In This Chapter
Finding good WordPress themes
Using popular WordPress themes to style your blog
All the themes in this chapter meet the following criteria:
They're user-friendly, which means you don't have to tinker with anything to get things to look the way you want them to.
They're compatible with widgets. In a word, widgets are wonderful. I cover widgets completely in Chapter 5.
They're free. There are some very nice premium themes out there, but why pay if you don't have to?
They use valid code. Although you may not notice it, valid code that meets W3C (
www.w3c.org) standards won't cause errors in browsers.
Theme designers: Justin Tadlock
Hybrid is more of a theme framework, or parent theme that can be modified endlessly to create the perfect child theme, than it is a theme to use straight out of the box, but don't let that intimidate you! It's crazy easy to use, and Hybrid is very user-friendly.
By default, the Hybrid theme is very plain and simple, but it encompasses any and all of the WordPress features and functions that you would want:
It's SEO ready: Hybrid comes completely optimized for SEO (search engine optimization).
It's highly customizable: Hybrid has 15 custom page templates for you to choose from. Each custom page is set up slightly differently, giving you an array ...