Top 15 Best Free WordPress Themes To Empower Your Website

Top-15-Best-Free-WordPress-Themes

Top 15 Best Free WordPress Themes 

You know you want your own good-looking WordPress website, but you also know you don’t have the coding skills to build a theme for it from scratch.

Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.

Happily, the WordPress community is large enough – and committed enough – to create a variety of free resources available to help users. One of these is the WordPress.org Theme Directory with over 3,000 free themes to choose from, all of which have been contributed by individual users and design companies.

Then again, narrowing your choice down to “just” 3,000 themes may not seem like much help. Once again, don’t worry! We’ve gone through all the available options to find the 15 best free WordPress themes for you to choose from.

How We Choose Our Ratings


We excluded themes created by WordPress.com because by default, those are downloaded more often than others. Also, we didn’t include themes which hadn’t been rated by the WordPress community as there wasn’t enough information to make a judgment. For all the rest, we answered the three questions below to choose the best free WordPress themes.

How can it be used?

We looked at each theme’s features and functionality as well as its versatility for use by different websites such as ecommerce, food and drink, news, photography, and portfolios.

How many active installations are there?

Popularity isn’t everything, but it does count. A higher number of active installs shows people really are using a theme.

What rating does the WordPress community give it?

WordPress users are not shy with their opinions. The ratings they give themes go a long way toward determining how well it’s been received within the WordPress community.


Best Free WordPress Themes

One of the great things about WordPress is the ability to preview different themes before applying them to your site. No matter how much you may like a theme when you first see it, always preview how your site looks using it before switching from your old theme.

GeneralPress
Photo credit to wordpress.org

GeneratePress, from the design firm of the same name, is one of the most powerful themes in this list. In addition to having features common to other entries – responsive design which makes it mobile-friendly, easily customizable, and compatible with all major WordPress plugins – it is also fully integrated with schema.org microdata which boosts responsiveness and communication with search engines.

While other themes utilize Google Fonts, GeneratePress takes this one step further by offering full access to Font Awesome. Developers will love its built-in filters and hooks which will reduce development time. There are multiple dropdown menus, sidebar layouts, and widget areas. If you’re looking for a full-fledged theme with all the bells and whistles you could hope for, GeneratePress just might be it.

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Ecommerce

100,000+


Sydney

Photo credit to wordpress.org

Sydney is available from aThemes. Sporting a ton of customization options, it’s great for both businesses and portfolios. You’ll have full access to Google Fonts, complete color and layout control, a full-screen slider, and sticky navigation. It’s also translation-ready and features threaded comments. You’ll be able to incorporate parallax backgrounds and front-page blocks. You’ll keep your visitors engaged through the multiple social media icons and widgets.

Plus, how can you say no to a design firm who has a blog post about the 6 best beer brewery WordPress themes?

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Ecommerce
Portfolios

200,000+


Colormag

Photo credit to wordpress.org

As its name suggests, ColorMag features a magazine-style design which is well-suited for news, magazine, or newspaper publishing. In fact, it’s the most popular magazine-newspaper theme available at WordPress.org. It comes with a left sidebar, and your choice of a one- or two-column layout.

While print newspapers may be fading fast, ColorMag’s integration with WooCommerce will make it easy to monetize your site. You can also use your own customized code and allow users to share content via multiple social media channels. Plus, unlike many of the themes on this list, there is free support available at the ThemeGrill website.

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Ecommerce
News

100,000+


total


Photo credit to wordpress.org

Available from HashThemes, Total does its best to be a one-size-fits-all website solution. It utilizes a clean, one-page design with unlimited color options, a sticky menu, animated text slider, and 10 homepage sections ranging from “About Us” to “Portfolio” to “Services” and more. And, yes, it’s compatible with WooCommerce. You can also have footer widgets, threaded comments, and a featured image. It’s translation-ready, too!

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Ecommerce
Photography
Portfolios

60,000+


Mesmerize


Photo credit to wordpress.org

Mesmerize, from the design firm of the same name, incorporates a drag-and-drop layout system which is quickly and easily customized. There’s a predesigned home page, 30 different content sections which are ready to use, and 5 header styles to choose from. Additional options for customization include either a slideshow or video background. Mesmerize is fully responsive and mobile-friendly as soon as you start using it. It’s also ready to use with WooCommerce straight out of the box.

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Food and drink, portfolios

30,000+


Writee


Photo credit to wordpress.org

Mesmerize, from the design firm of the same name, incorporates a drag-and-drop layout system which is quickly and easily customized. There’s a predesigned home page, 30 different content sections which are ready to use, and 5 header styles to choose from. Additional options for customization include either a slideshow or video background. Mesmerize is fully responsive and mobile-friendly as soon as you start using it. It’s also ready to use with WooCommerce straight out of the box.

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Ecommerce news
photography

30,000+


Ashe


Photo credit to wordpress.org

Produced by WP Royal, Ashe’s style is both elegant and minimal. As with many other themes on this list, it supports WooCommerce, and the responsive design is mobile-friendly. Language translation is built in as well as right-to-left (RTL) reading. It comes with plenty of documentation so even WordPress coding newbies will be able to easily customize it. There is also a full-screen slider, Instagram widget support, and retina display support.

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Ecommerce
 Food and drink Photography

10,000+


Bulk


Photo credit to wordpress.org

Okay, so Bulk doesn’t have quite as many ratings as most other themes in this list, but that’s probably because it’s relatively new. Made by Themes4WP, it was developed for use with the drag-and-drop page builder plugin Elementor. It’s translation-ready and is compatible with both WooCommerce and RTL. Its fully responsive design works well with its one-page layout.

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Ecommerce
photography portfolios

10,000+


Storefront


Photo credit to wordpress.org

As you can tell by its name, Storefront is perfect for online sales, especially as it’s available from WooCommerce. Not only does it have WooCommerce bespoke integration, many of the WooCommerce extensions also come built in. Specifically designed to use succinct and compressed code, you can easily customize its extensible codebase. In addition, its deep WooCommerce integration means there is little to no downtime due to plugin and theme conflicts.

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Ecommerce

100,000+


Zerif Lite


Photo credit to wordpress.org

Zerif Lite, from themeisle, uses BootStrap and has parallax support. It’s compatible with WooCommerce, RTL, and WPML. It also has enhanced search engine optimization (SEO). The one-page design incorporates responsive features which allow it to translate well to tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices. When you decide to make changes to your website, you can see them in real time. Whether you’re showcasing your portfolio, corporate business, or web agency, it’s worth taking a look at Zerif Lite.

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Ecommerce Portfolios

100,000+


Hestia


Photo credit to wordpress.org

Hestia, another themeisle contribution, has a multipurpose one-page design good for businesses or portfolios. You can use your own custom header, background, menu, and colors. You can also choose from either a one- or two-column layout. It’s compatible with WordPress’ WooCommerce plugin and ecommerce platform. Still not sold? A version of it is used by Jeremy Spencer, one of the founding members of the legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac!

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Ecommerce Portfolios

90,000+


Onepress


Photo credit to wordpress.org

A FameThemes product, OnePress is a multipurpose one-page theme which is suitable for a variety of websites. It features a mobile-friendly responsive design, custom content blocks, parallax backgrounds, and an advanced theme customizer. Out of all the themes in this list, this one is an excellent example of how Bootstrap 4 WordPress can be thoroughly integrated with WooCommerce.

Want more? OnePress easily translates into the language of your choice, has advanced HTML5 functionality, and is rigorously tested for compatibility with all major browsers. FameThemes boasts over 78,000 satisfied customers, thanks in no small part to the superior support it provides.

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Ecommerce Portfolios

70,000+


Shapely


Photo credit to wordpress.org

ColorLib is a prolific developer of WordPress themes, and Shapely is one of its more accomplished efforts with its pixel-perfect design and numerous customization options. Sure, it supports WordPress widgets like WooCommerce, but that support extends to JetPack, Google Analytics by Yoast, Gravity Forms, and more. You also have access to Font Awesome vector graphics, unlimited color options, and detailed theme documentation to provide the support you’ll need to take full advantage of its versatility.

Like GeneratePress, Shapely has multipurpose capabilities which extend its use far beyond one or two types of websites. While its primary purpose is ecommerce, it can be easily adapted for content publishing by blogs, magazines, or newspapers. As ColorLib says, “Shapely may well be the last WordPress theme you need to buy.”

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Ecommerce Photography Portfolios

30,000+


Pagespeed


Photo credit to wordpress.org

PageSpeed bills itself as the fastest and most robust SEO WordPress theme available. This SwiftThemes product has a clean design which effectively incorporates negative space and loads in less than a second, according to Pingdom. All this speed does not sacrifice customization as you can have sticky sidebars and navigation, integrate Google Fonts, and incorporate a featured post slider. It’s coded to official WordPress standards and is compatible with WooCommerce, AdSense, Beaver, and Elementor.

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Ecommerce
 Food and drink

10,000+


consulting


Photo credit to wordpress.org

Consulting, from Think Up Themes, is the free version of Consulting Pro, and both are excellent options for an ecommerce or services site. Consulting incorporates a responsive design, is HD-ready for retina displays, and allows you to quickly add social media sharing icons. Plus, it has powerful built-in widgets for cloud tags and Flicker feeds.

If you upgrade to Consulting Pro, additional powerful features become available: access to unlimited colors, your choice of full-width or boxed layout, and a library of over 100 custom shortcodes. And, with the full version, there is robust support to help you should you need it.

How You Can Use It

Active Installs

Rating

Ecommerce Photography

30,000+

Choosing a WordPress Theme

When choosing from the best free WordPress themes, function should always dictate form. Even if you’re taken by a particular theme – c’mon, who doesn’t love Zombie Apocalypse? – it may not automatically work well for your ecommerce site. Or, maybe you know you’ll need more additional tech support than providers of free themes usually offer. In that case, you should look at the paid commercial themes also available at the WordPress.org Theme Directory.

Want to see even more great free WordPress themes? Check out these additional examples!

Leave a Reply