TwentyFifteen Child Theme – TwentyFifteen Plus

Like the new TwentyFifteen theme but wish it had a few extra features? I’ve seen a few people ask since it’s release how to move the sidebar to the right, or add footer widgets so I decided to take a look and the result is a new child theme called TwentyFifteen Plus and it works with the most recent default WordPress theme TwentyFifteen.

All of the new options were added to the existing theme customizer so there’s no extra bloat from a separate options panel. Here’s are a few of its features.

  • Eight new color schemes to choose from with more coming soon
  • Option to select left or right sidebar layout
  • Option to display Excerpts or Full Posts
  • Back to the top link using the already included Genericons with an on or off option
  • Copywrite text field with an option to turn it off or on
  • Two footer widgets styled to match the rest of the theme, color matches the sidebar
  • Just like Twenty Fifteen theme it’s mobile friendly including the new footer widget areas

Check out the DEMO

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