The Best WordPress Themes (An ongoing list)

So, I’ve decided that my current website look, while totally sufficient, needs some updating. That being said, the first order of business is to find Themes worth installing. This may seem like an easy place to start, but I would wager that 99% of WordPress Themes are absolutely dreadful, or based on the superb work of Michael Helleman’s Kubrick theme.

I will use this post to track all the very best themes in one place, so I don’t have to start from scratch each time I want to plan a relaunch.

Themes

K2 (Kubrick 2)

Here is an update of the original Kubrick theme, but with more bells a whistles than I feel necessary. Unfortunately this theme is beyond my understanding to hack, but it is a great place to find out what is possible with a brain the size of a planet. Includes an aside feature.

Fauna
This is a lovely theme and the first I have found which might destabilize the era of Kubrick. It is clean, sensible and very easy to modify. It includes an asides, noteworthy, sidebar categories, supports widgets, and has a preference pane.

Hemingway
Clean and very clear, although it makes the front page show only 2 entries. It is far better for the occasional blogger and not an everyday writer, but handsome none the less.

Emire
A very smart business like theme which has a very serviceable template structure. Although unrelated it has similarities to kottke.org look without being demonstrative.

Rounded

This one of my new favorites in terms of sensible themes with great look and feel. It makes me smile just looking at it. It’s fun, carefree, and has a totally different feel than most themes. Includes an aside feature.

Sandbox

“Is a theme for themers. It has the ability to be easily skinned, so beginners will feel comfortable styling it since they only need to know CSS.” I have to say that this theme is a great framework to begin creating themes. It’s got “semantic classes” which allows for very sophisticated Interface and interactive design.

Prebuilt

This theme looks promising, although I am not a fan of the dashed style for the links. Also the site lacks good clear screenshots of the theme, but the framework looks good and this might become a contender in the future.

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