Anders Norén launches Oaknut, a new profile block theme with 23 style variations – WP Tavern

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Anders Norena Swedish designer and prolific WordPress theme developer, released Oaka new profile block theme reminiscent of services like Link tree and Carrard. The theme is aimed at users who want a simple profile landing page with relevant social and professional links, but it can also be easily extended to capture email addresses for a newsletter, add a blog or serve as a space reserved for an upcoming website.

Oaknut only includes three templates: Home (displays posts on the homepage or on the Posts page if a static homepage is set), Index (displays posts), and 404 (displays when no content is not found). Users who want to extend the theme beyond the basic use case can add more templates through the site editor or even create their own custom templates.

The demo looks like the screenshot, and there are no other pages to display. After installing and activating the theme, click customize to access the site editor where everything you see in the demo is already in place, ready to be replaced with your own profile data and links.

If the bright mustard color is too much for your taste, you’re in luck with Oaknut, as it offers 23 different style variations. Norén also included 14 font families, eight button styles, and five styles for social links.

As one of the pioneers of the block theme category, Norén ensured that Oaknut was ready to showcase the new features released in WordPress 6.1. The theme supports smooth typography, spacing sizes, elements supporting root padding, pseudo-selector styles in theme.json, and theme.json styling for elements like buttons, captions and headers.

“This allows Oaknut to have a very small CSS file,” Norén said. “It’s less than 150 lines, and 120 of those lines are for custom block styles included in the theme. Combine that with locally hosted variable fonts and the complete lack of JavaScript in the theme, and you end up with fairly fast profile pages.

Norén shared a screenshot of a website using the theme with a Lighthouse performance score of 100.

Oaknut is a good choice for WordPress users who want a simple and attractive theme that shows how people can connect with them. It’s also great for those new to a web presence or domains that need a well-designed placeholder.

The theme is available at WordPress.org to download for free. Norén has also created a GitHub sponsor account for anyone who wants to support the continued development of its 26 free WordPress themes and future theme releases.

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