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May 16, 2005

Comprehensive list of 280+ WordPress 1.5 Themes / Templates available for download

(Last updated: 6/2/05 – Now listing 287 WordPress 1.5 Themes for download!)

WordPress 1.5 uses a new system that takes the template to the next level -- themes.  Not only are there many themes which are freely available to download and use in your own blog, but you can use Ryan Boren's ThemeSwitcher plugin to allow your weblog visitors to change your blog's theme on the fly (which is pretty darn cool) (and yes, the ThemeSwitcher does work with WordPress 1.5 even tho it was originally designed for 1.3)

Since I had to search all over the place to try to find WordPress 1.5 templates (er, themes), I figured I'd save you all the time and maintain a list here of every single WordPress 1.5 Theme I could find.  I also tried to specify the rare WordPress themes with a three column layout. Make sure to bookmark this page, as I'll be updating it regularly as new themes become available.

Tremendous thanks to the authors who spent so much time putting together these wonderful themes.  If you have (or know of) a WordPress 1.5 theme that I've missed, please email it to howtoblog (at) gmail.com or leave a comment about it.  (Same goes if your theme is listed here and you want it removed)

And now, without further ado, I present the (biggest?) list of WordPress 1.5 Themes:

  1. 1950’s Chic
  2. a lack of colour
  3. A Better Way to Clean
  4. Aesthetic
  5. Aesthetic Azure
  6. Aidens Theme 
  7. Akhdian
  8. Afterglow new
  9. Alamo For Hearty Texans
  10. Alice Blue 
  11. Almost Spring
  12. Almodovar
  13. Amsterdam Nights
  14. anarchy
  15. Angel 
  16. Anthurium Mix
  17. Aplus
  18. Arcade Fire
  19. Archway
  20. Arzel XT2 
  21. Asian Newsstand
  22. Autumn
  23. Back in Black 
  24. Bam! Kick It Up a Notch
  25. Batavia 1.5
  26. Beautiful
  27. Beeblebrox
  28. Benevolence 
  29. Bionic Jive
  30. Black-LetterHead
  31. Blackbird
  32. Blix
  33. blogtimes
  34. Bluecube NEW
  35. Blue Curves
  36. Blue Radiant
  37. Blueberry Boat
  38. Blue-Bye-You
  39. Borderline Chaos 
  40. Boredom!
  41. Boredum
  42. Boxy But Gold
  43. Bricks
  44. Bright 
  45. Brushed Simple
  46. c3ro fire
  47. c3ro silence
  48. Categories
  49. Chewing Gum
  50. ChinaRed 
  51. Chocolate Candy
  52. Chuck A Wobbly
  53. Clasikue
  54. CleanBlue
  55. CleanBreeze 
  56. Cocoa Stripes
  57. Coffee Cup NEW
  58. Coffee Time
  59. Complicated
  60. Conestoga Street 
  61. Connections
  62. Corkboard
  63. Crop Circles 
  64. Cub Reporter
  65. Cup O' Joe 
  66. Curtains Up
  67. Da Destwuction of Da Worurd
  68. Daisy Rae Gemini
  69. Dark Maple 
  70. Dark of the Matinee
  71. Dash of Cinnamon NEW
  72. Death to Smoochy
  73. Deep Blue 
  74. Deichnetz
  75. Desert Theme
  76. Delusions
  77. Devenir En Gris
  78. Dimension 2k
  79. Dixie Belle
  80. Dollars Theme
  81. Don’t Panic
  82. Don’t Ride With Hitler!
  83. DXX 
  84. Electricity
  85. Elegant 
  86. Elvgren
  87. equiX 
  88. Express Yourself
  89. Extra! Extra! 
  90. Fading Flowers
  91. Fall-In-Love
  92. Falling Dreams
  93. Falling Leaves
  94. FastTrack
  95. Fleur De Lys
  96. Flex
  97. Flippin’ Sweet!
  98. ForumED
  99. Framefake Theme
  100. Fresh Bananas
  101. G-S Theme
  102. GanjaPress
  103. Garden Log
  104. Gemini 
  105. Gentle Calm
  106. Gespaa 
  107. Gespaa Theme Two Columns
  108. Gila
  109. Gila Lime
  110. Girls-Suck
  111. Golden Grey Theme
  112. Grass Template 1.5
  113. Green Marinee
  114. GreenTrack 
  115. Green Trees
  116. Greenwood
  117. Grey and Simple
  118. Grimelda
  119. Grubby Slipcovers
  120. Head
  121. Headspace 
  122. Hiperminimalist
  123. Honey Pie
  124. Hope of the States: The Lost Riots
  125. iGreenTrack
  126. I Always Wanted to be Tenenbaum
  127. I’m Just a Crosshair
  128. Ice 
  129. Identification Bands NEW (NOTE: this theme comes in 8 flavours, with choices for 4, 3, & 2 column layouts!)
  130. Illumination
  131. Imhotep
  132. Impressionist
  133. Iris
  134. Jakarta 
  135. Journalized (Blue)  
  136. Journalized (Sand)
  137. Journalized (Winter)
  138. Juicy
  139. Just A Mindset
  140. Kansas City
  141. Kitten Love
  142. Kubrick 1.5 - AllSidebar Edition 
  143. Lampadina (Lightbulb)
  144. Landzilla
  145. Last Regrets 
  146. LetterHead 
  147. Let Them Eat Cake!
  148. Liberated
  149. Limecat
  150. Love and Destroy
  151. Lucid
  152. Lysergic Bliss NEW
  153. Mallow 
  154. Man~ja
  155. Manji and Manji2 (Manji2 is a two-column version of Manji.)
  156. Martyr
  157. Mashed Spuds 
  158. McFire
  159. McStars
  160. Meadow 
  161. Minima Plus 
  162. Minim8 
  163. Minty Green
  164. Mixed Bouquet
  165. Monday Morning
  166. MTsix
  167. Museum
  168. MX4
  169. NAN theme 
  170. Narnia
  171. Neptune
  172. Neat!
  173. Neuron 
  174. NFO Overload
  175. Ninja
  176. NoLimits 
  177. Northern Web Coders
  178. Notebook
  179. Nyc
  180. Oasis
  181. Obsidian 
  182. Ocadia 
  183. Off the Wall
  184. Old train 
  185. Operate
  186. Opus 68
  187. Orange
  188. OrangeSky
  189. Orchid
  190. Oxymod
  191. Parishuddha 
  192. Persian 
  193. Pink Curves
  194. Pink is the new Black 
  195. Pinstripes
  196. Placid 
  197. Plain Vanilla
  198. Poetic Love
  199. Pool 
  200. Postcards From the Edge
  201. Pretty In Pink
  202. Psycho 
  203. pumpkin
  204. Quentin 
  205. RadMod
  206. Radical Image
  207. Rampart
  208. Random Image
  209. rdc* theme
  210. Red & Blue Make White 
  211. Red Train
  212. Reflection 1.0
  213. Reflections
  214. Relaxation
  215. Retrospotive
  216. Rin
  217. Rori Red
  218. Rubric
  219. Safety
  220. Sassy N Slim
  221. Savoy Truffle
  222. Scam City
  223. Scattered
  224. Scarlet Blaze
  225. Scarlett Johanssen
  226. Semiologic CMS theme NEW
  227. ShadedGrey
  228. Sharepoint Like
  229. Shutterbug (for photobloggers!) NEW
  230. Simple Clean
  231. Simple Green
  232. Simplicity
  233. Simplicity 0
  234. Sixties
  235. Slash Dot
  236. Sleek Theme v2.0
  237. Soothe
  238. Spiderman
  239. Spiral
  240. Spirit
  241. Spring
  242. Spring Flavoured Manji
  243. Squares
  244. Starburst
  245. Steam
  246. Stevish 2.0
  247. Stevish Castle
  248. Stevish Dream
  249. Stevish Got Class
  250. Stevish
  251. Stripes
  252. Stucco
  253. Stuttering
  254. Stylish Blue Modern
  255. Summer Kiss
  256. Summertime
  257. Sunflowers
  258. Sunset  NEW
  259. Stuttering 
  260. Sunflowers 
  261. Sweet Pink!
  262. Taft
  263. Tech-Bytes
  264. The Birth of Venus
  265. Thought Mechanics 
  266. TicTac – Wuhan
  267. Toni Themes 
  268. Track Jacket 
  269. Treacle NEW
  270. Travelogue
  271. Trident
  272. Tropical Breeze
  273. Tulip
  274. Utica Avenue 
  275. Very Simple 
  276. Way Too Clean
  277. Weblog.us
  278. White as Milk
  279. Wild Like Children
  280. Windstorm
  281. WordPress Classic
  282. WordPress Default
  283. Wuhan
  284. Yadda 
  285. Yaaarr! Tis me blog!
  286. Zen Minimalist 
  287. Zig-Zag

Much thanks to some other lists of WordPress 1.5 themes including Organic Shadows, BloggingPro (who has screenshots and commentary for some of these themes), Alex King's theme contest, the WordPress Codex

To see many of these themes in action, be sure to check out Shadow’s WordPress Reference Centre as well as Alex King’s Theme Browser

To learn how to modify any of these themes check out “How to customize an existing WordPress 1.5 theme just the way you want

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Cool. It'd be even cooler if you could identify the 3 column layouts. Nice work!

Posted by: Jon | March 17, 2005 07:45 PM

Thanks for the list. We are always looking for themes. Maybe one day I will be good enough (and take the time) to create one. :) Good day!

Posted by: Dave | March 17, 2005 08:17 PM

Great list Emily. I do notice in all your postings that there is no mention of Expression Engine. We have been planning our own weblog using Movable Type, but only today I have read that there are some serious technical issues regarding many blogs not being found at all and others where postings have disappeared from bloggers archives.

We had in any case decided already to switch and use EE, as it is a fully compliant CSS/PHP/MySQL based package, with lots of excellent features. I accept that EE only has a small share of the blog software market at present, but then the developers only released it a few months ago, having taken over from their earlier package called pMachine Pro. I think that is correct.

You ought to try out the functionality - we would be interested in your comments - before we dive in and buy their package! Sorry, that makes you sound like our guinea-pig - if you know what I mean!!

Posted by: Christopher Dickson | March 18, 2005 04:53 AM

You are very much appreciated for compiling this info and I am happy to see all my 3 themes find a place in here :)

Thanks for the good work and please keep it up ! :)

Posted by: sadish | March 18, 2005 09:05 AM

Thanks for throwing some traffic my way for my Curtains Up theme.

Posted by: Seth | March 18, 2005 11:27 AM

Thanks for linking to Rubric Emily,



Posted by: Tom Raftery | March 19, 2005 03:08 AM

A big 'your welcome' to everyone who has written me with thanks for this post - I really appreciate the feedback!! And I'll stay true to my promise to keep updating it as new WP 1.5 themes become available - I'm prowling the blogosphere for more as you read this.

Also, a huge thanks to all of you who have linked to this post, and to my 'How to Blog' blog in general!!! They are GREATLY appreciated!! :)

Posted by: Emily from How to Blog | March 19, 2005 09:36 AM

Hey thanks for the link. Drop me a line sometime. I have a question... :)

Posted by: Aaron | March 22, 2005 05:07 PM

Hey Emily, I know you love getting these themes right away, so here's the link to a theme I just released. :)


Posted by: Daynah | March 22, 2005 10:19 PM

Thanks for the links to Deep Blue, Green Trees and Mashed Spuds! I'll let you know if/when I make something new :)

You're doing a fabulous job here, it must be overwhelming at times.

Posted by: kyte | March 23, 2005 02:28 PM

You are an angel from heaven. . . thanks chica.

Posted by: Gammylt | March 24, 2005 09:11 AM

Actually, the crappymatic is the crappy script I wrote that converts generic templates into blogger, wordpress, diaryland, diary-x, movable type, and textpattern templates, so it's not technically a wordpress theme itself - although all of the linkware templates at my site are.

Posted by: francey | March 24, 2005 09:12 AM

Awesome job. Heaven for any wordpress user.

Posted by: Azeem Azeez | March 24, 2005 11:55 AM

you can add my theme

Posted by: Daniel Ryan | March 24, 2005 02:03 PM

Hey thanks for adding my theme (MTsix)!

Posted by: Oliver | March 24, 2005 03:52 PM

Umm on the one called Simplicity which I made.. it links to a page with three themes on it.

I guess you can do whatever you want but here's another I made
and http://wh0cares.com/martyr/

Posted by: Bobd314 | March 24, 2005 07:02 PM

Hi there, this topic was recently bumped at WP so I thought I'd take a look - I'm mighty impressed by your effort, and it's always good to see more resources to find more themes.

The address for my Meadow theme (in the list) is now http://wordpress.sekhu.net which includes the variation Don't Panic! theme. If I do anymore themes they'll be there.

Keep up the good work.

Posted by: sekhu | March 25, 2005 12:55 AM

Hi Emily,
Thanks for Posting my "Aesthetic theme" here. Kudos for collecting the comprehensive and Best collection of Wordpress Themes.

Posted by: Dilip | March 25, 2005 08:26 AM

Hi again Emily, I just thought you might be interested in this! :)


Posted by: Daynah | March 26, 2005 04:25 PM

181 Radical Image
incorrect link

122 132
same theme - Lucid

193 safety is 3 columns

Posted by: Nice | March 31, 2005 07:30 AM

To 'Nice' - Thank you so much for the heads-up on that! I've made all the corrections (and found another theme that was listed twice!)

Unfortunately, the site where I found the link for the Radical Image theme (Organic Shadows) also points to the incorrect URL - and I haven't been able to turn up any other references to that theme just yet, so for now I've removed it from the list.

I greatly appreciate the help with editing! Thanks for taking the time to drop me the note!

Posted by: Emily from How to Blog | March 31, 2005 12:17 PM

Again, to the WP theme authors, you're all welcome (in response to the thanks you've expressed for having listed your themes here), but remember the real thanks goes out to YOU for having created the themes and making them freely available to the WP community. Thanks so much for sending your themes my way! Keep 'em coming :)

Posted by: Emily from How to Blog | March 31, 2005 12:19 PM

Can you add my new theme "FALL-IN-LOVE to the list. The screen shots of the theme is availabale in http://www.dilpu.net/wordpress.html . The theme is with Three columns. The current colour scheme is 'Royal Blue'


Posted by: Dilip | April 1, 2005 12:12 AM

Another theme. I got bored and decided to make this


Posted by: Bobd | April 3, 2005 08:31 PM

Emily: Just leting you know that my three themes (Deep Blue, Greentrees and Mashed Spuds) are no longer available for download. They may be resurrected at some time in the future but right now that seems doubtful... Thanks for the link-time :)

Posted by: kyte | April 8, 2005 05:16 PM


I downloaded the Blue Radiant theme and was wondering if you could help me.

I want to widen the columns a little and no matter what I seem to enter into the CSS style sheet it distorts the template?

I like how you have this nice and wide 3 column and want the same! Any suggestions?

Carl Sorensen

Posted by: Carl Sorensen | April 9, 2005 04:30 PM

Actually, Emily, please ignore my last comment. I have spent the weekend redesigning the site and updating those themes.
http://www.hamarana.com for the main site and downloads
http://themedev.hamarana.com for demos of my three themes.

Thanks :)

Posted by: kyte | April 9, 2005 08:35 PM

Made this new theme and thought it would be nice if it would be listed here.

So, it's "just another retro-ish pink theme", and you can find it @ http://www.aamukaste.org/wpthemes

Thanks (:

Posted by: Topi Peltonen | April 14, 2005 01:12 PM

Made my first own Theme called Relaxation. Would be great, if you can list it here. =)




Posted by: Jowra | April 17, 2005 07:12 AM

Hi, I'm currently running around promoting my three-column theme Treacle (http://not-that-ugly.co.uk/?page_id=42) so if you could list it that'd be lovely. (There are a couple more three-cols in the works, but they're not done yet.)

Posted by: the absent student | April 21, 2005 08:10 AM

My ninja theme

Posted by: Bob | April 25, 2005 07:13 PM

just to tell I've released a theme with a set of 8 flavours at http://www.eretzvaju.org/identification-bands with 4, 3 and 2 columns each.

Posted by: neuro | May 6, 2005 01:30 PM

incorrect link?
215 Sassy N Slim

Posted by: Nice | May 9, 2005 01:07 PM

Here's another one for you: http://www.thex.com/rd/?page_id=104

Posted by: richard | May 10, 2005 09:29 AM

My Beeblebrox theme: http://beeblebrox.net/2005/05/14/wordpress-theme-beeblebrox-version-01/

Posted by: thom | May 14, 2005 07:29 AM

Hi Emily,

I just released my first theme for WP and will be releasing more soon. Here's the link to it - http://lfmdesigns.com/2005/05/16/dash-of-cinnamon/


Posted by: Lena | May 17, 2005 01:33 PM

Just released a new theme: Bluecubes. It's a simple two-column theme named for the masthead image.

Posted by: richard | May 22, 2005 07:36 AM


Wanted to add a new theme up here, called "Sunset", you can find it here: http://www.thex.com/rd/?page_id=126 You can also find it in action here: http://www.thex.com/blogtest?ts_theme=Sunset

The English Guy

Posted by: richard | May 26, 2005 06:28 AM

Hi Emily, I just released another theme for WP. It's a photoblog theme called Shutterbug. You can find it here: http://www.lfmdesigns.com/2005/06/01/shutterbug/ and you can see it in action here: http://themes.lfmdesigns.com/photoblog/

Thanks again,

Posted by: Lena | June 2, 2005 09:30 AM

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