As more website owners convert their website to the WordPress platform, it creates a need for more WordPress themes as well. After all, we wouldn’t want everyone’s website to look the same, would we? Last year I wrote about the best free WordPress themes of 2013, and while many of those are still great themes, we will be revisiting that topic in this article with a fresh batch of themes.
Below are the 10 best free WordPress themes of this year:
Garfunkel is a snazzy, responsive theme with a masonry layout. It has many features but the two most important ones are the support for retina/hi-res displays and infinite scroll. It also includes a full-screen background image which is a pretty big design trend right now.
Since it uses the masonry layout, it would best serve magazine or blog-style websites.
Alizee is another grid-based theme with a masonry layout. The main aesthetic difference between Alizee and Garfunkel theme is that Alizee looks more professional and formal. It is also in some ways a lot cleaner and easier to scan over each tile.
The main features include the header with parallax effect, choosing your own font from Google Webfonts, toggable sidebar, and social menu.
This is a theme designed by the WordPress creators, Automattic. Although it was primarily designed for personal bloggers, it could be used for bigger blogs or magazines as well.
As far as the design goes, Fictive looks very hip and colorful. The page titles use a wonderful slab serif font called “Bitter.”
Influence is a feature-rich responsive theme that comes with its own page builder. The biggest standout feature of this theme is the large slider on the homepage that also supports background videos. This is definitely a great theme for your business or portfolio website.
We cannot have a top 10 best themes list without including at least one clean and simple theme. That is where the Match theme comes in. This is a very elegant theme that could be used for various purposes such as weddings, photography, blogging, and so on.
Although some equate simple with bland, this is far from it. It is one of those themes where the photography and content are the focal point and the website is merely a platform for serving that content.
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Inkzine is a magazine-style theme that essentially turns your homepage into a CNN-style grid of articles. This is a great theme for blogs that have many categories which are updated often.
Inkzine is the perfect theme for that magazine blog that you are just starting out.
7. Zerif Lite
If you’re looking for a one-page theme, then this is the one. Zerif Lite is the free variation of the Zerif Pro theme which is a clean, responsive, and retina-ready one-page theme. If you outgrow the free version, you can always buy the Pro version for only $37.
Can’t have a top 10 list without one corporate theme either. Corpbiz is not too corporate where it feels like a template. It is actually quite clever and uses many elements that can be found in more casual designs.
This is a great theme for your business or portfolio website. Clean and professional, yet not too serious.
9. Convac Lite
Convac Lite is the modern blogger theme you have been looking for all this time. The header was designed to be big and beautiful with your picture centered in a circular shape.
The actual posts are very simple and borrow some elements from Metro design style, such as the squares that show the comment count, author pic, and other meta information about the blog post.
Perfetta is the only food-specific theme on this list. I try not to include themes that are obviously limited in niche and usage, but this one just had to be on this list.
Beside looking amazing, it can actually still be multipurpose. The theme supports a beautiful full-screen background image, which looks great when using an out-of-focus or blurry image as shown in the preview.
This is primarily a theme for blogs, but it can literally be used for any blog as long as you customize it.
As you can probably imagine, choosing 10 themes out of hundreds is not an easy task. I chose these based on my personal and professional experience and tried to put myself in position of many business owners and bloggers who are looking for themes for their websites.
What do you think about these themes? Are there any other themes you’d recommend? Post them in the comments below.
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