WordPress 2.7 completely overhauled the admin area of your blog, so isn’t it time you treated yourself with an overhaul of the front end also?
Why not pick something radically different than the usual blog look? Not only can you have a blog that stands out, you can completely change the function of WordPress to be a photoblog or a CMS, the possibilities are pretty much limitless with this powerful program. Here are 10 of the best themes to choose from.
What are some of your favorite non-traditional themes?
Album – The perfect theme for any artist, photographer or designer that wants to display their work. Has seven different color schemes to better match your work. Cost for an individual license is $59.95.
Blue Grace – A 3-column theme that has the unusual distinction of not making you feel crowded as you read it. Colors can be customized by playing around with a PSD file, and it is released under the GPL license.
Celebrity Gossip – Despite the name, Celebrity Gossip can be used for just about anything. Thumbnails of images are auto generated from the first image in a post, but you can also override the selection manually. Has 3 different color styles, widgets, 125×125 ads and more. Cost for an individual license is $35.00.
Google Chrome – Can’t get enough of Google Chrome? Well, you can now carry it over to your blog in a surprisingly effective translation. Very open and clean, but we would warn to be wary of adding too many widgets as they would be very noticeable. Released under the GPL license.
iQ2 – A photoblog theme built around the PhotoQ Photoblog Plugin which gives you choice of colors for the theme, the ability to batch upload photos and a whole lot more. No license is listed on the page, but seeing as there is an easy download link handy and donate button, one assumes it is free.
Over Easy – A CMS theme that features lots of highlighting for various articles with a really interesting sliding header to feature multiple pages. Also has a blog hidden away in it so you can do normal blogging if you choose. Cost for an individual license is $70.00.
THiCK – A highly customizable theme built with the social media minded individual in mind. Shows your latest Tweets, your social profiles, a LifeStream section for all of your latest activities, and has over 20 styles and colors available. Cost for an individual license is $70.00.
TimeCafe News – This mixture of magazine style and CMS comes in three colors and caters heavily to those that use a lot of pages on their site. Has lots of ad slots, video coding ready, FeedBurner options and more. Cost for an individual license is $79.95.
Vigilance – A highly customizable theme that allows you to make all sorts of changes to the top image. Highlight box in posts, Google Analytics ready, multiple sidebar configurations and numerous changes allowed to the design. Best of all it’s small in size and free to use.
WP Remix – A theme built around the idea of your WordPress site being used as a CMS, WP Remix comes bundled with 50 different page layouts allowing you to quickly change the look of your site, or even of a single page. They also offer a magazine module separately. Cost for an individual license is $75.00.
by Sean P. Aune