All the themes listed below are completely free and available for immediate download. They are suitable for a variety of uses. Many WordPress themes come with overly complex layouts and flashy animations. In most cases you don’t really need all that.
The term ‘best’ is quite subjective, so for our list we have looked at ease of use, user-friendliness, readability, design, code errors, suitability for purpose, attractiveness and popularity. We have also given consideration to the source of the theme and the designers behind each theme to ensure the list is what it says it is – the very BEST free WordPress themes! If we have missed any you feel they are worthy of mention, please do so in the comments below!
So, let’s start with the most trusted source of them all – WordPress.org. There are a few rules for getting your theme listed in the themes section. Quoting from the theme requirements page:-
“The recommended items are there to make sure your theme is the best it can be and good advice to include as best practice.”
Despite such an exhaustive list of requirements, a lot of the themes there can be somewhat lacking visually. This is due, in part, to the lack of imagery for copyright reasons. A lot of placeholders are used. It is also a shame that the dynamic homepage is often not set on the theme demos, so you have to guess what the theme will look like installed or trust you can get it to look like the preview image. Here are a couple of hidden gems that caught our eye.
A little look elsewhere.
So we’ve considered WordPress.org, now let’s look elsewhere. Athemes feature one or two free themes, this one looked worthy of mention.
Here is a decent Adsense magazine theme by WPExplorer.
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