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WordPress Releases Default Theme Twenty Thirteen
A New Product
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
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 WordPress.com users and will soon be ready at WordPress.org. As Willett explains in the post, WordPress.com users can access the theme under the Appearance section of their site dashboards. WordPress.org 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.
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