Tech-blog-friendly WordPress themes

It was bugging me that the MistyLook theme I’ve been using for this blog had a fixed-width section for the text that sometimes resulted in my stuff being clipped  (when I’d put an HTML table in, for instance).  Being too cheap at the moment to buy the upgrade so that I could tweak MistyLook’s CSS to not clip,   I decided instead to try to find a theme that works better for a tech blog.  There’s a whole category of flexible width ones, so that’s the list I evaluated.

And now that I’m thinking in tables, here’s a table of the ten flexible width themes currently available for blogs on wordpress.com, with my evaluation of each’s suitability for a technical blog:

Flexible-Width Theme Name
Well-suited for a Technical Blog? Comments
Silver is the New Black No Sans serif font not as good for code
Shocking Blue Green No Sans serif font not as good for code
WordPress Classic No Sans serif font not as good for code
Andreas04 No Odd font, hard to read
Girl in Green No Low contrast (and I wanted a theme without a girl image :)
Garland No Too narrow; still chops my tables
Rounded No The hippie look feels really odd juxtaposed with technical writing. (Some people might love that though – kind of an irony of style!)
Rubric Yes
Fadtastic Yes
Andreas09 Yes I judged this one the best choice (which is why I’m now using it!)

Others may not have the issue I do with the source code showing up in a Sans Serif font — I just really like to see it in a monospaced font.

For any other technical bloggers out there using WordPress.com though, try previewing what your blog would look like if you switched to the Rounded theme — crazy, huh?   : )

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  1. #1 by Umarzuki on January 8, 2010 - 11:07 am

    all tree tech blog friendly themes mentioned cannot be found on wordpress’s theme page

  2. #2 by danielmeyer on January 8, 2010 - 11:15 am

    Umarzuki,

    I just checked and was able to find the themes on wordpress.com. Do you have a standalone installation of WordPress? (Perhaps you have to install themes separately for a standalone installation?)

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