Independent Publisher 2

A free WordPress theme by Jetpack

Independent Publisher 2 is a clean and polished theme with a light color scheme, bold typography, and full-width images. It’s designed to enhance your content and provide an immersive experience for your readers. With a focus on readability, the content looks crisp and easy on the eyes. Independent Publisher 2 is responsive, adjusting its layout to accommodate various devices and screen sizes.

Custom Header & Featured Images

You can personalize your site with a Custom Header, which is used as the background for your site title and tagline. To add your custom header, go to Customize → Header Image.

Featured Images on single pages and posts will replace any Custom Header.

The best custom header and featured images in Independent Publisher 2 are decorative background images. The Custom Header and Featured Images that work best with this theme are images that can be cropped differently at different sizes, such as abstract graphics or photographs. The recommended size is 1400 by 600 pixels.

Featured Images and other images greater than 1100px wide will display in a big, bold way, outdented from the surrounding content.

Gravatar Profile Image

Independent Publisher 2 was built with the personal blogger in mind, so a Gravatar profile image can be used in the header.

By default, the site owner’s Gravatar is displayed, only if you’ve uploaded a Gravatar image. To change it, go to and choose another photo or image for your profile. You can also go to Customize → Theme Options and change the Gravatar email address to another one. If you don’t want to display a Gravatar at all, remove the email address from the field completely.


To add a logo, head to Customize → Site Identity, and upload one. You can add a logo instead of, or in addition to, a Gravatar profile image.

Estimated Reading Time

Independent Publisher 2 displays a convenient estimated reading time for posts, based on a reading speed of 250 words per minute. You can turn off this feature under Customize → Theme Options and unchecking the box next to “Display estimated reading time on posts”.

Custom Menus

Independent Publisher 2 provides support for one Custom Menu, displayed in the header, which can be configured via Customize → Menus.

Social links in the header

You can display links to your social media profiles as icons in the Social Menu. They will appear below the site’s title and tagline. Learn how to set it up.

Supported Social Networks

Linking to any of the following sites in the Social Menu will automatically display its icon:

  • CodePen
  • Digg
  • Dribbble
  • Dropbox
  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • GitHub
  • Google+
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Email (mailto: links)
  • Pinterest
  • Reddit
  • RSS Feed (urls with /feed/)
  • StumbleUpon
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • WordPress
  • YouTube


Independent Publisher 2 with an active Sidebar.

Independent Publisher 2 with an active Sidebar.

Independent Publisher 2 includes four widget areas: one optional Sidebar, and three Footer areas.

Footer widgets in Independent Publisher 2.

Footer widgets in Independent Publisher 2.

If there are no widgets in the Sidebar area, the theme automatically adjusts to a single column:

Single-column post in Independent Publisher 2.

Formatting Text

Independent Publisher 2 includes special text styles for pull quotes. See examples and instructions for these on the demo site.

Pull quotes in Independent Publisher 2.

Pull quotes in Independent Publisher 2.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels)

  1. The main column width is max 740.
  2. The Widget Area width is 220.
  3. Featured Images work best with 1400 wide by 600 high.
  4. Custom Header Image is 1440 wide by 600 high.

Using Independent Publisher 2 On Your Site

This theme is free to use on any WordPress site running Jetpack.

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