Some of the best free WordPress themes will take the design of your blog or website to a whole new level … if you can find them. How to locate a great WordPress theme is like panning for gold. Every now and then, your patience is rewarded and you find a free theme that just shines head and shoulders above the rest; a rare nugget that feels like it could almost be a premium theme if the author wanted it to be.
This crop of WordPress themes moves the “free line” closer to Premium than ever before. Regular readers will know that late last year I featured “413 Best Free WordPress Themes” which although cool, felt like overload. I mean, sifting through 413 WordPress themes is no small task. So with this round up, I’ve saved you some time and handpicked what I feel are some of the best free WordPress themes currently available.
So lets get this show on the road! Let me start with a free theme that I liked immediately.
Irresistable pushes all the right buttons. It’s a moody WordPress theme with texture, depth and class.
Viewport is hands down one of my top WordPress themes on this list. Yes, it’s not the most versatile theme. However it’s one of the most unique and well executed minimalist free WordPress themes I’ve seen in a long time (if not ever).
Definitely check out the preview on this one and tag it for later consumption.
Studio Rachna won a place in this best free WordPress theme roundup for bold originality. I loved everything from the colors to the happy fantasy imagery used in header and footer.
Okinaway Sky is a clean WordPress theme with dark blue color palette with modern typography that will get the job done.
The first thing I loved about this WordPress theme is the pastel color palette. The background, typography and grid all work well and won it a spot on the list based on those strengths.
Another modern WordPress theme from the prolific template creators over at WooThemes. Everything about this theme is clean and modern.
Openair is a WordPress theme that is sure to fit many occasions. Light, breezy, clean.
Imprezz is might be one of the older themes featured on the list however this is one WordPress theme that deserves a second look for all the right reasons.
I thought Magaling would make a great WordPress theme for a Gamer site. It’s got a heavier presence and clean lines that work well together.
Maashan I must admit barely made the cut. I don’t find it an appealing theme but when I took a second look it’s inclusion on the list was secured for being different yet still clean.
Elegant Grunge won me over pretty much right away. Just look at it! Is this a theme that lives up to it’s name or what? I dig it.
Top WordPress theme FREEmium has been getting a lot of exposure recently and for good reason. This is one solid theme in every regard and yet another theme that lives up to it’s name in spades.
Robust enough to handle virtually any occasion, FREEmium is another must tag for your list of assets … make sure you take this one for a test drive.
Magazeen probably needs little introduction. This clean WordPress theme is a strong contender and almost (sooo close) got my pick for an Editors Choice.
Creative and artistic. The low contrast typography isn’t really doing it for me but aside from that, this theme is tight and would be a great fit for the right project.
Another potential WordPress theme for a game site. Alivapress looks to have the makings of a top game site theme right out of the box.
Nothing to write home about but a worthy and solid corporate WordPress theme without a doubt.
I didn’t get Blues when I first saw it … and I’m not sure I do now. The design choices mess with my head and for that reason, I like it.
Shades of Blue
Simple without trying to be. Shades of Blue got on our list for being unpretentious and clean.
Photo voting has come up a lot in my life lately. I gravited to Snapshot pretty much straight away when I saw it. Not sure if some custom plugins would be needed to power the voting or what. Worth a look if you need a votable gallery of some kind.
How could I go past Vintage? I couldn’t of course, so here she be!
Newstheme reminds me of The Office. If Dunder Mifflen (sp) had a WordPress powered site, they’d be running Newstheme.
Green Design Studio
Green Design Studio just squeaked onto the list. Maybe it’s the chick in the hat that got me.
Thinking of starting a tech blog? This is one clean WordPress theme that will serve your geeks for years to come.
Last but not least, Conservative American. A huge header for branding purposed and dark color palette featued on one of the better political themes I’ve yet to see.
That’s about wraps it up for this batch of what I feel are the best free WordPress themes currently available. Have I missed one of your favorite free WordPress themes? Think you know of on that should be on this list? Let’s hear it in the comments!
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