Free Customizable WordPress Themes
If you are looking for an alternative to Thesis (I just looked at version 2.1 and its still a “need to know lots and lots of code” theme now). I might've found a close replacement.
Admire is a simple and user friendly wordpress theme that makes it easy to add social share buttons, change all the colors, the layouts, and add a header image (in about five minutes). The trick for me is to right click on the name of your website (when you're in the wordpress dashboard) and open that link in a new tab. Then you have the backend in one tab, and the front end in the other.
Mantra is an EXTREMELY customizable wordpress theme that boasts: “a pack of over 100 customization options and easy to use tweaks capable of tuning WordPress to your very specific needs and likes. With the help of a simple and efficient user interface you can customize everything:the layout (1,2 or 3 columns), total and partial site widths, colors (all texts, links, backgrounds etc.), fonts (over 35 font-families plus all Google Fonts), text and header sizes, post metas, post excerpts, post formats, header and background images, custom menus, 27 social media links and icons, pins, bullets and much much more.”
Boldr is a bold, magazine style, responsive WordPress Theme. It doesn't have quite the options for changing colors, but its got some quick options that makes putting up a website easy (especially if you have good photography).
To find these free theme just enter the name in the search box in WordPress.
Goodnews Premium WordPress Theme $45
If you've got a small budget and like options then I have a wordpress theme for you. It's called Goodnews and after watching a few videos I can see where it has its own drag and drop page builder. It has a bunch of widgets, and unlimited colors. It also ties in with Google fonts and is complete responsive. Best of all its only $45. Here are just a few of the built in features. For any podcasters looking to start a “network” you might want to peak at the video below. As I said before there are lots of options, including:
Strong focus on typography, usability and overall user-experience- (care with every single detail)
Social Icons in header and footer
Built in Slider
Built in advertising.
This video has no sound, but shows the flexibility of the theme