WordPress: Most Popular Free WordPress Themes

This overview features the most popular (and still relevant) collections of free WordPress themes that have been published on Smashing Magazine in the last years.

Quick Overview

Best Newspaper Themes For WordPress6

In this article, the first in our WordPress “Best of” series, we’ll go over WordPress newspaper themes. We’ll bring you the 30 best WordPress newspaper themes, as well as two news-aggregator themes. We haven’t included “news magazine” themes, but we’ll get to those in our upcoming article on magazine-style themes.

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The themes are categorized a bit differently than what you may be used to. The line between magazine and newspaper themes is blurry, but we’ve tried to make that distinction. For our purposes, magazine themes look something like Smashing Magazine, whereas newspaper themes look like the Daily Telegraph, New York Times and so on.

You’ll find some great themes in here. And if you know of any others, do drop a link in the comments. At the end of the year, we’ll publish a round-up of all the best WordPress themes.

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Free WordPress Themes: 2011 Edition9

It’s interesting to look back at our previous WordPress themes round-ups. It’s almost like looking at a visual timeline not only of WordPress’ advances in theme design, but of the rapid development in functionality of the CMS itself. The themes from year to year clearly differ in style as Web design trends have evolved. As each year passes and more functionality is added to WordPress’ core, these improvements are strongly reflected in the themes developed for it.

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Once upon a time, all WordPress themes looked like traditional blogs, with basic functionality and not a heck of a lot more. But as you will see from the themes below, that original “blog” design style is clearly gone, perhaps never to be seen again. It makes you feel nostalgic.

Nowadays, user requirements for WordPress themes are very high. Users expect all themes (including free ones) to have pages for admin options built in, where you can quickly set up your website and personalize it with a minimum of fuss. With the rise of these options pages, niche-specific theme designs (such as for portfolios, blogs or magazines) are no longer required and are, in fact, few and far between.

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100 Free High Quality WordPress Themes: 2010 Edition12

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 200713, 200814 and last year15 are still useful, but some of the themes are outdated or updated now.

Imbalance16

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.

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40 Free High-Quality WordPress Themes18

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.

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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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100 Amazing Free WordPress Themes for 200921

In January 2008, we put together a list of 100 Excellent Free WordPress Themes22. Over a year has passed and WordPress development has progressed very fast and gained even more in popularity. We felt it was the right time to put together an updated post and offer our readers the best free themes that WordPress can offer.

Free WordPress themes23

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). But, that aside, the quality is certainly there, and we are sure you will be impressed with this WordPress theme compilation for 2009.

Read more…24

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Footnotes

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  6. 6 http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2012/05/23/best-wordpress-themes-newspapers/
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  8. 8 http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2012/05/23/best-wordpress-themes-newspapers/
  9. 9 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/05/free-wordpress-themes-2011-edition/
  10. 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/05/free-wordpress-themes-2011-edition/
  11. 11 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/07/05/free-wordpress-themes-2011-edition//#more-92757
  12. 12 http://coding.smashingmagazine.com/2010/08/19/100-free-high-quality-wordpress-themes-for-2010/
  13. 13 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/02/09/83-beautiful-wordpress-themes-you-probably-havent-seen/
  14. 14 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/08/100-excellent-free-high-quality-wordpress-themes/
  15. 15 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/18/100-amazing-free-wordpress-themes-for-2009/
  16. 16 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/08/19/100-free-high-quality-wordpress-themes-for-2010/
  17. 17 http://coding.smashingmagazine.com/2010/08/19/100-free-high-quality-wordpress-themes-for-2010//#more-51885
  18. 18 http://coding.smashingmagazine.com/2009/11/12/40-free-high-quality-wordpress-themes/
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  21. 21 http://coding.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/18/100-amazing-free-wordpress-themes-for-2009/
  22. 22 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/08/100-excellent-free-high-quality-wordpress-themes/
  23. 23 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/18/100-amazing-free-wordpress-themes-for-2009/
  24. 24 http://coding.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/18/100-amazing-free-wordpress-themes-for-2009//#more-6960
  25. 25 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/learning-wordpress-useful-wordpress-tips-tutorials/
  26. 26 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/back-end-server-administration-php-guidelines/
  27. 27 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/learning-javascript-essentials-guidelines-tutorials/

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  1. 1

    Those are very neat wordpress themes, it would be great to see more portfolios :-)

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    All links are broken, please help …

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    The links still point to the old coding sub-domain… the links should start with to http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/ not http://coding.smashingmagazine.com/

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    I happen to have a new free theme called Newspaper – responsive too!:
    demo: http://news.fearlessflyer.com/
    info: http://fearlessflyer.com/themes/newspaper/

    please add to your list. thank you….

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    If you’re looking for free portfolio theme (mostly photography-related), I’d recommend this one – http://dimsemenov.com/themes/touchfolio/

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    thanks for sharing btw some links are broken please update them

    you can check fresh mobile themes here

    http://metuts.com/blog/9-high-quality-free-wordpress-mobile-themes.html

    thanks awesome post

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