I’m a rookie blogger and have been searching for the perfect “free” WordPress theme ever since I started 9 weeks ago and 48 hours ago I think I found it! It’s the one you’re looking at right now…..at least if you’re on your computer and not your smart phone.
Its called Custom Community by Themekraft. Version 1.9.1 (Free)
The below paragraph is their description
“Create your individual website within minutes. Custom Community is a WordPress and BuddyPress theme framework that enables you to build your site with all the features you love. Easy to use jQuery slide show. List posts under your pages in magazine layouts. Use powerful theme settings to customize every part of the theme. 35 widget areas, 5 special widgets and 2 custom WP 3.0 header menus. 14+ languages available. 3 predefined colour schemes (white, grey, black) with clean and simple browsersafe CSS design to start from. Support at http://themekraft.com.”
My main issues with the half-dozen free themes I’ve been playing with over the past 9 weeks!
- My Header Picture
- Theme width
- Sidebar and Footer width
- Total control of all color
I’m not a computer geek, but I’m also not a computer dummy…It always seems I could never get the god dang header picture to go where I wanted no matter how much I “trialed and error ed” it! Someone’s head was always chopped off or I couldn’t get the object of the pictured centered! Ha! But now I have all the options to pin point my header exactly where I want it!
The second issue that really bugged me and I know it’s just a personal preference is the width of the blog…or the width of the content of the blog post. Too darn skinny/narrow. On my previous themes I was just stuck with what I got (to skinny), but with “Custom Community”, I can dial the width in exactly!
My third semi-irritating issue was not being able to control the width of my right sidebar. I have always used the Facebook “like” box as a guide (pictures of my fans). Right now my Facebook “like” box is 5 fans wide. In previous themes I could only do 3 0r 4 fans wide. Again, I know it’s just a personal preference, but I like the five fans wide and this theme give me the ability to do this!
One of the final issues I was having was that of choosing the exact colors I wanted for any part of my site. Most of the free themes I came across had a fixed amount of color schemes for the background, header, menu bar, etc. When I first started blogging, I thought I would want to have an array of cool and vibrant colors up everywhere. Now that I have been doing this for a few months, I’ve come to realize I want mostly white especially for my blog-posts. There are a lot “white” themes out there, but they are too simple with minimal customization. With this theme, I am able to get the colors I want…or in my case, the colors I don’t want…plus customize all my header, footer and widget areas!
In my humble rookie blogger opinion, Custom Community is the perfect free WordPress theme to fit my needs! A few more screen shot below and thanks for reading! Peace…