Tag Archives: Themes

December 11, 2010

WordPress theme roundup: 12 clean, minimal themes

My favourite time of the month!

It’s my WordPress theme roundup.

Here are 12 delicious WordPress themes I’ve found this past month.

The best part is that they’re all free.


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Big Square

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Black Magazine

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David Airey’s theme

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October 16, 2010

October WordPress theme roundup

I’ve been scouring the internet – so you don’t have to – for new and beautiful, minimal WordPress themes.

A few of the themes listed below aren’t super new but are themes I like and want to share with you.


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CP Minimal

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Fresh & Clean

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Diary 1.0

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Silver Magazine

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September 11, 2010

Free WordPress theme roundup

This site is built on WordPress.org. One of the wonderful things about WordPress is the enormous range themes available.

I’m obsessed with finding new and beautiful WordPress themes. I usually check at least once a day to see what’s new in the world of themes.

There are a lot of very badly designed free themes. When I find a great theme, I usually download it and check it out on one of my test sites.

For these reasons I’ve decided to write a regular theme roundup post showing the latest themes I’ve found. I can’t be the only one obsessed with this stuff so hopefully you’ll get a kick out of it too – and maybe a new theme for your blog.

There are lots of premium themes (paid) that I fall in love with but I’m going to focus on the free stuff.


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Simplex Magazine

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Bonus theme – Château

This beautiful theme isn’t entirely free but at 99 cents it’s practically free.

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May 1, 2010

Ten amazing minimal WordPress themes

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 themeSadie 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.

Pristine – there are two versions of this theme. The other one comes with a header.

Pure II – from a brilliant theme developer who has many more themes worth looking at. This is the newest.

BASE – from another amazingly talented theme developer whose full time job is with Woo Themes. I really like this one.

WhitePress – a new theme that I found on Weblog Tools Collection.

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.

Koi and Vigilance tie for a place in my top 10 so I have to include them both.

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:

- Theme Lab

- Simple Themes

- 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.

February 22, 2009

Bonjour WordPress

So I did it.

I bid farewell to Blogger.

I’ve come to WordPress with my very own url www.lizhover.com.

You’re gonna have to be patient and forgiving as I fiddle around with my template – which, I might add, was not on the short-list I posted over at Blogger.

I don’t even remember how I found this little gem but it looks so different from anything else I’ve seen. And I was easily impressed by the way my blog name wobbles if you put your mouse over it.

Oh, I just found a link to the creator of this template which is called Paper Trail.

Many of the minimal themes I was looking at were too boring. Really boring.

Then this one did the job of being sparse but having loads of character.


Though I’m having some trouble with aligment – and I promise I haven’t touched a thing. I’m typing this post straight into WordPress yet still the margins are doing odd little things and the post heading decides to randomly change size.