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!
Twenty Seventeen (Dec 2016)
– Released alongside WordPress version 4.7.
Twenty Sixteen (Dec 2015)
– Released alongside WordPress version 4.4.
Twenty Fifteen (Dec 2014)
– Released alongside WordPress version 4.1.
Twenty Fourteen (Dec 2013)
– Released alongside WordPress version 3.8.
Twenty Thirteen (Aug 2013)
– Released alongside WordPress version 3.6.
Twenty Twelve (Dec 2012)
– Released alongside WordPress version 3.5.
Twenty Eleven (July 2011)
– Released alongside WordPress version 3.2.
Twenty Ten (June 2010)
– Released alongside WordPress version 3.0.
Kubrick (Feb 2005)
– 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?