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  • 25 Best Free WordPress Themes

    By Danno


    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.



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    Irresistable pushes all the right buttons.  It’s a moody WordPress theme with texture, depth and class.



    Editor's choice

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    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


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    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.



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    Okinaway Sky is a clean WordPress theme with dark blue color palette with modern typography that will get the job done.



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    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.


    Typebased WordPress Theme

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    Another modern WordPress theme from the prolific template creators over at WooThemes.  Everything about this theme is clean and modern.



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    Openair is a WordPress theme that is sure to fit many occasions. Light, breezy, clean.



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    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.



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    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.



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    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


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    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.



    Editor's choice

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    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.



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    Magazeen probably needs little introduction.  This clean WordPress theme is a strong contender and almost (sooo close) got my pick for an Editors Choice.



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    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.



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    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.



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    Nothing to write home about but a worthy and solid corporate WordPress theme without a doubt.



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    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.



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    Shades of Blue


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    Simple without trying to be.  Shades of Blue got on our list for being unpretentious and clean.


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    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.



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    How could I go past Vintage?  I couldn’t of course, so here she be!



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    Newstheme reminds me of The Office.  If Dunder Mifflen (sp) had a WordPress powered site, they’d be running Newstheme.

    Green Design Studio


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    Green Design Studio just squeaked onto the list.  Maybe it’s the chick in the hat that got me.



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    Thinking of starting a tech blog? This is one clean WordPress theme that will serve your geeks for years to come.

    Conservative American


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    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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    About the author

    Danno started freelancing in 1996. He is the co-founder and (ex) President of Graphics.net, owner of FeedIcons.com, EliteFreelancing.com, FastCharacters.com and SteelAndSnow.com. He digs wind, waves, guitars and circles. Follow Danno on Twitter.

    Comments on this article...

    • peyman:

      so good. tanx a lot.

    • ibor:

      Nice collection admin. i like this blog and will visit this blog any time.

    • Danno:

      Cool. Thanks.

    • xphunt3r:

      Do you think Open air must be in your 25 Best Free WordPress Themes because its not a free. You need to purchase it. for other theme I don't know but the Open Air is not still free.

    • Danno:


    • TechZoomIn:

      I love Shades of Blue..Great collection Danno.. Thanks for sharing these…

    • Dermapril:

      Have you guys checked the ubd ad block plugin? it allows 125×125 banners in the side bar and rotates them.

    • laptop:

      will check it out. do you know the web address to get it from?

    • muzrek:

      all the themes great. i want to use one of them on my blog. its will be good. thank for your job. sorry for my english…

    • Danno:

      @dermapril: Never heard of it.

      @TechZoomin: No problem, nothing like a great WP theme

      @Muzrek: Your english is fine and probably 100 times better than my … whatever languge you speak :-)

    • nashwan:

      wow…nice theme collection here. Thanks for all.

    • naufal:

      hmm, nice posting, thanks for sharing guys.

    • diesis:

      good post guys, thank for all

    • dse7en:

      cool site, very usefull.
      Thanks for share… :)

    • Jogjacentric:

      Wow cool site, nice themes, thanks

    • Masterpiss:

      Great collection, I will save your site in my bookmark thanks

    • maspoeps:

      I like this site, very impressive, thanks

    • lone:

      That was a nice read

    • Keith Davis:

      I agree – 25 of the best.
      hard to believe that these themes are free.
      not much point in buying a theme with ones like this going for free.

    • biolabs skin creme:

      I absolutely agree it's the best 25 word press themes..love it..for free..Cheers to that!

    • yunus:

      thanks from Turkey, very good work

    • Future Technology:

      very good collection themes. Thanks for all

    • Smashing Themes:

      All the themes in the list are very decent, made by professionals.

    • Neill:

      Thanks for all these awesome templates.

    • Dan:

      very good collection, thanks

    • Essex Businessman:

      Are these all your own themes? There are some really good ones here, especially the news theme. Almost tempted to convert to that one now.

    • Design Dazzling:

      cool stuff of wp themes

    • Free Xbox Live:

      Very cool collection.
      Thanks for sharing

    • Wordpress Themes:

      Thanks for the collection, they all look marvelous.

    • Keith Davis:

      These themes could all be premium themes, problem is with free themes… you don't always get backup and help with the theme.
      I bought a premium theme that had a forum and it has saved me hours. You don't have to save much time to pay for even an expensive premium theme.
      If you are new to WordPress, my advice would be to stick with a theme, free or otherwise, which has good documentation.

    • Marcadores sociales:

      Thank you very much for the list. It's hard to have the choice

    • Paul:

      It's weird that you don't list any contact info or a Twitter feed, isn't it?? I really liked the site and wanted to follow you on Twitter, because that's the new standard… I don't use an RSS reader and don't want a bunch of email from all this sources I follow. What up with that? You made me WORK to try to contact you…

    • f.maiers:

      Thankyou a very nice work. I checked it out.

    • Xbox Free Live:

      Great themes. I found my new theme on this page!

    • Malone:

      Excellent themes, have more blogs in mind now to make use of one or two

    • WP Niche Marketing:

      These are some gorgeous themes. Good to see a collection that is actually DIFFERENT from all the other lists of themes out there (which are normally just the same rehashed boring designs).

      Thank you!!

    • David:

      SOme very nice themes here, thank you

    • Colon:

      Thanks for such a great collection – these are better than a lot of so called premium templates that I have been looking at!

    • Kim:

      Sweet, I love 'em. Thanks.

    • pham:

      very nice wp-themes. Thanks for sharing!

    • luxury house design:

      nice themes, i love this template collection

    • house design:

      i think the same with you

    • manyal books:

      best themes

    • Breakup:

      Thanks so much for these – great collection – much better than a lot of the paid themes out there!

    • Processor Benchmark:

      nice theme wp, thank your posting…

    • Dog Bark Collar:

      I downloaded some themes, thanks for sharing

    • ArthurCharlesVanWyk:

      OpenAir is not free though..