Theme Duet with Afterlight and Libretto

We’re pleased to launch two new themes on

Afterlight is Takashi Irie‘s variation of his earlier Cyanotype. Opt for a full-screen background image or choose a solid background color to make a bold statement.

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Featuring big, bold drop caps and oversized images, Libretto is ideal for showcasing longform writing or stunning imagery. Its classic design and typographic details will give your blog a sophisticated, elegant look. Libretto is a fork of Readly, originally designed by WPShower.


Announcing Apostrophe

A classic magazine-style theme, Apostrophe is now available for self-hosted sites. An update of Konstantin Kovshenin‘s Semicolon, crafted by Automattic’s Sarah Semark, Apostrophe supports a site logo and featured posts once Jetpack is active. With its traditional horizontal menu and right sidebar, Apostrophe also lets you “star” posts on the front end to set them as featured. Check out the demo or give it a go on your site.

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Let Your Restaurant Shine With Confit

We are proud to bring Confit, an elegant free theme geared to restaurants, cafés, and bars, to

Confit lets you easily add food and drink menus to show off your best dishes and beverages, through Jetpack’s Custom Content Types module. The plugin’s Contact Info widget – available through the Extra Sidebar Widgets module – also complements Confit nicely, by allowing you to map your venue’s location and display phone numbers and opening hours, so customers can easily find you.

Take Confit for a spin and add some flavor to your site!

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Meet Argent, Cerauno, and Canard

We’re proud to present a trio of new free themes, now available for your self-hosted site through the theme directory.

Argent is a modern portfolio theme, perfect for creative professionals like designers, artists, and photographers. Designed by Mel Choyce and developed by Ola Laczek, Argent lets you add portfolio projects through Jetpack’s Custom Content Types module.

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A magazine-style theme designed by Mel Choyce, Cerauno was developed by Caroline Moore. On her inspiration, Mel says,

I designed Cerauno with subject bloggers in mind, like food, fashion, or travel bloggers. I wanted to make a theme for someone who’s been blogging for a little while, but wants to boost their traffic and bring their site into the spotlight with a clean and authoritative design. I’m so excited to see it launch!

Cerauno screenshot

Canard is flexible theme geared to magazines, news sites, and blogs. Created by Thomas Guillot, Canard lets you feature specific articles on the homepage and balances readability with a powerful use of photography.

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Ellen Bauer and Manuel Esposito of Elmastudio.

Elmastudio on Running Your Own Business, Theming, Selling on and More

Devin Price of WP Theming recently interviewed Ellen Bauer and Manuel Esposito of Elmastudio about running your own theme business, selling on, and much more. You can listen to the interview or read the transcript. It’s a great peek inside a successful theme business. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:

Ellen, on the hardest parts of running a theme business:

You have to find a work routine yourself and be consistent. Over the long run, if you want to do your work or job for a couple years, you have to think a little bit ahead. I think this is what we’ve learned over the last years, that consistency is most important. You have to be there for your customers and for your people.

Manuel, on finding inspiration:

All of the stuff that’s happening in your life and around you. It could be food. Print magazines are great inspirations for typography, the detail stuff. But the main designs, the layout, the conception- it comes from weird stuff actually.

Ellen, on focusing a design:

From our experience, we just have the most fun and we can do the best job we can if we do design we just love and we would use. It’s okay, not everyone loves our style of design. I think it’s totally okay because there are so many solutions to doing a WordPress design.

Ellen, on selling themes on

We always try to do very minimal themes and do them, if you can say, the WordPress way – don’t do a very custom development style, so it’s not that hard to get the themes [to] work on

Image courtesy of Elmastudio.

Resonate With Resonar

A recent creation from Automattic’s Takashi Irie, Resonar is an elegant theme perfect for fashion, food, or design blogs. Its layout showcasing full-screen featured images works especially well for longform posts with large images. Combine strong images with Resonar’s beautiful typography to craft posts that make an immediate visual impact.

Explore the demo site or download Resonar and take it for a spin.

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Pull Your Blog Together Coherently

A new theme designed by Automattic’s Tammie Lister is now available in the directory. Coherent‘s elegant slide-out panel tucks away navigation, a social menu, and widgets, keeping visitors’ focus on your posts. Optional full-screen featured images let you showcase strong photos or other graphics.

Check out the Coherent demo or activate it on on your site now!

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Cyanotype and Satellite Available on

Cyanotype and Satellite, two fresh new themes geared to personal bloggers, are now available for download at

Designed by Automattic Theme Wrangler Takashi Irie – of Twenty Fourteen and Twenty Fifteen fame – Cyanotype is a bold, original blog theme. Its distinctive high-contrast color scheme pays tribute to the classic photographic printing technique, which produced images known as blueprints. Change the background color to give your site a different look.


A child theme of Scrawl, Satellite is a snappy personal-blogging theme brought to you by Automattic’s Caroline Moore. It tucks away the menu and widgets in a slide-out side panel, keeping the focus on your content.


Take Scrawl For a Spin

Scrawl, a new monochromatic theme designed by Automattic’s Caroline Moore, is available at for self-hosted sites. Featured images get bold treatment on single posts, while snazzy image captions and pull-quote styles add pizzazz to your text. A slide-out sidebar provides easy access to secondary content like social links, a custom menu, and widgets. Download Scrawl or check out the demo.

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