Oct 28 2011

50 Great Free WordPress Themes From 2011

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There are probably a good amount of Noupe readers who would think little to nothing of paying money for a high quality WordPress theme if it was exactly what they were looking for. When compared to spending thousands of dollars on a unique design, a $40 investment in a premium theme for your website design is relatively painless. The number of premium WordPress theme stores and marketplaces has increased considerably over the last two years. Thankfully, many developers are still releasing quality designs for free.

Today we will be showing you 50 great WordPress themes that were released in 2011 for free. A few of the themes listed are the free version of a premium theme. Upgrading to the premium version usually gives you priority support and/or more features.

We hope you enjoy the list :)

1. News

A clean design from DevPress that could be used for a blog, news or magazine website. The home page has a beautiful featured slider for showcasing your important articles or videos.

News WordPress Theme

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2. Swatch

A free business and portfolio design that was developed to celebrate the release of the 100th theme from WooThemes. Features a custom homepage, featured slider, custom widgets, custom typography and multiple colour schemes.

Swatch WordPress Theme

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3. Wootique

A free ecommerce design that was released in conjunction with the launch of the WooCommerce WordPress Plugin (which is a modified version of Jigoshop, the free ecommerce plugin we reviewed in Extending the Functionality of WordPress). With a featured slider, custom home page and custom widgets; Wootique is a great example of what can be achieved with Wootique.

Wootique WordPress Theme

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4. Fungus

A Colourful blogging design that has social media links integrated in the sidebar and support for post image thumbnails.

Fungus WordPress Theme

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5. WordPress Anniversary Theme

Released at the beginning of 2011 by Matt Mullenweg and ‘The WordPress Crew’, the anniversary theme has a traditional blog structure with a prominent header image.

WordPress Anniversary Theme

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6. BlueBubble

A simply minimal design that would be suitable for a blog or a portfolio. Includes an advanced option panel, 8 different colour schemes and social media integration.

BlueBubble WordPress Theme

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7. Fotofolio Landscape

Designed for artists and photographers, Fotofolio Landscape automatically resizes uploaded images to fit the surrounding area and includes a useful slideshow option.

Fotofolio Landscape

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8. Big Square

A clean minimal design that is suitable for photo blogs. Perfect for travel blogs, personal blogs, portfolios and photography websites.

BigSquare WordPress Theme

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9. Balita

A brand new eCommerce designed for Smashing Magazine that was created to help sell children’s toys and related products. It was designed using HTML5 and CSS3 and features a beautiful home page slider, custom shopping cart and Facebook integration.

Balita WordPress Theme

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10. Parallax

A simplistic portfolio design that features a large homepage slider and a useful portfolio template page.

Parallax WordPress Theme

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11. AutoFocus 2.0 Lite

Designed for photographers, AutoFocus lite is a simple HTML5 powered design that has a grid design and clean typography.

AutoFocus 2.0 Lite WordPress Theme

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12. WordPress Diary Theme

A retro style design that was designed in HTML5 and CSS3. It uses Google web fonts, has built-in pagination and an AJAX powered contact form. Uploaded photos are displayed beautifully using lightbox.

WordPress Diary Theme

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13. Splendio

Based on the Twenty Ten theme, this is a feature rich colourful blogging theme from Smashing Magazine. One of the few free designs that also comes with the original layered photoshop psd files.

Splendio WordPress Theme

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14. Gynix Tema

A business design which places featured articles on the home page. The theme could easily be used for a blog as well.

Gynix Tema WordPress Theme

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15. Triton Lite

Triton Lite is a self-proclaimed ‘All In One’ design that features a beautiful home page slider, shortcodes for styling content and 3 built in widget areas.

Triton Lite WordPress Theme

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16. Shuttershot

A portfolio design with a difference, Shuttershot shows photos in full screen in the background of the design. Even when a visitor views a blog page or page the background continues to change. A unique idea that has thankully been implemented well.

Shuttershot WordPress Theme

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17. Bonpress

A colourful blogging theme that supports custom widgets. It includes custom widgets for social media services and comes in 4 colour schemes (blue, black, pink, orange).

Bonpress

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18. MyPhoto

The first photography theme from WP Explorer is a minimal effort that uses Javascript to highlight photos when a user hovers over them. It’s clean and fast loading, making it a good choice for a photo website.

MyPhoto WordPress Theme

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19. Shadows

A minimal blogging design that was created for WordPress 3.0+. It supports post thumbnails and includes built in pagination and an author information box on blog pages.

Shadows WordPress Theme

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20. MyCorp

A business theme that features a home page slider, custom post types and custom fonts.

MyCorp WordPress Theme

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21. GazpoMag

Featuring post image thumbnail support, social media integration and a beautiful home page slider. GazpoMag is a great option for an online magazine.

GazpoMag WordPress Theme

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21. Lefty

A fun blogging design that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The home page has a featured post image slider and you can use custom fonts using Google fonts.

Lefty WordPress Theme

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22. theSevenFive

A social media theme that is powered entirely by custom widgets. Through the options page you can style the colour of the background, fonts, links and borders.

theSevenFive

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23. Side Blog

A great looking blogging theme that uses post image thumbnails in the index and in the recent posts section on the sidebar.

Side Blog WordPress Theme

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24. PolarMedia

A multimedia friendly design that would be suitable for a blog, news website or online magazine.

Polar Media WordPress Theme

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25. Blissful Blog

A simple yet elegant WordPress theme that was created specifically for wedding related websites.

Blissful Blog

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26. Melville

Inspired by classic literature, Melville is a clean minimal theme that has beautiful typography.

Melville WordPress Theme

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27. PhotoClick

One of the few one-column themes that was released in 2011. It comes in two colour schemes and includes short codes and custom widgets.

PhotoClick WordPress Theme

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28. Minimatica

A fantastic looking minimal theme that has a beautiful image slider on the home page. This feature rich theme is perfect for blogs, portfolios or video websites.

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29. Min

This is an extremely simple, clean and to the point theme. It has two widgetized footer areas to handle navigation or anything else you feel like sticking in there.

Min WordPress Theme

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30. Ari

A beautiful 3 column blogging theme that comes in a light and dark version. It uses Google fonts and has great social media integration.

Ari WordPress Theme

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31. Grid

A fantastic fast loading minimal design that uses a 4 column grid layout to display posts. Perfect for a portfolio or blog.

Grid WordPress Theme

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32. Amphion Lite

A blogging design that comes with 2 theme skins, 2 custom widgets, 2 short codes and 2 WordPress menus. Featured articles are displayed prominently on the home page in an image slider.

Amphion Lite WordPress Theme

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33. Grid Portfolio

A beautiful minimal theme that was designed for illustrators, photographers and graphic designers. There are several custom home page layouts to choose from with most displaying posts in a grid layout.

Grid Portfolio WordPress Theme

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34. Scherzo

A simple, clean and minimal design which features a widget ready sidebar, custom header image and custom background.

Scherzo WordPress Theme

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35. Showcase

A portfolio design that could also be used for a corporate website or blog.

Showcase WordPress Theme

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36. WP Creativix

A nice corporate design that also features a basic portfolio template (which has jQuery lightbox support).

WP Creativix  WordPress Theme

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37. Spectacular

Another fantastic design from Smashing Magazine, Spectacular includes short codes for styling content. An elegant theme that is perfect for blogs.

Spectacular WordPress Theme

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38. Steira

A boxy minimal blogging theme from the Automattic team.

Steira WordPress Theme

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39. Platform

Designed in HTML5, Platform is a drag and drop framework that makes creating your ideal site a breeze. One of the best free blogging themes released in 2011.

Platform WordPress Theme

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40. Retro Fitted

A fun retro style blogging theme that comes with several widget areas.

Retro Fitted WordPress Theme

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41. Ambrosia

An HTML blogging design that is optimised for viewing on mobile devices. It features 4 widget areas, two custom menus and an option to stick posts.

Ambrosia WordPress Theme

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42. HTML5Press

Created using HTML5 and CSS3, the theme lets you choose from over 40 Google fonts. It includes a featured posts slider, post image support, post format support and 6 colour schemes (pink, blue, green, red, orange, and bluish purple).

HTML5Press WordPress Theme

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43. Portfolio Press

Another theme that was designed using HTML5, Portfolio Press is a good option for a simple portfolio blog.

Portfolio Press WordPress Theme

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44. Liquorice

A beautiful vintage design that uses Google fonts.

Liquorice WordPress Theme

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45. Delicate

A clean minimal blogging design that was created using the NattyWP framework.

Delicate WordPress Theme

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46. PressWork

An HTML5 WordPress Framework for designers, developers & publishers. The user friendly front page editor allows you to move things around and modify your website in a live environment.

PressWork WordPress Theme

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47. Tungstenation

A good choice for a business or portfolio website. The home page features a beautiful jQuery slider. It also features post image thumbnails, social media integration, built in page navigation, custom font integration and much more.

Tungstenation WordPress Theme

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48. SixHours

A great looking minimal blogging theme from Caroline Moore.

SixHours WordPress Theme

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49. Busby

A clean blogging theme that was built using the UpThemes Theme Framework. It includes social media integration in the header and a featured post slider on the home page.

Busby WordPress Theme

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50. Blog-O-Folio

Last but not least is Blog-O-Folio, a great looking blog and portfolio design from Noupe. Features portfolio integration, built in advertisement options and an email subscription form.

Blog-O-Folio WordPress Theme

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Do you know of a great WordPress design that was released for free in 2011 that didn’t make the list? If so, we encourage you to share it with fellow readers in the comment area.

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Kevin Muldoon is a professional blogger with a love of travel. He writes regularly about topics such as WordPress, Blogging, Productivity and Social Media on his personal blog. He can also be found on Twitter: @KevinMuldoon.

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Comments and Discussions
  • Darren Bowden, 28 October 2011

    Thanks for this great article, we are in the process of creating a new resources page for our website and we will link our visitors to this page. As you mentioned there are individuals and companies that do not have the budget or knowledge in design to create a great layout or design.

    Thanks again.

    • Kevin Muldoon, 28 October 2011

      Thanks Darren. Glad you found it useful. If you search the Noupe archives you will find a similar articles which I’m sure you will find useful.

  • miranbuke, 28 October 2011

    awesome themes.
    thnks

  • samwise, 28 October 2011

    Insomnia apparently isn’t a free download, correct me if I’m wrong. Your link only redirects to DesignerThemes’ website where you have to buy an account in order to download their themes.

    • Kevin Muldoon, 28 October 2011

      Please accept my apologies regarding Insomnia. I wrote this article a few weeks ago. When the theme was initially released the lite version was free and the pro version was $49.

      It came to my attention a week or so ago when a review of the theme was published on my own site that the developer had changed the pricing structure and bumped the lite version up to $39 and the professional version up to $79. I updated my own article but I completely forgot that I included the design in this list -if I had I would have removed it.

      I have replaced the design with Balita; a free ecommerce design from Smashing Magazine that was released last week.

      Again, sorry for any inconvenience. Unfortunately, theme developers sometimes change the pricing of their themes from time to time and there’s little you can do :)

  • Zhu, 28 October 2011

    Same here… Insomnia doesn’t seem to be free.

  • Marios, 28 October 2011

    Kevin great list, Thank you for including my theme..

    I think http://www.wpshower.com should be on your list too, they released few Free themes in 2011

    • Kevin Muldoon, 28 October 2011

      No problem.

      Yeah WP Shower have released some great designs this year. I’ve actually included their designs on several lists on my own site though I unfortunately had to leave out some good designs from this list as I wanted to make sure I included something for everyone.

    • Diana, 11 May 2012

      I love teh Blogum theme. I’m gonna use in my site…Thanks million!

  • Rednights, 29 October 2011

    These are always a good source of inspiration to look through, thanks for putting these together.

  • Dejan, 29 October 2011

    Thanks for this great collection excellent free themes

  • John Tsevdos, 29 October 2011

    Great source of free themes!
    Thanks for the mention, I appreciate it!!! (I’m the developer of the Ambrosia theme ;-)

  • Emprego, 30 October 2011

    Amazing collection themes. Thanks

  • Eko Setiawan, 31 October 2011

    Hi Kevin, thanks for include our free wordpress theme “Fungus”. Great!
    Anyway, amazing list for free wordpress themes.

  • Sagar Ranpise, 31 October 2011

    Awesome Roundup! All are really great themes!

  • Nora Reed, 31 October 2011

    These are really very creative n inspiring collection :)

  • Coretech, 31 October 2011

    Excellent themes, looks great!!! Will be good if you select themes collection for joomla too :)

  • manuele haisek, 31 October 2011

    fine collection! I think I will use some of these themes Thank you!

  • Orlando, 31 October 2011

    The first one with the guys by the pier is my favorite. Nice selection!

  • Grim Cris, 31 October 2011

    Thanks for this awesome list. I love WordPress Anniversary Theme :D

  • Bong Da, 01 November 2011

    wow, nice collection, free but very beautiful.

  • Prateek Modi, 02 November 2011

    Excellent collection of wordpress themes there!! I think I have FINALLY found one for my website redesign! thanks a lot for sharing guys.

  • Lojra, 02 November 2011

    Great themes ;)

  • TK, 03 November 2011

    Good job and thanks for providing the source of free WordPress themes.

    Loved the 39. Platform, 45. Delicate, 46. PressWork and 49. Busby theme framework :)

  • Esther, 08 November 2011

    Gracias por estos temas.
    Muy bonitos.

  • Robert, 09 November 2011

    Awesome list of real fresh & great WP themes !

    But I’m jalous or yours :)
    I’d just saw the footer I understand now why :) Smashing family member ;)

    Thank’s anyway for this amazing list..
    Robert

  • George, 10 November 2011

    I would love to see a similar list for commercial themes

  • Rahul Tilloo, 10 November 2011

    Hey great list dude….

    I love the gapzo theme amazing free theme…..

  • Paul, 15 November 2011

    thanks for this list. i always love these top lists, makes it easy to find some great themes to utilize.

  • Aneslin, 18 November 2011

    woow, thanks for the great collection.

  • Ramsharan Adhikari, 22 November 2011

    Really nice collection for wp template

  • Aimee, 23 November 2011

    Thanks- this list helped me put together my school blog!

  • nuManaGa, 11 December 2011

    Wonderful themes. Thanks.

  • Paul Weston, 14 December 2011

    A great collection of WordPress themes. There are some really inspiring examples, I love the Big Square example for its clean bold layout. I also really like the PolarMedia template for its use of colour and navigation. Overall a great collection of interesting templates that shows me what can be created.

  • A. Marc, 22 December 2011

    What a list Kevin! Grabbed some nice ones (Diary/notebook looks sweeeeet). Have some photographer friends that would love a few of these slick themes.

  • João Paulo Vanzuita, 24 December 2011

    awesome !! thank you very much!

    • Robert Bowen, 25 December 2011

      Thanks João, for the heads up. Link has been corrected.

      Noupe Editorial Team

  • Yulia, 25 December 2011

    Thank you so much for this post. These themes are great!

  • Imraan, 27 December 2011

    Thanks. stunning collection dude. Helped me a lot in one of my quick response to a client. Thank you again.

  • Vi?t Designer, 28 December 2011

    Great! I love it XD

  • Swamykant, 30 December 2011

    Superb Collection. Thanks for share

  • Nauman, 01 January 2012

    Thanks for the collection. It’s one of the best ones out there.

  • Aamir Raz Soomro, 19 January 2012

    Hey, thanks for the wonderful collection; it’s amazing!

    In fact, you have me a list of wonderful ‘magazine’ themes.. and I wanted just one! :) See, you confused me which one to go for.

    Good job, buddy!

  • Dzi, 22 January 2012

    Nice, I just needed a theme having realized my suffision is not doing it…

  • Rasel Rony, 27 January 2012

    awesome themes thanks for share

  • Rich Maker, 28 January 2012

    Great list. I have chosen one template for my blog. Thanks.

  • Steve, 06 February 2012

    Great collection of themes. Will probably use some of these as frameworks for upcoming projects.

  • peace, 13 February 2012

    There is no match with Pagelines.

  • stiri mondene, 25 February 2012

    Great themes.. good work

  • Javier de Franco, 27 February 2012

    Thank you very much for the templates. I have to do a project and needed an urgent soon. Many thanks.

  • Irfan, 04 March 2012

    Hi kevin, thanks for share.. it’s very usefull for me. i really need a free wordpress theme but looks like a premium one, and you answer my dream. thanks :))

  • Musa, 05 March 2012

    Very nice collection. I really love that. Thank you very much for such free collection.

  • Divya Pattel, 09 March 2012

    Best collection of WordPress themes. Thanks for share

  • Emmanuel, 10 March 2012

    Great Themes… Will also link to them from my blog, and i just live the creativix theme.. It makes me think,, my site needs an upgrade :D

  • Aries, 14 March 2012

    woww.. thats funny :D i want to download “MyCorp”. Thank you for sharing these.. :D

  • Amara, 24 March 2012

    Hi, nice template collection..btw i’am in search of template for perfume kinda things, any helps on where can i find the good ones? any helps would be appreciated, thanks

  • xJason21, 28 March 2012

    Nice compilation!

  • abid, 29 March 2012

    Nicest collection of themes. carry on. i will definitely install one from them. just confused to pick which one

  • rumi, 29 March 2012

    Thank you for this great collections. i will definitely use one

  • Roger, 30 March 2012

    Thanks for the collection of free themes!

  • Claudia, 22 April 2012

    thank you… So many awesome themes. ;)

  • Sweet Boy ASLAM, 23 April 2012

    Thanku

  • shamsul, 07 May 2012

    Some excellent piece of innovative work ! Thanks !

  • Scott, 09 May 2012

    Excellent post! You listed several themes I had not seen before. Just an FYI, but the “demo” link for #39 Platform goes to the Pagelines site where the theme is not free… it’s actually $197! But the Platform link itself does go to the WordPress.org theme link. I’m kind of confused how the free version differs from the paid version so I’ll have to check it out.

  • APNA JAHANIAN, 12 May 2012

    all themes are clean and professional design, really good job. specially page line theme..

  • kamal ashraf, 16 May 2012

    i like theme on number 19

  • Prestiti, 25 May 2012

    This is a great list to get good ideas and free themes from. Love WordPress! ; )

  • Stella Milona, 28 May 2012

    Impressive work, the only problem is what template to use for my new site!

  • Philip, 04 June 2012

    This is definitely the best list of free wp themes for 2011 I’ve seen, and I’ve seen a lot. Triton and My corporation are my top picks!

  • carlos, 08 June 2012

    great and excellent free themes, this has been useful. thanks!

  • Chris Caldon, 12 June 2012

    Sweet themes bra!!!
    Thanks,
    Chris

  • Master Gurpreet, 25 June 2012

    I had used the slider theme for my blog…………….. it is AWESOME…………………!

  • puneesh, 25 June 2012

    thanks for help . . .!!

  • epm, 02 July 2012

    HTML5Press is simple but ok. I like the presentation of the HTML 5 and CSS3.

  • Fotovoltaika Thess, 04 July 2012

    And you are sure… All this themes are free???

  • TDV, 08 July 2012

    Good list.

  • Ashokkumar, 10 July 2012

    Wow..Great collections…thanks a lot….

  • Pouya, 13 July 2012

    Gooooooooooooooooooooood!

  • gaziemir, 19 July 2012

    very good, thank you…

  • Sash, 24 July 2012

    wow! most of the WP thees you have posted here are not usually seen in the other user’s collection. Great selection I must say!

  • TheVirus, 26 July 2012

    Good List !

  • rahele, 28 July 2012

    great ! .. thanks :)

  • Eric, 03 August 2012

    Great themes! Free but very beautiful!

  • adam, 03 August 2012

    Thank for this themes

  • Andy, 06 August 2012

    Wow, best compilation of wordpress themes!! Thank you so much!! :D

  • Hasan, 08 August 2012

    wow all are awesome but sad i cant use every themes coz i have only one site..but thx a lot .im going to set one from here

  • Pashminu Mansukhani, 12 August 2012

    Very good post, I am planning to shift to WP. Sooner the better.

  • sandip, 14 August 2012

    Very impressive collection of themes i really loved it

  • Josh, 15 August 2012

    Great free ones. Thanks.

  • pradeep, 24 August 2012

    43. Portfolio Press is best i use it for photo blog

  • Fiesta, 27 August 2012

    Great choice of themes, I’ve worked with few of them so far and they were really good if that matters. :)

  • Harshit, 04 September 2012

    The theme 20. MyCorp is a best theme. I like the theme.

  • David, 11 September 2012

    Thanks Kevin for a nice collection of wordpress theme. I Like the Grid Theme very much and will be using in one of my Website

  • Diego Andregg, 12 September 2012

    Haha proper….

  • Madalin, 12 September 2012

    Great themes, love them. Thanks for sharing them.

  • Mike, 13 September 2012

    Are they all free? Some are really cool though most miss device responsiveness

  • Mike, 13 September 2012

    If themes come with no device responsiveness – it is a waste of time and money now.

  • Maidul, 15 September 2012

    Great list of free theme here is another free theme

    http://dynamicweblab.com/2012/09/easy-press-free-wordpress-theme/

  • Maidul, 15 September 2012

    great list .
    Check this free theme also
    http://dynamicweblab.com/2012/09/easy-press-free-wordpress-theme/

  • Sua chua may tinh, 25 September 2012

    Great list, some themes are simple but very nice

  • Ali, 26 September 2012

    Very nice themes. Thanks for all themes

  • John, 27 September 2012

    Wow, great theams. Thanks

  • John, 27 September 2012

    Greats , Nice theames

  • curby, 30 September 2012

    really nice themes ,,,beautiful

  • TotoSal, 19 October 2012

    Great Theme . Downloaded . Thanks admin

  • TotoSal, 25 October 2012

    Very Nice themes . Thanks Admin

  • Anina, 29 October 2012

    In my search for a new professionel theme I came across your site. Even though the article is a year old you have found a nice selection of Word Press themes for free. I will definitely use of these.

  • ZonaIde, 13 November 2012

    Awasome Template… I Looks Great

  • rexyspy, 15 December 2012

    Thanks alot

  • Taimoor, 27 December 2012

    Very nice collection. Thank you so much!

  • cho vinh, 23 January 2013

    A great collection of WordPress themes. There are some really inspiring examples, I love the Big Square example for its clean bold layout.

  • Truc tiep bong da, 07 February 2013

    Awesome themes! Very interesting and useful! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • Alex, 28 February 2013

    Kevin great list, Thank you!!
    good free themes !

  • S?a ch?a máy tính, 06 August 2013

    Thanks for all themes

  • Sua may tinh tai nha, 06 August 2013

    Thank you!!
    good free themes !

  • Bayu Hernawan, 23 August 2013

    thanks sir, I choose wootique for my online shop. Thanks for information sir :D

  • sua may tinh tai nha, 13 September 2013

    Themes are simple but very nice ! Thanks very much !

  • love, 16 November 2013

    With havin so much written content do you ever run into
    any problems of plagorism or copyright infringement?

    My website has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it
    up all over the web without my authorization.
    Do you know any techniques to help stop content from
    being ripped off? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  • Kevin Muldoon, 28 October 2011

    It looks great. I’ve scheduled a review it on my own site in two weeks time :)

  • Dzi, 23 January 2012

    You mean review suffision in general?

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