Free WordPress Themes
I don’t know if you’ve tried to look for a decent free WordPress theme, but it can be tough to sort through all of the trash out there. There are tons of good free WordPress themes if you know where to look. Some free WordPress themes are even premium quality, equipped with features you’d find in a paid theme. You can even find great eCommerce themes for free, such as ones that work with WooCommerce. I decided to put a mega-list together, listing the best free WordPress themes I could find. There are 161 free WordPress themes in total. You can see them, preview them, and download them below.
Fictive has a distinct look that makes it stand out from the other free WordPress themes out there. The left sidebar is a nice touch, with social media follow buttons. Images look big and bold with this theme, too. This is a plus if you use quality featured images.
Euclid is a great free WordPress theme that focuses more on structure and layout. I especially like the 3-column content slider in the header. It cycles through posts in multiples of three. This puts more content in front of your visitors.
The Metro theme is inspired by the metro design of Windows 8. I like the icons in this one. They tell what type of post it is. I also like how some posts are larger than others. This causes visitors to be more likely to look through the entire set of articles. They’ll want to make sure they don’t miss out on something.
DW Timeline is a minimal free WordPress theme that sets each post up along a timeline. This is an interesting visual to people who are visiting your site.
The Advertica WordPress theme is geared towards designers and creative professionals who want to make an impact. Advertica is clean, responsive, and well structured for seo. This is important for getting your business found in search engines.
Want to build your own crowd funding website? Fundler is the theme for you! Raise money for your start up, or allow others to set up crowd funding capabilities for their own startups. It’s built from a crowd funding plugin, but it’s been integrated into a free WordPress theme. This is one of the best free WordPress themes of the year, for its usefulness and ingenuity.
Moments is an awesome blogging theme with side navigation. The simplicity and the breathing room the content has, gives Moments its elegant appearance.
Cubby is a great free WordPress theme for designers or developers who want a great design and good features. One of my favorites is the vertically scrolling testimonial section placed just under the sliding gallery. It’s important to immediately build trust. You’ll be more likely to be hired for your services.
Resolution, by Kopa Themes, is one of the best free WordPress themes so far this year. The reason is because of its awesome layout and well organized structure. I also like the zoom effect placed on the images in the main slider. This is a great theme for packing a lot of content on one page.
If you’re looking for a free WordPress theme with a unique look, Flatfolio is awesome for showing off your work. It has a lot of features built right in. I like the scroll to top function and the minimized menu. It allows visitors to focus more on the content and less on clicking links.
Hueman is a popular free WordPress theme this year. Many like the unique layout, and the extra sidebars. I like the left sidebar with links to recent and popular posts. Your newest article is most prominent, and your next two are featured underneath.
Nictitate is one of the best free WordPress themes for businesses or corporations. It has icons, testimonials, and the ability to embed video. Nictitate is an excellent free WordPress theme for business.
Just Write stands out because of it’s unique layout and social media buttons in the sidebar. I love the flat look. This theme is also minimal in design so there’s no clutter.
Elisium is great for several reasons. One of the big ones is the fact that there are so many home page options available. The slider is clean and professional, and doesn’t look generic.
Sparkling has a look all its own. This has made it extremely popular this year. The header section has a great caption area. The call to action makes it great for getting visitors to buy or sign up for your product or service.
Big Foot has an instant presence, just like I would guess its namesake, the sasquatch, would have if you were to run into one in person. With Embedded Tweets, bold messages, and a unique layout, you’ll definitely consider Big Foot to be one of the best free WordPress themes you’ve seen.
Simple is just as it says, with a simple layout. It is mainly a dark theme. Wherever you add a splash of color, the content will instantly stand out. I like that visitors can cycle through your work on the home page. This makes it ideal for a freelance designer or creative professional.
TopBest instantly has a corporate presence. I like how the navigation menu is integrated with social media icons. That streamlines the entire look of your site. The simple caption stands out, but doesn’t overpower your sliding gallery image.
Fruitful is a unique free WordPress theme with a minimal design. I like the sliding gallery. Also, the subtly framed caption underneath stands out. It is bold, but not too bold.
Meant to be a business or portfolio theme, Corpo is an elegant and simple free WordPress theme. The captions stand out, because the title is highlighted in a bold color. The wrap around menu stands out and adds depth to the site, too.
Intuition is a clean free WordPress theme. It has 2 menu areas, so you’ll have plenty of space to organize your links. I like the subtle use of icons in this theme.
Decente is a simple theme meant to show off your work. This is important if you have a portfolio of clients to show off. You can use this to gather more work.
Anew is one of the best free WordPress themes, because of its clean layout and sleek look. I love the highly organized sidebar with single icon indicators. I also like how icons are used to indicate the content of the post, such as video, images, or text.
Stendhal is a simple free WordPress theme that relies on structure and balance. It has a lot of nice features and is ideal for portfolio websites.
Tracks is an interesting theme, because of its unique alternating post layout. With a bold title and the featured image side-by-side, the posts alternate down the page. This keeps your visitors actively browsing he page.
Alhena is a beautiful, clean WordPress theme that is great for a business or agency. It has a powerful, clean slider with bold headlines and and captions. It has a flat design style. There’s no clutter on your pages, making them load lightning fast.
Dazzling is excellent for many reasons. The bold header and the powerful call-to-action is perfect for any business.
Forceful is a well structured free WordPress theme. It relies on subtle variances to separate and organize sections of content. I love the two-toned header and social media section. I wish I had a project where I could use this theme right now, because it looks great.
Fullby is one of the best free WordPress themes I’ve seen this year. The 3-column section of featured posts really gets your attention. The side-by-side images really give visitors a lot to look at.
If you’re looking for a stripped down WordPress theme, Stanley WP is a great theme for keeping things basic. When you want to rely more on content that effects, this is the right theme for the job.
Great for bloggers, Blogly has a nice side navigation menu. The central content really stands out. You can customize the color scheme, and the images get a lot of attention due to their elongated format.
Parallax lives up to its name, with a focus on the parallax scrolling effect. You’ll be able to mmerse your visitors in a site filled with imagery and impact.
Hyperspace is a free WordPress theme based on subtlety and negative space. The subtle shadow below the image adds some depth to the page.
News Flash is a theme that has 2 sidebars. You can pack plenty of widgets into your site, while keeping the content central to the page. There are lots of places to stick widgets and code. If your site has a lot of bells and whistles, you’ll have plenty of room for them.
Minimal at heart, Cell is a free WordPress theme with a masonry layout that rocks. Show off images, text posts, or both, which keeps things interesting for visitors.
All tutorials is a classic free WordPress theme that harkens to the nostalgia of the traditional tutorial website. If it were me, I’d update it a little visually by flattening everything and getting rid of the highlights and shadows.
Shortnotes is a simplified WordPress theme that is great for big, bold images. It also supports different post types, such as quotes and audio. The sidebar is also smaller than you’d expect and less obtrusive.
Packed with a ton of features, Sunrain is definitely a powerful WordPress theme. I like the dynamic slider and captions, complete with call to action buttons. it also supports 2 menus, too.
Rockwell is another free WordPress theme that reminds me of the nostalgic tutorial websites you used to see all the time. Get rid of the shadows and highlights, flatten the look, get rid of the sheen, and you’d have a modern looking version of a tutorial website.
Sixteen is all about images, so you know that this theme is great for photographers. Show off your work with this theme and your images are sure to shine.
WP Anniversary is a beautiful free WordPress theme filled with subtle textures and an organized layout. Everything, right down to the social media icons and the search bar have been custom designed for this theme.
Hemmingway, like its namesake is a great theme for writers. it features breadcrumbs, sticky posts, and it’s minimal design allows you to focus more on the content.
Typal is all business, with a bold header, stand out colors, and the subtle use of icons. it also has a great call-to-action button, too.
Alpha Forte is a simple, beautiful free WordPress theme that allows you to have a large background image. The layout is simple, and I love the fact that you have a navigation menu at the top. You can also add one down the side, because it is a typical WordPress site, complete with space for widgets.
Full Width is an awesome free WordPress theme for displaying large images. I love the drop down ribbon navigation. This theme would be perfect for any professional photographer. It’s one of the best free WordPress themes because of it’s uniqueness and simplicity.
Revera has a lot of great options, such as a customizable home page, portfolio gallery and homepage widgets. I love the bold slider captions and the icons. This is a nice free professional theme.
Catch Kathmandu is a corporate WordPress theme with a strong presence and a great look. It’s designed with a traditional blue. The call to actions are done in a bright green. The color combo has always worked well for business. The features in this theme are great for any business.
Reviewgine is a them that enables you to write reviews and rate products. It has a clean layout and plenty of room for different categories. This gives your readers plenty to look at without having to hunt for it.
WallPress is an awesome free WordPress theme for magazine style blogs. There is a lot of room for content. The layout is varied enough for the content to stand out. Wallpress supports different post layouts. This adds even more visual interest and impact to the site.
Luminescence Lite is a great free WordPress theme for simple blogging. The images really get your attention because of their elongated format. I’d get rid of the shadows, though. The left navigation really stands out which makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.
Want to run a magazine type blog? MaxFlat Core is the WordPress theme you’ll want to try out. There is plenty of room for links and news, different categories, and widgets. The theme is unique, with dual navigation on the top and the left side. MaxFlat Core’s bold look grabs your attention, too.
Created with government sites in mind, Govpress looks like something that our government would use to for their sites. I love the minimalist approach and the use of handy, easily understandable icons.
Drop is a great free WordPress theme for a personal blog. It has the feel of a journal, which is excellent for intimacy with your readers. The left navigation area is big and bold, giving you plenty of room for a good bio area.
Spacious makes great use of large icons to get instant attention. Spacious has a smooth look and a great layout that promotes exploration of the rest of the site. The search bar is features in the top right corner of the site.
Attitude has quickly become one of the most popular free WordPress themes, due to its many features and great business appearance. With captions, and call to actions, this is a great free WordPress theme for any startup.
Quora has a bold presence, with its alternating layout and circular image masks. The unique design gets your attention and makes you want to explore the rest of the site. Quora is one of the best free WordPress themes, for its originality.
MH Themes created this magazine style WordPress theme. With a sophisticated, organized layout, you have plenty of room for a variety of content. Magazine Lite has a sleek design that would work great for any news site.
Bearded has a unique look that instantly catches your eye. I love the simple navigation and the prominent call to action. bearded is more about minimal design and structure, giving plenty of space for flashy graphics to stand out.
Radiate is beautiful, with a sleek look and bold colors. he example has a purple navigation menu, but you can easily customize that in WordPress’ settings. If you’re a photographer, this theme is a good choice for you, because of how the theme frames images.
Writr is a popular free WordPress theme for bloggers. The reason is apparent. Look at the powerful presence that Writr has, with a strong left navigation. I like how the vertical column with icons separates the navigation and the content.
With beautiful captions and a well structured layout, Circle is a great free WordPress theme. I love the look of the blog section, and the sidebar has plenty of negative space. This gives content room to breathe, which makes everything easier to read.
DW Minion is one of the best free WordPress themes for bloggers. I love the vertical column layout. The social media icons are stacked vertically on the left. Next, you’ll find the sites navigation. The middle section features the content, and the right sidebar even has an ad section built into it. This is an absolutely beautiful free WordPress theme.
Tesla is another premium-level WordPress theme being given away for free. It is great for designers, photographers, and anyone with a portfolio. It’s biggest stand out feature is its sortable portfolio.
Nemo is a premium-level free WordPress theme for eCommerce. You can build your own online store with this free theme, and it will look great. Combine this theme with the power of Woocommerce to build your own fully-featured online store. This is one of the best free WordPress Themes of 2014, because of its premium level features. Google Fonts and Font Awesome are also built in.
Engrave lite is one of the best free WordPress themes of 2014. It has a ton of built in features, and that’s in the free version. This makes it even more enticing to pick up the pro version. This theme would be great for businesses, freelancers, or bloggers.
Elegant is a great modern free WordPress theme with a wide layout and a wide format for its featured images. Where Elegant stands out is the portfolio page, where you can have 2 different layouts. One is a 4 column arrangement with plenty of text. The other is a full width, 2 column layout where half is the featured image and the other is text.
Brick is a great free WordPress theme with a unique look, a built-in slider, and eye-catching captions. Brick has a wide post format, with a thin sidebar on the right side.
Diary is a wonderful free WordPress theme from MyThemeShop. It is responsive, and is a great theme for creating a clean daily joural online.
Risus Unit is one of those themes that you can hardly believe is free. It just looks so sleek and corporate minded. The preview menu says that you can buy this theme, but if you click the button, you will find a free option as well. The slider has multiple animations, and the home page layout allows you to place a lot of enticing content to pique interest.
Eden fresh is a responsive free WordPress theme that has a clean portfolio look. It even has links to full size images, so clients can see all the details of your work.
DW Minion is an excellent, minimal free WOrdpress theme that is elegant and stylish. It features ad spots and a nice left-side navigation area. I also like the fact that you have a mini bio area in the top left section.
Max is a nice theme that has a built in post slider on the home page, and a 3 column post layout underneath. It is also ad ready, responsive, and is has a social media counter to show how many people are subscribers.
Green Chilli is another great free blogging theme that makes posts look excellent. GreenChili is a clean, blog-style WordPress theme that combines traditional WordPress styling with MyThemeShop features, functionality and optimization. The fully customizable theme is responsive, optimized for both SEO and advertising, and maintains a clean yet sophisticated feel.
Iconic One boasts a Super PageSpeed Score of 96. It is responsive and built for lightning fast speed.
Great is a traditional, magazine-style WordPress theme. With a clean, minimalist design and all the usual MyThemeShop features, Great is optimized to help your blog stand out from the crowd and dominate the web.
With a vertical slider, a responsive design, a clean layout and a nice call-to-action, Fizz is a great free WordPress theme created by Site5.
Vantage is loaded with goodies. It has a lot of extras, like a page builder plugin, Metaslider, and WooCommerce. Vantage is responsive, clean and absolutely beautiful.
Portal is a very simple, magazine plus blog style theme with light bright colors blending nicely. With all the latest features such as Responsive layout, SEO Optimized, Custom Widgets and many more.
WereTech is a 3 Columns Blue and Red Responsive HTML5 WordPress Template for Technology and Social Media with featured article section, unlimted colors and 500+ Google web fonts choice release by MagPress.com. The WP Theme are suitable for technology, software or social blog niche. With a responsive design, it will look stunning on any device – from a widescreen monitor to a mobile phone. WereTech WP Theme has everything you’ll want for your develop website. It’s clean design built with HTML5 and CSS3, built-in theme option so you can easily to customize beyond your dream and also did i mention? this theme is also responsive and mobile friendly. It is also built for Multisite and is ad and banner ready.
Topbest has a lot of functions and features. It supports 5 different homepage layouts, & tons of shortcodes. Best of all the shortcodes are from a plugin created by wpexplorer. This theme is equiped with SmartPanel Theme Options provided by vafpress framework. Aside from those features the theme also supports a simple portfolio gallery that has 4 different layouts.
Ribbon is a wide post display, traditional structure WordPress magazine theme. With a dual color scheme, plenty of whitespace to pad your content, and all the features you’d expect from MyThemeShop, Ribbon is a perfect choice for both niche and general purpose blogs.
With a portfolio preview, a big image slider, and a clean minimal layout, Site5 has created a fantastic free WordPress theme. Simple n’ Bright also has a lot of built in shortcodes.
ZeeDynamic is a fully responsive magazine WordPress theme with strong colors and bold fonts. The theme fits perfectly for any news, magazine or blog website with rich content. Due the mobile-ready design, the theme looks good on any device. The highlight of zeeDynamic is the configurable magazine front page template which displays your posts within a featured post slider and several category post boxes.
This is a really nice free WordPress theme for a blogging or news site.it is clean and organized. The main image slider has 3 smaller images next to it, which gives it a nice layout. This theme is great if you have a lot of content.
Pinboard is a Pinterest-styled WordPress theme released by MyThemeShop that is 100% free. With a grid layout and lots of built-in features, Pinboard also has unlimited backgrounds and color schemes and is fully customizable. Plus, it’s built with HTML5 and CSS3 and is fully responsive.
TechMag is a great theme for those who want a bold design. The type really stands out, and the layout makes users want to click through the site. There are ad spots throughout the theme, so you can maximize revenue. The thin column in the middle is great for related posts, while still giving plenty of room for a sidebar.
Kent is a free premium WordPress theme. This is a WordPress 3+ ready theme with features like custom menu, Custom tabbed widgets , featured images, widgetized sidebar etc. Theme also comes with an option panel. The homepage of the theme has a customizable jQuery content slider.
Markes has a Content slider built in. It also has plenty of Theme Options. Link to all of your Social Profiles to enable follows and shares. The layout is clean, and when you mouse over the top headline, it moves to the bottom, which is a nice effect.
A stripped down theme for just pure writing and content, Typesense was created with writers in mind. No effects, no sidebar, nor any plugin which could slow down the loading of your page. Just a beautiful Georgia typeface and your amazing stories. There are no sharing buttons or anything else to get in the way.
Oceanus is a free WordPress theme with features like custom menu, featured images, widgetized sidebar etc. Theme also comes with an option panel. The homepage of the theme has a customizable jQuery content slider.
Playbook is a traditional free WordPress theme with a dual column post layout, a fully responsive design, and is jampacked with all MyThemeShop’s best features. Playbook includes SEO optimization, custom widgets, our industry grade options panel, and much more.
A very neat and clean orange and white business theme. The theme is fully responsive and looks great on any device. The theme supports widgets, and features theme-options, threaded-comments and a multi-level dropdown menu. Discover has simple and neat typography. It uses WordPress custom menus, header image, and background. Discover is also WooCommerce compatible.
Doke Doke is by one of my personal favorites, Luis Zuno. Doke Doke is designed to showcase your work, perfect for creative agencies and freelancers. Doke Doke is filled with all the necessary features to deliver the professional presence you need.
Facade is a premium-like free WordPress theme. This theme comes with a fully responsive design which means that it adapts to any screen resolution and size your visitors might have, so it works flawlessly on any device. Moreover, you get some very informative video tutorials that will guide you through what you need to know in order to completely take advantage of this powerful theme. Façade can be also used on every site you own, so you don’t have to buy the PRO version to use it on more than 1 site.
DualShock is a free, dual purpose blog and magazine UI theme. It features our best features including our options panel, custom widgets, translation-ready functionality and search engine optimization. With a unique layout including sleek post meta information box.
The feature free WordPress theme is a beautifully simple and clean theme. It’s professional modern style and easy setup makes it a good choice. It has 9 fantastic layouts variations and 2 bold color styles that will make your website unique.
Travelify is fully customizable with several Theme Options and page templates. Travelify is ideal choice for travel blogs, green thinking, adventurists and anyone who is looking for an amazing and simple way to share pictures. It is responsive, retina ready, and has a nice featured slider.
Pinbin is a clean, minimalistic, beautiful and responsive WordPress portfolio theme. Pinbin is perfect for graphic designers, web designers, photographers and anyone who likes to put their images and artwork first. Pinbin is minimalistic, light weight, and responsive. Your work will look great with this theme.
Launcher lets visitors know the estimated time remaining in launching your site. This is a great way to collect subscriber emails to notify visitors of the launch, so they will come back and check it out.
Design your website live from the WP customizer screen. You can choose your options : skin, logo, social profiles, slider, layout, & home featured blocks. You can even customize your css live. The clean and fully responsive design can be used for any type of website, from: corporate, portfolio, business, blog, landing page, etc. The theme also includes a responsive slider generator (with call to action text and button) to make your pages or posts look beautiful. Built with valid HTML5 and CSS3 (Twitter Bootstrap), cross-browser tested, the theme is translation ready and available in English, French, German, Russian, Brazilian Portugues, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Polish, Dutch, Chinese (simplified).
This is probably one of the coolest free WordPress themes I have seen. Want to start your own crowdfunding site? You can do so with Fundler. It has so many options that I can’t believe it is free. It comes with a responsive layout, designed with a clean flat design. It is a modern and trendy theme that will create a great online presence for your website. it uses a plugin to handle the crowdfunding portion, but it also uses a nice forms plugin as well. There are a ton of options with this theme, so you can have your site just how you want it.
Groovy is a beautiful, magazine style free WordPress theme. Hand-crafted, hand-coded and lightning fast, Groovy is built for bloggers who want a clean, elegant magazine WordPress theme for their blog to maximize pageviews, ad revenues, and create the best user experience possible.
Pegolo has a nice built in content slider, and it comes with a lot of options. Social media is integrated, so you can gain followers easily.
Ward is a free responsive WordPress theme great to use for any blog, portfolio or business site. It was based on the latest version of Bootstrap. Ward comes with multiple widget areas, a nice typography that provides a good readability with web fonts, a theme customizer that can be used for customizing everything you want and many other features. This is one of those themes you can hardly believe is free.
Mesocolumn is a responsive HTML5 and CSS3 WordPress Theme. The theme also supports BuddyPress, BBPress and WooCommerce and comes with Unlimited Colors. It also has 600+ Google Webfonts to choose from.
Point is a free fluid responsive theme that is multipurpose and flexible. Through the advanced options panel, you can choose from multiple site layouts, backgrounds and color schemes, as well as control specific features of the theme.
Apollo Mag has a Content slider built in. It also has plenty of Theme Options. Link to all of your Social Profiles to enable follows and shares.
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