Lens is a photo-oriented theme, great for people who like to tell stories with pictures. The homepage prominently displays the featured image for each of your latest blog posts. Each image links to the blog post so visitors can read the accompanying text.


While Lens is designed for photographers and artists to showcase their work, it’s equally suitable for bloggers, scrapbookers, and writers who want to add a bit of visual flair to their site.

We designed Lens to look good on all devices – from desktop computers and laptops to smartphones and tablets.

Infinite Content

Lens supports the latest WordPress wizardry, including infinite scroll. Infinite scroll helps to engage your readers by allowing them to see more of your content at once. If you have enabled footer widgets, then users will instead be given the option to load more posts.

Custom Colors

If you have the WordPress.com Custom Design upgrade, then you can freely change the colors on your Lens-powered theme. Below are some screenshots showing the flexibility of this system.

All Languages

Lens was crafted with care to work well in multiple languages, so it has full support for both left-to-right and right-to-left languages. If Lens is not available in your language, you can find out how to translate it here.

Custom Headers and Backgrounds

Lens gives you the ability to upload your own header images via Appearance → Header. You can also customize your blog with a background color or image by going to Appearance → Background.

Widget Areas

Lens offers two widget areas:

  • Footer widget area – will stay invisible if you don’t add any widgets to it. This widget area will display on all pages.
  • Right sidebar widget area will display on blog posts only, it will not show on the homepage, pages, or in the archives. This widget area will stay hidden if no widgets are added to it.

Quick Specs (all measurements in pixels):

  1. At full width the main column width is 705 except in the full-width layout where it’s 883.
  2. The sidebar width is 276.
  3. Please keep in mind that this theme is responsive, which means that it changes size as the browser is resized.
  4. The image thumbnails used on the homepage and category pages change dimensions based upon the size of the screen – however at full size they are 440 square.
  5. All featured Images are generated from the same initial image so make sure to keep the focus of the image in the center as the surrounding content may be cropped.
  6. The site logo uses an image sized 120 x 80

Custom Header

Lens makes use of the WordPress custom header functionality.

Custom Menus

Lens has one custom menu area available. If there is no custom menu configured then the menu will display a list of your site’s pages. To find out more about how to set up your menus, see the Custom Menu documentation.

Featured Images

Lens supports thumbnail images on blog posts. These are known as Featured Images. The recommended size for featured images in Lens are square images 440 pixels wide by 440 pixels tall. To use featured images, do the following:

  1. Edit the post you want to add the featured image to — and then find the box labelled ‘Featured Image’.
  2. Click the link titled ‘Set featured image’ and then either select the image or upload a new one using the options provided.
  3. Once selected, press ‘Set featured image’. Then click the ‘update’ button to save changes to your post.

Local Languages

Lens has full support for both left to right and right to left languages. For information on translating Lens, see the Translation FAQ.

Sticky Posts

Sticky posts on a Lens-powered site get a special treatment to help them stand out. To make a post sticky, follow these steps:

  1. Open your post for editing.
  2. In the Publish box (located in the right column), click the ‘edit’ link.
  3. Check the ‘Stick this post to the front page’ box, and click save.

Social Accounts

Lens allows you to add links to your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Tumblr accounts in the footer of the site. To do this you must first connect these services to Publicize.

  1. Go to Settings → Sharing,  and add connections to your accounts.
  2. Once connected, navigate to the Customizer, where you’ll find a new Connect panel.
  3. Select the account(s) you want to link to, and their respective icons will be displayed.

Widget Areas

Lens has 2 widget areas. One displays in the right-sidebar on blog posts, and one displays in the footer. For more information on working with widgets, please see this support document.

  • Footer widgets – these widgets display in the footer of the site. These widgets will hide if they are left empty. This widget will display on all pages.
  • Right sidebar widgets – these widgets display on blog posts. They do not show up on the homepage, pages or archive pages. The widgets will hide if they are left empty.