Theme Shopping

Where to start your quest for your perfect WordPress theme.

There are thousands of WordPress themes to choose from. How to find and decide which one is right for you is one of the basic challenges of WordPress. Here are some resources of where you get started looking at themes.

Our first stop will be at the Themes Directory at WordPress.org. These are all free themes. For this class we will be sticking with using free themes to install and try out to see it we find the right fit, which is the only real way to find out if a theme is going to work with your given content. If a student wishes to pursue a premium theme option I have listed some of the better sites below.

 An important and cautionary note on free themes.

The only free themes you should consider are on WordPress.org. Free themes from any other source are a potential danger to your site. If you do a Google search for ‘free WordPress themes’ you will find hundreds of places that offer them. Someone did a study, Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes, and found that all of the top hits in Google led to sites that had themes which were filled with malware, spam links, phishing code, etc.

Recommended Sources Premium Themes:

Theme Forest: Reasonably prices, dependable and a really wide variety. A wide variety of developers contribute themes here, so consequently there are a wide assortment of styles.

Woo Themes: A smaller assortment but also reliable, and Woo themes has one of the best eCommerce interfaces.

Theme Fuse: These are some very slick themes thought not too slick sites, taking advantage of some of the newest display features.

 WpLift.com: A Nice collection of stylin’ professional themes. The site also has lots of good tips and general wordpress advice.

Mojo Themes: A market place for a variety of web designer’s wordpress themes.

Elegant Themes: A nice feature at Elegant themes is that you can buy access to over 70 themes so that you can try out several before you actually commit to one.

 

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