The halfway point of the year seems a good time for another round up of the latest free WordPress themes. As usual I have steered clear of ‘free’ themes that are so limited that you really to need upgrade to premium to make any use of them. I’ve not tested all the themes, though all the themes look like they are from genuine sources. For themes that are not in the WordPress depository you may want to check them with the Theme Authenticity Checker Plugin or check the theme files at VirusTotal. So here goes:
Limo is an impressive modern free full screen theme from CodexCoder with a good range of features and options that you often only find in premium themes. ‘Limo is a beautiful HTML5 template Designed and Developed by CodexCoder. This template is validated by W3C and we attached lots of Features. Its awesome outlook and effects can easily attract visitors’.
‘Isis is a Simple, Clean and Responsive Retina Ready WordPress Theme which adapts automatically to your tablets and mobile devices. theme with 2 home page layouts,2 header style,10 social icons,4 widget ,Slider,3 page templates – Full width page, 4 google fonts, font-awesome service icon,Upload logo option ….. Isis is suitable for any types of website – corporate, portfolio, business, blog.’
3. Flat Theme
This Bootstrap theme option has plenty of features and options, not always available in free themes including options to change the logo, favicon, header background color, text color, link color and link hover color is also available. Fonts can be changed from the google fonts list. There are some more options available like contact page settings, change admin logo, google analytics and so on.
4. Starter Theme
5. Daily News
Another attractive theme from CodexCoder – ‘Clean, Modern design and nice news presentation system can easily grab the attention of news readers. Pages are created very carefully to avoid problem with reading text. 2 different category pages, 3 different post gallery, 3 different blog pages, 4 column footer sidebars, Powerful Option panel, Unlimited Color Option, slider on homepage can easily help you to build a stunning Magazine Site or News Portal’.
Elegant, from WP Explorer, is a clean looking free theme with some useful features: ‘Elegant is a free business and portfolio WordPress theme. The classic and tidy design of this theme make it modern and professional, and a perfect fit for small businesses, freelancers, nonprofits, bloggers and more. The theme includes great features to make creating your website easy. There are built-in custom post types so adding content for your homepage features, portfolio and staff page is simple. Just navigate to the custom post type from your WordPress dashboard and add a new post for each feature, portfolio item or staff member.’
Another clean theme from WPExplorer: ‘Corporate is a free WordPress theme and as the name suggests was developed & designed for corporate style (business) websites. The theme is well coded and bloat free making it super easy to use, customize and will also load very quickly. The theme includes built-in custom post types for portfolio, staff and homepage “features”. This will make it easy for you to create a portfolio and staff page without having to use shortcodes or third party plugins. The homepage slider also uses a custom post type to make it easy to create and customize your homepage slider’.
Dazzling is an impressive feature rich theme from colorlib packed full of options: ‘Dazzling is a clean, modern, minimal and fully responsive flat design WordPress WooCommerce theme well suited for blogs, static and ecommerce websites. Theme can be used for travel, corporate, portfolio, photography, green thinking, nature, health, personal and any other creative and minimalistic style website. Dazzling theme is highly customizable with unlimited color options, slider, call for action button, several widget areas and much more that can be adjusted via Theme Options. The theme is built using Bootstrap 3, which makes it responsive and mobile friendly. It features infinite scroll, SEO friendly structure, logo upload, full-screen slider, call for action section, social media icons, popular post widget and translation ready setup’.
A full screen theme that also comes with good clear instructions. ‘Adamos Theme is a full-width,fully responsive, highly customizable free WordPress Theme. This themes excellent features include the ability to add your own logo, header, featured areas and much more. Adamos WordPress theme is a premium quality free theme that can fit the needs of any website’. You can upgrade for just $9.95 to a full pro version, but the free version offers a lot on its own.
Awakening from OpenCodez has a strong set of features and can be full width or in the box. ‘The Awakening theme for WordPress is a fully responsive theme developed on top of Foundation Framework 5 that looks great on any device. Features include 6 different layouts for posts and pages, nicely designed and customizable footer with its own widget area. In addition to this the theme comes with pre-installed widgets for Front Page Marketing Unit, Google Custom Search Engine, Feedburner, Social Icon Box, and Slider. Place them anywhere you want’.
Blain, from InkHive, is a clean simple theme, full of features: ‘Blain is a Minimal Responsive theme with Plenty of premium features including Numbered page navigation, Responsive Slider, Customizable Header & Footer, 4 Page Layouts, Custom Widgets & User Friendly Time Display. Blain also has a powerful admin options panel, which lets you modify your site to a great extent’.
‘Solon is a fully responsive theme, ideal to use if you want your blog to have a slick and modern look. Some of the features that are packed in this theme include: custom logo upload, custom favicon upload, color changing for various elements, including the primary and the secondary color, integration with FontAwesome, about 20 of the most used Google Fonts, option to change the layout from content-sidebar to sidebar-content, css transitions, custom scroll effect and design etc’
13. Cudazi Mono
A modern full screen theme from MageeWP with a very decent set of features: ‘Zippy is a clean responsive free corporate wordpress theme designed for users who want to do online business at home and people who desire to build a personal blog with simple steps without knowing codes. Zippy enables to change background colours or upload background images to make website special. Other features includes flexible slider, customize fonts, social network links and footer widget options to design your site exactly as you wish’
An impressive free theme with a whole host of options for layouts and styles. This theme has been around for a while and has over 200,000 downloads and over 200 Five star reviews. ‘Hueman is a responsive 100% high resolution theme for blogs and magazines. Unique toggle sidebars give a great browsing and reading experience on both tablet and mobile. The feature list is long: Unlimited topbar, header, footer and accent colors, unlimited widget areas, 0-2 sidebars to the left or right that can be uniquely specified for each page or post, 300px / 220px fixed width sidebars, 0-4 footer widget columns, almost zero layout images, related posts and post nav, featured story or slider, 10 post formats, good SEO, 3 flexible custom widgets, localisation support, social links, logo upload and many more useful admin panel features’.
16. One Engine
Landro, from TemplateGraphy, is contemporary one page theme: ‘Landro is an elegant One Page Business theme composed of many modern features. It gives you the opportunity to get rid off from the boring appearance of your business website and enthrall your customers with an amazing outlook.With our landro theme you get Full screen slider,display Pricing Table using simple shortcode, Portfolio post etc.These features will definitely make your website a charming one, and not only this, you’ll be away with any concerns related to your website and will have focus only on building up your business’.
Trume along with the next two – Performance and Micho, is also from TemplateGraphy, and all three offer a lot of good features and a contemporary look. ‘Trume is clean & modern corporate and business wordpress theme. It is fully responsive and it’s based on popular Twitter Bootstrap 3 framework. Trume uses the dynamic sidebar and widget so that themes looks nice. Template is universal and can be used for business, corporate or personal websites, personal portfolio or blog’.
‘Performance is a powerful site template designed in a clean and minimalistic style. This theme gives you many options to customize your site.With it, you can change the theme logo, upload slider images, dynamic content for slider, create portfolio,customize footer text and so on. Theme can be used for any type of website, business, corporate, portfolio, products, marketing, etc.Anyone who wants to create a business site with WordPress may not miss this theme’.
‘Micho is a simple, clean and professional WordPress Theme. Having an unique typography and elegant structure, it’s the perfect template to choose if you want your potential customers to be amazed by your website’s design!’
An impressive feature packed one page theme from MageeWP: ‘Onetone is a wonderful one page WordPress theme. It is free, but it works like a premium one. As a theme made for business, its one-page homepage provides all your business information within the page. In addition, it offers you the greatest freedom to customize your homepage, e.g., you can customize background video, gallery, and the bottom area in which you can put anything. In the gallery section, the friendly layout allows you to showcase your competitive products easily. Onetone adapts responsive design which makes it works well on all desktops, tablet PCs and mobile devices including iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy Tab, etc’.
Meris is another good free theme from MageeWp, though the decent free version does not quite have the same features as the premium version. ‘Meris is a new free theme for WordPress. Following the trend of web design, Meris adopts responsive layout. The dedicated design, awesome widgets, the full-screen sliders, portfolios, etc. give you the premium look and feel. Meris allows you to customize your site very easily. By adding widgets to the homepage, you can add various contents there, for example, slogan, portfolios, services and more. Post layout is also flexible, you can select right-sidebar, left-sidebar, or sidebar on the both sides. What needs to be mentioned is that, Meris theme supports sliders in the sidebar! This is a perfect theme for business, travel, food, sports, portfolios and other niches. Furthermore, you can also try the pro version to get a better experience’.
Another good free theme from MageeWp: ‘Cubby provides you with some features that premium themes can do, for example the slides in the home page, the client says below the large slide, and more. The wonderful homepage design gives you the most possibility to display your featured products or service with the robust slide and Featured Images feature. It makes creating an attractive website so easy’.
Make has a whole host of features and options including a page maker, though the free version does not have quite as many as the all singing all dancing and extremely versatile premium version, Make Plus. ‘Create your website without touching a line of code. Make’s flexible customization features and a powerful drag and drop page builder make designing your site fun and easy. Build almost anything: a simple portfolio or photography site, an ecommerce business site, a minimalist blog, or even a professional magazine. You’ll start by customizing your background, layouts, fonts, colors, and logo. Next, add and organize your content using the drag and drop page builder. Add a photo, a video, a gallery, or even a slider to any page on your website. Make is responsive, so your website will naturally look great on phones, tablets, and desktop screens. It’s also fully compatible with popular plugins like WooCommerce, Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7, Jetpack, and WP PageNavi.’
For a free WooCommerce ready-compatible theme, try Market: ‘Market is a Beautiful WordPress theme, especially designed for WooCommerce with loads of features. This theme comes with lots of features like Social Icons, Multiple Menu Bars, Stunning Animations, Well Designed Shop, Custom Widgets, Full With Page Layout and a Proper Theme options Panel. Market is the Best Free theme to build your eCommerce Website. Market theme works absolutely well on non eCommerce sites as well’.
Sparkling from colorlib claims to be the ‘best free WordPress theme you will ever find’ ‘Sparkling is a free WordPress theme developer using Bootstrap 3 and brings vector icons, social media icons, custom widgets, and much more. It is highly customizable theme with unlimited color variations, stunning typography options and slider. With pixel perfect design, awesome widgets and full-screen slider it makes it to stand out between other free WordPress themes. The theme has this premium look and feel that you can’t confuse with anything in the market’.
Phogra is a full screen theme for showcasing photography. You will need to pay for support though. ‘Phogra is a responsive and customizable photography portfolio. It is our interpretation of how a photofolio should look like. As with all of our templates, we focused on usability across various devices, starting with smartphones. This is what a photography portfolio should be about: showing off your photography skills through the display of large photos. So we focused on that and we added a nice little menu to wrap things together’.
‘Water Lily is a two column responsive theme designed to showcase artwork and photography using Masonry. It’s simple for new users to set up and looks best with large images and a minimal sidebar. Once installed and activated you can customize the site by changing the background colour and upload your logo. Developers can easily extend the code in a child theme. Oswald was selected for headings and Noto Sans for body copy courtesy of Google fonts’.
Clean attractive theme with good support and documentation: ‘Accelerate is multipurpose WordPress theme made for simplicity and ease of use. This theme is a piece of art that has this premium look and feel which will make your site stand out. Supports all post formats. Accelerate can be used for portfolio, business, blog, personal, travel, corporate, business services or any other kinds of sites’.
Formation from Template Express is a full screen theme with a sleek slider,and a good selection of features and layouts, although the pro version has a few more: ‘Formation is a full-width, fully responsive and highly customizable WordPress Theme. Add your own logo, header, featured areas, social media links and much more. This versatile theme also has several different layout templates that look great on devices of all sizes’.