28+ Best Free Portfolio WordPress Themes of 2021

We have compiled an up to date collection of some of the best portfolio themes that are available on the web for free. The themes that we will present to you today can be used to showcase your creative work, photos, design, art, or other awesome projects. Portfolio WordPress themes are perfect to display a lot of content in a limited space, and I am confident that you and your visitors will like these themes. We hope you like and enjoy them as much as we are! Why not take some of these themes for a test-spin? Cheers!

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This theme seems to be more photograph orientated but can be used in whatever way you choose. This theme is also responsive meaning you site will look amazing on all devices. You can easily change the background and header with a click of a button, other features include social media icons, a widgetized footer and sidebar, and more.



Optimizer WordPress Theme

Optimizer as now been featured in serval of our collections and the more I test and review it the more new features I learn. Hands down Optimizer is the best most refine free muti-purpose theme on the market.

If you want to create an elegant website to showcase your portfolio, then Optimizer could be the theme for you.

Let’s have a look why:

  • it’s retina ready to help you display your work in a much higher quality.
  • You get five different post layout to ensure your story it the attention it deserves.
  • Super lightweight with a fast load time to give visitors a better experience.
  • Edit your website with the live customizer and see changes in real-time.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments bellow after you have tried it.



evolve free Theme

Let’s start with the best I found during my research for best free portfolio WordPress themes. Evolve will not cost you a single penny, and it offers compatibility for multiple niches. The package is also designed with responsive layout, which makes it viewable on any mobile device. The home page holds onto a slider, featured post category, and a beautiful collage area to showcase the work, i.e., the portfolio.

It totally supports the Apple’s Retina display, and the FontAwesome Icon pack inside looks great when the site is opened on a new generation iPad or iPhone. It offers 12 different widgets area with support for additional features like WPML, Google web fonts, social sharing buttons, Google Map integration, etc. In short, you’re getting a lot of stuff without paying anything and that too wrapped in an elegant looking design.

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Hatch WordPress theme

Let’s just say, Hatch is the best unique looking theme in this compilation, of course, according to me. You need to check its demo once, and I’m sure you’ll agree with the statement. It is perfect for art lovers like photographers, illustrators, designers or photobloggers. The package holds responsive layout, which is specially designed for iPad and iPhone along with other features like Settings page, custom background, custom header, and immaculate and elegant design. It also supports RTL language, microformats, active translation and threaded comments.

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Tint free business theme

This next choice is very simple, minimalistic, yet elegant enough to get a viewer addicted from the very first moment he/she runs the demo. The highlights of Tint includes: 

  • Support for lots of customization
  • The inclusion of different page templates
  • Shortcode generator
  • Contact form
  • Google Maps integration
  • Unlimited color schemes
  • Translation ready

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Adapt theme

WPExplorer is a well-known developer in the WordPress community, and Adapt is a free theme offering from the same. The package is regularly updated and also comes in a premium version. The Options Panel is available at the back, which makes the layout highly customizable. All common features required for this niche are offered along with a suitable design.

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The imbalance theme is a beautiful minimalist theme that works as a  blog or portfolio. It’s a very user-friendly layout that is easy to navigate, you only bad point I can say about this theme is that it’s not responsive. Which will not be an issue for many of you but with users browsing the web on various devices user experience is something to keep in mind.


Farben Basic

Farben Basic Free Theme

Farben is a very minimal theme that is designed using HTML5 norms. These features make it fully responsive, impressive in the design and very high performing package. It supports custom post formats and is built using Bootstrap 3 framework too. The package is also compatible with bbPress, BuddyPress, and WooCommerce plugins, making it a unique choice. You should check out its demo, and I’m sure you’ll love it.

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Enigma WordPress Theme

Enigma is a very popular theme on the WordPress’s catalog, and I’m sure you’re also going to find it likable. It is compatible to WooCommerce plugins that make it perfect for running a portfolio powered e-commerce website. The theme’s framework is powered by Bootstrap, which makes it further adorable and also secured.

Noteworthy features include:

  • Cross-browser compatibility
  • Retina ready resolution
  • Responsive layout
  • Custom widget for Flickr images
  • Custom menus, translation ready
  • Different color skins

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If you’re looking to power the portfolio website with BuddyPress integration, then consider using Make. It holds other features like total support for photo blogging, different column layout, support for widgets, translation ready, sticky post, flexible header, responsive layout, custom menu, etc. If you want, you can even make a post published with Editor’s choice tag.

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Svelte WordPress Theme

This is a theme designed to run on multiple devices and perfectly in case of mobile devices like modern smartphones and tablets. The code is well-written while making sure the package stays in minimal form. It can be used to either run a photography based website or a portfolio or even an entirely functional blog. It also comes with Theme Customizer, keyboard browsing shortcuts, featured slideshow, social integration, multiple language support and Retina display compatibility. SEO optimization and cross-browser compatibility are also taken care of.

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Widely WordPress template

Using this theme, you can either run a showcase for pictures you’ve taken or run a collage of work portfolio or even fun an entirely functional blog. In either case, everything looks super awesome, and you’re never going dislike any single part. The design is super simple and elegant enough to make it addictive too. It comes with additional features like custom Theme Panel, Shortcodes generator, page templates inclusion, Google maps integration, custom widgets, translation ready, etc. Seriously, you can’t get any better deal.

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mixfolio free portfolio theme

It showcases the photography work in the best possible quality in a grid layout. Together, the design comes out to be very impressive and good enough to make users happy. The features include translation support, RTL support, full-width template option, light themed design, one column option, custom menu, featured images, flexible header, and different post formats.

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Enclosed is the theme that offers complete control over the layout, which makes it highly customizable and favorable for this niche. It comes with basic features like responsive layout, unlimited colors to choose from, custom typography, custom Shortcodes, etc. The package also supports WooCommerce plugins to run a fully operational e-commerce store.

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Accesspress Lite

Accesspress theme

A homepage slider, custom menu, custom header, social integration, about section, events/news section, portfolio lookout, etc., are all part of the first screen. All these features make this particular theme perfect for running a business profile along with showcasing the work portfolio. It is totally SEO friendly and support RTL and active translation. The slider at the top is full-width one.

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Shaken Grid (Lite)

Shaken and Stirred wp Theme

Two different color schemes, gallery layout in grid format, enhanced cross-browser support, Options Panel, widgetized sidebar, and an option to choose either free or premium version. These are the highlights of Shaken Grid theme and it focuses on showcasing the work portfolio in a best possible way.

Analytical Lite

Analytical Lite theme

If you wanted to show off your artwork then, you might wish to consider this theme. You can set big beautiful images to grab your visitors attention the moment they land on your site. If you are a photographer or design and wanting a free template to showcase your work, then Analytical could be your solution. This the is also retina ready meaning your visitors can experience your site in a higher quality.



eStudeo WP Theme

eStudeo is a beautiful and elegant free WordPress theme from WPCrunchy. It’s designed with responsive design and is perfect to showcase and display photos, portfolios or galleries.




Slider Portfolio WordPress Theme

The slider is a free portfolio WordPress theme from Dessign.net. This is a great looking responsive WordPress theme that is perfect to showcase photos, galleries and portfolios.



Gallery Portfolio WordPress Theme

Gallery is a beautiful free gallery and portfolio WordPress theme from UpThemes. Showcase your best and creative content in style with this theme.




Artifex is a brand new WordPress theme in portfolio style from Themes4all. This is a beautifully designed theme that is perfect for all creative users to display and showcase photos, art, work or other inspiring content. Maybe you’re a photographer or a designer who wants to beautify your website? Artifex is the perfect alternative. The design is easy and clean with a lot of white space which means that your content is in focus in a stylish way.

Artifex comes packed with great features and options such as responsive design making the theme will adapt and scale to look perfect on any devices. It includes a theme options panel, custom widgets, post formats, shortcodes, custom styles, ready for translation and much more. Artifex is simply an elegant portfolio and gallery theme with an amazingly low price. This is an excellent choice of WordPress theme.



Fancier Free Portfolio WordPress Theme

Fancier is a beautiful portfolio WordPress themes from WPMole. This is a great blogging and showcase theme. Use this free WordPress theme to show off and promote photos, design, art or other related content. Fancier is a cool theme with a dark and great look. It comes with four columns, so it is easy to showcase a lot of content in a limited space. The theme features a responsive and adaptable design, meaning your website will scale and adapt to fit in any screen from small mobile phones, tablets to desktop screens. Fancier Includes theme options, custom menus, widgets, etc. Thinking promotion and showcase? Think Fancier!



Stendhal WordPress Theme

Stendhal is a free portfolio and business WordPress theme from Your Inspiration Themes. This theme comes with a lot of portfolio features and unlimited design options.



Ilisa WordPress Theme

ilisa is a free WordPress theme with an elegant look. You can use this theme as a personal portfolio or a business website. It comes with a responsive layout perfect for mobile devices.



Ice Fresh WordPress Theme

Ice Fresh is a beautiful free WordPress theme from WPEden. This is an elegant multipurpose theme using Twitter Bootstrap. Showcase you creative content with this responsive theme.



Luminus is a Free WordPress Theme

Luminus is a beautiful and great looking free WordPress theme from WPEden. This is a fully responsive theme meaning it will look perfect on any devices. It is built with the twitter bootstrap framework and comes with features such as extensive theme options, responsive design, 3-page templates and much more.



Panoramica Portfolio WordPress Theme

Panoramica is a powerful, flexible and excellent free WordPress theme from CPOThemes. It’s a theme with a fully fluid layout so it will look perfect on any screen. Panoramica is suitable for photo and portfolio websites and can display a cool slideshow in every portfolio item. This is a portfolio WordPress theme that includes features such as theme options panel, flexible homepage slider, portfolio items, micro homepage features, contact form template, GPL license and much more.



Element Portfolio WordPress Theme

Element is a free portfolio WordPress theme from Okay Themes. This is an elegant theme perfect for everybody that want to showcase and show off their best work, photos, products or other related content in style. Element will give your website a boost and present your content the best way possible. The theme comes with features such as theme options, custom post styles, GPL license, Quicksand sorting, featured images plus much more.


Editorial Staff

Editorial Staff at 85ideas is a team of WordPress experts led by Brian Harris. Here to share amazing tuts, guides and collections.

  • Frankytrav
    Posted at 20:51h, 24 November Reply

    Really enjoyed your choices mate – not the same old warawara from “top 20 this and that” as with most other posts. 2 Pointers: Seems like ‘Reslig’ has gone out of business (no active links) and ‘Analyitcal Lite’ isn’t free anymore….
    Pity – I really liked the look of both.

    • 85ideas
      Posted at 22:09h, 26 November Reply

      Thank you for stopping by and for pointing out that Reslig theme is gone out of business, I will have it removed it now. You are still able to download the Analyitcal lite theme here: http://wordpress.org/themes/analytical-lite, the download link is also on sketchthemes sales page but a bit further down.

  • A H M Shahnur Alam
    Posted at 02:49h, 07 September Reply

    Thanks for featuring Luminus and IceFresh

  • kate sheren
    Posted at 05:39h, 08 February Reply

    Last couple of months i have been changing my site’s theme every week and i am still not satisfied, something is always missing. I think I saw here a theme or too that might finally be perfect for me. I will update soon enough.

  • axisway
    Posted at 10:45h, 28 March Reply

    Wow! Slider Theme is nice! Thanks for this collection. We launched new wordpress theme 2016 Alphabet that can be used as portfolio website. Please take a look on it!

  • Sammy the Bull
    Posted at 21:44h, 20 July Reply

    these are old! why not update your list?

    • Editorial Staff
      Posted at 17:52h, 22 July Reply

      Great suggestion :). Any you care to have in the list?

  • Mark Henry
    Posted at 05:29h, 03 July Reply

    Nice post! Thank you very much for your great recommendation. I will try them out.

    I also want to suggest you one more free portfolio related WP theme called Probit.

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