Twenty Nineteen

2019

Gutenberg grants users an unprecedented level of freedom to customize their site’s layout and design. In order to fully achieve their vision, users will need a new generation of flexible themes, built to take advantage of the creative freedom that Gutenberg offers.

With that in mind, WordPress 5.0 will launch with a brand new default theme: Twenty Nineteen. The theme will be led by @allancole, supported by @kjellr as a design coach.

At the core of Twenty Nineteen is its simple, sophisticated typography. The theme’s aesthetic is minimal and non-prescriptive, allowing the theme to work well in a variety of applications. For example: it is effective as an minimal, typography-driven blogging theme, but can also be adapted for use as a static business website.

Twenty Nineteen will ship with full Gutenberg support. It will include both front and back-end styles, so that users can be fully confident in their site’s appearance when they hit publish.

As mentioned in the release plan, WordPress 5.0 will be released on November 19th, 2018, so this is a faster-than-usual theme build. The first release candidate is estimated for the end of October, so we’ll want to have a working version of the theme ready by then. Because of time limitations we may remove Twenty Nineteen from 5.0 if it is not ready in time for launch.

If you are interested in contributing, please be sure to follow this blog. During the design and development process, there will be weekly half-hour meetings every Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 12:00 PM EDT in #core-themes, beginning today, October 16, 2018.

Theme development will happen on GitHub and in the interest of time, an in-progress version of the theme code has been uploaded here: https://github.com/WordPress/twentynineteen. Once the theme is stable, it will be merged into core and the GitHub repo will be depreciated.

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