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WordPress Twenty Twelve Theme Review

In his recent annual review of the “state of the word“, co-founder of WordPress Matt Mullenweg spoke about the tremendous development that WordPress has undergone since its inception back in 2003. Its user base has radically expanded as has the breadth of its applications across all areas of Web publishing.

We’re currently at WordPress version 3.4.2 and in his speech Matt spoke quite a bit about the forthcoming update 3.5. As part of that update WordPress will include a brand new default theme. This marks the 3rd template following Kubrick and Twenty Ten. The new theme is aptly called Twenty Twelve and the lead designer responsible for bringing it to life is Drew Strojny, founder of the premium WordPress theme company The Theme Foundry. You can check out Drew’s presentation at WordCamp San Francisco 2012 here.

In this review, I take a look at the key features that characterize this theme, I look at the admin side of the theme thanks to a work-in-progress version that I’m running on my test site and I offer a few comments on some of the subtleties that make this a truly viable, out of the box solution to anyone looking to set up a free and fully-functional web site in a matter of minutes. As always, I’d be interested to hear what your take on this theme is. Are you as enthusiastic about it as I am? Or is it lacking something? Either way let me know in the comments below.

Written by Will Ellington

Originally from the UK, I currently live in Osaka, Japan, where I work in higher education. I’ve been a WordPress user since 2004 and have developed numerous projects with it over the years. Wpliving is a place to share things i've learnt along the way, and to explore innovations in WordPress too.

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  1. Just wanted to let you know that your video review on the new Twenty Twelve theme (which was ranking about 2nd or 3rd spot on page 1 of G) was killer helpful to me at the moment I was searching. Tried to leave a comment under the video on YT where I first watched it, but having trouble with my connection and it kept giving me an error. Not sure what YT didn’t like about it? Anyway, thanks much for the clear and well done review. I totally appreciate your passion for WP and your long and significant accumulation of sound knowledge about it. Well done and THANK YOU!!

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