Twenty Twelve: simple and effective

As you know, the themes on Hypotheses have changed in 2014. After Twenty Fourteen and Twenty Eleven, here is an overview of how to configure Twenty Twelve. Some blogs have already chosen this theme. As you can see on the blogs Devenir Historien-ne and Ce n’est pas une image juste, Twenty Twelve is a sober and elegant theme, ideal for blogs publishing longer posts.


A banner in between the menu and posts
One of this theme’s distinctive features is its banner, which is sandwiched between the menu and the posts (see above). To add or change the banner, go to Appearance > Header on your dashboard.

Here you can select an image from your computer by clicking on the “Choose file” button. Once you have chosen an image, click the “Upload” button. You can then crop the image if you wish. For the sake of image quality, make sure your image is 900 pixels wide.

Header Text settings

At the bottom of the header configuration page (Appearance > Header), you can stipulate how your header text will be displayed.

Some blogs choose to hide the header text, but don’t make the mistake of simply deleting the text. If you do this, the software programmes that manage your statistics and index your blog in search engines are deprived of important information. Instead, check or uncheck the box “Show header text with image”. This will display or hide the text on the blog, but even if it is hidden, the information can still be accessed by machines.

You can also choose the colour of the header text on this page, for example to tie in with the colour scheme in the banner.

Widgets on every page

Unlike Twenty Eleven, the widget column on Twenty Twelve is displayed on every page, even when you are reading a post. Go to the Appearance > Widgets menu and drag the widgets you would like into the “Main sidebar”, where they will be displayed on every page.

Customize the background

Go to the Appearance > Background menu to choose a colour or image as the background in the left and right margins.

Make your homepage a little bit special

Your homepage can be configured in three different ways.


First, create a new page (here, this page is called “Presentation”). Edit the page and go to the “Page Attributes” pane (see red box in the screenshot below). In the Templates section, select “Front Page Template”. You can add a featured image by clicking on the link shown in the blue box in the screenshot below. This image will be displayed next to the front-page text (in the example above, the featured image is of Nick Cave and microphone). Save the page and go to the Settings > Reading menu.


In the “Front page displays” section on the Reading Settings page, select “A static page” and in “Front page” choose the page you’ve just created.

Now add widgets in the first and second widget zones. I recommend adding the “Latest articles” widget to one of the two zones so that readers can access you latest content directly from your homepage.

Twenty Twelve is now fully configured. If you have any questions, please let us know.


Featured image: 12 by Leon Rice-Whetton (licence: Creative Commons by-nc-sa)

This post is a translation of this one, by Helen Tomlinson.

See you soon on Hypotheses!