It’s now easier than ever to start a website or blog – simply install WordPress and get going. More than 30 percent of the websites are now powered by WordPress, the most popular Content Management System. It’s easy to install, and customizable to suit any website or blog that you need.
While WordPress provides a solid platform to build your website, a WordPress theme will help you present content neatly, attractively and in an organized fashion. Luckily, there’s an abundance of themes available for this purpose, and you’ll be spoilt for choice. In fact, the choice can overwhelm WordPress newbies and make it harder for competent users to select one. A good place to start looking for quality free WordPress themes is Colorlib.
In this post, we present 15 of the best free WordPress themes that you can use to design any kind of website. Choosing the right theme for your website may be the single most crucial decision you’ll make for your website’s design. But it’s not a decision to make lightly. There are many things to check out before you invest in a theme:
- Free or Premium: A few years back, the price of a theme was indicative of its quality. But that’s no longer the case, and many developers have created awesome themes that can you can use for free.
- Multipurpose themes or Niche themes: Multipurpose themes catering to every type of website, are quite popular with do-it-yourself bloggers. On the other hand, niche themes cater to the needs of a specific kind of website. They include features that are unique to these websites – for instance themes for hotels or salons. Opting between the two – multipurpose or niche – is a choice you’ll have to make while selecting a theme, depending on the importance of the theme features to your website.
- Mobile friendly: Being mobile friendly is no longer an option for websites. With a definite shift in browsing and shopping habits towards smaller devices, websites must be responsive and size down perfectly to smaller screens.
- Search-Engine friendly: A theme must include optimization for search engines in its list of features.
- Compatible with browsers: The theme must be compatible with all major browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer. It’s not enough if it’s compatible with just the browser that you use.
- Support for popular plugins: WordPress is highly extensible due to addition of plugins. Make sure that the theme supports the popular plugins.
- Support for multilingual plugins: If it’s important to you t have your website in multiple languages, ensure that the theme is translation ready and supports multilingual plugins.
- Support: Theme authors should regularly update the themes to keep up with WordPress core updates and for security purposes. Active support for the theme is also essential.
- Rating: Always check how other users have rated the theme, before you activate it on your site. Ratings convey a fairly accurate assessment of the theme.
Let’s get started on our list of 15 free WordPress Themes:
Sentience is an ideal theme for bloggers who favor minimalism. The theme retains only the bare essential features required for top class functionality, while doing away with all fancy effects. Photographers too will appreciate the uncluttered layouts.
Further, the theme offers a great deal of scope for customization, and each post or page can have it’s own custom layout. Pick the color scheme you want from the colors available in the theme and switch colors as you please. Font faces are important for a blog, and Sentience allows you to choose from over a hundred different typefaces.
You can try Sentience for free, or opt for the Pro version at $59. A subscriber to CPO Themes will have access to all the themes at $119 per year. If you’re looking for a greater choice of blogging themes, this post should help you out.
Photographers, graphic designers, illustrators, artists, web designers – well almost anyone who wants images to take center stage on their website will be happy with Pinbin, a portfolio theme from Colorlib. The theme draws inspiration from Pinterest, a social media platform, and uses the featured image functionality of WordPress in its design.
The minimalistic design ensures that the focus remains on the content. It comes with integrated WordPress Media Manager, so uploading your logo is not at all difficult.
Expansive is a theme that can best fit the needs of a business website or a website of any creative agency. It supports a full-width slider that can make your website a real standout.
The custom homepage, high-resolution visuals and portfolio layout, guarantee a visually pleasing user experience. Expansive also packs in custom shortcodes that allow you to add multiple design elements to your website like buttons, pricing tables, etc.
You may choose to upgrade to the Pro version for a one-time fee of $59, or subscribe to all the themes from CPO Themes at $119 per year.
Weddings today are well planned events and WordPress has many themes that can help a couple plan their important day perfectly. Unite is built using Bootstrap 3 and will help you present photographs and memories in a pleasing way.
You can change color options easily as well as many other elements in the theme using the theme options. It also has built-in Font Awesome support.
Panoramica is a multipurpose theme, particularly well suited for portfolio websites. It gives you complete control over the layout of the website, allowing you to choose from different headers and page templates.
The highly attractive display is an essential feature for any portfolio theme and Panoramica allows your best projects to be showcased with full-size images. It includes a full-width slider that adapts easily to the size of your browser.
Test the theme by using the free version, and upgrade to Pro version for a one-time fee of $59 subsequently. If you wish to use all the themes from CPO themes, you can subscribe at $119 per year.
To start a business website right away with the least amount of fuss, take a closer look at Transcend. The theme includes some dynamic elements that you can use to set up an interactive homepage quickly. It’s geared towards online business and portfolio websites.
Transcend offers complete support for a portfolio, helping you to organize your content neatly – videos, images, slideshows or galleries. It supports the popular WooCommerce plugin, as well as the Easy Digital Downloads plugin.
You can try the free version of Transcend or opt for the Pro version at $59. One year’s subscription that gives access to all themes from CPO themes is available at an annual payment of $119.
If it’s a simple blog that you want to start on WordPress, Activello is the theme for you. Minimalistic and design-perfect, it incorporates a full-screen slider to place your best content. The theme can improve the SEO of your website as it’s fast loading, with Scheme compatible structure.
Furthermore, the theme plays well with W3 Total Cache, Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, Jetpack, Yoast SEO and many other popular plugins. You can customize the theme to suit any other website as well – food, photography, corporate, etc.
Enclosed is a versatile portfolio theme that uses a full-width slider to display your content in many different layouts. You can use this theme to recreate a magazine like a showcase for your site.
Multiple page templates such as contact form and sitemap are included in the theme. This means you do not have to search for additional plugins to go with the theme. Small blocks of text can be used on the homepage for a well laid out presentation.
You can check this post, if you need a wider choice of portfolio themes. You can try Enclosed for free, or opt for the Pro version at $59. A subscriber to CPO Themes will have access to all the themes at $119 per year.
The websites of online magazines and newspapers are content heavy and need to be organized in an easily navigable fashion. A good mix of white spaces and text is necessary to enhance readability. Newsmag Lite is a great option for these websites.
The theme allows multiple layout formats for articles, and speeds up your website by supporting lazy loading of images and ads. Custom logo upload and customs slider navigation that can guide readers to topics, impart an impressive look to the website. It comes with a built-in banner system and is well integrated with social media platforms to make sharing content easy.
The Pro version comes at $59 and it’s optimized for speed and supports multilingual websites.
For a free theme, Travelify packs in a load of features that can delight any travel enthusiast. Images speak more than words, and a travel website must showcase places from around the world. Therefore, Travelify includes support for sharp images, featured slider and great graphics to catch the eye of the reader.
Using powerful theme options you can customize the theme. The theme is translation ready and compatible with WPML plugin. Not only that, it’s compatible with many popular plugins including Contact Form 7 and WooCommerce. While it’s designed primarily for a travel related website, it can be adapted easily for any other website.
If you’re on the lookout for a travel related WordPress theme, this post can also help you find one.
Doctors, hospitals, clinics, dental offices, medical tourism centers, diagnostic clinics and almost anyone needing a website connected with the business of medicine, should take a closer look at Regina Lite. It includes a modern template designed to cater to these websites.
It’s translation and WPML ready, to help your site become multilingual. Full compatibility with WooCommerce enables you to convert your website into a store. At the same time, you can showcase your services and collect payments online.
You can purchase the Pro version for $59 or opt for full Macho membership at $149.
Pixova Lite is a theme that can be used for building any type of website. It gives you the tools to make your homepage truly awesome.
The most important feature of this theme is the parallax effects you can create, for better viewing pleasure of visitors. The different elements of the page move at different speeds as a visitor scrolls, creating an overall pleasing effect. Using widgets, you can customize the sidebar and footer areas.
Pixova Lite fully supports WooCommerce so that you can set up a store in no time at all. Not only that, the theme is fast loading – an important feature for online stores. To experience the full range of functions of Pixova, you can choose the Pro version at $59.
Decode is a modern and minimalist WordPress theme that’s highly suitable for technical writing, preparing resumes or writing of any kind where the focus is on the content. It’s a light, retina-ready and mobile-first theme that uses HTML5 specifications.
You can change all the colors in the theme, or design an elegant sidebar or display featured images. Its a great blogging theme that let’s you just get on with your writing. The theme is designed to keep attention on the content, without distracting the reader with fancy effects.
The Pro Version at $59 is optimized for speed and search engines, and supports WPML plugin.
If you have a story to tell, Riba Lite will help you convey it beautifully. A minimal blogging theme, it allows both boxed and full-width layout. Being translation and WPML ready, you can speak to your readers in many languages.
You can have parallax headers, and the free blogger template offers unlimited Google fonts and color variations to give a truly personal feel to your blog. Not only that, you can keep readers engaged with YouTube videos in the background.
The Pro version comes at $59 and is optimized for speed and search engines.
You can use Shapely to build almost any type of website – a blog or a corporate website, landing page or eCommerce store, or landing page or a portfolio website. The one-page layout sports a perfect design that is well suited for a business website or a landing page. It allows maximum customization, so you can easily add hero images, insert sections, change colors and more.
Additionally, several homepage widgets are available that you can use to add call-to-action buttons, portfolio, testimonials or product information. To top it all, the theme is fast, with the structure optimized for search engines.
The 15 themes on this list are all responsive and will help you start just about any website or blog that you want. You can also change themes as you please as it will cost you nothing.
Get started and let us know how you have used the themes.