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A Guide to Blog Themes

Software: WordPress 4.7

Every theme provides a unique combination of options. Most include basic options for customizing the look and feel of your blog. We’ve added several “Pro” themes with advanced features for building front-page based Web sites. Our large selection of mobile-ready and device-responsive themes make your WordPress sites useable on phones and tablets as well as desktops or laptops.

Please note:

  • Beginning with WordPress 4.7 in March 2017, UMass Amherst bloggers can add custom CSS to any theme from the Customizer screen (some themes also have a separate custom CSS field; to avoid conflicts, use only one or the other).
  • Most themes are provided by third-party developers. Themes that are not updated may not be functional or may pose a security risk. UMass Amherst IT will remove problematic themes, but also periodically add new ones. Check this page, or look on your blog’s Dashboard under Appearance > Theme for a list of currently available themes.

For step-by-step instructions on changing your blog's theme, see Configure Blog Appearance (Themes).

Note: All themes except of Grid Focus, Tarski, Twenty Ten, and Veryplaintext, are device-responsive.

UMASS AMHERST

Updated UMass Amherst theme for departments, programs and other campus sites.

(Replaces UMass Kubrick)

 

UMass Amherst

  • Based on the Twenty Twelve default theme but with limited options for look and feel
  • Conforms to University identity guidelines
  • No options to change banner or colors
  • Right sidebar
  • Top menu
  • 6 post formats, 3 page templates
  • Front page template to show front page widgets
  • Featured images
  • Sticky posts

TWENTY SEVENTEEN (Default)

Designed for a feature-rich front page with options for header video and immersive featured images. Multiple sections on the front page as well as widgets, navigation and social menus, a logo, and more.
* Remember to replace the placeholder content!

Twenty Seventeen
  • Right sidebar
  • Custom colors, header & logo
  • Custom Menus
  • Footer widgets
  • Top navigation under large header image/video on front page, smaller heading on inside pages
  • Editor styled
  • Featured images
  • 8 Post formats
  • Front page options
  • Sticky post
  • Threaded comments
  • Accessibility ready

ABLE

Formerly “Andreas,” revamped with modern features

 


Able

  • Left and/or right sidebars
  • Optional large header image under title
  • Background color & image
  • Top & footer menus
  • 6 post formats, 2 page templates
  • Featured images
  • Sticky posts
  • No font or link color options

ARCADE PRO

An advanced “Pro” theme with rich front page features

 

 

Arcade

 

  • Be sure to edit all placeholder content!
  • Left or right sidebar
  • Set site width
  • Front page features include infinite scrolling page design, large featured image, top widget area, jumbo headline, call to action button, logo, header icon
  • Custom background image
  • Top & social menus
  • 9 post formats, 3 page templates including column layouts
  • Selected Web safe & Google fonts
  • Custom text & link colors
  • Hide/show author byline, post date, categories, comment count
  • Sticky posts
  • Threaded comments
  • 1 to 6 footer columns
  • Custom footer text
  • Import/export (backup) theme options

BOOK

Single column layout with focus on posts.

Book
  • Single column layout (no sidebars)
  • 3 footer widgets
  • Logo replaces blog title
  • Header image
  • Background color & image
  • Top navigation menu
  • Multiple fonts (headline, body)

BOTA

An advanced “pro” theme, with extra front page options.

 

Bota

  • Right sidebar & 3 footer widgets
  • Logo replaces blog title, optional extra large header image below title
  • Background color & image
  • 2 post formats, 4 page templates
  • Featured images
  • Sticky posts
  • Top navigation menu
  • Blog index page, search & archive pages only show post excerpts
  • Front page feature widgets
  • Built-in social links
  • Threaded comments
  • No font or link color options

CODIUM EXTENDED

Simple and elegant design, with a solid set of features.

 

Codium Extended
 

  • Right sidebar
  • Optional large header image under title
  • Background color & image
  • Featured images for posts (not pages)
  • Sticky posts
  • 2 top menus
  • No post formats or page templates
  • No font or link color options

DAZZLING

Feature-rich, with extra front page options.

 

 

Dazzling

  • Left or right sidebar, 3 front page widget areas & 3 footer widget areas
  • Set colors for header, footer & body separately
  • Built-in social links
  • Header image is for logo, replaces title
  • Sticky posts
  • Top & footer menus
  • 6 post formats, 2 page templates, plus option for Home blog heading
  • Theme options to set up home page ‘call for action’ & slider from post category
  • Custom footer
  • Basic Web-safe font choices
  • Link color
  • Custom favicon
EDIN Edin
  • Two-columns, left-sidebar or right-sidebar,
  • Three menu locations & custom menu widget, classic or (default) "hamburger" menu
  • Custom background or background color
  • Custom header and header text color
  • Featured-images
  • Sticky posts
  • 8 post-formats
  • Page templates: front page, full width, grid, alternate sidebar
  • RTL language support

EXPOSITIO

Designed expressly for visual portfolios.

Expositio

  • Menus load in left sidebar
  • Featured image will show on front page
  • Works best displaying gallery posts 
  • Gallery slides scroll sideways
  • No Widgets!

EXPOUND

A flexible, option-rich theme

 

 

Expound

  • Right sidebar
  • Optional large header image under title
  • Background color & image
  • 6 page formats
  • Sticky posts
  • Feature images
  • Logo (replaces site title)
  • Primary & social navigation
  • No font or link color options (links are blue)

FARBEN PRO

An advanced “pro” theme, lightweight, HTML5, extra front page options.

 

Farben

  • Left or right sidebar
  • 8 post formats, 2 page templates
  • 5 widget areas
  • Top and social menus
  • Custom background & colors
  • Custom logo
  • Infinite scrolling page design
  • Slider uses featured image or custom image
  • Add individual Google fonts
  • Menus
  • Sticky posts
  • Threaded comments
    (Note: JetPack & Buddy press are not available on Blogs at UMass Amherst)

FASHIONISTA

Minimal design, robust options.

 

Fashinistas

  • Right sidebar
  • Two top menus (above and below title)
  • No post formats, 2 page templates
  • Multiple text color options
  • Displays excerpts in blog index
  • Featured image controls
  • Show/hide author byline
  • Large selection of open fonts for headings & body text
  • Threaded comments
  • No sticky posts

GRID FOCUS

Minimal theme with focus on blogging.

Grid Focus

  • Primary index widget: Middle column rendered for index, archive & page templates
  • Primary post widget: Middle column rendered for single post template post widget
  • Secondary shared widget: persistent on all templates
  • Threaded comments
  • No header font or color options (links are gray)

ORIGIN

Advanced theme, focus on blogging.

Origin
  • Right sidebar plus footer widget area & widget area above comments
  • Author widget
  • Advanced ‘bookmark’ widget to fine tune links  widget (blogroll)
  • Top menu
  • No post formats, 4 page templates
  • No sticky posts
  • Featured images
  • Link color
  • 8 Google fonts
  • Set body text size
  • Header logo replaces title (no banner)
  • Custom footer

PINBOARD

Advanced theme with extra front page and typographic features, ideal for showcasing portfolios or other multimedia elements like images, photo galleries, videos and podcasts.

Pinboard
  • Left, right, or no sidebar
  • 1 to 4 columns for content, sidebars & footers
  • 9 widget areas
  • Top menu
  • Logo alongside title
  • Grid layout
  • Colors for menus background, content, footer & more
  • Social media link icons on single posts
  • Front page features include sticky post slider, full posts option, portfolio options
  • Microformatted author box
  • Copyright notice & credit links
  • Large selection of open fonts for headings & body text
  • Set text size, line height, text and link colors
  • SEO optimization

RESPONSIVE

Advanced theme with extra front page features and page types.

Responsive
  • 6 post formats & 9 page templates
  • 11 widget areas
  • 4 menu positions
  • Logo replaces title
  • Background image
  • Breadcrumbs option
  • Front page call to action & featured content
  • Separate layouts for static pages, blog page, post pages
  • Excerpts or full posts on blog index
  • Social icon links

SIGHT

Clean and minimalist magazine styling.

Sight
  • Right sidebar
  • 2 menu positions
  • Remember to replace the top (sight) logo with an image of your own logo!
  • Optional front page slider & site description widget

SPACIOUS PRO

An advanced “pro” theme  with extra front page features.

 

Spacious

  • Right or left sidebar
  • Set layout by page type
  • Custom header & background
  • Custom logo
  • 2 top and 1 footer menu
  • Dark and light skins
  • Set colors independently for page elements
  • Google fonts for body, title, menus, taglines
  • Front page slider
  • Sticky posts
  • Threaded comments
  • Featured images
  • Social media links
  • Custom footer
  • Custom 404 page widget
  • Custom favicon

TARSKI

A legacy theme for basic blogging.

Tarski

  • Sidebar on left or right
  • Fixed layout (not responsive) left aligned or centered in window
  • Top menu
  • 2 post formats, 4 page templates
  • Option to show different widgets on index & static pages
  • Choose from provided header images, leave blank, upload your own, or display featured images

TWENTY TEN

Basic WordPress theme released in 2010.

Twenty Ten
  • Right sidebar
  • 3 post formats and 2 page templates
  • Right sidebar and 4 footer widget areas
  • Choose from provided header images, leave blank, or upload your own
  • Background image
  • Top menu
  • Featured images
  • Threaded comments
  • Sticky posts
  • Fixed layout (not device-responsive)
      

TWENTY ELEVEN

Basic theme released in 2011. The first responsive theme from WordPress.

Twenty Eleven
  • Left, right, or no sidebars
  • 7 post formats, 3 page templates
  • Five widget areas
  • Link color
  • Light or dark color scheme
  • Custom background color or image
  • Choose from provided header images, leave blank, upload your own, or use featured images
  • Sticky posts

TWENTY TWELVE

WordPress theme released in 2012.

Twenty Twelve
  • Right sidebar
  • Top menu
  • 6 post formats, 3 page templates
  • Front page template to show front page widgets
  • Custom background
  • Custom header
  • Featured images
  • Sticky posts

TWENTY THIRTEEN

WordPress theme released in 2013.

Twenty Thirtween

  • Right sidebar
  • 10 post formats, 1 page template
  • Custom header
  • Top menu
  • Sidebar & footer widget areas
  • Featured images
  • 10 post formats
  • Sticky posts

TWENTY FOURTEEN

WordPress theme from 2014, with extra front page features.

Twenty Fourteen
  • Right and left sidebars
  • Front page template with its own widgets
  • Custom background, header
  • Top menu, secondary menu in left sidebar
  • 6 post formats, 3 page templates, including special front page template to show front page widgets
  • Sticky posts

TWENTY FIFTEEN

A mobile-first theme, optimized for reading on smaller devices.

Twenty Twelve
  • Left sidebar
  • Custom background
  • Custom colors
  • Custom header
  • Custom menus
  • Main navigation in sidebar on wide screen
  • Social menu
  • Editor styled
  • Featured images
  • 10 post formats (no page templates)
  • Sticky posts
  • Threaded-comments

TWENTY SIXTEEN

Update to the classic blog layout with horizontal masthead and optional right sidebar. Built with mobile-first in mind.

Twenty Sixteen
  • Right sidebar
  • Custom background
  • Custom colors
  • Custom header image below Site Title
  • Top navigation
  • Custom Menus
  • Editor styled
  • Featured images 
  • 10 Post formats (no page templates)
  • Sticky post
  • Threaded comments
  • Accessibility ready

VERYPLAINTEXT

A legacy theme, focused on text.

VeryPlainText

  • Left or right sidebar, adjustable width sidebar
  • No options to change colors or banner
  • Top navigation tabs
  • Extensive typographic choices include font face, text alignment & text size
  • Custom footer
  • Fixed layout, not device-responsive

ZEENOBLE PRO

An advanced “pro” theme  with extra front page features.

 

ZeeNoble Pro

  • Left or right sidebar
  • No post formats, 6 page templates
  • Top menu
  • 6 widget areas
  • Color skin or set colors for page elements
  • Custom header, random image, or featured image header
  • Custom logo
  • Front page options include slider, intro, headline, widgets
  • Social media links
  • Sticky posts
  • Threaded comments
  • Custom footer