Once upon a time, WordPress started its journey as a useful blogging script. From the beginning, it only accelerated onwards. Now, if we look at WordPress, we can see that it has single-handedly revolutionized web page development and content management system.
By providing an endless variety of themes and plugin developers; WordPress earned its reputation. Even managed WordPress hosts are at our disposal! We won’t be telling you all that today. Instead, we are going to tell you some of its free WordPress themes.
Managing a website can be a hectic job. No one wants to spend an extra dime if there is no profit. We would rather invest our precious wealth and time in profitable stuff. So, spending $40-$60 on a theme is not a smart move in the beginning.
If you are just starting your website or simply trying to be thrifty, any one of these 30+ free WordPress themes can do the trick for you. Let’s start!
Activello is surprisingly generous. It’s like Santa is bringing you a whole bag of presents right under your doorstep even when you can’t effort to have a Christmas tree! I mean, we are used to seeing Bootstrap plugins resolving cross-device compatibility issues, the Jetpack plugins for infinite scrolling, WPML for multi-lingual support, and WooCommerce for online marketing in Premium themes. No to mention the cost of all those themes! But Activello brought to you almost everything you need for free!
Set up sliders, add copyright information, customize icons with unlimited color variations and get quick and easy support from its developers.
If you are still not convinced by all these, let me tell you about its SEO friendliness. Activello optimizes your content and gives you the extra push to stay ahead of the competition. Users will keep on coming back for more. All you need to do now is: upload stunning content consistently.
- Fully Responsive & flat design and Retina ready
- WordPress Customizer, Unlimited Color options
- Full-screen Featured Slider, Infinite Scroll, Font Awesome icons
- Optimized to work with WooCommerce, W3 Total Cache, Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, Jetpack, Yoast SEO, and many other free and premium WP plugins
- Translation ready
- A schema-compatible structure that will make Google love your website
- Theme documentation
Meridian One is a responsive one-page theme. It is quite a gem to have for food blogs, travel blogs, and lifestyle mags. The setup, performance, and support are very satisfactory. Meridian One is a quick and easy solution for page builders. No prior coding knowledge is required with this one. So, add, edit and preview right away!
Visitors will also have a good time. Smooth scrolling from the sticky menu to their desired section is ensured. You know it is good enough when you find one less than a dozen homepage sections. Include your contact form, services, testimonials, Google maps, and many more. Your page would appear more mercantile with all those sections.
- Slick, modern one-page design featuring sticky header, jQuery smooth scroll effect
- every part of the homepage is editable via the WordPress Customizer
- Enable or disable 11 pre-built sections as needed
- Includes a dedicated blog page
Lightly is a brainchild of FancyThemes. This theme is visually appealing and structurally elegant. Features, such as auto-sliders with post titles and categories highlight that fact.
Lightly does not shy away when it comes to performance either. It has a fully responsive grid that can handle the load of different devices. That means users can access your site with ease even when they are on the go! It has a convincing page load score. It maintained a steady 1.4s loading time with 40 server requests at a time. We all know how tiresome those long strings of codes can be. Lightly has Drag & Drop page building that lets you upload content more frequently. It is also translation ready (.po and .mo files).
Apart from all this, you can customize your very own logos and colors. Launched way back on Jan 28, 2016; Lightly offers regular free updates so that you can keep up with the latest WordPress plugins.
- Blazing fast theme with a minimal theme which provides a clean and modern feel
- Retina ready and fully responsive
- Widgetized home page
- Home page slider
- Localization support
- Regular updates
If you are looking for a multipurpose WordPress theme, Kumle is the perfect theme that will allow you to create many types of websites, however, you do not have to spend any money, absolutely free. This theme has many options, which can be customized from within the theme. Not only blogs, portfolios, corporate sites, and many other types of sites can be developed with this theme. This theme is fully compatible with popular Page Builder, such as Elementor Page Builder.
The Kumle theme is responsive and works without any hassle with retina screens. And, its layout structure is pretty interesting too. Using the theme will make your site load faster, because of its asset management technique, the content of the theme is automatically optimized. Of course, this theme is designed to be fully tailored for SEO. This theme is designed so well that it will create a good impression for your website visitors.
- Simple clean and lightweight theme
- Numeric Pagination available
- Left and Right Side Bar positioning option
- Additional Footer widgets
- Multipurpose and flexible customization options
Even though the name of this theme suggests how suitable it is for educational websites. Education Hub is versatile enough to take on the challenges of any business website. Education Hub first emerged on 29 March 2016. Its latest 2.0 version was released on 14 November 2019. The premium version is packed with more customizable features. But the free version does not disappoint either. However, you will be missing out on the WooCommerce plugin in the free version. Let’s take a look at some of Education Hub’s major features:
- 2 Pagination options (default, numeric) in the free version. You can add Infinite Scroll using the Jetpack plugin if you like in the Premium version.
- Featured category slider option.
- 1 Custom Header Image
- 5 Custom menu (Primary, Footer, Social, 404, and Quick Links Menu)
- No color or font variant is available for the free version.
Sparkling is a fully responsive and high-definition theme. This free WordPress theme is cross-device compatible. As they claim, it was specifically designed in a mobile-friendly way. Users with HiDPI (Retina) display devices will get to enjoy its premium quality appearance as well. Sharp texts, with vivid colors and high-resolution images; no wonder why the developers named this theme Sparkling.
Sparkling’s compatibility range is quite praiseworthy. You can use WooCommerce, WPML, Jetpack, FontAwesome, Contact Form 7, WordPress SEO plugin, Bootstrap framework, and bbPress in this theme. Customization will be a child’s play with all these. Edit footer copyright information, change fonts, change element color, set up the slider, and much more. Your website would look just as professional as any other premium theme-based website out there without spending any extra money! In addition, you are also getting free of charge support from its developers. Their fast and efficient response is evident if you go through their update history. They have fixed bugs and added the latest plugins to make your web page design easier than before.
Go check out the demo version before downloading it.
Neve is one of the most advanced, customizable, and user-friendly themes packed with starter sites and proven performance. It is a super-fast, feather-weight theme to enter the new WordPress era. Neve’s mobile-first approach, and compatibility with AMP, and popular page-builders make website building accessible for everyone. You can enjoy the seamless integration with Gutenberg and all your favorite page builders: Elementor, Brizy, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, SiteOrigine, and Divi Builder. Using Neve, customizing your website will never be easier.
Neve is mobile-ready and AMP-compatible. Neve renders your website as native Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) and keeps you on Google’s good side. The Neve starter sites library enables you to import a ready-made website in no time. New designs are added to the collection each month.
- Fast and lightweight
- Flexible and easy to use
- Easy setup and sleek designs
- Reliable updates
- Mobile-ready and AMP compatible
- New features coming up
- Quality code and full support
Acme Themes brings you this brilliant free WordPress theme. Supermag is ideal for magazines, blogs, and news sites. Whether you are planning to launch a magazine website or simply looking for rebranding your existing site, Supermag will do the trick for you.
This free-of-cost theme generously provides a ton of goodies at your disposal. You can build your desired page quickly and easily. Especially, the fully customizable image positioning system is worth mentioning. Even the logo and Ads positioning is in your control. I don’t like the looks of your customizations, you can always hit the reset button and head back to the default state.
Supermag also provides a sticky sidebar option. Enable/disable as you like. Other features include Breadcrumbs options, breaking news options, background images, copyright text, social media sharing, and a lot more!
“Hueman” has a versatile vibe. This free WordPress is suitable for any business, institutional, and individual website. More than 80k+ websites are using this theme. WordPress.org theme repository has ranked Hueman as the best theme for blogs and magazines. Customization is the key to making websites unique.
Hueman made that job easier with customizable fonts, colors, and layouts. It uses Nimble Builder as its page builder plugin. This is also free. Drag and drop prebuild section or build a section of your own, saving time from extra coding.
Hueman is a mobile-friendly theme with a fast and easy interface. Other features include Font Awesome icons, multi-widget areas, social media share options, featured sliders, and many more.
The pro version of this costs $69! You won’t get to enjoy much with the free version. But the zero-expense edition is good too. eStore is built specifically for online marketing via WooCommerce and YITH WooCommerce Wishlist plugins. ThemeGrill cooked this theme to be fully responsive and customer-friendly.
The free version alone has more than a dozen custom widgets. It is also WPML and RTL compatible. Your multilingual site can now look more stunning with background color and background image, 4 varieties of layouts, both right and left sidebars, and add to cart via AJAX and lots more. Go check it out now!
Here we have a free retina-ready template at your service! Loaded with great features like SEO friendliness, WordPress Live Customizer compatibility, and Elementor as its primary page builder. Jane Morris is quite a gem to possess. Advanced widgets such as carousel, Google Maps, Accordion, Toggle even SoundCloud are there too!
Close your eyes and think about the possibilities you can achieve with this theme. Users going to have a good time on your site for sure. The stunning visual effect is ensured by parallax scrolling. In addition, the lazy load function saves unnecessary data consumption and loads your pages faster. Isn’t it great to have such an all-rounder?
Artists and Photographers would love this theme. Similar to their creativity Good provides an aesthetic portfolio style layout. Good’s compatibility is commendable, plugins such as JetPack allow your website to have brilliant front-end performance and Yoast SEO makes your site stay ahead in the search engines. Good is retina ready and responsive. Which means more users can enjoy your site on the go.
The customization is also good. You can inspect every little detail of your editing as it happens via Live Theme Customizer. The developers provide continuous support as well.
You must have heard of this word in Lord of the Rings. The theme itself is also quite magical. It’s gradually gaining popularity. Sauron is fulfilling the needs of small business websites, personal blogs, photography, health, and other web categories quite comfortably. The free version is compatible with almost every top plugin of WordPress including Jetpack, BuddyPress, WPML, Contact Form 7, and many more.
Moreover, you’re getting half a dozen customizable layouts, 2 full-width sliders, child theme support, and much more. The pro version has a beautiful SEO management system that allows your content to generate more traffic. Sadly, you’ll be missing out on that facility in the free version.
A business website, digital agency, or personal portfolio whichever you are running or planning to begin, West can be your faithful companion. This free WordPress theme can be installed in one single click. A hassle-free way to start the engine indeed.
As the west wind blows nothing can go south! Don’t get offended by my poetic expressions. Let’s see its features:
- Live Composer allows you to keep track of every little change you make while you build your page from ground zero.
- Cross-browser compatibility allows a user to access your site from most of the leading browsers available. The fully responsive layout allows users to enjoy the full-width experience from their laptops, smartphones, and tablets.
- Frequent updates let your growing needs be fulfilled. Round-the-clock support provides a solution for arising circumstances.
- Ready to take on the challenges of multi-lingual sites.
Dyad is downright DIE HARD. This free WordPress theme intertwines photos and texts very well to exhibit a stunning visual. Automatic built this theme with much care. Dyad gives you features such as widgetized areas, social media integration, feature photos, and custom menus. You will also enjoy some premium quality features such as infinite scroll, translation support, and RTL language support without paying anything.
Dyad first appeared in the market on 22 April 2016. It has over 9k active installations under its belt. Sadly, the developers haven’t brought any updates to this great theme since time immemorial. You may experience some turbulence while using the latest plugin in it.
Love blogging? Whether you are a photographer or a traveler or an artist, Palmas is palatable enough for your aesthetic needs. Thanks to Mr. Dev Sharma from WPKube who built this theme with great care. Palmas has a good number of customizable options. You’ll have widget areas, one sidebar, a comment box section, social media sharing options, post sliders at the top section, a stunning post grid, and many more. You can add extra menus and a call to action button if you please.
Yes, WordPress gives its word, this is a free and fully responsive theme. So, tweak, toss and turn as you like. Palmas respects your creativity. Thus it offered a large canvas for you to give your best shot.
OnePress is an excellent one-pager. Not a lot of one-page themes made it to this list. But its flexibility and creativity make it a good contender. Business websites, in general, would love to have this one for sure. Besides that, if you have a portfolio to exhibit or a product to showcase One Press is pressing enough. It is a business-friendly theme that allows you to highlight your services, contact form, company info, and latest posts. However, you’ll be missing out on online store options. I haven’t seen the WooCommerce plugin in the free version yet.
The paid version of One Press is undoubtedly top-notch. The free version doesn’t shy away either. You will get a good amount of features. First and foremost, the parallax background effect. Then you’ll be appreciating its cross-device compatibility.
FameThemes; the developers provide brilliant support as well. Like all of their themes, they have included SEO optimization, browser compatibility, localization, and custom theme widgets in One Press. When you generate enough revenue from your website, you can surely buy the premium version and enjoy it fully.
Let’s cut to the chase. Sydney is responsive, highly customizable, visually appealing, and localization supported. aThemes have crafted this free theme with generosity indeed. Users will have a good time with its visual effects. Sydney provides a background parallax effect. When it comes to customization possibilities you’ll be getting access to all Google Fonts, custom color options, custom-made logos, layout control, full-width slider option, sticky navigation, and lots more. You will also have six social media sharing options. So, what are you waiting for? Give it a shot!
Olsen Light started its journey back on 28 December 2015. Just within 3 months, it got 8k+ active installs. That is quite a feat to pull off indeed. So, why do they get this much popularity? Well, Olsen light has loads of features up in its sleeves. It has a fully responsive and retina-ready layout. Then, there are carousels, social networking, and social post-sharing options, custom widgets, text logo, and image uploading options, SEO optimization, and many more.
Oh, this free WordPress theme also provides RTL support and translation support! In addition, Olsen Light is MailChimp and MailPoet integrated. This means you can reach out to more people and request them to visit your website. Which eventually increases site traffic. Then you could plan further to turn those viewers into buyers. However, the free version does not have a WooCommerce plugin. You need to work your way to reach there.
Whether you are running a fashion or lifestyle website, magazine, or blog; you’ll find Olsen Light ideal for setting your digital foothold firmly to the virtual ground. The developers provide frequent updates and constant support. You can also check out the demo if you are still having second thoughts about it!
Emmet has three different versions. Firstly, you can grab the unlimited pack for $99, then you have the single site pack for $55. And last but not least: the free version. You won’t get pro services like lifetime updates or background video of the header in the free version. But once you get used to it Emmet is a decent theme for you. Especially, if you are looking for online marketing. Emmet is compatible with WooCommerce, bbPress, and BuddyPress.
It also works smoothly with WordPress Slider by MotoPress. This theme has a good number of customizable feature that is worth mentioning. You’ll get drag & drop page building, highlight your business credentials with a portfolio, testimonial, contact form, or team section or simply put your location in Google Maps to direct people to your office/store. You can even add pricing tables. That is very crucial for sites that want to flourish their business.
Well, I won’t say anything more about this. Just go and check out the demo!
You just can’t take a theme for the sake of its name. Especially, if you are just developing your precious website, investing hours and hours of time and effort behind it. Elegantly evaluate your concern. Freelancers, small businesses, bloggers, and nonprofits, can rest assured with this free theme.
The developers have done a splendid job with this one. They are providing a video guide for the setup procedure. When it comes to flexibility, it is fully responsive and ready to take on any display. Elegant also has an abundance of customizable options. Custom color, custom typography, custom copyright section, custom sidebar widgets, custom logo, and lots more.
Add homepage features, and highlight business portfolio and team pages in a fast and efficient way. Bring out your A Game with custom CSS3 if you wish. Upload standard posts along with videos if you like. Yes, this theme can be versatile. So, you can use it for multiple purposes.
Hestia is a free theme that offers almost all the goodies you expect from premium themes. Stunning visuals, unique interface, quick and easy page-building solutions, commercial outlook, online marketing solutions, adaptability, multi-lingual, SEO friendly, responsive, constant support, and frequent updates. Did I miss something? Well, what else do you need?
Let’s talk about some notable features of Hestia:
- WooCommerce integration. Hestia gave online sales a huge priority for sure!
- Business promotional options (dedicated slider area to highlight testimonials, contact info, team info, etcetera)
- Easy one-click installation. A faster way to pursue what you’re trying to achieve.
- Mega Menu: guide your viewers to every post on your website.
Blogs and Magazine sites would love to grab this one for sure. Since these sites are mostly content-based, they need to put their latest post upfront. JustWrite evaluated that spirit. This free theme showcases that quite clearly. It has over 2k active installations and was updated to version 126.96.36.199 last February.
Tweak and twist the page layout the way you wish for. It has ten different sections and eight custom sidebar widgets. Viewers can check recent posts from categories (2,3,4 columns). Then there is a pre-defined space for advertising. Translation readiness is quite handy for overseas viewers. They get to enjoy your interesting posts in their way too! You can take a look at the preview of Acosmin’s JustWrite if you want to.
With over 4,000+ active installs Modern made quite an impression as a free theme. Developed by WebManDesign.eu, Modern is just right for individual portfolios. Responsive, SEO friendly, optimized for speed, multi-language friendly (including RTL languages). From a viewer’s perspective, smooth scrolling is necessary. Having the Jetpack plugin in that respect is a huge relief. Viewers would also love to see the featured posts slideshow as well. This feature establishes a better engagement between the special contents of the site and its viewers.
Customizable features include background image customization, color, header, logo, menu, footer widgets, and lots more.
Whether it’s a one-page personal blog or a multi-page commercial website, Vega is versatile enough to fulfill both of their needs. Fueled by the Bootstrap framework cross-device compatibility is easy as pie. Upload high-resolution pictures with animated content. Vega supports a full-width photo banner. Then there’s the background color for every front page section. So, designing a visually impressive site is just some clicks away. The default color options are limited to only three though! But there are other customizable options like logo and parallax background effects.
Vega has tested positive with WooCommerce. So, if you are looking for expanding your online marketing you can fetch this theme. Multi-language support lets your site have worldwide coverage.
The custom CSS module would provide much help for advanced-level developers. On the other, the newbies would find it very easy to adjust those multi-blog feeds. Give it a try. 6,000+ sites are up and running happily with Vega.
It is really unfortunate to see such a good theme fall short on updates. Since 2015 the developers haven’t brought any more changes to this. Well, don’t get saddened right away. You may face slight difficulties while running the latest plugins in it but Enlightenment still packs a punch.
Enlightenment is suitable for small business sites. The design is responsive. Customers can view your products on any mobile device
Showcase your products with custom backgrounds and colors. In addition, there is a featured image header that allows an easier solution to display an image on your homepage. Go as far as four columns. Newspaper sites would appreciate that much space for sidebars and widgets. Translation-ready, threaded comments, and sticky posts; Enlightenment is a decent featured-packed site that is somehow struggling to stay. The developers should rethink launching an update ASAP!
Magazine sites are gaining popularity these days. So, if you are also getting eager to try your luck, Color Mag is a great solution for you. Over 100k+ active solutions would convince you about its efficiency.
The responsive design works wonders since all of the modules snap into place if a customer is viewing your content on a mobile device. You will also get a predefined space for personal advertisement. It opens the door to generating more revenue. Besides, there’s social media integration. Your magazine followers will be able to keep track of your latest posts and share those on platforms like Facebook and Twitter. You’ll find lots of widgets on the homepage.
Intermediate-level developers would love that swift management system. Upload recent posts or galleries fast and effectively. If you have multiple personnel in the backend, ColorMag would help you work together without any complications. The WooCommerce plugin lets you sell products and generate more profit as well.
Firstly, there’s a visually appealing grid-based layout that makes Madd Magazine’s theme unique. Any online magazine website would love to have that look. Multiple sections for ads on the site enable cash flow from third-party ads. Madd Magazine is both video and audio post format supported. It allows you to represent news in a variety of ways. A responsive layout assures the same kind of user experience, irrespective of device type. Customize colors, fonts, and custom logo images as you like.
In addition, you get lots of widgets to play with. The sidebars or any other widgetized area can hold those firmly. This theme is also SEO optimized.
Twenty Sixteen claims to have more than 400K active installations. It’s visually delightful and performance-wise smooth. The mobile-first approach allows its display to be adaptable enough for any device. Regular updates and fast support are ensured by WordPress itself. Though it’s not much but just enough for launching your blog or website. It has limited color schemes, custom widget areas, and some other stuff. You can tweak those sections via Live Customizer. It also lets you add your logo.
Let not the “premium” drift you away from one of the finest free WordPress themes before even starting. This multipurpose theme is powered by Foundation provided by Templatic.com. Their support is very efficient. Let’s see what WP Premium has to offer, shall we?
- Fully responsive page layout. You don’t need to worry about your uploaded image size. Photos get auto-adjusted according to the display devices.
- Customization is convincingly stylistic. You can find your desired font from a huge collection of Google Fonts, tweak the font size and color as you please. Add favicons and custom-built logos, set background images, and lots more.
- WP Premium has a wide range of compatibility with the most popular plugins such as WooCommerce, WordPress SEO by Yoast SEO, Contact Form 7, Google XML, MailChimp, Feedburner, FeedBlitz, and Aweber. This means you will get more visitors bumping into your posts first. Then you can also convince them to become your subscribers. Then you can talk about business in marketing!
- WP Premium also has social media integration. Add links to your posts and upload custom icons in individual posts as you like.
- Add videos from YouTube and Vimeo to any of your posts or page. Simply insert video embed codes from those sites into WP Premium and see the magic happen!
Well, that’s all for today folks. Please leave your comments below.
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