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  1. Don Draper says

    Very nice. One thing I would add is that before you use a theme, take a look through the source code and make sure that it’s not “phoning home” or inserting do follow links you don’t realize are there. I’ve seen quite a few with 4pt font links in the footer, which Google may decide are paid links.

    A WP theme is a bunch of php and css files, so it’s really a gigantic security hole. They’ve got complete access to your machine when running in PHP. You should know what you’re implementing.

  2. David Airey says

    Quite the ultimate resource there, Dawud!

    Very useful. Thanks for piecing it together. I’m a big WordPress fan too, although I’m hearing that Expression Engine is also a great choice of platform. Do you know much about it?

  3. Kyle Eslick says

    Very well said! I think you’ve captured all of the reasons that I love WordPress as well. It is also a big reasons why I devote so much time to giving back to the WordPress community.

  4. Dawud Miracle says

    David,
    Thanks, my friend.

    I’ve played a bit with Expression Engine. Oddly enough, most of my time has been in moving people from EE to WordPress. One large advantage with WordPress is all the plugin development.

    Home Recording,
    I can’t wait to see it.

    Kyle,
    I hear you. I’ve gotten such amazing support from the community. And I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know lovely people like Lorelle VanFossen.

  5. Don Draper says

    Carma – I just happen to be working on an article that explains that entire situation. It should be up sometime today.

    BTW, by “your machine” I meant the server that WP is running on, not the PC you’re working on (assuming they are different machines). But unfettered access to your server can still be a very bad thing.

  6. Carma Dutra says

    Dawud I was ready to start perusing WP themes and making plans to change until I read Don Draper.

    Please explain what php and css are and how would WP have access to my machine. This sounds a little threatening.

  7. Dawud Miracle says

    Don,
    There is some gaming and cheating that’s happening on a few WordPress themes. It’s important to know about this.

    What I want to encourage is that people don’t let the fears get in the way of moving forward with a WordPress blog.

    Jason,Carma,
    Let’s wait for Don’s post and I’ll answer any other questions around that.

    Karsten,
    Cool. Keep me informed of how it goes.

    communicatrix,
    Use away.

  8. Don Draper says

    What, you’re not all subscribed to my rss feed and checking it every five minutes? :}

    Here’s the post url: http://promote-my-site.com/index.php/131-1-Very-Evil-Things-That-Could-Happen-When-You-Use-a-Free-Theme-in-your-CMS.html

    The article was more about what could go wrong, not that there is a lot of that going on. What’s disconcerting is the number of people that don’t know how php works, and yet are willing to install themes they download. I agree people should be willing to leverage some of the free software out there, but they should know what they’re getting, or they should get it from a trusted source.

  9. Dawud Miracle says

    Don,
    Could you post a link to that post here when you publish it?

    Catharina,
    I agree wholeheartedly. In this case I was just focusing on WordPress from the perspective of startup costs for the business owner.

    And because I’m such a proponent of GPL, thanks for mentioning it.

    Apoorv,
    Thanks.

  10. Dawud Miracle says

    Don,
    Damn, I’m checking your feed every ten minutes, isn’t that how I’m supposed to do it? And if anyone else wants to watch Don’s feed, get it here.

    I hear what you’re saying about php. It does have holes. And at least it’s good to know that you must be targeted in order for those wholes to become an issue.

    I think the interesting thing to consider is how many holes are out there on the web in general. If my friend David Airey could get his domain stolen through a hole in GMail, I don’t know what the rest of us can hope for in the way of real security. Yet I don’t think that should stop us.

  11. Dawud Miracle says

    Dining Room,
    Oh yeah. WordPress is highly customizable. I rarely build a site any more – blog, store or static site that isn’t built in WordPress. So you can find a number of ‘static’ websites out there that are built and managed in WordPress without it looking like or acting like a blog at all.

  12. Mathias says

    I have switched to WordPress for most of my sites. It’s a great platform to base sites on. Once you get to know WordPress it’s really a fast and effective way to built sites, static or dynamic.

  13. Mike says

    Great list of free wordpress themes. I have already bookmarked this page so when I redesign my site I can come back to this page. Thanks for your great information.

  14. Cory Miller says

    Dawud, thanks for the link to iThemes and this great resource list … having authored more than 30 free themes myself, I know there are more than enough great free themes out there for someone to get started real fast with WordPress without spending a dime.

    Love live WP!

  15. Laser Hair Removal says

    I too just love wordpress. It has got such a wide variety of themes, plugins. It’s is simply amazing.

  16. Dawud Miracle says

    Mathias,
    I agree whole-heartedly. I use it for everything now.

    Mike,
    Thanks. Feel free to share it with everyone you know.

    Cory,
    There certainly is. And most of the time people can get an entire business platform established without paying huge design fees.

    And…love live WP

    Laser Hair,
    It really is amazing. BTW, what’s your favorite plugin?

  17. Jessica says

    It’s worth pointing out that themes.wordpress.net hasn’t been updated with any new themes since summer 2007, so nothing there has been designed for the current version of WP (for example, none of those themes support tagging). But there are so many other great sites out there that it doesn’t really matter. Thanks for the links, I thought I already knew every directory out there but obviously not!

  18. Dawud Miracle says

    Reynder,
    Unfortunate, but true. Watch for spam.

    Jessica,
    Good point. Do you know of there are plans with themes.wordpress.net?

    Jenny,
    I hear you. But it doesn’t mean that less technically-apt people could. I compiled the list for all of us WP geeks and those who just want to get started on their own.

  19. Dawud Miracle says

    Eva,
    Great, hope to see you back.

    Quality,
    Thanks. If you run across any others, please let me know and I’ll update the list.

    Jim,
    I know. Best to get your blog up with a nice theme and then go fishing for more ideal ones, don’t you thin?

    And if you need any help with your migration, feel free to shoot me an email.

  20. Dawud Miracle says

    wpjoy,
    Custom fields in RSS…

    Either you’d need to hack the RSS generator in WP or you could use a service like textlinkads to give you some control over what’s in your feed.

  21. JoeyN says

    We are looking at building a website (part static/part blog) utilizing Wodpress (Gourmet Mag site is a model) and would love input related to source of themes better suited to a statuc site as well as resources (online of published hard copy) with info about building such a site! In the meantime, we will review all of the resources you have provided! THX

  22. Firenze says

    Its a really strange that people are sharing these themes for free. I wonder how some smart folks are not selling them in some places in web.
    Thanks to authors, some themes are wonderful, probably my current theme could get changed soon

  23. Tiara Rea says

    Hey Dawud – AWESOME list you’ve got here!

    We ran a WordPress Theme Design contest a couple months back (are running the same contest now again as well actually) and so we now have a resource with 95 Incredible WordPress Themes. We’d love for you to check them out or add our link above for the WP Community to use and resource.

    http://blog.lunarpages.com/display_themes.php

  24. Vote My Thumb says

    Dawud, this is a great list. Thanks for sharing the ultimate resource for free WordPress themes. I’ve visited some of the links and they’re awesome.

  25. Henrik says

    Nice list of themes. The nice thing is that they are easy to customize, if the author allows it, that is :P.

  26. moserw says

    Thanks for compiling such a huge list. Will take some days for me to personally check them all out and thanks for putting in your thoughts about each site too. Much appreciated. BTW what’s the theme you are using? Its pretty nifty and eye pleasing.

  27. Lisa Beers says

    Hi Dawud, just found this post and immediately put it in my Delicious bookmarks. Great resource to explore loads of themes. I always recommend custom themes to businesses and commercial bloggers, but if it’s just for personal use, or a business starting out that can’t invest in a custom theme, I’m happy to recommend where to find good free themes. Thanks for sharing!!

  28. lazer epilasyon says

    Great list of free wordpress themes. I have already bookmarked this page so when I redesign my site I can come back to this page. Thanks for your great information.

  29. davey says

    I’m in the process of building a website using WordPress as a CMS and so far am happy with it. I have learned a great deal about css and validity using WordPress also.

  30. real estate says

    Hi Dawud, I’m a first time visitor from Australia and I have to say I’m very impressed with the exhaustive list building of blogs and blogging resources you have assembled on this page. Many thanks – Andrew. Sydney

  31. Capt Bravo says

    Fishing is one of many activities which require three attributes. Fishing Knowledge, Fishing Skill and dedication to the activity… if you don’t have all three it can be very boring and unproductive. Deep sea fishing, reef fishing, sea fishing, sport and recreation, even Charter Fishing are all different requiring different knowledge and skill basics. Perhaps this is why 90% of fish are caught by 10% of the fishermen.

  32. liza says

    I think for those with low budget there are lot of free premium themes available on the net.I used one great theme from blogger template (http://www.blogger-template.info) and modified it to run my wall paper site(www.bollywood-wallpapers.net) and it works fantastic.There are many great themes on the site all for free.

  33. Søgemaskineoptimering says

    Hi, what a great list. It took me 2 years to find this list 😉 but it’s still usefull – Better late than never!

  34. Herman says

    Well said! I think you’ve caught all the reasons that I love WordPress, too. This is also a big reason why I spend a lot of time to give back to the WordPress community.

  35. Geoey Cook says

    Great post. I am actually just getting into wordpress and am finding myself with a growing addiction to it!

    I too am amazed at the variety of themes available. Total website in a box!

  36. Büyü says

    Well said! I think you’ve caught all the reasons that I love WordPress, too. This is also a big reason why I spend a lot of time to give back to the WordPress community.

  37. 78.41.18.36:8080 says

    Thank you for the informative post. I had been searching for something related and found your web page in the process.. I will certainly be back for more.

  38. Gianna says

    Hi, wanted to say great site! I’m possibly being a little bit off topic here, this is my first visit, but I was browsing and wanted to say thanks for an idea. Your article
    sparked a new concept I hadn’t given much thought to before. Thanks for the insight!

  39. Ranco Santa Fe Real Estate says

    Awesome resource. I have been looking for a particular wordpress theme for the last few hours and I think I found it.

  40. Erick @ Photocrati WordPress Themes says

    Looking at just how long your list of resources are, and how many great themes are on each of the pages showcasing free themes, I think your post just underscores how far the WordPress them world has come. And you wrote this in 2008! The number and quality of free themes out there has probably doubled since then!

    Erick

  41. Lily Aquino says

    I am a beginner when it comes to word press. So thanks for sharing this info for me , It will really helps me to know more about word press.

  42. Chris hjemmeside optimering says

    Great list with free wordpress themes 🙂 I can recommend WP-unlimited this is a great WP template system to produce unique designs and landing pages. This is not a free template but if you buy a developer license you can produce all the unique themes you want for free 🙂

  43. Infant Stroller says

    I recently discovered your blog/website and have truly enjoyed reading this and some of one’s other posts. I thought I would dive out in the shadows and leave my very first comment. I’m not sure what to say other than I have loved reading and can carry on to go to as often as I can.

  44. Morten Cms Ibsen says

    This is just what I have searched for, I wish I had found it earlier. I have really tried a lot of useless WordPress themes, there are so many that its imppossible to find out which to use and which are the cool ones. This list and categorization really helped me, and I think I’ve just found my perfect theme, I’m gonna try it tonight 🙂

  45. Rummy says

    I tried a couple of themes that I got from the sites mentioned in this post and I also liked a few but I recently hooked up to Thesis and I am loving it a lot. Although, it is not free but since I am not a coder and dont understand much about css and php, I simply login to the help and forum and have made some good blogs……

  46. Nadine says

    this is a great list. Thanks for sharing the ultimate resource for free WordPress themes. I’ve visited some of the links and they’re good.

    I am actually just getting into wordpress and am finding myself with a growing addiction to it! I too am amazed at the variety of themes available. Total website in a box!

  47. kavitasyon says

    I hear what you’re saying about php. It does have holes. And at least it’s good to know that you must be targeted in order for those wholes to become an issue.

  48. Yoganama says

    I have gone through several WP themes and since I dont know much of coding, I decided to go ahead with Thesis and I must say that I am loving it……

  49. Dave Clements says

    You can definitely strike it lucky sometimes, but the vast majority of the time, I find it’s just more effort than it’s worth looking through all the options available. I prefer to use themes from somewhere like Themeforest. That said, this is a great list and an excellent starting point for anyone wanting to find a free one.

  50. used mobiles in Pakistan says

    Hi Dawud,
    I would like to share with you because i have done exactly the same whatever you wrote above, I wanted to make website for this topic “used mobile phones for sale, buy second hand mobiles in Pakistan” I was worry about Content Management system then i found a premium wordpress theme Classipress which is exactly suitable for my project. WordPress is working wonderful with that, I love wordpress.

    Regards,
    Maya

  51. Potter says

    I am always on the look for great WP Themes… thanks for a great list of places to go.

    I am looking for Premium WordPress Themes – where I can pay my way to get them altered. Can this be done?

    This way I will know the “Basic” of the theme – and still get it so it is just like I want it – and I can use it in my marketing.

    Do you know of such a service?

  52. Fotograf Nikolaj Grundtvig says

    Im currently building a blog using wordpress and find it very easy to maintain.

    im ususally a Joomla! man, but when it comes to blogging, wordpress can be beat 🙂

    Your list of places to find templates will come in handy during future projects 🙂

  53. Bryllupsfotograf says

    I look for a great WP Theme? thanks for a great list of places to go.

    I am looking for Premium WordPress Themes ? where I can pay my way to get them altered. Can this be done?

    Excellent list!Thanks Dawud

  54. Protein says

    Great article, we used a lot of good input from you when we build the gymtalk.com blog, and we’re still using a lot of your tips. Thanks for sharing again, sounds really great and keep it coming, would also now a bit more about the best wordpress plugins if you have any to share.

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