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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To WordPress by Susan Gunelius

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What Kind of Theme Layout Should I Use on My Blog? (WordPress.org and WordPress.com)

Many types of WordPress theme layouts are available. If you use the free WordPress. com, you’re restricted to using the themes in the WordPress themes directory, although a good variety can be found there. Alternately, if you self-host your blog using WordPress. org, there are thousands and thousands of themes (both free and with a fee attached) that you can choose from. The most common theme layouts are explained in the remainder of this section.
 
Note that theme examples shown in the following screenshots include both free and premium themes offered by reputable theme designers and are well coded.
 
One-column: One-column WordPress themes include just one ...

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