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WordPress.com themes – from most to least popular (January 2012)

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Rank Theme No of blogs
1 Twenty Ten 5,255,467
2 Kubrick 4,314,384
Rank Theme No of blogs
3 Bueno 846,988
4 Twenty Eleven 795,048
5 Wu Wei 744,039
6 Titan 723,992
7 Misty Look 526,431
8 Coraline 438,177
9 Chaotic Soul 390,631
10 Greyzed 345,802
11 Freshy 311,550
12 Ocean Mist 308,877
13 Pilcrow 299,588
14 Black-LetterHead 288,002
15 Motion 285,754
16 iNove 235,728
17 Vigilance 219,552
18 Contempt 218,803
19 Ambiru 200,929
20 Koi 200,489
21 Digg 3 Column 195,304
22 Albeo 191,449
23 Spectrum 185,266
24 Modularity Lite 184,685
25 Solipsus (retired) ?
26 Rounded 166,010
27 The Journalist v1.9 160,624
28 Tarski 159,786
29 Benevolence 152,026
30 Blix 145,180
31 Structure 137,536
32 Andreas 04 136,206
33 Elegant Grunge 126,964
34 Dusk (retired) ?
35 Mystique 123,899
36 ChaosTheory 118,784
37 Regulus 113,149
38 Choco 111,679
39 Quentin (retired) ?
40 Spring Loaded 109,272
41 Andreas 09 105,045
42 Monochrome 102,005
43 Connections 100,679
44 Neat 100,060
Rank Theme No of blogs
45 Enterprise 98,218
46 Neo-Sapien 97,821
47 DePo Masthead 95,862
48 Sweet Blossoms (retired) ?
49 Redoable Lite 92,084
50 Greenery 87,843
51 Dark Wood 81,859
52 Rubric (retired) ?
53 Notepad 79,609
54 Hemingway 79,150
55 Chateau 78,961
56 Thirteen 78,053
57 K2-lite 76,086
58 Matala 73,808
59 Sunburn 72,276
60 Fjords 04 71,955
61 Chunk 70,605
62 Girl in Green 69,700
63 Day Dream 69,108
64 Vostok 66,457
65 Inuit Types 64,809
66 Fusion 62,601
67 Garland 62,144
68 Oulipo 61,034
69 Sapphire 60,464
70 Simpla 58,785
71 Andrea 58,156
72 Unsleepable 55,834
73 Emire 54,737
74 The Morning After 54,501
75 Piano Black 54,077
76 Banana Smoothie (retired) ?
77 Monotone (retired) ?
78 Almost Spring 48,311
79 Liquorice 46,973
80 Paperpunch 46,375
81 The Journalist v1.3 (retired) ?
82 Fauna 44,270
83 Neutra 43,870
84 Beach 43,467
85 Light 43,213
86 Manifest 43,075
87 iTheme2 42,954
88 Vertigo 42,036
89 P2 40,446
Rank Theme No of blogs
90 Clean Home 39,668
91 Pool 39,337
92 Under the Influence 39,054
93 Duotone 37,506
94 Fadtastic 36,989
95 Fresh Bananas 36,375
96 zBench 35,264
97 White as Milk 34,878
98 Rusty Grunge 34,796
99 Ocadia 34,147
100 Treba 33,362
101 Grid Focus 32,835
102 Fleur De Lys 32,455
103 Flower Power (retired) ?
104 Silver is the New Black 31,261
105 Iceburgg 30,616
Rank Theme No of blogs
106 Selecta 28,687
107 Blogum 28,480
108 Quintus 27,138
109 NotesIL 26,715
110 DePo Square 26,674
111 Jentri 26,309
112 Parament 25,012
113 Vermilion Christmas 24,873
114 Duster (retired) ?
115 Skeptical 24,650
116 Dusk To Dawn 23,176
117 Supposedly Clean 22,931
118 Green Marinée 22,356
119 Nishita 21,921
120 Fruit Shake 21,624
121 Steira 20,411
122 Bold Life 18,603
123 Twenty-eight Thirteen 18,250
124 Toni 17,041
125 Comet 16,340
126 WordPress Classic 14,775
127 Pink Touch 2 14,762
128 Bouquet 13,984
129 Esquire 13,748
130 Shocking Blue Green 12,030
131 Brand New Day 11,783
132 Prologue (retired) ?
133 Strange Little Town 10,774
134 Adventure Journal 10,277
Rank Theme No of blogs
135 Sandbox 0.6.1 (retired) ?
136 Toolbox 7,161
137 Autofocus 7,139
138 Sandbox 1.6.1 (retired) ?
139 Sandbox 1.6.2 6,953
140 Next Saturday 6,415
141 Imbalance 2 6,272
142 Shaan 5,039
143 Sandbox 1.1 (retired) ?
144 Nuntius 4,093
145 Reddle 3,992
146 Retro MacOS 3,271
Rank Theme (premium) No of blogs
147 Linen 1,637
148 Delicious Magazine 1,342
149 Headlines 989
150 Traction 965
151 Shelf 920
152 Fresh News 747
153 Pretty Young Thing 686
154 Minimum 450
155 React 409
156 Elemin 402
157 Crisp 354
158 Modern News 315
159 Lifestyle 285
160 Photography 282
161 Magazine 247
162 Bold News 202
163 Basic Maths 186
164 Anthem 124
165 Chapters 120
166 Luscious 119
167 Tapestry 115
168 Funki 81
169 Eight 30
Rank Theme No of blogs
? MLB Fan ?
? MLB Modern ?
? MLB Retro ?
? Annotum Base ?
? Annotum Sans ?


Notes

Stats: January 2, 2012. Data taken from the Theme Showcase site.

Compare with Dec. 2010 & Jan. 2011 ranking, July 2011 ranking.

Free themes added after July 2 2011:
Adventure Journal, Annotum Base, Annotum Sans, AutoFocus, Blogum, Bold Life, Bouquet, Brand New Day, Chateau, Chunk, Comet, Dusk To Dawn, Esquire, Fruit Shake, Imbalance 2, iTheme2, Manifest, Matala, Next Saturday, Nishita, Nuntius, Parament, Piano Black, Pink Touch 2, Quintus, Reddle, Retro MacOS, Selecta, Shaan, Skeptical, Strange Little Town.

Most notable changes since July 2 2011:
Twenty Eleven up 62, Titan up 40, Wu Wei up 30, Mystique up 27, The Morning After up 24, Vertigo up 18, Liquorice up 17, Choco up 16, Bueno up 11.
Bueno, Twenty Eleven, Wu Wei and Titan dethrone long-time favorites like Misty Look and Chaotic Soul.

Twenty Ten and Kubrick rank very high because they were the default wordpress.com themes in 2010 and up to 2010 respectively.

Some nice or interesting themes (such as AutoFocus, Bouquet, Dusk To Dawn, Imbalance 2, Nuntius) still rank very low because they were added very recently.

MLB and Annotum themes: not included in the Theme Showcase site or the stats system.

“Retired” themes (available to older blogs but not to newly created ones): not displayed in the Theme Showcase site.

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Discussion

16 thoughts on “WordPress.com themes – from most to least popular (January 2012)

  1. Surprised to know P2 is at the bottom! It’s a nice theme; seems people don’t need it as they have twitter!

    Posted by Ganesh Dhamodkar | January 9, 2012, 15:07
  2. Thanks, Panos, interesting to see what people are using…I had to check out “Eight” since it looked like a total failure with only 30 blogs. Did the “try it out” thing. I liked it! unfortunately it’s a premium one, if I’m going to pay for anything I think I would rather fork over for no ads than for a premium theme. Wonder why it’s so unpopular?

    Posted by ingridcc | January 9, 2012, 18:47
  3. @GD: It’s at the bottom of the first column! 89th in a total of 174 is not bad at all for a special-purpose theme.

    @ICC: Most users feel the way you do, so “premium” themes in general are bound to rank lowest. Eight was launched only three months ago, but that can’t be the only reason (ThemeMin was launched just four days ago and already 22 users have bought it); maybe it doesn’t have enough special features.

    Posted by Panos | January 9, 2012, 22:07
  4. Thanks for this chart, Panos, I know it must have taken lots of work!

    Any chance you’ll take a look at Nuntius anytime soon?

    Posted by ELMalvaney | January 10, 2012, 03:21
  5. I’m familiar with all free themes, so define “take a look” please!

    Posted by Panos | January 10, 2012, 09:22
  6. What a great list! The fact that 5,255,467 people have chosen the same theme must say something about how adaptable it is!

    Posted by Margie | January 11, 2012, 00:33
  7. Maybe, because it’s rather neutral. But its popularity is largely due to its being the default theme during 2010, a year that saw a great surge of new users – partly because Microsoft closed down Live Spaces, and all Live Space users had to move to WP.

    Posted by Panos | January 11, 2012, 05:22
  8. I’m really intrigued by how Nuntius works but I’ve hesitated to give it a try because I’ve seen several negative comments on the forums about parts of the front page not working. I’m not sure if those are due to user error or a problem with the theme itself. The thing I like about it, as opposed to TMA, which I’m using now, is that it marries the “traditional blog” page with the string of recent posts, which some of my readers say they miss, with the front page where you can display featured posts and categories in some meaningful way for new readers or regular readers just browsing. With TMA, you have the front page, but not the blog page option.

    Posted by ELMalvaney | January 11, 2012, 07:08
  9. Nuntius is interesting, and I was surprised to see it as a free instead of a premium theme. Possible drawback, in my opinion: the slider takes up too much of your screen space.

    So you mean you’d like me to write a guide like I did for TMA? Maybe I will.

    Posted by Panos | January 11, 2012, 14:56
  10. As for the “negative comments on the forums about parts of the front page not working”:
    If you mean problems with the featured categories etc, user error.
    If you mean post excerpt not showing on the slider, WP error – fixed:

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/nuntius-theme-slider?replies=6#post-789142

    Posted by Panos | January 11, 2012, 16:01
  11. Re: the slider, it is a bit too tall, but I was thinking of abandoning my header so that essentially the slider becomes the visual header, with just the blog title above. Good to know about the problems not being as big as made out in the comments. Thanks for that link!

    I was surprised it was free too. I’m assuming there will be a 2012 theme as there has been the last two years, and maybe that will be one that gets me to jump again, if I jump on Nuntius first.

    Posted by ELMalvaney | January 12, 2012, 04:37
  12. Agree: the slider is more unusual and more attractive than a header image, so I would go without the latter. But even without a header image, the title area is a bit tall (100px) so you don’t gain much. Of course, since you have the CD upgrade you can make it shorter.

    Posted by Panos | January 12, 2012, 12:49
  13. I’m intrigued that Misty Look is up there in the ranks…it is an older theme and I use it. I haven’t switched simply because I haven’t found alternate theme (that’s wider) that meets an organization’s needs.

    And interesting about Duster. Maybe some folks are like me who use it but haven’t gone to Twenty Eleven (because I found some problems in make the gallery option work for my photos.)

    I wouldn’t have expected Bueno to be so heavily used.

    Posted by Jean | February 4, 2012, 23:29
  14. Hi Jean!

    Personally I don’t really like MistyLook, but it’s always been one of the most popular themes. I think its popularity must be partly due to its default header image. Bueno I can’t explain.

    As for Duster, I remember your question in the forum, and I insist that there’s no such problem in 2011. But the only significant difference between the two is that 2011 can display the sidebar on static pages, so if that’s of no importance to you (and I don’t see why it should be) there’s no reason to switch.

    Posted by Panos | February 5, 2012, 03:55

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