ThemeShaper v.2016


If you’re a regular reader, you’ve probably noticed that things look a little different around here.

The last ThemeShaper remake took place three years ago — it was definitely time for an update! We crafted a child theme ofΒ Twenty Sixteen to take advantage of its fresh design and typography, while putting our own spin on it with the addition of Featured Content and footer-widget areas. A subtle grey color scheme and the Bitter and Lato Google Fonts round out the new look. Code snippets are now easier to read and our Twitter account is a little more intuitive to find, too.

We hope you like it! If you notice anything that doesn’t look right, feel free to let us know, either in the comments or by getting in touch directly.

Author: Kathryn P.

Theme Whisperer at Automattic, web designer, WordPress enthusiast and baker extraordinaire.

17 thoughts on “ThemeShaper v.2016”

  1. I like the new look and the interesting adjustments to the Twenty Sixteen theme, I also think that it is good that you changed themes finally (not that I did not like the previous theme, though I was surprised that you did not switch to Twenty Fourteen back when it first came out, but I think that updating themes once a year is better), I would have no problem with the theme being changed once a year with a new twist to each default WordPress theme. πŸ‘

    I would suggest considering adding a few more widgets like maybe Recent Posts, RSS Links, Top Posts & Pages. and just maybe My Community.

    -John Jr

    1. The remake was definitely long overdue. We decided to keep the sidebar pretty minimal, opting for only a few widgets – we may add more in the future. Thanks for visiting and for your feedback!

      1. Hello Kathryn P.,

        Yeah I know, I recently started reducing my widgets and shortening the ones that I use (4 items per widget) because I am widget fan who needed to reduce my widget usage πŸ˜€ , but I think that you went a bit too minimal leaving out one or two essential widgets; but thank you for responding and for considering my suggestion. πŸ˜‰

        -John Jr

      2. Hello Kathryn P.,

        Here are a few more of my annoying suggestions πŸ˜€ :

        I would also suggest enabling Comment Likes, enabling all of the Share Button services option even if you want to hide some of them behind the More Option to save space, adding a Contact Form to your Contact Page, adding an Archives widget (drop-down menu option enabled) or an Archives Page, adding Home (Front Page) in the Menu, and just maybe adding a small image of your logo with your About This Site widget that links to the Gravatar Profile for this blog (website) if it even has one (like the Gravatar widget does).

        Thank you,
        -John Jr

    1. We decided we agree with you and indented the lists – you may need to refresh the page to see the new styles. Hope you like them and thanks for the feedback. πŸ™‚

  2. I am a big fan of TwentySixteen theme and it is one of the best twenty-x theme. I have also created a child theme for my blog, You can see my child theme at
    I don’t like full post on front page, i am using automatic post excerpts.

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