Before you just start looking for a theme, make sure you’ve read all the tips for how to evaluate a theme. Beginning a website project by looking for a theme is a sure-fire way to focus too much on design and not enough on your organization’s needs.
- The recent default WordPress themes are all excellent, though fairly simple.
- Themes from Automattic (the parent company of WordPress.com) are excellent and fairly-well supported. These tend to be simple themes that look good out of the box.
- “Accessibility Ready” themes. These themes have been vetted twice to get onto the WordPress.org directory and tend to be newer and higher-quality.
These themes cost money but often come with more theme options and templates. Just remember there are great free themes that are much better than the worst of the paid themes.
- Many themes that are available on WordPress.com* (meaning they’ve been highly vetted) are also available for purchase for use on self-hosted WordPress. Fortune* and Corporate are all themes that fit this bill and might be worth considering.
- Mentioned above for their free themes, Automattic’s paid themes have the same code and design quality. Their theme Forefront would work great for many a nonprofit.
- Anariel Designs offers four “charity themes”, three of which integrate tightly with the Give plugin for easy donation setup. These themes thrive with big pictures, so make sure you have those!
- The Genesis Theme Framework and associated themes are quite popular and they’re well-coded from my experience with them. However, because they use an additional “framework” on top of WordPress, many developers (me included) won’t be as familiar with customizing them.
- Themes from Theme Hybrid have a reputation for high quality.