WordPress Default Themes Through The Ages – A Mini Showcase

In just over a month from now, on the 27th May, WordPress will be turning 16 years old. Not a huge milestone perhaps (not compared to its 10th Anniversary Celebrations), but still — in the spirit of celebrating just how far this incredibly influential piece of open-source software has come since things began way back in 2003, we figured we’d help kick off this year’s birthday celebrations (a bit early) with quick visual look back in time through the history of the various different default WordPress themes.

Happy 16th Birthday WordPress!

Twenty Nineteen (Dec 2018)

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WordPress Twenty Sixteen Theme - Screenshot

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Twenty Seventeen (Dec 2016)

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WordPress Twenty Sixteen Theme - Screenshot

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Twenty Sixteen (Dec 2015)

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WordPress Twenty Sixteen Theme - Screenshot

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Twenty Fifteen (Dec 2014)

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WordPress Twenty Fifteen Theme - Screenshot

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Twenty Fourteen (Dec 2013)

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WordPress Twenty Fourteen Theme - Screenshot

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Twenty Thirteen (Aug 2013)

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WordPress Twenty ThirteenTheme - Screenshot

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Twenty Twelve (Dec 2012)

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WordPress Twenty Twelve Theme - Screenshot

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Twenty Eleven (July 2011)

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WordPress Twenty Eleven Theme - Screenshot

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Twenty Ten (June 2010)

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WordPress Twenty Ten Theme - Screenshot

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Kubrick (Feb 2005)

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WordPress Kubrick Theme - Screenshot

Now Retired (Download Kubrick 2014)

Kubrick is a little different to the others in this list — if you’re interested in reading more about the history of this particular theme, check out this fascinating article over on The Huffington Post. What’s more, Kubrick wasn’t around for just one year: oh no, Kubrick was the default theme all the way from February 2005 (when themes were first added to WordPress in version 1.5) to June 2010!

Before Kubrick?

Is that it? Nothing before Kubrick? Well, actually there was, before Kubrick (the first official default ‘theme’) there was another default ‘design/template’ of real significance/note: Classic (also now retired).

So what’s next for default themes then? Any ideas for TwentyTwenty? An eCommerce-focused theme perhaps? Or maybe something completely different?

By Brin Wilson

Founder of WinningWP - passionate about all things WordPress! Find me on Twitter.
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  1. John Jr says:

    Hello Brin Wilson,

    Do you think that there will even be a Twenty Twenty default WordPress theme?

    As a WordPress.com user I have been disappointed in the last several default themes, they have lacked some basic features that I need, and it is a shame that there was no Twenty Eighteen theme.

    I am even more disappointed in all the new free WordPress.com themes that lack an excerpt mode and like some of the previous new themes before them lack the option to automatically display images in posts (which when using excerpt mode, allowed the first image to display along with the excerpt text on the home page).

    Without either of those options someone using a free WordPress.com account and the newer free themes does not have automatic options to have excerpt mode and images display on the home page on those posts while using excerpt mode, and so now you would have to manually use something like the Read More button/ option on every post to achieve this; which is not an option when you have thousands of posts like I do.

    Thank you for sharing this post.

    The end,
    -John Jr

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