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We now have a whopping 137 Edublogs themes to choose from ranging from:

  1. Those that can’t be altered to themes that are “extremely customizable”
  2. Standard blog themes to very unique themes including photoblog, magazine, newspaper, twitter and Facebook themes.

Which is excellent!

Important Theme Changes

And we’ve made some important changes to the themes:

  1. Threaded comments – All themes now support threaded comments and any user can activate this feature.
  2. Custom Image Headers - almost all themes now allow you to upload your own custom image header.
  3. Comments on Pages – most themes now support comments on pages
  4. Full posts on Category page - most themes now display full posts on category pages for those users who are using their blogs as photoblogs

You activate the threaded comments feature as follows:

1.  Go to Settings > Discussion.

Settings > Discussion

2.  Select Enable threaded (nested) comments

Enabling threaded comments

3.  Scroll to bottom of page and click Save Changes

Please disable threaded comment plugin before enabling threaded comments via Settings > Discussion.

Categorizing the themes

Since you can spend considerable trying to find the “perfect theme” we’ve helped make your task easier we’ve categorizing the 137 themes based on:

  1. Layout – number of columns
  2. Color Scheme and how customizable the theme is
  3. Ability to upload custom image header – those that allow are shown as recommended header image dimensions, in pixels, to upload (written as width by height)
  4. Presence or absence of links to pages as navigation tabs at the top of the theme – as shown in page link column as Yes/No
  5. Presence or absence of tagline in blog header – as shown in display tagline column as Yes/No
  6. Uniqueness

What  to look for with a theme


One Column theme layoutSingle Column themes have a central post area with no sidebar.

These theme appeal to people who like to keep their theme simple by preventing the clutter often created by sidebar widgets.

All widgets are located at the bottom of the blog on one column themes.

One Column Themes

Two column theme with left sidebar layoutTWO COLUMN THEMES WITH LEFT SIDEBAR

Two Column themes normally a wide column for content with a narrower sidebar.

These are the most common theme layout and location of the sidebar (left or right) is personal preference.

Two column themes with left sidebars

Two column theme with right sidebar layoutTWO COLUMN THEMES WITH RIGHT SIDEBAR

Two Column themes with right sidebar are the most common theme layout so we’ve separated these themes based on color scheme.

White themes

Two Column Right sidebar white themes

Grey themes

Two Column right sidebar grey themes

Brown Themes

Two column right sidebar brown themes

Pink themes

Two Column Right sidebar Pink themes

Green Themes

Two column Right sidebar green themes

Blue Themes

Two column right sidebar blue themes

Dark themes

Two column right sidebar dark themes

Themes with easily changed color scheme

Two column theme with right sidebar

Three column with left right sidebar layoutTHREE COLUMN THEMES WITH LEFT AND RIGHT SIDEBAR

Three column themes have either:

  1. Sidebars side-by-side on one side of the blog
  2. Sidebars on either side of the wider content column

Three column themes with left right sidebars

Three column theme with right sidebar layoutTHREE COLUMN THEMES WITH RIGHT SIDEBARS

The most appealing aspect of three column themes is the ability to place more widgets in the sidebar.

Sidebars side-by-side three column themes on one side of the blog allows you to use this aspect well.

Three column themes with right sidebars


Four column themes have one content column and three sidebars.

The content column is often the same width as the other columns. This type of layout tends to be cluttered looking and less suited to reading lengthy content.

Four column themes


Some themes are extremely customisable providing the ability to change the number of columns and/or the location of their sidebars.

Highly Customisable themes


These are the specialist themes designed to suit features such as photoblogging, magazine blogs, newspaper blogs, research blogs, group discussions and custom homepages.

Themes like WPMU Dixi, WPMU Nelo and WPMU are the most customisable of all themes and well suited for a wide range of purposes.

Unique themes

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  2. Hello. I realliy like your post. Thank u

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  4. Hi great list of themes,
    just thought I would give a tip to anyone using wordpress you should always run a second wordpress blog on your site as a test blog, you can block it from the search engines as it is for test only.
    This is for testing everything that you want to change on your main site including changing the theme.

    If you load a theme that is broken in some way worpress reverts back to the original theme BUT on the odd occasion it will make your blog go to a white screen for your entire site and back panel also, which means you can not see any pages and you can not log into wordpress to change anything, this has happened to me 3 times on different blogs and it makes you panic especially when you have over 1000 posts and it is not easy to fix for the average person who knows nothing about scripts.
    WOW sorry a bit of a ramble but worth doing

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  6. This is such a great resource. It is organized really well and makes it easy to find the blog themes that fit your particular needs. I now have a Pro account, but it might be nice for others without the upgrade to see easily which are the free themes and which are not free. Just a suggestion! Thanks.

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