Using Twenty Sixteen WordPress Default Theme

This post is about why I have decided to start using the Twenty Sixteen WordPress Default Theme as my site’s presentation layer.

There are a lot of WordPress Themes out there in the marketplace and you really can get lost in all the design, styles and builds. Over the years, I have had literally hundreds of skins on this site, you can view all the iterations on That has lead to a couple of things happening.

Firstly a negative many returning visitors get lost as there is no consistency across the site leading to confusion and despair.

Secondly changing and fiddling with all these different WordPress frameworks and themes has taught me about the ecosystem and it has taught me much of what I know about the internet.

Third, it has introduced me to an amazing community of great WordPress developers and designers that are extremely passionate about their craft.

I have created a Twitter list of these awesome WordPress legends if you would like to follow them as well. They will do nothing but motivate you to make great things with WordPress. Oh and they like talking about coffee, a lot.

Why I Choose WordPress

This probably deserves its own post and when time permits I will most definitely be creating one but for now here are some fairly common reasons I use WordPress:

  • Open Source Platform
  • Super Easy To Learn & Use
  • It’s Extensible (Themes & Plugins)
  • SEO Out Of The Box
  • Easy To Manage
  • Safe & Secure
  • Any Media Type
  • Versatile (Blogs, Sites, CMS, Apps, Membership Sites, Stores)

Why I Choose To Use Twenty Sixteen WordPress Default Theme

The main reason I have settled in the default theme of Twenty Sixten is equal parts simplicity and minimalism. Picking up and running with the default Twenty Sixteen theme allows me to focus on what matters the most right now (in my head) the content.

While I am obsessed with design like much of the WorPress community I want to focus on writing and documenting my own creative process before anything else.

While there are some seriously mixed reviews on Twitter I actually like the simplicity of the theme. I also really like that fact that it follows some standard layout features common to many WordPress themes. I believe this will ultimately help users navigate the site and find that elusive content that has been hiding from any semblance of an audience for years.

Moving Beyond The Default WordPress Theme

I have set myself a goal for the coming months to set about creating my own WordPress theme. I will be documenting this process here from ideation to creative, development to testing and finally to submission to the WordPress theme store.

It is an ambitious project for me and I am excited to start learning more about the process of theme creation.

My plan is to follow this epic tutorial from ThemeShaper that uses the starter theme called Underscores  built and maintained by Automattic.

Also available here on GitHub.

Over to you. If you have advice for me about theme development and the common pitfalls I would love any and all advice available just drop me a note in the comments section below.



About The Author

Hi, I'm Louis Blythe a frustrated creative, Wordpress fanatic with a passion for SEO, web development and digital marketing. This blog is an ongoing collection of posts about my experiances online.

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