in Independent Publisher News

Independent Publisher 2 on

A few weeks ago I was interviewed by John Maeda, Head of Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic, along with Caroline Moore and Kjell Reigstad, two designers at Automattic who helped improve and release a new version of the Independent Publisher theme for Independent Publisher 2.

The original Independent Publisher theme was first adopted for back in 2015.

You can take a look at the new Independent Publisher 2 on and even download it to install on a self-hosted WordPress site (scroll all the way to the bottom).

The original version of this theme continues to be maintained by myself and the rest of the community and it’s important to note that while the themes share the same name and a similar design, the original theme is maintained by the community on GitHub, while the other version is maintained by the folks at Automattic, exclusively for

Bug reports and feature requests for the original theme can be filed for the original theme on GitHub and support for the theme should be requested via the Theme Support Forum.

If you need support for Independent Publisher 2 on, please use Support.

Coming Soon: Independent Publisher v1.8

Over the past year I’ve been working on improvements to the original Independent Publisher theme, along with 5 other contributors, and I’ll be putting out a new release within the next few days that includes 7 bug fixes, 9 enhancements, and several other small tweaks. 🙂

Write a Comment


This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


  1. I just started using this theme and was wondering if you know how to fix an issue I’m having. I have these weird yellow sidebars that I don’t know how to get rid of. Here is a link to my site

  2. I have a site on WordPress with the Independent Publisher2 theme that is having appearance issues. The site pulls up on the browser for a split second at full screen and then collapse to about a third of the size with white spaces on the sides. The same size appears when I preview a draft of a new posting. I have not been able to correct this issue. Is there a fix? I love this theme and have been using it for years. Chas


  • Thanks for the update – I’ve logged it with WP. Seems the /blog page holds the site header, and cannot be overwritten with a Featured Image, but the nominated /home page (and all other pages) can, so a good workaround. Will look at IPv1.8 on GitHub. Is there a preview available?

  • Thanks for your kind answer. Anyway, you should be very proud of your orginal creation. Hats off!