New Theme: Twenty Sixteen

Meet Twenty Sixteen, the brand new WordPress default theme.

We’re pleased to announce that Twenty Sixteen — the new WordPress default theme designed by Takashi Irie — is available to all sites.


Twenty Sixteen is a fresh take on the traditional blog format, with great features including:

    • Optional sidebar
    • Multiple menu positions and a social menu
    • Overhanging large images
    • Post intro and pull quotes

Handy customization options let you create your own look. You can choose from several beautiful color schemes or create your own, and further customize by adding your own background or header.

Twenty Sixteen has many accessibility features and is universally designed for a wide range of WordPress users, whether you’re a first-time blogger or seasoned pro. Since the theme is developed with a mobile-first approach, it will look great no matter what device you’re using to view the site.

Check out Twenty Sixteen right here.


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  1. Jack Moreno

    It works with WordAds WordPress Themes?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. DiLava

    It looks really clean and fabulous! I love a good wordpress theme you guys rock!

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Josephine Corcoran

    Hi, I think this is a gorgeous theme and the low-key, minimal look looks so on-trend. Something that confuses me is that in the examples of layouts given here, there is clearly a ‘Home’ page. However, when I’ve tried out the theme on one of my sites, the ‘Home’ page doesn’t automatically appear. I realise that this is probably something very basic but could you explain how to achieve the ‘Home’ page as the pictures show? Thanks, and congratulations, again, on a beautiful theme for 2016.

    Liked by 5 people

  4. Loretta

    Would this be a good theme for a cooking/travel blog? I’m looking for one that can display beautiful large pictures.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Write This Down

      Loretta – I use the Scrawl theme. It’s pretty customizable and I use it for photography & travel mostly, mixed in with home renovations.

      Liked by 3 people

  5. Aniket

    awesome theme… very neat, very clean, very functional!
    thanks guys.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. hinatahyuga02

    I love it and have it right now thx!


  7. impossiblebebong

    Ooohhh… tempting.


  8. Nguyen Trung Tuan

    I can not get page HOME, ABOUT as demo. Can you help me?

    Liked by 2 people

  9. janerunswild

    I like this theme but have stuck with an older one– always hard to choose the best theme for blog! 🙂


  10. Jack Moreno

    Hi, Takashi.
    Hope Twenty Sixteen could be a new WordAds optimised theme.
    Thanks and congratulations.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Annesmiles

    Great theme. I love the overhanging pictures, probably my favorite default wordpress theme so far!

    Liked by 2 people

  12. ridwanris

    owh. Simple, clean and responsive. This template is suitable for wordads?


  13. Anders Bateva

    Hi. Is this the first theme with post intro and pull quotes? I saw that these features aren’t listed on the sidebar of the theme page, so I’m asking. By the way, these features are awesome and I always missed them. But still, I think Big Brother is prettier and don’t want to change the theme of my blog.


  14. Kenny

    Looks nice

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Paul Bowler

    Nice looking theme, like how you can change the color scheme, will have to check this out. Good clear and concise layout as well, so easy for people to find their way around a site.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Emil Angelov

    Thank you very much! This is the best free WordPress theme!

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Sven Seebeck

    Very nice! I have been waiting for this an running it already. Thanks a lot!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Pat McDonald

    I’ve been waiting for this. I’ll be trying it out later!

    Liked by 1 person

  19. I've got real fangs

    So amazing😁

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Greg Raven

    Can’t figure out the header image. The screen says 1200×280, but refuses to allow me to use an image that size without cropping a few hundred pixels off the right end. Tried making the image a few hundred pixels narrower, and it STILL insists on cropping the right end.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Wild Star Landing

    Wondering if this could be useful as a theme for my singing / performance website? Or art website?

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Ali Reza

    Too simple. Under expected.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Joe G.

    Thank you for this theme! I have blogged with the same fixed-width theme (my customized version of the two-column version of Thematic) for nearly 7 years because I haven’t felt like most two-column themes were content-focused enough. This is by far my favorite content-focused two-column official WordPress theme.

    Over the past 24 hours I transitioned my blog to this theme, with a few customizations to make it look more like my old theme. After hours of testing, I’m very pleased and I’ll likely be sticking with Twenty Sixteen for many years. But I have a few suggestions for minor changes you might consider for the next iteration:

    * Right justification of menu bar doesn’t look great to me on wide screens. Everything else lines up so beautifully, so I think lining up the left side of the menu bar with the left side of the sidebar would complete the look and make this look better. I haven’t yet tried to figure out how to do this myself but suspect it will be complicated due to responsive this-and-that.

    * I was very surprised to see a thumbnail and excerpt (extracted from off-page description) inserted at the beginning of a few (but not all) of my posts. It was simple enough to remove by removing two lines of PHP from both content-single.php and content.php. But it would seem like a nice thing to offer as an option on a menu rather than require changes to PHP.

    * It took me a surprisingly long time to figure out how to get rid of underlined links in text widgets with css. Turns out that neither text-decoration nor border was making the underline, but something I never heard of called box-shadow. I think a better default in text-widget would be to not underline to be consistent with how you don’t underline links in other widgets such as categories, and the overall uncluttered look.

    * I prefer a narrower banner height for my simple branding and was unable to figure out how to adjust it. A couple things I tried with CSS broke the theme, I guess because of all the responsive media query stuff. I’d appreciate if you can give me any hints on how to reduce banner height without breaking things.

    Really – these are minor nitpicks, two of which I already figured out how to change to suit my own preferences. But just thought you might want some feedback from someone with a moderately successful blog who jumped right in. I absolutely love this theme and had it been available when I started my blog in 2009, it’s what I would have chosen.

    If you want to see the results of my customization:

    I haven’t set up my customized CSS and PHP as a child theme yet but will do so soon.

    Thanks again!

    Liked by 4 people

  24. jalexartis

    Awesome! I “liked” it earlier. I activated and LOVE it now. I’ve even made it my own through CSS. I look forward to the many new features over the next few weeks. Thanks to the Happiness Engineers for another fantastic theme. Twenty Sixteen is a WINNER! –jaa

    Liked by 1 person

  25. Philip Arthur Moore

    Fantastic looking theme, gang. Takashi and Tammie did a heck of a job bringing this one to the finish line. Looking forward to seeing what beautiful sites people make with it!

    Liked by 2 people

  26. Jerrod

    Does this support pages without sidebars?

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Sonya

    It’s a beauty!

    Liked by 1 person

  28. ablaye1

    It’s very nice


  29. fhána

    It has a lot of good perks but the design just isn’t my cup of tea. Although I think I’m just biased towards the Nucleare theme.

    Liked by 1 person

  30. Ms. Smith

    Yay finally something simple with a dark colored option. I am sold on it already. It’s perfect.

    Liked by 1 person

  31. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    Is the ‘snow’ that keeps moving across my screen here part of the theme? I can’t use anything that moves due to my damaged brain – I sit and stare at the moving flecks.

    Otherwise, I’ll give it a try.


  32. Cherrie Zell

    I’ve had a lovely time moving across to 2016. I spent the last year on Zuki, which is a riot of colour with all the photographs. I decided I was ready for something simpler.

    The move was straight forward. I redid my menus; even added a custom URL menu to my other blog. Cool. I set up some image widgets to be links to categories I want to feature.

    The only bit of pedantic tweeking I had to do was reduce the size of the Excerpts on my posts. Now they are short and sharp for 2016’s slugs that sit just below each post’s heading and before the feature image.

    The fun part was setting up my first menu pages. There was some trial and error getting the right sizes for photos and headings that would re-size neatly. Thought I had it settled last night, then woke up this morning with a different format in my head that worked better.

    Everything was done with the standard features of the new theme. I didn’t need to customise. I’m very happy with the result.

    Thank you, Takashi, for the effort you put in.

    Liked by 3 people

  33. Farukh Hussain

    Its really cool..

    Liked by 1 person

  34. Minoring In Baseball

    Pretty sweet, well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  35. John Jr

    I would like to thank the developers for making another general purpose default WordPress theme, I might not agree with some of the design decisions (I think that there should always be an option to show all the post meta data (date, time-stamps, authors, categories, tags, et cetera) on the front page/home page and on single posts et cetera, I think that a centered title and tagline and menu and site logo et cetera is more general purpose/balanced/flexible, I think that the blog title font and blog tagline font should be a bit bigger and that the post titles/post headings font should be smaller, I think that there should be better and more free color schemes, and a few other things that I can not think of at this time), but I do think that the Twenty Sixteen theme is just good enough to accomplish its role and I am currently using it on my blog and I am liking it so far; and I look forward to the release of the Twenty Seventeen theme next year, and I hope that some of my previous/current/future feedback and previous/current/future bug reports is/are considered again to help with improving previous/current/future themes to be more balanced/flexible/logical/practical/et cetera and less buggy.

    Thank you and keep up the good work 🙂 ,
    -John Jr


  36. My Gray Sky

    Thanks. This theme is beautiful, good job.

    Liked by 1 person

  37. ashsheheryar

    excellent job


  38. jmnowak

    If I didn’t have my beautiful The Portfolio Theme, I’d be converting to this one…definitely!~ Great work, team. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

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