I have recently been asked by friends and customers about what my favorite free WordPress.com/WordPress.org themes are. This is always an interesting question because it just depends on your goals. This list is a simple guide for themes that will work for the most basic of sites. All can be customized with various plug-ins to make most every type of site work while also being scalable.
Dara by Automattic and on WordPress.com – Enumclaw Plateau Farmers’ Market is using this theme with multiple plugins, including Give and Wired Impact Volunteer Management. Makarios Acres is using this theme as well.
There are many other themes out there that will work for your needs, but these seem to be the ones I come back to pretty consistently right now. As you can see, even the best sites can be built on a minimal budget and have high impact. Also, they are secure because they are running on themes built and maintained by trusted developers/companies.
Share YOUR favorite free and reliable WordPress themes with me in comments. I will share some favorite plug-ins in a future post.