Not that long ago, on Dec. 18, WordPress 4.1 saw its official release. And since then, it’s been downloaded around 8,000,000 times already (wow)!
This number alone gives us a great overview on how lively the WordPress space actually is, and how fast things are happening. After all, 8 million downloads in around a month … that’s impressive by all measures.
The other very lively area of the WordPress space is the world of WordPress themes. And just to prove this to you, let’s start this new WordPress year with a fresh new list of some fresh new free WordPress themes released in January 2015 (literally, just several days ago).
Let’s start the list with a niche take on the WordPress theme market. Lawyeria is a theme meant for lawyer offices, attorneys and other businesses operating in the legal market. The theme has a very clean and professional looking design, it’s responsive and offers a lot of features that business owners will enjoy. There’s a custom homepage with configurable content blocks, plus a handful of page templates to showcase services, blog posts, and other information.
A good-looking blog and business theme. The design is minimal, pleasing to the eye, and the good typography makes the content readable across the whole layout. Additionally, there’s a custom header block where you can put your welcome message or some other kind of call to action. On top of that, there’s a very nice fixed header, and everything is fully responsive.
Another specialized WordPress theme, this time catering to small business owners, particularly plumbers and proprietors in other related niches. The homepage design provides an easy way of contacting the site owner and purchasing the services (as we all know, time is very important in case of a plumbing emergency). There are also other configurable blocks on the homepage, plus the whole design is responsive and user-friendly.
This theme with a code-like looking name delivers a very nice and simplistic design, with a large content slider on the homepage, and some additional configurable custom content blocks. It’s responsive, offers multilingual support and Google Fonts integration. But that’s not all, WPspirit-01 actually offers quite extensive typography settings, with things like custom column layouts, lists, tables, testimonial blocks, and more.
Whimsy was created to offer some parent theme functionality and become the new player on the theme framework market. In a sentence, it’s a theme that’s meant to be customized. It offers a lot of custom widgets, delivers a lightweight and easy to adjust design, everything is responsive, and the theme integrates with popular WordPress plugins (WooCommerce, Gravity Forms, Jetpack). Not to mention the great mosaic-like page template.
Aventurine is a very simplistic theme that’s geared at delivering good typography and thus clear content presentation. You can edit the header and the background (there’s also support for background images; not only single-color backgrounds) through the native WordPress Customizer interface. That being said, where this theme really shines is its support of keyboard and screen reader accessibility best practices.
7. SKT Corp
A nice and dynamic looking corporate WordPress theme. It offers a customizable homepage, with a built-in content slider and custom content blocks. There are also some page templates for the blog and other pages worth having on a corporate site. Finally, you get integration with plugins like WooCommerce and Contact Form 7, and the available theme options page makes everything easy to use during setup.
BirdFIELD is a good-looking theme offering a nice set of useful features. The design is responsive, there’s a full-width parallax background image, and fixed header that always stays at the top. On the homepage, you can display posts as a list and inside a grid structure. The design is optimized for site owners who plan on publishing visual posts (with pictures), or who want to use the theme for a portfolio site.
9. Catch Base
As the name suggests, Catch Base is meant to be the base-theme for your custom creation. Also, it’s one of those themes that deliver full integration with WordPress Customizer. The theme is built with HTML5, CSS3, and offers a fully responsive experience. To make the setup process easier, there’s also a theme options page and a number of custom widgets available.
A very good-looking magazine theme, with a homepage structure that’s ready to handle a lot of content published every day. Some other features that will be handy for online magazines are: custom backgrounds, adjustable colors, and a number of available widget areas. The design is very clean overall, and everything is fully responsive (which is kind of the standard at this point).
This concludes our list of the newest WordPress themes in the official theme directory. 2015 is sure to be an awesome year, both for WordPress and the community around it. With so many great themes being released every month, it just can’t be any other way.
What do you have in store for your WordPress site in 2015? Any interesting projects going on? Feel free to share.