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WordPress' Twenty Fifteen Default Theme (17 posts)

  1. abe_charles
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Let me start by saying that I have been using wordpress.com since 2008 and I started using wordpress.org since early 2011 and I've loved it. I now am at a paid host.

    But most importantly I think the default "Twenty Fourteen" theme is the best wordpress theme ever made and initially I didn't like it until last New Year's Eve. It's just right. Not too fancy and not underdone. The only issue I have is that I have to set featured images to use my ShowBiz Pro plugin which I hate because when I set featured images it covers the top of the post on the main page.

    However I use excerpts plugins which look great on it. I hope Twenty Fifteen's theme from wordpress, if there is one, looks and feels just right. The last great theme wordpress put out was Twenty Eleven. Twenty Twelve was lame and Twenty Thirteen was just plain ugly. I never want poor themes like those again. They sucked big time!!!

    I hope we'll have a Twenty Fifteen theme and I hope it is just as impressive, if not more, than Twenty Fourteen. I have fallen in love with Twenty Fourteen and I now use it on two of my wordpress blogs. Trust me, I highly recommend this theme and I hope Twenty Fifteen will be awesome like Twenty Fourteen. It's the reason why I get up each day to blog. It's awesome.

    My fellow Jamaicans are also praising this theme. Glad it;s available on wordpress.com and .org . It's well needed and well deserved. Please wordpress, don't screw up the Twenty Fifteen default theme. Build on the momentum but don't rush it. If anyone wants to see my wordpress blogs let me know. I am trying to promote and build a fan base. Blessed!!!

  2. We will have a Twenty Fifteen! No idea what it will look like yet, but I suspect development is going to start soon :)

  3. abe_charles
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I don't know what I want Twenty Fifteen's default theme to look like but I hope it's nothing like the default Twenty Thirteen theme which is ugly and deplorable. Just make sure 2015's theme looks and function great with ability have excerpts and featured images and a great layout and interface. Just make it awesome!

  4. Andrew
    Forum moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Maybe it will be made to satisfice a larger audience rather than be really awesome, like all the other default themes.

  5. chrishoward
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    TwentyEleven was the best theme WP has done. It had a great balance between usability, genericness, minimalism, and being ready to go. And it looked good. It was well equally usable by both newbies and developers.

    Although, as a developer, TwentyTwelve was best for me because it had no clutter or wild formatting, but it was awful for newbies who just wanted to get their website up and running and looking pretty. I still use it in development.

    And then came the antithesis in TwentyThirteen. TwentyThirteen andTwentyFourteen weren't generic enough. (They had some whacky layout methods and formatting too that were a pain to work with).

    TwentyThirteen was WP's experimental uni-student phase; TwentyFourteen was its "first job, trying to impress the boss" phase.

    So, hopefully TwentyFifteen will be like TwentyEleven but styled for 2015. Clean, elegant, usable, flexible and generic.

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    TwentyThirteen was WP's experimental uni-student phase; TwentyFourteen was its "first job, trying to impress the boss" phase.

    Now I've seen other comments to the effect that Twenty Ten, Eleven and Twelve were rather boring and Twenty Thirteen was a welcome colourful change. Just goes to show that you can't please everyone. :-)

  7. chrishoward
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    you can't please everyone

    That is a key point and one that WP - and any developer - needs to respect for their own sake, to keep them aligned with their mission.

    I think T13 and T14 were trying to please specific groups of users. It wouldn't surprise if those two had a much less usage rate than T11. T13 and T14 were more challenging to build upon, because they were already taken a long way in a specific direction.

    There are so many great stylized themes for WP, it doesn't need to, nor should, compete.

    WP is a platform to build upon, I think its built-in theme should be too.

    That said, I would like it to have much more customization options so newbies can DIY without having to write a child theme. T14, for example, would have benefitted greatly from multiple colour schemes, instead of just green and black. Or where it provided the option to change colours - have a lot more than just site title and body background.

  8. WP Sites - Brad Dalton
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Is it possible to contribute to the Twenty Fifteen default theme?

  9. Sure, though we haven't started yet.

    Keep tabs on https://make.wordpress.org/core/ and it should pop up soon after we're done with 4.0

  10. abe_charles
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Okay so as soon as WordPress 4.0 is complete Twenty Fifteen should be out? Cool! I hope it's not lame like Twenty Twelve which was just a white page or Twenty Thirteen which was awful. Twenty Fourteen is the best WordPress theme ever made and I hope Twenty Fifteen does better and takes it up a notch but without ugly colours or a silly interface. Don't be another Microsoft and screw up Twenty Fifteen after Twenty Fourteen like Microsoft did with Windows 8 after Windows 7! That would tick me and a lot of other WordPress users off. Hopefully we can get Twenty Fifteen by mid-September, is that possible WordPress?

  11. abe_charles
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Okay, now that WordPress 4.0 has been released when will we see the default Twenty Fifteen theme? I hope it has excerpts options and I hope the looks great. Twenty Fourteen is a theme that i have used on most of the WordPress.org blogs i have created and although 98% of them ended up being deleted i still have much respect for this theme. It's just that I didn't have a good vision for those blogs but some of the ones that I still manage and update, I used Twenty Fourteen on them for many months and I don't usually keep themes on blogs for more than two months.

    So as promised we should see Twenty Fifteen soon because you guys at WordPress said that it would be ready when WordPress 4.0 is released which it has today.

    One of the new features in 4.0 by the way is easier embedding of videos again. So does the embedding of videos from Vimeo and Dailymotion employ the same method as YouTube videos or do we need a separate embed method for those as well. Because i have had to use plugins to do those and most of the time they didn't work as WordPress changed the way videos were embedded a while back. I could just go to add media and enter the URL of the video and the video frame would appear. but after that I had to copy the embed code into the insert media section and that would embed YouTube videos.

    For Vimeo and Dailymotion I needed to enter a particular line of code and then enter the specific ID code in a section of the address of the video as stipulated in the instructions by WordPress.com and merge that with the standard code and do the same each time for each video. Has that changed?

  12. Joe Dolson
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    No; now that 4.0 is released, work is likely to start on the Twenty Fifteen theme. It won't be released for quite a while yet; probably not until it's actually 2015, at the very least.

    What Ipstenu meant by "it will pop-up" is that the process of working on it will begin, and you'll have an opportunity at that time to contribute to the process, if you wish.

    For information about which services are available for Oembed, see the list of WordPress Oembed services.

    Both DailyMotion and Vimeo are on the list.

  13. abe_charles
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    The themes for each next year are usually published in November or December the year before, at least, for a while now. I was hoping to get Twenty Fifteen theme in November. Is that possible? I really want that theme to be special and not crappy. I believe in wordpress and most of themes I have seen recently are been poor and the same old, same old. Could you try to get the 2015 theme to us this year, hopefully November. i know people who are looking to it to save their blogs. Don't let us down.

  14. The Next Big Theme™ (Thing?) will be released when it's ready and that includes Twenty Fifteen. Also people should not rely on a theme to save their blog.

    It's always been content and standards based HTML that saves the day. A new can of varnish, paint or a theme won't change that. ;)

  15. abe_charles
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    While I think that Twenty Fifteen looks promising, it is light years behind what it should be and I understand it's still being worked on but it need excerpts as many great themes nowadays employ those features and not just pictures in the same rows as texts but videos as well.

    Twenty Fifteen needs to have more colours. The white thing is too plain as is. If it's going to have a white background predominantly it needs some flavour to it.

    Plus the menu bar should be interactive with the ability to show images and a mega menu when the cursor hovers over it and if that is not in by default it should be in the theme's options. All cards should be on the table or at least in the theme's options.

    Those are my suggestions. Keep the screenshots coming. I am glad that things developed on this theme so quickly.

  16. abe_charles - Reply to that post, not this thread :) They won't see this.

    Also the point of no-color was that you can pick whatever you want.

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