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The 40 best free WordPress themes

Here are some of the best free WordPress themes for creating blogs, porfolio sites and more.

The WordPress community is big. Really big. We're talking thousands of designers and developers, tens of thousands of writers, and millions of users, all contributing to pushing WordPress forward.

And one very popular way to do this is designing and developing free WordPress themes.

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Free Wordpress themes are a great way to get a blog or website off the ground. You might want to start writing about a topic but don't want to invest the money in a custom site design on top of hosting and a domain. And once your site is up and running, there's nothing to stop you dissecting them, building on top of them and learning from them.


01. Optimizer

optimizer template
Fully optimised: you can customise every element

Optimizer is aptly named, as it's super easy to customise for optimum satisfaction; the most advanced theme options panel lets you customize each and every element of your site with ease. It's fully responsive and retina ready, so no need to worry about mobile compatibility. The uses are endless – from personal blogging and portfolios to services, this theme gives you so many options you can be hard picked for choice.

02. Future Lite

future lite
Creative agencies might want to check out this smart, feature rich theme

A clean, creative, feature-rich and multipurpose theme that would be perfect for creative agencies, creative portfolios or freelancers. The responsive layout of this WordPress theme adapts well to the screen size of different device your visitors are using. Future is also retina ready and will look sharp on high resolution displays. It's powered with custom menu, custom header, sidebar widget, featured image, theme options, nice typography and built-in pagination features.

03. Longform

Tell all your stories with Longform

Great for storytellers, Longform is a free WordPress theme designed to be fully compatible with the powerful Aesop Story Engine plugin. It includes beautiful styles for all Aesop story modules with no code snippets or extra configuration required. Fully responsive, retina ready and super easy to customise.

04. Moesia

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words...

Moesia is perfect for building your business's online presence. Choose from eleven predefined blocks and build the homepage that best suits your company. Each of the homepage blocks can have a parallax background image and its own set of colours. Featuring a good selection of Google Fonts, two types of layouts for the blog page, cool animations and effects, a parallax header and much more... Make sure you have a great header image to grab attention!

05. TA Dailyblog

ta daily
A great blogging template for the avid blogger!

TA DailyBlog offers a simple and clean design with full optimisation for smartphones, tablets, desktops and any other devices. This free WordPress theme would be ideal for blogging, especially for daily or hobby bloggers who love to share their stuff. It's very flexible and fully customizable with 16 color schemes and smooth and fast user experience. What’s more, the theme is SEO friendly, with a Schema compatible structure that will make Google love your website. It supports most popular plugins, too.

06. Nictitate

Adds a professional touch to any website
A smart and savvy template to make an impact

Nictitate is an incredibly versatile template: from blogging and portfolios to online stores and services, this theme can be customized to fit any and all of those needs. This multi-purpose free responsive template will add a touch of class and professionalism to any site.

07. InterStellar

Free Wordpress themes - InterStellar
InterStellar is a clean, sophisticated design

Create and manage your portfolio or blog with ease with this clean and sophisticated InterStellar design. With multiple portfolio page layouts, this theme's options allow you to change the layout, colour scheme, logo and add your Google Analytics code, buttons, Google maps, columns and more.

08. Arcade

Free Wordpress themes - Arcade
Create a stand-out site with fully responsive HTML5 theme Arcade

Create a stand-out website with Arcade, a lightweight and fully responsive HTML5 theme. Customise it to your taste by adding your own header image, page layout, site width and more. Each post can be distinguished with one of the eight supported formats; video, image, aside, status, audio, quote, link and gallery.

09. vFlex

Free WordPress themes - vFlex
vFlex was designed specifically with designers and bloggers in mind

Designed specially with bloggers and designers in mind, vFlex is a stylish, free, responsive WordPress theme. Its main features include an inbuilt FlexSlider so you can simply select featured images, and an integrated VibeOptions panel, which supports logo upload, import and export settings and many other features. vFlex's responsive layout also means the theme looks great on iPad, iPhones, and other devices.

10. Noteworthy

Free Wordpress themes - Noteworthy
Noteworthy features a bold palette and layout that happy showcasing content

Noteworthy is a bold theme that, according to its author, is modelled on the USA Today website. The colour scheme is modern and clean, while bordering on brash, but the stand-out feature of this theme is the showcase area for the most recent post.

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