Looking for a simple, slightly old school theme. Can anyone help?


I’m looking to start blogging a bit more in WordPress but the theme search has been daunting. I know there’s the included ones with WordPress, the ones at WordPress.org, and plenty of others on third party sites like Themeforest., but I haven’t found one with the vibe I’m looking for, and I’m not a designer by any stretch, so contouring an existing one also might be a bit of a challenge. Not even just the adjustments but how do I know which theme to even start with?

In terms of the type of theme I’m looking for…I want simplicity—but with a bit of nostalgia folded in. In my head, something like the Notepad++ website is what I’m seeking. https://notepad-plus-plus.org

Maybe I’m just stuck in the late 90s or early 2000s, but I don’t want/need flashy one-page themes or anything. I also don’t particularly like the new blocks that I have to use to build posts. I was happy with the TinyMCE editor. It’s just my personal blog so text and some photos are good with me.

So I guess what I’m asking is, is there a free or paid theme that would give me that simple, two column old school look and feel? I know I can go to WordPress.org and filter on two column themes but after that, I haven’t come across any that have that old school feel. There is actually a theme called “Back to the 90s” but it’s a little too overtly 90s with neon colors….but that’s the closest I’ve found.

Can someone point me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance. I appreciate it.

EDIT: Not sure if it makes a difference but I should mention that I plan to post code on my blog periodically — so besides text and photos, I’ll probably need to install a plug-in for syntax highlighting.


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