Blank Canvasby Automattic

Blank Canvas is free WordPress theme. It’s a minimalist theme, designed for single-page websites. Its single post and page layouts have no header, navigation menus, or widgets, so the page you design in the WordPress editor is the same page you’ll see on the front end.

The theme’s default styles are conservative, relying on simple sans-serif fonts and a subtle blue highlight color. Blank Canvas is ready for your customizations.

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We know starting from scratch can be daunting, so we included clear, step-by-step instructions and video tutorials to help you build an attractive website. If you’d like to skip right to a specific section, click on the relevant link:

  Setting up Your Homepage 

If you’re brand new to we recommend starting here: Getting Started with

Setting up Your Homepage

Blank Canvas works best when your homepage is set to be a static page. If this doesn’t happen automatically,

  1. Visit Customize → Homepage Settings.
  2. Under the “Your homepage displays” section, select “A static page”.
  3. Select an existing page to use as your homepage, or select “Add a new page” to create a new one.
  4. Select the “Footer Only” template.
  5. Click the Publish button on top to save your changes.


If you decide to grow your site beyond just a single page, Blank Canvas can support showing a traditional page header on every page by selecting the “Default” template on your pages and posts:

Customizing your site

Want to personalize your site to make it your own? Learn more about:

Editing your site content

All the content on your homepage (and throughout your site) is managed through our Block Editor and can be edited and customized as you see fit!

Learn more about how the block editor works.

Downloading the Theme

Blank Canvas is a child-theme of Blockbase. To use Blank Canvas on your self-hosted site, download and install both themes from the links below, and activate Blank Canvas:

Download Blank Canvas

Download Blockbase

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):

  1. The main column width is 620px.
  2. The wide width is 1000px.

This theme is available for download to be used on your WordPress self-hosted installation.

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