How to Score a Design for Your Web Site

How to Build a Profitable Home on the WebEpisode Four

How about a new design, based on weeks of development and testing, for free? Oh, and if you don’t like it, you can swap it out at no charge for another design, based on weeks of development and testing.

Sounds crazy, no?

But it’s true. With WordPress, you can take your pick from thousands of free designs, and changing from one design to the next is only a click away.

While that sounds pretty nice, the real truth here is that not every WordPress theme is worth your time. You’re trying to build a solid, profitable home on the Web, and some themes just aren’t cut out to handle people as ambitious as you.

What you need, then, is a great WordPress theme. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the main components of the best themes, and afterwards, I’ll point you in the direction of some of the best ones I’ve ever come across.

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The BEST WordPress Themes on the Web:

  • Cutline, which is the theme used in this video presentation
  • K2, a theme that has literally spawned hundreds of “mods”
  • Tarski, an awesome theme with months of development under its belt
  • Hemingway, a high-contrast theme
  • Simple themes from Plaintxt.org, a collection of outstanding and robust WordPress themes
  • Kubrick, which is actually the default theme that comes with all new installations of WordPress
  • The easiest way to start using WordPress themes is through the all-inclusive (domain, host, WordPress) package from Colorteck. Check out their 1-click WordPress install!

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13 comments

  1. Hey Brian, thanks for the WordPress love once more. WP is great. Im having some problems of mine that hopefully Chris will look at: I wanted to pass a link along for My Money Blog. They have a post on building your Virtual Office: Perfect for us entrepreneurs.
    I think it’s mymoneyblog.com

  2. Emon3y: Thanks very much! As long as people enjoy the vids, I’ll keep making em! Stay tuned for another WordPress hack, which will be out within the hour…

  3. Thanks for all the tubtorials – I’d like to see more!

    Specifically I’d like to see one about Cutline and how it can be used for adsense and which plugins/widgets work best with it and so on depending on marketing strategies.

    thx again

  4. I am using Cutline for my website and it is pretty good, though sometimes on the front page in some browsers the sidebar falls to the bottom of the page. I also use the Andreas template for my other wordpress site at spondicious.com.
    Both template are great and have differnet strengths. The widget plug in works with both and it makes it really easy to customise your side bar.

  5. Kubrick should never be recommended. It scores the least w.r.t the first point you mentioned: customization.

    Try customizing it like changing the width of sidebars or putting a header image in it and you’ll see.

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