One of the greatest benefits of using WordPress is the ease with which you can customize the look and feel of your website. All it takes is a matter of few minutes, and woohoo, you’ve changed the appearance of your blog! Seriously, adding and removing themes in WordPress is way easier than in most other CMSs out there. Such ease of use, coupled with the popularity of WordPress itself, encourages developers to create more and more themes. In fact, WordPress has one of the most populated collections of themes as compared to any other CMS in its league. Furthermore, the best part about WP themes is that many of the good ones are absolutely free! In this article, we will take a look at some of the best free themes that were released in September 2012.
Free WP Themes: September 2012
Released by MediaLoot, Solio is a single-page portfolio theme. Crafted using HTML5 and CSS3, the theme features a filterable gallery and Lightbox viewer, thereby making it ideal for creative artists, photographers, designers and anyone who’d like to have a nifty portfolio website.
Priimo is a light-weight, clean and elegant theme for personal blogs. It features custom slide show, custom fonts, portfolio page template, multiple sidebars and an optional magazine layout.
elegantWhite is a super-clean and minimal theme with a modern design. The theme is translation ready and comes with custom menus in both header and footer. Furthermore, elegantWhite is also loaded with a responsive layout.
Discussion is a sophisticated theme with a rather colorful touch to it. It comes with a right sidebar, though you can also use its full width page template if needed. Plus, Discussion is also available in a Premium version, wherein you get additional features such as social media integration and support for right-to-Left languages.
GamePress is a WP theme for gamers. It comes in four different color schemes, and also provides you with custom widgets, two custom post types, widgetized footer as well as the well-known Nivo slider.
Eureka is a single column theme ideal for micro blogs. It has a customizable footer and supports all WordPress default post formats. Nothing much to brag about, but it can surely serve as a decent theme for a simple micro blog.
7. Luca’s Theme
Luca’s Theme is a responsive theme available for both WordPress and BuddyPress. It comes with a Nivo slider, custom templates for homepage as well as full width pages, a left sidebar template and a custom 404 error page template. The theme is based on Twitter’s Bootstrap.
8. Clean Response
In my opinion, Clean Response is by far the biggest free release of September 2012. It features 11 widgetized areas, two custom homepage layouts, fully responsive Flex slider, Google Fonts and many other features. Also, the theme is localization and translation ready.
Want a unique one-page website? Look no further than Leatherly! This theme shows your latest blog post, your photo stream and a part of your resume — ideal ingredients to impress your clients, right? You can show your skills and abilities as well as have a contact form at the end of the page. The theme also makes wise use of the sticky post feature in WordPress.
OnePager is another single-page theme primarily meant for users who wish to create an online portfolio. The theme is responsive and comes with an image slider and contact form.
Pytheas is the first theme in the newly started Explorer series of free WP themes. It has a minimal and responsive design and comes with portfolio custom post type. The theme also supports Yoast SEO breadcrumbs and has four widget regions in the footer.
Montezuma is a responsive theme meant for the advanced users of WordPress. You can use its virtual file system to edit and create templates online. The theme also supports Google Fonts and jQuery animations.
13. Photo Theme
As the name suggests, Photo Theme is meant for photographers and other artists who’d like to share their photos and images online. The theme has a responsive layout and comes with a mobile and tablet-friendly design.
Trendy is a simple theme with nothing much to talk about: it has a clean and simple design, might be a perfect fit for a personal blog.
Convention is a theme with a minimal and modern design. It is translation ready and features post thumbnails as well as decent customization options.
Keiran is a simple and dark two-column blogging theme. It sports a huge header image, just in case you’re fond of one!
With this, we come to the end of this round-up of free WordPress themes for the month of September 2012. Which of these themes is your favorite? Have your say in the comments below!
Sufyan bin Uzayr writes for various magazine and blogs, and has authored several books. He blogs about technology, Linux and open source, mobile, web design and development, typography, and Content Management Systems at Code Carbon. You can learn more about him, follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook and Google+.