If you haven’t noticed, my latest obsession is redoing the blog, and pretty much all things WordPress related. I’ve compiled a list of sites that I’ve found really valuable in my hunt for a new skin, and other resources to help me (attempt to) tweak them. Hope they come in handy to some of you bloggers!
WordPress Theme Links
- Smashing Magazine has comprehensive lists of anything design related. Three great lists of Free Skins can be found here, here and here. A wonderful starting point.
- Fresheezy is another site with a Gallery of free WordPress skins. Definitely worth a look.
- WPZoom has very good articles and compilations of WordPress resources, free skins and otherwise.
- Uberblogger Skelliwag complied a list of six minimalist free skins. Handy if you’re into white space.
- Desperate Curiosity lists 100 favorite skins. A little older resource but still some nice designs.
- A list of skins at a Japanese(?) site called Designwalker rounds out my theme resources.
WordPress Plugin Resources
- Mashable has a list of 30+ Plugins to get more blog readers, and 50 Great Widgets. Both great lists to add content to your sidebars and enhance your site.
- Quick Online Tips has a list of the 50 Best Powerblogging Widgets.
General Design Lists
- 99 Sites Designers Must Know About. Great list of resources for design elements/inspiration.
- 100+ Web 2.0 Generators. Exhaustive list of everything from favicon generators to rounded corner graphics.
- ForWebDesigners lists fonts, css, free photo resources, all on an attractive page, smartly sorted.
Useful Sites for Designing Your Site
- Dafont is my first stop for fonts.
- Colour Lovers is a great resource for background patterns and user-submitted color palettes.
- Or create your own color palette at Color Blender.
After you find a theme and install your WordPress, use this helpful list “The Complete WordPress Post-Install Checklist” to walk you through your first steps. Then start blogging! Or check out adii’s list of his Top 53 Blog Design of 2007 and be envious. 🙂