People should be able to use backdrop without needing to know how to create or modify a theme.
(This initiative was originally titled "Include several ready-to-use themes" but the name has been changed to allow other implementation options.)
For an initial MVP, I propose that we find or construct three or four ready-to-go themes, and either include them with the basic download, or make them a one-click install. In order to be usable by the most inexperienced user, the themes should be:
- Usable out of the box, without requiring any customization, programming, or configuration.
- Fully tested and debugged, so that the can be expected to work for a common set of defined use cases
- Limited in number, so that anybody needed to support Backdrop will know how many ready-to-go themes are available and what they are
- Fully documented, so that users know what to expect without having to explore the themes themselves.
Once again, I think WordPress does a good job with this. In WordPress, It's possible to "try on" a theme without committing to it, which I think is both cool and useful.