One of the nice things about WordPress is that you don’t have to be a developer or a designer to get a really good looking and functional site up and running very quickly. The theme and plugins features provided by WordPress are fantastic. It takes away a lot of the hard work of creating your website. You don’t have to spend hours and hours coding and designing the site, you can just choose the theme, add some plugins and away you go.
If you are anything like me however, choosing a theme for your website isn’t as easy as might think. There are literally thousands of WordPress themes out there for you to choose from but it can take hours and hours to sort through them all to find the one that fits just what you want. To hopefully help you navigate the theme choosing waters, here are a few resources I like to turn to when choosing a theme.
WordPress.org Themes – http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/
The best thing about the themes available from WordPress.org is they are free. Just like the WordPress software itself, there are thousands of themes that people have created and made available on WordPress.org for free. These are great for people starting a website on a budget or just as a side hobby for fun. The only caveat I have about this resource is you get what you pay for. A lot of the themes look dated and you have to dig pretty deep to find the good ones.
Elegant Themes – http://www.elegantthemes.com/
Elegant Themes provides a subscription service for access to all of their themes. For a very low yearly price you get unlimited access to all of their themes. At the time of writing this there were 80 themes all of which are very high quality. You can cancel your subscription at any time and still continue to use the themes you have downloaded. This resource is great if you intend to launch several websites and don’t want to have to pay a separate fee for every single design you use. It’s even a great price if you only use one of their themes.
ThemeForest – http://themeforest.net/
ThemeForest has a very fast growing repository of themes for WordPress (as well as other designs for other frameworks). There are thousands of themes already on the site ranging from between $30 to $60 in price. The designs are always of very high quality and have to go through a quality control process before being added to the repository. The themes are broken down into categories which makes finding the theme for you easier.