A Free Minimalist WordPress Theme by Rich Tabor – WP Tavern
Rich Tabor’s new Wei theme is one of the best-designed contributions to WordPress.org’s free theme directory this month. Wei is a minimalist block theme that keeps things simple while providing users with a range of cleverly curated accent color schemes. It also includes support for full site editing and global styles for a wider range of site customizations.
Wei joins WordPress.org’s collection of 86 comprehensive site editing themes. The number of FSE themes is growing, but it’s far behind the 2022 goal of 500 WordPress executive director Josepha Haden Chomphosy has set for the community. As the Themes Team discusses ideas to make block theming easier for theme authors, a few trailblazers like Tabor are moving forward with infectious enthusiasm and creative works that show what’s possible in the new era of block themes. .
Wei follows Tabor’s popular Wabi theme. The name was chosen to emphasize its simplicity as a support tool in the user’s publishing workflow.
“It’s derived from ‘Wu wei’, which has a lot of meanings, but I’m leaning towards the ‘effortless/no action’ side,” he said. “I wanted to create a theme that made posting effortless – and also very creative/inspiring.”
Tabor said Wei took him less time to create than any traditional legacy theme he had created in the past.
“I started and almost finished Wei on the flight home from WordCamp Europe,” he said. “A few years ago it would have taken weeks – at least.”
Tabor’s expertise in dynamic accent colors is the highlight of this theme. Since most people aren’t designers, Wei offers four different general styles that users can browse in the site editor and activate with a single click.
Depending on the theme style you select in the site editor, the post editor will display a different set of accent colors. These options are unique to each style and all are aesthetic combinations that can be set according to the mood of each post.
Tabor’s Wei theme announcement post includes an image with all style variations included. He selected contrasting AAA colors for all available styles.
One of the most magical things Wei does is seamlessly blend the background with the featured image on the single post template. The template includes a cover block that takes the selected image from the post and applies the duotone from the color scheme assigned to the post. It just works in the background and users don’t have to do anything to activate it.
Wei doesn’t include any custom templates, but everything in the theme is one block and can be easily manipulated. Users can edit headers, footers, edit layout on single post templates, add blocks to homepage, edit template parts and anything else supported by the latest full site editing features.
Check out the demo to see the theme in action with different color schemes assigned to each post. Wei is available for free at WordPress.org and requires WordPress version 6.0 or later.