WordPress offers an easy way to change the design on your blog without having to get elbow-deep in code. It’s just a matter of finding the right theme for your blog and uploading it. These fifteen themes will give you a good place to start.
A free theme, Glassical offers an attractive layout for a personal blog. It’s designed for WordPress 2.8 and can support nested comments. The theme is also customized for the WP Pagenavi plugin and relies on Cufón to embed the Nevis typeface.
With features ranging from ad management to color changes built in, My WordPress is worth the $30 price tag. It’s designed to allow a blogger to focus on producing great content and building community, rather than trying to integrate plugins.
Your readers will do a double take if you use WP-Dashboard Like. It looks like the current backend of WordPress, complete with icons and layout. It’s a free theme and is compatible with WordPress 2.7.
On top of a great design, ThrillingTheme has been tested on its designer’s blog for more than 18 months. It’s built with easy integration with social media, as well as tools such as Feedburner’s email subscriptions. The theme works with WordPress 2.7 and forward.
This free theme offers a unique look for any blog. Colourise supports widgets and other standard features that make WordPress easy to use.
You get three themes in one when you purchase Aperturious for $25. The theme lets you easily choose between three different layouts, as well as three color schemes, for your blog. It’s compatible with WordPress 2.8.
A crisp, clean theme, Thunderbolt is available in two different versions. You can download it for free, but if you pay $10 for the theme, you can use a copy without any links back to the designer.
With the Morning After, you can get a magazine styled layout for your blog, for free. It’s set up for WordPress 2.7 and has integrated support for tools such as Gravatars. This theme even allows readers to forward or print posts with just a click.
The designers of Brightness have created a WordPress theme that reduces problems for newer users. It has an admin panel for all the theme-specific modifications you might otherwise have to dive into the CSS to make.
You’ll find built-in integration for social media with TipzTheme. It’s also got simple tools for making the blog your own, such as a logo changer, that simplifies the process.
The highlight of BlueMania is a featured post rotation that scrolls through your last five featured posts, highlighting your best writing. You do need to have three plugins installed along with this theme: Feature Me, PageNavi and Contact Form.
With this theme, you’ll have a whole spectrum of color. Urbane is meant for content accompanied by photos — it can automatically create thumbnails sized for each position in the layout from the photos you upload. You can also configure settings for tools like FeedBurner or Twitter in the theme’s options.
Available for $70, Therapy comes with 12 different color schemes to choose from. The theme comes ready to use with a variety of social networking sites and is easy to get started with.
Find One for You
Again, most professional designers want to dress up their own site. But for the rest of us, great free and paid themes are becoming more abundant. You can achieve some uniqueness by purchasing a well designed template and applying a few tweaks with a little CSS knowledge.
Give any of these a try, or browse the sites they originate from. You’re sure to find something that fits your tastes.