How to Apply the Twenty Thirteen Theme in WordPress - dummies

How to Apply the Twenty Thirteen Theme in WordPress

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

The Twenty Thirteen theme offers a clean design style that’s highly customizable for the millions of WordPress users who want a simple but modern look that focuses on the content for their sites. As such, the font is sharp and easy to read. Many of the new built-in theme features allow you to make simple yet elegant tweaks, including uploading new feature images and adjusting the background colors.


The default Twenty Thirteen theme gives you two layout choices by using widget areas that come with it:

  • One-column default layout: The one-column layout — a popular layout trend for websites and blogs — is the default view for the Twenty Thirteen theme, and it includes the header area (for the site name and menu navigation), a content area in the center of the site, and a widget-ready footer at the bottom of the site.

  • Two-column page layout: The two-column layout is the more common layout that you may already be used to for websites and blogs. It provides all the layout options for the one-column (header, content, and footer) layout and adds a right sidebar that you can add widgets to.


To apply Twenty Thirteen’s two-column layout to a new WordPress page, simply add a widget or two (or more!) to the Secondary Widget area in the Widgets page in your Dashboard.

The Twenty Thirteen theme has two widget areas: Main Widget Area and Secondary Widget Area. The widgets you add to the Main Widget Area appear in the footer area of your website, and the widgets you add to the Secondary Widget Area appear in the right sidebar of your site.