10+ High-Quality Free WordPress Themes
I often create simple Web sites and in most cases I use WordPress as a CMS (content management system). If the customer does not need something very special and unique, I prefer to use proven free WordPress themes or paid themes from Theme Forest (if I have non-zero budget). This works well for small Web sites, saves time and money, makes the customers happy and the support later is straightforward. WordPress does its job well. It is great for building small Web sites and blogs and it is SEO-friendly (after very few customizations) and has a lot of plugins and extensions, including reliable spam protection (thanks to Akismet).
Free WordPress Themes?
Finding a high-quality WordPress theme with a modern Web design, HTML5, customizable, without major bugs and well working is not so easy like many may initially assume. The are thousands free WordPress themes at WordPess.org themes directory but to be honest 99% of them are bull shit.
Collecting High-Quality Free WordPress Themes
I have a nice habit: collecting good free WordPress themes. In my daily work if occasionally I some Web site with a good WordPress theme catches my eyes, I check its and its theme. If the site is WordPress based and it theme is free, I collect the theme name and its download URL. I do this because due to marketing, spam and SEO, it is hard to find really free and really high-quality WordPress themes on the Web. Most sites advertise a theme as free and high-quality, but the reality is different.
How Do I Check If Certain WordPress Theme is Free?
Just click [Ctrl+U] (view page source) and then [Ctrl+F] (find text) an search for “wp-content/themes” or just “themes/”, then see the name of the theme, e.g. “snowblind”. Once you know the theme name, find the theme site in Google (e.g. search for “snowblind theme wordpress”). At the theme Web site check whether it is free and optionally try to download, install and test it.
High-Quality Free WordPress Themes – My Favorites
After few months I came to the following 10 free high-quality WordPress themes which are my favorites:
- Snowblind – http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/snowblind
- Ashford – http://ashford.turtleinteractive.com
- Natura – http://newwpthemes.com/natura-free-wordpress-theme
- ZBench – http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/zbench
- Bueno – http://www.woothemes.com/2009/11/bueno
- IFeature – http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/ifeature
- Skeleton – http://demos.simplethemes.com/skeleton
- iTheme2 – http://themify.me/themes/itheme2
- Busby – http://wplift.com/themes/busby
- Boldy – http://wordpress.site5.net/boldy (does not work with Bulgarian content)
New nice free WordPress themes I found after the original publication of this blog post
- Famous – http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/famous
- LANDA – http://newwpthemes.com/landa-free-wordpress-theme/
- Montezuma – http://wordpress.org/themes/montezuma
Happy wordpressing … and if you need some day a really good free WordPress theme, check the list above. Also feels free to share your favorites in the comments below.