Love it or loathe it, Wordpress is the engine behind over 25 million web sites. That's a lot of blogging. The beauty of the platform is the way that it separates layout from content.
And, to make it even easier, we've picked out 20 of the very best WordPress themes around.
1. Extreme Typewriter
Edgy, unusual and contemporary, Extreme Typewriter is a simple, eminently hackable theme that looks good and works well from installation onwards. There are few frills, but a tabbed menu for fixed pages is very welcome.
This clean, plain theme pays homage to hipster lit repository McSweeney's. VeryPlainTxt is a great theme for customisation - and it'll need it. Not because it doesn't look good, but because it's so popular.
Tastefully designed, Handgloves combines modular navigation tools with social media integration. By default, the text is styled using Helvetica - which of course only works if the user has Helvetica installed...
4. The Morning After
WooThemes is home to an extensive premium Wordpress design catalogue and The Morning After is one of their freebies. It's not a cut-down, commercial theme though. It's a fully featured magazine-style layout, well worth the download.
5. Vector Flower
EZwpthemes specialise in graphically striking layouts with colourful backgrounds. We're a fan of the site's more illustrative templates. Vector Flower's a popular choice - ideal for arty bloggers.
Fully widgetised, with three newspaper style columns and a dynamic dropdown menu for navigation, ClearPress is a good choice for news sites. Pages can still be quickly and readily accessed above the fold links.
If you like your blog to be clean and readable, Charlene could be the template for you. With chunky headlines and clean sans text, it gives you a basic two column layout for straightforward blogging.
8. WPESP Portfolio
WPESP uses its two columns in a different way to traditional blog layouts, with the sidebar reserved for images rather than navigation. Ace for designers, photographers and cartoonists.
Fancy using Wordpress like FriendFeed - but with complete control over the look and layout? theSevenFive theme's what you're looking for, with built in support for Flickr, Vimeo, Twitter and more.