Shop smarter: 4 WordPress theme marketplaces compared

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There are no shortage of places to find WordPress themes. Some prefer to make their own themes, some use only free themes, and still others—perhaps yourself—that purchase WordPress themes. Assuming you are purchasing themes online you have a number of places to look. Commercial theme shops are many and varied. There is also another type of commercial theme resource, typically referred to within the community as a WordPress theme marketplace.

After how well received our WordPress theme framework comparison was, and how often theme marketplaces were brought up when we discussed how to find WordPress themes, there was just no way we couldn’t do a rundown of theme marketplaces as well. In this post you will find a bit of a background on theme marketplaces in general, a rundown of everyone we know about, and a poll so that you can weigh in with your experiences.

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How to find WordPress themes, quickly and easily

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If you’re using WordPress, odds are you have started exploring the wonders that are WordPress themes. The right WordPress theme can make your blog pop, and while that won’t make or break your blog it might give you the inspiration to continue blogging and making a great site.

Sometimes it’s not easy to find the perfect WordPress theme. There are a lot of WordPress themes out there, but the perfect theme can at times seem like a needle in a haystack. To help you in your searching, we’ve put together the following guide to finding WordPress themes. If we’re missing a solid method, feel free to add your own tips in the comments.

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Collection of only the best “retro” and “vintage” WordPress themes

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It’s hard to go wrong with a theme that harkens back to some bygone era. Retro- and vintage-themed designs have a way of tapping into the collective unconscious, building on the cultural archetypes that we’ve all inherited. They harness power and meaning from outside themselves, relying not on color and composition, but nostalgia and story. It’s from this inbuilt and very personal significance that viewers can look upon a design and call it “Classic.”

In my pursuit of retro and vintage themes, I’ve found that the WordPress community has produced far too few. Some are extremely high quality, others are bland. Some are free and some are paid. The purpose of this post is to act as an ever-growing collection of all Retro and Vintage themes available for WordPress. So without further ado…

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Build WordPress themes smarter: 23 theme frameworks compared

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WordPress theme frameworks are all the rage. There is no question that developing themes using a framework is the most efficient way to develop with WordPress. So the question is: which theme do you choose?

Assuming you haven’t created your own theme framework, your next option is to rely on another developer who has. There are a number of options, both free and paid, with varying levels of complexity and support. How do you even begin to choose?

We have compared every major theme framework, provided background information on each, and provided a poll that you can use to weigh in on which is the best.

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11 themes and plugins that create mobile friendly WordPress sites

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The mobile web is becoming more and more important. It’s important now more than ever to have a mobile version of our websites for visitors coming to our sites on smart phones. Thankfully, a number of WordPress designers and developers have spent a lot of time on this problem already. Through the creation of a number of mobile-ready WordPress theme and plugin options, it’s possible to have a mobile friendly site ready in only a few short minutes.

Below we have ten plugins and themes that will help transform your WordPress site for mobile visitors. Let’s get to it!

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Embrace simplicity with business card WordPress themes

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Have you ever needed a website, whether for yourself or someone else, simply to communicate simple contact information, and perhaps a simple about paragraph? In those cases, a blog theme just wouldn’t really fit—then it’s overkill. Instead, something typically called a “business card” theme might be a better fit.

I have a few friends who, being professionals learning the internet ropes (so to speak) for the first time, really need a solid presence online. These days, having a Facebook and a Twitter account is nice but doesn’t really work as a solid anchor for an online identity. So I’ve given myself the task of helping these friends get simple, effective sites online using WordPress, and a business card theme.

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