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What are some good non-blog themes for a self-employed professional?

  1. Hi, guys. Since this is my first post, I'd like to clarify in advance that I'm a total newbie to WordPress. Really, it was the cool name that drew me and maybe the snazzy look. I'm actually more at ease in my typical lean, semantic Strict DTD XHTML/CSS/PHP setup than in the WP editor right now but I'm after the neat look, cross-browser and handheld compatibility and decent SEO exposure WordPress provides. So here I am. Again, actually, because the first time I tried I gave up when I saw how difficult it was to position a picture in the page edit interface. ;) That was yesterday. But at night I saw what a handheld browser did to my lovely Japanese-style design with transparency, fixed positioning and whatnot and that made me want to cry (until 7 a.m.).

    I'm not an active coder any more (I'm one of those kids that took a different major after all) and don't really have the amount of free time to learn how to make WP themes on my own just for one webbie or for my own enjoyment. That maybe later, I might even create themes for others for fun but not now, I just can't.

    So, I'm looking for a nice theme for a professional/business webbie for me. For the record, I'm a legal translator. I need just a couple of pages/posts (not decided yet/clueless): bio, ToS, list of clients, a page for lawyers, explaining the benefits of hiring a translator who does actually understand what he writes, maybe a gallery of sample translations. And a contact page that allows my visitors to e-mail me from the website without engaging their e-mail clients.

    I suppose most of my clients sit at a real screen but there's possibly quite a bunch and there's going to be more and more of them googling from inside a taxi in between cross-border phone calls or something along those lines. I know lawyers well enough to know that this is being the case and, besides, lawyers love gadgetry like that (trust me--if you ever do anything for non-government lawyers, it's gotta work from handhelds), so here you are.

    Here's what I need and hope for the more experienced WP users to help me with:

    – Neat. Professional looking. Better than something I could make on my own over one evening of trial and error and googling.
    – Has a contact page or a contact page can be added easily, allowing e-mails to be sent from PHP mail without resorting to the visitor's e-mail client.
    – Not much code tampering needed to fix or accomplish necessary details. As in, shouldn't be more complicated than putting together a webbie in notepad is. Shouldn't be too restrictive when I need to combine text with pictures nicely.
    – Does indeed work in all significant browsers, including handhelds. Also in slightly outdated browser versions and doesn't rely on JavaScript or anything that may be turned off or not installed on standard corporate workstations.
    – Not boring visually. This is not a blog with engaging content to draw the spark from, not even industry news. It's basically an extended static business card. It can't be too artsy but it has to be more inviting than a yellowed court file from 1950. Graphical design will probably change more often than the text.
    – The price should include VAT or be under ~25 USD or free (this is due to formalities I'd need to go through if I made a non-VAT purchase above ~25 USD in this country).

    Oh, and I know where the directories are. I'm asking for recommendations of individual themes.

    As a bonus, if you happen to be able to comment on the benefits of either pages or posts, or some combination thereof (other than the basic standard opinions from Google), I'd bhttp://store.wordpress.com/premium-upgrades/pro-bundle/?ref=newdash-footere eager to listen.

    Thank you.

  2. There is no FTP access to free hosted WordPress.com blogs. We cannot upgrade any third party themes or install any plugins.

    The only themes we can use on free hosted WordPress.com blogs are found here > Appearance > Themes

    See http://wordpress.com/themes/ for the Themes Showcase where there are feature filters in the searchbox that you can use to narrow your choices. Go there and use the feature filter in the search box ie. click "portfolio" and those themes will be displayed for you.

    Note that this is a peer support forum for free hosted bloggers. We Volunteers do not assist with theme selection as it's subjective decision making process and there are over 230 themes to select from. We are focused on providing assistance with technical support issues only.

  3. Just in case you are not aware of the fact that WordPress.COM and WordPress.ORG are completely separate and different please read this entry > http://support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

  4. Just find a theme you like - you can't do any code here - Posts are better for search engines than Pages - but Pages have a use also - your idea of Posts on why people need a translator that speaks the language is good as well as examples will help also - you need to pick your own theme - they are real personal - the look will change from the preview with no content and your actual site - don't worry if you need to change themes after a while - the content is safe

    Look at @timethief's site (see above for the link) for lots of tips on how to make you site work better

  5. Thank you, guys, and I'm sorry for, indeed, confusing .org with .com. My apologies for wasting your time and causing a newbie moment. (As I'm sure this is something I should've been able to spot, somewhere.)

    Just to clarify, I wasn't asking for problem assistance but only peer recommendations and impressions. I fully understand the pro volunteers have more pressing concerns to assist people with!

    The kind explanation you provided as to the accessibility of themes on .com will still be of use to me, I suspect, sooner or later, because I may need a hosted blog for my academic needs or hobby interests or something along those lines sooner or later. So this knowledge about what themes work here will be useful to me. Thank you. :)

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