Selecting a WordPress theme

This can take a lot of time, because there are so many, but you need one that will allow the kind of functionality that you want.  The more advanced route is to not use an end-user theme at all, but something like _s, and build up your own theme, which is what experienced developers do, sometimes even deciding to write their own frameworks to build onto.  Being way below that level of knowledge, like any WordPress newbie, I looked at a lot of ready built themes, both free and not.

So here follows a list of some of the themes that struck me as possible starting points.  Among my loosely-applied criteria for selecting them were reputation of the theme and developer, appeal, robustness (for building child-themes, tweaking, etc), and existence of a demo page. I also tend to prefer responsiveness in a theme – which means ability of the theme to re-structure itself quickly according to the browser window size.  A good responsive theme can be easily read on a smartphone.  Oh, and I prefer a GPL license.

Other than Justin Tadlock’s well-supported themes, I’ve tried to avoid listing themes that might need an annual support contract payable to the developers – not because that’s a bad idea, it might be just right for you, for example Organic Themes, or cssigniter.

Clean and simple:

Corporate style:

Fun:

Image-oriented:

One-pagers:

Text-oriented:

Suffusion by Sayontan Sinha is a highly configurable theme in a class of it’s own.  Iris Classon uses it well, and it can get right away from the blog style.

noupe.com as usual has good advice (colorfully presented too).

I hope this helps you find what you’re looking for!

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