Big Brotherby Automattic

Big Brother

Big Brother is the perfect theme for large organizations and government. With a clean and traditional design, multiple color schemes, and support for standard customization features, it’s a professional, readable theme that’s easy to tailor to your organization’s style. Breadcrumb-style navigation on pages make even the largest sites a breeze to navigate, while the widget area keeps your secondary content at hand. Start a blog to keep your members up to date on current happenings, or use the [sitemap] shortcode to create a quick, centralized location listing all of your organization’s important information.

Legalese Tag

Big Brother includes a special text style for “legalese,” which is displayed with a different font family and a smaller font size to set it apart from regular text. Add this to your Posts or Pages by using the Text Editor with the following code:

<p class="legal">Write your legalese here.</p>

See an example of the “legal” class in action on the demo site.

Add a Sitemap

Need to give your readers a go-to resource for finding your content? Use the handy [sitemap] shortcode in the Text Editor. See an example of the shortcode in action on the demo site.

Custom Menus

Big Brother‘s primary menu is located in the header, and can be configured by going to My Sites→ Menus. If no Custom Menu is assigned, your Pages will be displayed by default.

Custom Menu

Social Links

Social LinksYou can add links to a multitude of social services to the footer area by following these steps:

  1. Create a new Custom Menu, and assign it to the Social Links Menu location
  2. Add links to each of your social services using the Links panel
  3. Icons for your social links will automatically appear in the site footer


Big Brother supports one column of widgets alongside your content. Add some widgets by going to  Customize → Widgets.

Custom Colors

Don’t like the blue? Big Brother works with the Custom Design upgrade, allowing you to change the site’s color scheme to match your organization’s with the click of a button. Several color schemes are included to get you started:


Custom Header & Background

You can personalize your site with a custom header, which will appear as a background to the site title and menu area, and can be added under Appearance → Header:

Big Brother Custom Header

Note: The custom header looks best with a decorative background image, not a logo that’s designed to be displayed at a specific size.

The background can also be customized by going to Customize → Background.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels)

  1. The main column width is 600.
  2. The sidebar width is 294.
  3. The recommended size for a custom header image is 1000 × 200

This theme is available for download to be used on your WordPress self-hosted installation.

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