100 Free High Quality WordPress Themes: 2010 Edition

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It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since our last WordPress theme collection, but there you have it — the time has come again. Once a year we feature the most useful and interesting WordPress-themes that we are collecting over months and present them in a nice quick overview. The collections from 20071, 20082 and last year3 are still useful, but some of the themes are outdated or updated now.

Looking back over these previous theme articles, you can clearly see how and why WordPress has rapidly matured into the CMS powerhouse it is today. With all of the features that have been added and improvements made with every new WordPress version and with its ever-increasing popularity among the design and development community, the quality of free themes is evident. Developers are continually pushing WordPress’ boundaries, giving us today’s outstanding free theme collection.

Today, we present a fresh collection of useful WordPress themes. Please notice that some themes are a bit older, but they are included because we haven’t featured them last time. This round-up picks up where we left off last year: most themes below were released between June 2009 and August 2010. We’ve also split this collection into the following categories: gallery and portfolio themes, themes for bloggers, e-Commerce WordPress themes, clean themes, magazine-style themes, minimal themes, mobile themes; pre-launch themes; and finally “Themes That Take WordPress Beyond.”

Gallery And Portfolio Themes

Cumulus (Free version)
Cumulus is a very clean and calm portfolio theme. It contains a large block for featured projects and images and a nifty blog posts navigation in the sidebar.

Cumulus4

Imbalance5 (demo6)
Free wordpress theme in modern-minimalist style. Imbalance is a very user friendly, jQuery powered theme which looks really well under any browser and OS. Perfectly fits for your blog, online magazine or portfolio websites. It is optimized for high-loads, contains WordPress 3.0 menu support, Twitter widget, jQuery-based gallery and WP Post Thumbnails support.

Imbalance7

Shaken and Stirred Theme8 (demo9)
This theme is perfect for you if you’re in need of a gallery/portfolio website or if you just want a website with a unique grid layout that not many websites have taken full advantage of yet. “Shaken Grid” uses the jQuery Masonry plugin which “arranges elements vertically then horizontally according to a grid.” The result is a gap-less layout even if you have varying post heights.

Shaken and Stirred Theme10

AutoFocus+11 (demo12)
The theme is designed on an 800px, 8 column grid layout that truly allows your images to shine. The theme boasts a sharp typographic approach with a 22px baseline grid, and a Garamond/Helvetica (Times/Arial for you PC users) font stack that’s much easier to read.

AutoFocus+13

Fotofolio Landscape14 (demo15)
A nice dark WordPress theme with sidebar navigation and jQuery-powered lightbox for images. A good choice for photographers who want to feature their works in an online portfolio.

Fotofolio Landscape16

FolioGrid17 (demo18)
This theme contains a fluid grid-based layout, jQuery-based transitions and automatically resizing thumbnails. Also, you can choose between various page tamplates, and the theme has a widget-enabled area, too.

FolioGrid19

Mansion20 (demo21)
Mansion is a free photoblogger’s theme for WordPress. It features a flexible-width thumbnail grid for both images and photo journal entries. Mansion is perfect for those who want to primarily showcase their photographs and occasionally write blog posts.

Mansion22

PhotoView (the link is currently unavailable due to server problems of the theme’s author) (demo)
PhotoView was designed for displaying photos and videos in a simple and clean manner. The theme has an integrated lightbox. Also, a PSD file is included for easy customization.

PhotoView23

SimpleFolio24 (demo25)
SimpleFolio is a portfolio theme that includes a blog and a very extensive option page that allows you to exclude all your portfolio items from the blog page. It also includes a front page slider. It has 2 different widget areas and threaded comments, and also supports paged comments and has 2 different page templates for advanced usage. The control of images is done from the post page.

SimpleFolio26

Smashing Multimedia27 (demo28)
This theme was designed especially for podcasters, photographers and users who can now easily embed videos and images, rate them and showcase them in their own WordPress-based blog. It has a parent theme and an easily customizable child theme. This WordPress Theme comes with layered PSD source files, a visual help guide and is fully localized ready for you to translate it into your target language.

Smashing Multimedia29

Fullscreen Photo and Multimedia30 (demo31)
Fullscreen is a free one-column photography and multimedia theme for WordPress that can be used for portfolios, photoblogs, videoblogs, and virtually anything else where you want your content to be front and center. It provides visual artists a unique way of presenting their latest work online using a minimalist side-scrolling homepage.

Fullscreen Photo and Multimedia32

Brave Zeenat33 (demo34)
A clean Portfolio Theme ideal for photographers, artists and designers to showcase their portfolios.

Brave Zeenat35

Monokrome36 (demo37)
This grid-based theme is widget ready and has a Twitter stream and Flickr integration. The column width adapts to the width of the images and the width of the browser viewport.

Monokrome38

Portfolio WPESP Theme39 (live demo40)
Portfolio – WPESP Theme is a “minimalist” Theme based on the idea of portfolio created by DAILYWP. The Theme is a starting point in the creation of portfolios, using WordPress as CMS.

Portfolio WPESP Theme41

Selecta42 (demo43, WordPress 3.0+ compatible)
Selecta’s rounded edges and bold, modern color palettes make for a fresh theme that’s best suited to blogs where video will be the main focus. The wider-than-usual frames around thumbnails and videos bring to mind the retro-cool of Polaroid photographs and old home movies.

Selecta44

Work-a-holic45 (demo46)
Work-a-holic is a free two and three column WordPress theme that focuses mainly on showcasing portfolios for artists, web designers, photographers and illustrators.

Work-a-holic47

BlueBubble WordPress Theme48 (demo49)
The theme is clean and simple, contains a theme options page, uses post image thumbnail plugin, has 2 widget ready sidebars and uses jQuery/PHP-based contact form with easy customization. Requires WordPress 2.9+.

BlueBubble WordPress Theme50

WordPress Themes For Bloggers

Lap of Luxury51 (demo52)
This theme uses gold in the logo, and white and black are used as the main colors. The 2-col theme contains a sidebar on the right that allows for a large square ad up top, and splitting into 2 columns below that. Comes fully widgetized. A special feature of this theme is the logo changer.

LapOfLuxury53

Katana54 (demo55)
This theme has a simple layout based on anime or game niche. Theme will be suitable for blogs of such niches. Theme has features like featured post section, post thumbnails, banner ads, adsense, twitter widgets etc. Theme uses custom fonts for various titles. It has an intuitive theme option page which lets you configure the theme.

Katana56

Koi Theme57 (demo58)
Koi is a simplified version of N.Design Studio’s theme (2009 redesign). Key features: multi-level dropdown menus, social media buttons, threaded & paged comments, and sidebar widget plus three footer widgets. This theme includes an option page to manage dropdown menus, favicon, footer tracking code, and social media buttons. Requires WordPress 2.9+.

Koi Theme59

Bueno60
Bueno is a clean, minimalistic design which sophistication in both its typography and structure. It uses a grid-based design, has integrated banner ad management, widgetized sidebar and 7 different color schemes. Also, the theme is packaged wth a .po file for easy theme integration.

Bueno61

Notepad Theme62 (demo63)
The theme is inspired by the iPhone’s Notes.app. This new theme is widget compatible with threaded comments, social media buttons, and multi-level dropdown menus. It has been tested on WordPress 2.9 with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and IE7+. It also includes some nice CSS3 enhancement such as rounded corners and drop shadow.

Notepad Theme64

Strukture65 (demo66)

Strukture67

Peacekeeper68 (demo69)

Peacekeeper70

The Seven Five71 (demo72)
A minimalist blogger/social theme including several customization and layout options.

The Seven Five73

Simplo74 (demo75)

ThrillingTheme76

Galaxy77 (demo78)
The Galaxy WordPress theme is a two column theme that supports banner ads and the WP-PageNavi plugin. Perfect theme for personal blogs.

Galaxy79

Aparatus80 (demo81)

Aparatus82

Zexee83 (demo84)

Zexee85

Cyangant Elegant86 (demo87)

Cyangant Elegant88

Obscure89 (demo90)
A dark magazine wordpress theme suitable for any site nitche and best fit for community-based sites.

Obscure91

Designpile92 (demo93)

Designpile94

Obscorp95 (demo96)

Obscorp97

The Side Blog Theme98 (demo99)
A free blogging theme with all sorts of customization and content management options.

The Side Blog Theme100

E-Commerce WordPress Themes

e-Commerce Theme: Kelontong101 (demo102)
The theme has a simple layout, clean, professional look, is integrated with WP e-commerce and features a slideshow for products.

e-Commerce Theme: Kelontong103

Dangdoot104 (e-commerce theme: free version) (demo105)
Dangdoot is a free e-commerce theme for WordPress and requires the e-Commerce plug-in.

Dangdoot - e-Commerce Theme (Free Version)106

AppCloud107 (e-commerce theme: free version) (demo108)
AppCloud is another free e-commerce theme for WordPress. (It too requires the e-Commerce plug-in).

AppCloud - e-Commerce Theme (Free Version)109

Clean WordPress Themes

Blissful Blog110 (demo111)

Blissful Blog112

The Ideal Website113
The Ideal Website is designed to fit Fibonacci’s Golden Section – otherwise known as the divine proportions. These measurements are said to be the most pleasing to the eye, and have been widely used for everything from judging beauty of a face, to the design of bank notes.

The Ideal Website114

Un.complicated Theme115 (demo116)
The layout is minimalist, clean, and organized into three 320px columns. This theme, are built on Starkers and implements the The Golden Grid. here is a wigetized sidebar, which looks like a regular three column row. I have also integrated twitter within the theme, using javascript. All the user has to do is find this line in the index.php page.

Un.complicated Theme117

Voidy118 (demo119)
Voidy is the perfect theme for your great blog. It is clean, clear and beautiful. It is minimalistic two-cloumn theme with the widgets all arranged in the right sidebar. Voidy was designed to make your content stand out and make everything else get out of the way.

Voidy120

Clear121 (demo122)
Clear is the perfect theme for great authors. It is clean, clear and beautiful. It is minimalistic one-cloumn theme with the widgets all arranged at the bottom. Clear was designed to make your content stand out and make everything else get out of the way.

Clear123

Delicate124 (demo125)

Delicate126

Boldy127 (demo128)
A free theme that includes support for WordPress 3.0 Menu Management, has in-built slideshows, jQuery-based forms and live form validation as well as a widget for Twitter.

Boldy129

Smooth130 (demo131)

Smooth132

Inuit Types133 (starter edition) (demo134)

Inuit Types (Starter Edition)135

Modernist136 (demo137)
The theme is based on the design ideas of Jan Tschichold, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Dieter Rams, and other modernists. Beautifully built yet transparent, it was designed with a focus on optimal typography in order to better showcase your content: text, images and video.

Screenshot138

Titan Theme139 (free edition) (demo140)

Titan Theme (Free Edition)141

YouAre Theme142 (demo143)

YouAre Theme144

Simple Organization145 (demo146)

Simple Organization147

Neutra148 (demo149)
Neutra is a simple and elegant theme for WordPress. Grid-based with focus on simplicity and typography.

Neutra150

The Erudite151 (demo152)
A theme for writers who want readers, not visitors, traffic, click-throughs, CPMs or what-have-you. Carefully crafted typography and generous use of whitespace lets your writing shine. Version 2 includes a dark theme option.

The Erudit153

Magazine-Style Themes

The Columnist154
The Columnist WordPress theme is inspired by traditional newspaper layouts and the grid structures and typography techniques they employ. It has WordPress thumbnail support, widget support, CSS3 column structure, jQuery animations, custom fields for images and featured latest post area.

The Columnist155

The Structure Theme (the link was removed because the pricing was changed after the article was published, demo156)
The Structure Theme is a free WordPress theme with a modern minimalist design. There are 4 themes included with the Structure Theme download; a white theme, black theme, two column blog and a single column blog design. The theme was created with a simple and clean aesthetic meant to easily adopt the style of the content added to the site. The Structure Theme is also designed with customization in mind. Meaning, with a little work, the theme can be completely personalized to suit your brand.

The Structure Theme157

Aurelius158 (demo159)

Aurelius160

Tanzaku161 (demo162)

Tanzaku163

WPCount164 (demo165)

WPCount166

Maimpok167 (demo168)

Maimpok169

Malleable170 (demo171)

Malleable172

Furvious173 (demo174)
A nice theme coming with 5 color styles, powerful admin framework and featured posts area.

Furvious175

Newspress176 (demo177)

Newspress178

Minimal WordPress Themes

Modernist179
Modernist180

Reptile181

Reptile182

WP-Notes183 (demo184)

WP-Notes185

Satoshi186 (demo187)

Satoshi188

Ulap Theme189 (demo190)

Ulap Theme191

Manifest192
The goal with Manifest was to create a clean and streamlined theme that focused on the content and not the distractions. It utilizes a single column, 500 pixel wide layout. No sidebars. No widgets.

Manifest193

Miniml Press Theme194 (demo195)

Miniml Press Theme196

Functionalism197 (demo198)

Functionalism199

LifeStreaming White200 (demo201)

LifeStreaming White202

Vostok203 (demo204)
Vostok is for those who don’t want attention to be distracted from content. Colors and typography have been carefully chosen to achieve maximum legibility with minimum eye fatigue. Also, code has been written with extreme care for web standards and accessibility.

Vostok205

Mini206 (demo207)

Mini208

Mobile Themes For WordPress

iPhonsta WordPress theme209 (demo210)
iPhonsta Theme is made for iPhone but it also looks nice on other mobile phones and gadgets. iPhonsta wordpress theme is an easy way to expand your visitor’s loyality by providing them with a mobile version of your website.

WordPress Mobile Pack211

WordPress Mobile Pack212
The WordPress Mobile Pack includes the following: a mobile switcher to select themes based on the type of user visiting your website; a selection of mobile themes; extra widgets; device adaptation; and a mobile administration panel to allow users to edit the website or write posts while out and about.

WordPress Mobile Pack213

WordPress Mobile Theme214
This is a minimalist theme that can be used to target mobile users. The theme works with any mobile phone of any resolution. And with its light weight, it also drastically reduces loading times.

WordPress Mobile Theme215

Möbius216
Möbius is compatible with iPhone (and iPod Touch), Android, BlackBerry, Windows, Palm Pre and Symbian touchscreen mobile phones.

Möbius - Mobile Friendly WordPress217

News Press Mobile218
The News Press theme is a simple and elegant solution for creating an iPhone-friendly news, blog or other text-centric WordPress website. It comes complete with all the standard WordPress blog features: search, log-in, categories, tags, archives, photos and more.

News Press Mobile219

Carrington Mobile220
Carrington Mobile is an elegant mobile theme that supports advanced touchscreen browsers (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Pre) and that is also backwards-compatible with older mobile devices.

Carrington Mobile221

Pre-Launch WordPress Themes

BEBACKWP222 (demo226223)

BEBACKWP224

Ice Breaker225 (demo226223)

Ice Breaker227

Ready2Launch!228 (demo229)

Ready2Launch!230

WP Blueprint231

WP Blueprint232

Themes That Take WordPress Beyond

GuruQ233 (demo234)
GuruQ is a basic theme designed to be used for Q&A websites. Visitors post questions to the guru, and the guru answers via the WordPress admin screen.

GuruQ235

P2236 (Like Twitter in a Box)
P2 is a theme for WordPress that transforms a mild-mannered blog into a super-blog, with features like inline comments on the home page, a posting form right on the home page, inline editing of posts and comments, real-time updates (to display new posts and comments without reloading) and much more.

Driftwood Contact Manager237 (demo238)
Driftwood is a contact manager theme built for WordPress. This easy-to-use theme gives you an effortless way to track interaction with your clients and contacts.

Driftwood Contact Manager239

Aggregator240 (demo241)
Aggregator is a theme that aggregates feeds of any kind in one place and in an attractive format.

Aggregator242

GTD243 (private theme for teams to collaborate)

GTD – Private Theme for Teams to Collaborate244

MiniCard245 (demo246)
The MiniCard theme supports hCard and vCard microformats, it supports a ton of social networks, it can accommodate some portfolio items (optional), and it does much more, all from the dedicated theme configuration page.

MiniCard247

LiveTwit248 (demo249)

LiveTwit250

WordPress Theme Tools

Elastic Theme Editor251
The awesome Elastic is a visual theme editor and engine for WordPress. It takes a completely innovative approach to theme development. To get an idea of what it can do, check out this video:

Divine252 (Convert PSD to WordPress)
Divine is a Photoshop plug-in that allows you to assign WordPress roles to your main elements (e.g. #footer, #header, etc.). The plug-in then prepares all the files you need. Once you set up FTP access, the tool uploads the theme automatically to your server. Look at this video for insight into how Divine works:

WordPress Debug Theme253
The WordPress Debug theme allows you to check early on for any possible issues you might have with your WordPress installation. It is quite simple for now, doing only a few things, but it does them very effectively.

WordPress Debug Theme254

Starter And Blank WordPress Themes

Starkers HTML5 WordPress Theme Kit255
Starkers is a bare bones WordPress theme created to act as a starting point for the theme designer… Free of all style, presentational elements, and non-semantic markup, Starkers is the perfect ‘blank slate’ for your projects, as it’s a stripped-back version of the ‘Default’ theme that ships with WordPress

Starkers HTML5 WordPress Theme Kit256

WP-Constructor257
WordPress Constructor is a many-in-one theme. It contains 6 sidebar variations and three layouts (and you can create new is easy). You can configure colors and fonts. The theme also has post thumbnails (WordPress 2.9+) and navigation menu customization options (WordPress 3.0+).

WP-Constructor258

Buddymatic Theme Framework259
Buddymatic is a highly extensible theme framework for WordPress and WordPress MU blogs, including BuddyPress-enabled home and member blogs.

ET Starter Theme for WordPress260
The ET starter theme lets you easily choose between a one-, two- and three-column layout. It supports the WP-PageNavi, Twitter Tools and Contact Form 7 plug-ins and also includes a built-in jQuery drop-down menu.

WordPress Skeleton Theme261
The feature-rich WordPress Skeleton Theme has been developed to speed up and streamline your WordPress development. One of its outstanding out-of-the-box features is CSS support for the iPhone and iPad (both portrait and landscape); simply edit the iPhone.css and iPad.css files.

Paintbox CMS262 (demo263)
Paintbox CMS is a grid-based CMS theme layered on my actual theme-canvas Paintbox264. It comes with a smooth 960 grid layout plus some creative jQuery effects for content loading.

BLANK265
Blank is a theme with all the functionality of a typical WordPress theme but almost none of the styling. The idea is that using this as your base theme is far easier than using one that is already styled.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/02/09/83-beautiful-wordpress-themes-you-probably-havent-seen/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/08/100-excellent-free-high-quality-wordpress-themes/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/18/100-amazing-free-wordpress-themes-for-2009/
  4. 4 http://code.google.com/p/wordpresstemplates/downloads/detail?name=cumulus.zip&can=2&q=cumulus
  5. 5 http://wpshower.com/free-wordpress-themes/imbalance-free-wordpress-theme/
  6. 6 http://wpshower.com/imbalance/
  7. 7 http://wpshower.com/free-wordpress-themes/imbalance-free-wordpress-theme/
  8. 8 http://shakenandstirredweb.com/331/introducing-our-first-free-wordpress-theme-shaken-grid
  9. 9 http://shakenandstirredweb.com/themes/
  10. 10 http://shakenandstirredweb.com/331/introducing-our-first-free-wordpress-theme-shaken-grid
  11. 11 http://fthrwght.com/autofocus/
  12. 12 http://www.fthrwght.com/autofocus/plusdemo/
  13. 13 http://fthrwght.com/autofocus/
  14. 14 http://wordspop.com/
  15. 15 http://demo.wordspop.com/fotofolio-landscape/
  16. 16 http://wordspop.com/
  17. 17 http://www.frogsthemes.com/wordpress-portfolio-themes/foliogrid/
  18. 18 http://www.frogsthemes.com/demo/foliogrid/
  19. 19 http://www.frogsthemes.com/wordpress-portfolio-themes/foliogrid/
  20. 20 http://graphpaperpress.com/2010/05/13/mansion/
  21. 21 http://demo.graphpaperpress.com/mansion/
  22. 22 http://graphpaperpress.com/2010/05/13/mansion/
  23. 23 http://www.dvq.co.nz/theme/photoview-v-1-1/
  24. 24 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/02/07/simplefolio-a-free-clean-portfolio-wordpress-theme/
  25. 25 http://demo.slimmity.com/simplefolio/
  26. 26 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/02/07/simplefolio-a-free-clean-portfolio-wordpress-theme/
  27. 27 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/08/22/free-podcasting-video-and-photography-wordpress-theme/
  28. 28 http://smashingmultimedia.sarah-neuber.de/
  29. 29 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/08/22/free-podcasting-video-and-photography-wordpress-theme/
  30. 30 http://graphpaperpress.com/2009/06/10/fullscreen-wordpress-theme/
  31. 31 http://graphpaperpress.com/demo/?themedemo=fullscreen
  32. 32 http://graphpaperpress.com/2009/06/10/fullscreen-wordpress-theme/
  33. 33 http://www.dizenoco.com/brave-zeenat-free-wordpress-theme/
  34. 34 http://www.dizenoco.com/demo/
  35. 35 http://www.dizenoco.com/brave-zeenat-free-wordpress-theme/
  36. 36 http://themebaker.com/monokrome/
  37. 37 http://demo.themebaker.com/monokrome/
  38. 38 http://themebaker.com/monokrome/
  39. 39 http://wpesp.com/portfolio/
  40. 40 http://wpesp.com/
  41. 41 http://wpesp.com/portfolio/
  42. 42 http://www.obox-design.com/themes_page.cfm/theme/selecta
  43. 43 http://www.obox-design.com/demo-theme.cfm?theme=selecta
  44. 44 http://www.obox-design.com/themes_page.cfm/theme/selecta
  45. 45 http://graphpaperpress.com/2009/06/18/work-a-holic/
  46. 46 http://graphpaperpress.com/demo/?themedemo=workaholic
  47. 47 http://graphpaperpress.com/2009/06/18/work-a-holic/
  48. 48 http://www.flexible7.com/bluebubble-wordpress-theme/
  49. 49 http://mu.flexible7.com/bluebubble/
  50. 50 http://www.flexible7.com/bluebubble-wordpress-theme/
  51. 51 http://designdisease.com/blog/lapofluxury-theme-released/
  52. 52 http://www.lapofluxury.com/
  53. 53 http://designdisease.com/blog/lapofluxury-theme-released/
  54. 54 http://www.web2feel.com/katana/
  55. 55 http://www.jinsonathemes.com/demo/?themedemo=katana
  56. 56 http://www.web2feel.com/katana/
  57. 57 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/wp-themes/koi-theme
  58. 58 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/demo/wordpress/index.php?wptheme=Koi
  59. 59 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/wp-themes/koi-theme
  60. 60 http://www.woothemes.com/2009/11/bueno/
  61. 61 http://www.woothemes.com/2009/11/bueno/
  62. 62 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/blog/just-released-the-notepad-theme
  63. 63 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/demo/wordpress/index.php?wptheme=Notepad
  64. 64 http://www.ndesign-studio.com/blog/just-released-the-notepad-theme
  65. 65 http://themebaker.com/strukture/
  66. 66 http://demo.themebaker.com/strukture/
  67. 67 http://themebaker.com/strukture/
  68. 68 http://www.web2feel.com/peacekeeper/
  69. 69 http://www.jinsonathemes.com/demo3/
  70. 70 http://www.web2feel.com/peacekeeper/
  71. 71 http://www.press75.com/
  72. 72 http://www.press75.com/themes/seven-five-theme-demo/
  73. 73 http://www.press75.com/
  74. 74 http://wordpress.site5.net/simplo/doc/
  75. 75 http://wordpress.site5.net/simplo/
  76. 76 http://wordpress.site5.net/simplo/doc/
  77. 77 http://empirethemes.com/galaxy/
  78. 78 http://empirethemes.com/galaxy/
  79. 79 http://empirethemes.com/galaxy/
  80. 80 http://fearlessflyer.com/2010/01/get-some-aparatus-free-theme-for-WordPress/
  81. 81 http://aparatus.fearlessflyer.com/
  82. 82 http://fearlessflyer.com/2010/01/get-some-aparatus-free-theme-for-WordPress/
  83. 83 http://thedesignsuperhero.com/2010/01/zexee-a-free-sexy-WordPress-theme/
  84. 84 http://themes.thedesignsuperhero.com/zexee/
  85. 85 http://thedesignsuperhero.com/2010/01/zexee-a-free-sexy-WordPress-theme/
  86. 86 http://www.simplywp.net/2010/06/20/cyangant-elegant-wordpress-theme/
  87. 87 http://demo.simplywp.net/?wptheme=cyangant
  88. 88 http://www.simplywp.net/2010/06/20/cyangant-elegant-wordpress-theme/
  89. 89 http://wpcrunchy.com/2009/06/23/obscure-free-community-based-WordPress-theme/
  90. 90 http://wpcrunchy.com/preview/?wptheme=obscure
  91. 91 http://wpcrunchy.com/2009/06/23/obscure-free-community-based-WordPress-theme/
  92. 92 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/02/20/free-dark-and-clean-wordpress-theme-designpile/
  93. 93 http://wordpress.site5.net/designpile/
  94. 94 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/02/20/free-dark-and-clean-wordpress-theme-designpile/
  95. 95 http://wpcrunchy.com/2010/02/23/obscorp-a-premium-corporate-wordpress-theme/
  96. 96 http://wpcrunchy.com/preview/?wptheme=obscorp
  97. 97 http://wpcrunchy.com/2010/02/23/obscorp-a-premium-corporate-wordpress-theme/
  98. 98 http://www.press75.com/
  99. 99 http://www.press75.com/themes/side-blog-theme-demo/
  100. 100 http://www.press75.com/#features-sf
  101. 101 http://portfolio.icreativelabs.com/free-WordPress-e-commerce-theme-kelontong/
  102. 102 http://demo.icreativelabs.com/kelontong_free/
  103. 103 http://portfolio.icreativelabs.com/free-WordPress-e-commerce-theme-kelontong/
  104. 104 http://portfolio.icreativelabs.com/free-wordpress-e-commerce-theme-dangdoot/
  105. 105 http://demo.icreativelabs.com/dangdoot_free/
  106. 106 http://portfolio.icreativelabs.com/free-wordpress-e-commerce-theme-dangdoot/
  107. 107 http://portfolio.icreativelabs.com/free-wordpress-e-commerce-theme-appcloud/
  108. 108 http://demo.icreativelabs.com/appcloud/
  109. 109 http://portfolio.icreativelabs.com/free-wordpress-e-commerce-theme-appcloud/
  110. 110 http://blissfulblog.com/
  111. 111 http://blissfulblog.com/demo/blog/
  112. 112 http://blissfulblog.com/
  113. 113 http://informationarchitects.jp/downloads/
  114. 114 http://informationarchitects.jp/downloads/
  115. 115 http://www.siiimple.com/un-complicated-wordpress-theme
  116. 116 http://s51370.gridserver.com/_uncomplicated/
  117. 117 http://www.siiimple.com/un-complicated-wordpress-theme
  118. 118 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/voidy
  119. 119 http://wp-themes.com/voidy?TB_iframe=true&width=1333&height=815
  120. 120 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/voidy
  121. 121 http://www.diovo.com/links/clear/
  122. 122 http://clear.kera.la/2009/12/a-wonderful-theme-for-writers/
  123. 123 http://www.diovo.com/links/clear/
  124. 124 http://www.nattywp.com/view-natty-theme.php?theme_id=99932&theme_name=Delicate
  125. 125 http://test.nattywp.com/preview.php?theme=Delicate
  126. 126 http://www.nattywp.com/view-natty-theme.php?theme_id=99932&theme_name=Delicate
  127. 127 http://wordpress.site5.net/boldy/doc/
  128. 128 http://wordpress.site5.net/boldy/
  129. 129 http://wordpress.site5.net/boldy/doc/
  130. 130 http://www.my-tapestry.com/smooth/
  131. 131 http://www.my-tapestry.com/demo/?id=5
  132. 132 http://www.my-tapestry.com/smooth/
  133. 133 http://bizzthemes.com/2010/03/inuitypes/
  134. 134 http://bizzthemes.com/demo/inuitypes/
  135. 135 http://bizzthemes.com/2010/03/inuitypes/
  136. 136 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/08/21/modernist-free-wordpress-theme-with-focus-on-typography/
  137. 137 http://rodrigogalindez.com/themes/modernist
  138. 138 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/08/21/modernist-free-wordpress-theme-with-focus-on-typography/
  139. 139 http://thethemefoundry.com/titan/
  140. 140 http://demo.thethemefoundry.com/titan/
  141. 141 http://thethemefoundry.com/titan/
  142. 142 http://wptheme.youare.com/
  143. 143 http://wptheme.youare.com/demo/
  144. 144 http://wptheme.youare.com/
  145. 145 http://templates.arcsin.se/simple-organization-wordpress-theme/
  146. 146 http://templates.arcsin.se/wp-demo/2009/09/simple-organization/
  147. 147 http://templates.arcsin.se/simple-organization-wordpress-theme/
  148. 148 http://www.artmov.com/blog/252/neutra-theme-for-WordPress/
  149. 149 http://www.artmov.com/dev/live/neutra/
  150. 150 http://www.artmov.com/blog/252/neutra-theme-for-WordPress/
  151. 151 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/the-erudite
  152. 152 http://wp-themes.com/the-erudite?TB_iframe=true&width=1092&height=662
  153. 153 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/the-erudite
  154. 154 http://benmartineau.com/projects/TheColumnist/news/the-columnist/
  155. 155 http://benmartineau.com/projects/TheColumnist/news/the-columnist/
  156. 156 http://structuretheme.com/demo/
  157. 157 http://structuretheme.com/
  158. 158 http://pengbos.com/download/aurelius-download
  159. 159 http://pengbos.com/
  160. 160 http://pengbos.com/download/aurelius-download
  161. 161 http://www.tripleships.com/works/tanzaku/
  162. 162 http://www.tripleships.com/sample/
  163. 163 http://www.tripleships.com/works/tanzaku/
  164. 164 http://wpcount.com/2010/02/wpcount-wordpress-template/
  165. 165 http://themes.wpcount.com/
  166. 166 http://wpcount.com/2010/02/wpcount-wordpress-template/
  167. 167 http://www.paddsolutions.com/wordpress-theme-maimpok/
  168. 168 http://www.paddsolutions.com/wpmag/maimpok/
  169. 169 http://www.paddsolutions.com/wordpress-theme-maimpok/
  170. 170 http://developdaly.com/themes/malleable/
  171. 171 http://malleable.developdaly.com/
  172. 172 http://developdaly.com/themes/malleable/
  173. 173 http://www.kreativethemes.com/furvious/
  174. 174 http://demo.kreativethemes.com/furvious/
  175. 175 http://www.kreativethemes.com/furvious/
  176. 176 http://wpcrunchy.com/our-themes/newspress/
  177. 177 http://wpcrunchy.com/demo/?wptheme=newspress
  178. 178 http://wpcrunchy.com/our-themes/newspress/
  179. 179 http://www.rodrigogalindez.com/themes/modernist/the-crystal-goblet-or-printing-should-be-invisible/
  180. 180 http://www.rodrigogalindez.com/themes/modernist/the-crystal-goblet-or-printing-should-be-invisible/
  181. 181 http://wpbandit.com/themes/reptile/
  182. 182 http://wpbandit.com/themes/reptile/
  183. 183 http://www.wp-notes.com/theme/
  184. 184 http://www.beytar.com/notes/
  185. 185 http://www.wp-notes.com/theme/
  186. 186 http://www.vooshthemes.com/wordpress-theme/satoshi-2/
  187. 187 http://www.vooshthemes.com/gallery/satoshi/
  188. 188 http://www.vooshthemes.com/wordpress-theme/satoshi-2/
  189. 189 http://plus63.net/ulaptheme/
  190. 190 http://plus63.net/ulaptheme/?cat=3
  191. 191 http://plus63.net/ulaptheme/
  192. 192 http://jimbarraud.com/2009/03/19/manifest/
  193. 193 http://jimbarraud.com/2009/03/19/manifest/
  194. 194 http://www.siiimple.com/mpw-theme
  195. 195 http://s51370.gridserver.com/_minimalwordpress/
  196. 196 http://www.siiimple.com/mpw-theme
  197. 197 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Functionalism/372322
  198. 198 http://wp.gregponchak.com/
  199. 199 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Functionalism/372322
  200. 200 http://www.project66.net/lifestreaming-white/
  201. 201 http://designs.project66.net/
  202. 202 http://www.project66.net/lifestreaming-white/
  203. 203 http://www.vostoktheme.com/
  204. 204 http://www.vostok.es/blog/
  205. 205 http://www.vostoktheme.com/
  206. 206 http://www.kristarella.com/thesis/skins/mini/
  207. 207 http://thesis.kristarella.com/
  208. 208 http://www.kristarella.com/thesis/skins/mini/
  209. 209 http://wpshower.com/free-wordpress-themes/iphonsta-free-wordpress-theme-for-iphone/
  210. 210 http://wpshower.com/iphonsta/
  211. 211 http://wpshower.com/free-wordpress-themes/iphonsta-free-wordpress-theme-for-iphone/
  212. 212 http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mobile-pack/
  213. 213 http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mobile-pack/
  214. 214 http://www.blogohblog.com/wordpress-mobile-theme/
  215. 215 http://www.blogohblog.com/wordpress-mobile-theme/
  216. 216 http://www.mobilizetoday.com/wordpress-themes/
  217. 217 http://www.mobilizetoday.com/wordpress-themes/
  218. 218 http://www.wptap.com/index.php/news-press/
  219. 219 http://www.wptap.com/index.php/news-press/
  220. 220 http://crowdfavorite.com/wordpress/themes/carrington-mobile/
  221. 221 http://crowdfavorite.com/wordpress/themes/carrington-mobile/
  222. 222 http://wordspop.com/
  223. 223 http://wp-themes.com/ice-breaker/
  224. 224 http://wordspop.com/
  225. 225 http://customtheme.com/themes/ice-breaker/
  226. 226 http://wp-themes.com/ice-breaker/
  227. 227 http://customtheme.com/themes/ice-breaker/
  228. 228 http://ready2launch.jedenbod.cz/
  229. 229 http://demo.jedenbod.cz/
  230. 230 http://ready2launch.jedenbod.cz/
  231. 231 http://eliseos.net/nuevo-theme-wordpress-wp-blueprint/
  232. 232 http://eliseos.net/nuevo-theme-wordpress-wp-blueprint/
  233. 233 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/guruq
  234. 234 http://wp-themes.com/guruq/
  235. 235 http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/guruq
  236. 236 http://p2theme.com/
  237. 237 http://www.driftwoodcms.com/
  238. 238 http://demo.driftwoodcms.com/
  239. 239 http://www.driftwoodcms.com/
  240. 240 http://templatic.com/news/aggegator-all-your-feeds-at-your-website-front
  241. 241 http://templatic.com/demo/aggregator/
  242. 242 http://templatic.com/news/aggegator-all-your-feeds-at-your-website-front
  243. 243 http://templatic.com/freethemes/gtd-%e2%80%93-private-blog-theme-for-teams-to-collaborate
  244. 244 http://templatic.com/freethemes/gtd-%e2%80%93-private-blog-theme-for-teams-to-collaborate
  245. 245 http://blue-anvil.com/archives/minicard-theme-for-wordpress-a-cool-free-business-cardsocial-network-theme/
  246. 246 http://mikejolley.com/
  247. 247 http://blue-anvil.com/archives/minicard-theme-for-wordpress-a-cool-free-business-cardsocial-network-theme/
  248. 248 http://templatic.com/news/free-livetwit-theme-quick-wordpress-site-to-display-live-tweets-on-any-topic-user
  249. 249 http://templatic.com/demo/livetwit/
  250. 250 http://templatic.com/news/free-livetwit-theme-quick-wordpress-site-to-display-live-tweets-on-any-topic-user
  251. 251 http://elastictheme.org/
  252. 252 http://www.divine-project.com/
  253. 253 http://yoast.com/wordpress-debug-theme/
  254. 254 http://yoast.com/wordpress-debug-theme/
  255. 255 http://nathanstaines.com/archive/starkers-html5
  256. 256 http://nathanstaines.com/archive/starkers-html5
  257. 257 http://code.google.com/p/wp-constructor/
  258. 258 http://code.google.com/p/wp-constructor/
  259. 259 http://freebpthemes.com/themes/buddymatic/
  260. 260 http://empirethemes.com/et-starter/
  261. 261 http://code.kennethreitz.com/wordpress-theme-skeleton/
  262. 262 http://www.tipografo.org/wordpress-themes/paintbox-cms/
  263. 263 http://www.tipografo.org/testrun/?themedemo=paintbox-cms
  264. 264 http://www.tipografo.org/testrun/?themedemo=paintbox
  265. 265 http://digwp.com/2010/02/blank-wordpress-theme/

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  1. 1

    Gotta love that Pre-Launch themes!

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      There’s also a really nice free theme called “Irresistible” at woothemes.com, I’m using that one and found an awesome hosting company (www.boxheadhosting.com) that installs and sets up WordPress for you when you setup your hosting account ~ Sweet!

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  2. 3

    You missed one of the most popular themes (by download) Suffusion. It is free and fully (really incredibly fully) configurable. I am nothing to do with the author but I use this theme on 10 sites and they all look completely different due to its flexibility. Have a look you won’t be disappointed.

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    • 4

      I use it too. I agree it is a great theme. However, the support in the forum from the owner and his cohort is rude and arrogant.

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        Dave,

        please correct your statement. The developer is not arrogant at all, he is friendly, helpful and very patient.

        The rude and arrogant cohorts = I think you mean me, as I am active in that forum and have a special humour sometimes, which is not appreciated by everybody.
        That’s life…

        But please do not thow all persons in one bucket ;=)

        -2
      • 7

        Suffusion rocks, and I’ve even had Sayontan (the developer) drop by my blog when I posted there about performance problems. If anyone gets rude, it’s probably towards users who post questions that have already been answered. I’ve found the support forums to be incredible, and have had to actually post a question there only once.

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  3. 8

    Dave Van de Walle

    August 19, 2010 6:37 am

    Wowzers.

    There are some seriously talented designers out there. Thanks for sharing. Tough to pick a favorite.

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  4. 9

    Cool, but i noticed 2 themes got repeated, “Simple” and “Blue buble” :)

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  5. 15

    Couple of mine one here :-) Cool!

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  6. 16

    You legends!

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  7. 17

    Thanks for Featuring FolioGrid. There’s a pro version coming in the next few weeks which boasts some impressive features.

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  8. 18

    Nice collection here, but nothing beats a fully custom theme built from scratch.

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    • 19

      I agree. However, sometimes you just need to quickly find a nice free theme, install it and customize it a bit. Sometimes you just don’t have enough time to building a fully custom theme from scratch.

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      • 20

        Exactly. For instance, I have a friend who can’t pay me for a quick and simple site, but I’d like to help him out. Themes are the way to go. If I were building a site for a company, it would be a different story. Nice collection!

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          I agree. More importantly not all clients can afford expensive prices for a bespoke theme. I know a lot of start ups and individuals who wants a blog or portfolio site up but doesn’t have the budget to afford me or other developers.

          When working with big clients who can afford to pay or agencies then its a different story. But for the lower end market Themes are the way to go.

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  9. 22

    the quality of these free themes is pretty impressive!

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  10. 23

    What about Drupal??

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  12. 28

    Playing around with Cumuls. Can anyone tell me how to add the images to that homepage?

    Many thanks

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  13. 29

    It’s a really cool collection!

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  14. 30

    Thanks for including our themes!

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  15. 31

    “Buy now” does not equal “Free”

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  16. 37

    These are awesome! Thanks!

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  17. 38

    Thanks for including the Shaken and Stirred Theme!

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  18. 39

    WOW.. Great themes … Thanks :)

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  19. 40

    Great wide collection of themes! Must bookmark this for later.

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  20. 41

    WOW! Very, very good themes!

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  21. 42

    I recently installoed BuddyPress. I wasn’t satisfied with my current theme, so have been thinking of a completely new WordPress theme, that also supports BuddyPress. Can we get examples of themes that look nice for WordPress AND Buddypress?

    Thanks

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  22. 44

    I use Titan Free Theme =D

    Damn good theme

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  23. 45

    Excellent selection. For starter themes, I’d also recommend Ian Stewart’s HTML5 theme Toolbox: http://themeshaper.com/toolbox-html5-starter-theme/

    I also recently released a free portfolio theme that uses custom post types: http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/portfolio-theme

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    • 46

      The portfolio-theme is a very high quality theme, especially for a free theme. The documentation video alone is worth checking out. Great job!

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  24. 47

    Thanks for including Driftwood!

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  25. 48

    Thanks for including my Side Blog and Seven Five themes. Another great list…

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  26. 49

    Awesome list, bookmarked for further uses.

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  27. 50

    Now onward i will not search on google for WP themes because smashingmagazine have all those thing for which i am looking for :D. very impressive. i am going to download all of them :D. Paul thanks for you post.

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  28. 51

    Thank you for showcasing our theme “Brave Zeenat” here; appreciate it.

    Those who have downloaded it or plan to download it, must rest assured that we offer complete support even with this free theme :)

    Happy blogging

    Dizeno Team

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      Just purchased the Pro version of Brave Zeenat. Heaps of problems on installation and no link I can find anywhere to any support. Even the contact link on your website is dead. Not feeling great about the $40 I just spent. I’ve left a comment on your site. Contact would be greatly appreciated.

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  29. 53

    Awesome job guys :) I found many new themes!!

    cheers

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  30. 54

    You compiled, once again, a great list of wordpress themes! I really appreciate this collection and will play around with two or three of these. However, there is one little mistake I stumbled upon: The BEBACKWP demo (Pre-Launch WordPress Themes) is not properly linked!

    Thanks again and keep up the good work!

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  31. 55

    WOW! My favourite post returns with a new editon. Brilliant!!!!

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  32. 56

    Awesome Article!! :)

    Did you know it shows up in the entire RSS feed? LOL
    Instead of just a snippet?

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    • 57

      Yes, we know, Kris. This is the signature of Smashing Magazine, and we stay true to it.

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  33. 58

    when i started reading this i was the first one… and when i am writing this comment i saw comments count said 34 :) this is byfar my favorite post of SM , rock on

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  34. 59

    oh, i love you!
    i really do.

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  35. 60

    Thanks for including The Erudite in this list! However, you could not have chosen a worse screenshot – the demo content for WordPress.org themes is terrible for my theme. If it all possible, please take a screenshot of http://erudite.somadesign.ca instead. Thanks!

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  36. 61

    I’ve been looking for Fullscreen… I tried to recreate it myself but it was too time consuming. At least here it is.

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  37. 62

    how do you download boldy?

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  38. 64

    perfect compilation. love it!

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  39. 65

    Nice collection! Thanks for the links.

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  40. 66

    Great collections – thank you so much for sharing these themes! =}

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  41. 67

    waw, nice themes ..
    I love wordpress

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  42. 68

    Wow another post full of wordpress themes, how original. Can’t find those on every 2 bit design blog or anything.

    PS. Buy the book or we’ll shutdown.

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  43. 69

    Thank you so much! I especially love the last part of the post with blank themes. I needed to create a new core theme and I was kind of reading having to make one because of all that is needed, now this is one part of the process that won’t give me a headache!

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  44. 70

    Great collections – thank you so much for sharing these themes

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  45. 71

    oh no a classic if you dont step up now you misses the train image

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  46. 72

    You know you’re obsessed with WordPress when…

    …for the last two days any time you’ve seen a themes roundup you’ve played “identify the theme from a distance” with your fiance and won.

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  47. 73

    Really useful !

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  48. 74

    Wicked awesome – looks like Christmas came early this year! Sweet….

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  49. 75

    Nice Collection!!!

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  50. 76

    Fantastic!! I’m something of a theme collector (themes are my new crack, complementing my overwhelming background tile collection – I kid! sort of…). Is there any hope of a zip file with all of them together?

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  51. 77

    fantastic, but unfortunately i’m not using wordpress.
    i’m use joomla

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  52. 78

    Great Collection!!!!
    please Anyone know the wp themes that can be used for online Music

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  53. 79

    Blissful Blog is nice.. but they charge $19.00 to get a FAQ for the design.. and even after paying the 19.00 I couldn’t get the lightbox to work.. and other lightbox plugins wont work with that theme chosen.

    (works fine if you revert back to the wordpress default theme).

    If someone figures out how to get it to work.. let me know.

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      is a nice theme, but not totally free at all…

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    • 81

      The Lightbox Plus plugin works great with the Blissful Blog. The Blissful Blog theme itself is totally free. The $19 is optional if you would like the theme PSD and documentation.

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  54. 82

    Yeah!! Another creativity showcase, we need it because our own creativity is completely missing or somewhere down the drain pipe.

    In most seriousness this is just sad. There are so many other ways to keep your audience. Showcases of free content are a waste of yours and ours time.

    Take for example A list Apart, they aren’t publishing just for the sake of publishing. Publish a bit more rarely, but only high quality content.

    Also:
    1. No designer will use someone else’s design for his own blog/site/journal/whatever…
    2. No client would want to share the same template with about …. 1000 others around the globe.
    3. Don’t you have professional writers around?

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      Martin, thank you for your reply. We have a quite large readership. There are readers who are interested in showcases and round-ups and there are readers who are interested in though-provoking design-related articles. Our goal is to provide useful content for the web design community, and this is exactly what we are doing. E.g. round-ups of freely available fonts are always useful, and in this case showcase of free content is not waste of yours and ours time.

      If you don’t like this post, why don’t you just skip it? There are plenty of non-round-up-articles on Smashing Magazine as well!

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      • 84

        I am regular reader :) and the comment posted above is my personal opinion, it must not affect anyone, who likes this type of articles.

        Also, I really do skip the showcases :) Just this time I was wondering about why they are so popular.

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          You also need to keep in mind that not all readers are professional designers or developers, and will find these themes helpful for their own sites, or to simply tear apart and look at the code, which is in my opinion one of the very best ways of learning. :)

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          “Also, I really do skip the showcases :) Just this time I was wondering about why they are so popular.”

          I mean, seriously…

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            Yes, seriously – showcases of free design templates usually consist of nothing but sad examples how even a good idea can look bad. They are full of mistakes and have unfinished look.

            Not to mention that they are limited to a home page and sometimes a second text only page (if we are talking strictly for sites).

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      Yeah!! Another creativity showcase, we need it because our own creativity is completely missing or somewhere down the drain pipe.

      In most seriousness this is just sad. There are so many other ways to keep your audience. Showcases of free content are a waste of yours and ours time.

      Technically, according to you, everything you read here is a waste of time. Why are you so obsessed with wasting time?!

      Take for example A list Apart, they aren’t publishing just for the sake of publishing. Publish a bit more rarely, but only high quality content.

      Bah. Another side-liner. Do not comment just to comment! There are a readers who read more often and leave less comments but, the comments are meaningful!

      Also:
      1. No designer will use someone else’s design for his own blog/site/journal/whatever…
      2. No client would want to share the same template with about …. 1000 others around the globe.
      3. Don’t you have professional writers around?

      1. Not all readers are designers.
      2. Not all readers are clients. Not all bloggers/website owners make money off their site. And not all of them mind sharing.
      3. Nah. Just good ones. :-)

      4. If you were a ‘regular reader’, you’d not have left a comment like this!

      I am regular reader :) and the comment posted above is my personal opinion, it must not affect anyone, who likes this type of articles.

      Ooh! A disclaimer!? Lol!

      I have one too:
      I’m not a regular commenter and this comment is my personal opinion (of a personal opinion of another commenter), it must not affect anyone, who likes leaving such comments!

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        There was a time, not that long ago, that you could read very interesting articles here. Like there are some new entries that grabbed my attention. But as a reader I have the right to comment, approve/disapprove etc….

        Technically, according to you, everything you read here is a waste of time. Why are you so obsessed with wasting time?!.

        Not everything, just showcases like this one, I still think they are useless. Also, if this is the designers magazine …. wtf are the non-designers doing here?

        Bah. Another side-liner. Do not comment just to comment! There are a readers who read more often and leave less comments but, the comments are meaningful!.

        This comment is not for the sake of commenting. I am giving examples with the site with the most sophisticated articles regarding web design (in my opinion).

        Also, Smashing are big boys, they do not need defenders :) they need to post high-quality content.

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  55. 91

    The Structure theme appears not to be free. Though its page talks at length about it being a free theme, there doesn’t appear to be a way to download it. The only link I can find is buried in the “about” section, and doesn’t work. Going directly to the Organic Designs website says it costs $69: http://www.organicthemes.com/themes/

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  56. 97

    Awesome collection many thanks!

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  57. 98

    WOW! great resource!

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  58. 99

    I love you guys!

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  59. 100

    Amazing themes, thanks!

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  60. 101

    amazing stuff. it there a link were we can download them all in one click :) sorry for being lazy!

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      They can’t do that, you’re meant to read the individual T&C’s as they’re all different! :)

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  61. 103

    Really like the approach of shaken and stirred and imbalance themes have taken, good to see something different.

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  62. 104

    Great, mine is on the list.
    And the list is really awesome.

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  63. 105

    Where may I find the dark Vostok theme?

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  64. 106

    Great collection! Thanks!

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  65. 107

    <3 you!

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  66. 108

    Thanks very much! This will be a big time saver in a next project.

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  67. 109

    OMG! Now I have to try them out! Every one! Thanks anyway for this great collection.

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  68. 110

    Great selection and great themes. Exactly what I was looking for now!

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  69. 111

    Great List.still you missed some awesome WP Themes

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  70. 112

    The “Ideal Website” theme is NOT free!

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    • 113

      I disagree. Any of these themes can be modified to become the ‘perfect theme’ for your project.

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  71. 114

    Nice list! Will be updating our gallery with some of the better ones listed here…

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  72. 115

    Love Boldy.

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  73. 116

    You might want to note that kristarella’s mini is a thesis skin, and while it is free, thesis is not. Not that I have anything against any of that, and have learned a lot from kristarella (and thesis).

    The pre-launch themes are great. I just might use one of them in the near future.

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    The interior pages of the Cumulus theme cause my FF to crash… every time. has any one else experienced this with that theme?

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  75. 118

    Seems to FolioGrid is good but after lots of try, thumnail is not display in wordpress latest version 3

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  76. 119

    Confused, what to choose :)

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  77. 120

    Very nice collection indeed… i may have a suggestion for above list which might be a great addition to that. Last night i found this new news theme in my feed. you should totally check it out. http://www.instantshift.com/2010/08/20/global-news-a-free-wordpress-theme/

    Also, whom should i contact for writing articles on SM.

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  78. 121

    just FYI but the theme on informationarchitects.jp that the link in your article points to is the IA3 template and it’s not free ! it’s 30 $ or more ;) the theme is awesome for sure but not free.

    Otherwise great list !

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      The first one isn’t free – true. But here they talk about a free template called “Free WordPress Template: The Ideal Website” – see point #2.

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    Nice work Paul, Thanks for sharing such awesome themes :)

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  80. 124

    Wow. A number of these are rip-offs of real sites. Maybe designers should start checking out the theme gardens with cease-and-desist papers ready.

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  81. 125

    Awesome list of free themes!

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  82. 126

    The two themes I wanted for my blogs, autofocus and foliogrip does not work after downloading .. =(
    But otherwise great selection. I suppose I can manage with just 98 to choose from!

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      Hello, what problem have you encountered with FolioGrid? We’ve had several thousand downloads so far and not too many problems.

      If you post on the site on this link, we should be able to help you out should you wish to use it: http://www.frogsthemes.com/articles/inspiration/a-look-at-websites-using-foliogrid/

      The site and FolioGrid theme are undergoing massive changes in the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for improved versions :) Ticketing, support wiki and documentation for the themes.

      Take care,

      Nick

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    Thanks to Smashing Magazine for featuring two of our themes, we appretiate it!

    It seems that our mobile theme “iPhonsta” (featured as first mobile theme) is titled ‘WordPress Mobile Pack’, could you please fix this?

    Thanks and keep up smashing work!

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    I was hoping for a “Business Theme” section! :/ Gutted.

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    I can not recommend the use of the monekypr theme. Although it looks cool, the html code that lies beneath is terrible. It uses tables and empty div’s with inline styled height to set up the layout.
    The gyus form Retro Design Studio better look for someone else to write the code! :(

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    It’s the first time I heard about the Elastic Theme Editor, it’s incredible !

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    Ivelina Atanasova

    August 22, 2010 12:25 pm

    Do I got a problem or it’s just impossible to download Simplo anywhere?

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  88. 134

    Thanks for putting this compilation together. Very nice!

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  89. 135

    WordPress + WordPress themes … it’s like peanut butter and jelly. They work separately but together it’s MAGIC! Great list and thanks for sharing!

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  90. 136

    the themes are awesome

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  91. 137

    A list of WordPress awesomeness! One of the best Smashing Magazine articles.

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  92. 138

    We need something like this but for Joomla, awsome resources.
    Thanks Samshing team!

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  93. 139

    I like the imbalance demo theme most on the list, the design is clean and minimalistic and shows off the art based site very well. The font for the header, and the minimal use of red complements the design well as it keeps to the simple theme.
    Also the WPESP Theme in the portfolio section looks good, the colours work well together however i think that it could be improved if the navigation scrolled down with the rest of the page.

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  94. 140

    Thank for sharing! webbyarts.com

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  95. 141

    The best WP roundup of the season.
    ;)

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    Thank you Smashingmagzine! I have enjoyed this site for years, and have learned so so so much! I noticed that BlueBubble is one of the 100 best free WordPress themes.

    It was updated to version 3.0 the same time this article here was released.

    Thank you again, Smashingmagazine!

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    Can someone help me with cumulus? I don´t get it. Pictures, ok. But how i made a “blog” site and a “portfolio” site? every new article is in blog (in portfolio are just the portfolio articles..)

    admin [at] artavenue.de

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    Thanks a lot for a great list, I’m going to be using several. LiveTwit took all of three minutes to get working on my site @ MMA.BS, and I’m looking forward to popping out a few other sites using these themes.

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    I so badly want to use the Foliogrid theme for my site, but every time I try to install it with WordPress, I get the following error. Can anyone help me with this at all? It would be soooo appreciated.

    Warning: fopen(/home/mmabs1/public_html/infoposters.com/wp-content/themes/foliogrid.v1-2/style.css) [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/mmabs1/public_html/infoposters.com/wp-includes/functions.php on line 4165

    Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/mmabs1/public_html/infoposters.com/wp-includes/functions.php on line 4168

    Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/mmabs1/public_html/infoposters.com/wp-includes/functions.php on line 4171

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    Thank you for including our Maimpok WP theme in your wonderful collection.

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  101. 148

    Newspress has a bunch of spammy links in its footer. :( Other than that, great compilation!

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  102. 149

    Ahhhh nice, I found a theme in here that will work better for my project than one I purchased, you saved me hours of frustration – thanks again Smashing!!!

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  103. 150

    More beautiful free wordpress themes can be found at http://www.einsthemes.com with direct download link :D

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  104. 151

    Nice collection !
    Thanks

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  105. 152

    Have these all been tested virus/spyware free?

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  106. 153

    Great collections. Few of them are really attractive. Thanks.

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  107. 154

    Nice list, I was searching for wordpress themes then I found your site…extremely useful..thanks for sharing it :)

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  108. 155

    Some of these themes i use on my WP sites, not all of them are that good as they look. And the service after install is with free themes mostly not there. Better buy a cheap premium wordpress theme WordPress Theme NL with full support.

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  109. 156

    In the “Pre-Launch WordPress Themes” section, for the “BEBACKWP” theme, you’ve linked the “demo” with the URL of the demo link for the “Ice Breaker” theme.

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    There’s no .psd file along with Lap of Luxury to edit the text/make it your own. Considering how many people have commented on their site saying something to that effect, there’s no solution offered.

    Bummer.

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    Most of these are old and rehashed.

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  112. 159

    Have you missed this Free Premium WordPress Theme: http://www.moonthemes.com

    Thanks

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      That eyegaze theme blew me away! I have yet to play with it though. But if it can do all it says, I’ll have it up on one of my sites for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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    i couldnt find ” boldy ” theme download option. it says its free..anyone with help pls ????

    Regards

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  114. 163

    Love the count down theme it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for :)

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  115. 164

    Great to see someone put a simple easy to read explanation of WordPress plugins.

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    very cool :) i couldn’t find any I wanted to use but it’s a great list anyway!

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  117. 166

    The Satoshi theme from Vooshthemes is great, but i cannot access the Theme options menu under Appearance settings. When i click the link it does nothing. I’m running WordPress 3.0.1 on my local pc, using WAMP server.

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    Hi. The first theme – Cumulus – seems to be dropped by the developer. Please have a look into it and update appropriately.

    Time-saving list. Thank you

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  119. 168

    very nice~! Thanks ^_^

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    Does anyone know of someone who has designed a nicer look for the Socrates theme? I like the concept, but the look isn’t my style. I’d like something more feminine that works with the Socrates theme. Any ideas/suggestions? Thank you, very much in advance! -Angel

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    Hi,
    We’ve just released our first wordpress theme, it’s a magazine-style theme and we’ve spent quite a bit of time working on it. Hope you like it!

    Magazine1 theme page
    http://themes1.com/2010/magazine1-wordpress-theme/

    Demo
    http://demo.themes1.com/Magazine1/

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    very nice~! Thanks ^_^

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    Links to The WhatsUp themes is dead – Irwan

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      Christiane Rosenberger

      December 2, 2010 2:39 pm

      Hello Irwan,
      thanks for letting us know. “The WhatsUp Theme” is no more available.Sorry!

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    cool!!

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    I’m going to try and say this without sounding rude, however themes that have encrypted code in the footer or any other file do not and will never classify as “high quality” it is a practice that is frowned upon by a great many in the WordPress community and such themes are not allowed in the WordPress theme site.

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  127. 177

    That ‘s great post ! There are a lot of themes I like.

    Thanks for share !

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    Phenomenal collection of themes!! I never ever knew such designs actually existed. I have always wanted to use them and now this collection is providing it. With war of thoughts and options in mind it is difficult to choose just one…really! Thanks a lot! :)

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    Am I crazy?? Where is the link to DL Boldy WordPress Theme. When I click the link, there is no where on the page to download the theme. I love it, can anyone help me out!?

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    Thank you for sharing. These themes are awesome.

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  131. 181

    A great post Paul. Thanks

    However, it seems Cumulus has a premium version only. The links for the Cumulus theme do not work!

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  132. 182

    How great!
    Thanks for sharing.

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    I agree with your assumption.

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    I really LOVE these types of articles despite what Martin says. I am new to wordpress development so kinda going theme crazy. Really looking forward to January 2011 best themes. I have to point out like a few here that the #1 theme Cumulus is no longer available and Empire Themes.com is a dead link. Also, some of the themes here do have security issues with static links and other oddities usually within the themes footer code I would sincerely appreciate that any future lists like this exclude those as best as possible because quite frankly I really like Smashing Magazine and would hate to stop reading or see your reputation tarnished as a result. Carry on the good work, I cannot wait to see more themes!

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    Hi guys

    After Brave Zeenat, we now have another free WordPress theme available for you:

    Grid Locker
    Live Demo at: http://gridlocker.dizenoco.com
    Download at: http://shop.dizenoco.com/Free-Wordpress-Themes/

    We hope you like this one too.

    Dizeno Co Team

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    amar saleem your design is really awesome and different from the routine designs we see on many wp theme sites. appreciated….

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    I really LOVE these types of articles despite what Martin says. I am new to wordpress development so kinda going theme crazy. Really looking forward to January 2011 best themes. I have to point out like a few here that the #1 theme Cumulus is no longer available and Empire Themes.com is a dead link. Also, some of the themes here do have security issues with static links and other oddities usually within the themes footer code
    haffow.com

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    WordPress is hands down the best CMS in the world. It has made my life of website development much easier. Great post. I just can’t believe these theme are free. I have designed my website using WordPress theme

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    Nice collections, TRONLINE theme is also worth it. You can check my page if you want to see it in action: celax.me.ht/

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    Carry on the good work, I cannot wait to see more themes!
    imagehostinghosting.com

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    this is very nice documentary. thank you so much.

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    Lots of good designs. Not sure which is my favorite so far. But I could use this. Thanks!
    Nadette,

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    WordPress has had me in a headlock lately. These really tickled my inspiration. Thanks

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  144. 194

    This is hands down the best free themes post I have ever seen. OUTSTANDING.

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    Benjamin Ronnenberg

    March 13, 2011 8:31 pm

    Great collection of themes! Thanks a lot!

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    this is the greatest list i’ve ever seen . thank you very much..Ferruh Lermi

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  147. 197

    Themes with base64 footers (the ones where if you remove the footer the theme doesn’t work) shouldn’t be included in lists like these.

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    Some nice themes!

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    Jambo theme is a free theme from simplethemes ! Try it ..

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    WOW, so many great templates and so many comments too! thanks for sharing :)

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    Awesome.. this resource is very helpful..
    thanks for share

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    Designers360Degree

    April 20, 2011 8:59 am

    Smashing list! ;)

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    Great collection. Thanks

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    Colleen Simpson

    May 9, 2011 5:25 pm

    Love the collection of really great wordpress themes here. I’ve used Blissful Blog too, and love the homage to his wife. I eventually bought the organic theme & elegant theme line too, but this list is a great start!

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    murtaza kanpurwala

    May 13, 2011 7:38 pm

    Nice wordpress themes

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    thanks so much for this comprehensive list. I’m not a web developer etc, just a person who’s been looking for nice looking themes, with adverts and other ‘necessary’ things as per the blog developer gurus. I think I’ve found a couple to try and upload. Thanks a lot Paul for having the info in one place.

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    I’m glad not a single of these themes shows up in wordpress theme search. great picks!

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    Joyoge Designers Bookmark

    June 19, 2011 2:49 pm

    very nice and clean themes, thanks for the list..

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    hey awesome theme .great work. i have upload it to my website visite it gadzetgallery.com

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    It seems that the creators of many of these themes have jacked up their prices after being put on this list. I suggest removing the following from this list:

    Ideal Website
    Uncomplicated
    Structure Theme

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  161. 211

    Workaholic is also no longer free

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    I’d suggest removing NewsPress from WPCrunchy.com
    It’s been updated to v2 which I downloaded. There are backlinks in the footer, which is fair enough for a free theme, however it wasn’t until I spent some time customizing it that I noticed the backlinks are to gambling, credit and herbal sites.

    This is a pretty scummy move, it’s not disclosed until it’s too late really. As far as I’m concerned hidden base64_encoded PHP in the footer puts WPCrunchy far too much in the category of the dodgy themes that turn up in a Google search.

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    thanks

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    Maimpok is a Padd Solution theme and it contains backdoor and base64 decode like the rest of Padd Solution themes.

    There are a lot of honest FREE theme providers, but either PaddSolutions are just as deluded as they say in the encoded codes (why give premium themes for free if you can’t put sponsors message), or someone is trying hard to smear honest provider of Free themes.

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    Can’t wait for the 2011 WordPress themes review. I’m guessing we’ll see many more mobile options.

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    I love Workaholic, Simplo and Clear. Great simple themes, great for writing some stuff with these themes. Today I finished my new theme “Two Sided”. In 2009 you have chosen the “Overstand” theme for your “100 quality wordpress themes” list. I would be very happy, if you could review the new “Two Sided” theme. Its´a mixture between a light magazine style and a classical blog style. I am curious if the theme could make it to the 2011 list. Nevertheless for all other readers who are interested in this new theme. Have a look at:

    Two sided theme

    Have fun, keep on WordPressing and thank you for publishing great theme lists like this every year. It is really a pleasure.

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    nice themes collection……. very impressive

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    awesome!

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    Nice collection of themes. But I am wondering why bloggers do not use their own UNIQUE theme?

    Even if it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that these public themes have it might be better to use something personalized. On my blog at aloe-vera-studies.org/ I had someone design a unique theme for me at a very affordable price. Eventhough I agree that some free themes are much nicer than mine I wouldn’t sacrifice personality and uniqueness!

    Just my 2 cents…

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    some links are not correct.

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  171. 221

    Very cool collection of wordpress plugins!
    I used one of them in my wordpress blog

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    I LOVE THIS POST (can’t believe i’ve just found it!)

    MORE … MORE … MORE … I SAY !!!

    OH, AND MANY MANY MANY THANKX :-)

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    Wow man, these are just awesome. Nature at its best, I must say. Thanks a lot for these beautiful collections

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    Hello there! Don’t you use Twitter? I would like to follow you if that will be ok. I sure am certainly taking pleasure in your blog and look forward to new posts.

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    That it was pleasant to study using your posting. I just loved the little while which i used looking through it and wanted to leave a comment to state that….Cheers

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    excellent Article! As i see it’s more easier today to open a personal blog with free aber really quality themes.

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    Overstand” theme for your “100 quality wordpress themes” list. I would be very happy, if you could review the new “Two Sided” theme. Its´a mixture between a light magazine style and a classical blog style. I am curious if the theme could make it to the 2011 list. Nevertheless for all other readers who are interested in this new theme use drmustafaerarslan.net

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    I am a website designer that also works with WordPress, and the this website has has exactly what i am looking for. Thanks

    finitytek.com

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    wow great themes
    thanks a lot

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    Great themes!

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    Great themes! They look so good, it’s hard to believe they’re free. But if you watch closely, some of them can be recreated in WP theme editors. They are based on a minimalistic layout and a good color and font pick. I use Lubith for example and it gives me this possibility. I will deffinitely take some of the themes provided here into consideration, the design is beautiful!

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    I am trying to find a CMS theme (with blog) for an Author Website. Anyone have any suggestions?

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    Diwaker srivastava

    December 7, 2012 2:46 am

    wow great collection of themes specially imbalance.

    Thank sir it saves my lots of work

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    Can I simply say what a comfort to uncover someone that genuinely understands what they are talking about online. You actually know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. A lot more people really need to read this and understand this side of the story. I was surprised you aren’t more popular because you definitely have the gift.

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    Above collection is nice to use, i have made a collection of useful wordpress themes.
    try this
    starkbook.com/2013/02/useful-collection-of-26-free-wordpress-themes.html

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    great templates!!! I found few not bad templates here http://responsive-websites.info/. Anybody know some cool sites with free responsive templates?

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    Thanks for the cool post. and the amazing themes

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    The theme I use is a nice free wordpress theme, too.
    I’d love to recommend to you all, too.
    http://www.mageewp.com/zippy-theme.html
    Contains two different styles of homepage.

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