Free WordPress themes are the best way to go when it comes to fully customizing your blog. After all, why would you bother to pay any amount of cash for a theme when there are literally thousands of great free themes out there that are available for you to use?
Though that can be the problem: there are thousands upon thousands of themes, all located on different sites. If you don’t know where to look, it can easily take you days if not weeks to find the right free WordPress theme for your site. But if you don’t feel like doing the research, take comfort in the fact that you don’t have to. Why? Because we’ve done it for you. Below are some of our favorite sites for free themes for WordPress that you’ve got to check out.
1. Smashing Magazine
Go to any blog entry similar to this and I bet that you’ll find Smashing Magazine on any one of their top ten lists – and there’s a good reason for this. Not only is the magazine an excellent resource for anyone in the web design and development business, but each year they post a list of their favorite WordPress themes. Every theme that they find is separated into a category so it makes it really easy for you to sort through their list.
Apart from finding awesome themes, Smashing Magazine is a great resource because their list is up to date. They take WordPress updates into account when adding themes to the list, and they continue to create lists of their favorite themes all year ‘round.
We love to use this site when we want high quality, nicely designed themes. WP Templates offers 4 years worth of archived templates, each of them absolutely beautiful and professional in appearance. The templates are updated weekly, and you can try out demo versions of all of the themes, as well as download the themes in a zip file format so it’s easy to transfer to your blog.
Why not go straight to the source and use some of their free themes? Besides being fully customizable, people love WordPress because it also offers thousands of fantastic free themes. You can also be sure that, as the themes are created and hosted on WordPress, they will be bug and virus-free. We would recommend that this be the first place to look, especially if you’re a new blogger who is still trying to get a sense of how you want your blog to ultimately appear.
What we really like about WP Corner is the category selection. This site is so easy to navigate that you can find almost anything that you’re looking through just by looking through their comprehensive categories, like “Dark,” “Modern,” “Minimalist” or “Corporate.” Another nice feature that the site has is that they have a list of their top featured themes and ranks them by popularity in the right sidebar.
Apart from having an awesome name, Rock Kitty offers thousands and thousands of quality, free WordPress themes. If you visited the site a couple of years ago, you may have become frustrated since it wasn’t easy to navigate. Well, they finally got around to restructuring their site so it’s now incredibly easy to navigate. You can search by most popular themes as well as a number of different design attributes, such as color. We’ve also been able to find some pretty unique themes on this site, so if you’re looking for something that isn’t like what everyone else has, this is the place to go.
6. Template Lite
Looking for extremely detailed and well designed themes? Then check out Template Lite. Though we wouldn’t say that there’s something for everyone here, if you are looking for something specific, you may be able to find it on Template Lite (and if you do, there’s a good chance you’ll use the theme you find).
What we don’t like about this site is the need to click through tons and tons of pages of themes. It’s somewhat like trying to find the diamond “in the rough,” though really, all of the themes are great – just maybe not appropriate for your blog. If you have some time to spend looking for a quality theme, then we highly recommend this site.
There’s something for everyone on Free WP Blog Themes. Having one of the longest lists of categories of any free theme site that we know, you can find some really unique categories here. You can find them listed in color, style, and even in size dimensions like the 125×125 Ads Ready size. Given the amount of quality themes on this site, we would say it should be one of the first ones that you check out.
8. WordPress Themes For Free
Similarly titled to the last site we mentioned, but completely different, is the WordPress Themes For Free site. One thing that really stands out to us about this site is just how safe their themes are. You’ll have a hard time finding anyone on the net who has complained about viruses or bugs with their super safe themes. There’s also a neat rating system that has been implemented on the site, so you can get a good idea of just how popular a theme is.