40 Free High-Quality WordPress Themes


High quality free WordPress Themes have become harder and harder to find in the past year, with the influx of premium themes, more and more designers and developers are selling themes (and rightly so, they do amazing work). However, the quality of freely available themes has improved as well; in fact, some themes are very advanced and professional and can serve as a solid foundation for your next designs.

There are a lot of choices out there for someone wanting to choose a WordPress theme for their blog. But, that aside, the quality is certainly there, and we are sure you will be impressed with this WordPress theme compilation.

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Free High-Quality WordPress Themes

AppCloud Theme3
A nice e-commerce WordPress theme with a clean and professional look. Built upon 960.gs, with an integrated slideshow, two layouts (horizontal and vertical) for app/gadget images. The theme also includes sections “Featured products” and “Top Selling” and a categorized products view.


Berita5 (via ThemeCloset6)
Berita is a minimalist corporate theme created for companies to prominently display their logo, but the theme could be used for any type of website. It’s a feature-rich theme with a preview slider on the front page and a robust theme administration page.


Magazeen is a two-column theme released specifically for Smashing Magazine readers. The theme has some subtle enhancements that encourage looking at related and new posts, like a related posts drop-down effect for the category link.


Mainstream Theme10 (via Wootheme11)
You have the option of choosing from five different theme colors with Mainstream. Thumbnails are automatically resided and the sidebar is widgetized.


Rusty Grunge13
Rusty Grunge is a simple WordPress theme yet still gives you the “destroyed” look. This theme utilizes a fully-widgetized sidebar and has been downloaded over 28,000 times and is featured as a pre-installed theme on Dreamhost’s default installation of WordPress.


Obscure WordPress Theme15
A dark magazine WordPress theme suitable for any site niche; also a good fit for a community-based site.


Paper Wall17
Smashing Magazine released the illustrated theme Paper Wall last month. The inspiration behind the Paper Wall theme was a designer’s desk, as designers typically put things on paper. It’s a two-column theme with many elements of paper: paper boards, peeling paper and paper “menus”.


Gallery WordPress Theme19
a beautiful, free, gallery-style Thematic child theme for WordPress, designed by Christopher Wallace20 especially for Smashing Magazine and its readers. It is extremely flexible and can be used as a starting point for design galleries and portfolios.


Cool Retro22
A nice, clean illustrated WordPress theme with a retro-look and nice typography.


Life Collage24
Life Collage is a child theme of the Hybrid theme framework. It’s about getting back to the roots of blogging. About sharing our lives. And, about having a little fun while we do it.


Shalom Typo26
This theme was designed for the typographic template contest27 at Smashing Magazine by the German designer David Hellmann28. This WordPress theme is based upon this layout. A clean and nice typographic WordPress-theme.


Jungleland Theme30 (via Theme Lab31)
The stylish browns give an earthy feel to this blog making it a good choice for those blogs focused on the environment and nature. It features a photo gallery and a sidebar menu


Monkeypr Theme33 (via Queness34)
Monkeypr is a nicely designed and fun WordPress theme.


Folio Elements Theme36 (via Press 7537)
With its black background, Folio Elements theme will surely make your images and photographs noticed. There is no sidebar, no widgets, no list of categories, no place to comment and nowhere to search. However, if you are looking for a basic carousel-type theme with absolutely no basics, bells or whistles, then Folio Elements might be the one for you.


SimpleCart(js) is another child of the Thematic WordPress framework. The theme requires WP E-Commerce and is a flexible way to showcase products with the grid framework. The theme features a rich wood background and simple white content area.


A simple clean WordPress theme with the focus on typography and simplicity. Released by Abdullah Ibrahim42 exclusively for Smashing Magazine and its readers.


Zinepress Theme44 (via Well Medicatedi45)
Zinepress is a two column magazine style theme. There is a nice sidebar with enough space for ads and for your widgets. It is hand coded and has valid XHTML STrict 1.0 and CSS Level 2.1. The developer has successfully tested this them with IE 6.0+, Firefox 2+, Opera 9+, Safari 3+, and Chrome 0.2+. Suggested WordPress version is 2.7 or higher.


Futurosity Aperio Prototype47
Futurosity Aperio is a clean straight-forward blog theme built on Sandbox


Futurosity Vero49 (via Theme Meme50)
Built on Sandbox and Blueprint CSS framework, the Futurosity Vero is a minimalist theme. Near the top of your home page, your most recent and featured post will be displayed.


PolaroidPress52 (via Tutorial953)
PolaroidPress, as you might guess from the name, plays on the usage of “polaroids” in the theme that display your random images. It’s a simple two-column theme with an airy feel.


The H5 theme is more of a proof-of-concept theme to show designers how to show theme designers how to design with HTML5 and CSS 2.1. It’s a bare-bones theme that’s perfect as a building block for creating your next WordPress theme.


Inuit57 (via CSS Reflex58)
Inuit makes use of a lot of whitespace and preview images for each post on the homepage. The theme also comes integrated with Twitter and Flickr.


Wu Wei60
Clean, modern and minimal. The theme was based on the Taoist concept of wu wei: knowing when to act, and knowing when not to act. The theme is built on the principles of the grid system.


Cardeo Minimal62
A minimal three-column theme with plenty of white space and gray text.


Album Theme64 (by Allan Cole65)
Auto-focus is a blog theme designed for photographers to showcase their work.


Mystique67 (by Digital Nature68)
This sleek one column theme has a flexible-width, threaded comments, and an adjustable header.


Manifest is a straight-forward one column blog. It has no widgets or sidebar, but gives you a nice clean approach that focuses on your content.


Debug Theme72 (by Joost de Valk73)
When your WordPress installs fail and you need more information, the debug theme is perfect. On the home page, it displays the important URL’s, editor, memory setting, etc. On sub pages it shows the page type, all the query vars that are set and the SQL query for that particular page.


Calmdream WordPress Theme75
A very clean and simple layout for magazine layouts.


Portfolio Theme77 (via WPESP78)
Portfolio is a two column blog theme which can be described as a minimalist. This modifiable design will make your own portfolio look great!


Blog Theme80
The Carrington Blog-style theme is filled with advanced features like widgetized sidebars, AJAX loading of content, stylish galleries, customizable headers and colors.


Mobile Theme82 (via Carrington Themesl83)
The Carrington Mobile has a beautiful design supporting advanced touch browsers (Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and Pre).


Pyrmont V2 Theme85 (via WP86)
Pyrmont V2 is a two-column theme with a black background that could very well make your photographs and designs stand out.


Destyle Theme88
Destyle is a magazine-style WordPress theme. This is another theme packed with useful features such as: multi-level superfish dropdown menu, ad management, predefined CSS styles, customa page templates, Twitter and Flick badges on sidebar and automatic image resizing.


A dark, three-column theme that gives the second column a third dimension.


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  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/18/100-amazing-free-wordpress-themes-for-2009/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/08/100-excellent-free-high-quality-wordpress-themes/
  3. 3 http://portfolio.icreativelabs.com/free-wordpress-e-commerce-theme-appcloud/
  4. 4 http://portfolio.icreativelabs.com/free-wordpress-e-commerce-theme-appcloud/
  5. 5 http://bizzartic.com/2009/05/10/berita-business-wordpress-theme/
  6. 6 http://www.themescloset.com/2009/05/26-great-new-free-wordpress-themes-released-in-may/
  7. 7 http://bizzartic.com/2009/05/10/berita-business-wordpress-theme/
  8. 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/23/magazeen-free-magazine-look-wordpress-theme/
  9. 9 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/23/magazeen-free-magazine-look-wordpress-theme/
  10. 10 http://www.woothemes.com/2009/07/mainstream/
  11. 11 http://www.woothemes.com/2009/07/mainstream/
  12. 12 http://www.woothemes.com/2009/07/mainstream/
  13. 13 http://www.chris-wallace.com/2009/01/08/rusty-grunge-wordpress-theme/
  14. 14 http://www.chris-wallace.com/2009/01/08/rusty-grunge-wordpress-theme/
  15. 15 http://wpcrunchy.com/2009/06/23/obscure-free-community-based-wordpress-theme/
  16. 16 http://wpcrunchy.com/2009/06/23/obscure-free-community-based-wordpress-theme/
  17. 17 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/10/free-wordpress-theme-paper-wall/
  18. 18 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/10/free-wordpress-theme-paper-wall/
  19. 19 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/04/download-gallery-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  20. 20 http://www.chris-wallace.com/
  21. 21 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/04/download-gallery-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  22. 22 http://www.freethemelayouts.com/showcase/coolretro-wordpress-theme/
  23. 23 http://www.freethemelayouts.com/showcase/coolretro-wordpress-theme/
  24. 24 http://themehybrid.com/archives/2009/04/life-collage-wordpress-theme
  25. 25 http://themehybrid.com/archives/2009/04/life-collage-wordpress-theme
  26. 26 http://ikab-mag.com/2009/10/shalom-typo-wordpress-theme/
  27. 27 http://smashingmagazine.com/
  28. 28 http://ikab-mag.com/2009/10/shalom-typo-wordpress-theme/davidhellmann.com/
  29. 29 http://ikab-mag.com/2009/10/shalom-typo-wordpress-theme/
  30. 30 http://www.styleshout.com/
  31. 31 http://www.themelab.com/free-wordpress-themes/
  32. 32 http://www.styleshout.com/
  33. 33 http://monkeypr.ajansretro.com/
  34. 34 http://www.queness.com/post/689/monkeypr-free-wordpress-theme-from-retro/
  35. 35 http://monkeypr.ajansretro.com/
  36. 36 http://www.press75.com/the-folio-elements-wordpress-theme/
  37. 37 http://www.press75.com/the-folio-elements-wordpress-theme/
  38. 38 http://www.press75.com/the-folio-elements-wordpress-theme/
  39. 39 http://www.chris-wallace.com/2009/07/17/simplecartjs-a-free-wp-e-commerce-thematic-child-theme/
  40. 40 http://www.chris-wallace.com/2009/07/17/simplecartjs-a-free-wp-e-commerce-thematic-child-theme/
  41. 41 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/11/07/glassical-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  42. 42 http://www.symmetricweb.com/
  43. 43 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/11/07/glassical-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  44. 44 http://wellmedicated.com/themes/zinepress/
  45. 45 http://wellmedicated.com/themes/zinepress/
  46. 46 http://wellmedicated.com/themes/zinepress/
  47. 47 http://www.themememe.com/wordpress-theme-futurosity-aperio-prototype
  48. 48 http://www.themememe.com/wordpress-theme-futurosity-aperio-prototype
  49. 49 http://www.themememe.com/wordpress-theme-futurosity-vero
  50. 50 http://www.themememe.com/wordpress-theme-futurosity-vero
  51. 51 http://www.themememe.com/wordpress-theme-futurosity-aperio-prototype
  52. 52 http://www.jepson.no/polaroidpress-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  53. 53 http://www.tutorial9.net/resources/35-creative-and-colorful-wordpress-themes/
  54. 54 http://www.jepson.no/polaroidpress-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  55. 55 http://diggingintowordpress.com/2009/07/free-html-5-wordpress-theme/
  56. 56 http://diggingintowordpress.com/2009/07/free-html-5-wordpress-theme/
  57. 57 http://bizzartic.com/bizzthemes/inuitypes/download/
  58. 58 http://www.cssreflex.com/2009/05/20-free-minimal-wordpress-themes.html
  59. 59 http://bizzartic.com/bizzthemes/inuitypes/download/
  60. 60 http://equivocality.com/wu-wei/
  61. 61 http://equivocality.com/wu-wei/
  62. 62 http://themelicious.com/2009/03/26/cardeo-minimal/
  63. 63 http://themelicious.com/2009/03/26/cardeo-minimal/
  64. 64 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/autofocus
  65. 65 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/profile/allancole
  66. 66 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/autofocus
  67. 67 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/mystique
  68. 68 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/profile/digitalnature
  69. 69 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/mystique
  70. 70 http://jimbarraud.com/2009/03/19/manifest/
  71. 71 http://jimbarraud.com/2009/03/19/manifest/
  72. 72 http://yoast.com/wordpress-debug-theme/
  73. 73 http://yoast.com/wordpress-debug-theme/
  74. 74 http://yoast.com/wordpress-debug-theme/
  75. 75 http://www.freethemelayouts.com/showcase/calmdream-wordpress-theme/
  76. 76 http://www.freethemelayouts.com/showcase/calmdream-wordpress-theme/
  77. 77 http://wpesp.com/portfolio/
  78. 78 http://wpesp.com/portfolio/
  79. 79 http://wpesp.com/portfolio/
  80. 80 http://carringtontheme.com/themes/
  81. 81 http://carringtontheme.com/themes/
  82. 82 http://carringtontheme.com/themes/
  83. 83 http://carringtontheme.com/themes/
  84. 84 http://carringtontheme.com/themes/
  85. 85 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/pyrmont-v2
  86. 86 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/pyrmont-v2
  87. 87 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/pyrmont-v2
  88. 88 http://themeshift.com/destyle/
  89. 89 http://themeshift.com/destyle/
  90. 90 http://www.productivedreams.com/imprezz-a-free-wordpress-theme/
  91. 91 http://www.productivedreams.com/imprezz-a-free-wordpress-theme/

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  1. 1

    App Cloud like magazine theme would rock.

  2. 52

    cool post my friend can really use this post he keeps bugging me about designing a website for him lol.

  3. 103

    I’m afraid ,the list seems a tad outdated..some have already been covered by SM..surely
    one expects a lot from you …

  4. 154

    There is a typo in the link to the Carrington theme so that it leads to a 404 page on their site. It should be pretty easy to fix though. Just thought you should know.

  5. 205

    sweeeeet. u guys are the bomb!!

  6. 256

    The theme you titled ‘Album Theme’ (by Allan Cole) should be titled Autofocus, as written in its description… minor, I know, but since I’m using his fantastic theme, I thought it was worth a mention!

  7. 307

    Sweeeeeet list, thanks for sharing.

  8. 358

    it’s been ages since I wanted to download the monkey theme http://monkeypr.ajansretro.com
    did anyone manage? I input my email, site url and code they ask but probably something is wrong. Great list of themes btw!

  9. 409

    Is it just me or does the Cool Retro theme not actually work?

    Installed onto a fresh WordPress install the post and sidebar texts are shifted to the left making it unusable.

    Tried downloading for a second time but same result.

    Pretty poor.

  10. 460

    WordPress themes are all starting to look alike. There is very little originality anymore!
    Seriously, does the same guy make them all now?

    We need new blood in the designs for WP. Drop the magazine-styles, please.

  11. 511

    awesome list! keep it up.

  12. 562

    @Nicola There’s some pretty amazing band wordpress themes out there, checkout http://www.bandwebsitetemplate.com and http://www.bandthemer.com

  13. 613

    nice works . thank you

  14. 664

    Oh man…. I can’t even tell you how awesome this post is… seriously.. i have been searching for so long for the perfect themes that’ll work with wp-ecommerce.. and here, i didn’t find 1.. but 2 of them that look perfect.. THANK YOU!

  15. 715


    February 9, 2010 6:01 am

    Hi guys, great news
    we have been released new wp-ecommerce, its free :D
    Kelontong WordPress e-Commerce theme
    get it now :)

  16. 766

    Though I usually buy or make my own themes, I downloaded Obscure since it had a great design. As it turns out, the footer is encoded with cheesy links to “free bingo” and “travel deals” websites. In addition, there is a crapload of javascript in a file the developer calls and I have NO idea what sort of malicious code might be inside of it.

  17. 817

    Great collection, these WordPress themes inspire me more.
    Nice job, folks.

  18. 868

    Hi, nice list.
    I’ve installed the Mainstream theme, but I’ve noticed that it has serious problems with dropdown menu on IE6. Someone using this theme knows how to fix it?

  19. 970

    it is so cool~~~

  20. 1021

    very good theme archives

  21. 1072

    Great themes! Has anyone been able to download the MonkeyPR theme? Really, really want it. Willing to pay or whatever, just need the appropriate links (in English even though I used Google translator) and the proper link. Thanks in advance!

  22. 1123

    Look at these
    κατασκευή eshop

  23. 1174

    A new verson of the Minimalist Portfolio Theme BlueBubble has been released

    BlueBubble 3.0: http://bluebubble.dosmundoscafe.com/free-theme-bluebubble-v3-0/

  24. 1225

    lovely! thank you for that post!

  25. 1276

    I am looking for a WP theme for a city council, need: rotating image header, and home page with calendar, blog feed – ANY SUGGESTIONS ON BEST THEME?

  26. 1327

    Thanks for sharing it.
    Very good theme archives.

  27. 1378

    Nice themes, check out this one as well: mybandtheme.com

  28. 1480

    Great list of themes. It’s amazing what you can get for free!

    @nicola – here’s a list of some great band themes – http://www.101bestwordpressthemes.com/blog/music-wordpress-themes.html

  29. 1582

    Right on Alex. That’s a great list!
    Check out this band theme: http://foxhoundbandthemes.com/themes/dark-gritty-theme/

  30. 1633

    aktuellt väder i Berlin

    June 4, 2011 2:14 pm

    I’ve only been to Moscow twice in my life. It’s such a great city I need to go back there soon. Nice post also! .

  31. 1684

    One to add to the list — my own! It’s just called “The Blog Theme” and it’s geared specifically toward lifestyle and fashion bloggers. It’s fairly simple, but I tried to make it customizable as much as possible without compromising ease of use. Download it at: chestnutmocha.com/product/the-blog-free-wordpress-theme/


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