Can I get a good free theme inside Wordpress?

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When I search through the themes on Wordpress, they all seem like amatuer blogs, and I want a professional sales page to sell a speed reading package using pay per click.

I might pay a little for a good Wordpress theme, but surely there must be one available through the admin panel for free that's good enough, or is there? I just need one good looking page.
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  • Profile picture of the author 19thws
    I would suggest searching through google instead... there are lots of good free theme out there.

    but if you consider having an exclusive theme for your site, feel free to contact me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Mercer
      There are definitely some great free themes out there. Google is your best bet. Depending on what your budget is, it might be worth investing in a theme that will help you grow a community around your product.

      Sometimes a great looking Free theme is too good to be true... you can use the TAC (Theme Authenticity Checker) plugin to search for any malicious code.

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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Butz
    I personally use Woothemes on my graphic design blog and I absolutely love and recommend their framework to anyone. I am using a paid premium theme but they do offer free themes as well. I think it will be worth checking out: Free | WooThemes

    Not sure if any of those fit your criteria for a professional sales page.

    I also suggest checking out Best Quality Wordpress Themes Review and Rating . If you scroll down on the right hand side you can sort by free themes vs paid. As well as many other categories including theme structure, theme category, and theme ranking. Themegrade basically evaluates Wordpress themes based on almost 20 different featured including design, SEO, and compatibility.

    Hopefully this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author rowanman28
    No, still haven't found anything that I want to use, and I've been looking for hours. I was considering buying Thesis, as that was the recommendation of one guy, as you can do anything with it, but I'm not sure. Can I download a zip file, and then use it over and over as thousands of different designs?
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    The ones you are looking at - are blog themes. Ugly or not, they do what a BLOG theme is supposed to do.

    You want to use (tweak?) WP to function as something different, namely, a sales page... and you wonder why they don't provide tools for that. Because the main usage of the script by many million users is not to make sales pages but to make blogs.

    Now, if you know a bit a html/css/(php) you can create your own sales pages or add sales page template to any theme... or buy solutions (sales page themes etc.) for your specific needs.

    Finally, asking for a "good theme" in your title is almost nonsense - without defining exactly what's "good" for you. Definitely, not the same as for me.

    For me a highly customizable theme like the default 2010 and 2011 are very good themes. Better than most paid themes!

    As for a free & highly customizable theme (and its child themes) I'd recommend to take a look at Hybrid. There is a learning curve but you can outsource it in case you don't want to learn it.

    BTW, if you need just a salespage... why the heck would you use WP?
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  • Profile picture of the author rowanman28
    Can you recommend a good free (or cheap) place to get just a sales page? I only started building my own hosted websites a couple of weeks ago. Or can you recommend how I might learn to tweak the template code?
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  • Profile picture of the author rowanman28
    I feel a little silly now. I guess I should have checked out Google first.
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  • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
    Originally Posted by rowanman28 View Post

    When I search through the themes on Wordpress, they all seem like amatuer blogs, and I want a professional sales page to sell a speed reading package using pay per click.

    I might pay a little for a good Wordpress theme, but surely there must be one available through the admin panel for free that's good enough, or is there? I just need one good looking page.

    you want something professional but you don't want to pay for it...well, that's your problem right there.

    I'm so sick of people's entitlement attitude online. It's ridiculous. In this life you get what you pay for. PERIOD! If you were to open an offline business, you'd be paying for offices, decor, etc...but because it's online everyone thinks stuff should be free or cheap, and then when hard-working designers do create free stuff it's touted as amateurish.

    Well that's just BS and one of the reasons I rarely create free templates or themes anymore, because of people like you who expect the world for nothing.


    so by all means, go ahead and buy Thesis...follow the herd...Thesis is so passe and so over-used...:rolleyes:

    /end rant
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    • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
      Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

      you want something professional but you don't want to pay for it...well, that's your problem right there.

      I'm so sick of people's entitlement attitude online. It's ridiculous. In this life you get what you pay for. PERIOD! If you were to open an offline business, you'd be paying for offices, decor, etc...but because it's online everyone thinks stuff should be free or cheap, and then when hard-working designers do create free stuff it's touted as amateurish.
      I don't think that rowanman28 was demonstrating an entitlement attitude. I think he's simply looking for a professional looking theme that is free. He didn't say he demands one from us, or that the world owes him a free professional looking theme.

      As far as getting what you pay for online, I have to ask, how much did you pay for Wordpress? Nice little piece of software that's free, isn't it? How about Linux, PHP, MySQL, and other stuff that makes your sites run? Free.

      In many cases when it comes to software, you can get more than what you pay for, or a lot for paying nothing.

      My opinion is that it's not unreasonable or indicative of an entitlement mentality to ask other warriors if there's a free Professional looking Wordpress theme.
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      • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
        Originally Posted by mojojuju View Post

        My opinion is that it's not unreasonable or indicative of an entitlement mentality to ask other warriors if there's a free Professional looking Wordpress theme.
        Except that the OP doesn't really need a WP theme - all he needs is a one page salespage...

        When I was of his age in the journalist school the first lesson was if you want to get an intelligent answer (as a reporter) ask intelligent questions - only they phrased it in a slightly meaner way :rolleyes:
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        • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
          Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

          Except that the OP doesn't really need a WP theme - all he needs is a one page salespage...
          That may be the case, but I don't think that the OP's request for a free professional looking sales page/theme/postcard is indicative of an entitlement attitude as Karen Blundell seemed to say.
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      • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
        Originally Posted by mojojuju View Post

        I don't think that rowanman28 was demonstrating an entitlement attitude. I think he's simply looking for a professional looking theme that is free. He didn't say he demands one from us, or that the world owes him a free professional looking theme.

        As far as getting what you pay for online, I have to ask, how much did you pay for Wordpress? Nice little piece of software that's free, isn't it? How about Linux, PHP, MySQL, and other stuff that makes your sites run? Free.

        In many cases when it comes to software, you can get more than what you pay for, or a lot for paying nothing.

        My opinion is that it's not unreasonable or indicative of an entitlement mentality to ask other warriors if there's a free Professional looking Wordpress theme.
        no instead he insulted my fellow designers and WordPress contributors by calling their free themes amateurish. That's why I commented how I did and that's why I'm pissed.

        These designers work their asses of to provide free stuff for people like him, and normally we don't mind doing it except when we get insulted.

        Think about it.
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        • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
          Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

          no instead he insulted my fellow designers and WordPress contributors by calling their free themes amateurish.
          I don't think he intended any insult when he said:

          Originally Posted by rowanman28 View Post

          When I search through the themes on Wordpress, they all seem like amatuer blogs, and I want a professional sales page to sell a speed reading package using pay per click.
          And I actually agree that many of the themes on WordPress › Free WordPress Themes look amateurish. What word would be less offensive to you, yet just as accurate?

          Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

          That's why I commented how I did and that's why I'm pissed.
          Well I think you need to relax. The OP didn't mention any theme in particular and he just expressed that he thought they didn't look professional enough for his taste.

          Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

          These designers work their asses of to provide free stuff for people like him, and normally we don't mind doing it except when we get insulted.
          You make it seem like most designers upload themes to Wordpress.org only out of charity, as a selfless act. Surely, many do so out of a desire for publicity, to get their work noticed. Maybe you're right, and Wordpress designers are only producing free themes selflessly and solely out of the goodness of their hearts. Still, if they can't take criticism, they probably shouldn't be publishing on the world wide web.

          Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

          Think about it.
          I thought about it and I think you're overreacting. He didn't even mention you. Get over yourself.
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          • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
            Originally Posted by mojojuju View Post

            I don't think he intended any insult when he said:



            And I actually agree that many of the themes on WordPress › Free WordPress Themes look amateurish. What word would be less offensive to you, yet just as accurate?



            Well I think you need to relax. The OP didn't mention any theme in particular and he just expressed that he thought they didn't look professional enough for his taste.



            You make it seem like most designers upload themes to Wordpress.org only out of charity, as a selfless act. Surely, many do so out of a desire for publicity, to get their work noticed. Maybe you're right, and Wordpress designers are only producing free themes selflessly and solely out of the goodness of their hearts. Still, if they can't take criticism, they probably shouldn't be publishing on the world wide web.



            I thought about it and I think you're overreacting. He didn't even mention you. Get over yourself.
            I'm not worried about what he thinks about me. I am what I am and I don't think I'm any better than anyone else. In fact so many are better than me. But I will jump in and defend people who deserve some respect, in this case WordPress designers. WordPress designers shouldn't be devalued they way they are here in this thread and elsewhere.

            The OP wanted a free theme or template and then complained that the freebies were amateurish. That was rude as far as I'm concerned. And if he wants something more professional then he needs to fork out the money. Simple as that.

            I've gotten over myself and don't really wish to fight with you or anyone else, for that matter.

            But I will say this, I love giving away free stuff, I really do. I just think when you are given something for free, then it should be appreciated. It is a gift, after all, is it not? What ever happened to gratitude and just being polite?

            mojojuju, don't attack me for sticking up for hard-working designers. I would stick up for you too, if you were one of them.

            Peace out...
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    • Profile picture of the author justray
      Originally Posted by Karen Blundell View Post

      you want something professional but you don't want to pay for it...well, that's your problem right there.

      I'm so sick of people's entitlement attitude online. It's ridiculous. In this life you get what you pay for. PERIOD! If you were to open an offline business, you'd be paying for offices, decor, etc...but because it's online everyone thinks stuff should be free or cheap, and then when hard-working designers do create free stuff it's touted as amateurish.

      Well that's just BS and one of the reasons I rarely create free templates or themes anymore, because of people like you who expect the world for nothing.


      so by all means, go ahead and buy Thesis...follow the herd...Thesis is so passe and so over-used...:rolleyes:

      /end rant
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      Excellent point! There is a cost in everything; and, a lot of things on the internet are free. But, what do you get? In business, we called them lost leaders. Eventually, customers will find that they need More and Better and come back to get what they should have purchased in the first place. Some things just cost more.
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  • Profile picture of the author rowanman28
    Well no offense, but I don't have much money, and I think you'll find you can find almost anything for free on the net if you search hard enough. Free music, free video, free information, and people get paid from advertising on the page, affiliate links, and donations. It's not a new thing, libraries have been doing the same thing with free books for years.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    The basic problem is you don't know what you want. Period.

    You keep looking at WP blog themes whereas you need a salespage template. No, they are NOT the same.

    You are not able to formulate clearly what you want - therefore you don't get the expected "free" advice.

    Try to describe what "professional sales page" means. Then people might be able to point you to some examples...

    EDIT. btw, fancy looking sales pages do NOT make sales - professionally written sales copy makes the sales. Just sayin'
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  • Profile picture of the author IndigoJack
    Libraries don't provide FREE books for you to borrow.

    They are heavily subsidised institutions. You pay for libraries through your taxes.

    ...........think I've gone off topic.

    Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post


    EDIT. btw, fancy looking sales pages do NOT make sales - professionally written sales copy makes the sales. Just sayin'
    True. Google is probably the finest example of substance over style and they're not doing too bad for themselves.
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  • Profile picture of the author rowanman28
    Fair enough, when I first started making money online, I was looking for only free methods, and I managed to make a few thousand bucks, without paying anything, and I still am from free methods, and making nothing at all from paid methods. I could make a free site on Google Sites for pay per click, but then my quality score wouldn't be as high as on Wordpress, or so I've heard. I downloaded a free sales page for signing up to an email list, and it looks OK for a free one. If I pay the $27 I can get it to work with my existing templates. Is it better than Google Sites? Is the quality score that important, that it will change my cost per click from one cent a click to two cents a click on some keywords? I don't know.
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  • Profile picture of the author rowanman28
    Yes that's all I was asking for, some free advice. That's what this forum is supposed to be about. We should be helping each other here, and not looking to make money out of each other. I'll give you something for free, get the screenshot pimp add on on Firefox, and every single video online is yours to download for free, then you can get all the music on You Tube by converting the FLV file to MP3, or MP4. Is this wrong? Probably. The question still stands, if Google actively says that you can create a free site on Google sites to use for pay per click, would they penalize you in your quality score for using that as a landing page? I might as well try it, it's free, apart from my time, and the cost of the ads. Save me buying a domain name.
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  • Profile picture of the author rowanman28
    I figured something out if anyone's interested, I used the first page result on the Google search of free wordpress salespage templates, and I simply used the page theme plugin to set a different theme for one page on my website, so I now have a free sales page in that theme on cheapstylus dot com/double-your-reading-speed/, while the rest of the site is still in the old theme. I think it only works as a different theme when people come from outside the main site. A free sales page, which should work for pay per click, once I make it look good.
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  • Profile picture of the author rowanman28
    Well, I wouldn't have said anything bad if I knew the designers were listening, the free templates are good for blogs, but they're not really sales pages, although I guess they could be. I'm happy to leave the rest of my site the way it is in the free template from Wordpress, cause I couldn't find a better one, but now one page on the site is a free sales page for a different product, in a different sales page template. Of course, it isn't perfect, it has blank links for contact, terms and conditions, and privacy policy, and it has a back link to the site I got it from, but it could be used effectively to make sales from pay per click, and without even the cost of buying a new domain.
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  • Profile picture of the author benzwm02
    There are some ok free themes inside of wordpress. Personally, I would invest in a premium theme if you want to take your blog seriously. There is a big difference in appearance which will in turn affect how seriously your visitors take your site.
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