When you are first starting out with WordPress its easy to get something that is beautiful as well as functional for your web site appearance. So many talented people create themes on a daily basis and still others will try them and then report back to the developers, any bugs that useage of the theme may reveal.
The synergy of many people creating and utilizing themes through WordPress makes the possibilities endless. Whether you are writing a personal blog, selling books or opening an online store, WordPress is for you. Even big corporate companies are implementing blogging as a viable means to communicate and build relationship with their customers – and WordPress is there to make that happen.
Just because a theme is free, doesn’t mean that it is without value. Thanks to the massive amount of plugins, any theme can be tweaked to take on a life of its own. The question arises that if someone labors to build something free, such as a WordPress theme or a plugin, and others profit from it, what is in it for the developers of these tools?
Just as an artist such as myself will provide free artwork, it helps to spread the word in a viral manner, what the author, artist or developer is capable of creating. Once a customer finds the theme that they like, they have a tendency to then become an advocate and a loyal customer because trust is built with consistent usage.
Not only can you access free themes from within the Dashboard of your WordPress installation, you can search Google to find free themes and those who develop and review them such as these sites:
- Smashing Magazine – 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes (reviews)
- WordPress Themes Gallery – 300 WordPress Themes (developer)
- FlexiThemes – Free WP Themes (developer)
- ThemeGrade – Best Quality WordPress Themes (reviews)
There are thousands more and new ones every day. If you have a favorite theme please share with me which one it is, include the link to it and why you like it so much. Others will want to know – and the developer deserves the kudos for his or her efforts.