Finding the best WordPress theme is always difficult and it becomes tough when you have many choices, this happens to every one who wants to start a new blog or want to give a custom and new look for their blog. Before you decide to use some theme, you look for the options which are looking for – something like:
- Is the theme is as per latest web standards?
- Is it SEO friendly?
- Is it light weight, easy to use and easy to update?
- Is design and the layout looks friendly?
- Is it user friendly?
- Is it easily customized theme with custom admin options?
Apart from the above it is really important to consider the below aspects to rule in blogging competition and we need to consider the following points to withstand new Google Search Engine Algorithm called Google Panda and Google Penguin. Penguin is a different aspect though, but need to consider the following for a busy and high traffic blogs:
- Is it built with HTML 5?
- Built with CSS 3?
- Built with Media Queries, means a Responsive WordPress Theme which is Desktop, Mobile and Tablet friendly?
- How fast the Theme loads?
- Is the theme built by considering W3C web standards?
- Google Panda SEO friendly?
No wonder you may see this new point in features as “Google Panda friendly WordPress Theme”.
So I am gonna make your job little easy, here are my best collection of FREE WordPress Themes under various categories like Regular or Normal Themes, Responsive, Minimal and Grid based WordPress Themes etc.
Responsive WordPress Themes:
Best affords a wealth of flexibility and power to WordPress powered sites. Built from the ground up with valid HTML5 and utilizing the latest CSS3 techniques, Best is a forward-thinking template that is designed to last.
It is not only the site layout that is responsive, even the media elements like images, slideshows and videos are responsive in this theme. This is based on the skeleton Framework.
Free Responsive WordPress Theme for your business or personal site, the choice is yours. Make responsive part of your starting Theme design, or upgrade your current one to a mobile friendly Theme that automatically adapts to any* screen resolution or device.
Respo is amazing WordPress theme with clean, sleek and customizable design. The theme is suitable for personal blogs and/or online magazines. This is a responsive theme, able to adapt its layout to the screen size of your visitors. The sliders for this theme is responsive too, which means it works super sleek on mobile device like ipad or iphone.
A simple responsive theme for your personal, elegant-looking blog. Origin is a parent theme, built on the Hybrid Core framework. Which means it can be used as is, or as a platform for heavy customization via child themes.
Ari is Cross browser compatible and Responsive and Minimal WordPress theme.
Gridly – Folio WordPress Theme. A free minimal & responsive portfolio theme ideal for graphic designers or photographers.
Base theme based on the free Basic theme from Themify. It includes only the basic styling, responsive design, custom menus, and widgetized sidebar. This Base theme is intended to let you build your custom themes using it as a foundation. The main goal is to save your time and simplify the work flow. It is great for non-coders and quick client works.
Skirmish is an elegant, two column WordPress theme. Perfect for personal blogs.
Sundance is a free video theme brought to you by the team here at Automattic. Despite its minimalist design, Sundance was crafted with clean, elegant typography and close attention to detail. The home page offers a featured video carousel. It supports the video post format, widgets, custom background, custom header, custom menus, and a custom link feature for your social media pages.
Minimal WordPress Themes:
CleanMag is another Free theme I’ve created for the WP community. This theme is a simple blogging style template with a powerful homepage slider created using the jQuery UI and a slider custom post type. The idea was to provide you with something that was very clean and minimal and easy to use.
Simple Catch is a simple and clean WordPress Theme by Catch Themes. Easy Customize through Theme Options and Custom Widgets. Features: Custom Menu, Custom Widgets, Three Custom Page Template for Layout, Featured Slider, Theme Options and Support for popular plugins. It is based on popular 978 Grid System CSS Framework.
This one is targeted at a very niche audience — the people who have to write documentation for products. I came across the need for a documentation template awhile ago when I released my first two products (Shaken Grid andShaken Tumble). I decided to create this WordPress theme to streamline the process and make the task of writing documentation a little less painful.
Minimal Xpert V2 WordPress theme – This theme features a very clean and professional design that is perfect for use as a blog or business theme. The homepage comes with an elegant NivoSlider that can be turned off and on and with many different transitions to choose from. The homepage slider works with a custom post type and you can add custom links to each slide.
Shadows is another premium theme created by WPExplorer.com that has a very minimalistic design perfect for all kinds of bloggers. The theme gets its name from all the cool CSS3 box shadows which takes a minimal layout and makes it much cooler.
Delicate is a clean, minimalistic free WordPress theme with typography and structure. Delicate built using advanced NattyWP framework so this wordpress theme is extremely customizable. Get it for free now.
Fresh & Clean is another free WordPress theme I have created that has a very clean and minimal design yet it is still pretty modern and elegant looking. This theme was created with the casual blogger in mind, however, I have also added a nice large image slider which could be useful for other types of sites.
Stumblr – MicroBlog Theme – A free Tumblr style WordPress theme ideal for Microblogging photos & video.
WPTuts is just another free simple WordPress theme, which is something clean and straight forward. It comes with very little options but comes with support for the Wp 3.0+ menu system, background color changer and featured images. It’s the perfect theme for anyone that wants to setup their blog super quickly and without any hassle. Plus, the minimal code and design images will keep your site fast.
Regular and Fixed Width WordPress Themes:
The blog WordPress theme is an awesome multipurpose premium free theme. It’s super clean, simple yet professional and easy to setup, it has 11 fantastic layouts variations and 11 eye catching color styles that will make your website unique and striking.
NewsSpot is a clean and modern WP theme with lots of custom widgets included. You can change the logo, favicon or featured images options easily from the easy-to-use administration panel.
Delicacy is a culinary WordPress theme created with food blogs in mind. Delicacy is also a perfect choice and can be easily adapted for persoanl blog.
Western is a premium WordPress theme for tutorial sites. Do you own or wish to own a site dedicated to tutorials on various topics? Now you can do it for free without purchasing a paid theme. The tutorial section is a custom post type which would run parallel to your blog posts. So if you want to use this theme only for blog posts you can do that as well.
Side has fantastic ad support and WordPress integration for those looking for an easy way to start making money on a new website. The attention seeking slideshow will draw your visitors to your website.
Clean blog oriented theme with smart gallery feature and exclusive UFO widgets. Give your blog a new shiny look today.
Bello is a simple and elegant WordPress theme. It’s designed to showcase beautiful imagery in a clean and open space. The design features several jQuery enhancements, such as… Fading background image, slideshow gallery posts, drop down menus, and more.
Busby is a clean personal blogging theme with it’s own options panel built with the UpThemesframework. I’ve been working on this for a while now, it’s quite a different experience building a theme which will be released publicly rather than one for my own or client’s use.
Clean style and elegant HTML5 powered theme. Silesia is a free premium wordpress theme powered by NattyWP Framework. You can adjust Colors, Theme Options, Upload logo, Custom Background without a single line of code.
Valor is a Gamers theme. This theme will cater to sites dealing with Game news updates, previews, reviews etc. This is powerful with options like Custom post types, Custom background, Custom menu, Custom taxonomy, Metaboxes, Theme options etc. This theme supports 3 different post types.
The NewTech theme is one of our upcoming and popular themes for WordPress. NewTech is perfect for those looking for a tech website that is compatible with the newest version of WordPress.
I hope you liked all the WordPress Themes listed, if so why not leave a comment below and would be a great help if you could list your best and free WordPress themes you like so far and the theme which are currently using in your blog. These cool collection are purely hand picked stuff and just an another simple collection.