Gillian WordPress Theme

WordPress / HTML / CSS / PHP / JavaScript / jQuery / Graphic Design

Now available for download at the WP Theme Directory!

Who it's for

Gillian was designed to be flexible and easy to use, especially for sites with a lot of content. With three templates, you can choose a layout that best suits your site's needs. You can also pick and choose from a variety of customization options to truly make Gillian yours — and make your WordPress site or blog fit the particular needs of your users, brand, or institution.

Not interested in too many options? That’s fine too; Gillian ships out of the box with a ready-to-use design and plenty of functionalities. The theme even includes a free default header image, which you can keep, delete, or replace as you see fit.

Screenshot of the Gillian theme.


  • Responsive design
  • Accessiblity ready
  • Default header image included in theme
  • Upload your own custom header image
  • Upload your own custom background image
  • Featured images (posts and pages)
  • Default right sidebar layout
  • Three-column template (left and right sidebars)
  • Full-width template (no sidebars)
  • Optional secondary menu
  • Social media menu with Font Awesome icons
  • Widgetized sidebars and footer
  • Customizer color options
  • Editor styling

Behind the design

Gillian was originally designed with academic libraries in mind, but will work well for other institutions, organizations, or individuals who are interested in organizing and presenting large amounts of content in a logical, useful, and visually appealing manner.

The design plan for Gillian really began during an Independent Study I did while finishing up my Master’s in Library and Information Science. Gillian addresses the second needs analysis for a WordPress theme that I would have liked to have created during that Study, but ultimately didn’t have enough time to do so. I was able to take these foundations and plans to create Gillian. More insight into the design process can be found at my blog.


Gillian uses two fonts throughout the design. Both are from Google fonts.

  1. Droid Sans

    Droid Sans is the main font used throughout the theme, in the header, blog posts, static pages, the sidebar widget area, and the site footer.

  2. Droid Serif

    Droid Serif is the secondary font, used mainly in the post and page titles.

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