The success of your WordPress site heavily depends on the theme you choose for building a website. There are thousands of free and commercial themes showcased on the official wordpress.org site. Choosing one from the lot is really a tough task and we make the task bit easier for you. Here is a list of top 10 free WordPress themes available on the WordPress repository. You can download, install and activate these themes on your site from admin panel.
Note, there is no free lunch. All the theme developers offer limited version as a free download and charge you to get the premium version. We believe one of the free themes is sufficient for a normal content site offering blog and store. If you own or build a full fledged business site then we highly recommend to check the commercial theme offered on official wordpress.org site instead of looking for free ones. We have also mentioned the cost of offered premium versions of the top 10 listed free themes.
No 1 – Customizr
Customizr is the most popular free theme available in WordPress themes repository. It has more than 100 thousands active installs with more than thousand daily downloads.
Customizr supports full width header slideshow, boxed image slider and multiple layouts. You can use left sidebar, right sidebar, full width or three columns layouts for posts and pages. The pro version is also offered through developer’s site with additional features which will cost you $49.95.
No 2 – Hueman
Hueman is the second top reviewed free theme in WordPress repository. It powers more than 70 thousands of WordPress site and is developed by the same author of the Customizr theme.
You can change the layout with right sidebar, left sidebar or three columns. The author also offers an add-on plugin or shortcodes and floating social sharing buttons. It supports featured slider, comment count on featured images, header and footer customizations. Though it is fully responsive, when used with three columns the right sidebar will disappear on mobile devices and needs to click the arrow to view the right sidebar as a slide out on iPad.
No 3 – GeneratePress
GeneratePress has more than 200 thousands of active installs. It is a fully responsive and lightweight theme with multiple sidebar options.
The free version is fully compatible with major plugins like WooCommerce, BuddyPress, bbPress, etc. The premium version will cost you $49.95 with additional features like sections, page header, masonry layout and additional menus.
No 4 – Spacious
Spacious is a responsive, multipurpose theme actively installed on more than 70 thousands WordPress sites. It offers header slideshow, featured widget, testimonial widget and optimized for speed.
It also offers call to action widget, layouts with sidebars, full width layout and custom CSS option. The pro version will cost you $69.
No 5 – Responsive
Responsive is a free WordPress theme powers more than 100 thousands websites. It completely focuses on providing a fluid responsive layout so that your site will look perfect on all devices.
The pro version is billed based on monthly ($7), annually ($67) or one time ($249) subscription for all themes offered by the developer.
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No 6 – Colormag
Colormag is a magazine style theme used for creating quick and stylish news, magazine, technology and general blogs. It powers more than 70 thousands of WordPress sites and the average download exceeds more than 1200 per day.
Each category is displayed in different color and makes the home page attractive. It supports WooCommerce, fully responsive, has a featured slider and other widgets. While the free version can be downloaded from WordPress repository, the pro version with enhanced features can be purchased for $69 from the developer’s site.
No 7 – Virtue
Virtue is a Bootstrap theme that powers more than 70 thousands WordPress sites. You can build online store, portfolio, business sites and it supports WooCommerce.
It will cost you $45 per year to get the premium version.
No 8 – Sydney
Sydney theme powers more than 100 thousands WordPress sites and the daily average download exceeds 1000 times. It is a fully responsive theme offers beautiful header slideshow and variety of widgets.
The pro version will cost you $49 per year.
No 9 – Enigma
Enigma is a Bootstrap theme that powers more than 30 thousands WordPress sites. It offers header slideshow, blog carousel, sidebar and full width layouts.
The premium version will cost you $39 one time payment.
No 10 – Optimizer
Optimizer is a multipurpose free WordPress theme that powers more than 20 thousands websites. It is a fully responsive theme and supports popular plugins like WooCommerce.
The pro version will cost you $59 one time payment for single website license.
Everyday hundreds of developers release free themes in WordPress repository and on third-party websites. The above list is a mere reference based on the popularity. Choosing the best theme for your site depends on your need and we always recommend to go for a premium version. Because, you can get proper support with premium version while getting support on free themes is not always guaranteed.