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A Guide to Blog Themes

Software: WordPress 5.4

Themes control the look and feel, layout and other options for your site. Every theme provides a unique combination of options. In addition to themes from WordPress, UMass Amherst IT provides a selection of third-party themes with a variety of styles and features, from minimal designs to complex feature-rich interfaces. All themes are device-responsive. Your WordPress site will be useable on phones and tablets as well as desktops or laptops.

Please note:

  • 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).
  • JetPack, Buddy Press, and e-commerce add-ons such as WooCommerce are not available on Blogs at UMass Amherst.
  • 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).

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TWENTY TWENTY (Default)

The latest theme from WordPress is mobile-first and fully employs of the new block editor. This is a single-column theme.

  • Single column, no sidebar
  • 2 footer widget areas
  • Top, bottom and social menus
  • Back to top link
  • Accessibility ready
  • Remember to replace the placeholder content!

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

 

  • 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
  • Remember to replace the placeholder content!

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

ENFOLD

Our most advanced and flexible premium theme. Be prepared to refer to the excellent Enfold documentation!

 Enfold
  • Custom backgrounds, headers and text colors are just the beginning.
  • Great for sites with a static front page.
  • Default layout has three columns, right sidebar, but this theme is totally flexible.
  • Use the Advanced Layout Builder to add layout elements and media-rich content to the main content area of any page or post, including sliders, masonry grids, slideshows, maps and more.
  • Flexible page layouts; set unique widget areas and more on any page.
  • Includes Enfold widgets for social media, maps, portfolios, and more.
  • 7 post formats
  • Export not just your content, but your theme settings.
  • Remember to replace the placeholder content!

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

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

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ONLINEMAG

A news/magazine theme with a clean design, and typograhic and layout options.

  • Right, left, or no sidebar
  • Sidebar, homepage or 3 footer widget areas
  • Cusomizable default layouts
  • Customize header
  • Built in slider
  • Color options
  • Header and body fonts
  • Primary, secondary & social menu
  • Blog areas by category
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Back to top link
  • Featured images

ORIGIN

Advanced theme, focus on blogging.

Origin
  • Right sidebar plus footer widget area & widget area above comments
  • Author widget
  • Advanced ‘bookmark’ widget
  • 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

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
      

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

TWENTY SEVENTEEN

Designed for a feature-rich front page. 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.
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
  • Remember to replace the placeholder content!

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TWENTY NINETEEN

An elegant mobile-first theme designed to show off the power of the new block editor. Features custom styles for all the default blocks, and is built so that what you see in the editor looks like what you’ll see on your website.
  • One colun layout
  • One widget area in footer
  • Custom logo and header image
  • Top, bottom and social menus
  • No additional post formats, or page templates
  • Featured images
  • Sticky posts
  • Threaded comments
  • Accessibility ready

UMASS AMHERST

The legacy UMass theme will be replaced by UMass Twenty Twenty in May, 2020.

 

UMass Amherst

  • Based on the Twenty Twelve 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

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UMASS TWENTY TWENTY

A single-column UMass-branded theme great for departmental programs, labs, centers and and other campus sites.

  • Based on the Twenty Twenty theme from WordPress
  • Conforms to University identity guidelines
  • Single column, no sidebar
  • 2 footer widget areas
  • Top, bottom and social menus
  • Back to top link
  • Accessibility ready
  • On new sites, remember to replace the placeholder content!