10 Fresh, Elegant and Clean WordPress Themes


We like to observe the Web. We like to present fresh ideas, creative solutions and interesting approaches. We like to share them with our readers, making both our personal work and the work of fellows developers easier. Observing creative works of talented designers, you can improve your skills and learn new techniques. However, to do that, you need to keep an eye on fresh and inspiring starting points. We collect them. And present them to you. Every month. So you don’t have to.

Let’s take a look at 5 fresh and elegant and 5 simple WordPress themes you might be willing to use for your next project.

You can find even more themes in our post 83 Beautiful WordPress Themes1 and in Arpit Jacob’s Top Ten Best Free WordPress Themes And Templates2.

Fresh and Beautiful WordPress Themes Link

1. Dark Theme Release at iLEMONed3

Fresh WordPress Themes - Dark Theme Release at iLEMONed4

2. iTheme5

Fresh WordPress Themes - iTheme6

3. WordPress Theme: Hello 2007 – Hello Wiki

Fresh WordPress Themes - WordPress Theme: Hello 2007 - Hello Wiki

4. Digital Pop WordPress Theme7

Fresh WordPress Themes - Desperate Curiosity » Blog Archive » Digital Pop WordPress Theme8

5. New Order WordPress Theme9

Fresh WordPress Themes - Desperate Curiosity » Blog Archive » New Order WordPress Theme10

Clean WordPress Themes Link

6. JsThemeV1.111

Fresh WordPress Themes - JsThemeV1.1 Bug Fixed at JsBlog12

7. WordPress Themes – esn studio13

Fresh WordPress Themes - WordPress Themes - esn studio14

8. Minyx / Infected-FX15

Fresh WordPress Themes - Minyx » Infected-FX16

9. Recycled Canvas :: Creative Synthesis17

Fresh WordPress Themes - Recycled Canvas :: Creative Synthesis18

10. Y Go Lonely19

Fresh WordPress Themes - WordPress Theme Demo20

Bonus: Download 2410 WordPress Themes! Link

The guys over Xyberneticos.com21 have collected over 2400 WordPress Themes, packed them in a .zip-file (251 Mb!) and offered them for free download22. Impressive, really.

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/02/09/83-beautiful-wordpress-themes-you-probably-havent-seen/
  2. 2 http://www.clazh.com/top-ten-best-free-wordpress-themes-and-templates/
  3. 3 http://www.ilemoned.com/wordpress/wptheme-dark
  4. 4 http://www.ilemoned.com/wordpress/wptheme-dark
  5. 5 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/resources/wp-themes/itheme/
  6. 6 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/resources/wp-themes/itheme/
  7. 7 http://writerspace.net/index.php/2007/04/01/digital-pop-wordpress-theme/
  8. 8 http://writerspace.net/index.php/2007/04/01/digital-pop-wordpress-theme/
  9. 9 http://writerspace.net/?p=908
  10. 10 http://writerspace.net/?p=908
  11. 11 http://jsbox.net/264
  12. 12 http://jsbox.net/264
  13. 13 http://eisabainyo.net/weblog/wordpress-themes/
  14. 14 http://eisabainyo.net/weblog/wordpress-themes/
  15. 15 http://www.infectedfx.net/minyx-theme/2006/
  16. 16 http://www.infectedfx.net/minyx-theme/2006/
  17. 17 http://www.creativesynthesis.net/blog/projects/recycled-research/recycled-canvas/
  18. 18 http://www.creativesynthesis.net/blog/projects/recycled-research/recycled-canvas/
  19. 19 http://www.ygosearch.com/seoblog/
  20. 20 http://www.ygosearch.com/seoblog/
  21. 21 http://www.xyberneticos.com/
  22. 22 http://www.xyberneticos.com/index.php/2007/05/02/2400-themes-wordpress-para-descargar-de-un-click/

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  1. 1

    Now i can one theme a every day :D

  2. 2

    wow,thanks smashing for this pretty good wordpress template. can you give the info beside the wordpress template like popular plugin component wordpress.thanks

  3. 3

    Thank`s a lot!!!

  4. 4

    Regarding the Xyberneticos file, I really appreciate their effort, but after waiting forever for the file to download and the contents to unzip, one sees that it is not possible to preview the themes. In my honest opinion, I find it more comfortable to go to themes.wordpress.net and play round there.
    Thanks for the info anyway.

  5. 5

    Rick, i see what you mean but i think its different enough to constitute as a different theme seeing as how it might have been inspired but the graphics they used we’re all theirs and the layout changed a bit so i dont think its the same code.

  6. 6

    Great collection!

  7. 7

    Vitaly Friedman

    May 8, 2007 1:37 am

    Dear friends,

    I am really sorry about that, but the fact is we’ve been selecting these themes for the whole month, and it is quite interesting that many of them are the same. However, not all of them are the same. Well, we’re doing research as well as other bloggers (probably) do, so we must have had similar sources. We appreciate Arpit Jacob’s work offering us and fellows developers more creative WordPress themes.

  8. 8

    Matthew Hockenberry

    May 8, 2007 2:28 am

    Well our theme certainly isn’t on the other list and given how weird it is (in objective, not design) I was kind of surprised to see it on the list.

    Coincidently it was just really released (like 15 minutes ago) so great scoop Smashing Magazine!

  9. 9

    James Bennett

    May 8, 2007 2:32 am

    Gotta agree with Rick; the “Hello” theme is very obviously a rip of Dan Cederholm’s site, with just a few elements tweaked. Compare the color of the header areas, the type of pattern lurking just above the header, the placement of the navigation with the extended bar beyond the last tab…

    It’s a rip. It did change a few things to not be a direct copy, but there’s little to no actual originality or creative design work going on in that theme.

  10. 10

    This is fantastic! We need more list of the best blog CMS themes.

  11. 11

    really is vrey nice

  12. 12

    Hey guys on the smashing web leading magazine ^_*

    I really adore your work all over the time .. but excuse me this time .. I can’t find the real beauty with those themes and with this post this time :(

    They’re simply ordinary and some below basic themes .. and without the real sense of innovation except couple of them or something ..

    I really believe there are hundreds of themes that look much more attractive, simple and innovative than those ones ..

    Sorry for being disappointing .. But I love you Smashing Guys :)

  13. 13

    Hm, to me first 3 themes look like wordpress adaptations of (top down respectively) 1. bartelme design; 2. centrigy 3. iconshoppe or bunch of similar sites. I.e. looks like people behind these sites leave their skin like snakes…

  14. 14

    Thank you so much Smashing, I may just use of these for myself!

  15. 15

    Finally a good breakdown! Great pics!

  16. 16

    Hey there Thank you for the link back and I apologize if I was too harsh.

  17. 17

    I keep on top of the new releases quite well, but you’ve managed to bring a couple that I’ve never laid eyes on…nice ones too.

    God job guys!

  18. 18

    Wow, very nice collection of themes. I would advise your readers to steer clear of the giant zip file though…Most of the themes in there are crappy. Stick with the 10 listed and customize from there.

  19. 19

    Thank you very much to include one of my subjects, all the others are really wonderful, I feel pleased :$

  20. 20

    Why why why … aren’t there good themes for Blogger ?

  21. 21

    Amazing List!

  22. 22

    I gotta love iTheme (simplicity rocks sometimes). I haven’t seen all of these but very cool stuff.

  23. 23

    2410 themes in a single archive is not impressive, it’s a total waste of time, space and bandwidth. Who wants to dig through such a number of themes, which has to include anything from top notch to super ugly ?

  24. 24

    Paweł Kata (Oszczędzanie pieniędzy)

    May 8, 2007 7:02 pm

    I was getting a little bored with K2 modifications and now You’ve listed the best of the best for me :-) Thanks sooo much for this list.

  25. 25

    You guys really should get rid of #3. It’s quite obviously a cheap rip-off of SimpleBits. Just admit you made a mistake and take it down.

  26. 26

    Carlos Eduardo

    May 8, 2007 10:14 pm

    I love this collection!

    Thank you for this list…

  27. 27

    These are totally cool !

  28. 28

    would be nice if you post also some nice compatible themes for Drupal..
    thx anyway!

  29. 29

    Hmm. Cheers but maybe you could explain what you like about these templates. In anycase, the designs look fine.

  30. 30

    Excellent stuff guys – as usual! I think my personal fave has to be the iLEMONed bartleme theme. :)

  31. 31

    cheers mates :)

  32. 32

    any effort from sm to look for clean joomla template?

  33. 33

    The website hosting ‘iTheme’ seems to have gone down! Anyone got a mirror?

  34. 34

    Like them all however the iTheme… that background… just seems like I’m seeing that too much these days…

  35. 35

    Hmmm,nice list. I’m considering a new theme for my blog. This surely will help. Thanks!

  36. 36

    Great list..

  37. 37

    Once again, another awesome post. This makes me want to start a blog! But I dont have anything to post.

    And navdeep, thats a nice design!


  38. 38

    iTheme is superb.. i really like it

  39. 39

    Fine collection. In the beginning of wordpress it was easy to find good themes,… now there are so many themes,… thats why its very useful to find your list.

    Thank you!

  40. 40

    Thank you for featuring my theme (esn studio – Golden Green). That made my day. :)

  41. 41

    oh this file is very big for me.

  42. 42

    thanks for spotting us , the zip of all those cute and great wordpress themes .
    thanks and it was really helpful rather than collecting them , individually .

  43. 43

    Very nice theme.

  44. 44

    The only similarity I can see between SimpleBits and Hello Wiki is the header. Oh right, nobody else has ever made a header like that before. Dark background with menu underneath. Get real.

  45. 45

    good job
    thx u

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  47. 47

    Thanks for this great list. I have finally found a theme that I actually really like.

  48. 48

    I’d really like the Minyx theme if available in english

  49. 49

    iTheme and iLemoned are the best of the lot.
    I guess the future belongs to themes with Ajax supported sidebars now….as in iTheme :)
    Thanks for the compilation

  50. 50

    nice themes



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