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WordPress Themes

Free WordPress themes! Here you can download my free, open-source shapeSpace starter theme, along with some older themes that once were used here at Perishable Press. For a complete list of themes designed for this site, check out the Alphabet Series Theme Library. All of downloadable themes are open-source (GPL) license and 100% FREE :) — Enjoy!

shapeSpace

[ shapeSpace WordPress Theme Template ]
shapeSpace starter theme

shapeSpace is the starter template that I use for creating my own WordPress themes and WordPress-powered websites. It’s evolved quite a bit along with WordPress over the years, striking what I find to be a good balance between utility, flexibility, and performance. shapeSpace is basically a starter theme that combines a robust set of theme functions with a lightweight set of template files. It’s a “premium” starter template that’s clean, current, and 100% free.

Features

  • Built with the WP API
  • Valid HTML5, CSS3, jQuery
  • Clean, consistent, modular code
  • Responsive default layout
  • Compliant with WordPress Standards
  • Passes all theme-check tests
  • Includes a growing library of custom functions
  • Enabled functions for the most commonly used features
  • Lightweight, flexible, and extensible
  • Blazing fast performance
  • Universal browser support
  • Actively developed and kept current with latest WordPress
  • 100% FREE and open-source via GPL License
Download shapeSpace @ shapespace.io »

Introspection

[ Introspection Theme ]
Introspection

Introspection is a clean, simple theme designed to streamline workflow, optimize content, and inspire productivity.

Features

  • Minimalistic, lightweight, optimized design
  • Supports custom menus, widgets, and featured images
  • HTML5/CSS3 design with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Traditional two-column, fixed-width design
  • Tabbed sidebar menu showing recent, popular, and random posts
  • All-standard, plug-n-play WP theme functionality
Download IntrospectionVersion 20130108 ( 239.89 KB ZIP )

Alphabet Theme Series

In 2005/2006, I started naming the themes designed for Perishable Press in alphabetical order. Most of the alphabet themes primarily were used as alternate themes for Perishable Press, so users could “switch themes” to get a more customized experience. My intention was to release each new alphabet theme to the public, but I’m already well beyond letter V, and have only managed to package around eight of the older themes for public consumption. So with that in mind, here are the nine or so alphabet themes that I’ve managed to make available for download..

Note! All of the downloadable alphabet themes are in dire need of updates. Some of them were originally created over 10 years ago. So have fun and feel free to use whatever, but understand these themes are not recommended for live/production sites ;)

Apathy

[ Apathy Theme ]
“A” is for Apathy

The Apathy theme emulates a virtual newspaper.

Features

  • Minimalistic, lightweight, liquid layout
  • Triple-loop, triple-column triple-threat design
  • XHTML Strict with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Designed for Fx1+, NN7+, Op8+, and IE6+
  • Complete notes and images in .zip download
Download Apathy ThemeVersion 2.7 ( 96.28 KB ZIP )

Bananaz

[ Bananaz Theme ]
"B" is for Bananaz

The Bananaz theme is extremely gay!

Features

  • Fresh & fruity design with random image gallery
  • Fixed, centered, single-column with full-width header
  • XHTML Strict with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Designed for Fx1+, NN7+, Op8+, and IE6+
  • Complete notes and images in .zip download
Download Bananaz ThemeVersion 2.0 ( 56.73 KB ZIP )

Casket

[ Casket Theme ]
"C" is for Casket

Capture the essence of a proper burial..

Features

  • Titanium shell with plush interiors
  • Fixed-width, centered, single-column layout
  • XHTML Strict with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Designed for Fx1+, NN7+, Op8+, and IE6+
  • Complete notes and images in .zip download
Download Casket ThemeVersion 2.0 ( 31.06 KB ZIP )

DOS_FX

[ DOS_FX Theme ]
"D" is for DOS

The DOS_FX theme pays homage to the DOS OS.

Features

  • Minimalistic, lightweight design
  • Fluid, centered, two-column layout
  • XHTML Strict with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Designed for Fx1+, NN7+, Op8+, and IE6+
  • Complete notes and images in .zip download
Download DOS_FX ThemeVersion 1.0 ( 32.04 KB ZIP )

Entropy

[ Entropy Theme ]
"E" is for Entropy

The Entropy theme inverts the DOS_FX theme.

Features

  • Minimalistic, lightweight design
  • Fluid, centered, two-column layout
  • XHTML Strict with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Designed for Fx1+, NN7+, Op8+, and IE6+
  • Complete notes and images in .zip download
Download WP Theme - EntropyVersion 1.0 ( 33.72 KB ZIP )

Finished

[ Finished Theme ]
"F" is for Finished

The Finished theme is finally done.

Features

  • Custom graphics, coldest chills
  • Fixed-width, centered, two-column layout
  • XHTML Strict with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Designed for Fx1+, NN7+, Op8+, and IE6+
  • Complete notes and images in .zip download
Download Finished ThemeVersion 1.0 ( 72.69 KB ZIP )

Garbage

[ Garbage Theme ]
"G" is for Garbage

The Garbage theme is a converted B2-Evolution skin.

Features

  • Custom graphics, total garbage
  • Fixed-width, centered, two-column layout
  • XHTML Strict with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Designed for Fx1+, NN7+, Op8+, and IE6+
  • Complete notes and images in .zip download
Download Garbage ThemeVersion 1.0 ( 131.75 KB ZIP )

Headline

[ Headline Theme ]
"H" is for Headline

The Headline theme is a streamlined version of Apathy.

Features

  • Minimalistic, lightweight, uniform design
  • Fixed-width, triple-loop, triple-column layout
  • XHTML Strict with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Designed for Fx1+, NN7+, Op8+, and IE6+
  • Complete notes and images in .zip download
Download Headline ThemeVersion 2.0 ( 131.72 KB ZIP )

Information

[ Information Theme ]
"I" is for Information

Information designed exclusively for multimedia chillers.

Features

  • Pop-open content panels via JavaScript
  • Fixed-width, centered, mixed-column layout
  • XHTML Strict with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Designed for Fx1+, NN7+, Op8+, and IE6+
  • Complete notes and images in .zip download
Download not available

Jupiter!

[ Jupiter! Theme ]
"J" is for Jupiter!

The Jupiter! theme is for broadband users.

Features

  • sIFR fonts, collapsing data panels, gravatars
  • Fixed-width, centered, two-column layout
  • XHTML Strict with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Designed for Fx1+, NN7+, Op8+, and IE6+
  • Complete notes and images in .zip download
Download not available

Killer

[ Killer Theme ]
"K" is for Killer

Totally Killer makeover — now version 2.0!

Features

  • holistic data presentation
  • Fluid-width, three-column layout
  • XHTML Strict with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Designed for Fx1+, NN7+, Op8+, and IE6+
  • Complete notes and images in .zip download
Download not available

Lithium

[ Lithium Theme ]
"L" is for Lithium

The Lithium theme is a stripped-down version of Jupiter!

Features

  • Highly customized design
  • Fixed-width, two-column layout
  • XHTML Strict with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Designed for Fx1+, NN7+, Op8+, and IE6+
  • Complete notes and images in .zip download
Download not available

minimalist

[ minimalist Theme ]
"M" is for minimalist

The minimalist theme is as "minimal" as we get around here.

Features

  • minimalistic, lightweight design
  • Fluid-width, two-column layout
  • XHTML Strict with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Designed for Fx1+, NN7+, Op8+, and IE6+
  • Complete notes and images in .zip download
Download minimalist ThemeVersion 1.2 ( 25.71 KB ZIP )

Optimized

[ Optimized Theme ]
"O" is for Optimized

The Optimized theme is an SEO-optimized version of Lithium.

Features

  • Super-tight, streamlined markup
  • Stripped-down, lightweight design
  • Integration of key accessibility features
  • Optimized for SEO: no duplicate content, etc.
  • XHTML Strict with browser-safe colors and fonts
  • Completely valid, 100% hack-free CSS
  • Designed to work great in all modern browsers
Download not available

P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, …

Updating this post again in July of 2018, currently I’m up to “W” in the alphabet theme series. Here is a list of themes named for the letters “P” thru “W”.

  • Perishable – Favorite dark theme with built-in “light” theme switcher
  • Quintessential – Fractal background with transparent content boxes
  • Requiem – Minimalist theme with tight design and Helvetica font stack
  • Serious – Golden brown theme with lots of bells and whistles
  • Tether – Light brown theme with boxed content areas and lots of extras
  • Unicorner – Wildly colorful with bold fonts and lots of graphics
  • Volume – Hearty, down-to-earth precursor to the Wire theme
  • Wire – The longest running theme at Perishable Press.
  • X – Throwback to the good ol’ days on teh Web.
  • Yes – You are here.

You can learn more about any of these themes on the Alphabet Themes page. I hope that, before it’s all said and done, I have time to go all the way thru letter “Z”. Only one more to go…

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13 responses to “WordPress Themes”

  1. Wonderful, I already have plans for it. I hope Jupiter will eventually be finished too. It’s hard to decide without trying them out which would be better. Thanks much. : )

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