2017 is almost here, and we thought it’d be great to rewind the clock and do a roundup of the best free WordPress themes of 2016. This year saw a lot of minimalist business and blogging themes, many of which are fully loaded with features despite them being completely free.
We’ve broken this list down into categories to make it easier to digest. So, without further ado, here’s our 2016 review of the 50 best free WordPress themes by category.
Integral is a one-page business theme. It uses calls to action in the header and features sections for services and your portfolio.
OnePress is a one-page business theme for freelancers and service-based businesses. It allows you to use calls to action and display your most important business information.
3. Cafe Bistro
Cafe Bistro is a one-page business theme for restaurants, cafes, bakeries, diners and other types of businesses in the food-service industry.
4. Travel Eye
Travel Eye is a business theme for hotels, inns and other types of businesses in the travel industry. It’s powered by SiteOrigin Page Builder.
Charitize is a business theme for non-profit organizations. It features to calls to action and similar business-related elements.
6. SKT Charity
SKT Charity is another business theme for non-profit organizations. This one comes with similar features in different styles.
7. GivingPress Lite
GivingPress Lite is another business theme for non-profit organizations. It’s a simpler theme than the previous two, and it uses a minimalist design.
Launch is a landing page theme designed to promote a new product or startup. It’s compatible with WooCommerce.
Louis is a business theme versatile enough to be used by a variety of different industries. It comes with classic business elements.
Financeup is a business theme designed for the finance and investment industries. It comes fully-loaded with business-related elements.
SpiderPrime is a business theme that can be used by businesses from all industries. It uses a modern design and classic business elements.
Ascreen is a simple one-page business theme. It uses a minimalist design and comes with typical business features.
13. Freesia Empire
Freesia Empire is a classically simple business theme. It features typical business elements and can be used by a variety of different niches.
Refur is a simple business theme. It features a minimalist style and works best for smaller businesses.
Avata is a simple business theme that comes with different elements you can use to promote a business, such as a call to action.
Experon is a modern business theme with a design best suited for tech businesses. It features classic business elements.
Latte is a one-page business theme designed for web developers and graphic designers. It features sections for an About Me blurb and your portfolio.
ShopIsle is a WooCommerce theme that features a modern design. It uses an area in the header where you can display featured products.
FashStore is a WooCommerce theme designed for fashion shops. It uses a minimalist and somewhat feminine design.
LayerStore is a WooCommerce theme that can be used to build online stores for a variety of different niches.
Editorial is a powerful magazine theme designed for editorials of all types. It displays your latest articles in a masonry grid.
Envince is a magazine theme you can customize using a drag-and-drop page builder. It uses different layouts throughout the homepage.
SuperNews is another magazine theme that displays your latest articles in an aesthetically-pleasing grid layout.
Magnus is a “photoblog” theme that allows you to create image posts and display them in a grid layout on the homepage.
Pixgraphy is a dedicated portfolio theme for photographers. It uses a featured image slider and displays the rest in a masonry grid layout.
Photolog is another photoblog theme that allows photographers and other visual creatives to build portfolios.
Atlantic is another photoblog theme for photographers, but graphic designers and other types of visual creatives can use it to build portfolios.
Photomania is a portfolio theme for photographers. Photographers can also use it to sell or distribute photos.
29. Magnus Opus
Magnus Opus is a portfolio theme for visual creatives. It displays your portfolio in a filterable grid layout.
30. Twenty Seventeen
Twenty Seventeen is the new default theme that will ship with every new WordPress installation throughout the year 2017.
31. Alpha Centauri
Alpha Centauri is a minimalist blogging theme that displays your latest posts in a slider and grid layout on the homepage.
Philomina is a clean and minimalist blogging theme that displays your latest posts in a vertical grid layout.
Dyad is a well-designed blogging theme for food bloggers, though it can be used by any blogger who uses high-quality images in their posts.
34. digitale Pracht
digitale Pracht is a minimalist blogging theme. It uses a progress bar that shows your readers how much they’ve read.
Scripted is another minimalist blogging theme. It uses simplistic styles and relies on the images you use for its design.
36. EightyDays Lite
EightyDays Lite is a blogging theme designed for travel blogs, though it’s minimalist enough to be used by a variety of different niches.
Edge is a powerful blogging theme that uses a minimalist design. It’s a great theme for professional bloggers.
38. Olsen Light
Olsen Light is a minimalist blogging theme that features a touch of femininity. It’s a great theme for fashion and lifestyle bloggers.
39. GlowLine Lite
GlowLine Lite is another feminine blogging theme with a minimalist design. Like Olsen Light, it’s best suited for fashion and lifestyle bloggers.
Boron is a simple blogging theme that displays your posts in a large grid layout on the homepage.
BlogIM is a clean blogging theme designed for content-light sites. It’s a great option for travel and lifestyle bloggers.
Aleksandr is a clean, modern and minimalist blogging theme ideal for fashion and lifestyle bloggers.
Boston is a stylish, minimalist blogging theme great for fashion, travel and lifestyle bloggers.
44. Didi Lite
Didi Lite is a stylish blogging theme ideal for fashion bloggers. It features a minimalist design.
Martial is a powerful blogging theme designed for professional bloggers. It uses a modern design.
46. SiteOrigin Unwind
SiteOrigin Unwind is a multipurpose theme powered by SiteOrigin Page Builder.
47. Ascent Light
Ascent Light is a multipurpose theme whose primary purpose is to make selling digital products with Easy Digital Downloads as easy as can be.
Talon is a fully-loaded multipurpose business theme powered by SiteOrigin Page Builder.
Vogue is a multipurpose business theme capable of producing a variety of different sites, such as fully-featured ecommerce sites.
Marvy is a simple multipurpose theme fully loaded with features. It uses hints of Google’s Material Design.