Wu Wei is a WordPress theme that was cre­ated with clean, mod­ern, min­i­mal­ism in mind. Information is pre­sented in a log­i­cal man­ner, with­out any super­flu­ous ele­ments get­ting in the way. Just like the Taoist con­cept of wu wei, it’s know­ing when to act, and know­ing when not to act.

This theme is based on prin­ci­ples of a grid sys­tem. You can break out of the grid with css dec­la­ra­tions, as seen in this entry.


Live Demo

See Wu Wei in action.


Current Version: 2.4

Due to the fact that ver­sion 2.x requires dif­fer­ent CSS code for things such as break­ing out of the grid, I’ve put up a legacy ver­sion of Wu Wei 1.2.4 if you wish to keep the old functionality.


Version 2.4 (2012–01-03)

Version 2.3 (2011–08-22)

Version 1.2.4 (06–01-2009)

Version 1.1.2 (06–01-2009)

Version 1.1.1 (05–28-2009)

Version 1.1.0 (05–21-2009)


Jeff, how do I get those fancy grey page mark­ers at the top of the menu in the header like you do here?

Note: this applies to ver­sion 1.2.4 and below, as mark­ers were removed for bet­ter menu func­tion­al­ity in ver­sion 2.3.

Easy! Just add the code <?php if(is_page(‘archives’)) {echo ‘class=“selected“‘;} ?> (if the link is for “archives”) in the anchor. You’ll need to have “nice” perma­links enabled for this to work. Otherwise, you can just use the page_id instead of the page name.

My wid­gets in the bot­tom side­bar are overflowing!

Not to worry. Simply change the “margin-right:0px” dec­la­ra­tion from .widget_categories to the class of your right-most widget.

This issue has been resolved. There is no need to change any wid­get dec­la­ra­tions, as of ver­sion 1.2.2.

Ordered/unordered lists in a com­ment aren’t dis­play­ing correctly!

I believe this is an inher­ent design flaw intro­duced with threaded com­ments in WordPress 2.7. Since com­ment threads them­selves are lists, there is no way to sep­a­rate a list in a com­ment, and a com­ment that’s a list item (aside from intro­duc­ing extra css dec­la­ra­tions). There prob­a­bly won’t be any sup­port for this, unless the core WordPress code is changed.

This has been fixed as of 2.3.



Feel free to con­tact me for feed­back, fea­ture requests, or sup­port. Be sure to put “Wu Wei Theme” in the sub­ject line.


Light colour scheme

Dark colour scheme