Please Suggest Blog Skins/Themes

WordPress offers me 118 free skins (“themes”) and almost 200 ones with a price tag to choose between for the blog. The differences between them are both functional and cosmetic. You’re currently reading Aard with the Syntax skin.

Dear Reader, please post links to blogs with skins that you like and tell me what’s good about them! Or just tell me that Syntax is fine with you.

Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

8 thoughts on “Please Suggest Blog Skins/Themes”

  1. I use Twenty Ten and Twenty Eleven. They’re pretty straightforward and easy for me. Another one that looks good is Independent Publisher 2, and I have no problem with Syntax. You can usually add widgets to themes to give sidebars for previous posts, tag clouds etc, so you can customise to a certain extent.
    The biggest problem I have with the number of available themes is the pointless variety – they make the job of choosing harder rather than easier. One thing in their favour, though – you can try out various themes at the “touch of a button” to see if you like them, then cancel the change if you don’t. You can stick with your original theme and simply experiment if you see something that takes your fancy.


  2. This one appears as a one-column layout with an expandable tab at the left (“home/about aard/contact”) and a few recent posts below. So it is not very good at using a full-sized screen. I block the scripts from gravatar, google, and f***book.


  3. Looks fine to me, although I haven’t seen any of the alternatives. Fonts are fine, sizes are fine.

    One thing that would be nice to have is a way to reach the top page from the sub-pages. I didn’t see such a link on this page. For me that’s a desirable extra (I personally prefer to navigate with the back button), but if someone lands directly on a post linked from somewhere else, it would be good to have a way for them to get to the home page.


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