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Simple Nineteen is the theme used to power the Sandia Mesa websites. Initially forked from the WordPress Twenty Seventeen theme, it has a business-oriented design and can be customized with video and image headers, a site logo, and widgets. However, Simple Nineteen diverges from Twenty Seventeen in many different ways such as expanding customization (such as being able to change the header background color and the Site Info section being turned into a fully customizable widget section), adding the ability to make pages and posts full screen, full width, or have no sidebar, replacing Google Fonts’ Libre Franklin with a locally loaded version of Libre Franklin, and adding social media share buttons for various platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Gab Social, Mastodon, Pleroma, and more.

Quick Specs

  • The main column width is up to 525px for the two-column layout and 740px for the one-column layout.
  • The sidebar column width is up to 326px.
  • The recommended size for featured images is 2000px wide by 1200px high.
  • The recommended size for header videos and header images is 2000px wide by 1200px high.

Header Media

Simple Nineteen supports both header images and header videos. To modify either type on your site, navigate to Customizer > Header Media.

For header videos, you can upload your own mp4 video or link to a video hosted on YouTube (we hope in the near future that this can be done for BitChute, NewTube, and PeerTube videos as well). Smaller file sizes will help make sure your site is loaded quickly.

A header image can be used on its own to display a large photograph at the top of your site. It can also be used as a video fallback: If both a video and image are added, the image will be used as a placeholder while the video loads, and it also acts as a fallback on smaller screens where videos may be harder to serve over mobile networks.

In addition to these options, you can choose whether you want to show a linear gradient within the site header media by setting the ‘Header Gradient’ option at the bottom of the Header Media menu to either ‘On’ or ‘Off’.

Front Page

Simple Nineteen allows you to set up a front page that can either be a front page you created or a list of your latest posts.

To set this up, go to Customizer > Homepage settings.

Once you’ve finished setting up your homepage settings, click Save & Publish.

Custom Colors

Simple Nineteen includes three color options: the default light color scheme, a dark color scheme, and a Custom Colors scheme that can be adjusted to various hues using a slider. Additionally, there is options to adjust the header background color using a color picker. When the header gradient is enabled, there is an option to adjust the header gradient color as well using a color picker that includes an alpha slider.

To explore all the color options available, navigate to Customizer > Colors.

Language Support

Simple Nineteen includes optimal font styles for many languages, thanks to feedback from the WordPress community and the work of the team behind WordPress. The theme uses Libre Franklin by default and makes adjustments to the typography for the following alphabets:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Cyrillic
  • Devanagari
  • Greek
  • Gujarati
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Thai

To improve legibility, Simple Nineteen also removes its letter-spacing styles for all non-Latin alphabets.

One- and Two-Column Layouts

For pages, Simple Nineteen allows you to choose between a one- and two-column layout. This can be changed via Customizer > Theme Options. The theme defaults to the two-column layout, which displays the page title in one column and the page content in the other.

Note: This feature only becomes available after setting a static front page.

When the one-column layout is selected, both the page title and content display in a wider single column, centered on the page.

Author Pages

For author pages, Simple Nineteen allows you to choose whether you want them enabled or not. This can be changed via Customizer > Theme Options. The theme defaults to enabling author pages.

When author pages are disabled, trying to visit any author page results in a 404 error page.


Simple Nineteen includes a footer widget area allowing widgets to be added below the site’s content.

The blog index, archive, and search pages and single blog posts also include a sidebar widget area. For each of these pages, the content is displayed in one center column if there is no sidebar. With the sidebar, the content is displayed in one column and the widgets are displayed in the other.


Pullquotes can be used to direct your readers’ attention to a particular passage or add visual interest to your posts and pages. In Simple Nineteen, you can pair a pullquote with an alignleft or alignright class on the blockquote element to further highlight it. Instructions on how to do this can be found here. See the following example:

<blockquote class="alignleft">This is my fabulous left-aligned pullquote.</blockquote>

When a two-column layout is used (whether via the Customizer for pages, or by adding a sidebar widget for posts), the pullquote aligned to the same side will display fully outside of the content area and below the second column. Note: This will only work when the pullquote appears in the content below where the second column ends.

Post Formats

Simple Nineteen supports the following post formats:

  • Aside
  • Audio
  • Gallery
  • Image
  • Link
  • Quote
  • Video

Post and Page Options

In the edit interface for each page and post, you have numerous options to customize your page or post. Options available include:

  • Show the Featured Thumbnail - When checked, this will show the featured thumbnail set for the page or post at the top of the page or post.
  • Don’t show the page title (not available for the front page) - When checked, the title of the page or post will not be shown at the top of the page or post.
  • Make the header big (front page only) - When checked, the front page will show the header in the big size that is usually default for the front page in Twenty Seventeen.
  • Make the page full screen - When checked, this will remove the usual site headers and footers and make the page or post fill up the whole screen.
  • Show the site logo (only available when ‘Make the page full screen’ is enabled) - When checked, this will add the site branding/logo to the top of the full screen page or post.
  • Make the page full width - When checked, this will make the contents of the page or post span the entire width of the screen.
  • Don’t show the sidebar (posts only) - When checked, this will remove the sidebar from the post.

Support and Resources

For help with Simple Nineteen, feel free to either email us at info@sandiamesa.com or get in touch with the community on our Poal sub or our Discord server.

We’ve not released any additional resources about Simple Nineteen (at least yet). However, we encourage you to look at the Twenty Seventeen resources as a guide to help you get started. If you have created a resource for helping people with Simple Nineteen, feel free to get in touch with us.