Blogging: Learning The Fundamentals | Day Five: Love Your Theme

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Day Five: Love Your Theme

No one spends more time on your blog than you — make sure you love the way it looks.

Today, explore some themes. Try three new ones, even if you’re happy with the one you’ve got (you may find something that you like even better!).

Here’s how:

  1. First, click the button below to visit the Theme Showcase, where you can browse all the available themes.
  2. Next, scroll through the options, and click Preview on at least three themes, then Try & Customize to see the theme in action, with your posts.
  3. Finally, decide! Click Save and Activate on a new theme, or close the Customizer to keep your original.

Explore available themes

Try three new ones, even if you’re happy with the one you’ve got. You may find something even better! Learn more in the tools and tips for this assignment.

Here’s to getting your blog to look its best!

Cheers,
Michelle W. and the WordPress.com Team

I am using the Twenty Sixteen theme, unfortunately there has been a terrible trend on WordPress.com involving the free themes having various annoyances and bugs and impractical/illogical/poor/strange design that prevent me from using any of the new themes except for Twenty Sixteen, and the only two other themes that would have been worth me using so far this year are Toujours and Scratchpad if it were not for several annoyances and bugs and bad design decisions with these two themes.

One of the worst and most common trends is the faded and light-colored font trend where most new themes have faded (light) fonts that make reading text difficult and uncomfortable and make it feel like you have an eye disease and/or like the text is fading like away like a ghost and/or like fog is over the font et cetera, and unfortunately we have no free option to fix this accessibility problem and annoyance for the theme fonts or for the fonts in the editors.

I do not feel like wasting my time naming the many other annoying trends and bugs because there are so many and I have reported most of them to the developers but they do not seem interested in changing or fixing this it seems so the terrible trends continue to get worse, and this is a real growing problem that has left me with no other options for new free themes this year so far.

If it were not for the Twenty Sixteen theme, I would not have a new theme to use this year, hopefully they do not mess up the future Twenty Seventeen theme because I need to have at least one new theme that I can use each year.

I am not feeling positive about the future of free themes on WordPress.com, but I hope to be proven wrong.

The end,

-John Jr

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