The best place to find a theme for your blog is the WordPress Theme Directory (http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/). This directory is run by the same people who control WordPress itself, and they've set up some ground rules that a theme has to follow to be listed.
Here are some of the requirements:
• All the theme files must be included in a single .zip file. This requirement makes it much easier for you to unzip the theme in a directory and then upload that directory to your WordPress installation.
• The theme must include a file called screenshot.png. If you've read Chapter 11, you may remember that this picture is displayed in the Theme panel of WordPress (which you open by choosing Design > Themes). A theme must have this file to be listed in the Theme Directory, and the file must be a screen shot of the theme in action— not just an icon.
• The theme has to support avatars/gravatars and widgets. (Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, provides both features and has an interest in seeing them widely adopted. Also, widgets are useful, and avatars are fun.)
• The theme must contain no hidden or sponsored links.
These requirements benefit WordPress theme consumers. They also make the WordPress Theme Directory the best place to find free themes for your blog.
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