WordPress announced Twenty Twelve theme, the new default theme as a successor to the existing default theme Twenty Eleven, a while ago. WordPress.com users can — as always — taste the new theme right away. All WordPress new features are first rolled out to the WordPress.com users. When it’s safe for even larger amount of people, it’s released with WordPress.org download. However, it’s still a little early to download the new theme as WordPress hasn’t officially announced it for self-hosted blogs.

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If you’re not used to the term, self-hosted WordPress blogs are those blogs that bloggers choose to host on their own server by paying a monthly fee to the host. It gives them the freedom to do whatever they wish with the software (WordPress).

Now, if you’re one of those self-hosted user and if you were blown away with Twenty Twelve theme, you might be looking for a way to download it. Sad that you can’t download Twenty Twelve until WordPress 3.5 is released. But that’s not entirely true. Let’s download Twenty Twelve even before it’s released.

Download Twenty Twelve

To download Twenty Twelve, you have to actually download the WordPress file itself from its development area. Github is your place where you should download WordPress from. Simply visit this URL and click Download as zip. The upcoming version of WordPress will be downloaded to your computer straight from the developers’ home.

Once the zip file is downloaded, unzip it using WinRAR or 7-Zip (If you’re dealing with web development then I must believe you have either of those) and then explore inside. You will find Twenty Twelve in wp-content -> themes -> twentytwelve. What now you need to do is zip this twentytwelve theme and upload it to your server.

To upload a theme file to your self-hosted WordPress, simply navigate to Appearance -> Themes -> Install Theme -> Upload. You will then have to browse your local drive, select the twentytwelve.zip file and upload it. Once uploaded, you will be able to activate the theme right away.

Warning: Twenty Twelve theme, although is live across the WordPress.com network, is not recommended for a live site. If you’re running a test site or if you love the new nice Twenty Twelve way too much, only then you should enable it on a live website.

Update: Zac in the comment clarified that the Twenty Twelve theme is actually being released this week. When WordPress.com wrote that they will bundle Twenty Twelve on 3.5, I thought that that’d be the first time the theme comes out. Turns out, I was wrong.

Will You be Using it?

To be honest, I’m in love with Twenty Twelve. Although the theme looks more like a Sandbox theme intended for CSS experts, the open-sans font makes the theme look gorgeous right out of the box. I never really liked Twenty Eleven, the current default theme of WordPress. Twenty Ten was the best default theme to date.

If I were to sort WordPress default themes in terms of how awesome they are, I’d sort them as 1) Twenty Ten, 2) Twenty Twelve and 3) Twenty Eleven. What about you?

4 thoughts

  1. This story is a bit misleading. The Twenty Twelve theme and the 3.5 version of WordPress are two different things. Twenty Twelve is actually being released two days from now, on Wednesday the 26th (for wordpress.org users) and WordPress 3.5 is being released much later than that.

    If you’re planing to build a child theme of Twenty Twelve I would definitely wait until they officially release it because the developers are most likely going to be doing a lot of last minute work in the next couple days to get it ready which means it could break your theme.


    1. You’re right actually. I misunderstood when WordPress.com said that the new theme will be bundled with 3.5. I thought that’d be the first time the theme will be officially released. Thanks for the heads up.

      As for child theme, I agree with you. I just wanted to let fellow bloggers and anyone Googling around know that there’s a way you can download and test it on your local host or test website. Like I said, it’s not even perfect (probably) for live sites unless your’e on WordPress.com, let alone building child themes on it.

      Thanks again. 🙂


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