Black and White WordPress Theme for Business Blogging
When I started this blog in 2007 I had partnered with a designer who created a lovely black and white WordPress theme. Sadly he discontinued the theme support after two years.
I switched to another one with a strategic bit of color in the header. The second one worked fine for years until the mobile revolution made a mobile-friendly alias responsive theme necessary.
After a while I found an almost perfect WordPress theme in black and white
It was free but still in its Alpha version. It’s called Origin [partner-link]. As a professional I could easily customize and adapt it to my needs and specifically to my content.
I used it ever since on this and three other blogs. Can I recommend it? Yes. It’s not for everybody though but I also like to suggest alternatives.
Free vs paid WordPress themes
As it’s still in development and needs a few tweaks here and there I can only recommend Origin for advanced users with coding abilities similar to those I have.
I’ve been a web developer starting in the late nineties. I quite coding shortly after I started blogging around a decade ago.
It’s like the old saying goes “you get what you pay for”. The less you pay the more you have to contribute yourself.
Origin is not ready for prime-time out of the box. I changed the fonts for example. I improved readability in general.
When you get something for free you need to invest some work yourself.
When you start your blog these days or want to improve your exiting weblog without the additional fuss of tweaking a theme to fix some issues that still persist I suggest buying one.
You can get a professionally designed WordPress theme for around 50$ these days.
That’s a good price compared to a custom web design which would cost rather 5000. I have built custom websites in the past and it’s not only the price that is the problem.
The whole process of building and testing a website is tedious. Updating a custom built site can be a nightmare even for Web-savvy folks who are not afraid of coding.
Thanks God you can use a ready-made CMS and theme by a third party.
When it comes to WordPress themes it’s crucial to use simple ones that do not steal attention from the actual content. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication when it comes to business blogging.
Black and white kingdom
Do not try to overwhelm people by using fancy graphics and complicated styles. Less is more when it comes to colors as well.
Stress the importance of content by providing enough white space and reducing the overall range of colors your design exhibits.
Black and white or monochrome WordPress themes are the best solution.
Monochrome means not only black and white but all shades of grey in-between the tow extremes.
My favorite free and premium WordPress theme designers who also provide a few very minimalist black and white WordPress themes is Alien WP [partner-link].
5 years and counting
The vendor exists since 2013 and has already more than 400.000 theme downloads as of 2017.
That’s impressive in the fast-paced Internet landscape where websites and businesses disappear over night.
One of my favorite themes from Themes Kingdom is Althea [partner-link].
It’s a magazine theme similar to Pinterest with its tiles. It’s perfect for the modern visual Web where a picture says more than a thousands words.
Nonetheless it’s also displaying textual content well and is excellent for readability and the overall user experience.
Last updated: March 5th, 2017.
* Screen shot of the Althea WordPress theme by Alien WP [partner-link]