There are already well over one-thousand free WordPress themes available through the WordPress administrator dashboard itself, as well as many more both free and paid themes available elsewhere. While there is something to suit just about every website out there, you can find yourself being spoiled for choice. This article takes a look at some of the best free themes available right now for the world’s most popular blogging platform.
1 – vFlex
vFlex is a responsive theme which includes a number of additional customization options, including the built-in FlexSlider feature. This allows you to choose featured images, logos and more to truly make your blog your own. This theme is ideal both for conventional blogs and portfolio websites which showcase your best work. The layout is well optimized for cross-platform functionality, so it will look good on mobile phones, tablets and other devices.
2 – Appliance
If you are looking for a minimalistic theme which is great for conventional blogs, online magazines or portfolio presentations, this highly customizable free WordPress theme provides a clean and professional look. It presents your posts and pages in the form of tiles on the homepage, making it best suited to blogs with posts featuring eye-catching images. The design is very light on the coding as well, making it quick to load and suitable across all platforms.
3 – Noteworthy
Noteworthy is another professional theme which is great for showcasing content and online magazines thanks to its dark color palettes and responsive layout. The author of the theme claims that he was inspired by the style of the USA Today website. By default, your featured or recent posts will appear as tiles on the front page, and these tiles will be automatically rearranged depending on the size of the window or screen resolution of the device used to view it.
4 – Origin Lite
Origin Lite is another theme which takes a professional and minimalistic approach for blogs and websites which want minimal clutter hindering user interaction. This responsive theme is ideal for a wide variety of blogs and websites as well as portfolio presentations. It comes with a customizable image gallery on the front page, a two-column layout and a range of custom widgets. There is also a more feature-rich paid version of this plugin.
5 – Customizr
Customizr is one of the best themes currently available for those who want to make their blog look as unique as possible without having to design their own theme from scratch. The base design is minimalistic and professional, but users can customize all sorts of features including skins, logos, headers, social media profiles and page layouts. The theme is also available in fifteen languages. Customizr uses a responsive design layout for cross-platform compatibility.
6 – Swift Basic
Swift Basic is the free version of the popular Swift theme. This professional and responsive theme is designed to be quick loading and highly customizable. It is also one of the most advanced and effective SEO-orientated themes around. It supports a practically infinite number of different layouts thanks to its customization features, and it supports all of the built-in features which come with WordPress, including post types and formats and more.
7 – Attitude
Attitude’s simple and minimalistic responsive design makes it ideal for cross-platform use, and while the base theme might not look very inspiring in itself, it provides a wide range of customization options. You can choose between narrow and wide layouts as well as different layouts for different posts and pages. It provides five widget areas, four custom widgets, social media integration, custom backgrounds and headers and much more.
8 – Vantage
Vantage is another responsive multipurpose theme which also comes with some useful plugins such as Page Builder for optimizing responsive design layouts. It also provides great integration with the MetaSlider plugin and the WooCommerce plugin for online shops. This retina-ready theme is ideal for professional blogs and websites used to showcase content, market a business or operate an online store. It also supports custom backgrounds and fluid layouts.
9 – Virtue
One of the most versatile of the free themes currently out there, Virtue offers a vast range of customization options. The base design is clean, minimalistic and modern while using a responsive design so that your blog will look great on any screen of any size. It is also fully compatible with WooCommerce, making it ideal for online stores. The included options panel allows you to configure everything from the layout of your homepage to the configuration of custom fonts and color schemes.
10 – Sixteen
Sixteen is a responsive theme with an artistic feel about it. The most notable feature of this WordPress theme is the customizable header images which support parallax scrolling effects. You can choose from a variety of grid layouts for the homepage and fully customize the headers and footers. The theme is available in a number of other languages as well.