I’ve have been blogging for a couple of years now. Of all blog publishing platform I’ve ever used, I still think WordPress is the best of all.
Apparently I’m not alone: The desktop version has been downloaded over 11 million times this year, and blogs created with the web based tools on WordPress.com have been viewed by over 230 million unique visitors.
I recommend WordPress to clients who ask me to build a new website , but haven’t thought of starting a blog. I most cases, they turn into passionate bloggers, because the easy to use admin panel of WordPress helped them to learn fast – and fuel their blogging passion.
I also love the huge selection of WordPress designs and templates which is available on the web. There is a solution out there for everybody: from the simple and free one column template to sophisticated and advanced premium themes which include numerous customization options.
Here are my 20 favorites resources for WordPress themes:
Compilations and Lists:
- WordPress.org: Theme Directory
- Smashing Magazine: 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes
- Teknobites: 10 Clean and Light WordPress Themes
- Hongkiat: 49 Most Downloaded Themes Of All Time
- Courtney Tuttle: 48 SEO WordPress Themes
- Theme Playground: The Best Magazine WordPress Themes Available
- Vandelay Designs: 17 Specialty WordPress Themes
- WordPress Hacks: Best 2 Column WordPress Themes
- Dazzlin Donna: Best Premium Themes For A Non-Blog Look
Great Premium WordPress Themes:
- WPremix: I created the website of my Los Angeles SEO consulting business Max The Web with this great theme (also promoted as ‘content management system’) developed by R. Bhavesh. As as buyer of the first version, this theme gave me many headaches and bigger and smaller heart attacks because of its bugs. There have been several updates with many improvements in the meanwhile. Now it works smoothly and I am very pleased with it. In my opinion, there is no other WordPress theme out there that offers such a wide selection of customization features and layout options.
- Woothemes: Over a dozen of great designs by Mark Forrester and his friends, including three free themes.
- Revolution2: Great new themes by WordPress design pionier Brian Gardner. Technically, the templates are free, but in order to install and use them easily, you need to get the professional support from the creators by purchasing one of the membership packages.
- iThemes: Very slick themes offered by Cory Miller and his buddies. Great design solutions especially for small businesses. I bought one of the early designs, and I liked their support very much.
- Thesis Theme: Great and very flexible theme created by Chris Pearson and his team. It has a passionate following, and the majority of bloggers really seem to like it.
- One Theme: This WordPress theme has a very modern and fresh look. It comes in five colors and includes many customization features. The only downside: With the price of $99, it’s not exactly the cheapest theme on the market.
- Theme Forest: Great selection with great looking designs at affordable prices (starts at $10).
Free WordPress Designs:
WP Zoom has some many great posts with WP theme lists. Here are three of my favorites:
Do you have other useful resources for great WordPress themes I did not mention I my list? I know that there are TONS of sites out there, but tips for really well built and great looking templates? Let me know in the comments!
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