And the theme retirement trend continues on WordPress.com with new additions to the previous list of retirees:
- Dark Wood
- Inuit Types
- Notes IL
- Under The Influence
Again, existing sites can continue to use their theme even though it is retired and sites set up prior to a theme being retired can switch to that retired theme. What you cannot do is create a new site using a retired theme.
Here are screenshots from my Dashboards>Appearance>Themes:
On an older, existing site, it shows me there are 305 available themes:
After creating a new site, it shows me there are 210 available themes:
(You may see different numbers depending on when your site was created and when a theme was retired.)
There are a couple of surprises to me in this list. Bueno, introduced in 2010, was and is one of the most popular themes on WordPress.com and was showcased in February this year, with Titan, also introduced in 2010, not far behind in the popularity race. Again, here’s the list that Panos created in January 2012 showing the popularity ranking at that time.
At this point, I don’t think I can claim that only older themes are being retired. And while it would be easy to say that themes are constantly being upgraded to keep up with improvements on WordPress.com, it appears retiring a theme is more practical rather than upgrading it.
What do you feel is driving this trend?
P. S. There is an interesting thread started by Staff in the forums asking how did you choose your current theme.