Simplish screenshot. (mise en abyme)… is a WordPress variant of the Scribbish theme for blogs.

Simplish supports the latest WordPress features, including:

Simplish implements the hAtom microformat specification for posts, hCard for post authors, and generates valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional, styled with valid CSS 2.1.

See more in the jumbled and incomplete list of Simplish features.




Extract the archive and move the resulting directory into the wp-content/themes/ directory on your site. Then select Simplish in your WordPress admin panel’s Appearance → Themes.


Issues can be filed & tracked, and source changes are visible in detail, at the Simplish project on Google Code. If you have a problem using Simplish, please file it in the Issues tracker, and if you fix a bug or use Simplish in a unique way, please send a patch or write your solution up in the Wiki.


Keep up with Simplish bugfixes and new features in the development blog, or follow the changelog feed.

Credits & License

The visual design of Simplish is inspired by and mostly imitates Jeffrey Allen Hardy’s popular Scribbish. Scribbish is an elegant theme for Typo, Mephisto, and other blog/CMS platforms – but not WordPress.

Simplish source code was originally derived from ScribbishWP by Kenny Pitt. ScribbishWP was based on the GPL-licensed Default (Kubrick) theme from the WordPress distribution. Portions of ScribbishWP CSS were taken directly from Hardy’s MIT-licensed Scribbish code. All of the above allow use, modification and (re-)re-distribution.

With permission from Kenny, and in accordance with the terms of Hardy’s MIT-style license, Simplish is available for use and modification under the GNU GPL (v3 or later). You are free to use and modify Simplish, if you share your changes. If you use Simplish on your site, it’s nice to give a nod to Jeffrey Hardy for the Occam’s Razor-sharp visual design of the original Scribbish, and to Kenny Pitt for the faithful and comprehensible initial WordPress port.