First Theme of 2009: Grid Focus

We’re happy to announce the launch of our first new theme this year: Grid Focus, by Derek Punsalan.

Grid Focus Theme

It’s a clean and simple three-column theme with a couple of special features you’ll dig:

  • Two widget areas. Widgets on Grid Focus can be placed in two sidebars.
  • Front page icon synced with your blavatar. The blue icon that appears on the front page of Grid Focus by default will change to your blavatar if you’ve uploaded one.

Enjoy!


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  2. starbright31

    Cool! Thanks for that. I’m crossing my fingers for more themes this year for us wordpres.com’ers.

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  3. brightsound

    I would love to see AdSense widgets added to the blog templates.

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  4. 365

    Thanks so much Heather. I found it and now I don’t know how I missed it.

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  5. blogsloth

    The design of this template is overwhelming and three columns is for newsletters, not blogs. Others might like it, though.

    S

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  8. neurotype

    This is pretty awesome…I just wish my widgets were working properly.

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  9. V

    Thanks!! I can’t wait for more themes. I would love to see a 4 column with a wide center–in dark colors. I am loving all the new features, it’s great!

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  10. coolsmurf

    we need more themes. especially those with custom image header!

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  11. the115

    Who cares aboat the grid focus?
    Heather is hot!

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  12. asupremenewyorkthing

    I love heather.

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  13. jurassic

    Addicted…to wordpress themes…love new ones!

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  14. What Liz Said

    I love it! I just wish I could move my widgets to the far right column from their default positions in the left widget column. :/

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  15. alifeinsweden

    Good with more themes to choose between. This one fits some and really don’t fit others! But it could be hard to see if one theme matches your blog by just looking at the small picture, you have to try it out! I really like my theme and I did not see that it was going to be this good looking until I actually tried it!

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  16. Gem

    It’s nice. I like it ‘coz it’s simple and clean. However, it doesn’t have options to customize your header. I am not too keen on having a three-column theme as well.

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  17. yaffletv

    Dats prity awesome!keep up the good work..

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  18. Paul Sanduleac

    NIce theme, but think we miss a lot more choices of themes at WordPress.com, i’d like to have more photography themes. THanks

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  19. biellen

    It is nice enough, clean and all. And I appreciate that the font is large enough for me to read without zooming, I really do appreciate that. So, thanks, but can we have more custom headers?

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  20. anontanan

    Oh! I’m waiting. I have many photos to manage. I will create photos albums.Thank you very much!

    🙂

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  22. Hetal

    Nice theme…. any magazine layout themes planned for 2009?

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  23. zackperry

    I’m currently using this theme. My only feedback besides the great minimalist layout is the placement of the comments icon and element. Think it’s getting overlooked.

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  24. groupwebprosperity

    I like the theme.. thanks a lot

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  25. tmac

    Starting with the news themes, good!!!

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  26. Michel

    @noel jackson:

    Really? Because i have been searching 4ever how to make a gallery…
    Can you tell me (in short) how to?
    Or maybe i read how to do this?

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  27. ourdailyfictions

    Thanks for the work you and everyone at wordpress do– it is an amazing service/resource.

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  28. casper™

    looking good, thanks.. i’m waiting for another future themes launches..

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  29. aliwarto

    this looks so nice.can i get it now?

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  30. snowqueen

    It’s nice to look at but the text size is so small and it’s really hard to click on the comments because you’re only aiming for one digit.

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  31. Rodger Jacobs

    I changed over to Grid Focus last night and absolutely love it, a classic and classy theme for journalists.

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  32. wahnwogen

    Looks great, due to it’s clearness. It is classic but in a way new- fashioned and a little unusual with those three columns. I’ll try it out…

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  33. Información Política Confidencial

    gracias

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  34. wonderwife

    Is there an option to make it a 2-column?

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    • Heather

      Sorry, but no. If you’d like to see all available two-column themes, select that option from the dropdown under Appearance > Themes.

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  35. veronicalynne

    Absolutely love it. I’ve converted 3 of my blogs to this new theme. I really like it. Thanks so much.

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  36. Ardian

    thanks for informations

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  37. 2twentythree3

    Great! We’re on a roll! I’d like to see alot more themes this year than we saw last year. I know some people like to keep the same theme, but I like to keep my readers interested, by updating my theme every couple of months, it’s just like revamping………..

    Please keep the themes coming! Thanks WordPress for your continued efforts in making this place feel like home! 🙂 x

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  38. dnyanraj

    nice one..
    simple & sweet..

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  39. exodians.org

    Clean and simple. Nice. Thank you.

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  40. chloé

    wordpress needs a “daily” blog archive, widget 🙂
    i think this would be great!

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  41. demondeventure

    Nice theme! Looking for more theme! 😉

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  42. justine135135

    I agree about the adsense widgets, it would be nice if the themes could allow it. And what about more colourful and creative blogs – all these themes look too professional and organised.

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  43. Gorm

    Love the appearance of this theme, but the widget menu doesn’t allow me to add the same widgets in the two alternate primary sidebars (the “Add” link disappears after using it once).

    And another thing: What is the idea behind italicizing blockquotes? Merely aesthetic? But emphasis in quotes disappear! This is a major issue I have with lot of WP themes. It severely limits the number of themes I can use.

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    • Sheri

      Some widgets can only be used once. It depends on the widget.

      Each theme at WordPress.com is a bit different. The italicized block quotes in Grid Focus are a design decision. You could try using bold to add emphasis, or you could use the paid upgrade for Custom CSS to modify the block quote design for your blog.

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  44. ghana60funclub

    thanks so much

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  45. takeachanceonme

    Whats the deal with the Thumbnails on the front? I neeeed morrrreeee info 🙂

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  46. mkbiden

    Yeah Its nice. I like it because Its nice and clean. I have another reason for this.
    My reason is that its in a grid format. Grids help keep your things organized and
    its easy to set up,its all right there in front of you. Thanks much, im going to go
    and give it a try. How about you? 🙂

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  47. Bubblegum423

    Coolio!

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  48. Jennifer

    Here’s to Grid Focus and Derek Punsalan and having more new themes to choose from on WordPress.COM!

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  49. isargirl

    Don’t like it very much, I still prefer Albeo and Misty Look.
    Wish more themes had contact sites to include…

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  50. possum1027

    Cool design!! Thanks Heather!

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  51. goldnsilver

    Simplistic is always better for web design, so this is a good theme in my book.

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  52. Gogo

    I’m currently using this theme now for a group blog. Is there a way to request that there be an ‘author’ link be added to each blog entry? Without this, it is very hard to identify the blogger.

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    • Heather

      That option is a feature of some themes, but not all. I suggest browsing through the options under Appearance > Themes in your dashboard to find one that suits your needs 🙂

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  53. mkbiden

    Yeah its cool. I like that its nice and clean. I have another reason why the grid is nice.
    It is nice because its a grid format , it keeps everything organized and that its in
    colums.Thats a good way to keep things organized. It looks really simple for me.
    I’ll go and check it out later. Thanks heather thats a great idea that you gave to me.

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  54. Piplup_U

    It Looks Amazing! I Can’t Wait To See Some More Themes!
    ~PiplupU

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  55. Legionarion Conquistadorz

    Wow nice! I found it to be a really neat design, simple but great. 🙂

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  56. kaemaril

    Is it just my PC, or do the emoticons (if you’ve got them enabled) have little squares around them on this theme?

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  57. leik0

    Thank You =] blogs already look so clean and nice, now it gets better 🙂

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  58. Imperial Nymph

    Cool Theme, but It’s Just not my type..

    I’ll surely stick with Albeo..

    Hmm.. Why wouldn’t WordPress allow JavaScript?
    Security Reasons..?

    Mm.. Could you fix it somehow.. I really need JS for My Blog..

    Anyway, Thanx a lot for the new theme.. 🙂

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    • Heather

      Users are not allowed to post JavaScript on WordPress.com blog because Javascript can be used for malicious purposes. Your code and intentions may be perfectly harmless, but the security of all WordPress.com blogs is a top priority and until we can guarantee scripting languages will not be harmful they will not be permitted.

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  59. xboxoz360

    I’m 99.99% sure I posted a comment inhere yesterday . .Anyhow, great looking theme, only hold up for me is a custom header . . . is that possible through CSS upgrade, or can the designer do that on request?

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    • Heather

      This theme doesn’t have a custom header option. You can view all themes with custom headers by selecting that filter from the dropdown under Appearance > Themes.

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  60. Nishu

    nice job! grid focus has always been one to the best white magazine style themes. I am addicted to simplicity of prologue so cant switch to Grid Focus

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  61. keytothelockedbook

    It’s environment-conscious. I like it!

    A 3-column design and it would be perfect.

    Next, I like it minimalist – in the sense that it can display as many titles as possible and their excerpts.

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  62. tahatayyab

    its ok , i personally like a two columns theme , but still it is good

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  63. dinleme

    i love large themes. So very nice theme for me

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  64. deamaltea

    It’s a pretty good theme!

    It’s nice but… i think is EXTREMELY important to be have a Custom Image in the header..

    Otherwise all the blogs are without a personal soul… an identification brand, etc etc…
    ..
    Can we see this “mod” in the next release??
    ..
    Good luck! Bye!

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    • Sheri

      Grid Focus is a clean, simple design. Instead of a a large full-width custom header, you can customize the top right image using the blog picture (or blavatar) from your settings page. We hear ya about custom header images. We will keep that in mind as we add new themes.

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  65. vadmin

    Vow a Great Theme. Trying on my blog now 😉

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  66. piratesparty

    i like a lot of aspects, the theme offers.. but i want it in black with header 🙂

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  68. fixator

    Good start for 09 themes though waiting for more sensible themes…what? just saying

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  71. zoel

    nice theme, i love grid style or magazine style… i’ve use this them for my football blog: catatanbola.wordpress.com

    can’t wait for another grid style theme…

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  72. yongsheng

    powerful word-centric design… beautiful theme!

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  73. soparmarulionline

    This grid I need and looking for long time.
    Thanks, great job.

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  74. ultimoAdios

    Hello guys, I am a now a Grid Focus theme happy camper.

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  75. iblogologist

    Not just any other blog theme – it’s my wordpress theme! I love it! YEEHAAA ! ! !

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  77. Brian Patrick Cork

    I have been contemplating a change of themes for both my personal and business Blogs.

    But, I have also been wondering what some of the mystical science around SEO entails, and why certain Blogs attract so much attention. I get a lot of hits. But, why is this particular Blog entry getting so much attention?

    Heather, I like and appreciate this new theme – but, why is this particular entry so “hawt”?

    Brian

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  78. annoeuropeo

    we think… grid it’s the next www
    w the cluoudworker & prosumerworker

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  79. firstvirtual

    great theme! well done!

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  80. Taufik

    I like the theme very much . . . magazine like blog 😀

    i use for my blog

    many thks

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  81. Jake

    This is pretty sweet!

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  82. pablolopez

    it looks very cool!

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  83. spinnakerjksc

    I’m looking forward to seeing what new themes will come out this year. It seems like most of the themes that I prefer [artsy ones like desk mess and notebook chaos] are all infected with bugs. I hope to find one that suits my preferences as well as functions properly.

    Jordan.

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  84. fjpoblam

    Variety is the spice of life! Thanks *always* for adding new themes.

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  85. yousillygoose

    That’s nice – clean and simple!

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  86. unknowntheartist

    Off to a good start with this new theme!
    I can’t wait to see some more- maybe more themes with custom colours, customizable headers and more columns (I can’t stand empty space!!! haha)

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  87. Bambang Sriwijonarko, S.Ip

    Terima kasih …..sekarang saya sudah menggunakannya di Blog saya yang lain http://bambangswj.wordpress.com

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  88. Dinda Watson

    Thank’s for the information

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  89. monika

    Grid focus doesn’t fit my category names, they are too long for this theme, and you can’t use it if you have many categories

    😦 -but the design is very good

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  90. hiddenprince

    I wonder if you could consider a theme for the poor us who use wordpress to “publish” our novels. Something with a custom header or maybe a widget that would place the permalinks of each chapter in the sidebar, just creating an automatic “Table of Contents” Right now I have to do it by hand and it’s a bit time consuming.

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    • Sheri

      Feedback noted. We are working on adding new themes, and we’ll consider at the ‘table of content’s idea.

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  91. bgal007

    mmm…nice

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  92. bembenks

    I would love to see AdSense widgets added to the blog templates.

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  93. fridgegargoyle

    when will there be more layout options for photobloggers?

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  94. williamhill

    more!

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  96. crumbsonmyfloor

    PLEASE, PLEASE…add more themes. Easy ones that we don’t need to change so much for those of us who don’t/ can’t do that sort of thing.

    No more blue themes…

    Thanks.

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  97. bbdqsony

    That’s great!! I just joined wordpress.com 3 days ago and am already using this theme. GREAT JOB!!

    May I suggest to add video comment from 3rd party such as seemic? Reason…. I am deaf and I do make video vlog often also with blogging. There are many deaf that would like to leave comment but only using video comment.

    I beg you.
    Thanks

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  98. safirsyifa

    hoooo, interesting.. :mrgreen:

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  99. disa4ever

    nice theme 🙂

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  100. Sandeep Jain

    Fantastic….But will miss the header image…

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