I’m mostly a minimalist kinda gal, but when you have a particularly content-heavy website, it’s best to take a page from the online newspapers when it comes to layout choices. These five WordPress themes, for example, are perfect for when you want to show a lot of information at once, without making your head hurt. Also? They’re free.
This tops my list, not only for being the cleanest one here, but because it’s beautifully made- and I speak as a WordPress theme designer. You will need to register to download it (registration is free), and it requires some plug-ins (included in the download), but all that’s worth it. It’s a breeze to set up as well, as you can see from the online Read Me.
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Here’s another theme that looks like it shouldn’t be free, but is. A smooth grid-based layout with beautiful little touches here and there, Hamasaki is subtle and never detracts from the most important thing- your content. Includes a contact page as well (yay!), theme options, and some nice ad-ready spaces.
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It’s called Small Magazine, but this theme looks like it could handle even the heaviest content, with its wonderful use of columns and white space. Requires some plug-ins and a bit of customization, but well-documented.
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Another gorgeous one, Rebel features two columns for a more streamlined look, with banner ad-ready spaces and widget support. A little easier to use than the others, I think I like this one precisely because it’s simpler and thus quicker to customize.
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This one’s been around for a while, and it’s still one of the best WordPress themes I’ve ever seen- free or “premium”! If you’re running a WordPress-powered news site, you must check out The Morning After: it’s feature-rich, including things like automatic thumbnail generation, and an easy way of doing “featured” items, among others.
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What’s your favorite WordPress news-themed theme?