16 Free WordPress Themes Fresh From September 2012

October 2nd, 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!


Sufyan bin Uzayr writes for various magazine and blogs, and has authored several books. He is the guy behind Code Carbon. You can learn more about him or friend him on Facebook.

20 comments for „16 Free WordPress Themes Fresh From September 2012
  1. Pavlushka on October 3rd, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Great collection but small ) Thanks anyway)

    • Dieter Petereit on October 3rd, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      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 on October 5th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

      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. ;-)

  2. Daniel Hollands on October 5th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    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.

  3. Georgeanna Akerman on October 10th, 2012 at 8:39 am

    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!!

  4. Venik4 on October 10th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    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 on October 16th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

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

  5. amul on October 14th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    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.

  6. NewsBD71 on October 15th, 2012 at 11:00 am

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

  7. Webster Hanchey on October 26th, 2012 at 7:18 am

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

  8. Sayed Mohammad Ehsan on October 26th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Simply the Best Collection of WP theme.

    really elegant.

  9. NGumuS on October 29th, 2012 at 1:23 pm

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

  10. Alma on October 30th, 2012 at 11:28 pm

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

  11. Andrew on November 14th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

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

  12. jogja on November 19th, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Clean Response a very minimalist theme, I love it

  13. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes on December 1st, 2012 at 6:19 pm


  14. SEO tips and tricks on December 10th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

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

  15. Monica on December 10th, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    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… 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…

  16. Ben Schaefer on December 15th, 2012 at 8:24 pm

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

  17. Toincororef on March 12th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    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…