My Favourite WordPress Themes

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.

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12 responses to “My Favourite WordPress Themes

  1. Just read your reviews… thx…. I note you mention Quentin as near 10… I had a look at this b4, and again based on your comments… not sure how this rated so high, as it doesn’t have the “pages” option?

  2. Thanks for the response. I have ranked Quentin high only because of its font size and readability. There are great themes, but very few that concentrates on readability, surprisingly, that’s the whole point of a blog. You are right though, that the pages option matters. I hope the designers take note.

  3. Hi!
    Could you please tell me where I can download Quentin theme?!
    I’ve been googling for a long time but got nothing … =(

  4. Hi Dan

    I would not know if it is available for a download. It is an option for wordpress.com blogs, though. Maybe you could try contacting the designer (generally linked on a blog with that theme at the very bottom)

  5. All public themes on WordPress.com are available for download from http://svn.automattic.com/wpcom-themes/

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  7. can you recommend a professional looking, customizable news portal wp theme? hopefully its free or at least it costs under 30$

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