WordPress Themes

Along with Plugins, WordPress Themes is one of our more popular categories. While we often do posts alerting readers to great free themes, we’ll also cover premium themes as well. (No, we don’t chock them full of affiliate links as many do. We don’t do affiliate links.) In addition, we’ll also do posts such as Why You Should Never Search for Free WordPress Themes in Google and Comprehensive Review of 7 of the Most Popular WordPress Premium Theme Frameworks. Some of our “collection posts” include 120 Free Premium WordPress Themes, The 40 Best Free WordPress Magazine Themes, 35 Free Simple & Clean WordPress Themes, and 7 Free Twitter Bootstrap Themes for WordPress.

Adaptive Image Optimization For Responsive WordPress Themes

Adaptive design, which has largely gone out of favor as responsive design has dominated the web, adapts to the type of device displaying the page.

The days of mobile WordPress themes – an extreme example of adaptive design – have, for the most part, passed us by, and I couldn’t be happier. Responsive’s one design fits all approach to creating mobile-friendly content is not always perfect. There are several places where incorporating adaptive design principles can create a better user experience, and make a dramatic difference in page load times.

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WordPress Theme Builder Shootout: PageLines DMS

The fourth and final contender in our WordPress Theme Builder Shootout is DMS from PageLines.

A true front-end theme building experience backed-up with good documentation, a substantial community and a free trial version.

Creating “100% pro, mobile-ready sites without coding” is definitely possible but you’ll need to pick your project carefully and have a kitbag of trusty plugins handy.

Front-end theme-building solution with a substantial community

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The 60 Best Free WordPress Magazine Themes

As you have probably heard by now, the new default theme for WordPress is a magazine theme.

While making the new default theme a magazine-style design was an interesting and welcome move, of course it still might not suite your tastes exactly, even if you happen to be looking for a magazine-style theme.

But worry not, we’ve got 60 great free alternatives for you. You’re bound find at least one that will do for you what the new TwentyFourteen theme might not.

Happy downloading.

(Let us know in the comments which ones you like best.)


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WordPress Theme Builder Shootout: Headway

Contender number three in our WordPress Theme Builder Shootout is Headway.

The developers claim “drag and drop” but there’s little “drop” to speak of. The “drag” though provides a “drawing” experience that combined with a slick interface is very much worth speaking of.

But is the incredible flexibility of this product let down by a lack of out-of-the-box functionality?

Composite image of WordPress Theme Builder Shootout title with Headway Themes logo

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WordPress Theme Builder Shootout: The Contenders

Until recently, when adding a theme to your WordPress site, the choice was either buy a theme and live with any shortcomings or enter the expensive, painful and time-consuming worlds of theme modification and bespoke development.

Theme builders, relatively new kids on the WordPress block, aim to provide an alternative. They come with bold and enticing claims of being able to completely customize a site with no coding.

In this series, I’m going to review the main contenders and find out whether they back up their claims. So, take your seat for the WordPress Theme Builder Shootout.

Title image showing the logos of Headway, Nexus, Pagelines and Ultimatum

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WordPress TwentyFourteen Theme: A Flawed Beauty

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, WordPress default themes are important.They get automatically installed on every upgraded and new WordPress site, gaining massive exposure.

For 2014, WordPress have broken away from previous defaults to produce a theme for a specific use, namely magazines. And not just any magazine theme but a “beautiful magazine theme”.

And it certainly is beautiful. But if you want to use the theme you’re also going to have to contend with its flaws.

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15 Gorgeous Fullscreen Video WordPress Themes

If you’re a creative type, there’s no better way to show off your work than with a video theme.

Once a page is loaded and a video has started to play, there’s an incentive there for visitors to stick around and explore your site further because they’ve already invested some of their time watching your clip.

Videos draw in your visitors, allowing you to easily showcase your work with minimal effort on your visitors’ behalf. If you’re a business owner, videos allow you to quickly and effectively get your message in front of users to your site.

Darth Vader fullscreen video themes

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35 Awesome WordPress Slider Themes

Strong images are a must for any website, but even more so if you run a business and have a commercial need to promote your work or sell a product online.

Do you remember the last time you visited a restaurant’s website and didn’t see a photo of a tasty dish? Or have you ever seen a real estate site missing images of homes for sale?

Sliders provide an ideal way to display multiple images fluidly and in an eye-catching way that grabs your visitors’ attention when they land on your site.

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