Clean, simple, elegant; those are what make a webpage attractive and easy-to-read. For far too long, I’ve been waiting for the perfect theme to go with this blog. Today while giving another go at the Theme Gallery, I’ve found what I wanted. Gone are the days when I wanted to show as much information as possible on the sidebars of the blog. There was a time even three-columned designs felt short as I couldn’t show enough information on the either side of the main post column.

But as it continuously becomes more difficult to keep readers on board, simpler, neater, and minimal design approaches work best. That’s why I’ve been looking for a theme that showed my main content — blog post — to the reader without much distractions. I had only two requirements in mind: great typography and clean-yet-attractive outlook of the overall theme. With Custom Design Upgrade that WordPress.com offers, I could easily get a custom font on any theme that I wanted — most notably Expound, a theme that I really like. But I didn’t want to pay just yet; not until I had a reasonable number of readers on a daily basis!

With this theme, I’m happy. It gets me a great typography in a really minimal design that doesn’t distract the readers. Add that to the responsiveness of this theme, and I can finally turn off the mobile viewing option of WordPress.com — which is great for themes that aren’t responsive — and give my readers the same experience across all devices and screen sizes.

Oh, and did I tell you that a clean design with an amazing typography also inspires my inner [writer] self to write more? Yeah, that’s true. When you see your writings looking great, it inspires you to write more. I’m not sure if that is just me or everyone out there, please let me know in the comments if that is something that motivates you.

If you want to find out, consider changing the theme of your blog to something simpler with great typography. If you’re hosted on WordPress.com, a free place to get started with blogging right away, here’s the theme gallery with some great themes to choose from!

Update: After switching the theme, I’ve switched to Expound theme, the theme that I was talking about in the original post. So if you’re reading this now, you’re likely to see a different theme than the one that was originally active when this post was written. Nevertheless, I like the look of this blog now. What do you think?

Written by A. I. Sajib

I love writing about technology, life, and everything between. I love photographing people. I'm a Happiness Engineer at Automattic/WordPress.com. The best way to get to know more about me is through my blog at http://ais.blog

16 comments

    1. You’re right. There are many. One of the many perks of using WordPress. I do host a number of WordPress sites on my own host with some incredibly great premium themes. However, sometimes people just want to concentrate on writing, like i do with this particular blog, and I can’t thank WordPress.com enough for all the great options and free themes. 🙂

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  1. Hi!
    I’m Janice,
    I found you in the Community Pool. This really is a clean design. Very sleek.
    I read what you wrote in the Community Pool about wanting new followers. My theme is helping bloggers. I have 130 posts at my site that will help you get the kind of traffic you want. Check out my blog and see what you think. http://wp.me/P5jxvv-1
    Thanks,
    Janice

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  2. we are using the same theme, i really really like what you have done with yours, the background image is sweet too, i couldn’t find a good background image for mine…. your page looks lovely

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    1. Thanks! I just noticed that you too are using the same theme — yay! 😀 (I was visiting your site earlier today from the WordPress app so I didn’t really notice.)

      I kinda stumbled upon the background image when I was frustratingly looking for something good. I still think it’s kind of childish, though. 😛

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

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      1. your background image doesn’t look childish! i would love to steal it and turn it pink haha… but i’ve got a banner, might be too busy… that was my problem with looking for a background image, too busy, i just have some specks in there now… it’s a great theme isn’t it? 🙂

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        1. Thanks for making it permanent for me! 😀 Yes it is a great theme, the only thing I didn’t like about it was the narrow sidebar and unattractive font. I’ve changed the font already, and will have to find out a bit of time to resize the sidebar and make it a bit wider. And then it’ll be perfect. 🙂

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            1. also you could change the width of your site content, i’ve got this code, not sure if it does anything lol

              .site-content {
              position: relative !important;
              left: -26px !important;
              }

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              1. yes it does make it narrower, but to me it looks better, not so squished up… you could try making your content width narrower and the sidebar wider

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  3. i feel a large sidebar is like somebody is trying to force advertising on me, instead of the content i’m there for… but i wanted to show you the three ways you have of controlling the widths and how i do it

    .entry-content {
    width: 780px;
    }

    .site-content {
    position: relative !important;
    left: -37px !important;
    }

    #secondary {
    float: right;
    width: 210px;
    margin-left: 10px;
    margin-right: -40px;
    overflow: hidden;
    }

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