3 Reasons To Keep Twenty-Ten Theme On Your New WordPress Blog

00 Twenty Ten Logo   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress BlogWordPress users are very familiar with the use of themes. They can easily change the appearance of their blog just by switching the themes. There are lots of available WordPress themes out there and each comes with its own unique looks and features.

Strangely, among those thousands of third party themes, there were only two official themes that came with the WordPress installation: Classic theme version 1.5 and Default theme version 1.6. To make things worse, those two official themes were also not too customizable.

But WordPress developers wanted to change that. They have released the latest version of WordPress – v 3.0 – along with a brand new highly-customizable official theme called the Twenty-Ten theme (maybe to commemorate the year of its release – 2010).


Let’s see what possibilities that the Twenty-Ten theme offers.

Whole Lotta Widgets

After upgrading to WordPress 3.0, you’ll see the Twenty-Ten theme under the “Appearance” side menu. Activate the theme by clicking on the “Activate” link.

01 Manage Themes   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

Then you can start the customization ritual by clicking the first menu under Theme: “Widgets“. Widgets in WordPress are enhancements to a theme. You can use the widgets to add mini functionalities from a simple calendar to HTML codes.

02a Widgets Side Menu   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

There are a bunch of widgets that you can use here. Those who live and breathe WordPress will be familiar with them.

02b Available Widgets   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

But what makes widgets in Twenty-Ten special are the widget areas. Most themes give users one or two widget areas while here there are six of them.

02c Widgets Area   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

For WordPress newbies, you can use widgets by dragging and dropping them onto the widget areas that you want. My personal favorite is the Text widget because you can put customizable codes here.

02d Widgets Use Text Widget   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

Just remember to hit the “Save” button after writing down the code.

Another nice thing about WordPress 3.0 and Twenty-Ten in terms of widgets support is the existence of the “Inactive Widgets” area. In the previous version of WordPress, deactivating a widget meant losing its settings. Now you can temporarily deactivate widgets while retaining their settings by dragging them to this area.

02e Inactive Widgets   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

And when you want to re-activate them again, simply drag them back to the widgets area. You don’t have to do any re-settings.

What’s On The Menu?

The next item under “Appearance” is “Menus“. We have discussed this topic a little bit in the previous article. Basically, this feature allows you to add customized navigation to your blog page.

03 Menus   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

You can add a menu as a sub menu just by dragging and dropping it under another menu.

03b Menus and sub menus   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

Here’s what the menus look like in the blog page.

03c Menu and sub menu   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

Customizing The Background & Header

This feature might be a very common thing among avid WordPress users who use themes heavily. Nonetheless, this is a welcome addition to enhancing WordPress’s built in theme.

With Custom Background you can upload your chosen image.

04a Custom Background   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

And select the background color.

04b Background Color   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

While with Custom Header, you also can upload a header image. You can use the techniques explained in our older article to create your own Website Header Image.

05a Header Preview   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

The recommended size of the image is 980 X 198 pixels.

05b Header Upload Image   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

Or you can use one of a range of web headers offered by WordPress.

05c Header Default Image   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

At the very bottom of this page, you will find options to remove and reset the image.

05d Header Remove Restore   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

Don’t forget to click the “Save Changes” button to keep your settings.

To let you see what the Twenty-Ten theme looks like, here’s a blog quickly set up with the theme.

06 My My My 1   3 Reasons To Keep Twenty Ten Theme On Your New Wordpress Blog

Twenty-Ten might not be as powerful as Constructor, but it’s good enough for most of us who don’t want to dig deeper for hidden features, but just want a ready-to-use good-looking theme. If you are still not sure about changing your blog theme to Twenty-Ten, you can try it first to see what will it look like. Use the tips from this article.

Have you tried WordPress 3.0 and the Twenty-Ten theme? What’s your opinion about them? Please let us know in the comments below.

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Rodrigo Ghedin

I started a blog about Twenty Ten headers. If you’re out of ideas to put a great header in your blog, may it can be helpful :-)

[]‘s!

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Rodrigo Ghedin

I started a blog about Twenty Ten headers. If you’re out of ideas to put a great header in your blog, may it can be helpful :-)

[]‘s!

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Anonymous

I agree, Twenty Ten is extremely advanced for a default theme. I’m actually test driving it on http://networkordie.com, at least for awhile. Have you used the Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha, though? It’s Twenty Ten on steroids!

You can view a couple of ways I’m using it @ http://www.metalcrotch.com & http://www.metalmusicpromotions.com/main/

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Mybigbrain

Nice work. Any tips on adding that third column to the left?

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Wicked_D

I agree, Twenty Ten is extremely advanced for a default theme. I’m actually test driving it on http://networkordie.com, at least for awhile. Have you used the Suffusion theme by Sayontan Sinha, though? It’s Twenty Ten on steroids!

You can view a couple of ways I’m using it @ http://www.metalcrotch.com & http://www.metalmusicpromotion

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Lanna

I love Twenty Ten theme. I’ll use it for a couple of web sites in the near future.

Here is the one I’ve done using it so far: http://www.parkhopperticket.com
I’ve customized the header a bit and also changed the background color. Go check it out and see what you think?

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Lanna

I love Twenty Ten theme. I’ll use it for a couple of web sites in the near future.

Here is the one I’ve done using it so far: http://www.parkhopperticket.co
I’ve customized the header a bit and also changed the background color. Go check it out and see what you think?

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Mahasamudram1

How to use adsense ad in the place of twenty ten image?

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Anonymous

To do that, you have to dig into the theme editor and modify the header codes with AdSense codes.

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Mahasamudram1

That looks easy. I think I need to place the adsense code in the place of image source code in header.php. Am I right? Is there any changes required in CSS?

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Mahasamudram1

How to use adsense ad in the place of twenty ten image?

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LB

I am using this on my tea-o-clock.net blog, but i want to remove the text above the header and make the header image clickable. How would I do this? Please email biomedicalnerd [at} gmail.com thanks :)

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steve

Hey nice post – its good to see others making use of the twenty ten theme included with WP – its got so many possibilities and I find the code really easy to follow.

I’ve made a few changes to the theme on my new blog, take a look if you’re interested as i’ll be posting up how I’ve done them soon..

http://www.smallbon.es

Steve

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steve

To move the test on the header image, find the code for the blog title (I think its #site-title) and just indent the text away from the page ( use text-indent: -9999px). Then to make the header image clickable, you’ll need to modify the header.php file where it says “<img <a=”” a=”” add=”” and=”” href=”” src=”&lt;?php header_image(); ?&gt;”> link to surround the image file and make it clickable.

I have tried the above yet, but hope it gives you a headstart!

Steve – My New Blog

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Overcoming Addiction

I love the Twenty Ten Layout! I just used a custom header that I made and was off! My new info page, http://pressingtheissue.com was so simple to set up on it!

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Rob

I’m with LB – could someone offer some info on removing the text blog title at the top?