Draft is a handsome yet simple WordPress theme that focuses on one thing and one thing only: getting your stories and content out in a stylish and easy-to-read way. It focuses on the basics so that you can integrate additional functionality through well-developed dedicated plugins of your choice, not ours! It features a responsive layout that looks phenomenal on all sorts of devices, including Retina (or HiDPI) devices such as the iPhone, iPad, and Retina MacBook Pro. With clean, readable typography and support for multi-media post formats, it’s a must have in your bag of theme resources.

Installing the Theme

Installation is a cinch. First and foremost, to install this theme, you need to have a working version of WordPress. If you are no familiar with installing WordPress, it is best to visit the official WordPress documentation on installation. You then have two ways to install Draft on your installation:

  • FTP Upload: Using your FTP application of choice, upload the draft folder into the /wp-content/themes/ folder in your new WordPress installation.
  • WordPress Upload: For this method to work, you must upload the correct .zip file. A common mistake is to upload the .zip you downloaded from ThemeForest. Instead, you must unzip that file and look for another .zip file named and upload that. Once you find it, navigate to Appearance » Add New Themes » Upload. Go to browse, and select the zipped theme folder. Hit “Install Now” and the theme will be installed.

Once the theme is successfully uploaded, go to Apperance » Themes, activate the theme, and you’re done!


To add the “like” functionality you can see on all blog posts, all you need to do is install the free ZillaLikes plugin by ThemeZilla and make some very small adjustments.

Install the free ZillaLikes plugin by ThemeZilla.
Install the free ZillaLikes plugin by ThemeZilla.

First of all, once installed, go to the ZillaLikes admin page and select “I want to use my own styles” in order for the theme to use matching icons as the rest of the UI. You can then enter appropriate text for the labels, as you see fit, but that’s it. They will automatically appear wherever appropriate without having to check which types of posts to display the likes on.

Also, if you utilize a cacheing plugin and do not see your “like” counts updating, check the “AJAX Like Counts on page load” box to load the like counts after the page has loaded and prevent the caching plugin from making it static.

Working with Post Formats

Draft allows you to very quickly and easily “sort” your content by using post formats. The process is no different from any other properly-coded theme — there are no special instructions. Just create a post, choose a post format, fill out the meta boxes and you’re on your way. If you aren’t familiar with the process, it’s as follows:

To use these post formats, go to Add New Post and select the post format you are interested in adding from the right-hand side menu. Upon selection, a meta box area will appear below the main post content input area for the appropriate post format.

This is an example of the meta box that will accompany most post formats.
This is an example of the meta box that will accompany most post formats.

These meta boxes are future proof in the sense that if the WordPress team opts to integrate their post format UI using the already established variable nomenclature, all your posts will be ready to go without any modification, even if you switch to another properly-coded WordPress theme! Yes, we think that’s pretty cool too.

Theme Customizer

Draft offers a handful of key customization options via the built-in WordPress Theme Customizer. There, you can adjust things like theme color (light or dark), accent color, link color, the type of pagination (AJAX or auto-AJAX vs. traditional), etc. The customizer can be accessed via Appearance > Customizer. The options will be further explained on the page.