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.

iThemes Review: Enormous Control, Easy to Use, Average Design

For those who want to easily control the layout of their pages (i.e. where widgets go, the position of navigation menus, where the header appears, etc.), the iThemes “Builder” framework is hard to beat. It gives you an enormous amount of control. You also have easy control over fonts, borders, and colors.

That said, apart from a few exceptions, the out-of-the-box themes seem relatively plain. Some seem somewhat dated. Out of the 180 themes advertised, I found a (growing) list of 33 that were responsive; however, at least more than 10 in that list were different colored versions of another theme.

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Elegant Themes Review: Beautiful Themes At Hard to Beat Prices

With more than 86 themes available, Elegant Themes offers a beautiful and large collection of quality designs at affordable prices. The themes are clean with a minimalist aesthetic and are ideal for a wide range of applications, from casual bloggers to eCommerce businesses looking to sell products online.

While the theme seller has been around for a long time, there is still plenty of room to grow. It would be great to see support staff answer questions much more quickly in the forums and for older themes to be updated with features like responsive design.

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WordPress Theme Seller Review Series: Choosing the Perfect Theme

There are hundreds of WordPress theme sellers – about 1001 to be exact – so choosing just one that offers the designs and features you want at a decent price can be frustrating.

We’ve put together a series of comprehensive reviews of 12 of the most popular theme sellers – Elegant Themes, WooThemes, Graph Paper Press, Organic Themes, Themes Kingdom, Theme Trust, ThemeZilla, Obox Designs, iThemes, Press75, StudioPress and WPZoom.

For each theme company, we’ve investigated their features, aesthetics, usability, speed and reliability, cost and support to help you decide which theme seller would work best for you.

WPMU Theme Reviews

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75 Eye-Poppingly Colorful WordPress Themes

There’s nothing like a pop of color to welcome people to your site.

It takes a good designer to create an bold and colorful site – choosing the wrong color palette or hues that simply don’t match can leave your site looking gaudy and tasteless. And too many colors can leave your visitors confused, especially if they can’t easily find what they are looking for.

But when used wisely, color has the ability to affect the mood of your visitors. Makes people feel welcome, comfortable and relaxed with blue hues or sell your sales pitch with an aggressive shade of red.

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6 Impressive WordPress Job Board Solutions You’d Want Working for You

If you’re looking to run a job board with WordPress, then we have some good news for you. There are a number of nice solutions out there that offer a range of impressive functions and designs.

As always, of course, you might not get everything you’re looking for in one solution. You might think one has everything you want, but then you start looking at another, and you see something that you didn’t think of before. And having seen it, you decide you have to have that too.

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Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes

Update #1: I have written a post about where you can find free WordPress themes. So once you get to the end of this and are suitably concerned you can check it out for some great places to find your themes.

Update #2: This post was originally written in 2011 but has been resurfaced due to its relevance and popularity within the community. Free WordPress themes with malicious characeristics are still prevalent and should be looked for and avoided.

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30 Flat and Funky WordPress Themes

If you haven’t already noticed, flat design is so in right now.

So what is flat design? It’s design. That’s flat. It revolts against skeuomorphism. In UI design, skeuomorphism usually refers to a digital element designed to emulate something from the real world – think of the leather stitching that boarders the calendar on an Apple device or the faux pine bookcase in iBooks.

Skeuomorphism was introduced to help us make sense of new technology, i.e. If if looks like a real button and shines like a real button it must mean I’m meant to push it.

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Themeforest Updates WordPress Theme Guidelines for Developers

Themeforest, the super successful WordPress theme marketplace run by Envato, has recently set out new guidelines for theme developers. The changes, which are fairly major, have some cheering and others booing. (See the discussion on their forum here.)

As mentioned in the announcement of the changes, theme developers will have eight weeks to get their themes into line with the new standards.

Of course some of those booing the new requirements are developers who have a lot of work ahead of them. Others who may not be so happy, however, are simply people who don’t like some of the restrictions.

Themeforest lays down the law for theme developers.

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Free WordPress Drag and Drop Themes to Make Life a Little Easier

There are many more non-coders out there using WordPress than coders. For us non-coders, we often think, “Why isn’t arranging elements in my theme easier? Why can’t I just drag stuff and drop it where I want?”

Well, with a number of the more sophisticated premium themes these days you can. But there are also a few free themes out there that let you do the same thing.

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10 Fugly WordPress Themes You Will Never Want To Use

The WordPress community is filled with talented designers and developers who create stunning themes. Theme stores are popping up all over the place selling impressive designs.

But for every beautiful theme there is a truly fugly one waiting for some poor unsuspecting soul to download and activate it on their WordPress site.

I scoured the internet to put together this collection of some of the worst WordPress themes. There are some real shockers out there, but it just goes to show how far web design has come since WordPress was conceived and how high expectations are now for theme creators.

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