Finding a Fantastic WordPress Theme

One of the main benefits of having a self-hosted WordPress blog is complete control over your design.  The fastest way to seriously stylize your WordPress blog is by activating a premium theme.

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WordPress Themes

WordPress has a great selection of free themes.  The theme I use for this blog is free, but I have invested several hours tweaking fonts, images, and the layout to ensure that my design is 100% unique.

Some of my favorite free Themes are Mystique and Titan, but if you end up using one of these themes you should keep in mind that you will be joining the likes of tens of thousands of other bloggers with near identical themes.

If you have a couple bucks to invest I recommend you check out the paid themes from WooThemes and Elegant Themes.

WooThemes are a bit more pricey, but they have more features.

The nice thing about WooThemes is that they have done extensive WordPress development that makes customizing your theme and colors easy. By installing a WooTheme you get many features in the back-end of WordPress that allow you to make these customizations in a very user friendly way.

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WooThemes also have some pretty decent free themes worth checking out.

Elegant Themes offer great value.  Just $39 gives you access to over 40 great looking themes.

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If you are going to be doing any Theme customization at all the best way to do so is by creating a child theme.

Making a child theme is very simple. Create a directory, put a properly formatted style.css file in it, and you have a child theme! With a little understanding of HTML and CSS, you can make that very basic child theme modify the styling and layout of a parent theme to any extent without editing the files of the parent theme itself. That way, when the parent theme is updated, your modifications are preserved.

Customizing your WordPress Theme

If you want to customize a WordPress theme the best way to do this is to preview your changes before you modify the file.  An excellent tool for doing this is the Firefox add-on firebug.

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With firebug you can inspect any element on a web page and tweak it so that it looks the way you want, before you update your file and implement this change.

If you buy an Elegant Themes through any of my affiliate links on this page and you have any basic questions about how to customize it simply contact me and I will be happy to answer your question as best as I can.

What WordPress theme do you use? Let me know in the comments below.

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8 Responses to Finding a Fantastic WordPress Theme

  1. Jane November 2, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Do you create a theme by request? And how much would it cost? I loved your designs they are unique and I would want that on my wordpress. Hope you can help me because I am just new to blogging and wordpress.

    Cheers

    Jane

  2. Carsten November 2, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    Awesome themes, I tried creating one but I failed since I know it takes time and patience on creating one not to mention talent as well. You did a wonderful job especially on the first one.

  3. Anne November 3, 2010 at 7:14 am #

    I LOVE YOUR THEMES! It’s like you know what I am thinking for a perfect theme for my wordpress. I will surely purchase one but the problem is which one? I would love to discuss more about themes which will fit my personality.

  4. mainman111 March 13, 2013 at 8:28 am #

    Hello Gavin
    Great information on choosing a WordPress theme, what is the name of the theme on this page, just looks great, l am currently thinking of setting up a WordPress site,so your article have been of great interest.

    Regards

    Ivan

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