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Twenty Twelve

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102 reviews
Average Rating
4 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
4 stars
I will second the impact of lack of support for Legacy IE in Twenty Twelve theme
By , for WP 3.4.2

I second the issues with the IE Browser support. I don't agree with the previous poster below that this is now fixed. {Or may be it is fixed for IE 8 and ot for IE7).

A lot of people accessing my site from 'managed cloud' or 'corporate desktop' are on Windows Server 2003 clients - which only supports Internet Explorer 7.
I wish it would gracefully downgrade the user experience for these people (rather than render the mobile theme).

The serious problem with the Mobile theme on a desktop IE 7 is the lack of up and down scroll functionality!!!

4 stars
Solid reboot and excellent base for future child themes
By , for WP 3.4.2

Twenty Ten was great in its simplicity. Twenty Eleven was somewhat cluttered and filled with extraneous bulk. Twenty Twelve has gone back to the minimalist roots of Twenty Ten and taken things a step further by simplifying and de-complicating everything. Because of this it is a great parent for child themes. But that's not all. The extremely well documented theme files also make the theme an excellent starting point for people wanting to learn more about how to build themes and it sets a new benchmark for simplicity and minimalism where coding is concerned.

The one major drawback of the theme is the lack of support for IE8. Though this looks to be fixed in the next version, the real problem here is the reasoning behind the decision to not make it IE8 compliant. This was not a case of lessening the quality of the theme, but rather one of jumping ahead of the curb and leaving those cursed with IE8 in the wake. It is unnecessary and sets a bad precedent. Whether politically motivated or just the result of an oversight I hope that future theme releases will take a less extremist route. But like I said, this is a small hitch that looks to have been resolved.

5 stars
Useful
By , for WP 3.4.2

I will be useful like a companies page

1 star
IE7, IE8 Incompatibility Serious Issue
By , for WP 3.4.2

I think people considering using Twenty Twelve should be aware of a serious compatibility issue with IE7 and IE8 - they will only display the Mobile menu. IE7 and IE8 still account for 15% of all web browser share, and IE8 will remain for a long time - there are still a lot of XP machines around.

I think Twenty Twelve's incompatibility with IE7 and IE8 is currently a fatal flaw - it really is not okay to have the Mobile menu the only menu displayed on IE7/8. While the percentage of IE7/8 will drop, right now that means over 1 in 10 visitors will see a broken site.

Otherwise, the pure simplicity of Twenty Twelve is quite nice, and it does look like it will serve as a good parent theme - but only after the IE7/8 problem is fixed.

5 stars
Great parent theme
By , for WP 3.4.2

I build child themes for most of my clients' sites. Twentyten and eleven were good to build on, but the responsiveness and clean palette of twentytwelve make it my new platform of choice.

I wish it had a three column layout option, but beggars can't be choosers ;-)

5 stars
Very clean and helpful for developers
By , for WP 3.4.2

It's clean and most probably I like it because it's responsive and could be helpful for me to use it as a boilerplate to develop a responsive theme.

5 stars
Great theme Twenty Twelve
By , for WP 3.4.2

Great theme which is very useful for both users and developers.

5 stars
Great theme for developers
By , for WP 3.4.2

My rating has gone somewhere, or perhaps deleted by a moderator ;) Anyway, five stars, this is a great theme for WordPress developers (and users).

5 stars
Amazing
By , for WP 3.4.2

really easy to USe

5 stars
Default Theme Now "Responsive"
By , for WP 3.4.2

If you are looking for best-practices in a single WordPress Theme than Twenty Twelve is right for you.

My personal favorites are:

  • "Responsive" Layout
  • "On-Demand" Custom Header Image
  • Clean, Modern Design
  • Google Fonts API
  • Child Theme Friendly
  • Super Fast Page Loading (very important for SEO)

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