50+ Free, Clean and Elegant WordPress Themesby Paulius RasytinisFree WordPress Themes, WordPress Themes 76 Comments
What do you expect when you click on the title like this? One or two nice themes and a whole bunch of low quality freebies cluttered with old-fashioned design elements, nothing close to premium, clean and elegant WordPress themes you have to pay for? I believe that this time you will be pleasantly surprised.
From simple to powerful, from personal to corporate, the list of 50+ free WordPress themes covers it all. Many themes within this list come with the latest WordPress 3.0 features and custom theme management pages. They all should be easy to setup and can power sites of all sizes. Enjoy!
Foundation is an elegant, feature packed and donation ready WordPress theme designed for non-profit organizations. It is ready to use out of the box and can be set up within a few minutes. Theme comes preloaded with sample content for a quick and painless setup.
Customize this theme to match your taste. 3 unique color schemes are included, giving you alternatives to choose from. Setup your custom image slideshow, embed video, change donation settings, customize logo. All this and even more can be done through the built-in theme options panel.
Gridly is a free minimal and responsive WordPress theme with a trendy grid-based layout. It has a clean and creative look – ideal for photographers or graphic designers. Gridly theme has a simple options panel, so you can easy customize the theme to suit your needs. It also features 2 color schemes, jQuery Masonry, and comes with a widgetized footer and featured images.
Colorway is a clean and elegant WordPress theme with easy customization options. It lets you choose your own logo, backgrounds, footer texts and may more with just a few clicks. This free WordPress theme is suitable for various different niches from business to portfolio. It is highly optimized for speed, so that your website opens faster than any similar themes. Colorway theme also features a ready-made contact form that let your visitors easily contact you.
Photoria is a simple and stylish WordPress portfolio theme ready to be used for your Photoblog or Portfolio website. With advanced WPZOOM options panel, you can easily customize every detail of your theme to suit your needs. You can define a custom layout for each post individually. This theme has built-in 2 additional templates for your pages.
Create your menu in seconds from WordPress Dashboard. You can add pages, categories, custom links and create drop-downs via drag & drop. Easily configurable gallery slider on homepage which allows you to showcase your featured content.
Stumblr is a fresh and clean WordPress theme ideal for micro-blogging photos & videos. It comes with a minimal design, featured images, 2 different color schemes and widgetized sidebar and footer areas. Stumblr theme also features a simple options panel and a logo upload option. It is one of the rare great looking free WordPress themes that are optimized for videos.
It takes time and effort to build a competitive iPhone app and get it placed on Apple App Store. As this would already be a worthy achievement, you shouldn’t stop at this point. There’s a lot more you can do to get your app noticed. WordPress + Appz WordPress theme is a simple, fast and effective way to approach the audience with your app. It’s a clean and modern theme that is best suited for landing pages, showcasing your latest iPhone apps.
If you need a neat WordPress theme that is also free, why not try Aurelius? It’s a powerful CMS theme, suitable for personal and larger businesses. Aurelius has some nice features including jQuery roundabout for images, SEO friendly markup, powerful theme options panel and documentation.
Widely is a free elegant WordPress theme that will definitely catch your visitor’s attention. It is a simple, clean and well designed theme with a full powered content manager. Widely theme features a number of custom widgets that will help you to display dynamic content. PSD files, documentation, page templates and a contact form are all included and everything comes for free, so you don’t need to worry about almost anything, except your original content of the website.
Magazeen — a free advanced WordPress theme in a magazine-look created by the talented WeFunction Design Agency. This bold magazine 2-col-theme was designed with the main focus being on typography, grids and magazine-look. It was created especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers.
JournalCrunch is an elegant WordPress magazine theme that is easy to setup, supports WordPress 3.0 custom menu management and has theme options page. 9 built-in shortcodes, latest tweet widget, jQuery lightbox, working ajax contact form, dropdown menus and other amazing features are included to simplify your blogging expererience.
Danoska is clean, stylish and free WordPress theme orientated to effective content presentation. It is most suitable for companies and as a business theme to present products or services. It comes in 10 different color schemes, 5 custom widget, custom shortcodes, 3 different frontpage layouts and 4 page templates. There are 6 widgetized areas for easy content management. Styling possibilities are endless and different layouts can be set for every individual page.
The power of CSS3 styling and animation, combined with trendy colors, gives you a clean, elegant and user orientated theme that is ready to suit any kind of business.
The Undiscovered is a clean and simple WordPress blog theme with a fully responsive layout. This Retina-ready theme guarantees a perfect image of your site on any kind of web-enabled device. This theme has a beautifully designed pink color scheme, but you can easily change the color of all colored icons to create your own individual look.
Adapt is a free elegant WordPress theme that features a very clean business/portfolio style design. It is a fully responsive theme and super easy to setup. Adapt theme features several page templates for your blog, filterable portfolio, full-width pages and a landing page template. It also comes with a great unlimited heights homepage slider, as well as widgetized sidebar and footer.
Panoramica is an outstanding free WordPress theme with a fully fluid layout adapting to as many window sizes as possible. It has an amazing fully fluid homepage slider and a ready-made contact form template. Panoramica theme also comes with a polished portfolio that emphasizes the use of images and a highly functional theme options panel where you can tweak the layout and customize its colors any way you want.
Big Square is a clean, tidy and elegant WordPress theme that lets your photo works speak louder than text. This free WordPress theme is highly suitable for photographers or other artists to display their work. Big Square theme features jQuery scroller, dropdown menus, image excerpt, and much more. It also comes with full documentation and “How to” guide to help you with a set-up and customization processes.
Yaminth (abbreviation of Yet Another Minimal Theme) is a free elegant WordPress theme with a modern and minimal look. It comes in light colors with a dark footer. It also comes with Google web fonts and jQuery fade-in/fade-out image feature. Yaminth theme has a featured posts section where you can display even 4 different posts.
Cakifo is a free and clean WordPress theme, which was built with the rock-solid Hybrid theme framework, so it is a great starting point with many useful features. A killer feature is an ability to add custom stylesheets to any single post. Several sidebars, many useful shortcodes and theme settings page, it is more than you could expect from a freemium WordPress theme.
Theme also has a custom front page with image and text slider, recent posts and post from selected categories. It has a great post thumbnail functionality to automate the process. Layouts can be set on a per-post and per-page basis.
Balloons is an outstanding free and clean WordPress theme, which comes in a one-column layout with a parallax-scrolling effect. This is a responsive theme, so it will look amazing on any device: computer, tablet, smart phone, etc. Balloons theme features a three-column widgetized footer, a color switcher and a style-sheet for the WP-Pagenavi plugin. It is also available in English and German languages.
Beauty & Clean is a free clean and elegant WordPress theme that comes with 4 different page templates: a stunning home page, a useful about page, clean blog style page and a ready-made functional contact page. This theme also features custom widgets, and a variety of custom post types for testimonials, news, and other important information.
Skeleton is a free clean WordPress theme with a responsive layout. It features a Boilerplate grid framework for fluid columns and adaptive media queries. Skeleton theme also comes with intuitive theme options panel with color pickers, font and background image settings. It is bundled with many highly useful shortcodes and a well-balanced typography scale.
Graphite is a fully functional, free wordpress theme from MediaLoot, perfect for creative professionals, but suitable for anybody. Built from the ground up using HTML5 and CSS3. Graphite comes with 2 alternative homepage image slider templates, custom post templates and custom admin settings.
Delicacy is an attractive and elegant WordPress theme, which was created with food blogs in mind. However, this free theme is not limited to culinary, it can be easily adapted for personal blog and other purposes. Delicacy theme features a Nivo slider, multiple level drop-down menus, threaded comments, custom meta boxes and 4 custom widgets. It comes with 6 different color schemes and 6 background patterns to choose from.
Kw.po is a free elegant WordPress theme with clean and modern looks. It comes with functional theme options page, ready-made custom pages (portfolio and blog), multiple widget areas and built-in special widgets for social media, latest tweets, recent post with thumbnails and so on. Kw.po theme also features beautiful Lightbox gallery (no plugins required), translation-ready .po/.mo files, typography shortcodes and many other great options.
Academica is a non-profit / education CMS theme with a modern layout and elegant design. It has predefined custom templates for pages and posts, 9 sidebars and 3 custom widgets. Setting up Academica Theme is incredibly easy and takes just a few seconds. No need to edit any files, everything can be done from our intuitive Theme Options page.
It’s a 3-column layout theme that is full of style and beautiful illustrations. Theme has a customizable text module on the header, suppots custom menus, featured thumbnails. It comes with some handy custom widgets, such as tabbed content widget, ads widget, etc.
Respo is a free and fully responsive elegant WordPress theme with a clean, sleek and customizable design. This theme perfectly suits for personal blogs and online magazines. It’s responsive layout is able to adapt to the screen size of your visitors. Moreover, the sliders of this theme are also responsive! Hence, the Respo theme works super sleek on any mobile device. It also has unlimited dynamic featured sections, sidebar tabs, custom widgets and many more highly useful options.
A lightweight, minimalistic, semantic, translation-ready WordPress theme that is also free to download. Featuring 10 widgetized areas, Skeleton Plus is a very flexible CMS for any kind of project.
Skeleton plus is available as a free download under the GNU General Public License. Basically you can do whatever you like with this theme. No backlinks are required, but of course they are highly appreciated by the author.
TheProton is a flexible free WordPress theme that can be easily customized to suit any business or personal needs. Despite the fact that it’s free, TheProton is powerful premium theme of clean and elegant design.
TheProton is very easy to modify whether you are a WordPress professional or just a beginner. There are lots of options within the admin area integrated into control panel. You have complete control of every aspect of your site on a single page basis. 7+ color schemes to choose from.
This is a sleek blue colored theme that comes with a configurable slider, drop-down menus and Cufon-enabled headlines. The theme also supports a twitter bird that will sing out your latest tweet from your Twitter.com account.
Nublu has automatic thumbnail generation, as long as you have a picture uploaded with your post. WordPress 3.0+ menu system is integrated into this theme for easy customization of your navigation menu. Nublu Theme is totally free to download and has been tested with all the major browsers.
Boldy theme includes beautiful Nivo Slider, WordPress 3.0 menu management support, built-in twitter widget, pagination, jQuery photo lightbox, ajax based contact form, etc. Boldy is easy to setuo through integrated theme options page.
Elegant is clean and simple yet professional theme. It has 2 color schemes – black and white. It’s best suited for business and portfolio sites, but you can also use it for blog etc. This layout is very easy for your visitors to understand and navigate without any hassle. This theme has different sections on homepage, so you can easily put the content you want in there.
Life Collage is a free child theme of the Hybrid theme framework, which means you must have Hybrid installed for it to work. It’s purely about blogging and having a little fun while you do it. It has extra widget sections, drop-down menus, and a super-cool design.
AllTuts is a clean blogging theme with WordPress 3.0 menu support, custom theme options page, ads widget, latest tweets widget, built-in paginaion, ajax based working contact form, dropdown menus.
This is the most flexible and powerful Restaurant WordPress theme, currently available on the market. Build your restaurant website in seconds and control every aspect of it. There are no templates and no need for advanced short codes, just drag & drop your widgets, edit your layout and design any page separately if you want.
Just activate your theme and set default widgets & layout grids or start on a clean canvas, however you prefer. It is very simple to add new meals, style your menus and even create special offers for your customers. You may display as many menus as you want, however you want it.
Represent your single product with product image and intro text. Lots of iPhone App websites are built this way. Or, simply use this theme as a coming soon page for your upcoming app or website. Use this theme as a mailing list builder by enabling Feedburner subscription form from the design settings.
The WordPress Anniversary theme is a free classic type of blogging theme. It comes with a custom “Thank you WordPress” just to show our appreciation to the crew that made such a big difference on the Web.
The theme has several layout options that you can choose from, simply by selecting from the Theme Options page, standard posts listing, grid listing, each of these with or without thumbnails and you can choose sidebar location, on the left or right side of the theme. You can also disable/hide the “Thank you WP” header or just simply change the header image with one of your own.
Outline is a child theme of the Hybrid theme framework, which means you must have Hybrid installed for it to work. Outline has impeccable typography and use nearly every WordPress feature imaginable, such as the custom background feature and the nav menus system.
Blissful Blog is a free WordPress 3.0 blogging theme for the wedding industry. It features a traditional blog layout with several added features that take advantage of the latest WordPress 3.0 platform capabilities.
You can change the logo, background and add featured images with ease. The theme features beautifully clean design and typography that’s appealing to professionals in the wedding industry.
Bueno is a clean, minimalistic design theme which just oozes sophistication in both it’s typography & structure. Stripped of all fancy design elements; the reader’s focus should be on the great content that you produce.
Using a clear & concise grid-based design, Bueno is not only sexy as hell, but very easy to customize. Integrated banner ad management, widgetized sidebar, with some Bueno-specific custom widgets to allow you full control of what happens in your sidebar.
Imbalance is absolutely free theme, built in modern minimalistic style. The theme looks great under any browser and OS and it is very friendly. JQuery powered Imbalance is perfect for artistic blog, online magazine and portfolio websites.
Valid xHTML, SEO-friendly markup, WordPress 3.0 menu support, Twitter widget, jQuery gallery, options panel, clean typography and a few more goodies are integrated in this theme. It is also very well optimized, so there is no need to worry about high volumes of incoming traffic.
Cudazi Mono is a luxurious, yet clean WordPress theme with custom post types, sample widget areas and great flexibility. This amazing free WordPress theme features multiple footer layouts, unlimited galleries and a variety of single page portfolio types.
Cudazi Mono theme also comes with custom background uploader and color pickers, as well as multiple CSS skins. Moreover, this theme is localized, so you can easily translate it into any language you want!
Fast & flexible theme that can power sites of all sizes. Integrated jQuery slider with number of options to set up your slider: auto slide, auto height, optional fixed height, button height configuration etc. If you need to present more information about your company, you have an option to put upto 4 content boxes.
Along with custom.css stylesheet, where you may edit your theme design, you have a number of predefined skins to choose from. There are a couple of important widgets included you may need when powering up your online presence. No need to install additional WordPress plugins.
Temple Gate is a WordPress theme that started as an experiment to test all the fun and powerful stuff HTML5 has to offer. It’s a “sandbox” nevertheless it’s a solid quality theme ready for deployment in the real world.
The design of Temple Gate is inspired by the spirituality and simplicity of Japanese Temple Gate; the original design idea was to have a very clean and simple layout for Lotus Seeds Design blog that is easy for the eyes and that it gives a sense of tranquility.
Compositio is all about blogging. It will suit blogger, who likes simple yet creative WordPress themes with some unique and elegant design elements. Compositio was released a few years ago, but it still remains one of the most creative and beautiful free template you can get.
Parallax is another free WordPress theme with a focus on clean and elegant looks. The simplicity of this theme allows your content to shine and get all needed attention. Parallax theme features a beautiful large home page slider, portfolio custom pot types and taxonomies, filterable portfolio template and many other custom theme options.
Fotofolio Landscape is a free WordPress theme specially designed for Visual Artist, Photographer, or any media designer to show off their works. All images cropped and resized automatically to fit the area. Theme options page is included to make your life easier.
It’s a 3-column layout theme that features gorgeous 3D flash slider. Atlantis also comes with custom twitter widget, WordPress 3.0 menu support, options panel page, widgetized areas of sidebar and footer.
A simple yet complete WordPress Freemium theme, suitable for every blogger out there. Fun, Elegant, Smart, Beautiful and Professional – that describes what Harimau Malaya is. Control everything from Google Analytics embedded code to changing theme styles easily with the theme options panel.
Very elegant, clean and fast loading WordPress theme with minimalistic approach. It is WordPress 3+ compatible, supports custom menus, has a two-column layout and widget ready sidebar. Abtely automatically creates post thumbnails, displays featured posts in the sidebar and much more.
Structure is a free and modern theme with a magazine style layout. The idea of this clean theme is to adopt the style of the content you are going to add, making it ideal for variety of subjects. The Structure Theme has 2 color schemes – white and black version.
The free version of Structure Theme doesn’t include free maintenance and support, doesn’t have theme options panel, video functionality or portfolio page templates. It’s a beautiful theme for the most basic use.