Improve Your Look with a Customized WordPress ThemePublished in WordPress
One of the features of WordPress that is most appealing to bloggers is the theme system. With WordPress you can find literally thousands of free themes, pay for a premium theme, or design one yourself. Most bloggers choose free themes for obvious reasons. However, it can be difficult to stand out from all of the other people using the same themes.
If you want to differentiate yourself but you don’t want to pay for a premium theme, you always have the option of customizing one of the free themes. By editing the CSS file you can easily make drastic changes that will help visitors to see a more unique blog and remember you. I’d like to list some resources that can make this process as simple as possible. First, we’ll start with some free themes that are ideal for customizing. These themes are all somewhat basic in their design, which makes it easier for you to perform some modifications.
The default WordPress theme is a great starting point. The CSS file is neatly categorized and ready for editing. Just by taking out the background images on making some minor CSS changes you’ll have a vastly different theme in no time.
More info about Kubrick
After having great success with their own blog, Copyblogger released the free theme for others. On the subject of customization, they say it best:
One of the things that I’ve found to be true in the theme development world is that you simply cannot give people enough flexibility with regard to the elements they can customize on their own – things like colors, type faces, sidebar widgets, etc. The challenge, of course, is to accommodate all of these things in an elegant, seamless manner that does not “break” the theme or even disrupt the continuity of the text on the page.
Unsleepable is a simple, yet attractive, theme that creates a great starting point if you’re looking to customize.
More info about Unsleepable
Another great starting point, Cutline is one of the most-used and most-customized themes around. It provides a clean, simple starting point to work from.
More info on Cutline
Big Blue is a theme I came across while research for this post. It’s a 3-column, widget-ready theme that is waiting to be customized.
More info on Big Blue
With Internet Center you have the option of 2 or 3 columns. It provides a nice design that will give you plenty of options.
More info on Internet Center
If you’re looking for a little bit more control over your design but you want to save some time, these themes are exactly what you want. They give you the basic layout and you’ll be able to style everything how you like it.
More info about Blank Themes
Here are some resources/tutorials for learning more about customizing WordPress themes:
- Customize Your Own WordPress Theme
- Creating your own theme
- Secrets of WP theming
- Dissection of a theme
- How to create a template or theme
- A guide for the design-challenged non-geek
If you’re interested in changing the colors of your theme, you’ll find some great resources in Find the Perfect Colors for Your Website.
If you’ve customized a theme for your blog, leave a link in the comments, I’d like to see it.