A free WordPress theme by Jetpack


Syntax is a theme designed with writing — and reading — in mind. With large, easy-to-read type, a fixed navigation menu, and a responsive design that looks beautiful on all screen sizes, it’s perfect for writers who want a minimal design that lets their content take center stage.

Custom Menus

Syntax‘s primary menu is tucked behind a tab on the left side of the screen. Click the open menu icon to see it:

Fixed navigation menu

A second, single-level custom menu is located in the site’s footer:

Footer Menu

Configure these menu areas by going to Customize → Menus.


ConnectYou can add links to your Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and Tumblr accounts to your site’s header by following these steps:

  1. Connect these services to Publicize, by going to Configure → Sharing.
  2. Once connected, navigate to the Customizer, where you’ll find a new Connect panel.
  3. Select the accounts you want to link to and their respective icons will appear in the footer.

Featured Images

Post with a Featured image

Post with a Featured Image

Assigning a Featured Image to your post will display the image above and behind your content on the blog archive and index.

Pull Quotes

Pull quotes can be used to highlight your content and break up large blocks of text with a unique visual treatment. Adding a class of alignleft, alignright, or aligncenter to a blockquote element, and will float the quote into the margin, or center it.

Click here for code samples, and to see Syntax’s pull quotes in action.


Syntax supports three columns of widgets in the site’s footer. Add some widgets by going to Customize → Widgets.

Custom Header & Background

You can personalize your site with a custom header under Customize → Header Image:

Custom Header

The background can also be customized by going to Customize → Colors & Backgrounds.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels)

  1. The main column width is 697.
  2. The footer sidebar widths are 227 each.

Using Syntax On Your Site

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

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