Envato has a nice article covering the current state of WordPress blogging themes. The article does a nice job highlighting not only the styles over the years but the inspiration behind them as well. The design traits profiled include:
- Modern Single-Column Layout
- Traditional Two-Column Layout
- The Journal Layout
- The Masonry/Grid Layout
My favorite style is a toss-up between the journal and single-column layout. That’s why I’m psyched to see the Twenty Fifteen default theme go with a clean, two-column layout. I think a lot of sites will use it compared to Twenty Fourteen which was more of a magazine style. Here’s a look at the various styles used by default themes in WordPress over the years starting with Twenty Ten.
Which style is your favorite and are you happy to see the Twenty Fifteen default theme go back to a more traditional two-column layout? What do you think the next WordPress theme design trend will be?
Masonry seems to be on the way out. It’ll be interesting to see how the space changes once the JSON REST API gets released as part of core. I know many theme devs are itching to release JS-based themes that look more like time.com and Quartz than traditional page-by-page blogs.