Ancient WordPress Themes

While rooting through all my websites to bring them up to use SSL  (so they have that nice https:// and a lock that shows google likes them), I removed a bunch of old plugins and themes that haven’t been updated in years (internet decades).

This first image is a true gem – the “default” WordPress theme — that came complete on installation along with insisting that “admin” be the default user

And here’s another special one — to give the internet the look like it would have had when I was a kid:

Commodore WordPress Theme


and then there’s this old thing — it seemed to be VERY fast and neat, but alas — it wasn’t responsive:


I even have a copy of atahualpa — what does that mean? I have no idea, but I remember back in the day being at a WordPress meetup and everyone was talking about it like it was the best thing since sliced cheese. I’m betting it’s not responsive.

Tough to find it on because they don’t let it show up in search:

This theme hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

from the description:

Atahualpa is one of the most downloaded WordPress themes and maintained since 2007.

Not so much anymore.


In case you are wondering, I now use GeneratePress for almost everything I do (I’m using it right now!). It’s plain. It’s blocky. It’s responsive. It’s lightweight. It’s fast. It lets you put widgets all kinds of places to graphic it up. I like it.

The description from it’s WordPress page:

GeneratePress is a fast, lightweight (less than 1MB zipped), mobile responsive WordPress theme built with speed, SEO and usability in mind. GP can serve as a solid base for any website, and works great with any of your favorite page builders. With an emphasis on WordPress coding standards, we ensure GeneratePress is compatible with all well-coded plugins, including major ones like WooCommerce, WPML, BuddyPress and bbPress. GeneratePress is device friendly (mobile and tablet), uses 100% valid HTML, is fully schema microdata integrated, is translated into over 20 languages by our amazing community and is cross browser compatible (IE9+). Some of our features include 9 widget areas, 5 navigation positions, 5 sidebar layouts, dropdown menus (click or hover) and a back to top button. All our options use the native WordPress Customizer, meaning you can see every change you make instantly before pressing the publish button. Learn more and check out our powerful premium version at

And one more BIG thing I like about GeneratePress — it has a business model that seems to be working for the creator. That’s important since as long as he’s making money off GeneratePress, then it’s to his advantage to keep it working and updated. And that keeps it from going the way of some of the wacky old themes that have disappeared.