Once again, the folks at WPMUDev.org bring us a great resource: they spent many many hours scouring through the WP database of free themes, and identified these 100 best themes. Rather than copy the whole article, or even partial (where do you draw the line?), I’ll simply share with you the list of theme titles. I highly recommendc you check out their article, at premium.wpmudev.org/blog/best-100-free-wordpress-themes/. For each theme, they offer a brief summary, a list of key features, a screenshot, and links to the demo and download pages at wordpress.org/themes/.
So, here’s the opening paragraphs of their article, followed by the list of themes, followed by their closing and some comments in which people suggest a few more excellent free themes. As they say, it can take hours and hours to dig through the theme database, so use their article as a handy shortcut.
The WordPress Themes Directory is a truly fantastic resource, offering thousands of themes for download at no cost. However, the sheer volume of themes contributes to the repository’s less user-friendly side. Of those thousands of themes, many will not be up to the standard you require. And with somewhat limited search and filtering tools, it can be extremely difficult to find the right theme for your WordPress website.
Fortunately, that’s where this resource comes in. We’ve taken the time (a long time!) to trawl through the directory and carefully selected what we consider to be the best 100 free WordPress themes available. So rather than settling in for the long haul on WordPress.org, take a few minutes out of your day to peruse the 100 best free themes you’ll find right here.
Of course, this list is completely subjective. If you’ve come across a theme that hasn’t been included, do let us know in the comments.
Just as almost every round-up post is incomplete, there were some beautiful themes that didn’t quite make the cut. You’ve got to draw a line somewhere, right? However, any of the themes highlighted above would make a great choice for your own website.
But did we miss any? What free WordPress themes do you love to use regularly that we didn’t include above? Let us know in the comments below.
- Hi Tom, thanks a lot for including our popular magazine theme – that’s much appreciated! 🙂 We also have some other nice free WordPress themes available: www.mhthemes.com/themes/download/free-wordpress-themes/
- Thank you for all the hard work and research. I teach a WordPress class at my University and will share with my students today. I have always cautioned about the use of “free” themes, but I trust the recommendation of WPMUDEV.
- Thanks for including 4 of our themes Tom. We have a few more free themes available that we have equal love for! www.templateexpress.com/free-themes/
- No mention of GeneratePress? 100+ 5 star reviews and close to 200,000 downloads? wordpress.org/themes/generatepress/
- I just set up GeneratePress and put it through its paces. It’s VERY good. Great features, and almost as much code flexibility as Genesis, for instance, with its many hooks. btw, to clarify, I also noticed no demo, then I realized that their entire site for the theme is running it! So in a sense it’s a particularly real demo. 🙂
- I have my own list here: techtabby.com/wordpress-free-themes-many-suck-but-here-are-some-of-the-best/
- Thanks, Tom! 🙂 I like AccessPress, too.
- Also, this very adept coder has a couple really nice freebies: www.webmandesign.eu/
- Ah, gotcha! Been working on a demo, just haven’t ‘officially’ launched it yet. You can see it here: generatepress.com/demo
- The KLASIK theme does not appear to be free: www.klasikthemes.com/pricing/
Or am I missing something? The free version of Klasik is available for download here: wordpress.org/themes/klasik/
- You might want to include a free framework like the Weaver series (weaver II and xtreme), or a very clean theme like Vantage from siteOrigin. wordpress.org/themes/vantage/