10 Best Free WordPress Themes : Under “Popular” Category

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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.

Here are the Best Free WordPress Themes from the “Popular” Category in WordPress.Org:

1) MH Magazine Lite:

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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.

2) Customizr:

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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.

3) Hueman:

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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.

4) Spacious:

Spacious is designed by ThemeGrill which is a responsive multipurpose theme and will be very good for business, Portfolio type sites, or blogs.

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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.

5) GeneratePress:

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.

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  • 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

Divi WordPress Theme

6) Point:

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.

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  • 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

7) Virtue:

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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.

8) Attitude:

Attitude is another beautiful theme designed by Theme Horse. This theme is Responsive, simple & clean.

Free WordPress themes

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.

9) Evolve:

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.

Free WordPress themes


  • 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.

Free WordPress themes

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.

Also, read the review on Divi 2.6 WordPress theme, one of the best responsive and multipurpose themes from Elegant Themes.

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.

Comments (21)

  • Hi Guru Nath,
    Its a good post on availability of free wordpress themes. These themes will hep me to install for my blog “http://www.shares-stocks.com/”.

    It is better to add the relevant content on why this theme is best, for industries / type of websites, the theme matches, how it is seo friendly theme etc. information… Looking few more articles on your site to read…!

    • Hi Raju,

      Thanks a lot for landing on this post and for the valuable comments. Nice to see that the post helped you partly and happy for that.

      Coming to quoting which theme is best for particular industry/type of websites etc.s in my opinion every theme listed above are flexible and they can be easily adapted for any type of niche/blog/industry type. If you are specifically looking for a theme that you need for particular industry, I recommend you to watch this beautiful video for details (exactly at 8.40 time) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKbJ3DyysaQ.
      Thanks again for the visit and hope I have helped you in replying to all your queries. I will make sure to do more articles so please keep in touch..:)

  • Very useful post Guru..in fact my wordpress account is quite new and had a tough time on the selection if the theme..eventually I settled for something that suited my space..

    • Hi Sunitha, Thanks for landing on this post and for your kind appreciation, comment and feedback. I am happy to see this post has helped you to select a theme of your choice. I would like to see your feedback on which theme you are using and what the best you like in that and what made your to choose that. This will help other newbies to have a more insight in it. Have a great week ahead … 🙂

  • awesome collection guru sir.
    i love the way you did this.

    • Hi Vashistha Kapoor, happy to hear from you that you liked the post. Thank’s a lot for your kind appreciation. Hope to see you here regularly and I will make sure to post some good and useful posts on all the possible categories…:) thanks again.

  • How can I get a developer to design a customized responsive template for a business of company instead of buying themes !!

    Nice collections…

  • Hi,
    I am new to making websites. Your suggested themes are fantastic. Really good collection.
    I shall be very much thankful if you can guide me for using the Evolve theme comprehensively. I found some tutorials from youtube,but it uses some Evolve theme from Wybyerz about which I do no know. I have downloaded the latest 3.5.0 Evolve wordpress theme and am working on localhost XAMPP.
    Hope you will help me.
    Thanks,Sujoy Dasgupta( Retired Engineer)

    • Hi Sujoy,

      Thanks a lot for stopping by this article and nice to hear that you liked one of the themes. Evolve is a cool Free theme and has got vast list of features and it takes some time to each and every blogger to customise it according to their niche and taste. You can try it on you blog and let me know when and where you get stuck up so that I will try my best to help you out …:)

  • Great post, and what timing! I am in the middle of migrating my Blogger blog to self hosted WordPress and selecting a theme took me forever. I am going to look into the ones you suggested for sure. 🙂

    • Hi Aditi, I am so happy this post has been helped you exactly when required. Hope you love some of the themes. Have you migrated to WordPress already? If you need any theme customization, I can help you out. Please pm me for any help..:)

  • Hi Guru,

    Good post about the top free WordPress themes. I almost went with the Responsive theme before I finally settled on my Studio Press theme for my blog.

    Happy you pointed out that the theme we eventually pick should match our blog’s intent. Good call.

  • Hi Guru,
    Great list of wordpress themes.
    I love the way you shared the features of each theme!
    Will check all the themes and choose a theme for my new wordpress blog.
    Thanks for sharing!
    See me often.
    ~ Ahmad

  • Hi Gurunath,

    You have given good guidance to new bloggers through this article to start with best free WordPress themes, I too started my blogging career with a free theme, later I shifted to the premium theme.

    Point theme, Color Mag looking good as per my taste, thanks for sharing this list, keep rocking, have a nice weekend.

  • Nice themes bro! Point is my favorite one and moreover i prefer Genesis, which is best for any blog/website

  • Hi Guru Nath,

    I have just uploaded a new wordpress site and I am searching to find which theme would be best for my purposes.

    Thank you for this excellent overview of all these free themes.

    • Thanks for coming back on my blog and dropping your valuable comment, Dr.Erica Goodstone..:) I suggest you one that fits your need and taste. Our blog is like our lifetime asset and I always look to have a best and pleasant look for my blogs. If you have some ideas on how your blog should like with few examples, please ping me on my twitter handle:@bestofguru1 so that we can discuss accordingly..:)

  • really great collection thanks for sharing

  • All the themes are amazing but I like Generate press theme more because most importantly all its features are very helpful especially navigation position. Thank you for sharing this wonderful list of themes.



    • Hi Nazar, Thanks for stopping by and yes I have tried and used that theme too and it looks great. As I have focused mainly on the popular category and downloads, I have to ignore many good themes as I can accommodate 10 themes only ..:P

  • Hello Guru, nice and very informative post. I started using paid theme since last 4-5 months and its amazing.


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