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WordPress® For Dummies®, 3rd Edition by Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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Chapter 18. Ten Free WordPress Themes

In This Chapter

  • Finding good WordPress themes

  • Using popular WordPress themes to style your blog

I he list I present here isn't exhaustive by any means. Chapters 11, 12, and 13 give you a few more resources to find a theme that suits your needs.

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.

Hybrid

Theme designers: Justin Tadlock

http://themehybrid.com

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 ...

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