Automattic is a cool start up company that has made some great widgets, sites and templates. Pilcrow is no different to its other products – it’s dynamic, easy to use and gives you a good range of options.

Pilcrow is an upgrade from PressRow but packed with much more flexibility and benefits.

The default theme of Pilcrow is deceivingly simple and plain. Don’t let that fool you as this theme is fully customizable, down to the very little details.


Often I hear complaints about the lack of layout options available with the free WordPress themes. Bloggers are tired of two-column themes with the sidebar on the right-hand-side. Pilcrow tackles this problem by providing you with six different layout options. From two-columns, to three-columns and even has the hard to find one column layout.

The main content width is only 500px. If you’re looking to include high-res, large images, then you might opt for the full-width layout that provides you with a generous width 900px.


What I love the most about Pilcrow is that you can completely revamp the look and feel of your blog. The quickest and easiest way is to simply change the color scheme. There are four to choose from: Light, dark, brown and red. The color scheme doesn’t just change the background color, but also the fonts, links and highlights.


If you’re looking to give your blog a complete makeover, then Pilcrow offers you the flexibility to change the background image and also the header. Along with the other custom options, you’d have an endless of possibilities to have the blog looking the way you want it to.

Pilcrow also provides you with plenty of widget spaces. If you choose to have the three-column layout, you’re given an additional ‘Feature Area’ along with a ‘Secondary Sidebar.’ If you’re worried about widget space when you have the full-width layout, then you’d be pleased to know that there are two footer areas.


The theme supports a drop down, custom menu. Although this is pretty standard now with most WordPress themes. You can effortlessly set this up in the backend under Appearances.

A little nifty thing I like about this theme is how the comment profiles are displayed. Hovering over a profile pic would bring up a small lightbox with profile details and also personal links to social media sites.

Pilcrow is definitely a WordPress theme for those of you who love to customize the look and feel of a blog. The multiple layouts, different color schemes and options to change the header and background will definitely keep you busy as you mix and match options.