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. 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 two other blogs. Can I recommend it? It’s not for everybody but I also like to suggest alternatives.
Free vs paid WordPress themes
As it’s still in early development and needs a few tweaks here and there I can only recommend Origin for advanced users with a strong web development background like I have. It’s like the old saying goes “you get what you pay for”.
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.
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. 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. One of my favorite premium WordPress theme designers who also provides a few very minimalist black and white WP themes [partner-link] is Themes Kingdom [partner-link].
5 years and counting
The vendor exists since 2010 and has already more than 90.000 customers as of 2015. 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 Huntt [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: July 15th, 2015. I completely rewrote the post.
* Screen shot of the Huntt WordPress theme by Themes Kingdom [partner-link]