The list below has WordPress themes we have tested, used, and vetted.  We also checked to make sure these themes get regular updates and have been used recently.

A WordPress Theme is a collection of files that work together to produce a graphical interface with an underlying unifying design for a weblog. These files are called template files. A Theme modifies the way the site is displayed, without modifying the underlying software.   This is similar to picking a template or theme in Word or other software programs.

We have divided up the themes into easy and intermediate.  Easy means that it doesn’t require much customization out of the box.    Intermediate means that the theme has a lot of customization options and will most likely need some work out of the box.  We don’t recommend anyone trying any advanced themes and don’t have any on this list.

Responsive means that the theme adapts to mobile browsers.

Clicking on the name of the theme will take you to the WordPress Theme Repository where more information about the theme including features, the last time it was updated, ratings, and more.

 

Flat  – (Easy)

  • Custom background
  • Custom colors
  • Custom menu
  • Responsive layout
  • Two column

Panoramic by Out of the Box – used on Spearville Township Library (Easy)

  • Custom background
  • Custom colors
  • Custom menu
  • Responsive layout
  • Two column

Education Hub by WEN Themes used on Coldwater-Wilmore Site (Easy)

  • Responsive
  • Custom Background
  • Custom Colors
  • Full Width Template
  • Left Sidebar
  • One Column
  • Right Sidebar
  • Three Columns
  • Two Columns

Ribosome used on Stanton County Library Site,  Ness City Public Library Site, and Lane County Library (Easy – Intermediate)

  • Responsive
  • Custom Background
  • Full Width Template
  • Left Sidebar
  • One Column
  • Right Sidebar
  • Two Columns
  • Customizable Colors
  • Featured Images

Graphene used on Bucklin Public Library, Greeley County Library, Meade Public Library, Kinsley Public Library, Kearny County Library and many more!  (Easy – Intermediate)

  • Responsive
  • Custom Background
  • Full Width Template
  • Left Sidebar
  • One Column
  • Right Sidebar
  • Left Sidebar
  • Two Columns
  • Featured Images
  • Slider

MH Magazine Lite used on Scott County Library Site (Easy – Intermediate)

  • Responsive
  • Header
  • Colors are not easy to change (ask Janelle how to change colors or install a child theme with the colors you want)
  • Featured Image in Posts
  • Custom Logo
  • Two Columns
  • Right sidebar

Mantra by CryoutCreations used on Wellington, CO, Vail Public Library, Protection Township Library, Cimarron City Chamber Site, and Berthoud Community Library District (Intermediate)

  • Responsive
  • Featured Post Slider
  • Three Column
  • Custom Header

 

ColorMag by ThemeGrill – used on Cimarron City Library Page (Intermediate)

  • Responsive
  • Featured Post Slider
  • Social Icons
  • Custom Header

Gambit by ThemZee used on Stevens County Library Page  (Intermediate)

  • Responsive
  • Featured Post Slider
  • Three Column
  • Custom Header

Smartline – used on Huntingon Valley Library Website (PA) (Intermediate) (hasn’t been updated since February 1, 2017)

  • Responsive
  • Featured Post Slider
  • Social Icons
  • Custom Header

CryOut Creations has several other themes that have been updated recently that look nice.

updated June 20, 2017

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