Chapter 1: Examining the Default Theme: Twenty Ten

In This Chapter

  • Discovering Twenty Ten's layout features
  • Tweaking your header and background colors
  • Installing custom navigation menus
  • Exploring widgets on your Web site

Bundled with the release of WordPress 3.0 in June 2010 is the new default theme, Twenty Ten. Since 2005, the default theme was Kubrick, but the community and core development team realized that an update or replacement that reflected a new design and built-in functionality for the new WordPress features was needed desperately.

Although nothing was technically wrong with Kubrick — after all it was and is still being used on thousands of WordPress sites — the look and functionality had not kept pace with the rapid development of WordPress. Think of it this way: WordPress was rocking in a new era and needed some hip new clothes to look the part!

The resulting community effort was Twenty Ten, a powerful theme with drop-down menu navigation, header and background image uploaders, multiple-page templates, widget-ready areas, and parent-child theme support. These features make Twenty Ten an excellent base for many of your theme customization projects. This chapter takes you through all the features of the default Twenty Ten theme including layouts, editing the header graphic and background colors, installing and using custom navigation menus, and using widgets on your site to add some great features.

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