Retro-fitted is the latest free theme offering here at Theme Hybrid. It was originally an old theme I had created for my personal site that I wanted to take out of retirement. I only had a small screenshot of the old theme left, so I recreated the entire theme from scratch, adding about three years worth of design experience to the mix.
This is probably one of my favorite themes that I’ve ever designed because it allowed me to love design again. I’ve spent much of the past few years focused mostly on PHP code and development, so it was nice to wipe the dust from my copy of Photoshop and just have a little fun with colors and step outside my design comfort zone.
A new parent theme
Many of you are aware that new themes here will be parent themes rather than child themes of a single parent. I just wanted to reiterate that this is not a child theme of another theme from this site.
Retro-fitted is a full-fledged parent theme built off the Hybrid Core framework. What this means is that it has the benefit of several years of development behind it while being fresh and using the latest WordPress coding standards and features.
If you want to make modifications, you’ll want to do so via a child theme. At the end of this post, you can download a sample child theme. It’ll have everything you need to get started.
Some features of the theme
Retro-fitted is the perfect theme for bloggers looking to spruce up their site this spring. It has a number of extra features that you might enjoy:
- Per-post/page layouts (one-column, two-column, and three-column layouts).
- Art direction (the ability to add custom, per-post stylesheets).
- Custom widgets (overwrites the default WordPress widgets with better alternatives).
- Several sidebars (you can add widgets in many places).
- Built-in pagination (no need for a plugin to handle page numbers).
- Breadcrumbs, thumbnails, and much more!
Download the theme
This theme has been tested and works with the latest version of WordPress. It is a parent theme, so any modifications you make should be handled within a child theme (download example below).