In just a couple of days from now, on the 27th May, WordPress will be turning 14 years old. Not a huge milestone perhaps (not compared to its 10th Anniversary Celebrations a few years back at any rate), 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 with another visual look back in time through the history of the various different default WordPress themes.
Happy 14th Birthday WordPress!
– Released alongside WordPress version 4.7.
– Released alongside WordPress version 4.4.
– Released alongside WordPress version 4.1.
– Released alongside WordPress version 3.8.
– Released alongside WordPress version 3.6.
– Released alongside WordPress version 3.5.
– Released alongside WordPress version 3.2.
– Released alongside WordPress version 3.0.
– Released alongside WordPress version 1.5.
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!
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 Twenty Eighteen? An eCommerce-focused theme perhaps? Or maybe something completely different?