Wu Wei, my free WordPress theme, is currently the 5th most popular theme on WordPress.com, with over 550,000 blogs using it at the moment (not including ones being self-hosted), and it’s become so successful that the administrators have made it one of the default themes for new sign-ups. By far the most common support question I get is why the WordPress.com version isn’t available for WordPress.org users (some have even offered to pay for an update), so I’m very pleased to announce the release of version 2 for self-hosted blogs.
The theme has been updated to take advantage of new features that came with WordPress 3.x, such as custom header and custom background APIs, custom menu management, as well as various under-the-hood fixes and improvements. Tags and comments have also been included on the front page, to bring better standardization across WordPress.com and WordPress.org versions.
People have asked me why I don’t charge for such a theme, seeing as how I’ve poured a tremendous amount of time and energy into something used by so many people. I can only say that Wu Wei has brought me much luck since its release, and thanks to it’s popularity, I’ve met many great people1, received new design work, and even had a chance to visit Britain — things I don’t think would have been possible if Wu Wei was a paid theme.
- There was even a case of an old ex-girlfriend finding me when she decided use Wu Wei before she discovered who made it. [↩]