Last month we brought you a collection of the best themes, released in the month of September 2012. Today, we shall be taking a look at the top free themes from the current month, that is, October 2012. This comes down to a series and will provide you with all the best WordPress themes monthly.
Free WordPress Themes: October 2012
Stripefolio is a free portfolio theme for artists, designers, photographers and other creatives. It comes with numerous shortcodes, jQuery UI and support for contact forms and breadcrumbs. The theme has 12 widget-ready areas.
Minimalizine is a responsive and clean WordPress theme. It is translation ready, has an optional full width layout and comes with a custom widget containing social media buttons.
Gommero is a sleek and colorful WordPress theme created by InkThemes. Basically, the theme is available in two variants: a free version, and a full-featured Premium version that costs $45.
4. Haunted House
If it isn’t already clear from the name itself, Haunted House is a theme with a Halloween setting. Basically, it is a simple black theme with a funky font for heading.
WarmWinter is yet another simple theme, built with personal blogs in mind. The design has touches of a tree-like appearance, though the theme itself is pretty simple and nothing out of the ordinary.
blogBox is a full-featured theme that comes with a homepage slider, 11 background colors and 13 text colors, 4 predefined skins and support for in-built captcha. The theme also integrates Google Web Fonts.
Newspress is a minimalist theme meant for news and magazine websites. It features two custom menus, featured news section, Flash news ticker, and a widgetized sidebar as well as footer.
Lantern is a theme meant for creating an online portfolio or blog. The homepage features a huge jQuery slideshow, and the theme also comes with support for custom menu, custom header and banner ads.
Monaco is a magazine theme with a dark color scheme. It incorporates support for custom menu, jQuery slider, custom homepage intro text, featured images, theme options, banner ads, etc.
SimpleCorp is a responsive theme meant for corporate and portfolio websites. The theme has multiple color styles and an in-built contact form based on AJAX. SimpleCorp also provides you with in-built pagination.
Herakles is a free WordPress theme created by Joolu Themes. It comes with three homepage layouts and extensive documentation.
Lexiity is a “Coming Soon” or landing page theme. If you have an upcoming blog or website that is not yet ready, you can still reserve the domain, and instead of the default page template, setup WordPress and showcase Lexiity as a countdown timer to the date your website or blog will be ready to be launched. The theme is translation ready, responsive and comes with a color picker and shortcode generator.
As the name suggests, Snapshot is a photo-blogging theme aimed at photographers and other creative artists who like to share photos or other artistic work on their blogs. The theme comes with minimal design and features a huge slider on the homepage.
Left is a theme meant for portfolio and showcase websites. The theme makes use of Google Web Fonts, the Nivo Slider, a custom page module for portfolio, separate custom widgets for social media and Twitter, custom shortcodes and support for contact forms. Oh, and before I forget: the theme likes the left side more than the right one!
Caja is yet another portfolio theme meant for showcasing your work online. It is translation ready (and also comes with the Spanish language-pack included, alongside English). The theme also provides custom post types, 6 color skins, 6 page templates, Google Web Fonts, Skills Manager (to showcase and rate your skills), in-built contact form and over 40 background patterns.
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