have used a lot of WordPress themes. Some I have customized. Many I have not been happy with because when I got too far into them, I realized they either didn’t have the look and feel or the functionality I required. Some of these have been lauded as the best WordPress themes…ever. But if they are not right for you, they won’t work well and you will most likely end up changing your theme, which can be a real hassle.
When building your website, the first question to ask is what functionality do you need?
Then, what functionality is built into WordPress itself?
What themes support this well?
What themes provide additional useful features?
If you purchase a theme, check for frequency of updates. Remember there are always some risks with any theme, but especially including free themes. Read more here on that topic of why to avoid free themes.
Here are 4 sites with great themes for designers:
or do your own search, for example “WordPress Tumblr Themes”
note: I don’t earn anything on these links.
You might not need the theme to do the heavy lifting. For example, take a look at what this plugin does:
“Custom Content Portfolio is a portfolio management plugin for creative people such as artists, photographers, and Web designers to showcase their work. Just like what bbPress is doing for forums and BuddyPress is doing for social networks, Custom Content Portfolio is doing for portfolios.”
Essentially it circumvents having to switch posts that are portfolios back to posts if your new theme does not adhere to multiple post types. For example, I am using a theme with posts that can be classified as posts (as in blog), portfolio, personnel, price table, and gallery. If I switch to a new theme without these features I run the risk of losing the visibility of the content (it’s still there in the database, but you have to make sure it’s recategorized).