New WordPress theme: Emphaino

So here we go, releasing a new theme after a dry period of forty two months!

Emphaino, as I’ve named the new theme, is a responsive WordPress theme with clean design and emphasis on content. The theme sports a Pinterest like layout for blog post index pages, uses scalable icon fonts, has one widget area at the footer, supports features like custom header, custom background, post formats, etc., and upto date with the latest developments in WordPress. Customization of the theme possible through the WordPress theme customizer interface.

Emphaino Screenshot

More information at the theme page. Downloads at the WordPress theme directory or GitHub.

Note: Please use the WordPress support forums for support related questions. You can also provide feedback by adding a review.

F2 version 2.0

The F2 WordPress theme gets an update. Long time it’s been, and this time it’s a big update. Version 2.0. The theme is completely overhauled and rewritten from scratch based on the _s theme.


“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

— Charles Darwin

Yes, with version 2.0, F2 embraces responsiveness. The theme now adapts to different screen widths and looks good on any device you view your site in.

F2 responsive

Color schemes

In addition to the default blue color scheme, F2 2.0 comes with three more color schemes.

List of changes

The theme is almost completely modified. Here’s the list of changes (only the major ones):

  • Responsiveness
  • Color schemes
  • Layout choices: there are four layouts to choose from — right sidebar, left sidebar, two sidebars, no sidebar.
  • Customization using the interactive WP customizer interface
  • Support for the post thumbnail feature
  • Support for ‘aside’ post format
  • Google Web Fonts ‘Bitter’ and ‘Gudea’
  • HTML5 & CSS3
  • New options (or options that have undergone a complete change): logo image, header image, sidebar width, sidebar font size, content font size, option to show only excerpts (instead of full posts) in home page, custom css.
  • Removed options: header bg color, header bg image (and related options), header text color

Further updated to v2.0.1 with

  • Added translation in Bulgarian and Portugese languages (thanks to Vladimir Borisov and Pedro Padron for the respective translations)
  • Few other changes and fixes.


There is one word of warning for users of the older versions of the theme. When you upgrade to version 2.0, you will lose all customization, including all customization you have made using a child theme, because the markup, classnames, etc., are greatly modified. If you have too much of customization, you may want to stick with the older version. Treat F2 2.0 as an entirely new theme, albeit very similar to the older F2 in style and features.


It will be a while before F2 2.0 appears in the WordPress theme directory as the theme has to pass through a review process. The theme can be downloaded from the WordPress themes directory. The newest version can also be downloaded from GitHub.

All documentation and instructions are included with the package.

F2 WordPress Theme v1.2

F2 WordPress theme updated to version 1.2.

This version comes with various fixes, especially for deprecated functions and WP_DEBUG notices. The previous two versions of the theme (1.1 and 1.1.1) were not approved to be hosted in the WordPress theme directory for these reasons. All these issues are fixed and hopefully version 1.2 will make it to the WP theme directory.

The header menu problems are fixed.

Also included with this version is localization for Polish and Ukrainian languages. Thanks to Super Grey and Oleg Tsvirko for the respective translations.

Download the latest version.

F2 version 1.1

F2 WordPress theme updated to version 1.1 with support for custom menus in WP 3.0 for the primary (horizontal) menu in the header. If a custom menu is not specified for the primary menu, the default F2 menu will be displayed in accordance with the options selected in the ‘F2 Settings’.

Also included in v1.1 is the Hindi translation by Ashish Jha.

The update was submitted to the WP theme directory on 12th July, but looks like it will take some time for the new version of the theme to be reviewed and the update to appear. Till then, the latest version of the theme can be downloaded from the F2 WP theme home page.