WordPress is undoubtedly a great platform for creating websites and with all the free WordPress themes available, you can create a professional-looking website in no time.
In this article, we’ll introduce you to some of the best free WordPress themes suitable for all kinds of niches and websites.
What are Free WordPress Themes?
Before we get started if you are new to the WordPress ecosystem, here’s a quick primer about WordPress themes.
In short, WordPress themes are templates that you can install on your WordPress website to change its appearance.
There are free and premium WordPress themes available in the market. In this article, although we will mostly focus on the best free themes available, some of them may have premium versions with advanced options.
Please note that while changing your WordPress theme won’t affect your website’s content, it will definitely change its overall look and feel.
Changing WordPress themes can be helpful if you want to give your website a fresh start or want to implement new features of a different theme on your website.
Now that we know what WordPress themes are, let’s take a look at some of the best free WordPress themes that you can use for your website.
Best Free WordPress Themes
The list only includes quality WordPress themes that are published in the WordPress theme directory or made available by authoritative WordPress theme stores.
Other Free WordPress Themes
Dyad Theme By Automattic
Dyad is one of the latest WordPress themes from Automattic available to download for free. The theme is a well-designed and high-quality WordPress theme with plenty of premium features.
Dyad has a beautiful design maintaining a perfect balance is displaying Words and images. The theme has already been available for WordPress.com users for a while and is now made available for self-hosted WordPress sites.
The themes comes with several features including;
- Four Column Widget Areas
- Optimal Featured Image Sizes
- Slideshow with featured posts
- Custom Menu and Social links menu
Llorix One Lite By CodeinWP
CodeinWP provides beautiful WordPress themes and this is one of their latest addition available for free on themes repository. The theme boasts a flat design along with a bootstrap based design and an elegant parallax effect. The theme looks to serve
The theme looks to serve a variety of purposes but is specifically useful for businesses or startup mobile app websites.
Slimblog By Fervillz
Slimblog is a simple blogging theme by Fervillz available to download for free. The theme looks clean with modern fonts and full width layout.
Magnus By Hugo Baeta
Magnus by Hugo Baeta is a photo blogging theme with a grid layout. The theme looks clean and beautiful to display your images. The theme also has a beautiful typography to go along with your images.
Enliven By Pubudu Ranjan Malalasekara
Enliven WordPress theme by Pubudu Ranjan Malalasekara is a modern theme that allows you to add several widgets to your complete our homepage. The theme is mostly geared to business purposes and also has a clean blog layout.
The theme adds support for features such as portfolio content type and testimonial content type for the Jetpack plugin.
Materialize By Mythemes
Materialize by Mythemes is a white, clean and responsive theme based on material design concept. The theme is packed with several features and is fully responsive.
The theme authors are also supporting the theme with free support on their themes store.
Actuate By mudThemes
Actuate By mudThemes is a clean and responsive WordPress theme mainly targeted for personal and magazine blogs. The theme features a 3 columns layout with card style thumbnails on the homepage.
The theme is translation ready and comes with short online documentation.
Weh Lite By Themes Awesome
Weh Lite By Themes Awesome is a free version of their premium offering on their home store. It is a modern and simple theme suitable for personal blogs, portfolio, and journals. The theme has a good design with a special focus on fonts and media.
LiveBlog By ThemesPie
LiveBlog WordPress theme is a well-designed theme available for free from the ThemesPie theme store. The premium style theme comes with plenty of features including some advanced features such as Ad management.
LiveBlog theme also comes with predefined header styles and a sticky menu.
XT Corporate Lite – Xylus Themes
The XT Corporate Lite by Xylus Themes is a modern and responsive theme built for business and corporate websites. The One Page Scroller of the theme on the front page makes it easy to build a complete business website.
The theme comes with a lot of features that can be customised using the advanced panel included in theme settings. Some of its features include:
- Easy To Customize
- Unlimited Colours
- One Page Scroller
- Built With Bootstrap
- Cross-Browser Compatible
- Fully Responsive
- 5 Pre-Built Skins
- Brands Logo Slider
- Translation Ready
- Clean & Beautiful Design
XT Corporate Lite also has a blog section to feature your business’s content and promotions. The theme is one of the first themes released from Xylus themes.
Munding Lite By Themes Awesome
Munding Lite by Themes Awesome is a minimalist WordPress theme suitable for content publishers.
Munding Lite is a clean and multimedia focused theme suitable for bloggers. One of the highlights of the theme is its emphasis on different post formats. The theme makes good use of typography along with multimedia content such as images and videos.
Some of the features of Munding Lite include;
- Responsive Design
- Blog Structure + Threaded Comments
- SEO Optimized
- Theme Customizer Support
- Contact Form included
The theme, however, is a lite version of one premium theme Munding and has several features limited to this lite theme.
Brovy – 8Degree Themes
Brovy By 8Degree Themes is a child theme of another recently released theme Zincy Lite. You will need to have the Zincy Lite theme installed to use the Brovy theme.
The Brovy theme adds a beautiful design to the parent Zincy lite theme. The theme is mainly suitable as a business theme. The theme supports a customizer panel allowing you to live preview your changes and settings.
Features of the Brovy theme include:
- Support for Google Fonts
- Unlimited color settings
- Layout control
- Support for Logo and Favicon
- Category slider
- Sticky (menu) navigation
- Several Layouts for Posts and Pages
Alchem By Magee WP
Alchem By MageeWP is a free version of the theme under the same name from MageeWP. The theme is a bootstrap based responsive theme suitable for blogs and businesses.
Alchem WordPress Theme has a pre-built layout making it easy to create a demo-like homepage. You can easily customise the Site width, background colors, header & footer, logo and social links of the theme.
Key features of the free version theme include;
- One page Homepage
- Well-coded and SEO Friendly
- Powerful Shortcodes
- Video Background
- Customizable Header and Footer
- Sticky Header
- Parallax background image option
- Support for Font Awesome Icons
- Flexible Layouts
The theme is retina ready with most of the features also included in the free version.
Waves WordPress Theme
Waves theme by Venkat Raj is a stylish business WordPress theme mainly suitable for corporate and agency websites.
All the settings for the theme are controlled using the customizer removing the need for any admin panel. The theme comes with four footer widgets.
Features of the free version theme include;
- Awesome Flex Slider
- Lightweight & Fast
- Search Engine Optimized
- Mobile responsive design
- Mobile Responsive navigation
- Custom CSS
- Free Support
- 5 level comment nesting
- Default Font Style
The theme also has a pro version with several additional features.
Restful By ThemeBright
Restful By ThemeBright is a free WordPress theme mainly targeted at churches.
SKT Cutsnstyle Lite By SKT Themes
SKT Cutsnstyle Lite is a free theme by SKT Themes mainly suitable for small businesses such as Hair hair salon, spa, massage, parlor. The theme suits local businesses and has features suitable for such businesses such as opening times, team details, pricing details, testimonials etc..
The theme is built for multipurpose small business websites. Some of the features ofSKT Cutsnstyle Lite theme includes;
- Default slider with 12 animation effects and pause time controls
- Compatible with WooCommerce for Ecommerce
- 20+ sections on the homepage with shortcodes and animation controls
Biography By Yam Chhetri
Biography WordPress theme is mainly suitable for portfolio and personal websites. The theme is targeted at displaying personal information along with supported features for different services, reviews, testimonials, etc
Biography’s major features include several font-family settings, a header banner, and a text slider with a background image.
Simply Pure By Ritesh Sanap
Simply pure WordPress theme is a fast loading theme mainly targeted at personal bloggers. The theme is built on made Yahoo’s Pure CSS optimised to load fast overall.
Few of the major Simply Pure features include:
- Two Column Theme (One Sidebar and Main Content Area)
- Widgetized three column footer and post footer
- Based on Yahoo’s Pure CSS framework
- Optimised for basic SEO with microdata
Impronta By Quema Labs
Impronta WordPress theme is mainly targeted for blogging. The theme boasts a responsive design and is suitable for personal blogs.
Gently By greg24
Gently WordPress theme looks really clean and is focused on displaying simple and clear content. The theme’s elements can be heavily customised to make it suitable for your own blog.
The theme features beautiful social media buttons and includes support for MailChimp newsletter. Other features include support for multiple authors, a collapsable sidebar and so on.
Spirited Lite By SKTThemes
Spirited Lite is a responsive theme mainly targeted at business and eCommerce websites. The theme is compatible with WooCommerce and can be ideal for small shops that also need a website.
A few of the major features of Spirited Lite include:
- Compatible with plugins like WooCommerce for eCommerce and Nextgen Gallery for portfolio
- Compatible with various contact forms among contact form 7
- Mobile friendly and responsive across all devices and platforms
WOOT By deucethemes
WOOT WordPress theme is a child theme of another popular WordPress theme – Storefront. The theme is for WooCommerce and thus mainly targeted for eCommerce and shop owners.
The theme fully supports all the functions of the Storefront theme.
Smallblog By monkey-themes
Smallblog WordPress theme is suitable for personal blogs. The theme is modern and clean.
Modulus By Venkat Raj
Modulus WordPress theme is a modern and stylish theme targeted at business and corporate websites. The theme is generated using SASS and uses a skeleton framework for grids to keep minimal CSS.
Mobile Friendly By CyberChimps
Mobile Friendly is a free WordPress theme from a popular theme store – CyberChimps. The theme is built with responsive and mobile-friendliness in mind. The fluid and responsive layout adjust to the changing mobile trends.
We will keep updating this list as other WordPress themes become available this January.
Did you like any of the themes in the collection? Let us know in the comments below.
Bulan By Theme Junkie
Bulan WordPress theme is one of the latest free WordPress themes from their premium store. Theme Junkie makes several premium themes and this free theme is equally professional as their premium offerings. The theme is mainly targeted at professional bloggers including food bloggers and photobloggers. The theme works out of the box without any additional plugins but fully supports features of a popular plugin such as JetPack.
Key features of the Bulan theme include;
- Responsive and Retina Ready
- Unlimited Colors and 3 home page layouts
- SEO Friendly & Schema.org Markup
- Support for Popup WordPress Gallery
Caos By Quema Labs
Caos WordPress theme is an innovative theme that makes use of WordPress REST API to provide the ajax experience. The theme is also responsive making it look good on devices of different screen sizes.
Key features of the Caos theme include;
- CSS Animations with pixel perfect design
- Responsive Design to look great on different devices
- Translation and multilingual ready
Pencil By Patryk Kachel
Pencil WordPress theme is a simple personal blog or magazine theme. The theme is based on Bootstrap 4 and comes with several modern features.
Major features of the pencil theme include;
- 3 Homepage Layouts
- 4 Post Formats including Standard Post, Gallery Post, Video Posts, and Audio Posts
- Responsive Design (Bootstrap 4 based)
- Sticky Sidebar and Smooth Scrolling
OnePress By Fame Themes
OnePress by FameThemes is a well designed and premium quality WordPress theme. The theme comes with plenty of features and is suitable for a variety of websites including business website, portfolio, digital agency, product showcase, freelancers and more.
Major features of the OnePress theme include;
- Page Speed and SEO Optimized
- Custom Theme Widgets and Custom Page Templates
FashStore By Access Keys
Fashstore WordPress theme is a child theme of AccessPress Store targeted for WooCommerce shop owners.
The major features of FashStore include deep integration with WooCommerce plugin, several layouts, widgets and color options to personalize shops.
icyNETS Simplic By icynets
icyNETS Simplic WordPress theme is a theme mainly targeted for personal blogs. The theme is based on the Bootstrap CSS framework and is completely responsive.
The theme is simple, mobile friendly and suitable for personal blogs. Give it a try and see if you like it.
Afia By Dominic
Afia WordPress theme, although published in the WordPress repository doesn’t look that decent. The theme has a traditional blog layout and is simple, flexible and light-weight.
Healthcare By weblizar
Healthcare WordPress theme, like its name suggests, is a theme targeted for medicals and health care centres.
RETAILER By WP Dev Shed
RETAILER WordPress Theme is a child theme of popular Storefront WordPress theme by WooThemes. As a child theme for Woocommerce theme, the theme is targeted for e-commerce websites.
Among other standard features, the theme boasts optimisation for reviews markup for search results.
Kyma By WebHunt Infotech
Kyma is a multi-purpose WordPress theme suitable for company, personal or several other types of website. The theme comes with dark and light scheme and is built on the Twitter Bootstrap 3.3.2 Framework.
Rakiya By Siteholic
Rakiya WordPress theme is targeted for personal blogs and features fully responsive design. The theme looks minimal with just everything required for personal blogs. Technically, Rakiya supports HTML5 and schema.org code building for the semantic foundation for SEO best practices.
Key features of the Rakiya theme include;
- Well coded with latest technologies
- Responsive Design and Layouts
- SEO Optimised
- Ready for translation
Planar Lite By Dinev Dmitry
Planar WordPress theme is a unique theme that displays all your posts in Square tiles. You might or might not like how your posts are displayed but this is definitely something new that you can explore. The theme also includes custom widgets, home-page template and contextual help.
AcmeBlog By Acme Themes
AcmeBlog WordPress theme is a magazine style theme mainly targeted for different blogs, news, and magazine websites. The theme comes with a featured section on top to highlight your posts and with its advanced settings, you can control more sections on the homepage, sidebar and inner pages.
Key features of the AcmeBlog theme include;
- Advanced layouts/design control
- Custom CSS and custom background image option
- Show-hide related posts
- Support for breadcrumbs and search placeholder
Business World By webdorado
Business World WordPress theme is a corporate theme mainly targeted for business portfolios and company corporate identity showcases. The theme boasts mobile friendly design and responsive features. It is also compatible and tested with several top WordPress plugins.
The theme comes with list of several customizable features including;
- Full-width sliderfront page builder,
- Front page builder
- Full-screen lightbox slideshow
- Layout editor and social sharing options
SKT Yogi Lite By SKT Themes
SKT Yogi Lite WordPress theme is a business theme mainly targeted for fitness, yoga, spa, health club, gym, salon, medical, and dental websites.
Athena By Smartcat
Athena WordPress theme is modern parallax theme targeted for multi-purpose websites for business, restaurant, freelancers, photographers, bloggers, musicians and creative agencies. The theme comes with full width frontpage slider, animated callouts and with over 600 icons.
Few of the Athena theme features include;
- Several color options
- left and right sidebars
- 6 widget areas
- Primary and footer menus including mobile responsive menu
- links to your social media sites
Square By Hash Themes
Square WordPress theme features modern slider and widget areas mainly suitable for business and portfolio websites. The options for the theme can all be configured via the customizer.
Voltata By Sulten hest
Voltata WordPress theme is a light white theme featuring lots of customization options. The theme can be configured for several settings to fit your blog.
Quest WordPress Theme
Quest WordPress Theme is the latest drag and drop, Open Source free theme from Pace Themes.
The Theme offers a powerful click, drag and drop page builder to help WordPress users create amazing pages easily. The theme comes with lots of customization options to customise the entire layout including background images, colours, typography and many other options.
This responsive theme can be useful for several purposes including blog, portfolio, eCommerce, magazine, and photography among others. The theme is built on the bootstrap framework which ensures your website will work properly on all mobiles, tablets, laptops and desktops.
Released on WordPress.org, the theme has received more than 20,000 downloads by now. Here’s the latest screenshot and other images gallery of the theme.
I hope this free WordPress themes collection makes it easy for you to browse and choose from the latest WordPress themes.
Did you like any of the themes? Leave your comments if you found any of them useful.