15 of the Best Free WordPress Themes for Autumn 2013

It’s been a couple of months since my last round-up of free WordPress themes and a quick check around the sites reveals there’s been a surprising amount of good new themes released recently. Some of the following themes are still quite fresh so bear that in mind if you are thinking of using them – most of the developers will welcome any feedback and suggestions for improvements. The themes are all responsive and it’s noticeable that Bootstrap is being used as the basis for more and more themes.

1. Vantage

This looks to be a truly impressive free theme with a host of features usually seen in premium themes. The full screen front page slider looks great plus there’s a load of widgets and use of Page Builder to help create customised layouts. It’s a popular theme with 25,000 downloads in 5 weeks.

Vantage

‘Vantage is a flexible multipurpose theme. It’s strength lies in its tight integration with some powerful plugins like Page Builder for responsive page layouts, MetaSlider for big beautiful sliders and WooCommerce to help you sell online. Vantage is fully responsive and retina ready. Use it to start a business site, portfolio or online store’.

2. Openstrap

Another very impressive free theme, Openstrap utilises the Bootstrap Framework, and offers a whole host of features with plenty of widgets and page layouts.

Openstrap

‘The Openstrap theme for WordPress developed on top of Twitter Bootstrap Framework. The theme is fully responsive and can be viewed on any device. Openstrap theme provides 6 different layouts for posts and pages, 11 widget areas, 3 strategic menu locations, nicely designed and customizable footer with its own widgets’.

3. Adamos

Adamos is another full screen theme with a clean look and customisable options. There’s a Pro version for $18 but unlike some free themes with pro versions, the free version still offers plenty of good features and options.

Adamos

‘Adamos is a full-width, fully responsive and highly customizable WordPress Theme. Add your own logo, header, featured areas and much more’.

4. Lobster

Lobster could go lobster hot. Bootstrap built with loads of customisable features and a fullscreen look, it’s a theme that will surely prove popular.

Lobster

‘Launch your new site with Lobster, built with Bootstrap 3.0. Lobster is lightweight, versatile and fully responsive. You can add your own background, set page layouts and more. Lobster supports eight post formats: Video, Image, Aside, Status, Audio, Quote, Link and Gallery. Recommends using Jetpack and is compatible with bbPress & BuddyPress. Built with Google Fonts, hence ‘Lobster’, for improved typeface readability and works perfectly across all devices!’

5. Revera

Revera is another Bootstrap theme offering a premium like look and options.

revera

‘Revera is a free premium wordpress theme based on the Bootstrap 3 framework. This is a responsive wordpress theme with all the bootstrap goodness packed in it. The theme is WordPress 3.6 ready. The theme comes with features like, custom menu, featured images, custom homepage template, portfolio page template , widgetized sidebar and footer, custom widgets on homepage,  theme option page etc’.

6. Dusky

Dusky is good basic theme and has a great slider for photographers on the front page with thumbnails underneath, and has an elegant but darker, indeed duskier look.

Dusky

‘Dusky is an elegant and responsive theme with slider. The theme can be used for any type of website : corporate, portfolio, business, blog, etc. The theme displays excerpts, custom menus and thumbnail images on the your blog’.

7. Simpleo

Simpleo offers many good features with a decent slider and a responsive design included in the free version, although there is a Pro version ($19) available which makes the free version look a little light, but you can partly make up for this by finding plugins for shortcodes and fonts.

simpleo

‘Simpleo is a modern, clean and fully responsive WordPress theme that looks perfectly on any device. Theme is packaged with a lot of awesome features such as: fully responsive design, admin panel, super easy installation and setup, custom background, custom logo and favicon, blog post formats, eCommerce support via WooCommerce, Google Fonts, full translation support available in English, Italian, German, Russian and Spanish, unlimited colors, 2 amazing sliders, advanced blog options, font awesome integration, social icons and more’ (this describes the full Pro version).

8. ShprinkOne

Bootstrap built with a masonry Pinterest inspired look, Shprink One offers a clean look and some good features.

ShprinkOne

‘ShprinkOne is a Bootstrap 3 responsive theme that can fit any screen (mobile phone, tablet, laptop, desktop). Features a theme picker (10 choices), a slideshow on the home page, posts as pins(masonry), infinite posts scroll, several Widget, Menu positions and multi language support’.

9. StrapFolio

Another Bootstrap, full screen theme with customisable options.

StrapFolio

‘WP StrapFolio – A Showcase masterpiece. Powered by WordPress and the magic of Bootstrap, StrapFolio is designed for highlighting photo image content but web centric enough to work for any type of site. Bootstrap powered menu system with dropdown on hover for large screens and click to open for small screens. Built in Bootstrap slider powered by standard site content – no need for extra configuration other than to enable and go – option to hide slider caption and show/hide caption thumbnail. Built in social icons powered by Genericons, just add the social site url’.

10. Sunrise

Sunrise is a great looking full screen theme designed primarily for pubs and restaurants with a range of good features and options, including custom posts for menu items.

sunrise

11. Waterside

Waterside is an exclusive WordPress Theme for Hotels and other related businesses from Hermes Themes, who specialise in WordPress hotel themes.

waterside

12. Touchfolio

For a portfolio theme with a difference, Touchfolio might be just the thing with some innovative ways to showcase photos and images. Touch-optimised, and a good choice for photographers, designers, architects and artists.

Touchfolio

‘Touchfolio is simple theme created with focus on content and providing great user experience on majority of desktop and mobile devices’.

13. Parabola

Parabola has been around for a little longer than most of these themes, and is proving a popular choice, no doubt thanks to its wide range of features, customisable options and other goodies.

Parabola

‘Welcome to a world of endless possibilities! Parabola awaits you with a huge assortment of theme settings that enable you to take a fully responsive, clean and elegant design to even newer heights. You can edit everything: all text and background colors, font families and sizes, site widths and layouts. You also have the power to show or hide various elements of the design and choose from over 30 social media icons’.

14. Klasik

Klasik describes itself as a framework or starter theme, but has enough in itself to make a clean, customisable website.

Klasik Framework

‘Klasik Framework is a base/starter theme for quicker WordPress theme development. Perfect to use as business, portfolio, gallery, blog, personal and any kind of websites. Theme features 9 widget area, 3 custom widget and simple Theme Option for full CMS control with easy Logo Upload, etc. Klasik Framework is WooCommerce compatible, RTL-Language Support, Translation Ready, Responsive, Flexible, Cross Browser Compatible, Search Engine Optimized (SEO) and standard compliant with HTML5 and CSS3’.

15. Mystile

Last, but not least, is a theme from WooThemes that has been around for a while, Mystile, which has lots of customisable features and is of course perfect for WooCommerce.

Mystile

‘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’.

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