14 Sep 37+ Impressive Free WordPress Themes: The Best of 2016
Free WordPress themes! Lately, there has been a lot of free theme releases which is fun. WordPress Themes Directory has put the pedal to the metal and released a ton of new and exciting WordPress themes for all kinds of niches. We have put together a list of the most impressive free WordPress themes that we hope you like and can use on your blogs. All themes are licensed under the GPL license, so you can modify, make changes and customize the themes all you want. Great, right?
Since the start of WordPress there as being great talk about free themes that was the norm. And there are many collections out there on this topic but I would like to show some of the best free responsive WordPress themes of 2016 which all works with the latest version of WP 4.0.
If you feel that we have missed any templates that is creative and as the wow factor, then let us know in the comments below.
More free collection:
- Best Free Quality WordPress Magazine News Themes
- Best Free Responsive Business WordPress Themes
- Best Free eCommerce WordPress Themes
Pixova lite as already been crowned the best free one page theme of 2015 by the 85ideas readers which is impressive considering what’s available on the market. I will tell you off the bat that I am not planning on saying much about this the because I want you to go check it out yourself. It’s free to us and if you don;t agree with our readers just hit that uninstall button.
We have seen lots of incredible themes released this year and what makes a theme stand out is the attention to details which Pixova as a lot of. This can be seen throughout the site, one of my favourite feature of Pixova is the parallax scrolling effect which entices me to keep scrolling.
Let’s have a look at few highlights:
- Project spotlight to display your latest creations.
- Contact form integration so your users can contact you.
- Elegantly designed blog and post page which is sometimes overlooked by theme developers.
Created by the fine guys at 85ideas, WooShop is undoubtedly the best free eCommorce store of this year. This theme is modern sleek and responsive to ensure your visitors can have a seamless experience on the device they are using. We have not overlooked the small details of this template to make sure you give the best first impression. The highlight of WooShop is the predefined header area, social icons, custom category area and much more. If you have plans for selling online and don’t want to splash out huge amounts, then WooShop is your solution.
Mag the theme
Some of our past themes have been download well over 250,000 times and to add to that number we have created to Mag, which we hope you will love and use to create something amazing. Mag as the name suggest a magazine oriented theme suitable for most niches. This template comes responsive to help future proof your site, and we will continue to add more features.
GeneratePress is an amazing theme to consider if you are looking for a free template that comes translation ready and fast loading. My first impression of this theme was that it’s pretty basic but once you start messing with the live WordPress customizer option. Then you can create something amazing that is modern and sleek anything from an eCommerce store to a blog or business website. The highlights of GeneratePress are:
- Super lightweight
- SEO ready
- Edit your site live
- WooCommerce compatible
- BuddyPress compatible
- Various sidebar layout
That’s a lot of features on such a lightweight theme; I urge you to check it out.[promoted]
If you have a portfolio of any sort then Creative as to be the best option to showcase your work online. What makes this theme for me personal is the attention to detail that isn’t often this good in a free template. To see what I mean, I urge you to check out the demo and hover over the menu and images to see for yourselves. With the beautiful big slider, you can use it to draw users attention to your best work to date. The only negative I can say about Creative is that the actual portfolio page looks a little plain in comparison to the homepage. [promoted]
Shopisle is a great theme for those wanting to sell their products online.You not only get a beautiful big slider image, but you also have the option to increase conversion with a further three image below the slider. Other highlights include an interactive featured product carousel intrigue users. The blog section is not bad at all, I have seen a lot of free eCommerce theme that looks great but then the blog section lets the theme down.
Looking for something different? Why not check out Franklin another awesome WordPress template with a difference. The attention to detail on the template is exceptional from the colour scheme to the font and layout.
In 2016, in my opinion, it is all about standing out so that your readers as something to remember you from other than your content.
- You get the main menu area and top menu area to avoid clutter and overwhelm your readers.
- Other highlights include the elegantly presented feature section area.
If you are looking for a premium like theme, then Optimizer is what you are looking for. The attention to detail on this theme is incredible unless someone put your site in a Theme checker no on would ever know that it’s a free theme. The guys behind Optimizer does offer a paid version with more features.
The highlights on this theme for me is the custom Google fonts included and social share integrated as standard.
But what really set Optimizer apart from all the other themes mentioned here and around the web is the live editing experience.
Parallax One is a cross-browser friendly template to help give your readers a seamless experience across browsers. This theme as been featured in several of our theme collections and will continue to be popular through this year and 2016. We know that being unique is important, and Parallax One gives you unlimited color variation to suit your brands needs. The theme options is newbie friendly to have you up and running within minutes.
Time theme is a minimalistic template that in my opinion is more suited for photographers. This template is all about big images that look stunning on a desktop and mobile devices. If you are looking for a personal blog theme, then you should also consider Time.
c Lite is one of the most downloaded free themes on the WordPress.org catalog, and there will be no surprise in accepting this fact once you check its demo. First of all, it looks great and can be used to run an agency website and even an entirely functional blog. The design is flat with the responsive and clean layout. The compatibility for WPML, RTL, Retina display, SEO, and WooCommerce are all packed inside too.
The home page consists of parallax scrolling effects, which makes the theme look so great. It can be used to run a business, personal portfolio website or even to showcase your photography work. The number of total downloads till now are closing to reach the one million mark.
Colorlib developer is known for offering free and impressive WordPress themes since years, and so there is no surprise that my first recommendation is from their collection. Sparkling is the name that comes with flat design and is compatible to run either an e-commerce website or a simple web blog. The theme really looks simple yet elegant and also hold to a full-size slider on the top.
It comes with additional features like WooCommerce compatibility, translation ready, plugin support, unlimited color options, proper documentation, font awesome icons, infinite scroll, Retina ready, and responsive layout. Yes, you don’t have to pay for this package.
If you prefer settling for a grid styled user interface, then Inkness theme should be your choice. It is available for free and loads up very fast. That’s because of very limited things in its catalog. It offers multiple page layout options to choose from with options to configure sidebar location and footer widgets. Powerful yet easy to use Admin panel is also offered at the Dashboard.
This is another theme from Colorlib library, and it offers all basic features Sparkling in my compilation. But, the design layout is unique. In fact, this theme can be used to run a website for any business or agency. With full-width image slide at the home page, everything looks great. Yes, it’s responsive and works perfectly on mobile devices.
This theme comes with HTML5 design elements which makes it updated with the 2015 web design trend and also simple to look. It offers a Theme Options at the Dashboard which can help you put any sort of customization like adjusting site width, page layout, background, and many more. It is also built using SASS, Compass and Bootstrap frameworks which make it further better. It also holds compatibility for bbPress and BuddyPress tools.
Enigma is a WooCommerce ready theme that is perfect for running a portfolio of a freelancer or even an agency. It is built over Bootstrap framework that makes it 2015 trendy and also secured. Its feature list comprises of Retina-ready layout, cross-browser support, five available widgets, the custom widget for Flickr, powerful options panel, translation ready and many more.
Prana should be your choice if you’re looking for a perfectly SEO optimized theme that also happens to have very high performance, i.e., lighting fast page load time. It looks very simple and basic at the demo, but the right customization can make it look perfect for any blog.
Ideal for those wanting a to create a personal or corporate blog. This theme is also responsive meaning your site will look great on all devices. If you love Tumblr, then you will love this classic Tumblr style theme that is very popular among food bloggers.
Lola is the theme from the 99Theme package that is available for free and is strictly designed to run a blog, which is independent of niche. It comes with all basic features like responsive layout, two column sidebar, custom background, featured image, customizer, header image, different post formats, custom Menu, and option to set different background color and images. In short, it offers the whole package.
Moving ahead with the trend of flat design in 2015, FlatOn is the free option you can try. You shouldn’t mistake this theme for a real estate niche, rather it is simply available to run any sort of blog. Responsive layout is offered along with support for various SASS stylesheets.
It’s a single page theme (multiple pages can be created) offering unique, simple and extremely elegant design. Everything looks crystal clear, and it is perfect to create a site for a small agency or freelancer. The package is built over Twitter’s powerful Bootstrap framework that makes it better at performance and security tabs. It also holds drag and drop homepage builder, responsive design layout, Font Awesome 4.0.3, three-page templates, portfolio post types, and dedicated Options Panel.
This one offers a Windows 8’s metro style inspired layout that looks pretty awesome. If you wish to run a blog on any niche and looking for a theme with the same layout, then consider choosing Metro CreativeX. Most of the parts of the theme are coded using HTML5 and CSS3, which makes it updated with the 2015 trend.
My last recommendation is for the business owners who are dealing in the real estate or construction niche. This theme is perfect to showcase your work and run it as a portfolio. It offers high-resolution layout and yet a minimal design approach. It definitely looks modern and can be used for other business niches as well.
Anarcho Notepad Free WordPress Theme
Anarcho Notepad is a beautiful and free WordPress theme designed for personal blogs and diaries. It is a beautifully designed theme with a personal and inspiring look. Anarcho Notepad can be easily customized. The theme comes with the latest HTML 5, CSS3, and WordPress native functions so you can easily create an awesome and elegant website that your visitors and readers will love. If you are looking for a creative and cool free WordPress theme for your blog, then Anarcho Notepad is a theme for you. Awesomeness..
Doke Doke Free WordPress Theme
Doke Doke is a beautiful free WordPress theme from the designer LuisZuno. This is a creative and elegant theme perfect to showcase and promote your work, portfolio or other great content. It can be used for all kind of blogs and websites. Doke Doke comes with an exceptional look and design. It featuring a responsive layout meaning the theme will scale and adapt to look perfect in any devices from mobile phones, tablets to desktop screens. Doke Doke includes custom menus, blog section, portfolio filtering, widgets, GPL license and much more. This is an awesome and creative free WordPress theme from LuisZuno.
Fundler Free WordPress Theme
Fundler is a stunning free crowdfunding WordPress theme from MandLoys. This is an elegant and beautiful theme with a unique design and look. Fundler is created for people that want to create a crowdfunding site in just a couple of minutes. The theme uses the free Crowdfunding by Astoundify WordPress plugin. Fundler comes jam-packed with great and useful features and options so you can modify, tweak and customize the theme to create an awesome online presence. It includes features such as Responsive layout, multiple homepage layouts, unlimited color schemes, Social media integration, GPL license, etc.
My Contrastica Free Creative WordPress Theme
My Contrastica is an elegant free creative WordPress theme designed by myThem.es. This is a great looking theme that comes with two versions. You can use the “Under Construction” version when building your website. When finish you can use the beautiful blog version to present your content in an attractive and organized manner? My Contrastica includes great features such as Custom Background images and colors, under construction templates, additional widgets, Google FeedBurner newsletter and much more. This is a great and flexible free WordPress theme from myThem.es
ShprinkOne Free Masonry WordPress Theme
ShprinkOne is a great free masonry WordPress theme from Julien Renaux. The theme comes with the responsive design so it will work perfectly on any screen such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. ShprinkOne is a theme suitable for presenting articles and images in a stylish way. The theme includes features such as homepage slideshow, theme customization (select your style from 10+ free themes), layout customization. That’s not all you also get posts as pins(Pinterest like) using Masonry, infinite scroll, Font Awesome icon library(249 icons) and much more.