Last year’s 3.0 release of WordPress brought with it a new default theme called Twenty Ten (Rest in peace, Kubrick). Twenty Ten was designed to put on display key WordPress features, teach new beginning theme developers, and was named specifically to provide that extra push to developers to create Twenty Eleven while it was still 2011.
Development on the next version of WordPress, version 3.2, is in full swing. With an update from project lead Matt Mullenweg just yesterday, 3.2 may bring with it a new default theme called, this time called Twenty Eleven. Mullenweg’s proposal is to improve and use Duster as this new default theme. Duster, of course, is the theme that ThemeShaper adopted and adapted for its redesign back in February.
Mullenweg added the following to his ticket proposing Duster as the new basis for WordPress’ default theme:
It’s been a few years since we did this (#9015) but let’s track the effort for the TwentyEleven theme, hopefully making 3.2, here.
Main goals besides what we’ve already done in TwentyTen:
- To be different from TwentyTen, aesthetically.
- Is a good showcase of WP’s headline features.
- Clean, fast to load, and with best-practice markup.
Some people will prefer the design of TwentyTen, which is still excellent, over TwentyEleven, but that’s okay. We’ll have something new next year.
See the initial changeset for more info, and we’ll keep you posted on any updates we get. Assuming Duster becomes the next default, Twenty Eleven theme, what would you think? Is it a worthy successor to Twenty Ten?
Editor’s note: This information is pulled from the WordPress Trac, which is about as early in the stages of planning/development as you can get. Well, except the mind itself. But until we can perfect our mind reading techniques here at WPCandy, which would undoubtedly increase the provocativeness of our blog posts, we have to rely on Trac tickets for early WordPress project movements. All of this is to say: take what is reported here with a grain of salt, since it could end up not happening. And try to limit those terrible, terrible thoughts of yours.