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:
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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:
This is one beautiful theme by Orman Clark’s Themezilla theme shop. It is a tumblr-style theme which looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s a great theme for micro blogging. Launch is a sweet little theme for the personal blogger who likes to blog in style. Provides support for your own self-hosted video, audio, images, galleries, asides, links, quotes and of course good old standard posts.
Adapt is a free WordPres 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 setup.
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.
Tint is our colorful theme that opens up some cool possibilities, its layout is simple and professional and it’s able to transform every element to predefined colors, or any color of your desire. You can adapt it for your line of business with just touch or two.
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.
Mystile is a clean, lightweight WooCommerce theme, designed as a canvas which you can use as-is, or easily create a unique design to match your products. The theme is responsive as standard, and comes bundled with plenty of options and alternate colour schemes.
Possibly the best feature of Mystile is it’s device agnostic design. That means whether you’re viewing the theme on your desktop, your tablet or your smartphone, it responds and adapts delivering an optimised design for that device.
This is perfect for all those of you who would like to open an ecommerce stored powered by WooCommerce.
Montezuma is a clean and modern theme, and is also responsive, which is a big bonus for you, since you won’t need any extra plugins to have it display beautifully on mobile devices.
A very customisable theme from WP Theme Generator, if you’re looking for something that you can mould according to your ideas, this is a very good option. It has several layouts out of the box, so you can easily use it for prototyping your ideas and refining in further increments.
This is a lovely theme by Moonthemes, which can be compared to a premium theme with regards to its beauty. It’s a minimal theme with an emphasis on imagery and Pinterest style layout. Would have been perfect if it was made responsive, but hey, for a free theme, this is very good. The only downside is that this is not a GPL licensed theme, and requires you to keep links to the author in the footer. Such practices are not really encouraged, but again, it’s a free theme, so use it if you’re ok with keeping those links in there.
This is another theme from Moonthemes, and it’s also very well organised, with a pleasing design that focuses on the content without distracting users with lots of colours or extraneous information.
The same words for the previous theme apply for this one too, you need to keep the links to the author in the footer. Other than that, very clean and usable theme.
TrulyMinimal is a free highly customizable minimalistic theme fully focused on typography. Powered by a powerful backend TrulyMinimal can be easily personalized.
I love this theme for its minimalism and really good choice of fonts. The developer is also rolling up a responsive version which should be out when this post is published, so that’s an added bonus for you.
Publish is ideal for single-author blogs, but supports multi-author blogs too. It was created by top WordPress coder Konstantin Kovshenin, so you can be sure it only contains top notch code. If you’re looking for something really minimal to get yourself immersed quickly into publishing your content, this is an ideal theme.
Publish supports navigation menus, has a sidebar for your widgets, implements threaded comments, has support for various post formats and the sticky post. It has also got a responsive layout, with a drop-down menu for mobile devices.
Clean Response is a multi-purpose theme with the choice of two homepages – use for business or as a regular blog theme. Best of all, it’s Free!
You can display a normal magazine / blog style layout on the homepage along with a slider, intro text or you can have a more business style homepage with features widgets (with icons).
The theme is responsive which means it looks just as good on a large desk top display, tablet screens and mobile phone screens. Try resizing the browser window to see this in effect (remove the frame first).
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
Delphi is our new free premium WordPress theme. This is a blog style theme with a brand featured post slider and an intro section below it.The theme is ready for WP 3.4. Delphi theme supports features like, Custom menu, Featured images, Widgetized sidebar and footer and customizable intro section on the homepage and theme options page to configure various settings on the theme.
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.
Grid Theme Responsive is a WordPress Theme with mobile responsive design, featuring infinite scroll. Grid Theme is perfect for any creative to showcase their portfolio.
Bodega is a free WordPress theme I’ve created exclusively for release at WPExplorer.com. The theme features a very minimal design thats perfect for small business and portfolio websites. Included are some cool features such as a homepage slider, custom post types for the portfolio, filterable portfolio page, shortcodes, widget footer and of course the ability to run a regular blog alongside your site.
Swatch is a FREE, yes you read that correctly, business theme with a portfolio module that allows it’s usage to be completely diverse. It’s packed full of the usual features you’ve come to expect from our commercial themes, and built on the WooFramework that powers all Woo themes.
A responsive drag-and-drop platform for professional websites based on HTML5 and CSS3. PageLines will help you do amazing things faster & easier than ever before. This is the free version of PageLines, and has some restricted features.
You can also check out our review of the professional PageLines theme.
Gordon is our new tumblog theme. This is a very minimalistic and light weight theme maintaining a professional and well balanced layout and typography.The icons used in the theme are not images but fonts using the iconic fonts by Font Awesome .
It is embedded in the theme and theme users can extend its usage. There are about 220 icons in that iconic font. Theme also has features like, featured images, meta boxes, theme options, custom menu etc.
This being a tumblog theme it supports 8 different post formats.
While you are soon launching a new site, or revamping the old one, it is most important to let the users feel, that they are still thought of. This wonderful WordPress Theme let the site visitors know estimated time remaining in launching the site. The users are kept up to date through an email subscription form and twitter stream. Make a Smashing entry in the world of Web with Launcher.
Meeta is a simple blogging theme, but packed with many premium features, like: unique widgets, custom templates. The theme is absolutely free!
Architekt Free WordPress Theme is clean simple and unique. Design to showcase your architectural portfolio This theme was inspired by the works of Fantastic Norway.
Grid Style Free WordPress Theme with a magazine based layout. Design to showcase your fashion style portfolio. This theme was inspired by the fashion industry stylish design.
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.
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