New themes are being introduced at WordPress.com more frequently than ever before. That’s probably because the “stylist/designer/theme wrangling” Staff members have grown in number and are continuing to grow.
“Today marks the first day of my employment as a Theme Wrangler with Automattic and it feels great. I’m more than excited to finally let you know what I’ve been up to for the last little bit.” — Ian Stewart joined Automattic
WordPress.com bloggers now have 80 themes to choose from that allow them to switch themes instantly with just a click as frequently as they want to. All themes are widget equipped. Many customizable headers and a few have special features. (INove, Monochrome, Motion, Titan). But there remains a shortage of 3 column white magazine style themes with customizable headers. (Hint!)
1. Dashboard Theme Search Utility Feature Filters
You can use the search utility and Feature Filters in your Dashboard > Appearance > Browse Themes > Feature Filters to locate themes of interest to you. (A-Z, Popular, Features)
Each theme has a thumbshot and a features summary description. You can browse and when you find one of interest you can click “Preview”. When you are ready to make your selection you can click “Activate”.
Below is an example of the thumbshot and information provided for the theme I’m currently using on this blog.
Vigilance by Drew Strojny
A lean and clean WordPress theme featuring standards and search friendly code. Theme Options Menu allows for serious customization. Designed and coded by Jestro.Options: Widgets | Extras | Header | Vigilance Options | Typekit Fonts | Edit CSS
Tags: fixed-width, two-columns, white, red, rtl-language-support, right-sidebar, theme-options, custom-header, custom-colors, widgets, light, sticky-post, translation-ready
2. WordPress.com Theme Reviews
Another wordpress.com blogger has published wordpress.com theme reviews you can read. See the Subject Index as theme-related posts are updated each time a new theme is made available. You will also find lots of other useful information for wordpress.com bloggers on this site.
Illustrated instructions are found in wordpress.com support documentation for themes.
3. Changing themes walk-through
If you have created many customized text widgets then this is for you.
- Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets – drag and drop all existing text widgets into “Inactive Widgets” box.
- Dashboard > Appearance > Themes – browse themes and “Preview”
- “Activate” the theme of your choice.
- Dashboard > Appearance > Widgets – over ride default widget display that comes with new theme by dragging widgets of your choice out of the “Available Widgets” and dropping them into the sidebar box or boxes.
- Next drag all text widgets in the”Inactive Widgets” box out of it and drop into the sidebar box or boxes.
- Open each text widget by clicking on the top right corner and click “Save” and “Close”.
- View the front page of your blog.