Dec 31 2012

Best Of 2012: 50 Free WordPress Themes


We have come to the end of 2012, and a new year is knocking or has already arrived in some areas of the world. High time for this article. Each year, hundreds of amazing free WordPress themes are released: the good, the bad and the ugly. Naturally, 2012 wasn’t an exception. WordPress lovers received numerous free themes for their blogs and websites.


In this round-up, we enlist 50 awesome free themes for self-hosted WordPress sites.

The Best 50 Free WordPress Themes From 2012

Note: In order to view the Demo and Download URLs for any given theme, click on that particular theme’s screenshot in this gallery.

Description of Theme Features

Salient features of each theme:

Theme Name GenreResponsiveLocalization Custom ElementsUSP
 Ascetica Portfolio Yes Yes Custom page templates Hybrid Core framework
 AzSimple Blog No No NilBxSlider
 Bello Blog No No Post types NA
 Clean Retina Blog, CorporateYes Yes 9 homepage layouts, 5 post layouts, Gallery post type Retina-ready
 Best Magazine Yes Yes Shortcodes, page templates NA
 Buttercream Blog Yes Yes Nil NA
 Delicacy Blog No No Meta boxes, widgets NA
 Codium Extend Blog Yes Yes (French and Russian included) Nil NA
 Digifoto Portfolio NoNo Custom sliders, widgets, contact forms, portfolio template Part of WP Business Bundle Free edition
 Elegant Photography Portfolio, Photoblog Yes Yes Page templates, photo galleries NA
 Glider Blog Yes No Nil Uses jQuery’s .load() function, no images
 Grid Portfolio Yes Yes Nil Infinite scroll
 Gridly PortfolioYes No Nil jQuery masonry
 Hatch Portfolio Yes Yes NilHybrid Core framework
 LaunchTumblog No Yes Widgets, post formats, page templates NA
Leatherly Single-page Yes YesCustom Shortcodes NA
 Lugada Blog Yes No Nil NA
 Launcher Placeholder Yes No Twitter box NA
 Meeta Blog Yes Yes Page templates, widgets NA
 OrigamiBlog,  Portfolio Yes No Nil NA
 Nomad Portfolio No No Nil NA
 Origin Blog Yes Yes Nil Hybrid Core framework
 Oxygen Magazine Yes Yes Custom homepage template Hybrid Core framework
 Orion Portfolio, Magazine Yes No Custom widgets Skeleton framework
 Panoramica Portfolio Yes No Custom page templates NA
 Photolistic Photoblog No No Nil NA
 Pilot Fish Portfolio Yes Yes (Japanese and Spanish included) Portfolio post type NA
 Photo Photoblog Yes Yes Nil Homepage slider using Soliloquy
 Responsive Corporate, Multipurpose Yes (obviously) Yes 9 custom templates Retina-ready
 Respo Blog, Magazine Yes Yes 41 custom fonts, 3 widgets, shortcode generator, page templates NA
 Prospect Corporate No No Custom slider, contact forms Part of WP Business Bundle Free edition
 silverOrchid Magazine No No Custom page templates, widgets NA
 Shutterloop Photoblog Yes Yes Customizable homepage NA
 Shortnotes Tumblog Yes Yes Custom post formats NA
 Solio Single-page No No Portfolio items NA
 Simple Grid Portfolio Yes No Nil NA
 SimpleCorp Portfolio, Corporate Yes Yes Custom post types, page templates NA
 Thoughts Blog Yes NoCustom post formats No sidebar, no footer
 Tetris Tumblog Yes No Custom post formats  Homepage slider using Soliloquy
 Stumblr Tumblog No No Post formats NA
 Unique Portfolio Yes No Nil NA
 Truly Minimal Blog Yes YesCustom widgets, page templates, shortcodes NA
 Tiara Portfolio No No Nil NA
 VeeCard vCard Yes Yes Post types, resume uploader, vCard settings NA
 Western Magazine (tutorial sites) No No Custom post types, taxonomy, meta boxes NA
 Workality Portfolio Yes Yes Custom post types, page templates Paid version also available
 WordPress Svbtle Blog No No Nil NA
 Zenon Lite Blog, Magazine No No Custom page templates NA
 Yasmin Portfolio Yes No Custom post types, taxonomies NA
 Zenshop eCommerce No No Custom post types, taxonomies, metaboxes, page templates Requires Cart66 plugin

Over to You…

With that, we come to the end of this round-up. What are your thoughts? Any favorite WP theme of 2012 that you think we missed? 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+.


Twitter Page

Comments and Discussions
  • Slim, 31 December 2012

    very great collection ; thanks :)

  • Zhu, 31 December 2012

    Ugh, I hate the new gallery setup for articles like these… I don’t want to click all over the place to get the info! Sorry guys :-(

    • Forrest, 01 January 2013

      TOTALLY agree. All the extra clicking is lame.

  • SGD, 01 January 2013

    Seconded: thumbs down on the redesign for this type of article. This new style makes it difficult to quickly move through the collection and take a quick look at potential good finds. The tiny thumbnails aren’t that helpful, and separating the screenshots (all grouped up at the top now) from the details on each theme (jumbled into a not-that-friendly chart at the bottom) is really lacking from an information design perspective.

    If we can’t convince you to switch back to the previous layout (which, while taking up more vertical space, was *much* more user-friendly), perhaps you’d consider offering both versions, and let readers swap between them?

  • Annie1948, 01 January 2013

    Wow! The theme on this site is awesome. Wish my garden at home was this pretty!

  • Steve Kent, 01 January 2013

    Agree with Zhu, it looks like tiled wallpaper made up by the same two designs over and over, what this screams is that WordPress designs are painfully same-y and consist entirely of black, grey, grey-green and grey-brown colour options, at least lose the colour killing overlay!

  • Venkatesh Bashetty, 04 January 2013

    Awesome Themes…. Really enjoyed the new layout :)

  • Fbboy Himu, 05 January 2013

    Really Nice Theme.But Where Is The Download Link ?

    • abouttec, 05 January 2013

      Just click on each of the themes Thumbnail and this will take you to a new page. where you will get the Demo and Download link.

  • greg, 05 January 2013

    I, too, dislike the small thumbs. At least have them open in a new tab.

  • abouttec, 05 January 2013

    Wow, The Articles Gallery setup look is really cool. Great collection. Thanks.

  • Lee, 07 January 2013

    amazing collection of themes thanks for sharing

  • Harshad, 10 January 2013

    I liked the way you used tables for the description of each theme. Pretty unique style! And, it definitely helps compare all the themes at once. Nice!

  • kanav kathuria, 14 January 2013

    Nice Collection!!!
    It will really help me out for making my

    clients website.
    Thanks a Lot!!

  • kenneth, 18 January 2013

    I love the theme of your site?

  • Prabhu, 18 January 2013

    Great collection. I am going to try this.

  • scott, 23 January 2013

    teach me your ways. your website is awesome. I would love to know what theme you use and/or what themes you would suggest if im going for the exact same type of layout on my website. any info would be greatly appreciated!

  • Enlaces compartidos, 28 January 2013

    [...] Best Of 2012: 50 Free WordPress Themes [...]

  • Yskan, 30 January 2013

    Thanks for sharing the themes.

  • Julia, 21 February 2013

    well I like this style, it is nice and easy to a theme instead of scrolling down. Good work :)

  • rood, 03 March 2013

    Great collection! thanks!

  • Bill Moore, 04 March 2013

    This is really cool collection.
    Thanks for another awesome post! I love the tips and tutorial you gave and I’m sure
    they are very helpful to your readers who aren’t already taking advantage of this really cool option.

    Thank you!

  • Sam, 19 March 2013

    WOW the Nomad one looks amazing. Nice list. Though I wish the pictures of those themes on this post were a bit larger.

  • Usman, 25 March 2013

    Nice themes collection.
    But have you seen Mantra theme?. I am using it and have 10 Plugins installed on hostgator’s shared hosting. My website loads very slowly :(. Does theme effects performance or plugins or hosting?. Please tell me the solution for it. As I have also have plugin W3 Total Cache. But now I deactivated all plugins due to speed problem.

  • KRISHNA, 05 April 2013

    Excellent collections of themes, all are very much colouful. Thanks a lot for sharing

  • Dave, 14 June 2013

    You’re tha man Sufyan!!! I can use these themes for my clients here in Manila.. ciao!

  • WPmaestros, 10 March 2014

    I have used more than 20 from above……!!

search form
image description image description