When starting off your online endeavours, it’s quite normal to be seeking to limit your costs. You need to buy a hosting account which is the most basic and essential cost, luckily a shared hosting account will be pretty cheap.
Then it’s time to set up your website, and for that you will need a WordPress theme. Now it can be argued that to get a really high quality theme, it is best to go for a premium theme, from sources such as:
However, there are also thousands of free themes available out there. You need to be very careful where you download your free themes from, as some of them will have malicious code, which the author tries to use to obtain information about you or gather links back to his site. Originality also tends to be lacking in free themes.
Many of the free themes are created by new theme shops as a way of getting their name out there, and support might be minimal or non-existent. Think about it and make your choice wisely, in the light of possible disadvantages when compared to premium themes.
There are many shady themes out there, so we have done some research for you and filtered out the wheat from the chaff. What we have found is that although many free themes are not really recommendable, there are some true gems out there. Sadly, most websites listing free themes give the impression that free themes don’t really look good. As you will see below however, that is not necessarily true.
We therefore present you with a collection of the best free themes you can lay your hands on.
These free WordPress themes have all been verified to be of high quality, clean code, easy to use, and look great. So here we go:
Adapt is a free WordPress theme created by WPExplorer that features a very clean and elegant business/portfolio style design that is also fully responsive. Overall the theme is very minimal and super easy to set up.
It comes with built-in post types for your portfolio, homepage highlights and homepage slider, so adding your content is a breeze. There are page templates for your blog, filterable portfolio, full-width pages and even a landing page template.
Bello is a simple and elegant WordPress theme. It’s designed to showcase beautiful imagery in a clean and open space. The design features several jQuery enhancements, such as… Fading background image, slideshow gallery posts, drop down menus, and more. The theme includes several post type templates, 2, 3, and 4 column portfolio galleries, social media links, a custom admin panel and documentation.
Yaminth is a free minimal theme that you can adapt for many different scenarios.
This theme comes with light colors, dark footer, Google Web Fonts and jQuery fade in/fade out of images. It also has an Options Page so you can customize it as you like. You can set your logo, favicon, featured category, social networks links, advertising, etc
The 2012 theme for WordPress is a fully responsive theme that looks great on any device. Features include a front page template with a its own widgets, an optional display font, styling for post formats on both index and single views, and an optional no-sidebar page template. Make it yours with a custom menu, header image, and background.
Pytheas is the first of a new “explorer” series of free WordPress themes. Built without clutter and with a minimal design its a great solution for either small websites or as a starter theme. I’ve tried to keep the options to a minimal which still providing some flexibility, you’ll notice things like the WordPress background, header, menu, theme customizer are all supported by the theme.
Responsive Theme is a flexible foundation with fluid grid system that adapts your website to mobile devices and the desktop or any other viewing environment. Theme features 9 Page Templates, 11 Widget Areas, 6 Template Layouts, 4 Menu Positions and more.
Powerful but simple Theme Options for full CMS control with easy Logo Upload, Social Networking and Webmaster Tools etc. Responsive is WooCommerce Compatible, Multilingual Ready (WPML), RTL-Language Support, Retina-Ready, W3C Markup Validated and currently translated into 34 languages. Cross-Browser compatible and yes even the IE7.
Meeta is a simple blogging theme, but packed with many premium features, like: unique widgets, custom templates. The theme is absolutely free!
Have you encountered any other free WordPress themes worth featuring? If yes let us know in the comments section below. There are many free themes out there, although I remain of the opinion that going with a well-refined and supported premium theme is the best way forward.
For great sources of free WordPress themes, check out the following links: