We're over six months into development and have a CMS that is close to ready for use on production sites, but we are still using an amateur default theme which, quite frankly, is not a good advertisement for our project, and since Hotaru CMS is open source, we don't have any money to get a proper one done.
Now, I'm not asking for money. Instead, I'm hoping to tempt an aspiring web designer by a link in the default theme's footer, so you can promote your own design services and establish yourself in a new niche early on. If you are well-versed in Wordpress themes, JQuery, W3C standards, cross-browser compatibility and have an amazing eye for good design, this would be a good opportunity to make a name for yourself or your business. Alternatively, if you can foot the bill to hire a professional theme designer in exchange for a link in the default theme's footer, that's a possibility, too.
The ideal default theme would be clean, simple and easily customized. It should use the templates and CSS files provided by plugins, which will also need to be tidied up and made as generic as possible for use with alternative themes and CSS frameworks.
New to Hotaru? See the current default theme files here and learn more about how Hotaru themes work here.
Naturally, you will be invited to join our team and be able to offer your services as an official theme designer for Hotaru CMS. If this is something that appeals to you, please reply here or send me or JonH a private message, preferably with a link to your previous work.