Guide to Making a Successful WordPress Theme

There are a lot of different variables when it comes to making a successful WordPress theme. It’s not always difficult to get people to actually download your theme, but it takes a little extra work to get them to stick with your theme for the long haul.

With that said, there are quite a few things you can do to help make your theme appeal to more people. If you release free WordPress themes, here are a few things I recommend you do to maximize the amount of exposure (downloads and inbound links) from your WordPress theme:

  • Make a 2-Column Version and a 3-Column Version – This will allow your theme to appeal to both types of WordPress users.
  • Browser Compatibility – Make sure your theme is compatible with IE6, IE7, Firefox, and Opera.
  • Use a white background for the content area – Your average theme user prefers white backgrounds in the content area. I’m not sure of the reason for this, but studies show that the most downloaded themes have a white background in the content aera. I would presume this is because it allows users to easily add images that don’t have transparent backgrounds.
  • Offer an attractive subscribe section – Users want to promote their feed, so offering an attractive subscription section will draw more people to download and use your theme.
  • Keep it simple – There are a lot of really great themes, but browsing over the most downloaded themes, it looks like the simple themes are used the most often.
  • Search Engine Friendly – There are quite a few things a theme designer can do to optimize the theme for search engines. Set up archives to display partial posts, optimize headers, etc.
  • Integrate WordPress Plugins – I’ve talked previously about how to prevent WordPress plugins from breaking your blog. That same method can be used by theme designers to set up WordPress plugins to work out of the box. It is easy to do and will go a long way towards keeping people using your theme.
  • Validate Code – Having a valid XHTML and CSS compliant theme will go a long way to help your theme impress potential users.
  • Widget Ready – I was surprised at just how many people will only download widget ready themes. This ensures people with no coding knowledge can easily use your theme.

Other useful things to consider when creating your theme:

  • Does your theme allow users to easily add advertisements? Themes with built-in spots for 125×125 advertisements are being downloaded like crazy right now.
  • Is there an options page that will allow users with minimal coding knowledge to make adjustments to the header and other things?
  • Do you offer the same theme with different colors?

What do you look for when downloading a WordPress theme?

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  • Where Did the Blog Themes Go?

    I’m a big fan of premium WordPress themes and think they go a long way towards displaying the flexibility of WordPress. They also give many theme designers an outlet to display their creativity and show the quality of their work.

    With that said, when the first few premium themes were released, they were designed to fill a void and make an affordable way for a small business to create a content management system (CMS) using WordPress. These first few designers found a lot of success very early, which prompted many other talented theme designers to release their own premium CMS themes.

    Now, when I look over my premium WordPress theme gallery, it is disappointing to notice that these designers seem to have forgotten about blog themes. Most people that use WordPress are bloggers and are wanting to separate themselves from the competition, but don’t have any use for a CMS. Who is going to step up now and fill this void? There are a couple great premium blog themes available, but I’d like to see a larger variety to help blog authors separate themselves from the slew of blogs using free themes.

    My hope is that the future holds more premium themes in 2008 that are specifically targeting bloggers. Build into it advertising blocks, 125×125 banners, and I have a feeling people will flock to it. Most of my sites don’t have a use for a CMS, but I could certainly use a well designed and optimized premium blog theme if it is significantly better than a free template.

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  • Premium WordPress Themes Gallery

    Updated: January 23, 2015!

    Over the past couple of years, a new trend has developed where bloggers and small business owners are bypassing paying a web designer a lot of money for a custom theme and instead purchasing a premium WordPress theme for their website or blog. These themes usually feature a much more unique look and more functionality than the free WordPress themes available, are widget ready and include a more advanced control panel which allows you to setup the theme without touching any code. You’ll also get support directly for the theme author(s) as well!

    Magazine and News themes seem to be the most popular premium themes right now, but pretty much all content management system (CMS) themes seem to be really popular. There is some great work out there, and more and more web designers are releasing premium WordPress themes each day, so I figured this was a good time to put together a premium WordPress theme gallery to help people looking to purchase a unique and highly customizable WordPress theme. Obviously everyone has different tastes so this method allows each individual to pick out the design that meets their personal needs!

    In order for this post to maintain its relevance, it is updated regularly with new premium WordPress themes as they are released. When possible, I’ve also provided feature descriptions for the theme or theme framework, as well as links to view and/or purchase the theme from the author.

    Currently these premium WordPress themes are divided into 5 categories for easy navigation. Simply click the link to go to the section you are wanting to browse through (or scroll down to view all of them):

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    Magazine and News Premium WordPress Themes

    Lifestyle Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Smooth Theme

    wp-smooth-theme1

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Zenko Magazine Theme

    zenko-magazine-theme

    Multiple-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Magazine WordPress Theme

    magazine-theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Blissful Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Manifesto Magazine Theme

    Multiple-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP-Chatter Magazine Theme

    wp-chatter-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Sublime Theme

    wp-sublime-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Elle Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Boutique Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Legacy Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Vintage Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP-Prosper Magazine Theme


    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Modern Blogger Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Minimal Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Mocha Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Tribune News Theme

    Multiple-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Polished Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Amped Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Gadget Theme

    gadget-theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Streamline Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Evertis Magazine Theme

    Single-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Serenity Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    NewsTube Theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    News WordPress Theme

    news-theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Cube Light Theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Launch Theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    eNews Theme

    enews-theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    WP Ellie Theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    My App WordPress Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Lumin Magazine Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    WP Genius Theme

    wp-genius-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Bigfoot Theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Going Green Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Bold Magazine Theme

    bold-theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Arthemia Premium Theme

    arthemia-premium

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), Developer’s Pack ($159.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    The Source Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Memoir Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Crystal Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Newswire Theme

    newswire-theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Nova Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    My Cuisine Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Fabric Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Yamidoo Magazine Theme

    yamidoo-magazine-theme

    Multiple-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Glider Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    WP Media Magazine Theme

    wp-media-mag-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    In Review Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Outreach Church Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Magnificent Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Chameleon Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Foundation Church Theme

    Included with iThemes Builder Theme ($127.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Pretty Young Thing Kids Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Jazz Theme

    wp-jazz-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    “On The Go” Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Aggregate Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    WP Clear Theme

    wp-clear-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP-Glide Magazine Theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

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    Small Business Premium WordPress Themes

    Corporate Theme

    corporate-home

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Division Theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($99.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    MyProduct Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Education Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Enterprise Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    eBusiness WordPress Theme

    ebusiness-theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Executive Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    eStore Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Metric Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Freelance Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Architect Business Theme

    architect-theme1

    Multiple-Use ($79.95), Developer’s Pack ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Agency Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    SimplePress Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    AgentPress Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Ask It Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

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    Premium Portfolio, Video, TV, Photo & Other Multimedia WordPress Themes

    Deep Focus Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Landscape Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Boutique Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    ePhoto Theme

    ephoto-theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Expose Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    eVideo Theme

    evid-theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

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    Premium Blog WordPress Themes

    Prose Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Glow Blog Theme

    glow-theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Flexx Blog Theme

    flexx-theme

    • Over 1,000 Possible Layout Combinations!
    • Completely widget based
    • Multiple Styles to choose from

    Multiple-Use ($79.95), Developer’s Pack ($150.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    PersonalPress Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($69.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

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    Premium WordPress Theme Frameworks

    Thesis Theme Framework

    thesis-theme

    Single-Use ($87.00), Developer’s Pack ($164.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Genesis Theme Framework (by StudioPress)

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), Developer’s Pack ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

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  • How To: Picking Out a Good WordPress Theme

    One of my favorite parts about the WordPress blogging software is the WordPress themes that are contributed by the WordPress community.  There are literally thousands of themes available for anyone to download, and most are free and contributed by individuals who believe in WordPress and want to make the product better. 

    Unfortunately, when theme users are trying to find a theme that provides the right look and uses the correct colors, I’ve found that users often forget to look for good functionality.  In my experience, good functionality goes a lot further than a good appearance.  It is also easier for someone without coding knowledge to take a theme and adjust the colors than it is to manually add better functionality. 

    Here are 5 things I look for when shopping for a new WordPress theme:

    1. Plugin Compatibility – Many themes come already setup for certain plugins by using the same method I’ve previously discussed. If you have your mind set on using certain plugins with your blog, you’ll want to look for what plugins are already compatible with the theme before selecting it.   It still amazes me more theme authors don’t take the time to add out-of-the-box functionality with many popular plugins. 
    2. AJAX Comments – Maybe Web 2.0 has just spoiled us, but it is extremely discouraging to comment on a site that requires the full page to completely reload. Many WordPress themes now come with AJAX comments, which allows a comment to be left without the entire page reloading.
    3. Page Menu – Some WordPress themes come with the page menu in the sidebar.  Not only does this look tacky, but it also uses up a lot of valuable sidebar room that could be used for other information information, such as sponsors, advertisements, or displaying your most popular posts. A good theme will have the pages displayed in a menu somewhere above the blog’s content (usually either immediately above or below the logo).
    4. Widget Ready – Does the theme come widget ready? If you aren’t comfortable manually adding code to your sidebar, this is extremely important feature.
    5. Logo Space – What is a blog without a logo?  It doesn’t have to be something fancy, but it does need to be something that readers have affiliate with your blog.   For whatever reason, many WordPress themes don’t seem to leave room for a custom logo to be added, but instead will provide a text title.

    If I was going to release a theme, I would make sure the above 5 things were included.  What do you look for when picking out a WordPress theme?

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  • Magazine WordPress Themes Gallery

    Updated: January 23, 2015

    The internet is a dynamic place where things are always changing and adapting. And just like the internet, the blogosphere is also changing rapidly and seems to be particularly susceptible to trends. One prominent blogger will create a theme and the whole blogosphere will rush to follow.

    One of the most recent trends in the blogosphere is the rise in popularity of many magazine WordPress themes. Many of them are paid themes, but there are also a few free magazine WordPress themes for people to download.  This post is our attempt to collect both in one place for your convenience, with the last few remaining free themes being highlighted at the top and the premium magazine themes being highlighted below that.

    Of course this collection is being updated regularly so check back regularly to see what new magazine themes have become available!!

    Free Magazine WordPress Themes

    Scarlett Theme

    scarlette-theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Rebel Magazine Theme

    Source | Download

    Arthemia Free Theme (Premium Version Also Available)

    Download | Demo | Premium Version of Arthemia

    Mimbo Theme

    mimbo3

    Source | Download

    Morning After Theme

    Morning After Theme

    Source | Download

    Premium Magazine WordPress Themes

    Lifestyle Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Smooth Theme

    wp-smooth-theme1

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Zenko Magazine Theme

    zenko-magazine-theme

    Multiple-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Magazine WordPress Theme

    magazine-theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Blissful Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Manifesto Magazine Theme

    Multiple-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP-Chatter Magazine Theme

    wp-chatter-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Sublime Theme

    wp-sublime-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Elle Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Boutique Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Legacy Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Vintage Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP-Prosper Magazine Theme


    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Modern Blogger Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Minimal Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Mocha Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Tribune News Theme

    Multiple-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Polished Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Amped Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Gadget Theme

    gadget-theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Streamline Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Evertis Magazine Theme

    Single-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Serenity Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    NewsTube Theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    News WordPress Theme

    news-theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Cube Light Theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Launch Theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    eNews Theme

    enews-theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    WP Ellie Theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    My App WordPress Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Lumin Magazine Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    WP Genius Theme

    wp-genius-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Bigfoot Theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Going Green Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Bold Magazine Theme

    bold-theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Arthemia Premium Theme

    arthemia-premium

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), Developer’s Pack ($159.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    The Source Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Memoir Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Crystal Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Newswire Theme

    newswire-theme

    Multiple-Use ($39.95), All Theme Junkie Themes ($69.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Nova Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    My Cuisine Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Fabric Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Yamidoo Magazine Theme

    yamidoo-magazine-theme

    Multiple-Use ($69.00), Developer’s Pack ($149.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Glider Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    WP Media Magazine Theme

    wp-media-mag-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    In Review Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase MembershipOutreach Church Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Magnificent Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Chameleon Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Foundation Church Theme

    Included with iThemes Builder Theme ($127.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    Pretty Young Thing Kids Theme

    Multiple-Use ($59.95), All StudioPress Themes ($249.95)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP Jazz Theme

    wp-jazz-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    “On The Go” Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    Aggregate Theme

    Included with Elegant Themes Club Membership! ($39.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase Membership

    WP Clear Theme

    wp-clear-theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

    WP-Glide Magazine Theme

    Single-Use ($79.00), Multiple-Use ($179.00), Developer’s Pack ($279.00)

    Source/Demo | Purchase

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  • Search Engine Optimized (SEO) WordPress Theme Gallery

    When picking out a new WordPress theme, there are a lot of factors to consider. Do you want a 2-column theme or a 3-column theme? What about AJAX comments? Maybe you want specific colors? No matter what your preference is, one of the main factors you should probably consider is how search engine friendly your theme is going to be.

    There are a lot of WordPress SEO techniques that theme designers can use when creating their theme to help optimize it for search engines, and several authors have taken the time to do so. Here are what I feel are the best search engine optimized WordPress themes:

    2-Column Search Engine Optimized WordPress Themes

    Sodelicious Theme

    Sodelicious Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Modern Blue Green Theme

    Modern Blue Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    YourBlog 2.0 Theme

    YourBlog 2.0 Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    PassionDuo Theme (3 Colors)

    Green: Demo | Download, Red: Demo | Download, Blue: Demo | Download

    Yakuter Tema 2.0 Theme

    Yakuter Tema 2.0 Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    3-Column Search Engine Optimized WordPress Themes

    Big Blue Theme

    Big Blue Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Redie 3.0 Theme

    Redie 3.0 Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Ambient Glo Theme

    Ambient Glo Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    ProSense Theme

    ProSense Theme

    Source | Download (Orange, Blue, and Gray) | Demo

    Cutline Theme

    Cutline Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Have a search engine optimized WordPress theme you’d like to see included in this list? Feel free to comment below with a link and I’ll see about it getting added!

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  • Google AdSense Optimized WordPress Theme Gallery

    For most people that set up a new blog or are looking for a new WordPress theme, one goal these people have in common is usually to make money online. One easy way to achieve this is to actually look a WordPress theme you can use that is already optimized for Google AdSense advertisements. What this means is that the theme focuses on integrating Google AdSense advertisements around your content.

    With that in mind, I decided to throw together a post that is designed to showcase a bunch of Google AdSense optimized WordPress themes that are currently available for anyone to download. Included you will find a screen shot of each theme, as well as a link to the author’s page and a link to download the theme.

    2-Column Google AdSense Optimized Themes

    Black and White Theme

    Black and White Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    AdsPress Theme

    Source | Download

    Blix Theme

    Blix for AdSense Theme
    Source | Download | Demo

    Note: Newer version available, but is not free.

    Silver Sense Theme

    Silver Sense Theme

    Source | Download

    Connections Theme

    Connections for AdSense Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    MW Theme

    MW Theme

    Source / Demo | Download

    3-Column Google AdSense Optimized Themes

    Tigopedia Theme

    Tigopedia Theme

    Source

    Ads Minded Theme

    Ads Minded Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    ProSense Theme

    ProSense Theme

    Download (Orange, Blue, and Gray) | Demo

    ProBlogger Clean Theme

    ProBlogger Clean Theme

    Source

    Mezzo Theme

    Mezzo

    Source | Demo

    Know of a theme that you feel belongs on this list? Feel free to comment with a link below and I’ll check it out!

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  • K2 WordPress Theme Mods and Styles Gallery

    There are all sorts of WordPress themes available for anyone to download at no charge, but none are as popular or have spawned so many versions as the wildly popular K2 WordPress theme, which was created by Michael Heilemann, Chris J Davis and Zeo, based on the original Kubrick theme. As a result, I decided to dedicate an entire post to cover some of the best K2 theme styles and modifications available for download.

    K2 WordPress Themes

    K2 Theme

    Source | Download

    K2 Styles

    (Styles Require The Above K2 Theme Installed – Styles Are Placed in Styles Folder and Provide Only a CSS File and Relevant Images, then are activated from the K2 Control Panel)

    Blackboard Style

    J Dietz

    Source

    Digivation Style

    Digivation Theme

    Source | Download

    K2 Mods

    (Does NOT Require K2 Theme Installed – Stand Alone Standard Themes)

    AdAdvantage Theme

    AdAdvantage Theme

    Source | Download

    Stormy Horizon Style

    Stormy Horizon Theme

    Source | Download

    Redoable Theme

    Redoable Theme

    Source

    3 Column K2 Theme

    3 Column K2 Theme

    Source | Download

    Scattered4 Theme

    Scattered 4

    Source | Demo

    Unwakeable Theme

    Unwakeable Theme

    Source | Download

    K2 Styles for the Technoblue and 3K2 Themes

    (Requires either of the Technoblue or 3K2 themes displayed above to be installed)

    3C Fractal Style for Technoblue

    Fractal Style

    Source | Download | Demo

    This is one of many available styles for these themes. You can check out this list for a full compilation of styles for the popular Technoblue and 3K2 themes.

    Feel your K2 theme, style, or mod belongs on this list? Feel free to comment below with a link and I’ll check it out!

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  • 4-Column WordPress Theme Gallery

    In previous posts I featured some of my favorite 2-column WordPress themes, as well as 3-column WordPress themes. Those will likely get the most attention, but I’ve found that there are several bloggers out there that really enjoy 4-column themes. If done properly, a 4-column theme can move a lot more stuff above the fold while at the same time give your blog a fantastic look.

    Some WordPress theme designers are truly talented and have managed to make these work, so I’ve decided to create a large collection of these themes and throw them out there in all their glory for everyone to see. Here is my compilation of my favorite 4-column WordPress themes:

    Techicon Theme (Widget Ready)

    Techicon Theme

    Source | Download

    Royal Blue Theme

    Royal Blue Theme

    Source

    YGo Green Theme

    YGo Green Theme

    Source

    Feel your 4-column theme belongs on this list? Feel free to comment below with a link and I’ll check it out!

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  • 3-Column WordPress Themes Gallery

    Updated: January 23, 2015

    While most full time bloggers seem to use and prefer 2-column WordPress themes, there is no doubt that 3-column themes are definitely more popular among the WordPress blogger masses. This can be attributed to many things, but the most appealing thing seems to be the ability to place more sidebar stuff above the fold on your blog. This can help you better monetize your blog by allowing more room for advertisements, subscription buttons, and other important sidebar content that needs to be seen by your readers.

    This post is designed to be a spot to collect screen shots and download information about my favorite 3-column WordPress themes that have been made available to the WordPress community. I decided to avoid displaying any themes that cost money, and I’ve tried to include additional information about the theme then possible, including if it is widget ready or SEO friendly, etc.:

    3-Column Themes (2 Sidebar Right)

    Simpleton Theme

    Simpleton Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Firebug Theme

    Source | Download

    ProSense Theme (SEO Friendly, Optimized for AdSense)

    ProSense Theme

    Download (Orange, Blue, and Gray) | Demo

    BloggingPro Theme (Widget Ready)

    BloggingPro Theme

    Source | Demo

    Blue Stripes Ajax Theme (SEO Friendly, AdSense Ready)

    Blue Stripes Ajax Theme

    Source

    Gossip City Theme

    Gossip City Theme

    Source

    Xplosive Theme

    Xplosive Theme

    Source | Download

    Blog oh Blog Theme

    Blog oh Blog Theme

    Source | Download

    Blue Dream Theme

    Blue Dream Theme

    Source/Demo | Download

    Dark Zen Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Deep Blue Theme

    Deep Blue Theme

    Source | Download (Right Sidebar) | Download (Left Sidebar) | Download (125×125 Ad Blocks) | Demo

    BizFresh Theme

    Source | Download

    Daily Blog Tips Theme

    Daily Blog Tips Theme

    Source | Download (Green, Blue, Black, and Orange) | Demo (Green, Blue, Black, and Orange)

    Blue Green Theme

    Blue Green Theme

    Source | Download

    Illacrimo Theme (Widget Ready)

    Illacrimo Theme

    Source

    Simple Red Theme

    Simple Red Theme

    Source

    True Blue Theme

    True Blue Theme

    Source

    Cleaker 2.1 Theme (Widget Ready)

    Cleaker 2.1 Theme

    Source | Download

    Fresco Theme

    Fresco Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    3-Column Themes (1 Sidebar Left and 1 Sidebar Right)

    Maggo Theme

    Maggo Theme

    Download

    YGo Sea Theme

    YGo Sea Theme

    Source | Download | Demo

    Rhea Theme

    Rhea Theme

    Source | Download

    Velocity Theme

    Velocity Theme

    Source | Download

    Tigopedia Theme

    Tigopedia Theme

    Source | Download

    Acid Green Pro Theme

    Acid Green Pro Theme

    Download | Demo

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