This is another round up of free and responsive WordPress themes.Some free themes also have pro versions so when this is the case take care to check the free version has the features you require if you do not want to pay for pro. For example, the Panoramica theme, mentioned in my previous article, 16 Free Responsive WordPress Themes for 2013, which is an impressive free theme, now has a pro version, and the free version is not quite as good as it was.
In general, I have tended to shy away from listing basic or lite versions as the features are often quite underwhelming,and sometimes the free version is not responsive. This is no doubt part of a strategy to encourage you to go pro or try a theme but I have only listed basic/lite versions where the free version is still a good choice in itself.
Customizr is currently the second most downloaded theme in the WordPress Themes directory, and with a good slider, plenty of widget areas, easy customisations, and a clean look, it is not hard to see why. From CPO Themes.
‘A free responsive WordPress theme, easy to customize , built with HTML5 & CSS3 upon the Twitter Bootstrap framework. The clean design can be used for any type of website : corporate, portfolio, business, blog, etc. Choose a skin, upload your logo, set up your social network profiles and you are done!
It also includes a handy responsive slider generator (with call to action text and button) that can be embedded in any pages or posts. The theme supports five widgetized areas (two in the sidebars, three in the footer), up to three columns, nine post formats with special styles. It also comes with seven elegant skins and three handy featured page blocks for the front page’.
Another popular theme is Discover, from AntThemes, there are free and pro versions but the free version offers a lot, including a good slider with a side area for a call to action. Unlike some themes with pro versions, the free version is responsive .
‘A very neat and clean orange and white business theme. The theme supports widgets. And features theme-options, threaded-comments and multi-level dropdown menu. A simple and neat typography’.
Impulse is another good clean theme from AntThemes, similar to Discover, but with a full slider.
‘A very neat and clean blue, black and white business theme. The theme supports widgets. And features theme-options, threaded-comments and multi-level dropdown menu. A simple and neat typography’
Corpo is a good free portfolio theme.
‘Corpo is a responsive business & portfolio theme which can be used for personal or corporate website. It features slider on the home page, 5 custom widgets, 2 menu locations and theme options to easily manage your website. Corpo also offers additional Portfolio custom post type to showcase your work’.
Responsive is another popular choice in WordPress Themes Directory with a good clean free version, and a pro version offering a greater choice of customisations.
Frau, from Lizard Themes, has a good effective slideshow and a clean look.
‘Frau has a great variety of functionalities such as easy to follow code, social networking features, YouTube and Flickr integration. It comes with easy to modify widgetized sidebar and an extremely versatile layout scheme for easy modification. Our easy-to-use Theme Options Page allows you to set-up your new theme in just a few minutes, no more file edits and/or hundreds of drop-downs and checkboxes’.
Free magazine style theme with a slider and some useful widgets.
Travelify describes itself as a responsive travel WordPress theme, includes an excellent slider and makes a good photo blog.
‘Travelify WordPress theme design is inspired by nature. We made it as simple as possible while fully customizable with several Theme Options and page templates. Travelify is ideal choice for travel blogs, green thinking, adventurists and anyone who is looking for an amazing and simple way to share pictures’.
Impressive free theme from themefuse, well suited to the latest news and reviews on gadgets, but a good magazine style blog for more general purposes too.
‘A Free WordPress theme with a clean and modern style, best suited for blogging or small magazine style websites’.
Excellent and contemporary theme from Site5 suitable for a personal blog or personal portfolio site, with full screen slider.
Another excellent freebie from Site5, a good choice for a portfolio type theme.
Popular magazine style blog.
A Pinterest inspired theme.
‘A clean, minimalistic and responsive WordPress portfolio theme. Perfect for graphic designers, web designers, photographers and anyone who likes to put their images and artworks first’.
A good hybrid portfolio theme, inspired by Pinboards but still making the most of WordPress.
‘Pinboard has been designed with showcasing content in mind. It has several options for layout and the number of columns on which content is displayed and has a portfolio section if you wish to elegantly show your work’.
PrimePress is a free theme to show off the MotoPress drag and drop editor – a plugin designed to help you modify your site’s templates and design.
‘The free WordPress theme which can improve your understanding of how to change the layout of your website without any special skills and knowledge. It may be also used as the starting point for your own custom WordPress website. If you are going to create blog, website or even your personal journal based on WordPress, PrimePress is really a good choice’.
Magazine style theme with slider and good use of widgets and features.
‘Max Magazine is a super-awesome responsive wordpress theme best suited for newspaper or magazine websites. The theme is packed with an easy-to-use options panel which makes it very easy to customize the layout. It also holds a beautiful jQuery slider, carousel posts, and up to 4 featured categories on homepage. There are two widgetized sections in siderbar and footer of the theme where you can use default or custom widgets included in the theme’.
Simple theme to showcase photos or artwork from Dessign
‘Slider FREE Responsive WordPress Theme comes with custom background and modern design great theme to showcase your portfolio. With elegant style & mobile friendly design’.
‘Sillver is a free, clean and simple WordPress theme. It features 100% responsive design and can automatically adjust to any screen size, from desktops to mobile devices. Sillver comes with many advanced features to create your website/blog easily and quickly’.
Another good theme from CPO Themes, with custom widgets, decent slider, home page features and varied page template options.
‘Enclosed is a clean and modern theme made to be highly readable and appealing. It has a set of features ideal for bloggers and photographers alike, making use of large images in both its portfolio and blog page to impress visitors. The theme also provides a really minimalistic homepage, which can showcase your work, services, articles… you decide’.
Great free theme from GT3 with a full range of premium features – slider, shortcodes, widgets, customisations etc. Sign up for the Web Designer Depot email to get the free download.
Another good theme from CPO with home page slider and features.
‘Illustrious is a clean and well-organized theme, ideal for business or portfolio sites that want to showcase their services in a visual and striking way. It comes with a highly modified homepage, making use of custom post types to display your site’s main features. Illustrious can be easily customized to match your needs by tweaking its options panel’.
20. Photo Grid
Make the most of your photos with this full screen photo grid theme from Dessign.
Colourful magazine style theme with lots of built in options, plus optional theme addons, make this a feature rich freebie.
‘Mesocolumn is a blog, magazine, community and ecommerce theme for WordPress. You can choose a blog style layout or featured category magazine grid layout for homepage. The Theme is built with semantic HTML5 and CSS3 for modern browser’.
Adapt, from WP Explorer, is a portfolio theme with a good range of features.
‘Adapt 2.0 features a very clean and elegant business portfolio style design making it useful for small businesses, agencies, portfolios and more. 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’.
23. Fresh & Clean
Fresh & Clean, also from WP Explorer, is a portfolio theme with a good range of features.
‘Fresh & Clean is a free WordPress theme created by WPExplorer.com that has a very clean and minimal design yet it is still pretty modern and elegant looking. This theme was created with the casual blogger in mind, however, it can be great for all sorts of sites!’
This theme is the best freebie option for restaurants.
‘Restaurateur is a dedicated WordPress restaurant theme. The theme features custom post types for menu items so you can easily add a beautiful tabbed menu with your own categories and dishes (with prices), which will be featured in the home page slider. You can also customize the background imagery and welcome message on the home page, contact details, map location and social media icons’.
Just need an old-fashioned blog? Bloggie might be just the thing.
‘Bloggie is a free WordPress theme in the standard blog structure. The theme is designed specifically to get users to read your posts, and to turn one visitor into multiple pageviews using the sidebar widgets and the related posts option.’