Noupe Editorial Team October 5th, 2008

15 High Quality Premium-Like Free WordPress Themes

Everyday we see many beautiful WordPress themes, many are good and only a little are just one of a kind. The choice is big enough, but the search is worth it. Today we present only 15 Free Premium-like WordPress Themes that are truly impressive and you might be willing to use for your next project, which have been released over the last few months.

1. Agregado Lifestream


A free professional WordPress-theme created by Darren Hoyt and Matt Dawson. The theme features a built-in lifestream module and contact form with custom control panel options. Features include: Lifestream module with carousel, Custom archives page, Animated js dropdown menus, Built-in drop caps for lead paragraphs and much more…

  • Demo can be viewed here
  • Download from here

2. Guzel


This is a 2-column layout with a nice header at the top displaying the latest posts and comments there. Features include: integration with Flickr account, inbuilt RSS and other social bookmarks like Digg, del.icio.us and stumble upon.

  • Demo can be viewed here
  • Download from here

3. Simple Balance 2.0


Simple Balance 2.0 – a free, simple WordPress theme with enough options to make it “premium-like”. This amazing theme offers many options to adjust through the theme’s Control Panel. This is a Widget-ready, customize banners setting and more…

  • Demo can be viewed here
  • Download from here

4. Infinity

Free WordPress theme- Premium like theme


The theme has 3 fixed columns, Thumbnail covers style, Flickr, Delicious and Twitter integration as well as an attractive visual design. The theme was designed by Zhang Yichi, the creative mind behind Vikiworks Studio from Shanghai, China.

  • Free and without any restrictions
  • Download from here

5. Outdoorsy


If you are looking for a unique theme that is quite graphics heavy then this one is for you. The background images are chosen carfully to give that paper look look and feel, so backgrounds are vital for the uniqueness of the theme. The theme is fully widgetized and easy to install.

  • Demo can be viewed here
  • Download from here

6. SCRUFFY


This is a grid based design and layout, built on the popular 960.gs css framework. Features include: Widgetized sidebar with styling for all default WordPress widgets, theme options page for inserting and position a logo. Page Templates include Archives and Sitemap.

  • Demo can be viewed here
  • Download from here

7. SubtlyMade


This is a 2-column layout with a nice header at the top displaying the latest posts and comments there. Features include: integration with Flickr account, inbuilt RSS and other social bookmarks like Digg, del.icio.us and stumble upon.

  • Demo can be viewed here
  • Download from here

8. WP Coda


Created by modifying several already-existing code snippets and implemented it to a nice layout to mimic the functionality of the Coda website. Every aspect of the Coda website was duplicated and this theme works in every major browser. Code snippets used are: Coda Slider Effect, Coda Popup Bubbles, FancyBox and CSS Image PreLoader.

  • Free and without any restrictions
  • Download from here

9. True Elegance


True Elegance is a 3-column wordpress theme with fully widgetized sidebars. The theme also features recent activity in a visually appealing panel on top which can be controlled via AdminCP. With a clean, well commented code.

  • Demo can be viewed here
  • Download from here

10. Massivepress


An impressive theme created by WP Elements. Massivepress is 3-column widget enabled WordPress theme featuring a thumbnail based posting style which gives you the ability to get more content in front of your users in a way that is clean and organized. Features include: Featured Articles, 3 unique sidbars that can be configured individually including the “Index Sidebar”, “Post Sidebar” and “Page Sidebar”.

  • Demo can be viewed here
  • Download from here

11. Purple Fever


A fresh 2-column styled premium WordPress theme that is now FREE. Features includes: Widget Ready, Monetization Optimized through google adsense or affiliate revenue, featured post at the top, tabbed interface at the right column, highlighted posts and more.

  • Demo can be viewed here
  • Download from here

12. Modicus Remix


This is a minimalist WordPress Theme based on Upstart Blogger’s WordPress theme “Modicus “. Thus aptly titled “Modicus Remix”. This is a 2-column layout design and if you want to use the 3-
column layout you should try the original one.

  • Free
  • Download from here

13. Crybook


CryBook is a 3 Column simple theme base on Facebook. Featured include: 2 widget-ready sidebar, live theme swistcher and Custom Admin Panel. It’s compatible with up to WordPress 2.6.2 and has been tested with in Firefox3, Internet Explorer 6 & 7, Opera, and Safari.

  • Demo can be viewed here
  • Download from here

14. WP NewsMag


This is a Hybrid blog/portfolio/photo/magazine style theme. Features includes: Widgeti ready with five custom sidebars, 5 different front page category loops, Slider function for bottombar and featured articles, Three level CSS/JS dropdown menu and Utilization of Custom Fields for neat image display on the front page.

  • Demo can be viewed here
  • Download from here

15. Simply Ornate


“Simply Ornate” ia a free theme that focuses on typography and patterns and comes in 5 flavours. Features include: a prototype-based tab effect to browse latest posts, comments and tags. The front page is set up to show excerpts of your 4 latest posts, and also includes a mini-nav in the upper right side to allow for page navigating.

  • Demo can be viewed here
  • Download from here

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189 comments

      1. Hello all,

        Where should I load the zipfile of the theme I want to display on my site and where/how do I link it?

        Thank you

        Eric

      2. Hey Eric, You just got to upload the root folder of the theme you want to use into the /wordpress_root/wp-content/themes/ folder.
        Then just login to your wordpress admin and activate the theme by going to the themes menu on the left of the menu side bar.

        Hope it helps.

        Thanks

        Deepak

  1. Thanks for the mention of Agregado, and a belated ‘great job’ on the Noupe.com redesign. I do so much reading via RSS readers, I always neglect to notice design changes.

  2. The themese look very nice but i wonder how they are for the user when trying to use them on a site?

    What i have found is that many themes look very nice but when a user who is not totally web savvy tries to use them they are very hard for them to use.

  3. Yeh they are great themes. It’s funny to look back at the tremendously boring stock themes you could only pick up a few years ago. But with WordPress’ master success, everyone and his dog is out making themes!

  4. These are truly some great themes and I have seen many more that people are selling that can’t even touch these.

    You can easily surmise that the designers enjoyed the creation of these themes by the artistic depth that was utilized.

    I plan on making more sites in the future and I will be using at least one of these themes if not more.

  5. I’ve been looking for a great template for my blog, I think the NewsMag is going to be it! Thank you so much for a very useful article!

  6. Thanks for the awesome post. Congrats for getting on the top of Digg.

    Oh and BTW you have just helped me find the next theme for my blog. Many thanks.

  7. A good collection of WordPress themes.

    The INFINITY one seems to have some coding error related to FLICKR integration.

    Thank you for sorting these good themes.

    enjoy :)

  8. I really like All these themes, especially SubtlyMade, True Elegance and Coda. I am currently using MassivePress for one of my blogs and it works great

  9. See, one thing I really appreciate in your blog, is that when you post series like this one, I don’t have the “seen before” feeling.

    Love ya for that! :-)

    I’m always interested in new themes (inspiration and just curiosity!) and I am going to check out the demo of half of the ones your posted.

    By the way, have you heard of the Option Theme? It’s the free theme I used, by Justin Tadlock. I love it ;-)

  10. Prior to seeing this post, I thought I knew about all the great themes out there. But I haven’t seen at least half of these themes before. Thanks for enlightening me and reminding me that I don’t always know everything ;)

  11. Nice find! The Massive Press one looks kinda cool. in my opinion ,the Crybook will be perfect for a FB related site but not for other niches.

  12. Hi
    5. Outdoorsy theme is looking so beautiful .I want to use this theme in my free wordpress blog “arunword.wordpress.com”. Is it posible that you include in wordpress free template list.

  13. I love the WP Coda. It’s one of the more sophisticated themes Ive seen. For those of you who like the wpcoda, also consider the wordpress slider theme its very nice with sliding header.

  14. This is an awesome list.
    Actually I tried a few of them earlier.
    But the problem is it takes a lot of work and I can never get enough sites to apply them.
    I think I need a theme spinner now.
    Well done and keep it up.
    Dr Bikash

  15. Thanks for the template. After long hours of searching for the right template for my blog, I have finally found the best one.

    Again, thank you!
    :)

  16. Hi Thanks a Lot for sharing but theme no. 2 Guzel is not downloading, any body have dump, please give me a download link

    Thanks

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  18. do know it was my choice to read, however I actually thought youd have one thing fascinating to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about one thing that you could fix if you werent too busy on the lookout for attention.

  19. nice list of wp themes…

    i downloaded sum from here…..
    nice work…..

    nice site…..
    i got to clear ma doubts nd confusion here….
    thanks man…..

    i also own a blog nd trying to promote it….
    if you can help me any possible way…
    i’l b grateful to you…..
    :amit pant(www.ringnbook.com)

  20. You should include Hybrid Theme by Justin Tadlock from themehybrid.com. It is an excellent theme and provides plenty of customization options.

  21. I like simple things and simple design layout and my vote go for Simple Balance theme! Thanks for sharing this really nice themes!

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