WordPress default theme 1024 wide

I love the WordPress default theme based on the famous Kubrick theme but it has two problems in my eyes:

  • There are no sidebars on posts or pages making navigation kind of tricky.
  • It is designed for 800 pixel wide screens. This was fine 3 years ago but now 95% of people use at least 1024 so its a waste of screen real-estate having all that grey at the sides.

I am lazy so looked around for a version that fixed these issues but couldn’t find one. So, I took a few minutes to make some adjustments and solve these two problems. The result, that you’re looking at now, is an exact replica of the default WordPress theme but enlarged for viewing at 1024 pixels and with sidebars on pages and posts. Other than that it is identical – and even the dynamic colour changing header image still works.

I submitted the theme to WordPress for publication but meanwhile you can download it here (if you like!).

Update: 1 March 2013 – This post is now totally ancient but still gets a lot of traffic. You really shouldn’t be using the Kubrick theme in any modern wordpress installation as although it will mostly work, it does not implement any of the new features of WordPress 3.x. Use it at your own risk.

Update: 2 December 2008 – WordPress.org rejected my theme for publication – no reason given it just disappeared. I think that’s pretty lame. The least they could do is provide a reason. I won’t bother ever submitting anything else to them.

44 thoughts on “WordPress default theme 1024 wide

  1. path

    That’s pretty nice. That was one of big reasons I went looking for another theme. I avoided many fixed width themes just for that. Even Youtube has gone widescreen now!

  2. Chris Post author

    Thanks – funny to see someone using it already! I say if it’s good enough for bbc.co.uk then its good enough for me – they went to 1024 some time ago so I reckon it must be time to ditch 800!

  3. path

    Yea, I just threw it up there and it looks good. I had to change the header and link colors though, that took some tweaking to get them how I wanted. I was thinking about changing the theme the other day. Thanks for making it available!

  4. Chris Post author

    Hi HBO – I may take a look at that some time… I could probably use the Kubrick tabs theme somewhere myself so when I do I’ll look at altering it to 1024.

  5. bodom_lx

    Thank you very much! Today I was starting the development of a new theme for my blog and decided to take the default theme as codebase. Then I remembered your blog and this post :-)

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  9. Chris Smith

    I had one other little gripe with the Default design – that it’s not obvious enough where one post ends and the next begins. I’ve fixed this easily by adding a line of CSS:

    .post {border-bottom: dashed 1px #ccc}

    You can see it in action at http://www.dinowebs.net.

  10. Steve

    Regarding your post: WordPress default theme 1024 wide

    When you modified the theme width did you do this by changing the style.css or did you have to modify other files
    as well to have the wider pages display?

    Thank you…

  11. Pol

    How can I change the colour of the post titles and the colour of the links?
    I have tried to change it on the stylesheet but it doesn´t work on your theme template.
    Why is that?? What am I doing wrong?
    Thanks for your help!!

  12. Adam

    what you change in this theme? because atm I have polish version this theme and all in polish, when I upload your I have all in english :(, exacly what files and values I need change to do it wide? because I wanna use polish version. If you can please email me it (I give my mail there in post)

  13. Levi

    Any chance you will divulge how you did this so that I might make a version for my site that is even wider? It seems there is more too it than just modifying the CSS.

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