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Themes themes – from most to least popular (July 2011)

Stats: July 2, 2011.
Data taken from the Theme Showcase site.
Compare with Dec. 2010 & Jan. 2011 ranking.
And watch WP continue to play games with the stats (see notes).

Rank Theme No of blogs
1 Twenty Ten 4,352,111
2 Kubrick ?
Rank Theme No of blogs
3 Misty Look 460,621
4 Chaotic Soul 382,140
5 Coraline 369,081
Rank Theme No of blogs
6 Ocean Mist 300,850
7 Freshy 300,172
8 Black-Letterhead 283,112
9 Greyzed 278,900
10 Motion 242,023
11 Pilcrow 228,011
12 Contempt 215,484
13 iNove 210,058
14 Bueno 206,002
Rank Theme No of blogs
15 Ambiru 198,125
16 Digg 3 Column 188,996
17 Albeo 183,647
18 Solipsus 174,167
19 Vigilance 165,199
20 Koi 163,315
21 Rounded 159,701
22 Tarski 157,524
23 Modularity Lite 154,566
24 Benevolence 151,151
Rank Theme No of blogs
25 Blix 141,790
26 Andreas 04 134,432
27 Dusk 124,453
28 Chaos Theory 117,427
29 The Journalist v1.9 115,379
30 Quentin 112,755
31 Regulus 112,500
32 Spectrum 109,769
33 Structure 108,684
34 Andreas 09 104,477
35 Wu Wei 101,236
36 Connections 100,893
37 Elegant Grunge 100,646
Rank Theme No of blogs
38 Neat 99,434
39 Spring Loaded 97,479
40 Neo-Sapien 95,301
41 Redoable Lite 92,171
42 Monochrome 92,113
43 DePo Masthead 91,074
44 Sweet Blossoms 90,435
45 Greenery 84,820
46 Titan 81,897
47 Rubric 81,745
48 Enterprise 80,162
49 Hemingway 78,470
50 Thirteen 76,605
51 K2-lite 75,239
52 Sunburn 71,255
53 Fjords 04 70,481
54 Choco 70,067
55 Dark Wood 68,513
56 Day Dream 68,293
57 Girl in Green 66,680
58 Notepad 65,052
59 Garland 60,993
60 Sapphire 60,001
61 Simpla 58,506
62 Mystique 58,429
63 Vostok 56,821
64 Unsleepable 55,931
65 Emire 54,464
66 Twenty Eleven 54,383
67 Banana Smoothie 52,826
68 Inuit Types 51,747
69 Oulipo 51,006
Rank Theme No of blogs
70 Monotone 49,611
71 Fusion 49,182
72 Andrea 47,398
73 Almost Spring 47,188
74 The Journalist v1.3 ?
75 Fauna 43,704
76 Light 43,299
77 Pool 38,799
78 Paperpunch 37,844
79 Neutra 36,740
80 Fadtastic 36,461
81 P2 35,840
82 Fresh Bananas 34,994
83 White as Milk 34,991
84 Ocadia 34,020
85 Treba 32,935
86 Duotone 32,720
87 Under the Influence 31,835
88 Fleur de Lys 31,566
89 Flower Power 31,549
90 Silver is the New Black 31,228
91 Grid Focus 30,890
92 Beach 29,627
93 Duster ?
94 Iceburgg 29,182
95 zBench 28,201
96 Liquorice 28,049
97 Clean Home 27,248
98 The Morning After 27,141
99 Jentri 25,990
100 DePo Square 23,857
101 NotesIL 22,788
102 Vermilion Christmas 22,587
103 Supposedly Clean 22,487
104 Green Marinée 21,883
105 Rusty Grunge 20,223
106 Vertigo 18,237
107 Twenty-eight Thirteen 18,231
108 Steira 17,533
109 Toni 16,483
110 WordPress Classic 14,478
111 Shocking Blue Green 11,727
112 Prologue ?
Rank Theme No of blogs
113 Sandbox (older version) ?
114 Sandbox (older version) ?
115 Sandbox 1.6.2 5,275
116 Toolbox 4,976
117 Sandbox (older version) ?
Rank Theme (premium) No of blogs
118 Headlines 778
119 Linen 710
120 Shelf 618
121 Traction 586
122 Pretty Young Thing 429
123 Fresh News 340
124 Delicious Magazine 280
125 Crisp 254
126 Basic Maths 105
127 Tapestry 71
Rank Theme No of blogs
? MLB Fan ?
? MLB Modern ?
? MLB Retro ?


• Choco, Duster, Liquorice, Mystique, Rusty Grunge, The Morning After, Vertigo, premium themes, MLB themes: added after January 2011.

• Most notable changes since January: Wu Wei up 32, Titan up 29, Spectrum up 28, Elegant Grunge up 22, Beach up 15, Structure up 14, Fusion up 13, Bueno up 10.

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

• Duster, Prologue, The Journalist v1.3 and the three older versions of Sandbox: included in the stats system but hidden. Apparently WP wants to remove them or at least not continue to update them.

• As for poor Kubrick,
Dec 19, 2010: “4,394,186 blogs use the Kubrick theme”, “our most popular theme”.
June 29, 2011: “162,716 blogs use the Kubrick theme”, “our 20th most popular theme”.
July 2, 2011: “596,686 blogs use the Kubrick theme”, “our 3rd most popular theme”.
July 4, 2011: “885,926 blogs use the Kubrick theme”, “our 3rd most popular theme”.
July 5, 2011: “1,031,379 blogs use the Kubrick theme”, “our 3rd most popular theme”.
Kubrick users collectively insane? No, just WP playing foolish games… As mentioned in my January 2011 post, Kubrick was the default theme for several years, so there were millions of blogs using it. For some reason, WP doesn’t want this to show. At some point they even hid the theme from the Theme Showcase site. Check the site to see their latest invention: if you click to view the themes by popularity, you’ll see Twenty Ten first, immediately followed by Kubrick; but if you click to view the details for Kubrick, you’ll see it listed as the third most popular theme (and all other themes ranking one position lower than in my tables). What’s the phantom second theme? None: just the new way they concocted to hide the rest of the Kubrick blogs.
July 6, 2011: “1,031,379 blogs use the Kubrick theme”, “our 2nd most popular theme”.
Maybe they read my post…
Update 2
Take note of Lance’s replies re this in the comments.
Update 3 (March 7, 2013)
After Lance’s replies, I thought I was wrong and unfair. Well, today I saw the following in the Theme Showcase site:
“6,587,146 blogs use the Twenty Ten theme” – “Our most popular theme!”
“2,331,398 blogs use the Twenty Eleven theme” – “Our 2nd most popular theme”. [etc etc]
“208,285 blogs use the Mystique theme” – “Our 35th most popular theme”. [etc]
4,268,813 blogs use the Kubrick theme” – “Our 38th most popular theme”.
For another WP game, see my post Stats, wordpress way.


18 thoughts on “ themes – from most to least popular (July 2011)

  1. Poor Kubrick…

    We’re doing maintenance on our theme stats for Kubrick, so the numbers will be off for the next 2-3 weeks.

    What you call “foolish games” we call making sure our stats are accurate across all sites. :)

    This one is taking a really long time because of how many sites have it installed.

    Posted by Lance Willett | July 6, 2011, 19:20
  2. Thanks for dropping by, Lance!

    I will gladly apologize, and say so in the post, if I’m wrong (and I would really like to be wrong in this case). But the fact that you once hid Kubrick from the Theme Showcase and the trick with the non-existent “2nd” theme don’t help. Some older forum replies (such as: we removed Cutline because it was four years old etc.) don’t help either. So for the moment my harsh remark stays, your response is most welcome, and the very few people who will be interested in this can decide for themselves.

    By the way, I also find it very strange that you’re hiding Duster, Prologue, Journalist 1.3 and the older Sandbox themes. They are active themes, so if I were you I would naturally include them in the Theme Showcase – I would simply add a note saying that the theme is no longer available to newly created blogs.

    Posted by Panos | July 7, 2011, 00:21
  3. No apology needed, Panos. I think it’s really cool that you pay attention to these details.

    the trick with the non-existent “2nd” theme don’t help

    There’s no trick. What happened is we had two Kubricks: the old one named “default” based on the fact it used to be the WP default theme and one called “kubrick”. What we’re doing right now is combining the theme stats and merging the themes so that #2 and #3 will become just “kubrick”. That process is happening behind the scenes right now, so you’ll see the stats for Kubrick keep rising until all the blogs are processed.

    As for the other themes you mentioned, we retired them because they’ve been replaced with a newer version.

    They aren’t on the Theme Showcase because we’d like bloggers to use the latest version of our themes. The Showcase isn’t intended to be an accurate historical archive, its intention is, in fact, to showcase the best of the themes available on

    Posted by Lance Willett | July 7, 2011, 02:03
  4. Thanks again – I added a second update at the end of the post to draw attention to your replies.

    Posted by Panos | July 7, 2011, 02:24
  5. You’re kind of like a WordPress watchdog. Like that idea. Glad WordPress engages in conversation with you, and you with them. Very civil, and very helpful for non-Geeks like me who can always use some help, and can’t always figure my way around WordPress support. And they definitely aren’t available to hand-hold the millions of WordPress bloggers that there are. So thank you, Panos, for being our Don Quixote…champion of the underdogs.

    hugs…hugmamma. :) (English Thoughts sent me your way. Glad she did.)

    Posted by hugmamma | July 11, 2011, 21:49
  6. Yes of course we engage in conversation with WP staff (occasionally also conversation you don’t see): WP is generally very friendly, I’m one of the experienced forum volunteers, and I know that Lance and the rest of the WP theme team appreciate my theme surveys too.

    Posted by Panos | July 13, 2011, 11:34
  7. Anyone experiencing problems with Koi theme with WordPress post/page edits? I seem to have lost my ability to insert images/links/post tags after the most recent WordPress update.

    Posted by gardenfrisk | July 16, 2011, 04:26
  8. Such problems cannot be theme-dependent. Try clearing your browser’s cache and cookies. What browser and version are you using?

    Posted by Panos | July 17, 2011, 01:05
  9. Good to see Kubrick isn’t getting shafted. :)

    Posted by Jay Andrew Allen | July 23, 2011, 19:47
  10. I’m not sure what’s going on with Kubrick, but if by shafting you mean deleting, that’s highly unlikely: they’ve only removed two themes, for very peculiar reasons (I don’t know if you’re familiar with the story).

    Posted by Panos | July 24, 2011, 01:50
  11. Hi Panos,

    Since the widgets of my blog Putignanonelmirino
    had become a lot Yesterday I went from theme MistyLook to theme Coraline.
    I tried Pilcrow, but I dismissed because the menu and the header may not contain the subtitle.
    With Misty Look theme I inserted a background image by entering this code (you wrote you in this blog or forum in a text widget.

    This system works well with Pilcrow.
    Coraline will not work: you see the picture but the pages of the blog are transparent.
    Can anything be done?
    Best wishes.

    Posted by putignanonelmirino | August 9, 2011, 20:46
  12. a) You don’t need such code workarounds in Coraline: you go to Appearance>Background and upload the image.

    b) But no, you can’t change the transparency.

    c) You have seriously overdone it with your widgets: your blog takes too long to load – for people with a slow connection it may be impossible to load. At least limit the number of posts per page to only a few.

    Posted by Panos | August 10, 2011, 04:36
  13. I tried to go on the dashboard. The image is loaded, but the pages remain transparent even if you set the color white.
    Give up the background image.
    Regarding the number of widgets … in the coming days I’ll do a little cleaning.

    Posted by putignanonelmirino | August 10, 2011, 11:09
  14. “The image is loaded, but the pages remain transparent even if you set the color white.”
    Yes, because the bg color isn’t an additional function: bg color and bg image are just alternatives, loaded the same way.

    Posted by Panos | August 10, 2011, 12:45
  15. OK Panos.

    I confirm that this applies only to the theme Coraline?

    Posted by putignanonelmirino | August 10, 2011, 13:08
  16. If you mean the transparency, several themes are like that. If you mean the fact that bg image and bg color are the same function, it’s the same in all themes.

    Posted by Panos | August 10, 2011, 13:13
  17. Yes,
    In fact, with mistylook and pilcrow you could have blank pages (not transparent) and the background image.

    Posted by putignanonelmirino | August 10, 2011, 13:20
  18. Didn’t say something different! I said several themes have a transparent main column: in many others (including MistyLook and Pilcrow) the main column is white.

    Posted by Panos | August 10, 2011, 13:42


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