said 1 year, 3 months ago:
@arty But, to just get there, that’s something I wouldn’t really recommend as it’s all about personal opinion, it’s your blog, and you are the only one who can choose the look and feel of it.
However, you still can take you only one week to decide, that’s what a community for
Of course, I can give some recommendations!
I first of all, I recommend using a theme framework, why?
- A framework is actually clean looking out of the box!
- It can be customized without changing the core of the code (this is so important, and it will help you avoid a lot of hassle in the future).
- (Practically) You can change the design without changing your theme.
- If its a premium, then you get support and updates! (that’s something I always look for)
- There is much more to mention, but probably the above notes are the most important!
In this case I would go with genesis theme, it’s clean out of the box, and it doesn’t have any noticed issues, plus it has a great support behind it!
Or, the other option is to just use the default Twenty Eleven theme.
P.S. (I agree with @glengorham , there is nothing wrong with the standard themes that comes with WordPress, I love the Twenty Eleven (by the way, there is no Twenty Twelve yet, it should be released with WP version 3.4), it’s clean, simple and works perfectly, plus it’s from a trusted source, and free!
In this case, I recommend you use it for a few months while studying the case, then decide what’s the best thing to do!
P.S. If you decide to go with other free themes, then be careful, many of them are actually outdated, and it’s not recommended to change your blog theme often (it’s like moving to a new house, maybe it’s good, and maybe it’s too bad), you really need to stick with one theme and be happy with it, so it’s good to study the cases before making a decision.
My story: I started using Thesis Theme two years ago when I started my most popular blog, I had to redesign it a few times, probably more than 5 times till I get it to where it is now. I -for some reason- wanted to change the framework I am using, but I discover it was too late, I have a lot of heavy customizations that are not easy to emigrate to a new theme, so I am sticking with what I have!
That was some random thoughts and my story that I wanted to share replying to your question and concerns, I hope you find it useful.