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    Yes, another Wordpress Themes thread. Been going thru the other threads here and asking around, taking notes on what seems to be the best or most popular themes and places to get them, ones that I've seen get multiple mentions etc. Just wanted to get it a bit more organized so it's easy to find all in one place.

    Here is what I have so far, will update this thread.

    Wordpress has a lot of free ones, over 900 -
    http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/
    http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/browse/popular/

    Thesis from DIYThemes seems to be a very popular one -
    http://diythemes.com/

    StudioPress themes, I believe that's where the popular Revolution theme/Brian Gardner stuff is -
    http://www.studiopress.com/

    Template Monster has some nice paid themes -
    http://www.templatemonster.com/categ...dpress-themes/

    WooThemes, looks nice, heard a lot of good things about them -
    http://www.woothemes.com/

    Blog Oh Blog, was just checking this one out, downloaded a couple of nice free ones today -
    http://www.blogohblog.com/

    FlexxTheme, just heard about them -
    http://flexxtheme.com/

    Ithemes, saw a few mentions of them here -
    http://ithemes.com/

    Just to get started.

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    Thesis has a lot of really good SEO features built in, you just check off what links you want to have "nofollow" on like archives and tags (they are redundant) and it automatically handles canonical links.

    It is a little tough to get your head around "hooks" instead of modifying actual files, but the Open Hooks plug in takes care of most of that, and you will be a happy camper when your changes don't get overwritten by an "update".

    Most of the other paid themes you mentioned (I have tested Woo and Lifestyle) have way too much hand coding to change for my taste. Lifestyle has a static home page that you pretty much have to manually set up, I don't like that at all.

    Each theme has it's uses for different kinds of sites, you will just have to play and find what fits. Thesis fits for 90% of my sites, and working with the same theme makes it easier for me to manage multiple blogs.
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    http://www.wptmp.com gets my vote.
    Sort by themes, color and sidebar.

    I am almost done with configuring the my website www.ericewe.com based on one of the free themes I got off there.

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    I'm looking for some MS Frontpage compatible themes. Searched from WP free themes, none showed up. Anybody would like to recommend some good paid ones out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust
    Yes, another Wordpress Themes thread. Been going thru the other threads here and asking around, taking notes ...
    I'm glad you started this thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayfly
    I'm looking for some MS Frontpage compatible themes. Searched from WP free themes, none showed up. Anybody would like to recommend some good paid ones out there?
    Must be too long a day for me already.

    I'm having trouble wrapping my head around "MS Frontpage compatible themes" for WordPress. If Frontpage can edit in some sort of "text file" mode, they're all Frontpage compatible at the template level.

    In fact, I'm so accustomed to editing almost everything I edit from within the WordPress dashboard, plus some file tweaking using a text editor, I can't figure out what an "MS Frontpage compatible theme" would be like?

    Interested in seeing what responses you get. (I own Frontpage and used to use it; even have a 2003 version.)
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    Some people use the Front Page publishing tools (FrontPage Extensions) maybe that's what they mean by Front Page compatible.

    I just use FP as a text editor, when I use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simcat
    Some people use the Front Page publishing tools (FrontPage Extensions) maybe that's what they mean by Front Page compatible.

    I just use FP as a text editor, when I use it.
    Ah, sure. Well, if that's what mayfly was asking about -- all WordPress themes are Frontpage compatible. All of them can be edited as text files -- of course, you have to understand a fair amount of PHP and WordPress distinct tags, etc.

    WordPress and WordPress themes are really not intended to require a lot of that sort of editing, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by writerguy
    Ah, sure. Well, if that's what mayfly was asking about -- all WordPress themes are Frontpage compatible. All of them can be edited as text files -- of course, you have to understand a fair amount of PHP and WordPress distinct tags, etc.

    WordPress and WordPress themes are really not intended to require a lot of that sort of editing, though.
    Sorry I was away from my computer...Gary, what I was asking is the template that works both for WP and editable on my Frontpage. I had no problem set up everything on WP. But I want to make some extra webpages using Frontpage.

    I've picked a WP theme and set up my potential blog. Then I downloaded the same theme file onto my comuputer. I tried to open the index.php from Frontpage. It didn't work. Unlike other non-WP template which you can easily open the index.php page after download the template files.

    That's why I'm wondering the free WP template I picked is only for WP, not for Frontpage. Am I confusing you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayfly
    Sorry I was away from my computer...Gary, what I was asking is the template that works both for WP and editable on my Frontpage. I had no problem set up everything on WP. But I want to make some extra webpages using Frontpage.

    I've picked a WP theme and set up my potential blog. Then I downloaded the same theme file onto my comuputer. I tried to open the index.php from Frontpage. It didn't work. Unlike other non-WP template which you can easily open the index.php page after download the template files.

    That's why I'm wondering the free WP template I picked is only for WP, not for Frontpage. Am I confusing you?
    Ah. Now I get it. (I really AM pretty easily confused sometimes with all this stuff. )

    My guess is the problem is that most WP themes are built mostly by CSS. You would need somehow to edit the style.css probably more than the index.php.

    At this point I'm mostly guessing at all this, however, as I am REALLY a newbie at most CSS stuff.

    But now I understand what you're trying to do. I've often wanted to find a way to add "non WP" pages to a WP site that maintains the look and feel of the WP pages -- and never had much luck at figuring out how to do it.
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    Themeforest has some good ones (and not just WP)
    http://themeforest.net/
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    I saw this site linked from inside wordpress - http://weblogtoolscollection.com

    Which is a pretty cool site and every now and then have some new theme releases - http://weblogtoolscollection.com/arc...dpress-themes/

    they also had a link to this, which had some of the ones I have in post #1

    Commercially Supported GPL Themes

    http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/commercial/

    Some nice sites there.
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    One vote for studiopress and Brian Gardner. He has assisted me one-on-one a couple of times. You can't beat that kind of support.


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    K2 was my go to theme before i got Thesis....
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    Quote Originally Posted by loxly
    Most of the other paid themes you mentioned (I have tested Woo and Lifestyle) have way too much hand coding to change for my taste. Lifestyle has a static home page that you pretty much have to manually set up, I don't like that at all.
    Was curious about that, the Woo Themes. Because hand coding is one of the last things i want to do, since that's a struggle with me. And I dl one of the free Woo Themes and when I first uploaded and activated it looked nothing like the theme. Then I tried it again and I missed it the first time and on the left they had their own little link and it was pretty easy to customize.

    With some themes, they have their own little Current Theme Options under Appearance and some don't have anything at all. Some that do, it's might be one or two things, others all kinds of things. I like those with lots of options that I can just click inside of Wordpress itself.

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    Found a real good free one from Chris Pirillo - http://chris.pirillo.com/wicketpixie/

    It's pretty incredible, the best I've seen as far as options in the Wordpress interface. Has wipi plugins with 11 you can turn on and off. Then wicketpixie that has adsense settings, custom code, faves manager, home editor, social me manager, theme options, notifications manager.

    edited to add. Right now I think this might be the one. For those that stream live or do podcasts (loxly) it has some options for that right in the wordpress interface. I won't be using those, so those are disabled. Lot of cool little things that are very easy to add. Like a little Tweet button after the post or you can set it up that when you post on your blog, automatic messages go out elsewhere like Twitter. Icons built in for all the social stuff out there, the regular RSS badges that most have, Twitter, YouTube bunch of them. Nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trust
    Found a real good free one from Chris Pirillo - http://chris.pirillo.com/wicketpixie/

    It's pretty incredible, the best I've seen as far as options in the Wordpress interface. Has wipi plugins with 11 you can turn on and off. Then wicketpixie that has adsense settings, custom code, faves manager, home editor, social me manager, theme options, notifications manager.

    edited to add. Right now I think this might be the one. For those that stream live or do podcasts (loxly) it has some options for that right in the wordpress interface. I won't be using those, so those are disabled. Lot of cool little things that are very easy to add. Like a little Tweet button after the post or you can set it up that when you post on your blog, automatic messages go out elsewhere like Twitter. Icons built in for all the social stuff out there, the regular RSS badges that most have, Twitter, YouTube bunch of them. Nice.
    Thanks for the heads up, I love Thesis, but some sites might be good with something like this. Will be definitely taking a look Podpress is good, but no longer supported so at some point it might break.
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    The best themes - in my opinion (and I do WP customizations a lot) are:

    Headway Themes - requires NO coding to change the layout, look and feel of your site.

    StudioPress - by far the best coded themes (but I am a bit biased - I am one of Brian's recommended designers)

    Flexx by iThemes

    Obviously there are 1000s to choose from now - free and premium, but those are my tried and true top 3.

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    Great links favortied this thread keep up the good work looking forward to your newer posts!

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    I use Thesis, Revolution Theme and a couple of Woo themes. Each have their learning curve but with some practice are relatively easy to customize.

    I love the hooks in Thesis.

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    Looking for new themes for my blog and i found it here thanks for thread starter for starting this thread

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