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Theme Changes July 2015

In the Blogs Update Phase 2.2 in April we added three new themes.

We also retired the Spectrum News Theme.

We have now retired the Suffusion theme too.

Existing blogs that use these themes will continue to do so. They will not be able to be selected in the Theme chooser for new or existing blogs. We will turn this theme off completely at a later date it would be wise to change themes before then. We expect Spectrum New to be completely disabled by the end of 2015. Suffusion, being a very widely used theme will be deployed for longer.


Both of these themes are showing problems with our newer version of WordPress. Features have broken. The updated version of Spectrum News did not work with our multi-site WordPress install and would have required considerable work both now and over the longer term to keep it going. The suffusion theme developer is having trouble keeping it up to date, it is also showing some problems with our new version of WordPress.

We hope to have a few modern flexible themes in a release soon. We are also producing some guidance on moving from these themes to TwentyFourteen: Spectrum News to TwentyFourteen.  Another page covering Suffusion  will be added to the help blog over the summer 2015.

If you are using the Spectrum News Theme we would advise that you look to changing that theme as soon as possible.

Suffusion Theme

The Suffusion Theme has been retired July 2015. If your blog already used the them it will continue to do so. The Theme will not be available in the Theme Picker. At a later date we will completely remove the theme. Plenty of warning will be given.


Older Issues


This issue was fixed in release phase 1.1

It appears that blogs using the Suffusion theme which have featured posts turned on on the front page show no content. The developers have fixed the problem and the fix will be deployed soon.


You can avoid the problem by turning off featured posts.

In the Dashboard:

  1. Click on Suffusion
  2. Click on Blog Features
  3. Click on Featured Content
  4. Disable Featured Content

This will turn of Feature content, so you will not be able to see the Featured Content Slider on your home page.

One a fix has been applied you will be able to turn Featured Content back on.

If you have used the magazine template for pages it may have featured content turned on too, you can turn it off in the dashboard:

Suffusion-> Templates->Magazine: