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.

How to Adapt Your WordPress Theme Layout For Different Devices

When you are designing for hundreds of different devices that your site could be displayed on, you can accept the responsive design “one size fits all” approach that leads to unnecessary compromise, or you can use “one design fits most and I’ll fix the rest” approach of adaptive strategies.


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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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