Things have been moving along fast with Twenty Sixteen. There have have been two, short, half-hour meetings so far, where we scrub through the GitHub issues. Everyone is welcome and they are held at 16:00 UTC on Monday and Friday.
Currently there are 10 issues and 7 pull requests in GitHub.
The deadline to get Twenty Sixteen ready to go into core is the 30th September, as per the release schedule. That isn’t too far away. Now is a crucial time to make sure everyone puts this theme through its paces. You can get it right here. Testing is important to make sure all the bugs and issues are fixed before merge. Everyone is invited to help with this.
There are other ways you can get involved by helping with the existing issues on GitHub. For example, these ones all need a pull request.
Twenty Sixteen is a great opportunity for people to contribute. So far, there have been a lot of new contributors and it would be great to have more. Help make Twenty Sixteen the best default theme it can be and get involved!
There is some great news today, to go along with Twenty Sixteen being released on GitHub this weekend: Twenty Sixteen is now available in the WordPress.org theme directory!
Twenty Sixteen has been added to the theme directory to allow anyone to test it from their WordPress.org install. While under development in GitHub, there will be regular syncs from GitHub to the theme directory.
You can grab it right here.
Twenty Sixteen weekly meetings will begin this September 4 2015 16:00 UTC.
To try things a bit differently this year, Twenty Sixteen is going to be developed on GitHub, just like a featured plugin, before it makes its way to core SVN and Trac. You can find it right here.
Want to get involved? It’s as easy as creating an issue or PR on Github. There is a handy guide on how to contribute.
Weekly meetings will be on Fridays and Mondays at 16:00 UTC in #core-themes. These will start on Friday 4th September.
Everyone is invited to come and join in bringing Twenty Sixteen to life. Default themes are a great opportunity to get involved in contributing to WordPress!
WordPress 4.4 will see a brand new default theme; that’s right, today is time to meet Twenty Sixteen! The process of selecting the Twenty Sixteen theme was a long one, taking several months. Lots of themes were considered, eventually settling on the one you see below. It’s a perfect fit!
Twenty Sixteen features a new, never-released design that has some really unique touches on a traditional blog layout. It adapts well to different devices and is a joy to use.
Twenty Sixteen is a modernised approach of an ever-popular layout — a horizontal masthead and an optional right sidebar that works well with both blogs and websites. It has custom color options that allow you to make your own Twenty Sixteen. The theme was designed on a harmonious fluid grid with a mobile first approach. This means it looks great on any device.
Let’s take a look at more!
We have the pleasure of welcoming back Takashi Irie as the designer of Twenty Sixteen. This year, the core team developing our new default theme will be myself and @iamtakashi — and you! We hope you can join us in getting Twenty Sixteen out to the world. Along with us, @iandstewart and @samuelsidler will be making sure the ship stays on course and giving us their wisdom as we charter the default theme seas.
How can you get involved?
There will be weekly meetings every Monday and Friday 16:00 UTC in #core-themes for half an hour. These weekly meetings will start once the theme has initially landed in core. If you are interested in contributing, subscribe to this blog (if you haven’t already), and leave your name in the comments. Once we’re ready, we will give everyone a ping and we’ll let you know on this blog too.
Want to know more about default themes?
There are some great links where you can find out more about past default themes.
The road to releasing a new default theme is long, but we’re already well on our way! The next step is to commit the initial code to core. From there, we will begin testing and patching. We hope you join in the adventure of releasing Twenty Sixteen.