Review: Twenty Ten, WordPress’s flexible new WordPress default theme, gives users control

The WordPress 3.0 release includes a new default theme called Twenty-Ten.

When I noticed the new theme I was in the middle of a web design for a global health journalism site with reporting from UW journalism students. (See a sneak peek of the site, Health Intersections.)

I was looking for a theme that would work with the Frontpage-Slideshow plugin and the Twenty-Ten theme fits the bill for a number of reasons.

  • The plugin uses the WordPress API so it works well with the default WordPress theme.
  • The theme has a number of customizations built in: multiple header images or create your own, change the background color or add a background image, custom menus, optional sidebars – everything in a user-friendly format.
  • Can be used for a blog or for static content.
  • Easy-to-use drop-down menus
  • Intuitive page and category navigation

I think this is a great option for anyone starting out with a self-hosted WordPress site.

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