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20+ Free WordPress Themes to Start the Year With (January 2016)

January 7th, 2016

Let me welcome you to the first issue of our monthly themes roundup for 2016 – the January edition. I hope you’ve had an excellent special season and switched years comfortably. Now is the time to start anew. What have you promised yourself to change this year? If the design of your WordPress website is among these promises, look no further. We have the freshest WordPress designs of the net for you.

20+ Free WordPress Themes to Start the Year With (January 2016)

These Fresh Free WordPress Themes Want to Make Your Site Strive

All these themes are free though some may have commercial variants available or require registration.

Cosimo: Blogging & Portfolio WordPress Theme

Cosimo: Blogging & Portfolio WordPress Theme

Creator: CrestaProject
Features: Grid posts layout, single-column layout, pagination, full-width header, hover zooming/twirling effect, social icons in the footer.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPL)

Popper: Accessibility & Mobile Friendly WordPress Theme

Popper: Accessibility & Mobile Friendly WordPress Theme

Creator: Morten Rand-Hendriksen
Features: Design focused on accessibility, mobile friendliness, and touch capabilities, customizable page icon and header with colors and background images
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

Kotha: Clean Responsive WordPress Theme

Kotha: Clean Responsive WordPress Theme

Creator: ShapedTheme
Features: Retina ready, responsive design, contact form 7, two blog layouts, right sidebar and full width, customizable color schemes.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPL)

BlogSixteen: Free Blogging WordPress Theme

BlogSixteen: Free Blogging WordPress Theme

Creator: Marcus Tisäter
Features: Clean style layout, a sidebar menu with thin line-edged boxes, easy installation, infinite scroll, supports CarouselOwl 2.0 and contact form 7.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

Politics-ready WordPress Theme

Politics-ready WordPress Theme

Creator: Rescue Themes
Features: Multiple widgetized areas, custom home page template, home slider, logo image upload, footer copyright text, sitewide accent color, developer friendly.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

Realistic: Material Design WordPress Theme

Realistic: Material Design WordPress Theme

Creator: Themient
Features: Responsive, six color schemes, custom sidebar positions, 40 pattern backgrounds, material font icons, five custom widgets, custom 404 page, ripple effect.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

Amadeus: Music Related WordPress Theme

Amadeus: Music Related WordPress Theme

Creator: ThemeIsle
Features: Responsive, Parallax effect, hover effects and overlayers over images, animated smooth scrolling, top navigation bar retractile to the menu when in smaller screens.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

Unit: Clean Blogging WordPress Theme

Unit: Clean Blogging WordPress Theme

Creator: Ben Sibley
Features: Responsive, clean style, a retractile top bar for typical sidebar content, several pages, single column container, medium size thumbnails.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

Anaglyph Lite: Clean Multipurpose WordPress Theme

Anaglyph Lite: Clean Multipurpose WordPress Theme

Creator: Fruitful Code
Features: Fully responsive options, Bootstrap responsive, smooth scrolling, a clean blog with fading effects, several eCommerce features, organized documentation.
License: Free for personal use

West: Agency Home Page WordPress Theme

West: Agency Home Page WordPress Theme

Creator: aThemes
Features: Flat style, six different home pages, hover effects, parallax and sliding in effects, circle framed solid icons.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPL v3.0)

Opportune: Clean & Responsive Multipurpose WordPress Theme

Opportune: Clean &responsive Multipurpose WordPress Theme

Creator: Shaped Pixels
Features: Responsive layout, multipurpose, clean style, six blog page layouts, several shortcodes, integrated gallery, several post formats.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPL)

Hallooou: Multipurpose HTML5 Responsive Template

Hallooou: Multipurpose HTML5 Responsive Template

Creator: W3 Layouts
Features: One-page layout, flat style, hover and loading CSS effects, dynamic counters, embedded full-width map container, sticky top bar, full-screen overlayer menu.
License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 unported

Curated Bundle of Parallax WordPress Themes

Curated Bundle of Parallax WordPress Themes

Creator: ByPeople
Features: 30 different themes featuring parallax effects, one-click bundle download, suggest, comment, flag, and share options.
License: Free for personal use

Tomatoo: Restaurant WordPress Theme

Tomatoo: Restaurant WordPress Theme

Creator: ThemeShock
Features: Responsive layout, customizable header slider, food shape patterns as background, fancy social icons, customizable footer, sidebars, grid layout and logo.
License: Free for personal use

SocialMag: Social Blogging WordPress Themes

SocialMag: Social Blogging WordPress Themes

Creator: Freewptheme
Features: Multi-page, built-in options page, responsive design, featured posts slider, WooCommerce ready, seven custom widgets, translation-ready.
License: Free for personal use

Activello: Simple Multipurpose Blogging WordPress Theme

Activello: Simple Multipurpose Blogging WordPress Theme

Creator: Colorlib
Features: Mult-page, posts section, and right sidebar layout across pages, wide header slider, hover effects over thumbnails, clean style.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv3)

PressNews: Magazine WordPress Theme

PressNews: Magazine WordPress Theme

Creator: Themes4wp
Features: Multi-page, post slider header, hover effects, intercalated images and content in single column posts layout, pagination, right sidebar.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

Lightning: Bootstrap Based WordPress Theme

Lightning: Bootstrap Based WordPress Theme

Creator: Vektor Inc
Features: Multi-page layout, clean style, full-width automatic slider, single column home and right sidebar sections across its pages.
License: Free for personal use

Simple East: Clean & Flat Blogging WordPressTheme

Simple East: Clean & Flat Blogging WordPressTheme

Creator: NavThemes
Features: Multi-page layout, clean style with flat elements, single column boxed posts section, right side widgets, regular pagination, dark schemed footer.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

BlogMaster: Blogging WordPress Theme

BlogMaster: Blogging WordPress Theme

Creator: Themes4wp
Features: Multi-page layout, clean style, thumbnail slider header, static right sidebar, hover effects, standard pagination, single column post section.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

Coni: Multipurpose Clean WordPress Theme

Coni: Multipurpose Clean WordPress Theme

Creator: QuemaLabs
Features: Full-width one-page layout, clean style, quote lightbox slider, lazy load, sections, non-sticky top navigation bar, line icons.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

IndiBiz: Multipage Simple WordPress Theme

IndiBiz: Multipage Simple WordPress Theme

Creator: InfoTuts
Features: Multipage layout, clean style, minimal icons, sticky top navigation bar across and along pages, single column home page.
License: free for personal and commercial use (GPLv2)

If you want more free and still fresh themes check out our collection of last month. Which one is your favorite?

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Andrew
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5 months 13 days ago

Thank you for compiling this list! Probably clients with smaller budget can opt for some of these themes.. However need to look out if the theme creator will keep it updated in the future.. Cheers Juan! :)

Kate Sheren
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4 months 21 days ago

I am still not satisfied with my current theme, something is always missing. I think I saw here a theme or too that might finally be perfect for me. I will update soon enough.

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