Backburner is a clean & modern Tumblr premium theme

Only $19

With a fresh install of Backburner you’ll have access to three custom styles, 40+ appearance options to customize, support for virtually every Tumblr feature, and scheduled upcoming releases (free) to cover user feedback and incorporate new features.

Three Unique Styles


Version 1.3 of Backburner comes with three theme styles that can be selected through the Appearance menu in Customize.

Additionally Backburner was designed in a way that it will make it easy for you to customize your own style and apply with the Custom CSS field.

Highly Customizable


With 40+ appearance options that give you the ability to select the style, upload custom header images, change the site title color, personalize the sidebar, and integrate 3rd party features like the Facebook’s Like button, Retweet button, Disqus, Flickr, your Twitter feed, and others.

Continue reading to see the extended Tumblr support, details on the typography, customization options, and a list of features.

Extended Tumblr Support

With Backburner you’ll find support for every type of Tumblr post including Answers, Group Blogs, Pages, Liked Posts, and third-party Disqus support.  Over time as Tumblr integrates new features you will see them added to Backburner in future releases—free to anyone who has already purchased Backburner.

Beautiful Typography

Notice all the custom fonts in this preview of Backburner?  The theme uses Cufon to display custom fonts for the headers, post titles, text section titles, quotes, and many others.  There are two ways to enable the custom fonts in your posts.

  1. Simply bold the first line in the caption or post body, and Backburner will do the work behind the scenes to add in the custom font.
  2. Use Tumblr’s HTML editor to define H2 tags in caption text and H3 tags in Text post content.  Although this is more work there are some SEO advantages to having H2/H3 tags in your content.

Typekit Support 

Want ultimate control over the typography in Backburner?  New to Backburner 1.4 is full integration of Typekit in the appearance options.  Here are the basic steps involved in setting up Typekit for your site:

  1. Register for a Typekit account -  Typekit offers several affordable yearly accounts, but you can always go with the free plan with access to their trial library.
  2. Browse through the library and click + Add to Kit after you’ve selected the body and title font for your site.
  3. While you have the Typekit Editor open go through the list of Weights & Styles (screenshot) selecting only the fonts that you need.  This is typically regular, regular italic, bold and bold italic.
  4. Once you have your two fonts selected hit the green Publish button at the bottom right (screenshot).
  5. Go to back to Tumblr and open Customize > Appearance, find the Typekit ID field and paste in your Typekit ID.  You can find the ID by opening the Typekit Editor and clicking Embed Code at the top right. You only want to copy and paste the 7-8 character ID at the bottom (screenshot).
  6. Now paste in the font-family values for the body and title fonts into Customize > Appearance.  You will find it by clicking Advanced below the Selectors on the left (screenshot).

Tip: Even if you don’t use Typekit you can use the Typekit Body Font and Typekit Title Font options to paste in other standard font-family fonts.

New in Backburner 1.3


  • Localization: Now you can select your language in Customize > Advanced to choose between English, German, Japanese, French and Italian. This will change standard buttons, title names, and other text elements throughout the site to your chosen language.
  • Video embeds: Improved the way that YouTube, Vimeo and other embeds are resized and rendered on the site.
  • iPad Optimization: Tweaked Backburner so that it looks amazing on an iPad for all you early adopters.
  • Text posts: Made the titles clickable links
  • Pages: Removed the meta data below the pages
  • Sidebar: Fixed the bug that prevented users from change the color of the title in the sidebar
  • Custom Fonts: Rebuilt the custom fonts to include more punctuation marks - double quotes, single quotes, em dash and en dash.
  • Analytics and Tracking: Added Clicky to the analytics options in addition to Google Analytics. Clicky allows you to see in realtime who’s on your site as well as many other features.
  • Facebook Like Button: Added additional meta tags so that more information about the post, your site, and link are added to a Facebook feed when a visitor clicks like.
  • Facebook ID: Added a field in Appearances where you can add Facebook ID(s) to give you the ability to track who is liking your posts. For more than one admin or user separate them with commas: “username,3889229,admin”
  • Bug fixes
  • Minor changes

See the full list of theme versions and changes.

Customization Options

Once you are inside the Customize screen and select Appearance you will be able to control, modify and tweak Backburner customization options.  Below is a list of highlighted options, but for full details view the customization page.

  • Set the theme style
  • Move the blog title to the sidebar
  • Move the header navigation to the sidebar
  • Show group blog contributors in the sidebar and author below each post
  • Show reblog details below each post
  • Add sidebar “social” links

Extended List of Features

  • Three theme styles
  • Custom header images
  • Change the blog title color
  • Facebook like button
  • Retweet button
  • Customize the Tumblr title and navigation placement
  • Group blog support
  • Pages support
  • Submit content and Ask support
  • All post types support
  • Disqus support
  • Google Analytics support
  • Flickr feed
  • Custom typography
  • Typekit support
  • Smart conversion of bolded content to post titles
  • "Better Embeds" for Vimeo and YouTube
  • Sidebar links
  • Twitter updates in the sidebar
  • Liked posts
  • Ability to create custom styles with Custom CSS field
  • Theme optimized for search engines (SEO)
  • Future releases planned

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