Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Twenty Thirteen out of the box, part of Start with a Theme: Twenty Thirteen.
As I said in the intro to this course, 2013 is a theme specifically targeted towards blogs and bloggers. That means it's all about content and how to display this content in the best way possible. It also means there are no fancy sliders or custom templates. This makes the theme easy to work with, but restrictive if you want to do a lot of customization. Don't let that deter you, though. 2013 is a pretty cool theme right out of the box. You can easily identify 2013 based on this bright orange header.
There's a couple of different versions of the header. But they all have the same kind of color scheme. And this orange and yellow and brown color scheme is carried on throughout the entire theme. And also kicks in when you start using the post formats. Later in this course we'll use the post formats to highlight different types of content. As you see right now, all the content looks the same. Here I have an a site post, I have a chat post, I have an image gallery, I have a straight-up image, and so on. And as we add the post formats, these displays will change and new colors will be introduced to help seperate the elments from each other.
2013 also has some other nifty details built in. You can see this search loop here. If you click on it it opens this active search field that lets you search. It's also responsive, so if you change the size of your window, you'll see the content will conform to the size of the window. And if you get small enough. The main menu changes to a drop down. This responsiveness is a great feature because more and more people are surfing the web using tablets, or phones.
This will allow the content of the page to format to whatever size screen the visitor is using making your content accessible to everyone, regardless of how they want to visit your site. 2013 does ship with widgetized areas, or sidebars, the default one you find all the way at the bottom of the page, in the footer. So this is the default sidebar area. You also have an optional one. That places itself to the right here and shifts all the content to the left.
But, like I said the primary one is in the footer. And later on in the course, I'll discuss why that is and why you shouldn't leave it that way. If you are using wordpress to publish a blog. And you want the main focus to be on the content then 2013 may well be the right theme for you.