I went through each one of the 59 themes that wordpress offers, applying it to my blog. Trough this post, I share my views as to my favourite ten. I am no web-designer and cannot even design the worst of them all. This is just a user’s review and very subjective:
1. WordPress Classic – Truly, the grandfather of two-column themes. The sidebar is elegant and takes the secondary place that it must. All focus remains on the written word. Good font, easy to read – the best a minimalist theme can be. Only negatives – no custom header image and no description in the header.
2. Freshy – One of the most elegant themes, the highlight being the date design. Custom header image allowed. Only problem is the font – it’s a little small for comfortable reading. And it is definitely not a ‘dark theme’ as the description below it says.
3. Quentin – The most reader friendly theme. Best font size and a brilliant classic look. The only problem is the colour. This theme with white, black, and grey colour combinations would be a perfect 10.
4. Misty Look – A very elegant theme, with a search bar and feed at the top, integrated into the theme. A better font and comments link distinctly placed from rest of the stuff and this one becomes difficult to beat.
4. Contempt -Probably, the most elegant sidebar. However, a better font for the text and distinct placement of the comments link required.
6. Occadia – Very elegant, soft-colours, distinct datestamp and comments link. Text font and size could be improved.
7. Neo-Sapian – The most ‘heavily’ designed, and the most recent theme on wordpress. There are three sidebar, a very large customizable header image and yet, in all this, the text does not lose significance. Though it is a dark theme, the text background is white. A lighter background for post titles, distinct datestamp and comment link and I would be the first one to shift.
8. Thirteen – Elegant, good design, and well-organised sidebar. However, given the design of the theme, the text font does not match up. The colour of the sidebar and header should have been different from the default background colour of the browser.
9. Clean – This one has a good sidebar, though the width of the theme is too narrow. Datestamp and comments link distinctly placed at one place, on the top, is a great idea.
10. Silver is the new black – As wide as the name, gives proper first-place to the main text. However, the font is too small. This oneis quite close to the WordPress Classic, but loses out on the elegance of sidebar and the font – its very essence. Datestamp gives it a diary-look. Probably perfect for a diary blog.