40 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

Apr 4 2009 by Mirko Humbert | 74 Comments

WordPress – the popular open source publishing platform – allows you to easily customize your installation with WordPress themes. Installing themes is a simple affair, and if you’re just starting out with the publishing application, you can check out this guide on using WordPress themes.

In this collection, you’ll find 40 high-quality and free WordPress themes handpicked from the vast amount of free themes out there on the web.

Note: Be sure to check out the license of the theme for restrictions in usage (if any) and it’s always good (and very much appreciated) to attribute the designer even if they don’t explicitly ask you to.

For another great WordPress themes collection, check out: 50 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes.

Irresistible

Irresistible screen shot.

DemoDownload

Magazeen

Magazeen screen shot.

DemoDownload

Imprezz

Imprezz screen shot.

DemoDownload

Blues

Blues screen shot.

Download

iLibrio

iLibrio screen shot.

Download

Dark Classic

Dark Classic screen shot.

Download

remedy

remedy screen shot.

DemoDownload

Vintage

Vintage screen shot,.

Download

CorporateMag

CorporateMag screen shot.

DemoDownload

Futura

Futura screen shot.

DemoDownload

The Morning After

The Morning After screen shot.

DemoDownload

Holiday WordPress

Holiday WordPress screen shot.

Download

Fontanella

Fontanella screen shot.

Demo (chose Fontanella in the list) – Download

Greenway 3C

Greenway 3C screen shot.

DemoDownload

Grid Focus

Grid Focus screen shot.

DemoDownload

Annexation

Annexation screen shot.

DemoDownload

Brilliance

Brilliance screen shot.

DemoDownload

Love Earth

Love Earth screen shot.

DemoDownload

Compositio

Compositio screen shot.

DemoDownload

Elegance

Elegance screen shot.

DemoDownload

Rewire theme

Rewire theme screen shot.

Download

Colourise

Colourise screen shot.

DemoDownload

Individual

Individual screen shot.

DemoDownload

WP-Premium

WP-Premium screen shot.

DemoDownload

WP ThemedVista

WP ThemedVista screen shot.

DemoDownload

Wynton Magazine

Wynton Magazine screen shot.

Demo

Vectorize

Vectorize screen shot.

Download

Elegant Grunge

Elegant Grunge screen shot.

DemoDownload

Smashing Theme

Smashing Theme screen shot.

Download

Zeke

Zeke screen shot.

DemoDownload

Androida

Androida screen shot.

DemoDownload

BlakMagik

BlakMagik screen shot.

DemoDownload

Love Bugs

Love Bugs screen shot.

DemoDownload (for personal use only)

Nature Gift

Nature Gift screen shot.

Download

BlackRed

BlackRed screen shot.

Download

Club Yellow

Club Yellow screen shot.

Download

Blogtheme

Blogtheme screen shot.

DemoDownload

Portfolio – WPESP

Portfolio - WPESP screen shot.

DemoDownload

iNove

iNove screen shot.

DemoDownload

SohoMag

SohoMag screen shot.

DemoDownload

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About the Author

Mirko Humbert is a freelance designer from Switzerland. He shares his thoughts about his passion on his graphic design blog, Designer Daily, and also runs a CSS gallery called CSS Orgy. To connect with Mirko, you can follow him on Twitter.

74 Comments

jack

April 4th, 2009

nice list, some of these have some really fresh ideas

twodumbdogs

April 4th, 2009

I like irresistible from Woo theme. The first one. Trouble is making it look like it does in the demo is a challenge. I know just a little about WP and such. Woo wants $150 to access support forums so free means little. I’d love to use it if I could duplicate the look and layout.
Nice list though.

kitipan

April 4th, 2009

good review there.

tasarhane

April 4th, 2009

nice list..!

Mandy

April 4th, 2009

wow, great list of wordpress themes! thanks!

An Jay

April 4th, 2009

This is simply an impressive collection. Most of them are new and inspiring for me to consider any of them to be my next theme.

Big Robby

April 4th, 2009

Great themes. I think this is the hardest part of blogging, finding the perfect theme. They all seem to have everything I need but one crucial thing…

akisalove

April 4th, 2009

The magazeen “download” link doesn’t work.

Gabe Diaz

April 4th, 2009

Great collection! Thanks for putting this together.

Stephane

April 4th, 2009

that’s a good one. Thanks

The Producer

April 4th, 2009

Great list of themes! Some of these I have seen before and others are completely new.

Raymond Selda

April 5th, 2009

Still a lot of free nice themes that I haven’t seen yet. Very nice collection! Thank you for this roundup.

macobex

April 5th, 2009

the ThemedVista is not that good. But everything in the list seems to be great for me. Nice List!

om ipit

April 5th, 2009

woowww…. nice themes, really nice…

thankz for share….

i like Portofolio WPESP…

Tobbi

April 5th, 2009

Great collection, thx.

TJ @ Smart Blog Tips

April 5th, 2009

Certainly a nice list with some very fresh designs. I was getting sick of seeing same old designs again and again.

Regards
TJ

Leonid Shirmanov

April 5th, 2009

Really great collection! I already use one of these themes. Nice to see the others!

Selinap

April 5th, 2009

Thanks for the huge list. Which is the best approach, to use and hack the theme directly, or to use child theme?

Will the child theme affecting the blog loading time?

taylan

April 5th, 2009

Great themes. I like iNove and i will use my blog. Thanks a lot.

Brosnon

April 5th, 2009

The quality of these free themes are amazing.

That said, I’m sure it was not easy getting the list of great free themes down to 40.

W3Planting

April 5th, 2009

very good collection of nice & free WP themes

Malcolm Bastien

April 5th, 2009

Nice, of course I’ve seen a lot of these, but it’s always good to be able to find some new ones as well. I always like seeing my current theme showing up in a theme list like this as well!

Arjen

April 5th, 2009

Nice collection, most of them are as good as premium themes.

Andre LOibl

April 5th, 2009

Hey!! :-)
Thanks for that awesome collection!! There were really some new one’s to me (The wp-vista-style looks cool… ;-) ) I just stumbled on some cool Itheme variations on http://www.itheme-wordpress.com – they look cool too – some are too strong “colored” for me – but the others looked cool.

Many greetings from Germany,

André

Ananth

April 5th, 2009

Wow, this list is just so great. Maybe free is the new premium ;)

Tom Ross

April 5th, 2009

Great list! I love those first two designs so much :)

Edg

April 5th, 2009

Thanks! This looks really great!

liam

April 5th, 2009

@twodumbdogs – You do realize that most free themes come with very little support, a designer can’t answer all questions and problems regarding a theme. It would just take forever, people do the best they can, but essentially unless you are willing to experiment or understand wordpress enough to use it then I think paying $150 would be your best option. Nobody else is going to give you the support WooThemes would give you, especially not for free. Also worth mentioning you’d be getting full access to all of their themes.

Some people are never happy.

Also, does anyone think that the Elegant Grunge theme looks a bit TOO like my site (wefunction.com)?

Alt Design

April 6th, 2009

There were some already seen but nice collection! Thanks for putting this together.

ivan

April 7th, 2009

great theme, we have build our own ecommerce style theme for wordpress as well, test drive it on live demo, a note will be appreciated.
thanks

Bubblebabe Wordpress

April 7th, 2009

Some demos are not working

iskandar

April 8th, 2009

hello,
great design man.BUT! i try to use this “irresistible” theme seems that there is a problem to activate it. it shows this line when i click ‘activate’. can you help me please. e-mel me at duniaiskandar@gmail.com. thanks dude…

wp-content/themes/irresistible/functions/admin-setup.php on line 205

Jacob Gube

April 8th, 2009

@Mirko Humbert: Great job on this post Mirko, I think it was well-received! Mirko is one of the more active contributing authors on Six Revisions, and I hear he’s working on an article for you guys this week!

@Bubblebabe WordPress: Sorry about that, some sites switch demo pages or take them down. However, you could probably discover a live demo by clicking on the WordPress theme title, which will bring you to their project pages.

@iskandar: What’s on line 205 of admin-setup.php?

harictengazellerim

April 8th, 2009

These looks really great! Very nice collection!

abuyya

April 13th, 2009

Great review Mirko! A multiple choice for different needs and styles to bloggers. Thanks

MoxGroorneson

April 16th, 2009

nice, really nice!

Xtence

April 18th, 2009

Very nice collection, thumbs up !

natsirte

April 21st, 2009

C’est excellent!
Bravo

jacob

May 9th, 2009

love this list….thanks!

贝库

May 31st, 2009

Very good! Thank you,
Try to download

Adrian

June 1st, 2009

Nice selection, love them…

Shawn

June 9th, 2009

Good work :-)

Müzikler

June 15th, 2009

Great list of wordpress themes. Thanks.

duude

June 24th, 2009

nice templates,
thanks

Steve

June 27th, 2009

Excellent stuff, well worth a tweet or two…

Thomas

June 28th, 2009

Wow, I missed this post, Great list I discover lots of them.

Jaspal Singh

July 2nd, 2009

wonderful collection of wordpress themes

ithemesdotnet

July 3rd, 2009

I love “irrestible”! Thanks for pointing out all of these free themes!

Dave

July 4th, 2009

Another great collection of themes, these days there are just to many to choose from!

Farid Hadi

July 10th, 2009

Thanks for the collection Jacob. Some of these designs are really hot!

Every time I see the “Magazeen” theme I feel like starting a new blog/magazine!

I’ve just released a free theme myself. It’s called Deep Blue and you can find it here: http://www.faridhadi.com/deep-blue-wordpress-theme/

Jacob Gube

July 10th, 2009

@Farid Hadi: Magazeen is one of my all-time favorite free themes. And thanks for sharing that free WP theme to the public!

Roberto Sanchez

July 13th, 2009

Great post Mirko. Blues and Vintage have to be some of the best Free themes I’ve seen, good work digging those up.

Drew

July 26th, 2009

Hey guys! I too have decided that Irresistible is by far the best them on this page. For everyone that is saying it is hard to make it look like the demo, please understand that you must play around with it a little, but they do offer some insight in how to accomplish this without having to pay. 2 weeks ago I had absolutely no wordpress experience but have since uploaded Irresistible and made it look awesome without paying a dime. If you are new to wordpress as I was, feel free to tweet me and I’d be happy to help you accomplish this feat. Everyone needs a little help! http://www.twitter.com/andrewmiller603

UbuntuLinuxHelp

August 28th, 2009

Heads-up… “Individual” is not a WordPress theme, it’s just an HTML template.

ZoopMedia

September 9th, 2009

Awesome list of themes. It’s always amazing to see a bunch of themes you’ve never seen before.

Oes Tsetnoc

October 1st, 2009

Nice collection of themes.

jack

October 17th, 2009

very good collection tnx

elaraji

October 26th, 2009

OMG!! O.O The best best WP theme I ever seen until now! really want to try them! ALL of them!
Grat Job!
Thank you so much!

Baqir @ Pakthinkers

October 28th, 2009

Amazing themes … Great!!!!!!!!!

Desmal Yeşilmen

November 1st, 2009

Nice collection. Thanks @Mirko

Anna Hayward

November 14th, 2009

Vintage is really so classy and cute theme, though I don’t need it even then I saved it’s pic

In my perception Magazeen, Wynton Magazine is The Best

fx

December 16th, 2009

Favorite free themes ! Thank you so much!

knight online

March 24th, 2010

Wonderful collection of WordPress themes!

Oyun indir

March 25th, 2010

Thanks for this themes

vtunnel

April 6th, 2010

Thank you so much..

yamakashi

May 27th, 2010

thanks .. ;)

Rimpe

June 7th, 2010

Great collection. Thanks a lot!

kasia

August 9th, 2010

Hey i’m just released my first free theme. Theme called “The Today’s News” you can download it here: http://openfire.pl/downloads/thetodaysnews.zip Demo is here: http://openfire.pl/wp/

James

September 14th, 2010

Really good collection of themes. I came across the holidays wordpress theme on another website as well which i plan to use for my city breaks blog. Good stuff

tabela

March 9th, 2011

I found a very successful blog site

Petra Klafczenski

May 16th, 2011

Hi,

thank you for this collection. some of these templates I have not seen on other sites before. “Androida” looks really good!!

Greetings and a wunderfull summer for you!
Petra

Aleksey

June 5th, 2011

Nice collection but some demo and download is unavailable. I tried to see or even download the theme Composito but I am asked to enter login/password. Is it possible to fix this bug? Thank you.

damien

July 20th, 2011

some of demo are not available please consider that, thanks a billion

Maverick

September 22nd, 2011

these themes are really good… thanks for digging them out for us :)

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