A lot of offline businesses are promoting their presence on the internet, this is partly because running a good business without online presence has become almost impossible. Albeit, there are businesses and other services like news, blogs, entertainment, freelancers, review websites and more whose entire customer base is online traffic. So it becomes quite obvious that a decent website should be launched for every purpose, be it online or offline to maximize the potential of what you have set foot in.
When it comes to making such websites, WordPress is probably your best bet, not only because of its simplicity of use but also for its ulterior functionality and easy customizations. And when we mention customization, WordPress has many things up its sleeve, one of the most important being the enormous free themes available that redefine what your site stands for by covering it with excellent style and functional design to keep your audience immersed in the content.
While there are premium themes available with lots of features and customization, there are also plenty of free WordPress themes that give a tough competition to the premium ones. But the only problem with free themes is that there are just so many of them, so looking for an appropriate one becomes a lot more daunting. In this post, we have tried to minimize that by presenting to you the best 35 free WordPress themes.
As the name suggests, this theme has been specially crafted to maximize traffic from Social sharing website, and while it does so, it does not in any way lag behind concerning traffic from search engines, so you get the best of the both worlds with this completely free theme. Some of the other features worth mentioning include Mega Menu compatibility, feature posts, review system, functional related post sidebar, and an option to choose from two different pagination types.
The Point is a multi-purpose theme that can be used for any website/blog like fashion, news, portfolio, freelancing, and anything that needs a touch of creativity and functionality at the same time. It is a 100% responsive theme and offers multiple customization options like multiple site layouts, backgrounds, color schemes, advanced options, SEO optimization, custom widgets, translation readiness, related posts panel and RTL support.
Upright is a minimalistic red and white theme that is soothing to the eyes, and its design makes sure that there is high visitor-content engagement. The grid-like layout focusses on bold imagery and supports almost any type of content. You can create galleries or showcase a portfolio or just spread your ideas while your site looks absolutely amazing. High performance, theme customizer, versatile design, SEO optimization, cross-browser support, and regular support are some of the many features that are worth mentioning.
Built using Bootstrap 3 framework, this crisp theme remains fully responsive on any device, like laptops, iPads, tablets or smartphones. It is suited best for creative websites like a landing page, portfolio or any other type of creative websites you can think of. There is also an option to edit your site in live preview mode that allows you to see the changes you make instantly. These features in addition to support, retina readiness, feature hero image, and other similar cool features make this theme one of the best free WordPress theme you download.
Another Grid based theme to help you weave your website with interesting content while maintaining all the goodness of a premium feeling theme. It is fully responsive, search engine optimized, comes with custom widgets, powerful options panel, unlimited color schemes, and backgrounds. It is translation ready out-of-the-box and also supports RTL. That means you can use this theme with any language in the world.
If your goal is to share your stories with the world in an elegant manner, this is the theme for you. It is the only free theme that supports Aesop story engine plugin that enables you to tell your stories in out of the box Aesop story modules without bugging you with the requirement of code snippets or extra configuration.
A multi-purpose theme, this one has many features woven into it without adding bulk to your website so that it remains clean and minimal throughout. It is flexible and can be used for any purpose like food, travel, adventures, photography, personal, fitness, corporate or any other awesome blog.
With over ten thousand active installs, this theme runs many successful businesses online, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t benefit from it too. You can choose from eleven predefined blocks and customize the homepage just the way you want it. Another feature worth mentioning that has been thrown in the mix is the parallax background image which makes it that much more stylish.
Built with HTML5 and CSS3, this theme is fully responsive and features a Pinterest style design that is all familiar and has psychological triggers that move people to click more content on your website. There are full customizations available like you can choose from unlimited backgrounds and color schemes.
If you want to focus more on the readability of your blog while keeping the website fully functional and minimalistic, then this theme is the one for you. Boasting a fully responsive design on top of Hybrid Core Framework, this theme will sure engage visitors with your content and keep them immersed for hours.
A flexible free WordPress theme for personal bloggers that brings life to your blog with its clean and minimalistic design. It is fully responsive and can be used for daily or hobby blogging to share your stuff, whether it’s about life, fashion, travel, or just a simple personal blog. There are 16 pre-built color schemes to choose from, is SEO optimized, Schema Compatible, and supports all the famous plugins you can think of.
Want your content and text to shine while you blog remains completely responsive, clear and minimalistic? This theme is the one for you. Its clean masonry layout, bold custom Google Fonts, and minimal design will sure make your content pop for a friendly user engagement and impressive click through rate.
A unique theme designed using Bootstrap 3 framework to make it look good on any digital device, be it a tablet, laptop or smartphone. It has a pixel perfect design, awesome widgets and a full-screen slider that ensures that your blog stands out from the rest and is not confused with any of the other competition blogs.
A grid style website with featured image option to highlight your images and content, all at the same time. There is also an option to choose your ad placement, either in header/footer or sidebar. Additional features include custom logo upload, grid customization, and main layout customizations to either left sidebar, right sidebar or no sidebar.
Here is something that gives competition to premium themes with its abundant features and clean, modern and responsive flat design. Other features include, responsive design, retina readiness, custom theme options, featured slider, awesome support, infinite scroll, plugin support, and translation readiness.
This theme has two main features that make it stand out from the rest of the free theme crowd, these are, a full blown live themes options panel and a fast customer support should you ever run into a problem. You can create your website by just dragging and dropping widgets and create unlimited landing pages while you are at it.
Designed for corporate and portfolio type websites, this theme is entirely flexible with its KOPATHAME layout manager that lets you choose layout styles for every page within your website. You can define unlimited sidebars for widget areas, and with powerful custom widgets – the theme provides you more flexibility and ease-of-use for your site.
Featuring an animated show/hide type side bar, this theme features a single column design to maximum focus on the most important part of your website, that is, the content. This portfolio theme is fully responsive and is compatible with JetPack Infinite Scroll plugin to provide a smooth AJAX pagination effect.
Designed for minimal blogging, this theme is best suited for photography and personal blogging. It is fully responsive and has all the features that you will need to run a minimal and fully functional blog.
A fully responsive theme that sports a multitude of variations for you to customize this theme according to your personal preferences and also according to your audience’s taste. There is an option for multiple portfolio page layouts, homepage slider, widgetized homepage, theme options and much more.
If you want your online presence be known and want to create a portfolio or showcase products and business, this theme is for you. It comes with work posts to display your projects at a quick glance. Other features include responsiveness, custom project posts, custom admin panel, widgets, Lof and Flexslider, Google maps and contacts integration post format options and translation readiness.
A simple, sleek and sweet theme for eCommerce, it comes bundled with features that allow you to showcase your products with elegance. It is completely responsive, so you do not lose customers from any digital device, it also has plenty of customization options, and you can also create a custom homepage plus use to shortcodes to highlight a message on your site, or include a sale banner, or alert customers on any special offers.
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A simple portfolio and photography website optimized for mobile browsing, all packed in with the goodness of Hybrid Core Framework that allows you to customize parent theme using child theme option. The theme allows you to use the core features of WordPress for better image and gallery management. The inbuilt Fancybox script ensures that you do not rely on additional third party plugins to store, organize, or present the content.
Karuna is made for health and wellness business kept in mind, it has all the features necessary to run a business website like bright, bold colors, prominent featured images, support for customer testimonials, custom menus, social links menu, sidebars, full-width header/footer widgets area, button styles and features palettes.
A fully responsive theme with truly unique design without compromising on the light weightiness and functionality. You can use the inbuilt customizer to add your header image, page layout, site width and more. There is also support for eight types of post formats, and there is support for JetPack to display each of your galleries through a tiled view and jQuery carousel.
A free theme that packs premium features like unique widgets and custom templates. You can use this theme for any type of blogging and fully customize all the intricacies of the theme with its WPZOOM Framework. The theme is fully responsive with custom headers, easy customization, archive templates, and custom widgets.
Looking for something for wedding or family announcements, this theme has you covered. With classic one-page design, this theme will sure make a positive impact on the people you are inviting to your event. You can put everything in one place with this theme ranging from R.S.V.P forms, link to your favorite registries, or add stunning photos from the event itself.
A perfect theme for personal bloggers, this theme, has been trimmed down for fast loading, all while maintaining the clean minimal design. It is fully responsive, offers different color schemes, is SEO optimized, and has post format support without compromising on the performance of your site, and the cherry on top is the regular update.
Suitable for magazine style blogs, this one has been made using Bootstrap 3, which simply means that it will look crisp on any digital device, be it a laptop, tablets or smartphones so you don’t lose visitors using any device.
Another free WordPress theme for your business that will not only highlight your services but will also make an impression while at it. There are many features included like Panel page template, full-width page template, blog page, featured posts, support for testimonials, widget areas, theme options, custom menu, social links and a lot of extras.
YMINTH stand for Yet another Minimal theme and it is no misnomer, for this theme is as minimal as they come. To keep everything on the minimal side, it comes with light colors, dark footer, Google Web fonts, jQuery fade-in/fade-out effect and most importantly an options page so you can customize the theme according to your personal preferences.
A single column design, animated show/hide type sidebar, JetPack infinite scroll integration for smooth AJAX pagination effects makes this theme perfect for photography centered website/blog. Made using BootStrap 3 framework, this theme looks good on any device and also has options for social settings, custom styling, and banner settings.
This theme is a perfect gateway for any website with its classic and elegant design which still manages to give you freedom to customize many aspects of your site. Some of them include custom logo upload, bold header image, call to action, and special homepage templates.
Featuring a dual column layout, this theme is fully responsive and comes packed with customization that usually a premium theme has. Some of these include SEO optimization, friendly layout, options panel, custom widgets, unlimited backgrounds, unlimited color schemes and functional related posts section.
Another magazine & blogging theme that has a wide post display design, a traditional structure suitable for any content, like, business, magazine, news and personal blogging. It has a dual color scheme, plenty of white pace for padding, is SEO optimized, fully responsive and has all the usual features like unlimited backgrounds and colors, custom widgets and most importantly the options panel.
I hope you liked the collection and it will help you get started with your website without spending anything on a WordPress theme. We have a handy guide on how to start your blog with minimum cost, you might want to check that as well.
As always, please let me know if you have any suggestions to make this collection even better. I would be super happy to edit the post so to help everyone.