2015 was the year that free theme developers really upped their game, I have had a great overview of the best themes released that year due to doing my monthly free theme roundups here on WPLift and looking back over them to create this post you can really see the progression in quality throughout the year. Many themes were released which were on par or even better than offerings from the premium shops.
I put this down to more quality developers entering the WordPress ecosystem as the CMS continues to grow, people also began to realise the benefits that come from giving away high quality products for free and then selling add-ons, premium versions, extra support and services etc. Its now entirely possible to build a large scale business by giving away products in this manner. This is good for the developers and also great for people wanting to build high quality websites using the free resources that WordPress offers them.
In this post I have hand-picked the best free themes that I saw over the course of the year, I have broken them down into categories so you can jump to the section that you are looking for.
A Business theme which is ideal for creating a corporate / business website. Appointment Green theme is a child theme of appointment which has several sections such as slider, services , widget area, etc etc. The green of this theme makes your site looks clean and elegant.
SKT Construction is a construction, architecture, builder, and industry related business, corporate, personal, photography and real estate theme which showcases project galleries, contact info, nicely laid out content, animated sections, and compatibility with WooCommerce, NextGen Gallery and contact form 7.
Himalayas is modern style free one page parallax responsive WordPress theme. Inform your visitors all they need to know right from your home page without requiring to go to the other pages.
Perth is a business theme suitable for both companies and freelancers. Easily create an strong online presence by taking advantage of the many construction blocks available in Perth, like services, employees, skill, social and much more.
Rocked is a modern and responsive business theme that provides a quick and easy way to obtain a corporate website for yourself or for your clients.
Tailor is a premium quality WordPress theme developed mainly for tailoring business but this can be used for any tailor business. Tailor theme is very easy to use and customize. It is mobile friendly , SEO and speed optimized for fast loading.
AccountantLaw it’s a responsive child theme for Lawyeria Lite. With a clean design it fits perfectly for your accountant website. You can use AccountantLaw for any law website.
“Maisha Lite” is a lite & free version of beautiful premium charity WordPress theme “Maisha”. Theme is inspired by “Virunga” documentary. It is modern, responsive and mobile friendly theme.
A stunning, responsive Free One Page WordPress theme excellent for Creative Individuals.
Fulgent is a lightweight, clean, super flexible and bootstrap based responsive theme for business or personal websites. Fulgent Theme is built on top of Twitter Bootstrap which means that your site can be displayed on every device (pc, laptop, mobile devices, tablets etc) without horizontal scrolling. It has got custom widgets, theme-options etc in order to get it customized as per your need.
Lindeza Theme is the perfect solution for creativity and business, we offer a clean, modern and responsive design for all browsers and gadgets. By developing this theme we used the latest techniques of css and html.
Oriana Theme WordPress is a simple and clean theme with a great elegant design. OrianaTheme is 100% responsive and works both on devices and desktop, content information will look awesome in both ways. You can use our Theme for personal or business websites.
The Lucy theme has an extremely professional look, with a beautiful interface that insures stress free use. It features cutting edge web design technology, being built with HTML5 and CSS coding.
For anyone wanting a serious business website, Flat Responsive is the one for you because of what this theme includes. You get responsive design, multiple blog layout options, retina ready graphics, several page templates, post formats, gorgeous typography elements, tons of widget positions, a custom child theme, WooCommerce support, Jetpack support, video tutorials, and more.
Ambition is a Simple, Clean and Flat Responsive WordPress Theme. It is easily customizable with customize. Some of the highlighted options are two site layout (Narrow and Wide), 4 layouts for every post/page, 2 Page Templates, 8 Widget Areas, 7 Custom Widgets, Featured slider to highlight your post, Social Profile Navigation and many more.
Legal is a modern looking premium quality WordPress theme. It is clean, super flexible , fast in loading and bootstrap based responsive theme for business or personal websites. Legal Theme was developed specially for Advocates or Attorneys in mind.
Sydney is a powerful business theme that provides a fast way for companies or freelancers to create an awesome online presence. Sydney brings plenty of customization possibilities like access to all Google Fonts, full color control, layout control, logo upload, full screen slider, header image, sticky navigation and much more.
Kasa Green is a 2 columns HTML5/CSS3 Responsive WordPress Theme. The theme is light and green, best use for any niche, All features are controllable within its theme options.
Lawyeria Lite is a free business WordPress Theme, super clean and fully responsive design. Coded with care in HTML5 & CSS3, is easy to customize and well documented. Can be used to build a lawyer website, the homepage contact form along with the email/phone highly visible generate a great conversion rate.
Free Magazine Themes
SportsMag is a child theme of AccessPress Mag. Which is ideal for sports magazine, newspaper, online magazine, blog or personal website.
MH Squared Lite
MH Squared lite is a free responsive magazine WordPress theme that is just waiting for your contents. This magazine theme gives you the ability to create an awesome-looking online magazine or a dynamic news website using a modern and sleek layout that is fully-customizable using the advanced theme customizer and an array of custom widgets.
Magazine WordPress Themes by Colorlabs & Company
Manage Issue Based Magazine
Manage Issue Based Magazine is a responsive theme designed for publishers. With the help of recommended free plugins, you can publish your content in issues otherwise it will work as simple blog theme.
Rowling is a clean, simple and elegant magazine theme for WordPress. It features a responsive design, great typography, two menu locations, social menu support, custom accent color support, custom logo support, gallery post format support, editor style support, a Flickr widget and recent posts and recent comments widgets with thumbnails.
A clean and flexible theme perfectly suited for minimalist magazine-style sites, personal blogs, or any content-rich site. It allows you to highlight specific articles on the homepage, and to balance readability with a powerful use of photography — all in a layout that works on any device.
News Maxx theme is designed for magazine, news with flexible layout. The theme is based on KOPATHEME layout manager technique that will let you flexibility choose layout options of every pages within your site.
Maker is a simple yet powerful portfolio theme for people who create things. Websites, illustrations, photos, etc. Maker features classic grid-based layout, clean typography and overall minimal style, that allows you to create a portfolio website that is both modern and timeless at the same time.
Stacker is a Grid-Based theme for showing off your photos and images. Includes a social media links menu to display icons linking to your favourite social media sites. Customize the colors and amount of columns via the Cutomizer.
A perfect theme for professionals to display resumes and contact information.
Hitchcock is a minimal portfolio theme for designers, photographers and other creatives. It features a beautiful responsive design, a social icon menu, Jetpack infinite scroll, custom accent color, custom header image, support for the gallery post format, editor styling and much more.
Photo Perfect is a responsive photography WordPress Theme for professional photographer, photo bloggers and creative peeps.
Resi is a clean gallery theme which showcases beautiful picture collections for all photographers. Resi is responsive, retina ready, and perfect for high resolution photo collections.
Minimalistic theme for photobloggers. Jetpack Ready. Support Post Formats. Customization preview in real time using WordPress Customizer. Built-in Context Help.
Beautiful theme for showcasing your photo and stories. Patio makes your homepage stands out using featured images you use for your posts.
Argent is a clean and modern portfolio theme, geared towards creative professionals like designers, artists, and photographers. With its simple homepage template featuring portfolio projects, Argent aims to draw viewers right at what matters most: your wonderful work.
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WordPress is about publishing content. Sentio theme is preserving this core feature and enhances this process in an elegant way. It has a clean, sharp, modern design based on beautiful typography, nice micro interactions and a fully responsive layout.
A beautifully minimal and responsive blogging theme. Swell Lite features a full width custom header image with parallax, and the option to add a logo within the customizer. The clean design is perfect for professional blogs and sites.
Zenzero is a modern and Minimal WordPress Theme with generous white space and large legible fonts, one main column e one sidebar column, unlimited colors and theme options by CrestaProject.com.
Cosimo is fresh & beautiful responsive WordPress Blog Theme, a large column in the center of the screen, and the sidebar that appears when you click on the appropriate button, unlimited colors and theme options.
Twenty Sixteen is a modernized take on an ever-popular WordPress layout — the horizontal masthead with an optional right sidebar that works perfectly for blogs and websites.
Patus is a Personal Blogging Theme for WordPress and an effortlessly tool for publishers of all kind, cherished for its flexibility, clean layouts and speed. It’s totally responsive so it adapts to your style as well as the device it’s viewed on.
This is the free version of Matraman Theme. Matraman Theme is Handsome Modern Blog theme.
Boksy is a clean and minimal responsiveWordPress theme for personal bloggers. Putting content first is the key focus in the overall design. It looks good both on large and small screens. If you are familiar to use WordPress, you already know how to use Boksy as it is built with the most essential and standards of the WordPress framework.
Qwerty is a minimal, responsive, longform writing theme.
Bravo is a responsive 2 column multi-purpose theme.
Toivo Lite is perfect fit for business, personal or blog sites. It has beautiful Front Page template where you can show your important content, testimonials and Callout links. Toivo Lite is an accessible, translation-ready theme which supports plenty of features like Right to Left languages and Schema.org microdata.
Author is designed for publishers who want readers. That’s why Author is fast, responsive, accessibility-ready, and optimally designed for reading.
Calm and soothing, beautiful and majestic. Like a forest. You’ll find peace and inspiration in this beautiful, responsive, ergonomic theme. Only the strictly essential for blogging in green.
Chicago is beautifully crafted WordPress theme for Blogger with flexible and customizable theme customizer options. It is based on responsive design where each element has been carefully configured for perfect display on all devices and platforms.
Responsive Deluxe features a very modern design and flat colors designed for clarity. It offers your website visitors visual comfort. Responsive Deluxe was designed, developed and enhanced to look and function regardless of whether your visitors arrive by smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.
“Amalie Lite” is a feature rich, uniquely designed free blogging theme built upon the free “Twenty Fifteen” WordPress theme. Responsive grid is a standard these days and “Amalie” makes a good use of it to preserve its unique looks across the whole range of internet capable devices.
Founder’s minimalist style presents your content in a way that is both bold and professional. As a responsive theme, Founder is beautiful on phones, tablets, and laptops, and is optimized to load quickly on each. Built with Google’s multilingual font, Noto Sans, it is compatible with hundreds of languages.
Woodley is a lightweight, multi-purpose theme with a minimalistic design. The responsive two column layout is free from clutter allowing readers to focus on content.
Designed and built around three basic principles – acccessibility, mobile- and touch friendly design, and content in focus – Popper is a great option whether you are building a site, a portfolio, or a blog.
Unit is a child theme for the Founder theme. It features a simple and clean blog layout designed to focus visitors on your content.
Kotha is a super clean & elegant Responsive WordPress Blog Theme. It’s perfect for your personal, travel, lifestyle, food & recipes, storytelling Blog.
MediaPhase is a versatile multi-purpose WordPress theme which is suitable for business users, online shops, bloggers and digital agencies.
Allegiant is a free multipurpose WordPress theme perfect for agencies and professionals. This theme comes with support for a full homepage slider, feature blocks, portfolios, services, team members, and even testimonials, all thanks to its companion plugin CPO Content Types.
Aron is a Best Multipurpose, Elegant, Sleek, Responsive and Beautiful Theme with Easy and Powerfull Customization Options. Aron Theme is Single Click Intall feature, Just press activate button and your website will get ready.
SKT Gravida as the name suggests is a corporate multipurpose WordPress theme. It is a responsive theme and is suitable for any kind of industry. So not just Corporate but other websites also can use it. Theme options and templates make this theme very easy to use.
Brilliance is a free multipurpose WordPress theme geared towards agencies and corporate websites. It has a clean, responsive layout that will make your content stand out. Brilliance is also compatible with the most popular plugins out there: Woocommerce, Contact Form 7, WPML, WordPress SEO, Fancier Author Box, and more.
Alum is a Best Multipurpose, Elegant, Responsive and Beautiful Theme with Easy and Powerfull Customization Options. Alum Theme is Single Click Intall feature, Just press activate button and your website will get ready.
SKT Kraft is an all in one simple and adaptable multipurpose WordPress theme compatible with WooCommerce for ecommerce and other industries like corporate, business, photography, personal, blogging, wedding, restaurant etc
Modern & beautiful responsive theme built on a solid framework that delivers sharp and crisp design on even the highest pixel density devices. Perfect for businesses and individuals alike.
The Optimizer, an easy to customizable multi-purpose theme with lots of powerful features. This theme lets you customize each element Live without you having to touch any code.
Easy to use and quick to setup, Ultra is a powerful multipurpose theme. Use it to launch your business site, blog or portfolio. Create detailed layouts without writing a line of code using SiteOrigin’s drag and drop Page Builder plugin.
A multi-purpose WordPress theme with a page builder. Use this to build any type of website.
Modality introducing a very clean and neat design that can be used for any type of website. It comes with great variety of options to customize the look and feel of the theme via Customizer. Theme supports responsive design, customizable home page sections, Google fonts, unlimited colors, animation, automatic image resizing and more.
GeneratePress is a fast, lightweight, mobile responsive WordPress theme built with speed, SEO and usability in mind. Create your website just the way you want it using the Customizer and see the changes take place right in front of you before you publish. GeneratePress is mobile responsive, W3C Markup Validated, Schema.org microdata integrated, search engine friendly, cross browser compatible (including IE8+), WooCommerce compatible, BuddyPress compatible and 100% translatable.
evolve is a multi-purpose WordPress theme that has recently been redesigned as a full responsive theme for all devices. The theme includes a slick Bootstrap and Parallax slider with up to 5 slides on any page and a post slider for 10 posts per post category.
A1 is a lightweight, faster, clean, super flexible and bootstrap based responsive theme for business or personal websites. A1 Theme is built on top of Twitter Bootstrap which means that your site can be displayed on every device (pc, laptop, mobile devices, tablets etc) without horizontal scrolling.
Storefront is the perfect theme for your next WooCommerce project. Designed and developed by WooThemes, it features a deep integration with our market leading WooCommerce plugin, several layout & color options to personalise your shop, multiple widget regions, a responsive design and much more.
MaxStore is wordpress ecommerce theme based on WooCommerce plugin. This theme will be a perfect choice for online fashion store, sport store, digital shop, men or women store, handbags store, cosmetics shop, luxury jewelry, accessories store and multipurpose online stores.
Bellini is perfect theme for creating an online shop. It's simple and easy to use interface makes it easy to create a website. It has lots of feature built-in including layout for Blog, Posts, WooCommerce shop, product pages.
TheShop is a very easy to use e-commerce theme, compatible with the popular WooCommerce plugin. TheShop includes a custom front page, fonts and color options, two menus, a slider for your header and much more.
Superstore is a customizable WooCommerce theme, powered by Omega Framework. Use WordPress, WooCommerce and Superstore child theme to run your online store. Creating an eCommerce shop has never been easier.
Store is the Last eCommerce WordPress theme you will Ever need. It is loaded with tons of Features including Multiple Layouts, Featured Product Showcase Areas, Fully Configurable Sidebar width, Advanced Menu and Navigation system, Featured Images, Slider with 3D Effects, Google Fonts, High Quality Animation throughout the theme without compromising on the Professionalism.
Incart Lite is a clean, responsive and multi-purpose woocommerce theme that suits best to any shopping, corporate, portfolio or business site.
Statement is a GeneratePress child theme. Using GeneratePress you can alter the child theme to your taste in minutes. Statement is mobile responsive, W3C Markup Validated, Schema.org integrated, search engine friendly, cross browser compatible, WooCommerce compatible and 100% translatable.
Store WP is a powerful and flexible free WordPress theme that offer deep integration with WooCommerce. Store WP will make your website adaptable with any type of mobile devices or tablet and it is the perfect theme for your next WooCommerce project.