I have been asked more times then I could count when working with bloggers what are the best themes out there for self hosted WordPress sites.
I will admit that there are so many themes to choose from that it can be quite overwhelming for those who are just starting a new self-hosted website or blog.
The first thing, I tell clients is to look at other websites/blogs to see what they like and don’t like.
From a designer’s perspective, I love to be able to start with a clean slate of sorts and design from the ground up. There is one theme out there that totally allows for this for the most part.
The theme that I am speaking of is called Weaver II. It is completely free and allows for your site to look and feel totally as your own.
Weaver II has 28 sub themes (or child themes). The sub theme that allows for the most and best customization is called “Custom”.
This sub theme is pretty much bare bones and you can use the Weaver II Admin in your dashboard to customization pretty much every aspect of your site, including using any HEX color code for all components, such as menus, sidebars and more, as well as even picking custom fonts.
You can even create and make your own custom header and this theme allows for the header to be just about size in width and height.
Even though Weaver II is a free theme, they do offer a Pro version, which you can pay for, which allows for more control over your fonts, including using most Google Fonts for any and all text sections on your site for only $29.95 for the personal version.
I have used this theme for myself, as well as many of my own clients.
Definitely is one of the best out there for free, even if you aren’t looking to upgrade to the paid version, the free one truly is worthy of use by all out there.
I have also used others for website/blog clients and will try in the weeks and months ahead to share more themes (especially Genesis based themes, which I also have a special place for) with you here.
Please let me know if there are any you would like me to expand upon in the comments.
Also take a look below at some of the websites, I have created using Weaver II Theme: