What are Free WordPress Themes? and Who will be looking for them?
- Are you new to WordPress blogging?
- Are you confused to choose which is the best free WordPress theme for you from the ton of themes in WordPress.org?
- Are you looking for a theme that can have almost all the features that a Premium WordPress theme has?
- Are you looking for responsible and customizable themes in the FREE category?
If you are saying a big YES to all the questions above, then you can read further for the details otherwise please skip this article as it is not meant for you.
For any blogger, having good content itself can’t make your blog rank top, theme also plays a vital role in this process. Although Premium WordPress themes have got all the features and stuff required for a good looking blog and a higher chance of page ranking and all, there are some Free themes which are decent enough to make sure you have a good look and rank.
I have changed almost 6 to 8 themes in one month of my blog career in WordPress and have seen the pros and cons of different themes altogether.
In this article, I will be more focusing on the category of the “POPULAR” list of free WordPress themes from the WordPress.org theme directory.
Although we have tons of Popular WordPress themes in the free category, I have selected themes based on few parameters like the number of downloads, Maximum percentage of 5-star ratings, Awesome look, Ease of Usability, Flexibility, Multipurpose use, Clean Coding, and Just as good as a PREMIUM WordPress theme but with FREE usage.
Below is the list of best Free WordPress themes that are having minimum and best possible features that required for a good blog.
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- 1 Here are the Best Free WordPress Themes from the “Popular” Category in WordPress.Org:
Here are the Best Free WordPress Themes from the “Popular” Category in WordPress.Org:
1) MH Magazine Lite:
If you are looking for a nice and dynamic magazine WordPress theme to run online magazines or news websites about topics like for example lifestyle, entertainment, sports, travel, beauty, food, or any other content genre, the free MH Magazine lite theme is one of the most popular free magazine themes on WordPress.org.
This free WordPress theme has included some premium features and works very well on mobile devices. The popular MH Magazine lite theme for WordPress in addition has excellent community support and regular theme updates.
Customizr is a completely responsive theme with an awesome look for a blog to have. You will not believe that this is a free theme. It is a feature-rich theme that also has almost all types of slider options. The sliders can be used on pages as well as for each post and fully customizable in terms of slider speed, the number of slides, and a separate slide for featured image.
You can create slides from any image attachment. Option for reordering of slides (drag and drop) manually. A sticky post is another good feature. You have the option for full width and boxed type layout options. This theme works fine with WordPress plugins like BBPress, WooCommerce, Jetpack, and many popular plugins. This theme can be used for almost any niche of a blog.
Hueman is another top-rated and one of the most popular free themes in the WordPress.org directory. This theme is high in resolution and is a good responsive theme. This theme is useful to all blog categories and is too good for magazine type blogs, also can be used for travel, photography as it offers grid type columns.
It has got unlimited features few of them being, Top sidebars, header, footer. Sidebars can be placed left and right and can be uniquely specified for every single post or page. Related posts, post navigation, featured story or slider, SEO ready, social links, flexible widgets, and many more.
Spacious is designed by ThemeGrill which is a responsive multipurpose theme and will be very good for business, Portfolio type sites, or blogs.
Main features include:
- 4-page layouts
- 2-page templates
- 4 blog display types
- 13 widgets areas
- 5 custom widgets focusing on business template,
- Excellent Slider options
- Primary color option to match your logo &website
- Translation ready
- Two types of skins in the form of light & dark.
GeneratePress is a lightweight, fast, and responsive theme designed especially with SEO and usability in mind. It has got a good customizer where you can design your own changes with ease before publishing.
- Markup Validated
- Schema.org microdata integrated
- SEO friendly
- Cross-browser compatible including IE8
- 5 Sidebar layouts
- WooCommerce /Buddy Press compatible
- 8 widget areas
- 5 navigation positions
Point is a product from MyThemeShop who produces awesome SEO friendly themes with feature-rich and which are Free themes which we can’t believe. This is an awesome theme which can be used for any type of categories and very good for magazine/news type blogs. This theme is fluid responsive and has options to select multiple layouts, background colors, and schemes.
- SEO optimised
- 2 site layouts to choose from
- 7 custom widgets included
- Custom CSS
- Full-width page template
- Translation ready
- Cross-browser compatible
- Related posts widget
- Author box widget
- Unlimited color schemes
- Option to enable or disable responsiveness
- Trending stories option
Virtue is the theme designed by Kadence Themes which is a flexible and responsive theme with feature-rich options. This theme can be customized easily with the great features it has. It is built with HTML5 and CSS3. It uses a powerful framework from Bootstrap so it is mobile friendly and responsive.
Virtue is a Woocommerce ready WordPress theme that can be used for the online store. This theme can be used for multipurpose but can be primarily useful for business, portfolio, online stores, or personal websites. Anyone without CSS knowledge can customize this theme with the powerful options it has. You can change settings like homepage layout, custom fonts, sliders, etc.
Attitude is another beautiful theme designed by Theme Horse. This theme is Responsive, simple & clean.
It can be easily customizable with different types of options. It has got features like 11 social icons, 4 custom widgets, a featured slider, 5 layouts for every post/page, Custom CSS, 5 widget areas, translation ready.
Evolve is the theme that comes from Theme4press.com. It is a highly responsive theme with a Parallax slider with up to 5 slides on one page a post slider for 10 posts per post category. It has got a number of slider options and animation effects. The theme comes with slick Bootstrap and has a grid system.
- Custom CSS
- Custom Design
- 500 plus Google fonts
- Custom Layouts
- 12 widget areas
- Unlimited colours
- Retina ready
- BB press and BuddyPress compatible
- Theme Options
10) Color Mag:
Colormag is an awesome theme from ThemeGrill which is a responsive magazine-style theme. The theme can be used for business, publishing, magazine, or newspaper kind of sites especially.
The beauty of this theme is it supports using different types of colours for each category and looks stunningly beautiful.
- Custom Header/Logo
- Breaking News /trending ticker options
- Date display at top of the blog
- Sticky Menu
- Random Posts option
- Site layout
- Primary color schemes
- Custom CSS Box
- Social Icons
- Author Box
I hope this post will help the bloggers who have been struggling like me to get the best possible free WordPress themes of your choice. It is so important that you have to decide which niche you are going to focus on and plan accordingly. If you are choosing a technology niche then choosing a magazine type theme will not help you although it has stunning looks.
Images Courtesy: WordPress.org theme directory
So these are the 10 best free WordPress themes from my personal point of view. There is always a scope of changing the order in the future based on the downloads from the WordPress.org directory. So keep an eye on the most downloaded free WordPress themes from time to time.
Moreover, most of the above mentioned free WordPress themes are still ranks in the top 10 as they are well coded. The majority of the themes mentioned in this article are developed by some of the top theme shops in the WordPress themes industry. So you will not be disappointed if you are using any of the above free WordPress themes.
Please let me know which free WordPress them you use and why it is the best free WordPress in your point of view. Let me know the details in the comment section below.