WordPress themes that I like

I’m increasingly attracted to the idea of using WordPress as a platform for developing websites which need content management capabilities, but without the degree of complexity that calls for a Joomla imlementation.

I love Joomla, and have been using it since Joomla 1.0, but a number of factors have lately forced me to reconsider it as my de facto content management system. Probably the two biggest factors to contribute to this decision are my disappointment with Virtuemart 2 as an e-Commerce platform and  the complexity of setting up Joomla sites and training users.

The following collection of links, which I intend to add to and use as a reference, are to some of the WordPress themes that I particularly like. Initially they will be mainly design related, as I’m currently in the process of putting together a WordPress site to promote WordPress web design for Shropshire companies.

For me certain themes leap of the screen and feel just right, in terms of design and layout. It seeems I am not alone in this,  so not surprisingly there is a degree of repetition among the themes on the following sites.

Dessign.net offer a selection of very clean and stylish WordPress themes – Modern and Minimal in their words – specifically designed with  illustrators, photographers and graphic designers in mind. Many of their designs are responsive (see my article on Responsive web design) and, I have to admit, really quite lovely.

Skeleton is a simple, responsive, mobile-friendly WordPress theme from from Simple Themes, based on the Skeleton boilerplate1.

In a post from June 2012, WPLift highlight 25 free WordPress themes that are particularly suitable for Photographic Portfolio websites. These tend to fall into two catgories – full screen or grid layout. I personally feel that the appeal of both extends far beyong photographic sites, and am considering using one of them in a product showcase site, perhaps using wp-commerce.

The Pinboard free WordPress theme features a responsive layout and an advanced and flexible grid powered by jQuery Masonry that automatically and smoothly adapts to changes to the viewport of your browser.It combines clean and elegant in a very pretty package.

1 For those not familiar with the concept a boilerplate is a standard set of files used to kick-start the development process. The Skeleton boilerplate, for example,  is a small collection of CSS files that can help rapid development of responsive websites. Other boilerplates include the HTML5 boilerplate, a starting project template for HTML5 development that is designed to be adapted to your needs. Similarly, Twitter Bootstrap is a collection of web creation and development tools including HTML and CSS-based design templates for typography, forms, buttons, charts, navigation and other interface components, as well as optional JavaScript extensions. Newly released at the time of writing, Joomla 3.0 utilises the Twitter Bootstrap. I hope to blog more on this subject soon.