There are thousands of free templates for WordPress but there are only so many well designed free WordPress Templates.
We at WordPress Hosting Reviews have done the work and selected the best free WordPress templates of 2010.
Hope you find this post helpful. Let us know what you like and what is missing.
Woothemes – The Morning After
Demo – http://www.woothemes.com/demo/?name=themorningafter
Info – http://www.woothemes.com/2010/06/themorningafter/
Download – http://www.woothemes.com/free-themes/TMA
A brilliant free template from a fantastic WordPress theme company.This free template has had over 100 000 downloads and comes with a wealth of features that keep it up-to-date. To list only a few of the features is difficult but I think it’s important to know that it comes with custom widgets for use in the sidebar and footer including Flickr, Ads and Twitter to say a few!
Woothemes – Irresistible
Demo – http://www.woothemes.com/demo/?name=irresistible
Info – http://www.woothemes.com/2009/02/irresistible/
Download – http://www.woothemes.com/free-themes/Irresistible
Another template from Woothemes that we felt was worthy of a place in our list. Not only does this come with custom widgets but it also has wonderful integrated video player, plus 9 different color schemes. We also think the design is pretty great with its use of backgrounds and colors making this on of our more unusual entries.
FrogsThemes – Folio Grid
Demo – http://www.frogsthemes.com/demo/foliogrid/
Info – http://www.frogsthemes.com/wordpress-portfolio-themes/foliogrid/
Download – http://www.frogsthemes.com/downloads/download-foliogrid/
We personally think this template is gorgeous and really shows off the design talent in any portfolio. The template in minimum keeping all the focus on the work displayed. However, don’t let fool you when it comes to a feature packed template. Folio Grid is based on a fluid layout and comes with sexy jQuery transitions to say the least.
tokokoo – Kelontong
Demo – http://www.tokokoo.com/demo/kelontong/
Info – http://tokokoo.com/themes/free-kelontong
Download – http://portfolio.icreativelabs.com/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Kelontong+Freebie
Smashing Magazine – Magazeen
Demo – http://demo.wefunction.com/?wptheme=Magazeen
Info – http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/23/magazeen-free-magazine-look-wordpress-theme/
Download – http://media.smashingmagazine.com/cdn_smash/images/magazeen-wordpress-theme/magazeen-wordpress-theme.zip
A great theme developed by non-other than the guys behind Smashing Magazine, and we know that when they do something they do it properly! It is great to add a magazine based theme to this list as it seems to be huge market. This theme is well designed, packed with features and also comes with the psd files so you can truly make it your own.
WPCrunchy – Newspress
Demo – http://wpcrunchy.com/demo/?wptheme=newspress
Info – http://wpcrunchy.com/our-themes/newspress/
Download – http://wpcrunchy.com/downloads/59
News based blogs are popping up everywhere and if you can get the template for free then your laughing. WPCrunchy have made this possible with their brilliant theme that not only looks wonderful but displays images in a perfectly structured format. It comes in 3 color schemes and has a smooth tableless design.
PaddSolutions – Maparaan
Demo – http://www.paddsolutions.com/wpmag/maparaan
Info – http://www.paddsolutions.com/wordpress-theme-maparaan/
Download – http://www.paddsolutions.com/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=115
Maparaan is a new template with a highly customizable front page and robust admin options. This fabulous 5-in-1 free WordPress theme is packed with features that include Automatic thumbnail re-sizer, latest tweets and a Featured Content Gallery. It really is amazing that quality designed themes such as Maparaan are for free!
WPCrunchy – Obscure
Demo – http://wpcrunchy.com/demo/?wptheme=obscure
Info – http://wpcrunchy.com/our-themes/obscure/
Download – http://wpcrunchy.com/downloads/60
Another great template by WPCrunchy and one that we feel shows elegance whilst at the same time has a modern feel. We believe this would be great for those starting off in the blogging world and comes with all the features needed for a beginner. This theme is widget ready, Multi Browser compatible and threaded comments to say a few.
Slimmity – SimpleFolio
Demo – http://demo.slimmity.com/simplefolio/
Info – http://www.slimmity.com/2010/02/free-wordpress-theme-simplefolio/
Download – http://www.slimmity.com/download/SimpleFolio-v1.5.zip
This template was designed by Slimmity for Smashing Magazine and, is currently in version 1.5 after having all the bugs fixed and new features added. With more and more designers turning to WordPress to showcase their talents we, felt this template deserved a place in this list. The layout and color palette are effortless and wonderful to navigate and read whilst the front page sideshow adds that simple pop!
Graph Paper Press – Gridline
Demo – http://demo.graphpaperpress.com/gridline/
Info – http://graphpaperpress.com/themes/gridline/
Download – http://graphpaperpress.com/members/signup.php
Steven Johnson, a WP Hosting Reviews senior editor, works from Atlanta and covers all things related to WordPress and Hosting.
He graduated from Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering, has managed hosting companies and now builds WordPress and Joomla Websites for small to medium companies full time.