Every year, WordPress reveals its new default theme for the year; this year, it’s the template Twenty Twelve. This is now what your blog will look like when you first set it up, before changing the theme or editing this one.
Here’s a taste of what WordPress’s Lance Willett (on WordPress’ blog here) has to say about the new default theme:
“The theme should work well for a blog or a website, be carefully crafted under-the-hood to support essential WordPress features, and—of course—it should be aesthetically pleasing and exciting…
…A key component of this theme is a special homepage template. Recently, it’s become even more evident that WordPress is heavily used as a content management system (CMS) with many more sites now using it to organize any kind of content rather than purely as a blog. The homepage template meets this need by allowing authors to craft a perfect introductory page—it’s the first thing visitors see. Homepage content (text, images, video, anything you’d like) lives in the upper area, and below it you can arrange specific homepage-only widgets…”
Great news for anyone looking to use WordPress for more than, or anything-but, a blog! From this introduction, it looks like your homepage can be more of a fixed homepage, rather than a homepage with your blog posts.
To figure out how to create a static front page using your theme, or if you’re interested in the reasons not to have a static homepage, read my post here: “How to create a static front page in WordPress”.
Two other aspects set the Twenty Twelve theme apart: 1) the post styling format is designed to look fantastic and similar on both computers and mobile devices, & 2) a custom header image isn’t going to automatically be there when you first activate it–although it is available.
Is this a theme that you would consider using–or have you already tried it out? Let me know in the comments below!
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