Retro-fitted WordPress theme

Retro-fitted theme screenshot

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).

As usual, please ask any support questions in the support forums. I hope you enjoy this new theme. Please give it a good rating if you like it.


  1. yaoye

    Absolutely a great theme! Stunning style!

    1. Thanks. I’m glad you like it.

  2. Looks nice justin. I especially like the information layout at the bottom of the attachment template.

    1. yaoye

      Agree with you, especially the image info, haha ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I created a child theme to change the padding-top and padding-bottom of breadcrumb to 12px.

    2. Yeah, I’ve been experimenting with attachment pages lately. My next theme has an even cooler attachment page feature (at least to me).

  3. Do I understand this correctly, but with this theme it is no longer neccesary to install Hybrid as a theme?

    1. That’s right. Retro-fitted is the parent theme. If you wanted to make modifications, you would install a Retro-fitted child theme (example child theme download above).

  4. Hello Justin and congratulations for this great theme ๐Ÿ™‚
    I’ve translated it in french today, feel free to download this translation here :

    Best regards,

    1. Thanks for the download. I’ll add it to the language pack I’m putting together.

  5. mp

    Bravo ! Each successive effort show more polish. Thank-you.

    1. Thanks. Also, thanks for the email. I’ve corrected the things you mentioned.

  6. Love the colors in the comment section ๐Ÿ™‚ all in all a beautiful theme that puts the content in focus. I really like it.

    1. Thanks. I tried to have a little fun with the comments rather than go with the usual bland look.

  7. Justin, I love it. I hope you can create like it every week ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Maybe if we had about 30-35 hours in a day, I’d have the time to push one like it every week. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Yay! I take time off for Passover and it’s a present! Thanks, Justin!

  9. nhoffelder

    Is there a trick to getting the pictures to show up on the front page? I’m not seeing it.

    1. nhoffelder

      Nevermind. I figured it out.

      I needed to set it as a featured image.

  10. Okey, I like theme 3 columns and themehybrid. I want to try download it. Tanks alot.

  11. amazing, it works good even in IE!

  12. Love the clean and the professional look of it! Obviously, I’m a fan ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for a great theme!

  13. Maria

    I found your design a couple of days ago and loved it. Unfortunatly you cant haave “odd” characters in the page and post titles, and I am not tech savvy enough to figure out if it is fixable, so I had to change to a different theme.
    But I absolutely love the crisp look that makes it stand out from most other themes ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Rich

    Love this theme. Crisp and uncluttered but sophisticated. I would like to have a drop down horizontal menu bar as in in the demo. Can someone help me figure out how to do this? Thanks!

  15. I also would like to have a drop down horizontal menu bar. Thanks!

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