Finding Themes

You can find lists of WordPress themes many places, including the following sites:

• The most comprehensive list at the time of writing is on WordPress' Codex at http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Themes/Theme_List.

• A small selection of themes is highlighted at http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/.

• A large collection of themes is available at Alex King's WordPress Themes Competition site (http://www.alexking.org/index.php?content=software/wordpress/themes.php). That competition is over now, but all of the entries are still available for viewing and downloading.

In all, currently more than 300 themes are available for download from these sites. Most of them are free to use with no restrictions. Some might require a link back to the designer of the theme. Also, a number of designers will sell you a WordPress theme or design one to your exact specifications—for a fee, of course.

Quite a variety of different styles are available: common two-column layouts with a wide main column for posts and a second narrower column for lists, links, and so on; several three-column themes; some four-columns ones; and a small number of themes with more unusual shapes. The appearance of all these themes covers a wide range—from business-like to just plain weird!

I mentioned earlier that you should style your site to suit the main subject of your blog. Consider the theme shown in Figure 16-4, which is a Franz Ferdinand theme from Francey (http://francey.org/linkware/15/), a talented young college student who produces web designs for fun. This is a dark theme in a style suited to a music fan site.

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Styling and Emphasizing

These are tags that style, and emphasize your text. Use these instead of ugly font tags. Font tags are evil and bad, so use the instead. They will appear as follows:

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Figure 16-4. Dark of the Matinee theme by Francey

As another example, take a look at the Juicy theme by Joni Mueller ofWeb Jones Designs (http://webjones.org/), shown in Figure 16-5, which I spotted on Alex King's site (http:// managedtasks.com/wpthemes/blog/index.php?wptheme=Juicy). This theme would perhaps be suited to a blog about healthy eating. Its clean, fresh look and pertinent imagery would help keep your readers focused on the subject.

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Figure 16-5. Juicy theme from Web Jones Designs

Tip Some designs for older versions of WordPress are available around the Web, particularly WordPress styles for version 1.2, many of which are listed at Alex King's old competition site http:// www.alexking.org/index.php?content=software/wordpress/styles.php. These are not compatible with the current version 1.5 and need to be converted. A straightforward conversion is fairly painless, and you can find details of that process on the WordPress Codex at http://codex.wordpress.org/ Upgrade_1.2_to_1.5#Upgrading_Old_Templates_-_Easy.

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