WordPress Themes


100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

High-quality WordPress themes always come in handy. Whether you are looking for some design inspiration or professional coding solutions — in both cases you can learn a lot, you can apply them and you can build customized designs upon them without reinventing the wheel all the time.

In this article we present 100 free high-quality WordPress themes. Together with hundreds of other designs, these themes have been manually selected, installed and tested over the last weeks. They all can be downloaded, customized and used for free in both personal and commercial projects. Links to demo-versions provide a direct preview of a theme.

Please notice that the listed WordPress themes are presented in 8 sections: vibrant themes, simple & minimalistic themes, magazine style, grid-based, clean and legible, advanced, experimental, photoblog & videoblog.

You might also want to take a look at our previous selections:

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1. Vibrant WordPress Themes

FFF Lemon Twist (Demo and Download)

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Several3 [ Demo ]

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Adreu r2 [ Demo ]

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Blogging Pro Theme [ Demo ]

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DM-Bloodless [ Demo]

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Illacrimo [ Demo ]

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Elixir

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Insense [ Demo ]

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Zeke 1.0 [ Demo ]

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jsTheme
Comes with a number of themes.

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Smashing Theme [ Demo ]

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DarkRed [ Demo ]

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Gossip City [ Demo ]

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Resurrection

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Blue Steel

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River Run

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Yoghourt

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Midsight Red & Brown[ Demo ]
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Fluid Yellow Black

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xPlosive Reloaded [ Demo ]

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Red Stamp [ Demo ]

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Dilectio [ Demo ]

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Fauna

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dfMarine [ Demo ]

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Curved WordPress Theme [ Demo ]

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Accord WordPress Theme [ Demo ]

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2. Simple, Minimalistic Themes

iA

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Modicus 0.2

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Modern [ Demo ]

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Documentation [ Demo ]

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Jentri [ Demo ]

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miniBits [ Demo ]

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GIMP Style

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Dayvan Theme [ Demo ]

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Tree Theme [Demo ]

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DePo Clean WordPress Theme [ Demo ]

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BlueBird 1.0

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Balance

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Paisley [ Demo ]

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Autumn

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Brilliance [ Demo ]

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Pixelate

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Pockett [ Demo ]

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Artuell [ Demo ]

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Plane Jane

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Briny

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Elite

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Blue Moon

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3. Magazine Style WordPress Themes

WP Premium [ Demo ]

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Modicus Remix

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Morning After

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Futurosity Magazine [ Demo ]

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Structure WordPress Theme [ Demo ]

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Visionary WordPress Theme [ Demo ]

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WP Polaroid [ Demo ]

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Overstand Theme

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Jello Wala Mello WordPress Theme

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4. Grid-Based WordPress Themes

Gridline Lite [ Demo ]

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Refreshed: Grid Focus

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5. Calm, Clean and Legible Themes

Sharpfolio

Impressive WordPress Themes - Sharpfolio

Coldblue

Impressive WordPress Themes - Sharpfolio

Cubismo [ Demo ]

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Yomel [ Demo ]

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Lust WordPress Theme

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Abstractia [ Demo ]

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HemingwayEx [ Demo ]

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Blubbr

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Ayumi [ Demo ]

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Greenway 3C

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K2-U3 [ Demo ]

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OldLamp [ Demo ]

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Prima [ Demo ]

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ProSense

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Insan [ Demo ]

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Sakeena [ Demo ]

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Margot

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The Azure Hut

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Livegreen [ Demo ]

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Simpress [ Demo ]

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Glued Ideas: Subtle [ Demo ]

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Gluttony [ Demo ]

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6. Advanced WordPress Themes

ExtJS WordPress Theme

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Lounge2

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Prebuilt

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Neoclassical
A 3-column template system with rotating header images.

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7. Experimental Themes

Bonsai

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Trevilian Way

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BrainTied 1.0 [ Demo ]
The front page displays only the list of recent posts.

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Tropical Grunge [ Demo ]

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Aspire

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Isolated Theme [ Demo ]

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Supermini

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Fontella
The front page features only the main/recent post of the weblog.

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ASCII Themes

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Retro Mac OS X [ Demo ]

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8. Photoblog & Videoblog Themes

Tumblelog For WordPress [ Demo ]

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Nautilus

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Nishita [ Demo ]

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9. Sources and Further Resources

Source : http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/08/100-excellent-free-high-quality-wordpress-themes/

27 thoughts on “WordPress Themes

  1. Can somebody explain to me what Ajax means? It’s apparently very useful and quite importnat according to several posts, so excuse my ignorance

    • jax stands for “Asynchronous Javascript and XML”. Its a way for web browsers to request information from a web server in the background without reloading/refreshing a webpage”.

      Its quite cool and most of the updated modern websites make use of Ajax to make websites more interactive and user friendly.

      If you want to learn how to implement Ajax or get a basic tutorial on how to use it then w3schools.com has a pretty small and simple tutorial on how to implement Ajax here.

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