WordPress Theme: Kirby

October 22, 2010 | No Comments Yet

Kirby 2010 default WordPress theme

Kirby by Ian Stewart started out as an idea for the next default WordPress theme when version 3.0 comes out. It’s a white, gray, and black theme with large text, ample white space, and what looks like a modern retelling of the default theme Kubrick we’ve come to know and love. There are two sidebar areas and four widget areas in the footer.

So I made the Kirby Theme. Actions speak louder than words, right? In the same way, code speaks louder than ideas. What better way to show off your ideas for a new Default Theme than to actually code one up? I get a fun project and you get a new Theme.

It has indeed been adopted by the WP development team as the new default theme and is now called Twenty Ten. It’s going through several tweaks until it’s fit to be called the predecessor of the great Kubrick. If you don’t want to wait until WP 3.0 to come out to use this theme, it’s available right now in the Themes Directory.

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The Secret History of Kubrick

January 11, 2010 | No Comments Yet

The Huffington Post has written a piece on Kubrick, the default WordPress theme since 2005. Tina Daunt interviewed its creator, Michael Heilemann, and tells how his theme “changed the internet”.

Perhaps Kubrick’s biggest contribution is that it has brought cyberspace closer to the realization of one of its earliest and most consistent ideals. Web designers and theorists have long talked about the democratization of publishing on the Internet, the fact that the web puts anyone with a computer on an equal footing with the elite that traditionally has owned the printing presses. In many ways, though, it was a meaningless democracy until the people with laptops had the ability to design and to package their work in the same way traditional media has always done.

No better time than now to take a look back at a fascinating part of WordPress history, especially since a new default theme this 2010 is being planned. When that day comes, we’ll definitely miss you, dear Kubrick!

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Discuss the future of the new Default WordPress theme

December 22, 2009 | No Comments Yet

There’s been talk about changing the Default WordPress theme (called Kubrick, for those who aren’t aware) when WordPress 3.0 comes out, around the middle of 2010. It’s gotten a lot of people excited, but the details aren’t set in stone yet. As with most things in the WordPress development timeline, Jane Wells and the rest of the team are asking the community to sound off on what the next Default WordPress theme should be like.

Should it be a new framework? Should it be an updated Kubrick? Should it have two sidebars or three? Should it come with a boatload of customization options? Should it stay minimal? There are a lot of questions to ask and answer.

Already there are a lot of ideas in the forum thread, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to chime in. Eventually there probably will be more structure to the decision making process such as the community polls we had for various WP features, but this free-for-all is a great way to get started, to get all the ideas out there. Jump in, the water’s great!

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How to make any theme a blank framework

April 23, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Ian Stewart of ThemeShaper has an article showing people how to turn any WordPress theme into a blank theme framework. Using the template parameter in the style.css theme declaration block is key.

Now we get to my point: the template parameter turns any theme into a Parent Theme—a blank framework—when you make that Child Theme the active one. All you have to do is select that new Child Theme in the themes panel of your WordPress admin. The Child Theme is now using all the template files—header.php, index,php, sidebar.php, etc.—from the defined Parent Theme and none of the CSS of the Parent. WordPress looks for the CSS in the Child Theme directory. Try it yourself. It works right now in WordPress and let’s you modify any theme with CSS alone.

As mentioned in the article, you can just pick a parent theme, such as Kubrick, the current default WordPress theme, as your parent theme, then only override certain parts of it without having to re-code everything from scratch. It’s a great new feature in WordPress 2.7 that you should check out.

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Pinoy WordPress designer names dog after Kubrick theme!

March 4, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Filipino WordPress theme designer Gail Dela Cruz-Villanueva just got a new pet shih tzu and named the pup Kubrick, after the default WordPress theme. How cool is that!

They actually thought of naming him after Matt Mullenweg too! Even Michael Heilemann, developer of the Kubrick theme, picked up on this and reported it on his blog.

While it’s not as drastic as, say, a tattoo, this shows just how supportive and dedicated the WordPress community is.

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