Themes housekeeping

If you recall — and if you do, you certainly deserve a memory accolade — I opted for the Twenty Seventeen theme for both my website and blog. I had contemplated using it for my podcast site as well, but that remains a tale yet to be penned. Despite being the default installation, my deliberate choice centered around its status as the most recent default theme at the time, showcasing WordPress’s cutting-edge features. Even with the advent of Twenty Nineteen — the inaugural post-Gutenberg theme with full Block Editor integration — I remained steadfast in my decision.

“But, what about the new one?”
“Which one?”
“Twenty Twenty-Four”
“Oh my! I am so far behind.”

Considering the unfolding events since that pivotal summer of 2020, I found myself preoccupied and unable to explore the latest themes. Default WordPress themes play a crucial role in the platform’s ecosystem. As tradition dictates, WordPress introduces a new one each year, resulting in a lineage of five themes that I have not reviewed yet: Twenty Twenty, Twenty Twenty-One, Twenty Twenty-Two, Twenty Twenty-Three, and, naturally, Twenty Twenty-Four.

Each new default theme implements the latest web design practices to keep the CMS looking fresh. It also sets a precedent for upcoming features the Make WordPress team is planning.Will Morris

In alignment with the principle of maintaining a fresh appearance for my websites, it’s high time to rectify this oversight. Each of these themes — Twenty Nineteen included — deserves its rightful spotlight and thorough evaluation. Perhaps one of them will surpass the merits of Twenty Seventeen? Moreover, there’s an additional motivation urging me to embark on this endeavor…

If you aren’t using them, why not do a little housekeeping on your themes?The WordPress team

As previously discussed (see WordPress housekeeping), the practice of removing unused themes is highly advisable. Here’s why:

Enhanced Security. By eliminating unnecessary themes, you reduce potential vulnerabilities. Each installed theme represents a potential entry point for hackers. Fewer themes mean fewer opportunities for security breaches.

Storage Efficiency. Removing unused themes not only declutters your WordPress installation but also saves storage space. Unnecessary themes consume disk space, which can add up over time. Additionally, a leaner backup size results from excluding unused themes, streamlining your backup and restore processes.

Maintenance Relief. Once you delete a theme, you no longer need to worry about keeping it updated. Fewer themes mean less administrative overhead. This reduction in workload benefits both you and your server, leading to smoother performance.

In summary, practicing theme hygiene not only enhances security but also contributes to a more efficient and streamlined WordPress experience.

Coming next: Twenty Nineteen

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