100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes | Developer’s Toolbox | Smashing Magazine

High-quality WordPress themes always come in handy. Whether you are looking for some design inspiration or professional coding solutions — in both cases you can learn a lot, you can apply them and you can build customized designs upon them without reinventing the wheel all the time.

In this article we present 100 free high-quality WordPress themes. Together with hundreds of other designs, these themes have been manually selected, installed and tested over the last weeks. They all can be downloaded, customized and used for free in both personal and commercial projects. Links to demo-versions provide a direct preview of a theme.

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Pay Per Post

Well, I signed up to PayPerPost.com out of curiousity. I wanted to see just how many companies use their service and what types of companies they were.

The first thing I noticed was a fantastic design and member dashboard. They have a video tour to help new members navigate which I think I better watch but all in all I was impressed at first sight.

I only scanned the list of companies and didn’t noticed any big names, but there were 158 at the times of writing this post.

Signing up to PayPerPost.com is easy but getting accepted isn’t, your blog needs to meet requirements such as be in existence for at least 90 days and have a certain number of post. Some companies on their list require your blog to have a certain PR but not all.

I haven’t been accepted yet, but I am patiently waiting for my oppurtunity to write a few posts and make a few dollars at the same time.

Many bloggers use this service to make a few dollars for their time and effort, the responsible bloggers who do write a post for money also make their readers aware it is a paid post.

PayPerPost

This is not a paid post, as I have not been accepted to their service yet.

DNLodge

I am a member of a great webmaster resource forum, DNLodge, aside from all of the resources, they now have a contest giving away $6100 worth of prizes this month.

Now, thats a contest.

All you need to do is post, thats it. No skill testing questions, or fear factor stunts.

Check it out now.

DNLodge

MySpace Layouts

 I rarely visit MySpace pages, not because I think there is nothing there of interest, but because I have yet to see any eye appealing layouts.

If the layouts weren’t bad enough, I am subjected to the authors genre of music on 99% of the pages that will usually cut off whatever I am listening to.  One of the biggest rule in running a website or an online journal, don’t hijack your visitors browser or computer.

The heavy metal, rap, rock etc… you love, doesn’t mean the rest of the world wants to hear it.  Give us the option to hear it by us clicking “play”.

Back to the layouts, I would love to see some good layouts on MySpace, if you think you have a good layout, post in the comments section below, and don’t bother if you are going to grace me with your auto-play music.

Website Reviews

Surfing is one of my biggest past-times. When I find a website I like, regardless of the content, I like to tell people about it.

I am an avid believer that being W3C compliant is key to having a good website. Using CSS is also very important especially if you have a large website with many sub-pages.

When reviewing websites I look for the following:

  1. Clean easy to update design/structure.
  2. Good usability in the design
  3. Fast loading pages.
  4. Intelligent use of technology – i.e. flash
  5. The websites ability to convey the meaning/message of the website quickly if not instantly.
  6. Grammar and spelling.
  7. Colours

I will post my reviews in the “Websites” category, if you would like to suggest a website to be reviewed, leave me a comment here.

Happy surfing.