January 29, 2008 by Dawud Miracle 104 Comments Share this:Tweet Related posts: Creating Better Error Pages. Hey Google, Follow Me: Giving More Link Love Please Let Me Know If You Find A Problem… Working Out The Bugs Reader InteractionsComments Don Draper says January 29, 2008 at 10:39 am 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. Reply David Airey says January 29, 2008 at 6:42 am 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? Reply Home Recording says January 29, 2008 at 6:49 am Another very useful post which will come very handy for my blog which should be up in a fortnight’s time. Thank you. Reply Jason Clegg says January 29, 2008 at 11:25 am Thanks for compiling all of these great links! -Jason Reply Kyle Eslick says January 29, 2008 at 8:30 am 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. Reply Dawud Miracle says January 29, 2008 at 10:22 am 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. Reply Don Draper says January 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm 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. Reply Carma Dutra says January 29, 2008 at 1:38 pm 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. Reply Karsten Søgemaskineoptimering says January 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm What a great list – it is bookmarked and now I wil find a theme for every week this year := Reply Catharina says January 29, 2008 at 6:06 pm Good post but I think WordPress really shines because it is released under the GPL http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html So it is not about “free” as in free beer (although nice), but as in freedom. Reply communicatrix says January 29, 2008 at 2:36 pm Well, well…this little post will certainly come in handy. It’s as if you wrote it just for me! Thanks, as always, for proving so useful. I do love the useful. Reply Dawud Miracle says January 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm 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. Reply Carma Dutra says January 29, 2008 at 3:44 pm Thanks Don, I appreciate that clafification of the word “machine”. I look forward to your article. Reply Apoorv says January 30, 2008 at 2:02 am A very nice list! I’m currently satisfied with my theme, but have bookmarked some of them to try out later. Reply Don Draper says January 30, 2008 at 9:49 am 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. Reply Dawud Miracle says January 30, 2008 at 9:02 am 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. Reply Dawud Miracle says January 30, 2008 at 10:29 am 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. Reply Dining Room Furniture says January 31, 2008 at 4:21 am I thought WordPress was just for blogs. Didn’t know you could manage stores and static websites also with it. Reply Dawud Miracle says January 31, 2008 at 10:10 am 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. Reply Mathias says January 31, 2008 at 3:09 pm 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. Reply Mike says January 31, 2008 at 3:52 pm 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. Reply Cory Miller says January 31, 2008 at 8:03 pm 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! Reply Laser Hair Removal says February 1, 2008 at 1:43 am I too just love wordpress. It has got such a wide variety of themes, plugins. It’s is simply amazing. Reply Dawud Miracle says February 1, 2008 at 10:13 am 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? Reply Reynder Bruyns says February 1, 2008 at 11:54 am Good inpirational list! It keeps amazing me how many good templates are out there. But be aware of spammy templates especially check the footer. Reply Jessica says February 1, 2008 at 8:00 pm 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! Reply Jenny says February 2, 2008 at 12:08 am I have seen a lot of basic premium themes and A LOT of them I could make myself in like…an hour. Reply Dawud Miracle says February 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm 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. Reply Eva White says February 4, 2008 at 3:26 am Thanks for the links, have bookmarked the page for future reference too. Reply Quality Nonsense says February 8, 2008 at 7:11 pm Dawud, fantastic list. Bookmarked for future reference. Freewpthemes.net is new one for me and there’s some crackers on there. Reply Jim Haines the Accountant says February 9, 2008 at 10:55 am I’m in the process of migrating my blog to WordPress, so this is timely for me. Trouble is, I seem to be spending hours just looking at themes, rather than getting anything useful done. Reply Dawud Miracle says February 9, 2008 at 3:31 pm 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. Reply wpjoy says February 12, 2008 at 2:59 pm Great list thanks! Anyone have any idea how to display custom fields in RSS though. Reply Dawud Miracle says February 15, 2008 at 3:14 pm 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. Reply donalyza says February 17, 2008 at 6:17 pm I want to add PimpWordPress.com from the list. Showcasing the best WordPress themes. Reply Dawud Miracle says February 20, 2008 at 11:34 pm donalyza, You’ve got some really nice themes up there. I’ll keep an eye on your site to see how it grows. Thanks for adding your link to the comment box. Reply unTECHy says March 1, 2008 at 6:35 pm Top notch list of useful WordPress resources. Well Deserved Thumbs up! Reply JoeyN says March 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm 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 Reply Samsul says March 23, 2008 at 1:18 am Thanks for the resource, I found great WP themes at wpSnap Reply Firenze says March 28, 2008 at 12:32 pm 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 Reply Tiara Rea says April 4, 2008 at 4:04 pm 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 Reply Kelly says April 10, 2008 at 10:39 am There’s massive amount posted here as well. Not all are that good though xx http://www.estetica-design-forum.com/general-web-design-forum/9129-free-wordpress-themes.html Reply Eric says April 28, 2008 at 2:32 am Great list, going to check them out! thank you! Reply Bachmann says May 5, 2008 at 4:35 pm What the f**k 😉 I realy dont now where to start 🙂 Thats a very useful list. Thx. Reply Vote My Thumb says May 7, 2008 at 2:07 am 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. Reply Peter says May 28, 2008 at 5:23 am Lists like that is great, i use the WP all the time, pls people add more…:-9 Reply Henrik says June 9, 2008 at 11:11 am Nice list of themes. The nice thing is that they are easy to customize, if the author allows it, that is :P. Reply moserw says June 20, 2008 at 9:20 pm 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. Reply Lars Søgemaskineoptimering says August 14, 2008 at 3:26 am The best thing about WordPress is that you easily can change you theme, and the worst thing about WordPress is that everytime you think you found the best theme, a post like this come along 🙂 Reply Lisa Beers says November 2, 2008 at 8:34 pm 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!! Reply lazer epilasyon says January 14, 2009 at 5:54 pm 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. Reply Søgemaskineoptimering nli says January 24, 2009 at 6:19 am Suberb list you have made of wordpress themes. I gonna use your site as an ressource. Reply peterK says February 17, 2009 at 4:33 am Greatest list I’ve seen so far. Very informative and helpful. Reply davey says March 4, 2009 at 7:06 am 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. Reply real estate says April 18, 2009 at 8:36 am 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 Reply Hugo Santos says May 20, 2009 at 8:34 pm nice list. thanks. i am theme harvester. specially magazine themes for wordpress Reply Capt Bravo says June 1, 2009 at 8:12 pm 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. Reply natur og helse says June 12, 2009 at 11:09 am Sweet, nice list! I love new magazines themse for wordpress. I do miss a wordpress theme to a businesscard, but i hope to find it soon! Reply søgemaskineoptimering Lau says June 22, 2009 at 6:25 am Even though the post is getting old, this list is still great. I just started getting in to WordPress to explore its possibilities, and I’ve sure found some nice stuff i can play around with. Reply liza says July 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm 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. Reply Next Level Marketing says October 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm Does anyone have any idea how to, though a wordpress theme, display custom fields in RSS. Reply Marcus Hunde says December 12, 2009 at 1:39 pm Great list of themes. It’s amazing that some people can find the time to produce so many great themes. A lot of them really look professional. Reply Magnus says January 25, 2010 at 5:09 am Has anyone seen a wordpress theme for a businesscard? I have looked everywhere. //Magnus Reply Søgemaskineoptimering says January 28, 2010 at 6:24 am Hi, what a great list. It took me 2 years to find this list 😉 but it’s still usefull – Better late than never! Reply Herman says February 3, 2010 at 4:50 am 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. Reply Geoey Cook says March 12, 2010 at 3:06 pm 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! Reply Büyü says March 17, 2010 at 6:12 am 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. Reply 22.214.171.124:8080 says March 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm 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. Reply Gianna says April 20, 2010 at 4:22 pm 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! Reply Ranco Santa Fe Real Estate says June 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm Awesome resource. I have been looking for a particular wordpress theme for the last few hours and I think I found it. Reply Socrates Wordpress Theme says July 1, 2010 at 6:20 am Thanks for this post, Very useful and well said. I also like wordpress flatform it is simple, you can see it as a blog or as a regular website. It has fixed pages, posts and categories. Reply Erick @ Photocrati WordPress Themes says July 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm 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 Reply Lily Aquino says July 16, 2010 at 3:50 am 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. Reply storkclub says August 16, 2010 at 12:53 pm I personally like Free WordPress Templates and Blog Themes, lots of themes to choose from different categories. Reply Chris hjemmeside optimering says August 25, 2010 at 4:14 pm 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 🙂 Reply Infant Stroller says September 12, 2010 at 6:50 am 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. Reply Morten Cms Ibsen says November 11, 2010 at 9:53 pm 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 🙂 Reply Rummy says November 18, 2010 at 5:56 am 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…… Reply Nadine says December 19, 2010 at 4:49 pm 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! Reply kavitasyon says January 31, 2011 at 7:22 am 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. Reply fotograf Terp says February 2, 2011 at 5:59 am Awesome resource. This is a great wordpress theme, just what Im looking for! Thanks man! You Rock! Reply Søgemaskine Optimering says March 6, 2011 at 11:31 am Just like my honored collegue Karsten said earlier: Great list. I too will bookmark it. Reply Pakistan Business says May 13, 2011 at 8:01 am Hi, I treasured to drop a quick note of appreciation to express my thoughts.It will surely help me a lot as i was looking for wordpress themes. Regards, Sana Reply Yoganama says May 30, 2011 at 9:25 am 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…… Reply Atlanta SEO Company says July 5, 2011 at 11:27 am Great Resource! Many great websites of WordPress themes to use. WordPress is definitely the way to go no matter the type of site you are running. Reply Dave Clements says August 22, 2011 at 2:57 pm 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. Reply used mobiles in Pakistan says September 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm 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 Reply Potter says December 11, 2011 at 3:45 am 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? Reply Mik (Photographer) says December 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm great ressources – I’m a big WP fan myself and enjoy when people take the time to share useful tips and tricks about WordPress. Reply SEOTEXT says January 10, 2012 at 1:37 am Thanks for the perfect list actually still good can be used here in 2012 Reply Kim Falidan says April 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm My site is also build on the WordPress CMS too, and i have found it difficult to find nice templates for free. Thank you. Reply Fotograf Nikolaj Grundtvig says June 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm 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 🙂 Reply Flemming says July 21, 2012 at 10:13 am Awesome, thanks! Having quite a lot of WordPress blogs myself I am always on the lookout for more templates I can use. Thumbs up! Reply Bryllupsfotograf says November 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm 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 Reply Protein says January 15, 2013 at 1:11 pm 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. 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