I don’t usually write this kind of post about WordPress but I’m doing it for two reasons:
Matt Forsythe asked me to.
I’m on a mission for the best theme for my dog’s blog. And it pains me greatly that I can’t settle on a theme I truly love. She’s nominated for a Canadian Weblog Award and I want her blog to be the best.
You need to know some stuff about me before you read the rest of this.
I am obsessive. I am tenacious. I will not settle until I find the solution to my problem. For these reasons I can tell you with confidence that I have scoured the web for the best minimal WordPress themes. Premium and free.
I LOVE going to a post like this and seeing a screen grab of the theme. It turns me off when folks don’t offer one.
There are many reasons for my listing below. If a theme is too complicated to use everyday then it didn’t make this list. I’m not stupid when it comes to HTML and CSS but I want an easy life. And so does my dog.
In no particular order:
Cutline theme – Sadie Shih Tzu is currently using this theme. Very versatile. Custom header (which matters to me) and great layout. Neoclassical by Chris Pearson is very similar and worth checking out.
Intonasi Mono – very new theme. Beautifully put together.
Early Morning – a child theme for Thematic.
Minimalista – by Bird Themes – these guys have three cute WordPress themes but this is my favourite.
Pure II – from a brilliant theme developer who has many more themes worth looking at. This is the newest.
Seven Five – I’ve been in love with this theme for a long time. An ultra minimal theme with a focus on social networks and life streams.
There are other themes that deserve a mention:
Clean Home from MidMo which comes in two versions – free and pro.
Keep it Simple – I was using this theme on Sadie’s site until recently.
Grid Focus – another beautiful theme. It doesn’t make my top ten because it isn’t easy to use.
Modern Clix – this one didn’t make the top ten because I see it referenced constantly and it’s super popular. I wanted to offer something new with this post rather than giving you the same list of minimal themes you’ll see if you Google that search term. However this is a great theme and is easy to use.
There are many places to look for good themes – too many to mention – but I recommend:
– tripwire Magazine – this post lists over 90 delicious WordPress themes
– GraphPaperPress has many beautiful themes which I’ve played around with. My problem is that they aren’t intuitive to use. I’m sure if you become a pro member you get more support. I feel obliged to mention them because they produce some beautiful work but it’s not for WordPress newbies.
– Of course you can also check out the long list of minimal themes on WordPress.org which includes some of the themes mentioned in this post.
– I know folks rave about Thesis. Again, I feel obliged to mention this theme because so many people love it. I’ve never used it and have heard mixed things about it. But it might be just the thing you’re after.
I warmly welcome your own suggestions about themes I haven’t mentioned here. Have you unearthed a WordPress gem? Please leave a comment below with a link to that theme.