10 best free HTML5 templates

If a website is disorganized, confusing, hard to read or just plain ugly, chances are, you're going to move on. And – if this poorly designed website is yours – guess what? You just lost a potential client.

Thankfully, when designing a website, you don't have to start from scratch. There are literally thousands of HTML5 templates available on the Internet. Some are free; some are not. Some are easy to work with; others – well, not so much.

With so many free HTML5 templates from which to choose, how do you know which one is right?

First and foremost, your new template should be free of bugs and easy to customize. That means your template should come from a reputable source. That having been said, my three favorite places for templates are:

In addition to working well, your template should match your personality and fit your site. If you're a photographer, and you want to showcase your work, look for an appropriate template – perhaps one with a nice image gallery option.

Why HTML5?

So why choose a free HTML5 template? Simple. HTML5 offers cleaner code. Okay, that's not the only reason, but it is one of the best reasons!

Sure, HTML5 lets you add audio and video support without having to rely on third-party plugins like Flash; it uses local storage; it provides a more dynamic user-experience; and it can even be used for game development; but the fact is – clean code makes me happy and when you start customizing your site, I bet it'll make you happy too.

Free HTML5 templates

How were these selected?

The following list of 10 FREE HTML5 templates are ones I personally like and would use on any of my sites. I like simple, elegant designs. I was on the lookout for features like:

  • Responsive design
  • Parallax effects
  • Ghost buttons
  • Easy-to-customize

So, without further ado, let's have a look at which ones made the cut.


TemplateMonster is an excellent resource for web design goodies. Although they focus on premium content, they do offer a nice variety of freebies.

01. Ultra-Modern Free Responsive Design Agency Theme

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This is a great free HTML5 template for showcasing your work

This freebie offers responsive design and works best for those who wish to showcase their work. Its vibrant, modern look includes parallax effects, large buttons and an emphasis on topography.

02. Free HTML5 Theme with Modern Streak to Revet Design Studio Site

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This free HTML5 template has a more minimal look

Looking for something a little less vibrant? This minimalist design features blurred images, negative space and ghost buttons.

03. Modern Vintage Twist in Free HTML5 Theme for Exterior Design Website

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This is a retro but responsive template

One of my favorite templates from TemplateMonster is this retro and responsive design. It offers natural colors, blurred images and hexagon shapes.


I recently discovered this little gem. They offer a small collection of free CSS, HTML5, and responsive site templates released under the Creative Commons license.

04. Spacial

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This HTML5 template offers parallax effects

This minimalistic and spacious design offers a large cover image, parallax effects and crisp, clean font. Perfect for the blogger.

05. Ion

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This responsive HTML5 template is subtle

Another responsive, minimalistic design, Ion offers additional options such as a right or left sidebar. The beauty of this design is in its subtly.

Next page: five more free HTML5 templates (and a bonus!)