Free WordPress Themes for You!

You have an idea for your blog, and you know you want to use WordPress to develop it. So, what’s next? A theme, of course! Even though WP allows you to create and build your own themes from scratch, not everyone has the time (or creativity) for that challenge. Here, you will find some of the top websites and blog articles which offer and detail FREE WordPress themes. Enjoy!

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20 Of The Best Free WordPress Themes In 2014

Elegant Themes put together this article of their 20 picks for the best free WP themes in 2014. In addition to showcasing her picks, along with links to live demos and downloads, the author also discusses the pros and cons to both free themes and premium (purchased) themes. For each theme she links, she also provides a short description on its features and functionality.


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10 Of The Best Free WordPress Themes For Your Website

This article, written by Haris Bacic, focuses on 10 themes from 2014 which the author feels are exceptional, each in their own way. Screenshots of the themes are provided, along with links for download. Also, the author details why he likes the theme, and ideas for its optimal usage.


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33 Free Premium WordPress Themes 2014

DesignsCrazed compiled this hefty list of their favorite themes in 2014. Each theme they chose is accompanied by a description, screenshot, demo button, and download button. They also make note of what the optimal usage of each theme might be (artistic, portfolio, business, photography, etc.) and if it’s responsive. Many of their choices feature a look more congruent with a traditional website layout, rather than blog entry style.


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Best 10 Responsive WordPress Themes for Small Business – All Free

Small Business Trends writer Megan Totka really hits the nail on the head with this article. She makes valuable observations about the power of the WordPress platform in combination with the ever-increasing importance of responsive design, especially for businesses. Her article does not feature screenshots, but she provides links and a detailed description for each of her 10 picks.


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The 42 best free WordPress themes

In another lengthy list, Creative Bloq presents to us 42 of their favorite themes. Each theme listed is presented with a screenshot, and download link, a category for optimal usage, and whether or not it’s responsive. There is also a short description with each theme.


What About buddhabunnee’s Favorites?

I thought you’d never ask! Here are THREE of my personal favorite free WordPress themes:

  1. VIRTUE
  2. TOUCHFOLIO
  3. PHOTUM

The reason I love these themes is for their simplicity, the fact they work well for portfolio showcasing, and that they are responsive.

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Top 5 Tips for Successful and Effective Blogging

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Blogging has become an important part of the “digital landscape” in recent years. It has propelled many businesses forward with its ability to capture people’s attention with a friendly interface and SEO utilization. To be considered an effective blogger, there is much to keep in mind. Here are 5 important ideas to keep in mind while constructing your blog and your blog posts.

NUMBER FIVE: INTRO ¶

As you can see directly above, an intro or leading paragraph is an important part of a good blog post. Think of it as your introductory paragraph, containing a sort of thesis statement, to lead your reader into the bulk of the post. In fact, writer Michael Hyatt believes that with the exception of your blog title, your intro paragraph is the most important piece of your post.

NUMBER FOUR: ORIGINAL CONTENT

It is important that you are creating original and fresh content for your readers. With the amount of media the average internet user consumes each day, it is not surprising that people get bored easily. The reader will usually be able to quickly recognize copy/pasted, old, or re-hashed ideas. Your audience craves novelty, so make sure to deliver!

NUMBER THREE: MAKE IT SNAPPY

People can become easily overwhelmed by lengthy blog posts of more than 600 words. They may load your post, realize its length is too great, and move along to another website without even giving yours a chance.Try to be concise and to-the-point. It is recommended to keep it above at least 350 words, though, otherwise Google or other search engines may not recognize it.

NUMBER TWO: MINIMIZING SPAM

Spammers will stop at nothing to get their message out, and that includes invading the comments sections of highly successful blogs. If you do not remove these posts, not only will it look extremely unprofessional, but visitors will start to question the legitimacy of your site. Look into installing an anti-spam plugin, as individually deleting these posts can be time-consuming.

NUMBER ONE: AESTHETICS and TARGET AUDIENCE

These two ideas can easily go hand-in-hand. You want to be sure to identify your target audience, and then build the overall look and feel of your blog to be attractive to that audience. For example, if your blog is mainly targeting women interested in cake decorating, you may want to consider the use of light, pastel colors and decorative fonts. If, however, your blog is about effective marketing techniques in relation to paper goods, you may want to keep it more monochromatic and professional. Inclusion of media is also important. Images, videos, links, interactivity of any kind can engage the reader and make the experience more than just reading. Get creative!

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