Here’s the result of my quest to create a very stripped down free WordPress theme for use with niche blogs and other ‘no frills’ WordPress sites: Dateless Mini-Site WordPress Themes Demo Site. This is a not just a single theme but a set of seven different themes built around the same basic, very stripped down, PHP code and stylesheet.
Here are some screenshots of the themes:
Blue Mini-Site Theme
Red Mini-Site Theme
Black Mini-Site Theme
Green Mini-Site Theme
Pure Blue Mini-Site Theme
Memo Mini-Site Theme
News Mini-Site Theme
On the demo page I have a theme switcher plugin installed so that you can switch between themes easily. There is also a download link on the sidebar of the demo but if you want to download from here: Dateless Mini-Site WordPress Themes.
Why No Date?
Each of these themes has had the dates removed from every location they normally appear. The only exception is in the date related widgets, such as Archive, but if you don’t use them, they won’t show up at all. Even with Archive, you’ll only see the date in the sidebar widget, not in the search results. But, why wouldn’t you want a date on a blog?
For niche blogs with timeless content the date is a distraction. By not having a date it makes your information look fresher to the visitor and makes them more open to it and to your advertising. The stripped down nature of these themes make them a natural match for content that is valuable but doesn’t change that often.
The Problem With Tags
I did run into one small problem with the theme and that’s the way tags work in WordPress. You can’t change the style of tags displayed via widgets with the stylesheet. This means that longer tags will overrun the sidebar and possibly break the browser display. The best way I found around this was to use a tags widget plugin that was more flexible. If you have an alternative to this that uses the built-in WordPress Tags widget, please leave a comment and let me know about it.
Give Them a Try
Try out these themes and let me know what you think. If you have any changes or customizations you would like to make to one of them and need some assistance, let me know and we’ll see what we can work out.