One of the most difficult tasks for new bloggers is choosing a WordPress theme. (You are using WordPress, aren’t you?) In addition to serving as the basis for your blog’s structure and function, the theme determines your blog’s look and feel—and visitors’ first impression of your site.
Add to that the fact that there are thousands of choices, and that new bloggers don’t have the experience to know what to look for in a theme … no wonder it’s been a difficult decision for every new blogger I’ve worked with.
Here are links to a series of posts I wrote for Likoma.com about how to choose a WordPress theme, with a note about what’s covered in each. They’re meant to be read in order, so you can move through the process in a step-by-step way. At the end of each post is a link to the next part of the series.
1. New to WordPress? Website or blog? WordPress.com vs. hosting yourself. How much does it cost? Where to get help.
2. What’s a WordPress Theme? What is a theme? Types of themes. Customizing a theme.
3. WordPress Pages, Posts, and Categories. Understanding the building blocks of a theme. Why you need to know this.
4. A Simple WordPress Glossary. Plain-English definitions of common terms used in talking about blogs and themes.
5. WordPress Theme Reconnaissance. Where to look for themes. What to look for.
More themes: Here’s Smashing Magazine’s 2010 list of 100 free high-quality WordPress themes. And here’s Arras, a free magazine-style theme. If you’re working with WordPress.com, here are the themes they offer — 130 last time I looked (some are free; others are “premium”).