Oct 02 2012

16 Free WordPress Themes Fresh From September 2012


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

1. Solio

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.

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2. Priimo

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.

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3. elegantWhite

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.

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4. Discussion

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.

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5. GamePress

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.

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6. Eureka

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.

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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.

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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.

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9. Leatherly

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.

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10. OnePager

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.

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11. Pytheas

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.

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12. Montezuma

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.

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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.

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14. Trendy

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.

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15. Convention

Convention is a theme with a minimal and modern design. It is translation ready and features post thumbnails as well as decent customization options.

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16. Keiran

Keiran is a simple and dark two-column blogging theme. It sports a huge header image, just in case you’re fond of one!

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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!


About the Author

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+.


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Comments and Discussions
  • Pavlushka, 03 October 2012

    Great collection but small ) Thanks anyway)

    • Dieter Petereit, 03 October 2012

      As far as I’m concerned, I only need ONE theme at a time. And if I find that among these 16, the article wouldn’t have had greater value to me if it had featured 60.

    • Sufyan, 05 October 2012

      The article features only the top free themes from the month of September. Shady themes apart, there were a bit over 20 free releases this month. 16 out of 20 isn’t too less. ;-)

  • Daniel Hollands, 05 October 2012

    I must be doing something wrong because I can’t figure out how to download the Clean Response theme. I’ve signed up (choosing the affiliate option), but that is about as far as I’ve been able to get.

  • Georgeanna Akerman, 10 October 2012

    Top post funny we all kinda know what we should be doing, but I have to admit after reading this post I realize that I have to gt a few things fixed … thanks!!

  • Venik4, 10 October 2012

    Clean Response is a classic bait-and-switch. It is not really free. You can only get it with a $99/year subscription to their “club”.

    • Flyer9, 16 October 2012

      They sure obfuscate it and require a registration, but the theme is available at no charge.

  • amul, 14 October 2012

    I have to say most if not all of these examples are BORING and simply rehashing what is already available. Now I understand they are free and I get that.

    BUT the lack of creativity and originality is striking.

    Apart from some nice details this is the same ol’ stuff… Maybe if these themes explored new css3 animation techniques or some other novel interactions I’d be impressed.

    But they are free.. so – You get what you pay for.

  • NewsBD71, 15 October 2012

    I m new in this web developing word, this information’s help me a lot.
    I’ll look forward to your new post’s.

  • Webster Hanchey, 26 October 2012

    A very good array of attractive themes, very diverse, and offering something for everyone. Great job and thanks.

  • Sayed Mohammad Ehsan, 26 October 2012

    Simply the Best Collection of WP theme.

    really elegant.

  • NGumuS, 29 October 2012

    Have a very good work. Thank you. I really like the theme of leatherly.

  • Alma, 30 October 2012

    You have presented some really nice themes. My favourite is the Photo theme. Thank you for collecting and presenting those nice themes

  • Andrew, 14 November 2012

    Thanks for a great fresh collection! Onepager and discussion themes look really interesting.

  • jogja, 19 November 2012

    Clean Response a very minimalist theme, I love it

  • Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes, 01 December 2012


  • SEO tips and tricks, 10 December 2012

    Although all the themes are good, but i like “GamePress” the most ..

  • Monica, 10 December 2012

    Great List…. Kept few on my list…
    but i really wanna share something…
    I used to buy Premium Themes…. i have 3 blogs running at present…
    I was looking for a theme for my website… was looking for some WordPress theme related to education.. and even my budget was tight…
    I browsed and reached http://sothemes.com/… and i was shocked…
    They were selling premium themes for just $1.00 each…. I bought 3 of them for just $3.00 yesterday… patched one and its working fine….
    Highly recommended… If anyone looking for any themes at a reasonable price…

  • Ben Schaefer, 15 December 2012

    Thanks so much! Definitely found what I needed for my personal site!

  • Toincororef, 12 March 2013

    Great List…. Kept few on my list…
    but i really wanna share something…
    I used to buy Premium Themes…. i have 3 blogs running at present…

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