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WordPress Releases Default Theme Twenty Thirteen

Updated on April 30, 2013

A New Product

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Twenty Thirteen

WordPress (WP) recently announced its newest default theme Twenty Thirteen, which has many exciting features for bloggers. The design is a colorful one that enhances both text and photography. Twenty Thirteen is a bigger release than other WordPress designs this year as it is the default one for any new blog. Each year, the company releases one feature theme.

WP Introduces Twenty Thirteen

WP unveiled the yearly theme in a post on the Weblog in April. The annual announcement of a default design is earlier this year than last year. The Twenty Twelve theme was announced in August 2012. Bloggers had less time to wait on the edge of their seats, in 2013.

Lance Willett wrote both posts about Twenty Twelve and Twenty Thirteen on the Weblog. It is customary for WP to introduce the frameworks on its blog first. Just one day after its unveiling, the post already has 397 "Likes" from bloggers. Comments are primarily positive.

Twenty Thirteen is Colorful

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Writing Tips

If you install Twenty Thirteen and need inspiration for your next post, try using:

Characteristics of the 2013 Theme

At first glance, bloggers are sure to notice the pop of color of Twenty Thirteen. While Twenty Twelve has a classic style that conveys elegance, the 2013 version is a bold product of bright colors. The shades are warm; the example banner shows red, orange, and yellow swatches spread across it.

The new design is "vibrant" and "colorful to the max," writes Willett. The eye-catching approach is likely to grab readers' attention just as it did for readers when the post first released. The design comes from Joen Asmussen and WordPress community members built it.

The font for the body text is the clean Source Sans Pro, while headers use the thick style of Bitter. There is the option of a sidebar, and the widget area is in the footer.

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What Types of Blogs Suit the 2013 Theme?

The default theme is sure to suit a variety of blog and website types. While some layouts suit certain content, such as photographs, Twenty Thirteen has a broader appeal. It compliments "images, videos, quotes, links, and more," writes Willett.

Perhaps the broad appeal explains why so many bloggers are writing "atta boy" comments on the WP post. Website that could suit the colors and fonts include image-based vlog-style sites. If a webmaster's blog or website is lackluster, switching to the new design is a great way to attract new readers. The colors catch the eye and create a first impression of confidence in the site.

A great advantage of the one default layout each year is that it is free. When not many quality products are free these days, it is a great one to put to use. Certain WP themes do cost money to use.

How to Access the Theme

The theme is available to users and will soon be ready at As Willett explains in the post, users can access the theme under the Appearance section of their site dashboards. users will soon be able to use the theme in the official 3.6 software release due out soon. There is no information yet as to exact date of the package release.

©2013 Christy Birmingham


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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Karen, yes the theme is able usable for and sites that are paid dot coms :)

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I'll look into it. I am building a child theme and I will see if I am due for an upgrade.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Thank you for sharing this information. Great hub.

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      Karen Robiscoe 5 years ago from California

      Always good to know more about our blogging platform. Is this relevant for the paid dot coms, though? Are there any goodies in store for us..?

      To stop in, is to "vote up" You write so well there is no question. I thought this useful and interesting, and I thumbed a ride, naturally...:)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you for the kind feedback Tony, Jake, and Mary! I am glad to be helping spread information about blogging.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      This is a nice introduction to a new WordPress. Like Joe, I have not joined yet...I don't seem to have enough time to get to my Twitter account! Regardless of my personal woes, you're intro is informative and will help many.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      MountainManJake 5 years ago from Seattle

      Wordpress is such a great platform that provides bloggers with a free opportunity to start a blog. I thank Wordpress for where I am as an online writer. Nice hub, voted up!

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      Tony Mead 5 years ago from Yorkshire


      I enjoyed your hub and found it very interesting.

      I have two wordpress sites, and although it very easy to set up your own site, it is a bit limited if you want to do more with your site.



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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Happy to share information as I learn more about it, Jackie and Sam! Thanks!

      Joe, if you are new to the blogging arena I suggest easing in with If you enjoy the process and views are substantial you can monetize it or move over to :)

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      Sam Azgor 5 years ago from Bangladesh

      :) thank you christy for sharing this news

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Christy, marvelous article, as usual! You're tops in my book when it comes to introducing new programs, online sites, software, hardware, etc. I haven't opened a WP account yet. Would you recommend .com or .org for a newbie? Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful information. Aloha!


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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I look forward to it. Thanks! ^

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Janine for the positive comment and share!

      Bydojo, I hope you are able to tweak the design to your online needs.

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      Ramona Jar 5 years ago from Romania

      Oh, great. Let's see what useless features we have to delete from it to create some decent custom designs now :D

      Thanks for letting us know, it's time to get back to design and tweaking then.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks for sharing this Christy and such wonderful news for users, as well as users, too. Looks like a very bright and colorful theme indeed and think many would benefit from trying it. Have, of course, voted way up and shared all over, as always.


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