Twenty Fourteen Theme Takes a Step Further

A WordPress.com premium theme has been pulled from sale to become the default Twenty Fourteen theme.

Work has begun on recycling Further, Automattic’s first magazine-style theme. A demo site is available.

Designed by theme wrangler Takashi Irie, the theme features a responsive layout, a featured content area and support of standard, video, image, gallery, aside and quote post formats. It also includes seven widget areas.

Twenty Fourteen theme

Automattic theme division lead Lance Willet and theme wrangler Konstantin Obenland, along with Irie, will rework the theme in time for the release of WordPress 3.8  in early December.

The news comes just a week after the Twenty Thirteen theme was made available to coincide with with the release of WordPress 3.6.

The Twenty Fourteen theme’s magazine layout will be vastly different from Twenty Thirteen’s blog design, which makes the most of post format types.

In a changeset at Make WordPress Core, Willet notes that “nice to have improvements” for Twenty Fourteen include:

  • A contributors page template to highlight authors
  • Easy-to-manage featured content
  • Support for an authors widget to highlight authors

In a post on his personal blog, Irie said he was “ridiculously stoked” to have his work picked to become the default Twenty Fourteen theme.

Takashi Irie
Takashi Irie designed Further, the theme which will become the Twenty Fourteen theme.

“As a WordPress theme designer, it was absolutely incredible news for me personally and I’m ridiculously stoked,” he writes.

“From now on, it will be improved by hundreds of people from WordPress community, and I am really honored.”

After releasing the theme earlier this year, Irie posted his thoughts on the design at ThemeShaper.

WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg announced in his State of the Word address at WordCamp San Francisco that Twenty Fourteen would be a magazine-style release featuring a slider and elements you would see in a premium theme, but “in a core kind of way.”

“I just want a full year of a default theme, to be enjoyed for a year,” Mullenweg said, noting Twenty Thirteen’s delayed release.

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