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Independent Publisher Announced on

After over a year and nearly 50,000 downloads on, the Automattic team announced that the Independent Publisher theme is now available to the millions of sites hosted on

The version available on is not an exact copy of the Independent Publisher theme available on, however the design is essentially the same and the team has gracefully credited me as the theme designer (the project contributors deserve credit too). Many things were stripped down or changed in my original source code to make the theme work better for sites and to simplify the available options.

You can visit the theme page on and see a Live Demo on If you’re interested in trying out the version on your self-hosted site, you can download it on Note, however, that the version is not backwards compatible with the version that is still being actively developed on GitHub.

Independent Publisher on

The future of Independent Publisher

While the version of Independent Publisher available on is slightly more polished than the one under active development on GitHub, it contains fewer options and less flexibility than the version. My plan is to continue working on this theme as I have been over the past year and I will continue using the version on my personal sites. The next release of Independent Publisher (on will be coming very soon and so far includes 4 bug fixes, 4 enhancements, and 6 new translations.

There are currently 23 open Issues on GitHub, mostly enhancement-related. In the coming weeks I will be reviewing the code changes made to the version of the theme to see which features I can port over to include in the version, such as Multi-Level Menu Navigation.

The primary goal with Independent Publisher at this point is to continue refining the theme and improving compatibility, while maintaining backwards compatibility for everyone who is already using the theme. If the comments on the announcement are any indication, this theme design is well-loved by many people and that only makes me more motivated to keep it current and up-to-date. 🙂

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  1. Ciao from Italy,
    I’ve made an italian translation for the theme (with POedit) and wanted to submit to you other than via Github (which I’m planning to learn). Can I send you the file?

    Also I have some other requests, but not knowing Giuthub I’m waiting to list them. Do you mind if I send them via a direct email?

  2. It’s a beautiful Theme. Great work! I’ve been looking for something to switch away from the old Twentyten. The Independent Publisher is the first theme that really suits in all aspects.

  3. Congratulations on getting your theme on! I hope the added polish will trickle back to the github version. 🙂 I love the theme and has been using i for quite a while on my blog and am looking forward to the next update!

    • Thanks, Johnny! Yes, the polish will slowly trickle back to the GitHub version. I’ve been running (and plan to continue running) the GitHub version on my personal site, so it will continue to be maintained for the foreseeable future. 🙂

    • The version on is not the same as the version on The version is outside of my control. Automattic (the company behind WordPress) customized the Independent Publisher theme to run on and they removed several options.

      I suggest leaving a comment on this post with feedback for the version.

    • The version on is not the same as the version on The version is outside of my control. Automattic (the company behind WordPress) customized the Independent Publisher theme to run on and they removed several options.

      I suggest leaving a comment on this post with feedback for the version.

  4. Hi Raam,
    I dont like the look of the page on both and, they look different from what I see here on your page. I’d need it exactly how it is on your page. Can I customize it and still use wordpress as a cms to feed content?

  5. I love the look of Independent Publisher! Thanks for your work on this – it’s clean and neat. A much needed upgrade from my last theme. I am having trouble with the header size, however – I created a header with the recommended size (1440×600) but it’s cutting off a great deal of my custom image on it’s own (I’m not cropping). Any insight or recommendation for other image sizes? Thanks!

  6. Hi, I’m not really familiar with writing and installing websites but 2 weeks ago my nephew taught me how to create a website using WordPress. We chose Independent Publisher as theme. I worked more then a week to create a nice site (check I bought webspace at using WordPress (which was installed automatically). The Independent Publisher theme is totally different to the other one (check Is there a way I can import or install the one theme to the other WordPress (I guess it’s the com-version into the org-version)?


  • On Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church – Transformed by Love May 22, 2016

    April 15, 2017. Eve of the Feast of the Resurrection of Jesus.
    In preparation for this year’s celebration of the greatest of days, I read Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church (2008), by N.T. Wright, whose The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is I read for Resurrection Sunday 2015.
    The book can be viewed as having two main points.
    First: The historical and bodily resurrection of Jesus points not only toward life after death in heaven but, more importantly, toward the “life after life after death” (148) in the “final coming together of [the new] heaven and [new] earth, [which] is God’s supreme act of new creation” (208).
    Second: We who are created in the image of God, and who have been redeemed from death through the atoning death of Jesus, are led and empowered by the Spirit to reflect (94) the Resurrected Lord to all of God’s creation here and now, on this earth, as well as in the new one. “The intermediate stage between the resurrection of Jesus and the renewal of the whole world is the renewal of human beings – you and me! – in our own lives of obedience here and now.” (249)
    Before, between, and after his painstaking exposition of the above points, Wright does his best to expose the errors in the popular worldviews of materialism and Gnosticism and their modern/postmodern variants, and in popular beliefs about death, life after death, the second coming, and the role of Christians in this present world.
    Now to quote some of Tom’s sentences that either caused me to pause, to smile, or to weep:
    On salvation:

    “The work of salvation, in its full sense, is (1) about whole human beings, not merely souls; (2) about the present, not simply the future; and (3) about what God does through us, not merely what God does in and for us.” (200)

    On life after death:

    “Life after death, it seems, can be a serious distraction not only from the ultimate life after life after death, but also from life before death.” (198)

    On reflecting God:

    “One of the primary laws of human life is that you become like what you worship; what’s more, you reflect what you worship not only back to the object itself but also outward to the world around.” (182)

    On kingdom work:

    “[B]uild for the kingdom. This brings us back to 1 Corinthians 15:58 once more: what you do in the Lord is not in vain. You are not oiling the wheels of a machine that’s about to roll over a cliff. You are not restoring a great painting that’s shortly going to be thrown on the fire. You are not planting roses in a garden that’s about to be dug up for a building site. You are— strange though it may seem, almost as hard to believe as the res­urrection itself—accomplishing something that will become in due course part of God’s new world. Every act of love, gratitude, and kindness; every work of art or music inspired by the love of God and delight in the beauty of his creation; every minute spent teaching a severely handicapped child to read or to walk; every act of care and nurture, of comfort and support, for one’s fellow human beings and for that matter one’s fellow nonhuman creatures; and of course every prayer, all Spirit-led teaching, every deed that spreads the gospel, builds up the church, embraces and embodies holiness rather than corruption, and makes the name of Jesus honored in the world—all of this will find its way, through the resurrecting power of God, into the new creation that God will one day make.” (208)

    Still on kingdom work:

    “We must therefore avoid the arrogance or triumphalism of the first view, imagining that we can build the kingdom by our own efforts without the need for a further great divine act of new creation. But we must agree with the first view that doing justice in the world is part of the Christian task, and we must therefore reject the defeatism of the second view, which says there’s no point in even trying.” (216)

    And still on kingdom work:

    “As far as I can see, the major task that faces us in our generation, corresponding to the issue of slavery two centuries ago, is that of the massive economic imbalance of the world, whose major symptom is the ridiculous and unpayable Third World debt… Sex matters enormously, but global justice matters far, far more. The present system of global debt is the real immoral scandal, the dirty little secret – or rather the dirty enormous secret – of glitzy, glossy Western capitalism.” (216)

    And finally, on Easter:

    “If Calvary means putting to death things in your life that need killing off if you are to flourish as a Christian and as a truly human being, then Easter should mean planting, watering, and training up things in your life (personal and corporate) that ought to be blossoming, filling the garden with color and perfume, and in due course bearing fruit. The forty days of the Easter season, until the ascension, ought to be a time to balance out Lent by taking something up, some new task or venture, something wholesome and fruitful and outgoing and self-giving.” (257)

    Now, what new, wholesome, fruitful, outgoing and self-giving task or venture shall you and I take up in the next forty days?
    Happy Feast of the Resurrection!
    (P.S. Thanks to Raam Dev for the cool Independent Publisher theme, and also to the Automatticians for Twenty Ten, which I have used since, you guessed right, 2010.)

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  • Back to Independet Publisher – /home/kOoLiNuS May 22, 2016

    After some weeks of experiments I’ve switched back to Independent Publisher as the main theme/template for this weblog.
    Even if the version is quite a bit different from the Author’s version I still find it as one of the best – free – plain and honest bloggin’ theme here on the platform. So I’ve switched back to it and customized a little the  sidebar. Probably I’ll change the colors/fonts combinations a little more but, if nothing else comes in the way, I’ll stick with it for a while.
    Also I do have to make amend for the poor curation of many of the links proposed here without a comment or a word on why I’ve found them worth mentioning them here. This is one area of improvement goals I’ve set myself for the upcoming eleventh year of this blog…
    As usual I’m eager to read your comments and ideas, so please share them with me in case!
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