Say hello to Retro, a modern take on a classic WordPress theme.


For those of you who have been in the WordPress world a while, Retro should look familiar. It’s look is heavily borrowed from Kubrick, which was the default WordPress theme from 2006-2010.

Kubrick has always been one of my favorite themes, and back when this site was, it ran a modified version of it for a long time. So, when I sat down a month ago or so to build a new theme, I decided to recreate it and bring it up-to-date.


While Retro looks similar to Kubrick, the similarities end there. Everything under-the-hood has been rewritten from scratch. Retro uses Zurb’s amazing Foundation 6 framework and is responsive out-of-the-box. There are also a few features (all of which I use myself) worth noting:

  1. Built-in “Linked List” posts

    Since I post a lot of link posts here on 48 Pixels, I added this feature mainly for my own use but figure others will find it useful as well.

    While WordPress has built-in support for the link post format, it always drove me nuts that the post titles on index pages linked to the local post rather than the post being linked, so I decided to change that.

    All you need to do to take advantage of this feature is set the post format to link and add a custom field named ext_link_url and set the value to the URL you want to link to. The theme will then change the title permalink on link format posts to that URL and add an arrow (→) at the end so readers can quickly distinguish them from other posts.

  2. Featured images in the RSS feed

    The way it works is simple–if you add a featured image to a post, that image will be added to the RSS feed. Whether you see it or not will depend on the RSS reader you use.

  3. Foundation’s pagination layout if you’re using the WP-PageNavi plugin

    If you use the WP-PageNavi WordPress plugin, the theme will automatically take advantage of Foundation’s built-in pagination to output the page numbers. If you’d like to see what it looks like, hit the home page and scroll down until you get to the pagination.

    If you’re not using WP-PageNavi, you’ll see the typical « Older Posts | Newer Posts » navigation.


If you’d like to take Retro for a spin before downloading, you can do so by switching the theme on this site. Open the demo.

If you don’t want to play with the demo, how about another screenshot?


You can also view the project on Github.


  • 1.0.4 – January 1, 2017

    Update to Foundation 6.3

  • 1.0.3 – September 16, 2016

    Add link to this site in the footer

  • 1.0.2 – September 15, 2016

    Fix the submit button style on the search page
    Fixes/tweaks so Retro now passes the WordPress Theme Test
    Fix a deprecated function call or two that WP_DEBUG complained about

  • 1.0.1 – September 14, 2016

    Added an ‘Edit this entry’ link that was missing to template-parts/content-single.php

Questions, bugs, etc.

Please use the form on this site to contact me or get ahold of me on Twitter if you have any questions, run into any bugs, or have feature requests.


Retro full screenshot