If you would like a free WordPress theme that is guaranteed to be well-designed and coded to impeccable standards, then we recommend you take a look at the growing number of themes created by the commercial arm of WordPress: Automattic. These theme are used on WordPress.com which is the hosted, commercial version of WordPress, but they are also released for free for anyone to download from the repository at WordPress.org.

In today’s post I will be taking a look at the free Automattic themes you can download and use today.

Able

A multipurpose, traditional blog theme which contains up to a large three-column layout that is clean, responsive, and highly readable.

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Ever After

A wedding blog-centric theme decorated with subtle but gorgeous textures and ornaments. The wide one-column layout is great for photos and videos of your wedding or your wedding plan that you want to share with family, friends, or the world.

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Ryu

Ryu is a clutter-free theme for personal bloggers. It has a great readability with a large font size, and the one-column layout is perfect for displaying large images. Optional widgets are located at the top panel with social media links and a search field. Background color for an image post will automatically match the uploaded image in the post.

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Sidekick

The single-column, widget-free child theme of Superhero.

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Lovebirds

A sweet wedding theme to help you organize all the important details before the big day.

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Nuntius

If you’ve been itching to turn your blog into an online newspaper or magazine, Nuntius could be your perfect companion. Based on the highly-popular News theme by Justin Tadlock, Nuntius offers an advanced, news-style page template that lets you highlight sticky posts and featured categories.

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Superhero

Give your blog a clean look with bright pops of color. Superhero features full-bleed featured posts and featured images, a fixed header, and subtle CSS3 transitions.

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Chunk

A straightforward theme with bold typography designed by Tran N. Featuring multiple post formats, custom background, custom menu, and custom header. Also comes with an optional footer widget area.

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Forever

The Forever theme makes it easy to wrap your wedding up in a neat little package with WordPress. You can show off every one of your best photos and highlight each important detail leading up to the big day and beyond.

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Vertigo

A stylish and fun theme with one column, a custom header, and a custom accent color. It includes special styles for Aside, Gallery, Image, Quote, Link, Chat, Status, Audio and Video post formats. Inspired by the design work of the late Saul Bass, and based on the original design by Matthew Buchanan.

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Quintus

A theme that has an old-style appeal with semi-academic graciousness and elegant typography. Fitting for displaying either text or images, Quintus offers a fresh look with room for customization, including custom backgrounds, menus, header images, and the option to publish short aside posts.

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Reddle

Everything about Reddle’s minimal design elegantly adapts to how you want to use your blog and what you want to use it for. Want to use your blog for a simple one-column link blog? A two-column business site with a custom header and no posts? Reddle can do that too — and look good doing it too.

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Monster

Boo! A spookyriffic monster theme with lots of tricks and treats.

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Cheer

Celebrate the holidays with Cheer, a whimsical, textured holiday theme featuring illustrations from The Fox and King.

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Sunspot

A sharp theme with subtle grid lines and sun-splashed accents, Sunspot is a great all-purpose blogging canvas, especially for those who prefer a dark color scheme. Sunspot offers two arrangements for posts on the front page. Additional features include a custom header and a custom background, two optional widget areas, and a responsive layout that adapts gracefully to smaller screen sizes.

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Sundance

A free video theme brought to you by the folks 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.

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Esquire

An elegant and bold theme featuring multiple, visually distinct, Post Formats. Designed by Matthew Buchanan and inspired by the art direction of Esquire magazine.

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Dusk to Dawn

A dark theme that melds old-style organic ornaments with modern design and typography. It features a custom header, custom background, and a widget area in the sidebar. It comes with support for several post formats including aside, gallery, image, quote, link, chat, and audio.

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Parament

Parament is a great all-purpose theme featuring a dark color scheme with bright orange highlights and a textured background. Add your own personal flair by uploading a custom header or background image. Parament’s full-width image template allows your images to display as large as possible for maximum impact.

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Pink Touch 2

A theme that has a stellar mix of color, texture and typography. Designed by Kcmr. It features a custom header, custom background, and maximum three widget areas in the footer. It comes with supports for several post formats including aside, gallery, image, quote, link, chat, and audio.

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Author:

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, An Internet Company based in Manchester, UK. I founded WPLift and ThemeFurnace, find out more on my Personal Blog. Thanks!

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9 Comments

  1. Sheri

    I just saw someone’s blog using Reddle without the sidebar, and it looked really fantastic! I also recently suggested Able to someone since they were looking for something mobile-friendly (most are, but I really like Able!).

  2. I think I have, at some point or another, used almost every single one of those themes, except for Monster and the Wedding one. LOL I <3 Automattic products!

  3. Great list. Noticed that Automattic retweeted this too, nice going.

  4. Don’t forget http://wordpress.org/themes/expound, it’s a new one from Konstantin Kovshenin :)

  5. Vishnu Supreet

    I started using Sunspot after I read this post. Awesome theme and responsive as well. Any content based website will look great on smaller screens with this theme.

  6. Didn’t know that Automattic was so aggressive in building themes – thanks for sharing

  7. Vinod Dalvi

    Great themes by Automattic….!!!!

  8. Automattic themes great alternative!

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