New Design: Kiore Moana

I was bit by the redesign bug over the weekend and freshened up this blog’s design. I decided to try out Kiore Moana, by Elmastudio. It’s the first time I’ve used a premium theme on my blog — I tend to try out new themes often enough that I don’t want to commit to buying a premium theme. But I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, and it was relatively inexpensive.

I’m also trying out the theme with only minor customizations, at least for now. I really love the minimal style, so it seems a shame to dress it up too much with extra bits and pieces. I added some custom fonts, chose one custom color (the background color on my about page), and removed the post format icons — they’re really cute but didn’t feel right for my style.

Otherwise, I’m using the theme as it is out of the box. It took me more time to settle on the new theme than it did to set it up, and so far I’m really happy with it. It even inspired me to choose a little logo for the blog. I hope you like it!

Have Your Sorbet and Eat It Too

One of the dangers of working for Automattic is being acutely aware of all the gorgeous new themes that are launched on It’s hard for me to stick with one theme for very long! (If you want to stay in the know, too, you can follow News or browse through the theme announcements there.)

I recently switched my blog to the Sorbet theme, created by my talented coworker Caroline. I wanted to share how I tweaked it from the out-of-the-box theme into the custom design you can see on my blog now. Here’s what I started with:

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