Finding the Best WordPress Themes for your Academic Needs

grey-xlFor a number of years, WordPress ( has been enjoyed increasing attention in the academic community.  It is open source, has an incredibly easy install process (especially for a server side app), is remarkably flexible, and has a great development community behind it.  Part of the allure of WordPress is that it has a very flexible templating system.  If you are so inclined, you can build a theme pretty easily – all you really need is a decent knowledge of CSS & XHTML + a little PHP.  But what if you don’t want to dig your hands into developing a custom WP theme?  The great thing is, as mentioned before, there is an incredible community of developers behind WP – including people who develop themes (both free & pay).  The big question is where can you go to find great themes for WP.  Here are some places to start:

There is also the issue of premium themes – themes that you’ll need to buy.  The popularity of WP as a publishing platform has created a market who want to develop and sell themes.  The good thing is that premium WP themes are usually more polished and fully featured than most free WP themes.  The downside is that (duh) you have to shell out money for them.  There doesn’t seem to be a sense of how much premium WP themes should cost.  So, you’ll find themes that are $20 and themes are are $90 (or even more) – its a matter of looking around.  Here are some good places to start:

The bottom line is that which ever way you want to go – pay or free – you’ve got a lot of options.

Where do you get your WP themes from?  Have you designed your own theme and want to share?  Is there a great resource you want to share with other profhackers?  Please share!

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