4 December 2008

What's in a Theme

We have a new look!

The theme of this site is certainly not the first. And it may not be the last. But we feel that the current theme best reflects our message and provides it in a very nice layout.

And we think it’s cool.

This theme is called Arthemia and was developed by Michael Jubel. We have taken the free version of his theme and customized it slightly to meet our own needs. Michael has done a great job of using WordPress to the fullest to provide a better experience to our visitors.

We are always on the lookout for great themes. And we know that many of you are also looking to make your site look it’s best. So we are going to take this opportunity to provide a list of some of the best known sites for WordPress Themes. If you know of other sites, please share them with us.

100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes
The folks at Smashing Magazine are some of the hardest working when it comes to finding useful, high quality sites. So we thought we would start with their list of the 100 best free themes for WordPress that they have labeled as “high quality themes“.

Best WordPress Themes
This lists contains both free and premium themes for WordPress. It is quite extensive, so be prepared to spend some time on this site.

Top WordPress Themes
This site has a great variety of free WordPress themes. But they also offer Premium themes which we found to be very professional.

WPSnap – Best WordPress Themes
We like this site because it lets us browse themes when we already know some of the attributes we want in a theme. You can browse by color, layout, style, width and more. They have a very large selection of free themes to choose from.

I find it funny when I stumble across a very plain looking site using the default WordPress Theme with the topic of “Best WordPress Themes”. There are many of these sites. It is obvious that the owners of those sites aren’t taking there own advice on design.

We hope you enjoy our list. Please share your favorites.

5 Comments on “What's in a Theme

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5 December 2008 at 16:52

Ah, I understand.

Well, this site uses the All In One SEO Pack, so I haven’t taken too much notice of the themes additional features for that. The designer has gone as far as using the Post Excerpt field extensively, which provides an additional means for keyword populating your post with out detracting from the message of the actual post.

The theme does actually add a custom field for Title as well with the name of the post. But other than that I do not see anything specific to SEO within the code of this free version.

The premium version of this theme DOES have SEO optimization features. The two versions are compared here.


Martin Malden
5 December 2008 at 16:38

Some themes that are SEO optimised offer you the ability to enter some basic META tags for each post – description and keywords, usually, although some offer titles as well, rather than just taking your post title.

This is the same functionality that you get from the All-in-one-SEO-pack plugin but avoids the need to install and run the plugin itself.

Just wondering how far down that track the designer of this theme has gone…



5 December 2008 at 16:30

Thanks Martin,

The theme utilizes all of the features of WordPress and we have plug-ins installed to improve this.

What did you have in mind specifically?


Martin Malden
5 December 2008 at 16:26


This theme looks great – very clean and professional looking. How optimised is it for the search engines..?



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