Chapter 15

Ten Free WordPress Themes

In This Chapter

arrow Finding good WordPress themes

arrow Using popular WordPress themes to style your blog

The 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. 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 them in Chapter 5.
  • They’re free. Some very nice premium themes are 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 ( standards won’t cause errors in browsers.


Theme designer: Justin Tadlock

Hybrid is more of a theme framework, or parent theme that can be modified endlessly to create the perfect child theme, than a theme to use straight out of the box, but don’t let that intimidate you! It’s crazy-easy to use and 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 ...

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