On the popular WordPress platform, more than 100,000 blogs are created everyday (that’s a lot of blogs!). Unfortunately, the themes WordPress provides by default don’t do the platform justice. This can prove problematic as a visitor’s first impression of your website ends up being lukewarm at best, as nothing about your site makes it stand out from the rest.
Developing a theme from scratch can also be time-consuming. To give designers an adequate shortcut, we provided a quality list of 25+ free WordPress templates to alter, code, and customize to their hearts’ content.
The themes gathered below supply much inspiration and a foundation to build your future web design projects. From bold and creative to simple and fluid, this collection of quality themes incorporate a wide range of responsive styles.
Now without further ado, let’s introduce the top themes for designers to use!
Attitude is a retina-optimized theme that allows for deep custom CSS and 11 social media icons. This theme is also compatible with some of the most popular WordPress plugins like WP-PageNavi and Contact Form 7.
Ato is a visually engaging theme, supporting all WordPress post types. The theme is especially functional as a one-pager blog design.
BigFoot is a bold theme tailored to creatives. Use this SEO and mobile-optimized theme for your portfolio showcase and e-commerce platform.
The Bearded theme is a sharp template built with CSS3 and HTML5. Crisp, stylish, and quick, it is perfect for those with a fondness for fluid animations in their templates.
A excellently fluid and flexible theme across all devices, the Best theme houses custom layouts and multiple theming options.
Are you interested in a theme with razor-sharp text and can handle crisp images? BizNez is a worthy template offering a myriad of customizable options.
With four columns to showcase your features and multi-browser compatibility, Business Grow offers a compelling, slick design to utilize to the fullest. Designers can also import gallery images for a clean effect on their website display.
Another responsive design, Customizr is built to be flexible and fluid. With slider generation and widget-ready infrastructure, this theme is a first-rate option for designers.
Eden Fresh is refreshing indeed! This stylish template is perfect for a designer’s portfolio sites and optimizes for major smartphones and tablets.
The Grid theme offers infinite scroll capability, in addition to menus and search engine optimization. This theme allows you to nicely showcase your imagination in style.
The Final Element theme is minimalist in style but elegant in design. Small businesses will find its pricing page format very helpful, as well as its other customizable page formats.
Fruitful is a 960-pixel responsive theme with menu styling, several post formats, and jQuery slider. If your design team is looking for something effortlessly minimalist, test out this useful theme.
The Marla theme is a cascading design, similar to Pinterest. This responsive design fits well with a multitude of usable devices.
A smart site design for photographers, the Lensa theme puts your work front-and-center. Lensa’s social media integration allows it to connect to Flickr, Instagram, and Picasa in order to instantly display your photos.
Lobster is another theme built with the Twitter Bootstrap front-end framework. The Lobster theme takes full advantage of the mobile capabilities of Bootstrap, making it look crisp and clear to users.
This is a perfectly optimized theme across all desktops and mobile devices. With a simple design scheme, the Responsive theme should be a breeze to customize.
Serene is ideal for blogging and presents an elegant design. The customization possibilities are endless, offering a freedom designers will love.
The Simple Dark design gives superb configurable theme options. It will fit perfectly with your next design project!
Post contains a special multi-level dropdown interface with SEO-optimized code. The theme also include three layouts for the custom slider and two layouts for blog pages.
Quora is a free premium theme that sports a neat design scheme. The jQuery slider is the main attraction, as you can select to display featured images from a chosen blog category.
Created from Twitter Bootstrap, Tonic includes bold text, rounded images, and more. Your handheld devices will benefit greatly from the ease of rendering this theme.
Touchfolio is a mobile-focused site design created for photographers and designers. The theme has many structural similarities to Twitter Bootstrap, allowing for efficient code customization.
Vantage is a modern responsive theme complete with strong integration and high quality plugins, such as PageBuilder and WooCommerce.
The WP Jurist is a responsive theme specifically made for professional firms. It comes with formatted staff profiles and individual pages for each staff member.
Xerxes is another eye-catching photography theme. This format contains robust blogging format support, coming widget-ready right out of the gate.
Do you know of other WordPress design templates that you would like to see recognized? Let us know in the comments below so we can add them to the list!