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Twenty Twelve


100 reviews
Average Rating
4 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
2 stars
Great but not compatible IE8
By , for WP 3.4.2

I think this is an awesome theme, if only it truly worked on all or mostly "all devices" as is the claim. I'm glad I checked out the theme in IE8 before putting much work into it. The visual quality of this theme degrades significantly in IE8 and IE7.

I checked my stats for "year to date" and see that 10% of my visitors used IE8 and 2% used IE7. I could live with something that isn't IE7 compatible, but to leave out one of ten visitors to my site is unthinkable.

Of course, that is due to the fact that my site is a business site and the crowd to which I cater. Still, though, it seems almost irresponsible to say that the theme looks great on all devices, as opposed to saying up front that it works with some browsers and not others.

3 stars
Confusing for Newbies
By , for WP 3.5-1

Outwardly, the default theme view is bright and clear, but inward, the code is muddled by unneeded complexity. I was instantly stymied just trying to expand the theme's max width from 960px to 990px. I guide to editing the theme would have been welcomed.

5 stars
Good, not great
By , for WP 3.4.2

I give it 3 out of 5, why ?

The rem thing alone already turned me off, couple that with the mobile-first-attitude, and that takes 2 from the 5, otherwise it'd be big 5.

These are 2 references to the usage of rem in the head of Twenty Twelve's style.css

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Now, please go "take a look" at Jonathan Snook 's own site above, he doesn't even use rem he uses px and the blog at typekit too, it uses px

Since when that WordPres's default theme is for testing new and un-proven technology for the rest of the world ? Why WordPress take the plunge for them ?

Here is the link that I think it might be useful for 2013 defaut theme's development.

5 stars
By , for WP 3.5beta2

Very good!

5 stars
Clean and Simple
By , for WP 3.4.2

an excellent theme to customize. very clean

5 stars
Russian Language - русский язык
By , for WP 3.4.2

russian version is here http://www.2bota.ru/
русская тема twenty twelve тут 2bota.ru

4 stars
Almost Average
By , for WP 3.4.2

I loved the simplicity of the design, but the color choice hurts my eyes. It's too white. I wish that it had a place to change the colors. Otherwise, I think it's perfect.

5 stars
By , for WP 3.4.2


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.

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