Wordpress & Web Development

The Most Awesome WordPress Theme You Probably Don’t Know About: P2

Angela Randall 14-06-2012

p2 wordpress themeEven the most seasoned WordPress enthusiast can’t have seen all of the free themes going around, so there’s every likelihood the P2 theme passed you by too. But, the P2 WordPress theme is not like other themes at all. The way P2 works, it fundamentally changes the ways in which WordPress can be used and opens up a world of possibilities.


In short, the P2 theme is designed for brief status updates and allows authors to post from the front page of the blog. It’s inspired by Twitter and indeed could easily be used by groups as a sort of private Twitter. However, it’s much more powerful than that. And once you start thinking about it more you’ll come up with endless ways to use the P2 theme.

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How Does The P2 Theme Work?

Despite the front-page posting and editing features authors use with the P2 theme, P2 post updates are essentially the same as regular WordPress posts. So when another user comments on the post, you see a threaded conversation below it.

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If a user navigates away from the P2-themed blog they will see new posts highlighted upon their return. If they are still on the page when another user updates the blog or comments they will see a growl-like notification to let them know.


When posting, users can easily create ordered or unordered lists with simple markup “#” or “-” or to add a to-do list into a post using “o” and “x”. Afterwards, users can mark their own to-do items as done using simple clicks (editors can mark anyone’s to-do items as completed). YouTube videos and other embeddable content can also be added with WordPress embedding shorthand.

As you write each post, tags will be suggested to you based on previous tags. Plus, you can toggle whether to show or hide the comments in order to make the page neater.

Use P2 On Free WordPress.com Blogs

As well as being a free theme for self-hosted WordPress blogs, the P2 theme is available for people using WordPress.com as a blog host. This is great news for people who don’t self-host!

Ideas For Using The P2 Theme

Here’s some great ideas for the P2 theme we know about. You’ll no doubt come up with many more!


It’s very easy to use P2 as a group chat or live blogging platform. Since it looks and feels a lot like Twitter in its basic form, this is a natural use for the theme. The whole blog could be made private or password protected, thus making it an ideal group blog for families, especially since most families have a handful of non-technical people in them.

The P2 theme can be used to manage a group to-do list or undertake basic project management. It’s easy to keep track of sub-projects by tagging the posts appropriately. In fact, this works so well that it is what the Automattic team behind WordPress use to keep themselves organised.

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Get Plugins For The P2 Theme

As a stand-alone WordPress theme, P2 is extremely powerful. However, there are also plenty of great plugins you can use to make it even better. For instance, there’s a plugin to allow 1-click retweets/shares/likes, a “P2 Likes” plugin to add your avatar to the bottom of a post when you say you “like” it, a “Who’s Online” plugin to show you who else is around, a “P2 Resolved Posts” plugin to highlight posts as unresolved and many more.


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More Information On The P2 Theme

If you’ve decided you love the P2 theme, here’s some more useful information:

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So, what would you use the P2 theme for? Let us know in the comments!


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  1. ravi
    December 9, 2012 at 11:08 am

    thanks for sharing. I am using Pagelines theme on my new blog but i don't know how to features my posts inside it instead of default images by pagelines. Here's my blog [Broken URL Removed]

  2. Boni Oloff
    October 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    The theme looks like social network i think..

  3. Spacemother
    October 3, 2012 at 8:32 am

    Hi, I was looking for a way (or plugin) to integrate the show/hide functionality of comments below a blog post in my wordpress blog.
    I see you managed to do this on your blog. By default you show comments and have the ability to hide them. I would like to have this in reverse, so hide by default and just show by clicking on "display comments".

    P.S.: There seems to be a bug when viewing your blog in Safari. Once I hide your comments I can't make them show up again. I click on "Show x comments" and then it expands for a second and collapses right back in hide mode. Is it just me?

    • Angela Alcorn
      November 10, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      I'll pass this on to the guy who does the website and see if he can give you a good answer.

    • James Bruce
      November 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      I honestly didn't know our theme even did that...

      It's easy, no plugin needed. Lookup jQuery show(0 and hide() method, then attach to the click event of the button or link to do it.

      (I see the bug too, might get around to fixing it at some point, thanks)

  4. xbalesx
    September 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Just came across this article...thanks for the info, I am going to give the theme a spin.

  5. GoWebBaby
    August 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

    OMG! Great theme. Performance p2 theme make it attractable and useful for me. Thanks for this nice theme.

  6. VC Nickels
    July 27, 2012 at 5:03 am

    I ran across this before and thought it was neat but I'd really like to see it as a plugin.

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 28, 2012 at 5:35 am

      You mean, so that you could just have sections of the site like this? That would be cool, actually!

  7. April Alboc
    July 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    This is definately food for thought. I'll have to check p2 out. Thanks for the article.

  8. jessemanalansan
    June 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    This looks interesting! Might use this for my blog soon. :D

  9. Rose Orchard
    June 21, 2012 at 7:36 am

    This is definitely something I will look into! I currently prefer Genesis for all my WordPress blogs but I'm always open to trying new themes, it's nice to have one or two you can recommend to folks who want to get started :)

  10. Kelly Buchanan
    June 18, 2012 at 4:37 am

    As a newbie to WordPress, makeuseof articles have been extremely valuable.

  11. Crazie Flawed Narcissistic-VampDoll
    June 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Im new to all this. But thos autodidact thanks u

  12. TJ LokalSoul
    June 15, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    great theme indeed! thinking of using it as a sort of forum for my hobby group. question is, how do users sign up and start commenting? is it by logging thru your Facebook account?

    • Angela Alcorn
      June 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      If you host it on WordPress.com then they'd need to use their WordPress.com accounts. If you self-hosted they'd need an account for your WordPress blog.

      • Tj LokalSoul
        June 15, 2012 at 5:04 pm

        i see. thanks Angela. that really helps :)

  13. Mayur Godhani
    June 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Well... i love Problog theme from Magazine3. i tried Theme Junkie before.. But problog is best one :)
    I would like to try this P2 theme now :)

  14. Katie
    June 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    My favorite free theme is responsive because it's so mobile friendly. Although its not very versatile in what it can do on the front page it's pretty easy to update the code on the home.php


  15. Gourav
    June 15, 2012 at 6:44 am

    I've always been a fan of the Canvas theme from Woothemes - it's simple, elegant and optimised, exactly what you need in a good theme.
    Among free themes, I thing the Alltuts theme is one of the best which incorporates a clean look and is social media friendly. In fact I even use the same theme on my own blog: http://www.techrav.com .