Which WordPress Theme to Choose?

There are so many free WordPress themes to choose from and each one seems to have pros and cons.

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The ones I have tested out are:

AltoFocus

Altofocus is beautifully visually with a beautiful clean uncluttered look.  I eventually managed to get the Portfolio page to display by using some HTML code.  It has a gallery which I think I could have experimented with if only I had the time.  I found you needed to cursor over the blog image to see the title of the post and I wasn’t sure that I liked that as I think displaying a few lines of each post entices the reader to click and read on.

Sketch

Cons: I tried Sketch as I wanted a visual portfolio page but the images I wanted to show were not a uniform size ie. some were portrait and some were landscape and I could only seem to toggle between ALL portrait, all landscape or all square.  The portfolio had to have a featured image to display so it didn’t display the images which I had obtained from embedding a link to a different website as I couldn’t set these as featured. Also, I didn’t particularly like the way the blog posts displayed in a continuous feed. (I’ve since discovered that there is a way to stop this so don’t let this feature put you off.)

Pros: I loved the sidebar with widgets and I loved the clean look and the menus.

Rebalance 2

Cons: I don’t like the widget area at the foot of the page as I don’t feel many people will scroll to the bottom.  It may be that it can be displayed on the side and I just don’t know how to set it up.  I don’t like the display of the category cloud particularly.  The top menu is aligned right on several lines, rather than stretching across the whole page and so takes up a lot of room. I really wish it would display across the full width.

Pros: The portfolio page displays just as I want it and invites people to click on the image when they hover over it.  Although I don’t think the way the titles display is as attractive as Sketch, I think Rebalance 2 is more practical.  I love the way the blog posts display, as they show an array of images with the first few lines of the blog in a magazine type layout.

Blask

Had a brief look at this but I didn’t really like the colour schemes.

Baskerville 2

My other blog ‘Out of the Office’ uses Baskerville 2 (at the time of writing!)  I like the sidebar on the post pages.  I like the top menu and the header image display.  I like the way the blog posts display in the manner of magazine columns.  However, the colour scheme seems quite dark.  The header surround is dark and I would prefer a white, bright look.

My WordPress Theme Wish

Give me

  • the header layout and top menu of Baskerville 2
  • the portfolio of Sketch but in a mix of landscape/portrait
  • the blog post display of Rebalance 2
  • and wrap all these up in the visual beauty of Altofocus with a minimal white background

If there is a theme like this, then someone please let me know!

All WordPress Themes

If I had the time I would like to go through all the wordpress themes and test them out with my content because when I page through the examples, they all look so inviting and beautiful.

man wearing black and white stripe shirt looking at white printer papers on the wall
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I probably could set up any of the themes above the way I want if I had the time to really understand the way they work but I’m currently back with Rebalance 2… although who knows – that Altofocus looks so inviting.

Which them do you use and why?  I would love to hear some recommendations!


© Michelle Le Grand

http://www.5pmfriday.org

http://www.michellelegrandart.wordpress.com

https://michellelegrandart.artweb.com/

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