom header image shows the harsh beauty of the desert without compromising the readability of the easy-to-navigate custom menu.
The site’s well-selected featured images round out an inviting look that brings to life its fascinating subject matter.
With a perfect balance of minimalism and color, Alfitude, a music blog focusing on emerging artists from Scandinavia (and beyond), exudes effortless cool. A bright white background sets the tone, and custom fonts (available through the WordPress.com Premium upgrade) add a subtle, sleek touch.
Alfie Hanoun, the site’s editor, made sure that finding music on his site is a breeze with a well-designed custom menu. Keeping with the minimalist aesthetic, the only other additions to the sidebar are well-placed links to the site’s social accounts, and an Image Widget featuring the site’s logo.
Potter Michelle Luu‘s blog might be just a few weeks old, but you wouldn’t guess it judging by the site’s professional-looking design, which adds a few smart custom touches to Twenty Fifteen‘s out-of-the-box look.
Gorgeous featured images set the tone (and look particularly striking against the theme’s neutral default background). Michelle also added links to her About page and Etsy store, and links to her Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts — all crisply displayed in the uncluttered sidebar. An About.me Widget — featuring an image of Michelle at work on her potter’s wheel — makes the space even more inviting, and imbues it with Michelle’s presence.
Have you seen other great sites using Twenty Fifteen? Have you tried customizing it yet? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
Looks great. Will the default theme for next year be 2016 😉
The Science Geek
Hi! I’m looking for a theme that will let me use an adjustable size header photo with a line of text underneath. Specifically, I need to have a photo with the title of the blog directly beneath it, with sticky post capability, multiple drop-down menus, and both right and left sidebars for widgets. The background must be customizable. Any suggestions? Is 2015 right for this? Thanks in advance, Ben, and anyone else who has ideas. The blog is called The Picky Proofreader–I’ve already purchased the domain, now need the theme to go with the concept!
Just switched to it from Wilson.
I’m very happy with TwentyFifteen. It’s simple and visually appealing at the same time.
I started blogging this year and liked the default settings for twentyfifteen so I didn’t bother looking at others or customizing beyond a category list, but is there some way to turn off the function that hyphenates words at the end of a line?
I like this theme.
Actually, I have been using it in my English blog.
I changed over to this theme yesterday. It’s elegant and perfect in every way. Has all the features I like/use and beautiful readability and aesthetics! Thank you. Love it!
Since I couldn’t find a way to personally thank you, I’ll do it here! Ben, thank you so much for featuring my blog. It was definitely a surprise! This is a wonderful theme for a clean, minimal look and super easy to use for a beginner like me. Thanks!
2015 is good theme for my sindhi language site but its not showing Urdu nastaleek web sites properly. If someone add urdu fonts in it than it will be perfect wordpress theme for LTR AND RTL both kinds languages. thanks
Hi there, I have shipped a couple of post now. I wonder: a. How do I add a “share”-bar in the left field? b. Can I make a list of “Previous blogs” in the dynamic version, or is that only for the static? It gives a good overview. c. How do I change password for Admin – so that it’s not the original? Thanks!
I love the Word Press solution, by the way 🙂