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Themes: The Worst of the WordPress Ecosystem

This is frustrating.

I’ve spent the last couple of hours trying to find a new WordPress theme for Tammy’s blog, Smaller Than a Redwood. This is so frustrating.

First, she can’t do it herself easily because the look of a theme is completely unpredictable of its functionality. I would argue that a theme that doesn’t support sidebar widgets and tags right out of the box, should just be deleted. Why do we still have this junk floating around the Internet?

Worse still is the volume of themes that are just purely broken. We found a theme and I started to “fix” it, meaning add tagging support, and then found out several of the themes own images were not in the download and cannot be found on the Internet.

Argh! Now, back to Google to try to sift through thousands of piles of crap and see if I can find a workable theme.

1 Comment

  1. Philip Hotchkiss

    May 20, 2008 at 7:19 am

    I’m dealing with a similar problem for my site–if you find any great source for themes that work, let me know. But I’m not limiting my search to WordPress only themes. One site I’ve found with many themes to explore is: It’s not WordPress centric by any means, but it’s something to consider. I’ve found it helpful to identify a theme style, and then explore all of **that** designer’s themes…

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