15 Best Free WordPress Themes Autumn 2015

A quick round up of some of the latest free WordPress themes, including a couple of older themes that I’ve not included in previous posts but feature here because they are consistently well rated and reviewed.

1. ColorMag

ColorMag wordpress theme

Extremely well-reviewed theme by ThemeGrill – ‘a perfect responsive magazine style WordPress theme. Suitable for news, newspaper, magazine, publishing, business and any kind of sites’.

2. Virtue

Virtue wordpress theme

I’m not always keen on ‘lite’ themes as the free versions sometimes do not deliver but the next few themes are so well-reviewed, that their free versions certainly warrant inclusion in this list.

First up, Virtue by Kadence Themes has been around for quite some time and has over 150 five-star reviews, which must make it one of the best reviewed themes in the WordPress depository.

‘The Virtue theme is extremely versatile with tons of options, easy to customize and loaded with great features. The clean modern design is built with html5 and css3 and uses the powerful responsive framework from Bootstrap to be a fully responsive and mobile friendly. It’s fully ecommerce (Woocommerce) ready with all the tools you need to design an awesome online store. The versatile design is perfect for any kind of business, online store, portfolio or personal site. We built Virtue with a powerful options panel where you can set things like your home layout, sliders, custom fonts, and completely customize your look without writing any CSS.’

The free version has a good deal of options but the even more all singing premium version is $45.

3. Zerif Lite

Zerif Lite WordPress theme

From Theme Isle, this is another extremely popular free lite theme with plenty of excellent reviews. Pro version also available for $67.

‘Zerif LITE is a free one page WordPress theme. It’s perfect for web agency business,corporate business,personal and parallax business portfolio, photography sites and freelancer.Is built on BootStrap with parallax support, is responsive, clean, modern, flat and minimal. Zerif Lite is ecommerce (WooCommerce) Compatible, WPML, RTL, Retina-Ready, SEO Friendly and with parallax, full screen image is one of the best business themes.’

4. Pixova Lite

Pixova lite WordPress theme

This contemporary one page theme is beginning to pick up a lot of good reviews.

‘A modern design with clean lines and styling for a wide variety of content, exactly how a business design should be. Pixova is a one-page parallax theme, with excellent built-in functionality. You can add as many images as you want to the main header area, turn them into slider. Theme includes animations (can be turned off), a custom pre-loader (can be turned off) and has been optimized for loading speed.’

5. Shopper

Shopper WordPress theme

If you want to develop a very clean minimal looking WooCommerce site then this theme from Dessign might be the one for you.’

6. Shibui

Shibui WordPress Theme

The good folk at Graph Paper Press also consistently come up with clean minimal themes for creative types and this free minimalist portfolio theme is another worthy addition, supporting masonry layouts and infinite scroll.

7. The Optimizer

The Optmizer WordPress Theme

Another well reviewed lite theme worth looking at.

‘The Optimizer, an easy to customizable multi-purpose theme with lots of powerful features. This theme lets you customize each element Live without you having to touch any code. The theme comes with 2 site layout: Full width & boxed, Beautiful image slider, easy Logo upload, 600+ Fonts, powerful theme options, Custom CSS Field & lots of Color options.’

8. i-Max

i-max WordPress theme

This theme is one of a few free ones available from new start up, TemplatesNext, all of which look worth a look (see also i-Excel, i-Transform, i-Craft)

‘i-max is a responsive, retina ready multipurpose WordPress theme for business, portfolio, personal or blog websites. i-max is packed with many premium features like boxed/wide layout, unlimited color, custom background, multiple blog layout, social media links, custom slider and much more. i-max also comes with a plugin “TemplatesNext Toolkit” to give you power to create your own layout using rows and columns, services, multiple style of portfolio, custom blog/post/news layout, testimonial, call to act etc. It also lets you add post and portfolio carousels.’

9. Creative

Creative WordPress theme

One of the letest themes from the growing range available from the good people at WebLizar.

‘Creative is a Full Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme suitable for Business , corporate office and others .Cool Home Blog Layout with Ajax and CUSTOMIZR ready . It has TWO COLUMN LAYOUT. Creative is an incredibly spacious multipurpose responsive theme coded & designed with a lot of care and love. You can use it for your business, portfolio, blogging or any type of site. It has 4 page layouts, 2 page templates and blog display types, 2 widgets areas, focusing on business template, awesome slider, primary color option to match your logo & website, boxed & wide layout, light & dark color skin, translation ready and many more.’

10. ShopIsle

Shop Isle WordPress Theme

A great looking WooCommerce ready theme from Theme Isle.

11. Cordillera

Cordillera WordPress theme

Limited ratings and reviews so far, but may suit those looking for a contemporary look. From MageeWP, with a good free version available plus the option to go premium.

‘Cordillera is a business theme which you can use to build homepage for individual or company with flat design. With enriched options in section settings, you can not only add background color, parallax background image for each section, but also set the section as full-width or not, divide the section into several columns, etc.’

12. Alchem


The latest theme from MageeWP and another good looking contemporary one too with free and pro options.

13. GeneratePress


Exceedingly well reviewed and rated theme – over 200 five-star ratings – with an interesting model. The basic GeneratePress Theme is a good basic free theme, but there are options to purchase add-ons such as typography and backgrounds for a few dollars each, or all of the available addons for $30.

‘GeneratePress is a fast, lightweight (less than 1MB zipped), mobile responsive WordPress theme built with speed, SEO and usability in mind. Create your website just the way you want it using the Customizer and see the changes take place right in front of you before you publish. GeneratePress is mobile responsive, W3C Markup Validated, Schema.org microdata integrated, search engine friendly, cross browser compatible (including IE8+), WooCommerce compatible, BuddyPress compatible and 100% translatable. GeneratePress has 8 widget areas, 5 navigation positions, 5 sidebar layouts and much more.’

14. Aperture

Aperture WordPress Theme

A simple theme which may suit those such as photographers looking for a full screen slider for the home page and a very visual look. No ratings or reviews as yet so keep an eye out for those.

15. AccessPress Store

Access Store WordPress Theme

Access Press are  a theme developer worth keeping an eye on with a range of interesting themes that have a bit more character than many, and this ‘next generation’ WooCommerce compatible theme is a good place to start.

‘AccessPress Store is free WordPress theme that work beautifully with WooCommerce. The theme is packed with lots of exciting feature that enhances the ecommerce experience. It features Product slider, advanced whistlist, Featured product show list, call to action and many more. With its advanced customizer options, setting up the ecommerce website has become much more easy. Great customer support via online chat, email, support forum.’




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