On Monday I asked the readers what they would like me to write about. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much of a response. Either I have no readers, my readers want me to stop writing, or they, like Vered, are happy with the topics I have selected. Ellen asked me a question about image padding and olu_guy on Twitter asked me to write about how to find WordPress themes and customize them. I’ll accept olu_guy’s request even though he didn’t ask me in the comments :-)
I plan on discussing image padding and other properties next week. Today, I am going to tackle part of olu_guy’s question; How to Find WordPress Themes. His entire question is an enormous topic so I am going to have to break the theme issue into different articles.
So, how do you find WordPress themes? Well, it depends. Do you want a free theme, a premium theme, or a custom built theme? Today, I am going to primarily discuss free themes.
My first recommendation is to subscribe to the following three RSS feeds.
The Weblog Tools Collection is a comprehensive resource of all the new WordPress themes and plugins. Most of the themes covered are free. I go through this feed weekly to see what new goodies have been created and bookmark and sometimes download my favorites.
Smashing Magazine provides resources for Web Designers and Developers and so more than WordPress Themes is covered. When they do cover themes, however, it is SO worth it. Some of the most beautiful and unique themes are featured. Smashing Magazine is also the home of 100 Excellent Free WordPress themes and 83 Beautiful WordPress Themes You Probably Haven’t Seen. You can spend hours going through all these themes. And when you follow the link to each theme, you will probably find even more themes on the designer’s page.
I have a huge collection of delicious bookmarks and have been bookmarking themes for years. I have not checked the links or weeded out the old links recently, but I have a list of almost 50 theme resources. You can subscribe to the RSS feed listed above or check out all of my bookmarks. I must admit, however, that I have not always tagged consistently. You can also subscribe to the feed for ALL of the WordPress themes bookmarked on delicious.
I hope this provides a start in discovering the best free WordPress themes. I bet you’ll lose hours marveling at some of the beautiful creations.
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