When we think about WordPress we usually think about the versatility website owners have in creating websites that are fully customized to their needs.
By that we mean the use Web-masters have in changing themes, plug-ins and any other feature we wish to add to WordPress.
Straight out of the box WordPress is a fantastic product however its appearance can be somewhat boring. This is where free themes widely available on the Internet open at the possibilities to many WordPress administrators.
With literally thousands upon thousands of free WordPress themes available, it doesn’t matter if you want a website that has a blue background with pink dots, somewhere on the Internet, somebody has created that style of theme already and usually publishes it for the rest of the world to use.
Obviously we are unable to review every theme ever created for WordPress here in this article however we can point you to places where you can get fantastic, high quality themes completely free or locations where you can download themes at a very reasonable price.
This said, you may not want to take hours in searching for themes others may be using after all, the beauty of WordPress is the ability to completely customise it and make it a site which is truly unique. So there are a few other options available to WordPress Web-masters. The ability to create your own theme appeals to many, however finding the right software to do this can be tricky and to be honest with you there isn’t a lot out there to choose from.
Artisteer is a tall I have used in the past and find it a great alternative to using others who offer free themes or even themes you may be charged for.
So how easy is it to actually create a theme in Artisteer for WordPress?
Without beating around the bush the answer is very simple. From installation Artisteer can create not only WordPress themes but themes for other platforms which we will not deal with at the moment.
Artisteer allows the WordPress theme design to fully customize the appearance of WordPress in its entirety. It does take some time however and this puts many people off, but if you spend the time studying Artisteer you can create a good-looking theme within minutes and not ours as was the case for me when I first began to use it. But this is not an article about Artisteer, it is an article about free themes and where you can obtain them off the Internet.
So before we start downloading themes and installing them without a care in the world, there are a few things we need to consider. Firstly, how popular is the free theme we are about to install after all we do not want to use the same thing everybody else is using, it really doesn’t make our site look unique and stand out from the rest.
Thankfully, many of the new style WordPress themes that are free and give you the ability to also do further customization to their themes. Changing header graphics, text size and colour, page widths and page styles are a few of the options I’d like to see when installing a free WordPress theme.
Other features may also be interesting to us such as already inbuilt search engine optimization tools to help better rank in the search engines. Believe me, there’s nothing worse than spending hours in making a site look good as well is the time it takes to add excellent content if we do not score well in the search engines result pages. For me, CEO is one of my main priorities when considering a theme to install in WordPress.
I also would like to add that I do not just simply install free themes and test them on life sites, I much prefer to test them in a test environment I have off-line which I courage you all to do. If you would like to know more about this then please look for our article about using W a MP to run a off-line web server at home or in the office.
The reason for this is simple, and while my site is live on the Internet it is available for all to see at any time of the day or night. I do not want people viewing my changes alive as I test various aspects of the free theme.
I test off-line, ensure I am satisfied with the themes capabilities before I then installed the theme on my live site. This gives me time to understand the themes capabilities and options before committing to using them on a live website.
Below is a list of websites that offer free WordPress themes:
More help with WordPress Theme problems can be found at the sites listed below: