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Free WordPress Website Themes

I certainly can’t offer you a look at all available themes for your site, but I can show you 15  Free WordPress Website Themes from around the web. My selections offer you variety as well as functionality. You can find themes for just about any niche in this list, including e-commerce, news, business, multipurpose, photography, travel, restaurant and cafe.

What is a WordPress Theme

Simply put, a theme is a collection of files that control the way your site’s contents are displayed. Without a theme in place, your website would essentially appear as a skeleton. It would include the main components, such as your content and features, but it wouldn’t have any accompanying ‘skin’ controlling its appearance.

You can find website themes appropriate to many niches and purposes, especially for WordPress sites. Some are free such as the ones featured below while others are premium (containing more advanced features at a cost). Choosing a theme can seem overwhelming, especially with the thousands of options available. I have done all the research (legwork) into these sites to provide you with a little guidance, but if you want to do it on your own here are some things you should look for during your search:

  • Key features and functionality. While you’re looking for themes, keep in mind the various features and functionality your site will need. For example, an e-commerce site requires integration with shopping cart plugins. For a business theme, a powerful landing page template would be very useful.
  • User reviews and ratings. The reviews of previous and current users can give you insight into each theme, including its benefits and drawbacks. While you shouldn’t take each review as gospel, it helps to consider as many as possible before making a decision.
  • Developer support and frequent updates. Without the proper support in place, it is possible for a theme to become obsolete. Choosing a theme with frequent updates and consistent developer input is important if you want to maintain your site’s integrity.

To make your search even easier, I recommend that you first consider the features you’ll need for your site. Next, find some themes that include those features, and whittle the list down using my other two criteria (reviews/ratings, and support/updates).

Astra- is a free WordPress theme that has excellent speed and simplicity

 

 

Pair it with Astra Sites (free plugin), and anyone can have a beautiful website with a few mouse clicks. Some of the other features: # WooCommerce Ready # Responsive # Compatible with major plugins # Translation Ready # Extendable with premium addons # Regularly updated # Designed, Developed, Maintained & Supported by Brainstorm Force. Looking for a perfect base theme? Look no further. Astra is fast, fully customizable and beautiful theme! There is also a Pro version available that makes Astra the perfect theme.

Neve -(pronounced nay•vay) is a free WordPress theme built for speed & page builders

 

 

With one of the best onboarding and setup experiences I’ve ever seen. You’ll also enjoy more customization options than almost any other free theme out there. Neve is an incredibly versatile & flexible theme that can be used for many different applications.

Sydney- is a popular, powerful and fully responsive WordPress business theme.

Sydney is a minimal WordPress multipurpose template that is a long time player on the market. It’s used by thousands of business and personal projects, always receiving only the highest ratings.

This free WordPress theme will help customize the site on all essential levels: change fonts, colors, site identity, header image, etc. The theme focuses on imagery, neat typography and simplified content presentation – all these things are just perfect for the overall UX and readability.

 

OceanWP- comes with a wide range of demos to make site-building easy for you, Blogger, Travel, Sports Coach, Store, Mega Gym, Personal, just to name a few to get you started. Take a look for yourself.

 

With 1,882,403 downloads, OceanWP is one of the fastest growing WordPress themes around, is eCommerce ready, and has a lightning-fast page load time. With OceanWP, sites look beautiful on mobile and tablet screens too since it’s got a responsive design.

 

Hestia-is one of the most popular free themes in the WordPress.org directory.

 

No matter if you’re planning to launch a small business, a startup, a creative agency, a professional portfolio, a niche website, an online shop (you name it), Hestia narrows your search down to one single choice. Not only does it come packed with beautiful layouts that can be quickly switched, but it also provides lots of customization options so you can turn it into a solution that’s even close to your needs.

ColorMag-If you want to give your blog a magazine style look, check out the ColorMag free WordPress theme.

ColorMag WP

This theme allows you to create different grid layouts for your posts as well as feature various categories. Customize the appearance of your site by editing 6 custom widgets and 15 different widget areas to display banner ads, categories, recent posts and more.

ColorMag is fully responsive, optimized to load fast and created with the best SEO practices in mind. It also has multilingual support to localize your blog for different languages.

Writee- built for writers or other creatives.

If you need a full-width free blog WordPress theme, Writee is right for you. You can completely remove the slider if you want or you can present the articles you want to highlight in a pleasant way. If you like the sidebar you can add it to the right or left or you can not use it at all. Supported by standard, image, gallery, audio and video post formats, the Writee free blog WordPress theme has been wonderfully completed with social sharing icons and offers to readers a great and unique, effective and polite, gentle and wonderful experience. Typography is one of the most remarkable and talented features of this product. Considering the font and layout, a minimal design comes to mind.

Restaurant and Cafe -for those in the culinary arts. 

restaurant and cafe free wordpress theme

Restaurants, cafes, pizzerias and any other food and drinks-related businesses, here is a mouthwatering free WordPress theme to use. You can, right away, head over to the live preview page and get the gist of it. Be ready, Restaurant and Cafe will surely knock your socks off. However, keep reading and get the hype going strong before you fully dive in. There is nothing better than having a ready-made layout which is all-around, perfect for all sorts of different food projects you have going on. On top of that, you can also adjust it so it follows your style to a T.

Other features of Restaurant and Cafe are custom CSS, translatability, social media integration, one-click import, image banner, RTL compatibility and more. Restaurant and Cafe is also WooCommerce compatible for flawless online ordering.

Alpha Store -used for all types of ecommerce online stores, including: Fashion, Shoes, Jewelry, Watches, Photo, Technology

Alpha Store is a modern free WooCommerce WordPress theme especially designed for shops and eCommerce sites. Alpha Store is easy to use and fully responsive. It comes with an eye-catching layout design that will instantly draw the attention of anyone who visits your website. Theme is translation and multilinual ready. Alpha Store is SEO friendly helping you to achieve the highest positions on Google and optimized codebase to maximize your site’s performance and loading speed. The Theme Customizer is truly magic tool to customize theme with pre-defined parameters, no coding is required. Theme is developed using CSS3 and Bootstrap with smooth HTML5 animations. Main theme features: 2 menu positions, search bar, social icons, shop by category, full width flexslider carousel with custom products, left or right sidebars, footer widget area, WooCommerce shortcodes, custom logo, custom background, ready to use SiteOrigin’s, WR Page Builder or any drag and drop Page Builder which may turn your store into multipurpose business site, breadcrumbs, related posts, unlimited homepage styles, fast loading, cross-browser compatibility, font awesome, documentation with video tutorials, support, bootstrap grid layout. Theme including support for wishlist, quick view and compare plugins.

Shopper – Free WooCommerce WordPress Theme

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Shopper best free WordPress theme. The Shopper is free WooCommerce & Business WordPress Theme. It provides simply a cool and clean design, easy to use, customizable and fast WordPress theme designed thinking about users needs and requests. It is fully responsive, translation ready, SEO friendly theme with Structured data integrates for Articles & Products Structured data and integrates the industry standard WooCommerce, YITH WooCommerce Wishlist. The theme will be a perfect choice for online fashion store, sports store, handbags store, digital shop, men, kids or women store, cosmetics shop, accessories store, luxury jewelry and multipurpose online stores.

Storefront -The default WooCommerce theme.

Released by Woothemes, Storefront is a perfect starting point for your next eCommerce project. It is responsive, flexible in functionality and best of all, it’s free to use for everyone. Choosing a WooCommerce WordPress theme has never been that easy as you don’t have to pay a dime to get full integration with WooCommerce.

Hiero is an awesome magazine theme for your WordPress site, this is the one I am using for this site.

Hiero is another magazine style WordPress theme, and it stands out because of its distinctive black and red color scheme and the number of features it includes, such as a responsive layout and threaded comments.

Resortica Lite -Theme for hotels and tourist complexes.

With more than 500 installs, Resortica Lite, a free WordPress business theme by Code Themes, would be a great choice also for restaurant and cafe websites.

Travelify – Free Ecommerce WordPress Theme

 

Travelify is a simple and free WordPress ecommerce theme by Silkalns that was updated not too long ago and has over 20000 installs in the last three months. Check out the screenshots and give it a try!

Conclusion

The best WordPress theme for your website needn’t cost you an arm and a leg. In fact, free themes can prove just as effective as premium options, and often provide you with most or all of the features you’ll need. Once you pick the right template, the remaining part will be signing up with a quality web host, starting a blog and pumping out some quality content.

In this post, I’ve discussed the importance of selecting a quality theme for your site and highlighted fifteen of the best free WordPress themes to choose from. These include professional themes, blog-style themes, and even themes to create an e-commerce store. The options available are nearly endless, which means you can create any type of site you like.

If you found this page helpful PLEASE leave me a comment below and I will reply asap, thank you.

16 Comments

  1. Hello, out of all the free wordpress themes on your list I think I really like the Alpha Store wp theme the most, for a online store of course. Some of the other free wp themes surely took great for other needs. I love how clean and modern the Alpha store theme looks, just so sharp and nice to look at. Pretty cool list, thanks for putting it together as it’s really been helpful.

    • riverdogg, nice to hear from you again, thank you for your comment. Alpha Store is a great free theme for a online store, glad to help out. Good Luck. 

  2. As a new comer of WordPress, choosing a good theme to set up your very website can be something very difficult. I remember trying to choose my very first free WordPress theme, it took me so much time. I switched from one theme to another several times before I could find the one I love. This post would save those time wastage.

    • Thank you for your comment, choosing a theme can be difficult but if you take your time, learn the fundamentals of WordPress it will make it a lot easier for you. Good Luck.

  3. The choice of themes in one thing that can really get you head aches. I have tried a couple of them and with my first site I finally got settlers and satisfied with Hiero and I’m not surprised it is part of the list. On the new site I recently launched I don’t quite remember the theme I’m using but it isn’t bad and I was ready to switch it to Hiero because of the site speed they offer, so much better than most themes i have tried before.

    • Thank you for your comment Hiero is a really good theme and one that I use on my sites. Good Luck.

  4. Wow! You’ve done a great job compiling these list. I think I love Astra theme. I checked it out and I saw that the design was really beautiful and has some good features. One thing that amazes me most about it is the fact that this theme is free forever! The creators are really kind hearted with their motive towards creating the theme.

  5. I have been looking for a theme for the two websites I’m planning to start. There are a lot of themes to choose from so thank you for saving me from a headache. The first one focuses on smartphones, thus, I need a theme that is capable of WooCommerce. I want to show product images like a catalog grid and then be able to click on the product images. After clicking the product, an individual product page will show and will contain a product image gallery and product attributes for each smartphone specs. I’m interested in the Shopper theme or Storefront theme on the list. They both look great! I’ll try both and check which looks I really like. What do you suggest for me? I feel like the Shopper theme would fit better.

    The other website that I’m planning to start focuses on review of classic and indie movies. I just need a simple one here. I think the Hiero theme would be perfect. I can have a list of reviews with a featured image and a short description. I like the red and black combination, I think it fits my niche. I’ll probably add some logo that represents the entertainment industry. I’ll try it now!

    • Thank you for your comment and your welcome both Shopper and Storefront themes are what you are looking for it’s up to you. As for Hiero another great theme (I use it for one of my sites). Good Luck.

  6. I have been looking for a free WordPress theme with premium features for quite some time now and I got tired searching for one. I am glad I found Ocean WP.

    I clicked on the image of Ocean WP here in your recommendation and I truly love it’s simplicity, layout and features. I want to make use of it for one of my websites. I’m downloading it already. Thanks so much for this post

  7. I’m in search of a WordPress theme that allows customization of fonts into larget fonts that are readable or easy-to-read. And aside from big or large fonts, the content column should be narrow and not that kind of full-width where readers run their eyes from side to side, from left to right. With these said, which among these themes you have listed have these criteria that I have given here?

  8. With so many options that are available, it can be hard to select the 15 best free WordPress themes to expand on. I like the rationale and explanations that you have provided for each that you have listed, and agree with your analyses too. I have tried so many over the years, and starting with a free version makes too much sense.

    Later, if you find that you need more features or flexibility, most free versions have upgrades that you can purchase. My advice would be to start with the free and test them out first. I like that you also highlighted a wide variety of styles here too. There are people that are bloggers, store owners, agencies, and etc. 

    Each niche will want to have a look for their website that is unique and fitting with what they are doing. That is a big advantage I think with using WordPress. You are not starting from scratch. Do you use any of these themes for your websites? There are a couple that I am considering based on your review, thanks! 

    • Thank you for your comment, I agree start with the free version this way you get to “test drive” it without spending any money then upgrade when you feel comfortable with it. I did not stick to one theme as everyone has there own style and interests. Hiero is the theme I am using for my site. Good Luck.

  9. These themes are really beautiful. I usually like a theme that has sticky header, a logo on the header and a menu on it too. I love something really simple and clean but with really nice premium features that I can use for my music website. Any suggestion you can give me? I’m considering getting a premium theme if I don’t lay hold of a free one that has what I need.

    • Thank you for your comment, sticky header, a.k.a. fixed header, is a smart navigation tool that fixes the menu to the top of screen as the user scrolls down a page. OceanWP theme has that option for you. Good Luck.

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