8 Unusual Themes From WordPress Themes Directory

For all its wonderful features, usability and ease of accessibility – WordPress sites can sometimes feel a little bit generic. It’s not surprising really, with so many people using it. But with such a massive pool of free themes to choose from, surely it should be possible to make your own blog stand out?

With that in mind, here are 8 less known themes which might give your blog the novel and unique style you have dreamed of. You can find all of these in your WP admin panel, simply by searching for the theme name.

1. Autofocus – (Download)

Autofocus

This theme is brilliant for photo bloggers and anyone who wants to display their blog posts very visually. You can do away with the tired sidebar and simply display your latest posts using their featured image and in a slick mosaic.


2. Adventure Journal – (Download)

Adventure Journal

This is one of my favourite themes – perfectly designed for travel type blogs it allows you to use really vibrant and inspiring images which will enthuse your readers and keep them on site if only to gaze at your holiday pics!


3. Jasov – (Download)

Jasov

This quirky little theme is great if you want the opportunity to keep your site navigation in focus and provide a focal point for your readers. It is certainly different too. The posts scroll, and the navigation (to one side) does not… Cool huh?


4. Carrington Mobile – (Download)

Carrington Mobile

This theme is simple and has few features. It is designed for mobile browsers and is a great way to ensure that all of your users have a usable experience, regardless of device.


5. Skulls – (Download)

Skulls

Perfect for bands and anyone who wants to show a bit of personality. The theme gives lots of space to show the site’s background – you can either upload your own cool artwork or stick with the standard imagery included.


6. Ice Breaker – (Download)

Ice Breaker

This theme is perfect for blogs which are still being developed – it simply presents a holding page for any visitors who do find you and offers the opportunity to sign up for emails.


7. Bare – (Download)

Bare

This theme is designed for coders who want a little freedom. There is literally no styling added, so you have complete control over how you shape your website. Do it yourself, without the need to first un-do all the styles that come as standard.


8. Revolt Basic – (Download)

Revolt Basic

Honestly I can’t do this justice, but as far as unusual themes go, this is the unusual-est. Basically it’s a guy (you) holding some cardboard with blog posts on it… See, told you it was odd.

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Retweet & Win Mashable Style Premium WordPress Theme

As I told you before, I have been conducting contests and giveaways in order to encourage commentators and Tweeples. Earlier we had Retweet & Win Digging Into WordPress eBook giveaway.

This time, one of the lucky HBB readers will get a stunning Mashable Style Premium WordPress Theme, Freshlife. Roy from Theme Junkie was very generous and kind enough to offer a license of this theme for us. There are some new features that we’ve integrated in the theme, such as custom twitter & flickr widget, author BIO box for single posts, the ability to switch the posts style(magazine/blog) on homepage and so on. It’s clean and powerful enough to make your blog looked fresh and professional. You can check the live demo here. Below you can see how the Freshlife theme looks:

Freshlife

Theme features:

  • Powerful & Easy-to-use Theme Options
  • Image/Text Logo Switcher + Custom Logo Support
  • Homepage Posts Style(Magazine/Traditional blog) Switcher(New!)
  • Custom Twitter & Flickr Widget(New!)
  • Author BIO box for single posts(New!)
  • Post Excerpts Control
  • Localization Ready
  • Automatic Thumbnail Creation (No Custom Fields)
  • Thumbnail Dimensions Configuration via Theme Options
  • Advertisement Management
  • Site Tracking Management (Google Analytics, StatCounter…)
  • Built-in FeedBurner/Twitter/Google Buzz/Facebook Support
  • Custom Page Templates (Full Width, Archives, Links, Redirect)
  • Custom Breadcrumb (No Plugins Needed!)
  • Threaded Comments
  • Widget Ready
  • Gravatar Ready
  • Dropdown Menu Navigation
  • Cross-Browsers Compatibility (IE6/7/8, Firefox, Safari…)
  • Forum Support
  • Lifetime Upgrade
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How To Win This Premium Theme?

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The Winners will be picked randomly and they will be announced shortly. I’m planning to conduct more giveaways and contests, so you can subscribe to our RSS Feeds to get quick updates about these contests and participate easily.

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How To Install Thesis Skins [Tutorial]

Thesis Skins InstallUndoubtedly, Thesis theme is one of the most powerful WordPress themes released till now.

Thesis theme is unbelievably fully customizable.

You can make it look however you want and boast the strongest SEO of any theme.

There are lot of premium thesis skins and free thesis skins available on the net. You can download and easily implement them.

Please take backups of your Thesis theme before implementing this tutorial. Highly recommended for the sake of your blog.

How To Install Thesis Skins?

1. First download and install Thesis Import/Export WordPress plugin.

With this plugin, you can download individual data files for Thesis Options, Design Options, and all OpenHook content.

After downloading, upload the plugin to /wp-content/plugins/ directory through FTP or upload using the Dashboard directly.

Now, activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

2. Now you need to upload the Thesis skin files to your Thesis custom folder. Use FTP Client for this. FileZilla Recommended!

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3. Use the Thesis Import / Export plugin to automatically set all the correct Thesis options!

It is also possible to edit the color pattern and make changes to them.