The WPLift Roundup of the Best Free WordPress Themes May 2016

It’s that time again, our monthly round up of the best Free WordPress Themes available. This month we’re featuring some beautifully done minimalist blogging themes along with robust photography themes to support every photographer from amateur to professional. Our featured business themes cover everything from salons and spas to restaurants to non-profits. The majority of May’s themes are fully responsive and many offer more customization than you would expect for free.

OceanWP - a free Multi-Purpose WordPress theme


A fully responsive theme, Relief is designed for spas, salons, and even medical groups. The theme has a clean and welcoming landing page that features a booking link upfront so that customers can book appointments or request quotes immediately. The theme also supports a gallery, blog, and contact page.


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Beetle is a user friendly magazine theme that relies on strong photography to draw readers in. It is perfect for newer online magazines and news sites that want to look professional but don’t require a lot of bells and whistles. The theme supports widgets and social links.


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Boron is a theme that employs Ajax for content loading, so visitors to your site will never need to wait for anything to load. Boron can be used for any general blogging needs and offers a customizable slider and logo and is translation ready.


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Venture Lite

This one page Bootstrap 3 powered theme is perfect for small businesses and freelancers because of its simplicity. Its continuous scroll makes it easy to highlight a call to action, social links, and other important information customers need to have up front.


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With its focus on a huge hero image, FoodHunt was designed to support restaurant and food services but is diverse enough for any type of business that can work with impressive images. A scrolling, single page paired with header navigation pairs a classic site feel along with the a more daring scroll style.

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Polmo Lite

Polmo Lite is an easy to use Bootstrap theme that features a hero image and continuous parallax scrolling. What makes Polmo Lite special is that it is retina, widget, and translation ready, and has a very strong portfolio feature.


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Pique is a one-page scrolling theme designed to be easy and efficient for small businesses, with cafes and bakeries specifically kept in mind. Each panel is customizable and comes with a library of icons to use and it is fully responsive.


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Infinite Photography

This theme is made for photographers and photography blogs, and could also be used for travel and lifestyle blogs that rely heavily on images and less so on text. Layouts and sidebars are fully customizable as is the site’s entire color scheme.


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A photography specific theme that is widget friendly and even comes with its own built-in widgets. Smooth scrolling with only ten images loaded at a time ensures that visitors stay engaged and interactive with the site. It also has sticky navigation in the right hand corner for easy exploration.


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A clean and modern theme, Canape is built for restaurants and food based businesses. It integrates Opentable with ease and has an elegant menu page to showcase show-stopping meals alongside the full menu. The site offers three unique widget areas.


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GivingPress Lite

A simplified version of GivingPress Pro, GP Lite is aimed at small nonprofits who need a professional site for little cost and effort. The theme is fully responsive and features multiple templates for easy customization.


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This full-width slider theme is professional and sleek and easily works for any business. With ten widgets and a fully customizable panel, Grow is easily changed to match the branding of any company out there. Retina ready and fully responsive.

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Bazaar Lite

The newest release on this list is the Bazaar Lite, a sleek ecommerce platform theme with minimal design elements so that products can shine. Bazaar is fully integrated with the WooCommerce plug-in and features an continuous scroll to keep users engaged and purchasing. Unlimited sidebars and a masonry layout are just icing on the cake.

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Jomsom looks like another minimal blog theme for WordPress but it truly is fully customizable from sidebars to sliders to headlines to the logo to pagination and layouts. The Jomsom is a robust tool that also makes it easy to brand any blog or website.


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Travel Eye

A professionally styled theme for hotels, travel agencies, and even tour guides with a booking engine readily available at the top of a continuous scrolling page. It’s powered by Page Builder and has a drag and drop feature when editing to make designing the page a breeze. Travel Eye is the lighter version of Travel Eye Pro.


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Revive is a magazine-style theme but is easily used for blogs and sites that are not necessarily news related. Built with Bootstrap 3, it is fully responsive and has many customizable layouts to choose from. It’s clean and minimal and allows for a lot of personal touches.


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SKT Coffee

This WooCommerce compatible theme is made with small brick and mortar businesses in mind. It’s clean and simple and allows for a company logo to be uploaded. It makes a great landing page to show customers what you’re all about quickly and easily. It is also Nextgen Gallery compatible and has a default slider with 3 slides.

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Photos is a simple theme with minimal navigation which is the form of a sticky in the left hand corner. It features a header with a hero image and then a grid layout for all additional photos. This theme is great for any photographer or portfolio. The theme is also responsive and translation ready.


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SKT Movers and Packers

SKT often specializes in industry specific themes and Movers and Packers doesn’t fall short. Though it was built with movers in mind, the theme is versatile enough for any small business looking for a WooCommerce compatible site that supports logo upload.


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An elegant and responsive business theme that features a full wide template for special features and stunning images. Complete with custom header, custom background, and social linking, Snowfall is a robust WordPress theme that can support both small and large businesses.


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Sanitorum is a professional-looking layout suitable for anyone in the medical profession. It’s a great layout for veterinarians, doctors, and even cosmetic clinics. With an appointment function, it’s suitable for any businesses that runs by appointment.


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5 thoughts on “The WPLift Roundup of the Best Free WordPress Themes May 2016”

  1. Professional proofreading services would be in your best interest. Netherlands is a world away from the U. S. A. but with a huge audience in the U. S. making the time to get your copy right means you won’t lose your subscription base. For example “For”, “Four”, and “Fore”………from your article “responsive and many off more customization” (the word ‘off’ in this context means ‘to take away’).

    • Hi Dave,

      thanks for your comment. I’ve adjusted the sentence: the word I meant was “offer”. Will look into a proofreading service this week. As these spelling mistakes indeed cannot happen often, if I want to be taken seriously.

      • About the proofreading: There are so many different countries other than the Big USA audience and honestly the Eastern world verbiage/word translation (India, Arabia etc) are horrible about not caring if the translation makes sense. Read almost any plugin description written by someone from the East and it most likely will read incorrectly leaving many unanswered question to the description. You are doing fine here.

  2. Hi Daan, Is there anyway you can test out the Zblackbeard theme? I have just installed it on my site at This theme only works for me when I am logged in as admin,. It wont scroll and has missing content in different browsers otherwise. Thanks

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