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If you need a WordPress theme that uses the modern technologies of HTML5 and CSS3 then you’ve come to the right place, in today’s post I am listing the best free complete themes and blank themes / theme frameworks that you can use as a base to build you own.

Free HTML5 Themes


My very own Busby theme is built with HTML5 and CSS3, it’s a clean blogging theme for personal sites.

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Yoko is a modern and flexible WordPress theme. With the responsive layout based on CSS3 media queries, the theme adjusts to different screen sizes. The design is optimized for big desktop screens, tablets and small smartphone screens.

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Free WordPress theme that aims to provide a warm and pleasurable atmosphere for personal musings and ramblings.

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A HTML5 Theme

You are free to use this theme for any purpose – both private and commercial.

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Grey is generic enough to be used for almost any kind of blog. Whether you’re looking to setup your own design blog, a blog about photography, fashion or whatever your passion, the Grey theme should suit your needs. It is built on a simple layout, but with lots of little touches of subtle detail and texture.

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Temple Gate

The design of Temple Gate is inspired by the spirituality and simplicity of Japanese Temple Gate.

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TwentyTen Five

Built to accompany an article in Smashing Magazine, TwentyTen Five is an HTML5 upgrade of the default WordPress TwentyTen theme. It’s completely free, easy to build on, and brings brand new HTML5 elements and functionality to WordPress.

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Euclides is the perfect theme for those who write tutorials online. While we concentrate on web developers, anyone can use this theme.

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Twilight Theme

A clean and professional looking WordPress theme with built in Jquery image slider. This theme is coded in HTLM5 and CSS3.

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This simple one column WordPress theme is based on the idea of micro blogging and would be best suited to a video or photo blog. The theme is built on HTML5 and CSS3.

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Free HTML5 Starter Themes & Frameworks

Constellation Theme

The Constellation theme is the perfect starting point for any WordPress project. It gives you the flexibility to provide bespoke styles for different devices, totally up-to-date HTML5 code which is fantastic for SEO, a flexible grid system on top of all the other goodness bundled in to the HTML5 boiler plate.

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Handcrafted WP

Handcrafted WP is a starter theme built for WordPress developers who are doing more than building blogs. The theme is based on Ian Stewart’s Toolbox Starter theme and Paul Irish & Divya Manian’s HTML5 Boilerplate plus some other awesome features based off our years of experience. This is not a framework, but an almost-naked starter theme that gives you a rock solid starting point for crafting a serious website on the WordPress platform.

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Roots is a starting WordPress theme made for developers that’s based on HTML5 Boilerplate, Blueprint CSS (or 960.gs) and Starkers that will help you rapidly create brochure sites and blogs.

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PressWork is a free, open-source theme framework built for WordPress 3.2 using HTML5 and CSS3. It was created out of a need for a framework that catered to all types of users. As developers, we needed it to be powerful enough to allow for complete customization, which is why every element in PressWork can be hooked into.

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Well it’s been roughly 2½ years since Elliot Jay Stocks first released Starkers, a completely naked WordPress theme for designers and developers to build on.Like so many others I found Elliot’s theme invaluable, and so about 7 months ago I decided to create an HTML5 version that others would be able to use.

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When developing WordPress themes, a large amount of time is spent writing the same code over and over again. We found it annoying. Whiteboard Framework for WordPress is the solution.

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Bones was created after years of editing and reusing the same template to develop custom sites. It came from trial and error and tons of experience customizing templates. I trimmed the fat on stuff that you don’t really need as well as adding things you almost always have to use plugins for. HTML5 & well written & documented CSS, yea it’s in there.

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HTML5 WordPress Shell

A great starting point for quickly creating WordPress Themes using HTML5.

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HTML5 Reset

We’re excited to present the HTML5 Reset WordPress Theme — a style-free theme designed to help get your custom WordPress project off the ground.

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Pagelines Platform

Platform is an drag-and-drop theme-design framework for WordPress and HTML5. It will help you do amazing things with your site, faster & easier than ever before.

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Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, a small internet company based in the UK. Kooc Media runs several high-profile websites including WPLift, ThemeFurnace and DesignersTalk.

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  1. Oliver, the “A HTML5 Theme” you linked isn’t really a WordPress theme. I am the author of the WordPress theme variant of that design, which can be found here:

  2. Thanks for listing us (PressWork) ! Great roundup!

  3. Dhoko

    There is also a French WordPress HTML5 framewaork : WordPress Basic -> http://wp4design.com/ 

  4. Thank you for listing. Great themes!

  5. Why your “HTML5 Themes” have Doctype XHTML 1.0 Strict, like for example Spectacular?

  6. Why your “HTML5 Themes” have Doctype XHTML 1.0 Strict, like for example Spectacular?

  7. California and PressWork are not less than a steal:) Gr8 job, once again.. Oliver

  8. Great Collection. I might have to give PressWork a test drive.


  9. Awesome HTML5 WordPress themes and theme frameworks. Thank you for putting up this list!

  10. Info

    here is also good wordpress themes http://www.topdesignthings.com

  11. J Doss

    Great List…Thanks for the resource

  12. Awesome collection! I was waiting for someone to bring all these together, especially the one’s I hadn’t heard of!

  13. Victor

    Another wp theme is 
    BlogoLife is a simple and perfect theme for personal blogging that supports post formats, and several customization options.


  14. Victor

    Another wp theme is 
    BlogoLife is a simple and perfect theme for personal blogging that supports post formats, and several customization options.


  15. Rahul8226

    software registered downloads and trials om

  16. This is a great list. It’s exciting to see that there are already a number of cutting edge, artsy designs, created in HTML5 for WordPress.

    Aaron Hall


  18. bjt

    Thank you for this lovely article. For those who didn’t find the California theme (the link is broken), you can download it here http://www.nichewp.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/California-Theme.zip

  19. Smarterapps has a few – -http://www.smarterapps.com.au 

  20. Nice collection of WordPress themes in HTML5 format. It will help me to be more attractive one.

  21. Thisguy

    Where are the , , and most importantly tags? The whole point of html5 is to get rid of tags and class attributes. This page should be called html4 templates that can validate as html5.

  22. Just about to dive into my first WP theme in HTML5, this is a great resource – thanks.

  23. Tim Lester

    great collection. not all are SEO optimised but a few good ones there for google to love.

  24. saeed Asadnezhad

     and this one : http://saeed.ws/apadana/ free with post-formats.

  25. Thanks for giving me the useful information. I think I need it.

  26. its cool thanks for sharing

  27. is it good themes for seo ?? 

  28. vivek

    Thanks for the themes, I used one of them here .. http://blogvkp.com

  29. Hi, just bumbed into this great theme collection. Just FYI: the Twilingt one goest to 404 page

  30. Nick

    Excellent post and excellent theme, Oli.  Thanks!

  31. wow so many to choose a perfect one. I have heard html5 themes improve SEO ranking. thanks!

  32. started to use one of them, thanks. :)

  33. This is a great article. It gave me a lot of useful information. thank you very much

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