About WordPress Themes And What Free WordPress Themes To Use
Briefly about WordPress
Wordpress is the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world and is currently the most popular CMS in use. Since WordPress is used by millions of website all over the internet, and seen by tens of milions, uniqueness in design is a tough task.
In WordPress, the looks of your site is determined by the Theme you use. Changing your WordPress theme will have no effect on the content of your website (the posts, the comments, the pages) it will only change how these are displayed. So, if you are new to WordPress and want to test different themes, don’t worry – playing with themes will not ruin the content of your website!
I can put these into 3 main categories:
- Free WordPress Themes - these are themes developed by WordPress enthusiasts for fun, fame or to improve their coding skills. There are also a great amount of free WordPress themes developed by professionals and released for free as a way to promote their work/skils.
Usually these themes come with a link to its author in the footer, that I advice you too keep, in sign of respect for the person that created the theme you are freely using.The good about Free Themes:
They are FREE, of courseThe bad:
No support, sometimes lack of documentation, and probably you will find around the internet houndreds if not thouseds of websites looking exactly like yours. Themes are not updated on a regular basis. Customizing these themes may require good knowledge of HTML and PHP
- Premium WordPress Themes - these are developed by professionals and you can have them for a fee. Depending on the licence type the fee my vary. A single licence (you can use the theme just on 1 website) may cost from $35 to $ 150. There are also vendors who offer their themes as part of a membership plan, so you can get the themes for less, but all the premium features (support, updates, etc) will cease if you cancel your membership.
The good about Premium Themes:
You get support, theme updates, the price may be reasonable, the theme is documented and most of the times you get a tutorial on how to set it up.
Customizing these kind of themes is rather easy since the majority comes with a theme options admin panel.
You can even get the source PSD file used for the design, and this way you may do serious customization of the design in order to render it unique.The bad:
Usually it requires much work to set up then a classic free theme; you can still find websites looking like your on the internet, but the number is much smaller compared to using a free theme.
- Custom WordPress Themes
These themes are made on demand by WordPress professionals (freelancers or web design agencies). They can be rather expensive, from $200 to thousands of dollars, depending on your requirements.The good about Custom Themes:
Your website design will be 100% unique on the internet!
The theme can be updated anytime you want a new feature (be sure to arrange with your developer to provide you basic updates free of charge for a period of time)The bad:
They are expensive, documentation may not be complete, if you stop working with the original developer customization or troubleshooting may be difficult and expensive.
What type of WordPress Theme to choose?
At this point is clear that Premium WordPress Themes are the best solution if you are serious about your website.
My favorite source for premium themes is ThemeForest.net – here you can get great themes for $20 – $50, themes that are very easy to customize.
But what if you have $0 budget, or don’t want to invest in a WordPress Theme at this moment?
Well, as I said in the beginning, there are professional WordPress developers that offer free themes in order to promote themselfs. Most of the time they will only ask you for your email address or to create a free acount with them in order to let you download a theme.
Here is a list of my favorites:
Theme Junkie: http://www.theme-junkie.com/theme-types/free-themes/
Do you know any other good resources for free premium themes? If so, please leave a comment bellow!