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  1. Iqbal
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    Great news! I like the pastel colors of Twenty Twenty One theme, it feels relaxing, nice, and calm.

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  2. Yvette
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    I am really rooting that this all-female release squad will help encourage people from underrepresented groups to give contributing a try.

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  3. The Saltbox
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    Exciting times. We are a big fan of WordPress and how accessible it makes things for everyday bloggers. We run a female-first blog! #girlpower

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  4. Bastian
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    Unlike 5.5, this is a pretty low-key release, with almost nothing remarkable about it (I don’t care for the Twenty themes, sorry). Even in the Gutenberg department, with most of the work put into the yet-to-be-released FSE feature.

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    • Sebastian
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      I agree, but a lot of people see the a new theme and are happy with that.

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    • Justin Tadlock
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      Over 1,000 PRs and almost 350 closed Trac tickets is nothing to scoff at. The release might not feel as feature rich as some others, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes we need a low-key release or two. In my experience, those types of releases tend to have less breakage while continuing to move the platform forward.

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  5. photoMaldives
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    Good writeup, thanks Justin.
    Also worth a read from WF:

    https://www.wordfence.com/blog/2020/12/wordpress-5-6-introduces-a-new-risk-to-your-site-what-to-do/

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  6. Benjamin Catfriend
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    Thanks very much for this great new release. The new ttone theme looks awsome and gutenberg rocks! I use wordpress since 2005 and never had a single problem. Please keep up the good work.

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  7. Malte
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    The new theme will definitely not be for everyone, but I like it and it fits well into the collection of Twenty Themes from the last years.

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  8. Maritza Diaz
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    Hi. I would like to change my website to this new look. However, I have Divi and hate it. Once I change the theme, I see code all over the place. I am not techy and don’t what to do. Any suggestions are appreciated!

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    • Jane Townley
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      Honestly, my suggestion would be to keep using Divi, which you probably hate because you haven’t learned to use it. You can have any look you want with it. The notion that themes can just be “switched” is just not true; it’s always a huge project. You didn’t use the Divi Builder on every page of the site, right? It’s only the Builder pages that will have all that Divi Code.

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    • Lee
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      There was, probably still is, a Divi Builder plugin. This plugin deals with (i.e. parses) the shortcodes used by the Divi theme so that you can more easily switch themes.

      The plugin is/was available from Elegant Themes. It might be called something different to Divi Builder but you will recognise it when you see it. This plugin will enable you to change your theme without losing too much of the content layout though there will be differences and you will need to go through your content to remove the Divi shortcodes, which, with the Divi Builder plugin installed, you ought now to be able to do leisurely.

      If that doesn’t work for you.. you will need to do the work the long way.

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  9. Bill
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    I wonder how many people these days start with WordPress so they can have a blog. Each time they come up with a new default theme, it’s a blog theme and it almost seems to me that WordPress Corporate has no intention of being more than a blogging platform.

    I don’t know, I thought with their purchase of WooCommerce they were finally looking at being a goto business system. But maybe their bread and butter really is the blogger and I’m an outlier?

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    • Bastian
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      Agreed. I don’t know anyone who starts a blog in this day and age of social media. WPTavern is the only blog a I visit nowadays. Somewhere there must be a thriving blogging community that I’m missing out.

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    • Justin Tadlock
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      Automattic, a separate entity from WordPress, owns WooCommerce. That company also contributes many resources to the WordPress project.

      Yes, there is still a huge world of bloggers with new ones coming every day. It’s still very much an important part of the platform. We have also had default themes not specifically catered to blogging. Twenty Nineteen, for example, is much more general purpose. Twenty Twenty, while it works for blogs, was geared more toward building landing pages with the block editor. But, they are just default themes. There are 1,000s of other themes for more specific needs.

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  10. Patty
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    There has already been a popular WordPress theme named Simone, around for years.

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