New Theme: Independent Publisher

Introducing Independent Publisher, a beautiful reader-focused blogging theme by Raam Dev.

On this Theme Thursday, we’re happy to announce the latest addition to our collection of free themes.

Independent Publisher

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Independent Publisher is a clean and elegant theme by Raam Dev, with a clean and responsive layout ideal for personal bloggers and writers alike. Featuring clean and readable posts, the theme can be enhanced with Featured Images.

Your personal Gravatar can be used as your site logo, which gives your site a personal touch, and icons to your social accounts are displayed prominently. Independent Publisher also adapts to your device, providing a seamless experience at any screen size.


Get to know Independent Publisher in the Theme Showcase, or give it a spin by activating it from your dashboard.

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  1. David Bennett

    Very nice – really pretty – nice size text, quotes, layout – a winner!

    Liked by 3 people

  2. A'shadieeyah Amana

    Looks nice, I might use it. I write mostly poetry on mine.

    Liked by 4 people

  3. The FaithBook

    This is very nice!

    Liked by 4 people

  4. timethief

    I like it! Great features and a clean appearance too.

    Liked by 4 people

  5. kim881

    I like this a lot. I’ll take some more time to get use to the whole website/blogging thing before I change my theme , though.

    Liked by 6 people

  6. aqilaqamar

    I am really impressed with the recent new themes that WP has launched. They are flexible and free.

    Liked by 4 people

  7. egoecho

    Nice one! On my list to give it a try whilst looking for a new theme. Thanks.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. rushbabe49

    This is exactly what I’m looking for, as I’m about to issue my first “long-form” post (a paper I wrote at University of Cambridge). Thank you!

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Laura

    Elegant. I love it!

    Liked by 3 people

  10. Carly

    I love this, but is it possible to remove the Gravatar image?

    Liked by 4 people

  11. ThoughtsbyPC

    Can’t beat a nice clean elegant theme 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. @Sara Gamachew98

    Reblogged this on A Girl's Journey through Life and commented:
    Okay this looks good for this blog. It needs a reboot theme. ~Sara

    Liked by 2 people

  13. tassitus

    Ideal! Already applied.

    Liked by 4 people

  14. zauberzebra2015

    Looks shiny. I’m using Syntax Theme with my blog, but this looks stylish and somewhat minimal at the same time.
    Unfortunately, I can’t use the Live-Preview to check out how my post will be messed up if I change the theme (just kidding 🙂

    Fatal error: Can’t use function return value in write context in /var/www/web81/htdocs/wp-content/themes/independent-publisher-wpcom/inc/template-tags.php on line 136

    Any ideas on that one?

    Liked by 5 people

  15. zauberzebra2015

    Wow – that was a quick reply.
    Downloaded version 1.0.13 from, installed it – still the same error message 😦
    But thanks anyway.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. zauberzebra2015

    Oh… And it’s the preview function that doesn’t work. Installation is fine.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. biancaswall

    This is so nice!

    Liked by 3 people

  18. Lindsay

    Amazing! I must try this. Thank you so much! I really appreciate this kind of theme 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  19. leninheng

    I like photography eventhought I didn’t have any Camera…

    Liked by 3 people

  20. teresag1

    Very interesting considering I like to write a lot.

    Liked by 3 people

  21. chelsea5813

    I love this one! I’m just getting started blogging and I’m nervous!

    Liked by 4 people

  22. David J. Bauman

    I gave some serious consideration to this theme tonight. I’m currently using Hemingway Rewritten. For my purpose though, I’ve decided to not lose my sidebar. Is there a possibility of this theme with a sidebar option?

    Sidebars can become cluttered, but the navicon menus often get overlooked. I don’t want to lose the category and page menus, or the subscribe or donate buttons. I don’t want to risk the out-of-site-out-of-mind possibility. But dang, you almost won me over with this gorgeous looking theme.

    Keep up the great work!

    Liked by 2 people

  23. RoaringWP

    Looks Good for Photography and Online Portfolio blog

    Liked by 2 people

  24. Ainsworth Swinbourne

    Hey Ernesto, I was just wondering how did you get your Gravatar Profile and all your social icons onto that top bit with the notebook. And speaking of the notebook, how do you get that image?


    – Ainsworth 🙂 Xx

    Liked by 2 people

    • Ernesto Méndez

      Howdy! You can add your Gravatar logo by going to Appearance » Customize, under the Theme Options section there is an option in which you can specify your gravatar email, to be used as your site’s logo.

      The images from the demo (including the notebook image) can be freely downloaded from


      Liked by 3 people

  25. Katrina

    Hi! I’m so in love with this theme, it’s beautiful! I’m wondering in the social links menu, if there’s any way to add our own icons for a social media menu that’s not there already (goodreads)? I can’t seem to find a place where you could change that.

    Liked by 2 people

  26. Inter

    Is this theme the same that exists with the same name for


  27. ljubicanstvena

    Got it and love it!! Thanks! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  28. ridwanris

    Thanks for the themes, very profesional, and I want it 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  29. reenaissance

    I am considering this theme for my own WordPress blog. It looks lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

  30. Sophy IM_119

    Yes, this is amazing…!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  31. Ainsworth Swinbourne

    Hey Ernesto, just wondering once again. How do you get the social icons right underneath the tagline for the blog? How do you get the Menu Bar in the top right-hand corner? And why is there only widgets available for the sidebar? If possible, how can I change this? Sorry, for bombarding you with all these questions man. Please reply!


    – Ainsworth 🙂


    • Ernesto Méndez

      Howdy Ainsworth! To get the social icons, you can check out the answer I provided to Tony Martin (below) 🙂

      The sliding menu is automatically added when using a Custom Header on your site, which can be setup on Appearance » Customize » Header Image.

      The theme’s design only includes widgets in the sidebar.


  32. Tony Martin

    Does anyone know how to get the media icons in the header? Can’t find the option, is it on the free plan or premium plan?


    • Ernesto Méndez

      Howdy! This is a built-in feature of the theme, and does not require a specific plan to work.

      On Appearance » Menus, you can create and assign a menu into the “Social Menu” location. The theme will auto detect the social icon based on the URL.

      Liked by 1 person

  33. srinavyap

    Thank you for a good opportunity to present our words independently.

    Liked by 2 people

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