Theme Recommendations

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  • #162987

    tellyworth
    Staff

    Here’s a thread to collect all the theme recommendations that are floating around the forums.

    If you have a suggestion for an existing WordPress theme that you’d like to see available on WordPress.com, please post a link and brief description here.

    To keep it manageable, here are a few ground rules for this thread:

    1. No discussion, just pointers to specific themes please. You can discuss the themes elsewhere.

    2. Please include a link to the theme home page or download page. No requests for hypothetical or unreleased themes, or changes to existing themes.

    3. One theme per reply.

    4. We can only consider themes that are clearly licensed under the GPL.

    If you’re not sure where to find GPL’d WordPress themes, themes.wordpress.net is a great start.

    Please note that we can’t accept all themes for various technical and quality reasons, but we will look at all the suggestions posted here.

    #163319

    asegoviae
    Member

    FRESHY 2.0

    Form me, it’s a must-have WP.com theme. It’s a whole lot fresher than v1.0, which I like much.

    http://www.jide.fr/freshy-20-preview-release

    It’s from the author of the original FRESHY.

    It’s a “preview release” now, but it looks really good. Here’s a ‘shot: http://www.jide.fr/freshy-20-disponible-ce-weekend

    Perhaps you could help De Luca fix the bugs and make many blogs look really cool… um, fresh!

    It comes with a customizing plug in that seems to allow some sort of customization.

    #163323

    asegoviae
    Member

    Sunset Forest

    [This does not state it is GPL so cannot be considered. Additionally it requires a link be maintained in the footer – Mark]

    #163328

    wank
    Member

    Not all themes on themes.wordpress.net are GPL, and the site hasn’t been updated for some months now so you won’t find any new themes there. Plus, most of the stuff there will already have been sifted and rejected by now. Some other sites to try:

    http://www.wpsnap.com/
    http://www.fresheezy.com/
    http://wpthemesfree.com
    http://wpskins.org
    http://www.freewordpressthemes.com/

    Or you could always ask Google.

    I don’t know of any directories which only host GPL themes, so there are no short cuts: if a licence isn’t specified on the download page, you will have to look in the zip. If no licence is specified there, no dice. If you really love the theme you will have to contact the author direct and ask them to release the theme as GPL. Automattic are not going to do any of this for you. If you can’t find a link to a page confirming the theme is GPL, copy/paste the readme or email. Good luck, by the way. Most of the half-decent stuff seems to be CC nowadays.

    The Sandbox style contest entries are all GPL, of course, but there’s no point in requesting any of them either. They’re not going to install one of those for free when you can get it by buying the CSS upgrade.

    (I have no themes to suggest. The point at which licencing became more important than merit was the point at which I gave up.)

    #163329

    wank
    Member

    Seeing as how you’ve seen fit to remove our editing powers, can somebody please fix up those links for me? Thanks.

    #163331

    mark
    Staff

    Done :)

    #163332

    trent
    Member

    Ah….I fixed it as well seconds after you….. ;)

    Trent

    #163333

    timethief
    Member

    Thinking back on the first girly thheme thread I recalled that sakura3 had a following so I’d like to suggest it http://themes.wordpress.net/columns/3-columns/3963/sakura3-10/

    [I can’t see a statement in the CSS file that it is GPL – so it cannot be considered – Mark]

    #163334

    timethief
    Member

    SIGH … IRL I do not stutter :(

    #163425

    wank
    Member

    Yes, it says on their website that Sakura3 is CC-NC. (I should have mentioned in my previous post; if there’s a link to the designer’s site, head there. It’s nearly always the place with the most up-to-date version and info.)

    #163426

    timethief
    Member

    Thanks

    #163432

    sulz
    Member

    pity, sakura looks lovely, timethief. =) but if you could get one of the css gurus to port it (if it’s legal to and all that) then it’s possible to use it here.

    #163434

    timethief
    Member

    @sulz
    Hi there,
    It’s no biggie. I just noticed it had a following in the “girly thread” so I asked for it, without checking to see if it was GPL or not https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=10166

    #163438

    dennisyam
    Member
    #163441

    atypicallife
    Member
    #163445

    twinsane
    Member

    I’d like to recommend The Greenhouse ( http://themecorp.com/themes/the-green-house/) by Sadish who also produced MistyLook.
    Thanks

    #163446

    sonofbruce
    Member

    TypoXP 2.0 http://www.sunaryohadi.info/typoxp-2.htm (or TypoXP Kirk Walsh)

    GPL statement is on stylesheet.

    #163448

    wank
    Member

    Unfortunately The Greenhouse is based on a design by Free CSS Templates, whose stuff is CC-Attribution.

    I told you this was going to be difficult.

    #163493

    damageboy
    Member

    Would it be possible to add Black Minimalism 2.0?
    http://cinexl.net/blog/?p=63

    It’s a GPL’d k2 mod…

    #163494

    rosclarke
    Member

    @wank

    I see your point about the Sandbox competition entries but I wonder if that’s fair. I’m no expert, but if you have the CSS upgrade, isn’t it possible to recreate pretty much any theme (given more skill and expertise than I have)? Plus the CSS people (of whom I am one) really want something properly personal, don’t they? Not just someone else’s CSS skills?

    I thought some of those entries were fabulous and it would be fantastic to have them widely available. I especially like Takimata – which is genuinely creative with the appearance of the blog page. And there are some good ‘girly’ themes there too – like Picnic and Chocolate Vanilla.

    You can see them all here: http://www.sndbx.org/live-preview/ Sorry – I can’t find permalinks to individuals themes.

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