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First Draft of Twenty Thirteen Now in Core

The new Twenty Thirteen theme is now in WordPress Core, as Mark Jaquith has just announced over on Make WordPress Core.

It’s a pretty big departure from what we usually expect out of a default bundled theme in terms of colour, but my first impression is very positive.

There’s a demo site available for those who want to take a quick tour. You can also install it yourself if you’re into installing WordPress trunk from SVN.

WordPress 3.6 Test Site | Just another WordPress site


I took it for a test run with the Theme Unit Test data to see how it handled post formats, which is one of the main focuses for the new theme (and also the upcoming WordPress 3.6 release too).

As you can see, for a first draft, it holds up very well to the various post and format tests thrown at it.

The colours look good, and the little inline font icon symbols are a nice touch that really lets the theme shine at any resolution.

Some things you can’t see in this screenshot, are the floating navigation bar which becomes visible on scrolling, the 404 page, and the asymmetrical pagination arrows.

All of which you can see in the demo linked above. If you’re a fan of the jQuery Masonry plugin you’ll be pleased to know, now that it’s included in core, it’s been used to handle the layout of widgets in the footer of Twenty Thirteen.

Under Matt Mullenweg’s direction, Joen AsmussenKonstantin Obenland, and Lance Willett have done an amazing job, and I’m sure will continue to participate in polishing the new theme off ready for release.

Lance has also posted on Make WordPress Themes with a call for testing and performance enhancement, including links to the relevant Trac tickets.

So, if you’re inclined to pitch in, head over there and contribute to making sure Twenty Thirteen is ready for the planned release of WordPress 3.6 in April.

Historically, bundled themes have been fairly laid back and readily leant themselves to being a starter or parent theme. They were fairly inoffensive and generic.

Not so much with Twenty Thirteen! As you can clearly see already, this theme isn’t backwards about coming forwards.

It’s colourful, it has a preference for a single column blog-style site, and it’s certainly not going to work for every kind of site (or even blog). I tip my hat to the bold, warm, experimental nature of Twenty Thirteen.

In particular, it makes me excited for future bundled themes too. Now this new precedent is set, who knows what might come next!

What’s your favourite little detail discovered in this draft of the new theme?

Do you love or hate its boldness? Will you use it as-is on any of your sites, or even at all?

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  • http://www.kmarsden.com Kevin Marsden

    I love the bold colors. Because of that and the focus on single column use, it may not be used as much as the last three default themes, but it’s refreshing.

    • http://wp.tutsplus.com Japh Thomson

      I think that’s what I like most about it: it’s refreshing. It’s nice to see them taking a few risks to show off the new features.

  • http://www.adorabledigitals.com Jiri Krewinkel

    This is a very interesting step forward with some bold design choices. The fixed menu especially.

    Also, will that “Follow” box in the bottom right corner be part of twenty-thirteen or is it just for the purpose of getting people to sign up for twenty-thirteen notifications?

  • http://ericdye.it Eric Dye

    I prefer the minimal look of the previous Twenty X’s. They were a great starting point for those who are first digging into WP. This, on the other hand, has too much “boldness” imho.

    I still look forward to seeing it, though!

  • http://cliffseal.com Cliff Seal

    I’d be put off if WordPress only shipped one default theme, but having this alongside Twenty Twelve will be perfect, I think.

    • http://wp.tutsplus.com Japh Thomson

      I feel the same. I love the new theme, but I don’t know if I’d be as happy about it if it wasn’t being shipped alongside Twenty Twelve.

  • Chris

    I am planing to start a new blog in about a month or so, and this is the very thing i was looking for. Can’t wait until it goes live.

    • http://wp.tutsplus.com Japh Thomson

      Funny you should say that, Chris. If you wanted to get started using the first draft, I wrote a post showing how to install it on a stable version of WordPress.

  • http://wpcodeking.com David V

    I like the change from the “norm” default WP themes we’ve seen in the past.

    I don’t think I’ve ever used a default theme, but it’s nice to see them stretching the boundaries with the design. I think 2013 is the time to do it.

    • http://wp.tutsplus.com Japh Thomson

      I completely agree. I do sometimes use a default theme, but I still love this stretching of boundaries and deviation from the “norm” too :)

  • http://www.blogwire.ca Enzo Testa

    The wordpress stock themes are good and very popular. I did play around with a couple way back but got sidetracked into purchasing another. I will most likely be starting up another blog with the 2013 theme. Looks good.

  • http://kukuhnovaputra.com Kukuh Nova Putra

    Waw, it’s more than all twenty theme.

    Nice theme.

  • Luca

    It look 90’s 😐

    • http://jarederickson.com Jared Erickson

      I thought the same thing

    • http://wp.tutsplus.com Japh Thomson

      I was going to go back further, like maybe even 70s.

  • Chris

    So i set up a local environment wih xampp (for testing purposes), the theme looks great, and was wondering how to set the theme to be single-column ?

    • http://wp.tutsplus.com Japh Thomson

      Go to Appearance -> Widgets and move all the widgets into the “Footer Widget”. Job done :)