Twenty Seventeen: Merge Proposal for 4.7

A note from @helen: Before we get into the proposal itself, I’d like to officially introduce its author, @davidakennedy, as a committercommitter A developer with commit access. WordPress has five lead developers and four permanent core developers with commit access. Additionally, the project usually has a few guest or component committers - a developer receiving commit access, generally for a single release cycle (sometimes renewed) and/or for a specific component. for bundled themes. We really should have done this ages ago, but now he’ll get to make a big splash with Twenty Seventeen. Congrats, David! 🎉


The team behind Twenty Seventeen has reached that point that we’re ready to propose Twenty Seventeen as the new default theme for WordPress in 4.7. It’s an ambitious theme that focuses on a creative home page and an easy site setup experience for users.

Like last year, with Twenty Sixteen, the development process happened on GitHub. The theme will be merged into WordPress from the betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. period on, and development will move to TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress.. Some remaining tickets will move over to Trac at that time.

Features of Twenty Seventeen

Created with the feedback on previous default themes in mind, and the desire to reach a new audience, Twenty Seventeen was designed for business websites. It offers:

  • multiple sections on the front page, selected in the CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings..
  • a striking asymmetrical grid.
  • custom color schemes, built on top of a monochromatic foundation, and adjustable via a hue picker.
  • different headline placement for pages, changeable in the Customizer, via theme options.
  • a great experience in many languages, thanks to language-specific font stacks.
  • SVG icons (a first for a default theme).
  • support for custom logo, custom headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes. image and many post formats.
  • the use of new functions in Core for making child theming easier.


As usual, a default theme couldn’t happen without the community. This year, Twenty Seventeen has benefited from 57 amazing contributors so far (up from 38 at this point last year). They have helped with:

  • triaging issues.
  • providing code reviews.
  • testing and recommending language specific font stacks.
  • improving the theme’s accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (
  • browser and device testing.
  • numerous bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority. fixes, code tidying and countless improvements.

Testing, Feedback and Next Steps

While contributors have tested Twenty Seventeen on various devices and browsers throughout the development process, edge cases still exist. Please test Twenty Seventeen in as many different environments as you can.

Until the merge deadline, contributors to Twenty Seventeen will work on the Core Merge milestone in GitHub, knocking out as many issues as possible.

A big thank you to everyone that has helped make Twenty Seventeen come to life.

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