Like it or not, good design matters.
It helps you convert visitors to readers and readers into customers.
Back in the day, finding a great-looking WordPress theme often meant you’d have to forego the official repository and fork out some cash for a premium theme.
Nowadays, the quality of free themes in the official repository is on par with many of the premium themes out there. From aesthetically pleasing design to features that allow you to customize the theme, display ads or display your past projects and clients — everything is included.
Sure, that may mean limited (or no) access to support but you can get a lot without paying anything.
However, the repository has thousands of themes and wading through them all can be a time-consuming task.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the best free WordPress themes so you can save some time and quickly find your dream theme.
While most themes have basic customisation options, you are limited to the layout of the theme.
What if you want to change that layout or customise even more? Maybe add more lead generation elements or something super creative?
Elementor Pro’s theme builder feature allows you to customise your entire theme without learning how to code (or hiring a developer). This means you can create something truly unique that stands out from the crowd.
The best free WordPress themes
Most of the themes on this list can be downloaded straight from the official repository and they all feature responsive and visually attractive design.
Although the majority of themes are geared toward bloggers and content publishers, we’ve included several multi-purpose and business oriented themes for those of you who are considering monetizing your blog and turning it into a full-time career.
Let’s dive in:
1. Kadence Theme
Kadence Theme is an easy to use, lightweight WordPress theme that comes with all good stuff, without a price tag on it.
It has 6 free starter templates which you can easily select, import and customize to your brand specifications within minutes.
Kadence is built for speed and accessibility, and you can edit your header and footer using their drag and drop editor. Control the layout of your website with design options for pages, posts and custom post types.
There is also a global color palette so you can easily manage your brand colors across your entire website.
Premium features include: header addons, customizable menus, Woocommerce addon and more.
Price: Free. Pro version part of the Essentials, and Full Bundle from $149/year.
With over 90,000+ installs, Astra is proving to be one of the most popular free WordPress themes around.
It’s customizable and lightweight. This means you’ll please both Google, and your visitors with faster page load speeds.
If you want even more customization options, you can opt for their premium add-ons to expand functionality.
The great thing about this, is that you only need to install add-ons for the features you want. This will help keep your page load times as fast as possible.
And the theme works out of the box with popular page builder plugins.
Price: Free. Premium add-ons start from $59 for unlimited websites.
Read our Astra theme review.
GeneratePress was build to be simple, lightweight, and responsive, however it comes packed with features comparable to any premium theme out there. For starters, the theme works great with page builder plugin which means you can easily go beyond regular customizations and create your own unique layouts that are best suited for your site.
It features nine widget areas where you can add various content and comes with five menu locations and several sidebar layouts.
GeneratePress is compatible with major popular plugins like WooCommerce, WPML, BuddyPress and bbPress. It can be translated into over 20 languages and is fully responsive and cross-browser compatible. All the customization options are located in the Customizer and allow you to tweak colors, fonts, and more while instantly previewing the changes.
The Hueman theme is one of the most popular free themes in the official repository and with good reason. The theme comes with the ability to customize each page independently thanks to a free addon that allows for even more customization possibilities and includes a Twitter sharebar as well as a set of custom shortcodes.
The theme features a modern and responsive design with the ability to display both right and left sidebar or none at all. You can also create custom sidebars and feature a large slider to display your most popular posts or pages. The theme supports all standard post formats so you can easily add audio or video to any of your posts.
Try the ColorMag theme if you’re looking for a magazine-style layout. The theme comes with an elegant grid that allows you to display your most popular posts as well as feature different categories. You have the option to set the primary color and play around with 15 different widget areas and 6 custom widgets to display ads, sliders, categories, and more.
The theme has been coded with the best SEO practices in mind and optimized to load fast so your visitors don’t have to wait for ages to read your articles. Social icons are included as well to allow visitors to share your stories on their preferred social media channels and you can easily use this theme on a multilingual site thanks to the integration with WPML plugin.
The Total theme can be used for blogs and magazine sites as well as business websites. This versatile theme features a minimalistic and clean design with parallax sections that are a great way to capture the attention of your visitors when paired with call to action buttons.
You can easily customize colors, fonts, and many other options through WordPress Customizer. Integrated animated text slider allows you to add a short blurb about your products, services or your posts and you can choose from 4 different layout options.
The theme can even be used as a one-page website which makes it a perfect choice for anyone looking for a simple, yet powerful theme.
Hestia is a free multi-purpose WordPress theme which is ideal for any type of business.
If you’re new to WordPress, you can build your website by using one of its starter sites, which can be installed with a single click.
It boasts a variety of features such as: translation and RTL ready, SEO friendly, live customizer, Gutenberg compatible, mega menus and much more. Even if you get stuck, they have a bunch of video tutorials to guide you through the process.
Consider the Kale theme if you’re a food blogger. This theme is packed with possibilities to display your foodie creations using the special homepage and category template.
Kale features a large homepage slider and includes a featured image for each post. You can customize the colors and fonts as well as upload a custom background image and your logo.
It also comes with built-in menus for displaying your social media presence, multiple blog feed layouts, multi-level menus, automatically responsive YouTube videos, and integration with WooCommerce so you can even sell your cookbooks or recipe collections.
Flash is another versatile theme that can be used for personal blogs as well as business websites. The theme comes with an easy to use drag and drop builder so you can create your own layout and import pre-built demo layouts with a single click.
Several custom widgets are available to add even more content to your pages and the theme comes with the ability to customize different color options for your background, links, main text color, and more. On top of that, the theme is fully responsive and optimized for SEO.
The Nisarg theme was built on the Bootstrap framework which means it’s fully responsive. It’s a great choice for travel and food blogs thanks to the large header image and featured images for posts. Nisarg supports all major post formats so you can easily create video, audio, gallery posts, and more.
When it comes to customization options, you can use the WordPress Customizer to change the look of the theme and customize your header image of flexible height, background image, set background color, header text color, and accent color.
Choose the Writee theme if you want a clean design focused on blog posts. The theme is responsive and includes plenty of customization options such as the ability to upload your logo, background, customize the colors, and more.
You’ll find a set of social media icons so your visitors can share your blog posts and increase your following.
What’s more, the theme integrates with WooCommerce so you can easily sell your products and monetize your site. The blog page allows you to display the standard sidebar or disable it. Custom post formats are fully supported as well as pagination which is perfect for longer blog posts.
12. Floral Lite
Floral Lite is a great choice for food, travel, and photography blogs with large featured images and front page slider. The theme comes with two navigation menus, one of which is a social navigation menu, perfect for directing people to your social media profiles and growing your audience.
The theme has a classic black and white design with beautiful typography. You can showcase your Instagram profile in a special Instagram widget and you can display related posts under individual posts to keep readers on your site longer. The theme is easy to setup and customize thanks to WordPress customizer.
13. Magazine Hoot
Magazine Hoot is another great theme for magazine and news style websites with a grid layout that allows you to feature plenty of articles without feeling cluttered.
You can make use of various widgets to display ads from your sponsors or third-party websites and there is also plenty of room to display your editors and contributors along with a short bio and link to their website.
The Customizer allows you to upload your own logo, customize the colors, choose between a boxed and wide layout, and more.
Custom social icons allow you to add your social media profiles and you can easily translate your theme to a different language as well as setup an online store thanks to WooCommerce and WPML integration.
The Radiate theme has a clean and modern design featuring a large header image and three widget areas below which are perfect for showcasing your categories or featured posts.
The rest of the homepage follows the traditional blog layout with a sidebar and beautiful featured image areas so this theme would be a smart choice for food, travel, and photography blogs.
You can customize the colors and the background as well as add custom CSS if you’re familiar with the code. The sticky menu helps your visitors access other pages on your site and the theme is fully responsive and optimized for SEO.
15. Everly Lite
Everly Lite theme is a great choice for female bloggers with its elegant design and typography. The theme allows you to choose between two different layouts: the standard and the grid layout and you can choose from multiple pre-made demos to setup your blog as quickly as possible.
Using the Customizer, you can change the color scheme and choose from more than 600 Google Fonts to customize your typography. The theme supports video, gallery, link, and standard post formats.
It’s fully responsive and comes with Instagram and Facebook integration so you can display those social media feeds in the sidebar or footer of your blog.
16. Viral News
Viral News by HashThemes is a lightweight and free WordPress theme, designed especially for magazine and news related websites.
The theme comes with 10+ block layouts which you can drag and drop to customize your website. You can either use the default WordPress customizer or Elementor page builder to configure these blocks.
The theme also has 5 magazine specialized widgets such as TimeLine and Personal Info, which you can place in your sidebar or footer to make your website.
This classy yet modern theme puts your content front and center thanks to minimal design and plenty of white space. You can configure your homepage using several layout options and choosing how you want your sidebar to display. The theme comes with two custom widgets to display your recent posts and your social media profiles.
Out of the box, Bulan is compatible with several popular plugins such as Jetpack and Polylang and you can customize colors, fonts, and more using the built-in Customizer.
Best of all, the theme is responsive and comes with custom social sharing buttons so your readers can easily share them on their preferred network.
The Connect theme has a unique design with blog excerpts laid over the featured image which creates an interesting visual effect. You can feature your most popular posts using the header carousel and make use of the integrated structured data and SEO optimizations to boost your blog rankings.
Use the Customizer to make changes to your site and instantly view them without refreshing the page. Thanks to Bootstrap, the theme is cross-browser compatible and responsive so your visitors won’t have any problems viewing your content no matter which device they’re using.
19. Olsen Light
If you’re a fashion or a lifestyle blogger, consider the Olsen Light theme. With support for large featured images and custom widgets, you can easily showcase your outfits of the day and display even more content in widget areas. Display your social media profiles, show your Instagram feed, your bio, and more.
The Customizer doesn’t skimp out on features you can customize your logo and site identity, toggle pagination styles, add links to all your social profiles, modify colors, fonts, and more.
Additionally, the theme has been optimized to load fast, is translation-ready, and can easily be used with a page builder plugin such as Elementor, Site Origin’s Page Builder, and others.
20. Jupiter X Lite
Jupiter X Lite is lightweight WordPress theme which you can customize down to every detail using the WordPress Customizer, or any other page builder tool such as Elementor.
You have complete control over global and in-page elements, as well as the option to design your header and footer. Or if you’re looking to setup your website quickly and easily, there are 6 pre-made templates (Service, Agency, App, Portfolio, Life Coach & Yoga) you can import.
Placid is a creative blogging theme that comes with custom widgets for contributors and advertisers so you can easily monetize your site with display ads or ad networks.
Another custom widget is available for displaying your social media feeds such as Twitter, Instagram or your Facebook like widget. The theme comes with two demo layouts to choose from.
Customization options are neatly organized in the Customizer so you can control your colors, fonts, logo, background, and more. Placid is fully responsive, cross browser compatible, and child theme ready.
Spacious is a multipurpose theme that can be used for personal blogs as well as for portfolio or business websites. It’s a great choice if you want to setup an online store to sell your handmade products or digital products because it integrates with WooCommerce.
Spacious includes plenty of customization options such as four different page layouts, two custom page templates, several blog layouts, 13 widget areas, several custom widgets, light and dark skins, and much more.
The theme is also translation-ready and includes extensive documentation and video tutorial to help you set it up as quickly as possible.
23. Delivery Lite
Try the Delivery Lite theme if you’re on the lookout for a lightweight theme that doesn’t skimp out on the features. It’s a great choice for blogs, magazine, and review sites that want a spacious layout to feature all of their content.
Left and right sidebar areas give you plenty of freedom to feature your content as well as integrate ads without distracting from the main content.
This theme contains multiple custom widgets such as social media widgets and content widgets. Delivery Lite comes with plenty of customization options that allow you to customize colors, fonts, logos, and create custom menus. On top of that, the theme is fully responsive and translation-ready.
24. MH Magazine Lite
Try the MH Magazine Lite theme if you want to create your own online magazine. The theme offers plenty of functionality such as the ability to display featured articles from multiple categories, promote ads from your sponsors, and use custom widgets to display posts in various ways.
This free magazine theme has been optimized to load fast, it’s SEO friendly, and a perfect choice for sites that want to cover international news, politics, lifestyle, fashion, business, sports, gadgets, travel or any other topic.
The Ajaira theme has a simple and responsive design, perfect for bloggers and authors who want to share their content without focusing too much on images.
The theme can be fully customized with WordPress Customizer where you can control header social menu, header search bar, site background, header background, and more. On top of the main navigation menu, you can add your social media links and a secondary navigation in the footer.
The theme looks great no matter which device your visitors are using and thanks to the clean typography, your content stands out and encourages visitors to stay on your site longer.
Another minimal blogging theme, the Wisteria is a great choice for anyone who wants to add a social element to their site. Not only can you display your social media profiles but you can also easily add bbPress and add forum functionality to your site to build a more personal relationship with your readers.
Customizer options allow you to tweak colors, background, and header as well beautiful pull quotes that add extra visual appeal to your posts. The theme is also fully responsive and loads fast and follows the best SEO practices.
The Editorial theme is perfect for news and magazine oriented blogs. The theme features a standard magazine-style layout with 6+ widgets that you can easily move around and customize which categories and posts should display where.
You can customize the categories with different colors to add extra visual appeal and let your readers easily find content they want.
The theme makes full use of the WordPress Customizer so you can tweak every aspect of your theme and see the changes happen in real time. The theme is also responsive and includes several areas to display ads so you can monetize your site either by displaying sponsored content or ads from third-party networks.
Brilliant is an elegant theme suitable for magazines and personal blogs. The homepage allows you to feature your most recent or most popular posts and you can display even more content in the sidebar using widgets to show comments, more categories, and more recent posts.
Using the Customizer, you can change colors, the header, widgets in the footer and more to easily integrate your brand.
With a layout similar to that of Pinterest, Brilliant is an attractive theme that focuses on your content and has the right amount of features to suit bloggers who want a simple yet attractive design for their blog.
The Ample theme is another multipurpose theme with plenty of features that allow you to use it as both a personal blog or a business website. The theme is fully responsive and looks stunning on smaller devices. You can create your own custom menus and customize headers, background, colors, and more.
The large header supports the ability to add call to action buttons as well as a brief description of your blog or business. Highlight your services using the featured area below and display your past work or popular articles using the portfolio section.
The theme also comes with attractive parallax areas and the ability to add up to four widgets in the footer. Additionally, the theme supports WooCommerce and is translation-ready.
The Poseidon theme features a stunning full-width slideshow which is perfect for featuring your most popular or latest articles. The Slider settings allow you to choose a slider category, slider speed, number of slider posts, and slider animation effect.
The spacious layout doesn’t overwhelm the readers and you get plenty of room to display different categories and the most recent posts in each one. The homepage is built with widgets so it’s easy to rearrange them to get your most important content at the top.
Like all the other themes on this list, Poseidon is fully responsive and can easily be customized using the WordPress Customizer where you can tweak general settings as well as settings for posts. The theme is also translation-ready and optimized for SEO.
31. SiteOrigin Unwind
This theme is easy to customize thanks to the integration with SiteOrigin Page Builder. The blog page comes with five different layouts and each of them includes large featured images which makes this theme a great choice for food, fashion, travel or photography blogs.
The theme also includes custom widgets such as contact form, price table, and call to action buttons. If you’re selling products, you can take advantage of the theme’s integration with WooCommerce and sell both digital and physical products.
Not only can you customize and create unique layouts using Page Builder, you can customize the theme completely using the WordPress Customizer and tweak color, background, font, header settings, and more. Aside from being responsive, this theme has been optimized for SEO and coded to load fast.
Like the name suggests, Fluida features a completely fluid design which adapts to the screen size so your visitors can enjoy your content no matter which device they’re using.
This is a multipurpose theme that can be used by bloggers as well as small business and even freelancers who want to showcase their past projects. Fluida comes with two navigation menus as well as custom social media icons.
When it comes to customization options, Fluida doesn’t disappoint. It provides you with over 100 customizer theme settings and you can change everything starting with layout, site and sidebar widths, to colors, fonts, and font sizes for all the important elements of your blog.
Furthermore, you can tweak the settings for featured images, post information metas, post excerpts, comments, and much more. And if this isn’t enough for you, Fluida comes with 6 widget areas, 8 page templates, and support for all post formats.
Hemingway is a clean and responsive theme perfect for writers, authors, and bloggers. The theme features a two-column layout with a sidebar that allows you to add a brief bio, display your recent posts, comments, social media icons, and more.
You can even add widgets to the footer of the theme. Each post comes with a featured image and the header is perfect for displaying an eye-catching image that represents your brand.
Several page templates are available, including a full-width template with no sidebar if you want to provide your readers with distraction-free reading experience.
The theme is easy to customize with the WordPress customizer where you can easily change the color scheme, upload your logo, and more. Hemingway is also retina-ready so your images will appear clean and sharp no matter the screen size and device.
If you’re not a fan of two-column layouts, give Hoffman a try. This theme features a full-width blog page with no sidebar and three widget areas in the footer. The theme comes with support for large featured images that are perfect for capturing the attention of your visitors and clean typography makes it easy to focus on your content.
Several post formats are supported, including the gallery post format so you can share multiple images in one post with an attractive layout. Hoffman integrates with Jetpack out of the box, with support for infinite scroll-function and tiled gallery.
Use the Customizer to incorporate your brand by changing the accent color, switching the background color or adding a background image. The theme also includes two page templates, a menu location for links to pages on social networks, support for post editor styles, and a custom Flickr widget.
The Optimizer is another multi-purpose theme suitable for bloggers, magazines, and businesses alike. You can customize every aspect of your theme including the layout without touching a single line of code and add any type of content.
The theme comes with two page layouts as well as the ability to upload your own logo, change the fonts, colors, background, and so much more.
Aside from numerous customization options, the theme comes with perfect support for WooCommerce, bbPress, Contact Form 7, and Mailchimp so you can create a truly powerful site that’s responsive, retina-ready, and optimized for SEO without sacrificing site speed.
Teletype is a minimalist theme featuring a masonry layout that allows you to choose which sections should display where. You can tweak the font settings by choosing any one of the 600+ Google Fonts, as well as choose your colors, header image, background color, logo image, sidebar layout, and much more.
The theme supports image and standard post formats so you can create an interesting layout.
Teletype includes horizontal location for the primary menu and the footer contains an icon menu for social networks. What makes this theme stand out is the custom Text + Icon widget that allows you to quickly create a section for services or products or simply show other pages on your site in a visually appealing way. The theme is also translation-ready and responsive.
37. Royal Magazine
Royal Magazine comes with a responsive design and elegant grid layout with 5 custom widgets to display a variety of content on your site. The theme has plenty of space to include advertisements from your sponsors and is ready for AdSense so you can display Google Ads with ease. Royal Magazine supports Elementor plugin so you can create custom layouts.
Social media options are built into the theme so you can link to your social profile pages and encourage visitors to share your stories on their preferred network. You’ll also find a breaking new widget which allows you to instantly display the most recent posts, articles, and news. The theme is SEO optimized and includes 3 footer widgets where you can add an extra navigation menu, a video post, and more.
The Baskerville theme features a Pinterest-style layout which makes it a perfect choice for content-heavy sites. Each post comes with a featured image thumbnail to add visual appeal and there is a special page template for contributors so you can showcase your authors with avatars, biography, and social links with the click of a button.
The theme supports all nine post formats which means it’s easy to add a gallery slideshow, audio and video players, or display your favorite links and quotes. Customize the theme by uploading a custom header image or changing the widgets in the two widget areas. Baskerville also comes with three custom widgets for Flickr, video, Dribbble.
Panoramic is sure to grab the attention of your readers thanks to its full-width slider which is perfect for showcasing your most popular posts or sending your readers to another page if you’re site is more business-oriented.
You can also use the area immediately below to share brief information about your company or your blog and highlight the categories. Thanks to support for SiteOrigin’s Page Builder you can modify the layout of the homepage with drag and drop widgets.
You’ll also find support for Contact Form 7 and WooCommerce so you can quickly start selling digital or physical products. With the customizer, you can tweak colors, background, header image, and more. On top of that, the theme is responsive and translation-ready.
Match is the perfect choice for wedding or personal bloggers with its light color scheme and clean design. Major features include responsive layout, post formats, featured images, custom menu, sticky posts, and custom background. You can customize the theme using the Customizer and tweak colors, upload your logo, and more.
Several page templates are included where you can organize your gift registry and an RSVP form as well as have guests sign your guestbook. The theme is translation-ready.
The Make theme is versatile and easy to use. Built with a drag and drop page builder, you can quickly create custom layouts and add various content elements to your pages.
You can add full-width banners, organize your content in columns, accordions and panels, or feature your most recent blog posts. The theme is great for both businesses and personal bloggers who want full control over their website.
The customization options include more than a 100 settings allow you to choose from hundreds of Google Fonts or Adobe Typekit.
You can add your own brand colors, background images for each section, and set your layout preferences for the header, blog posts, and pages. Make is fully compatible with popular plugins like WooCommerce, Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7, Jetpack, and others.
Barletta is an elegant theme perfect for lifestyle or fashion blogs. It features a large homepage slider and a two-column layout along with clean typography focused on improving readability. The theme integrates with Contact Form 7, WooCommerce, and MailChimp as well as WPML. This means adding a shop or building your email list is easy from the start.
Using the customizer, you can instantly preview changes and tweak colors, fonts, logo, background image, and more. The theme is based on Bootstrap frameworks which means it’s fully responsive and will look great on any device and screen size.
The Allegiant theme has a modern design with a large header perfect for adding a call to action button and leading visitors to your most important page. It’s a great choice for small businesses and freelancers, especially those who want to showcase their portfolio. You can use stylish icons to highlight your services and display information about your team members or key employees with their bio and social media profiles.
You can also display testimonials to build credibility and use other built-in modules to add all the important information about your company. The theme also integrates with some of the most popular free plugins such as WooCommerce Yoast SEO, WPML, and Contact Form 7.
The Ignite theme has a simple layout with fun accent colors which can be customized to your liking. It also comes with a number of social media buttons for growing your following.
This theme is a great choice for personal blogs and authors who want to focus on putting their content out as quickly as possible, however you can also use it as a minimal food or fashion theme thanks to large featured images. You can use the sidebar to display your most popular posts or display recent comments, and more.
As far as customization options, you can modify the accent color as well as the background colors, logo, and fonts. Ignite is completely responsive for viewing on mobile devices, and it even supports WooCommerce if you want to setup a simple shop to sell your products such as ebooks.
Finding a high-quality theme no longer means you have to spend hours searching the Internet for a premium theme.
But remember that a free theme means you may not get the same level of support & functionality as you would if you’d purchased a theme.
Use our collection above to get premium features without the high price tag and breathe new life into your website.
Need more theme suggestions for your WordPress website? Check out our other theme roundups:
- Portfolio themes
- Blogging themes
- Minimal themes
- Genesis child themes
- Landing page themes
- Photography themes
- Video themes
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