Finding a good theme is perhaps one of the most challenging tasks in getting your WordPress site set up.
I decided to delve into my bookmarks to provide a list of resources I personally look at for themes. I plan on keeping this updated as I make new discoveries.
Premium & Free WordPress Themes
Themify.me (aff. link)- Elegantly designed themes that give the user a lot of options to customize with. They also now have their own page builder tool for increased flexibility.
WP Explorer – Generally well-coded and modern WordPress themes, good for business sites. This site is built on their most popular theme, Total.
The Theme Foundry – They have a nice and flexible free theme, Make, in the WordPress repo. On their site you can purchase the Pro version, in addition to some really clean-looking portfolio style themes.
Kriesi – Kriesi is an Austrian designer who themes are generally clean, elegant and available on Themeforest. Enfold is a popular one due to its extensive flexibility.
Solostream – A good selection of business and magazine-style themes.
StudioPress – StudioPress are the creators of Genesis, which is a light weight starter theme. They keep their themes lean and don’t try to offer a bazillion customization options. Some developers love to use them as a starting point for custom projects. You will need to learn their system of hooks, but once you have, you can quickly create custom sites.
AlienWP – Their themes, which range from magazine-style, to portfolio, all share a minimalist aesthetic. They offer some free ones as well.
WooThemes – Although they are now more famous as the creators of the ubiquitous WooCommerce plugin, themes were how they got started and their selection of offerings is still solid.
Headway – The closest thing WordPress has to a drag n drop theme creator (not page builder). It gives you a visual way to design a theme, but there is quite a learning curve.
Press 75 – I generally like the design aesthetic behind these themes. They have some nice ones in particular for multimedia and image-heavy blogs.
ThemeForest.net -They have a vast variety of themes from a variety of providers although browsing can be overwhelming and you can’t get a sense of what a theme looks like until you mouse over the thumbnail which makes scanning a page impossible. There are some gems to be had if you are willing to dig through. Make sure to sort by sales and reviews, and check the comments section to make sure there aren’t a lot of complaints.
WPZoom.com – They have a nice selection of magazine – style themes .
GraphPaperPress.com – Their themes have a modern style and are geared toward image and media-heavy content. Great for photographers, porfolios etc.