5 Free Simple, Three-Column, Widget-Ready WordPress Themes

I have tried out several themes on this WordPress Installation since I started blogging on it. I just kept changing them to meet different needs and I think I’m sticking to what I am using because it meets my present needs. I understand that our need and goals are different and that’s why I’m sharing these themes that I’ve used in the past with you. You just might like one of them.


I have written about some Professional Fast-Loading WordPress Themes and 10 minimal and clean free wordpress themes in the past but included here are just 5 three-column, different WordPress themes showing their screenshots, features, demo and download links. I hope you would find one useful.

These themes already have great widget positions and some of them have made it easy to add advertisements to your blog. With this noted, you can still add some functionalities by using some plugins. An example of this is the Post Layout Plugin which allows you to add content to the top, middle and bottom of every post you wish without having to edit any code.

Back to the themes, here they are:

BloggingPro

A three column theme which is WordPress 2.1 ready and works with WordPress 2.0.x. It has been tested on a variety of browsers. It comes in two versions, one with the big footer like Blogging Pro, that gives information on recent posts, recent comments and most commented stories, and one without the big footer, and thus no need for any plugins at all.

Demo || Download

Blue Dream

Features

Three Columns, Fixed Width, Right Sidebar, White, Widget Ready

Demo || Download

Blue Green

Features

3 Columns, Blue, Fixed Width, Right Sidebar, Widget Ready, Blue Green is a 3 column and widget ready, WordPress theme, Minimal ready, Simple, clean and easy you to modify.

Demo || Download

Groove Blue

Groove Blue is a clean design free WordPress theme.

Features:

Admin Options, Featured Video, Animated drop down menu, 125×125 pixels adbox ready (easy editable from admin options), 468×60 pixels Header Banner ready (easy editable from admin options), Three columns, Gravatar on Comments, Twitter Ready, Social Networks sharing, Compatible with latest WordPress versions, Widgets Ready, SEO Optimized
Fixed width

Admin Options Features:
Featured Video, Twitter, Header 468×60 pixels banner code, 125×125 pixels banners, Sidebar Ads/Banners, Header and Footer script codes

Demo || Download

WP Paintbrush

This is a WordPress theme that features a stunning clean white and red design with an excellent magazine style home page layout which makes for an excellent community newspaper website or product showcase.

This theme will prompt the user to install two new plugins on installation, the Magazine Layout plugin and Add Menu plugins.

Download

These are good themes you can try out and stick to if they meet your needs. Sometimes, a single feature you need might tempt you to want to change a theme but I normally advise that people to:

1. Look for a hack first to get that feature: an example is the case of someone that changed his theme because he needed to add footer widget positions which can easily be achieved using a simple hack. Another example is when I needed to get featured image to show on home page for some clients’ blogs.

2. Look for a plugin: I don’t normally advise people to use a plugin but if you don’t want to mess with codes, plugin is the best choice. The Post Layout Plugin adds a very good feature but this can be done by adding some codes to your blog files.

You are free to drop the link to any site you are using any of these themes on in the comments. Thanks for reading!

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