Were one to exist, I could enter myself into a WordPress theme switcher contest, and I would win easily. Support for IndieWeb technology, namely microformats 2, is sorely lacking in all major theme houses that I have tried. The few themes that do support IndieWeb tech are aesthetically challenged. I have tried them all. The latest one I am trying out is SemPress, mostly because it is minimalist and I was able to modify it to meet some of my needs. SemPress was written by Matthias Pfefferle.

I wanted my images to display larger than the narrow 670px of the default SemPress. Most of my photography is landscapes and cityscapes. These are scenes which I think show best when displayed as large as possible. There are few art galleries displaying landscapes as framed 4×6″ prints. The larger the better. I wanted my landscapes to appear as wide as they can on a 10.5″ iPad Pro.

After hours of trial and error — I have limited understanding of CSS — I have something that works for me. I modified the CSS as follows.

#primary {
        float: left;
        width: 960px;

 display: block;
 margin: 0 auto;
 position: relative;
 width: 960px;

@media (min-width: 960px) {
 .single-column  { width:960px }

There is a weird interaction with the JetPack image CDN. When enabled, all images are displayed no larger than 670px wide. I turned off the feature.

Blog Engines and Indieweb Controlling Upstream by Brad Brad

All this WordPress 5.0 Gutenberg stuff got me thinking.  With WordPress it seems like the Indieweb starts making serious and cool progress and the WordPress people come along and knock the game board and pieces off the table.  And it sounds like the disruption from WordPress is going to continue ..

I think WordPress has strayed from its roots as a blogging platform. Automattic seems interested in building a content management system to compete with Medium and Wix. I’ve used WordPress since 2003. I have an intense dislike of Gutenberg. Hopefully, I will have time this weekend to learn more about ClassicPress.