Here’s the first round-up of new themes for 2014 including some big bold contemporary themes. It’s also good to see many of these themes offering WooCommerce compatibility. All themes are free and responsive.
This looks to be one of the more impressive free themes of late with a real premium look and feel about it. I look forward to giving Bearded from bonfirelab a try.
‘A responsive CSS3 and HTML5 blogging and portfolio theme. It supports all post formats and has layout, and color options built into the theme customizer. The theme also supports the Custom Content Portfolio plugin, giving artists and other creative people the ability to share their work’.
This is a great full screen theme from Themesmarts who are aiming to ‘to create free or open source WordPress themes using the best and free open source resources tools on the net’. This theme, packed with features and options, looks like their best one yet.
‘Simple wordpress themes goes by its name a simple wordpress theme with enough features and options to get your satisfaction a big boost. Simple WordPress theme supports multiple color schemes 5 to be exact and 2 primary color which is dark and white. Its homepage can be fully customized, using a set of shortcodes the homepage can be created uniquely.
Simple WordPress supports 3 types of page templates, Blog template which shows all the latest blog posts, portfolio template which shows the latest portfolio project and lastly is the homepage template which is used to create your homepage’.
Blaskan has been around a while but certainly deserves a mention. It is a minimal, responsive, accessible theme, ideal if you want to make your website as accessible to all as possible.
Blaskan is a responsive theme built for smartphones, tablets, netbooks, laptops and desktops. Your site will work great on a lot of devices. Web accessibility is highly prioritised, following best practices and the WAI-ARIA specfication as well as possible’
Try onesie on for size. A responsive one page theme from Graph Paper Press that keeps it very simple with extremely few options and features.
Onesie is very simple to use and setup and it takes just a few minutes to build a finished website. Onesie doesn’t show Posts or Pages. It doesn’t support custom menus, custom headers, sidebars or widgets. Onesie is powered by theme options and the custom background feature in WordPress’.
5. Big Foot
Big Foot is a smart, contemporary theme from THB Themes. Lots of nice cool features makes it a good choice for creatives. Compatible with WooCommerce too.
‘Big, bold theme for creatives’
Fruitful is a clean clear WooCommerce compatible theme, with a good set of theme options.
‘Fruitful – WordPress theme with powerful theme options panel and simple clean front end design. Ability to modify styles and options to your needs. Easily edit logo, background image, header, menu, slider, fonts, social icons, footer, custom css and much more. With additional styles for WooCommerce and WPML support you can make multilingual shop’.
Intuition is a clean theme, most suited to business/corporate uses.
‘Intuition is a responsive, all-terrain theme focused on showcasing your best content effortlessly. It comes with the ability to feature your posts and pages, creating a fully featured homepage complete with an animated slider and featured content blocks. This theme is fully responsive and makes use of retina-ready graphics, so it will look great on any device. Furthermore, the theme is specially made to integrate with the most popular plugins out there: WPML for translation, Yoast SEO, Contact Form 7, or even WooCommerce’.
No surprises in that Shopping is an ecommerce theme or rather a child theme. You need the Omega theme framework as its parent (also free). Designed for WooComerce. Good clean look.
‘Shopping is a Free e-Commerce theme for WooCommerce, the most popular e-Commerce plugin for WordPress. Shopping theme features clean lines and minimalist design to best fit any products you wish to promote. It has everything you need to start selling online with WordPress – today. Use Shopping theme to create your mobile friendly online store at no cost’.
9. Nicitate (lite)
Nicitate is available in a free lite version and as a premium paid-for theme. The lite version still makes a decent free theme but be aware that the revolution slider and ecommerce options are only available with the pro version. You can see the difference here.
‘Nictitate theme is designed for portfolios and corporate with flexible layout. The theme is based on KOPATHEME layout manager technique that will let you flexibility choose layout options of every pages within your site …. You can define unlimited sidebar for widget areas, and with powerful custom widgets, the theme provides you more flexibility and ease-of-use for your site.’
Also from Kopatheme, Musica is an attractive, clean, free full screen magazine style theme.
‘Musica – a nice magazine wordpress theme. The theme has a clean and simple design with great readability so you content really is the focus and easy to use. With responsive layout making it mobile ready and accessible on any device from desktops to mobile.’
11. WP Jurist
Billed as a theme for law firms, this theme has much wider potential and would make a good choice for many professions and businesses looking for a full screen look and decent slider. (this theme was in the WordPress depository but no longer – may indicate an issue so check the theme before using).
‘Jurist is a responsive theme designed for law firms, though it would be well suited to any professional services business that wants to profile their expert staff. Bold and simple in our usual style, it comes bundled with the optional People Profiles plugin which adds the ‘People’ custom post type. If you use this you can also use the included profiles page template to present a beautiful looking staff profiles page’.
Clean simple looking theme from themekraft with an impressive array of options normally only seen with premium themes, and BuddyPress and WooCommerce friendly.
‘Create your personal WordPress site with ease. Designed specifically for blogs, shops, magazines, social networks and portfolio sites. Supports BuddyPress, bbPress & WooCommerce. Choose from 3 customizable slideshows. Enjoy the Flux Slider with 3D effects. Add a 3-columns widgetized homepage. Advanced theme options help you to customize every detail. Plus tons of widget areas and 2 custom WP 3.0 header menus. Choose from 2 predefined color schemes (light, dark) with clean and browsersafe CSS design to start from’.
Inkness by Inkhive is a full screen, clean 3 column theme with a good range of features which can be extended further by purchasing Inkness Plus for just $19.45.
‘Inkness is a Responsive theme with 3 Column Grid based homepage layout. This theme is overloaded with plenty of featured, including an amazing reponsive slider, Multiple Page Layouts, Configurable Sidebar Locations, Footer Widgets & Easy to use admin Panel. This theme is upgradable to a pro version to enable more features.’
Dellow, also by Inkhive, is a modern full screen theme with a slider on a photo background, and mobile style navigation. The free version is a decent theme but there’s also Dellow Plus for more features, reasonably priced at $16.05.
‘Dellow is a Minimal Responsive theme with Plenty of premium features including Parallax Header, Numbered page navigation, Responsive Slider, Customizable Header & Footer, 4 Page Layouts, Custom Widgets & User Friendly Time Display. Dellow also has a powerful admin options panel, which lets you modify your site to a great extent. Dellow Theme is best suited for Blog/Magazine type WordPress sites.’
A photographic theme from ColorLabs with a good set of features and a focus on integrating your galleries with your account on Pinterest, Flickr, Picasa etc, and displaying them in an attractive masonry layout.
‘Photogram is very fluid and responsive, thanks to its slick and nifty jQuery effects. The Masonry and Infinite Loading scripts make page scrolling more convenient than ever. Released as a feature-packed WordPress theme, Photogram comes with a massive slider on the home page for you to showcase your favorite photos and 3 gallery templates (Picasa, Pinterest and WordPress uploads) that are powered with AJAX-loading feature. And really, to top it off, Photogram is FREE’.