In my opinion, one of the best ways to learn about wordpress theme development is to take one of the many clean and nicely layed out free themes and start customizing them yourself.
With this hands on approach with a working model, you have the ability to see for yourself what is happening to the theme with each of the changes that you make. The guesswork becomes less guessy when you have an established functionable framework to start with, and then the tweaking teaching takes you through each step of the personalization process.
It happened so, that I’ve got 2 WordPress related articles in the row. Again I worked very hard on this one post this time offering 60 really premium like WordPress magazine news themes. Such themes are very handy if you have to display a lot of information on your site. For example this site should implement much more magazine type features, which still are on process – as featured slideshow, better sidebar usage showing even more posts from archives. Magazine type themes help to display and catch visitors attention making him stay on the page longer – which rewards in page-views and visit length time.
If you are looking to pay for a WordPress theme, the first place I would start is Elegant themes…for $39.95 you get access to 50+ professional themes that are constantly updated and added to.
I was looking for a free minimalist theme for a site I was working on, and I found a whole heap of great options, so I decided to make it into a post. Most are pretty minimalist, others are just simple designs. Hope you find them useful.