Trending WordPress Theme

Screenshot of the Trending WordPress theme

Trending is the latest theme I’ve had baking in the Theme Hybrid oven for the past few months. As with the previous theme, Retro-fitted, I wanted to step a little bit outside of my design comfort zone again and just have some fun with theme design.

I had some doubts about releasing it because there was a feature that I could never quite get right for version 0.1. So, I canned the feature and decided to stop making everyone wait for the initial release of this theme.

A new parent theme

As with the past few themes, I wanted to reiterate that this is not a child theme.

Trending is a complete 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 should make your changes within a child theme. At the end of this post, you can download the sample child theme I’ve put together. It will have everything you need to get started making changes.

Theme features

The Trending theme has a number of awesome features that you’ll probably like:

  • Cool sticky post design with a custom image size.
  • Multiple nav menus.
  • 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 several places).
  • Built-in pagination (no need for a plugin to handle page numbers).
  • Breadcrumbs, thumbnails, and much more!

It’s not limited to these features though. There’s plenty to play around with.

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 always, please ask any support questions in the support forums. I hope you enjoy this new parent theme. Please take a moment and give it a good rating if you like it.


  1. Hello Justin and congratulations for this theme 🙂
    I’ve translated it in french today, feel free to download this translation here :

    Best Regards,

    1. That was fast!

      1. In reply to Justin Tadlock

        My pleasure, but it was easy 😉

  2. great theme as always Justin,
    did you incorporate that feature in this version or planning to release next version with that?

    i highly doubt because it almost looks like retro-fitted and as for my knowledge you always release themes with new features ( not just changing css colors)

    1. I might incorporate it into the next major version. It just depends on whether I get the right idea about how to handle it.

  3. Nice and clean. Looks good man.

    1. Thanks. I’m glad you like it.

  4. Northern Designer

    What was the additional feature you were trying to add?

    1. It was a feature that displayed “trending” posts and tags weekly/monthly. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t support post queries like this out of the box. I could’ve written a custom select query and pulled the data directly from the database, but I don’t believe that type of thing has any business in a theme (plugin territory). This was the biggest issue with it.

      1. In reply to Justin Tadlock

        wordpress supports it, but only posts not tags,

        check this plugin it may be helpful to you

      2. In reply to Justin Tadlock

        WordPress does not support these types of post queries using WP_Query. You have to directly get this data using a custom select query from the database, which is something that should be avoided in a theme. You can pull posts for a specific week or specific month, but not something like the “last 7 days” or “last 30 days”.

  5. I’ll be using this theme. I’ll have to decide whether to use it as a platform to create my own parent from the embedded core or to just build a child theme. Thanks for all the work. This looks great. Still working through working with core, parents and children.

  6. tonykay4269

    Hello Justin,

    The trending theme looks very cool. How can I use my own logo in place of the text? Better still, can I replace the header with an image? Your help and direction would be greatly appreciated.


  7. Mariken

    This is the perfect Theme for the blog I just finished in May! See on showcase ``. This side is now based on Prototype. Trending would have been much easier to costumize.
    Is a slideshow easy to implement?

  8. I must be doing something wrong. I installed Trending and the Trending child theme, and when I choose the options under Appearance, I see a half-page screen with only one option to code the footer. From a review of Hybrid/Trending I kinda hoped there would be many, many options, along the lines of Atahualpa. Is that not so? Would love to use a better (faster, more easily upgraded) framework such as Hybrid.

    I uploaded Trending to the Themes folder, and the child theme to the same folder. ???

    1. p.s. It’s kind of hard to try out a theme before I decide to pay for support, without any basic support for installation problems…

      1. In reply to runbei

        This is the reason why I created the support forums — to help out folks who need help with things such as theme installation.

  9. Hey I had a question about these child themes and Theme Hybrid.

    Are any of the themes or the framework itself affected by that recent TimThumb exploit?

    I only ask because I had a problem with a few of my sites, and it took all day to fix, just don’t want to get burned again, ha!


    1. No, themes here don’t use TimThumb. All themes available here stick to WordPress standards.

      1. thinkdeep In reply to Justin Tadlock

        `All themes available here stick to WordPress standards.`

        I love it! Keep it up…

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