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100 Free High Quality WordPress Themes: 2010 Edition

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 The collections from 2007, 2008 and last year1 are still useful, but some of the themes are outdated or updated now.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.”

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.


Imbalance2 (demo)
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.


Shaken and Stirred Theme (demo)
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 Theme

AutoFocus+4 (demo5)
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.


Fotofolio Landscape7 (demo)
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 Landscape8

FolioGrid9 (demo10)
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.


Mansion12 (demo13)
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.


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.


SimpleFolio15 (demo)
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.


Smashing Multimedia17 (demo)
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 Multimedia18

Fullscreen Photo and Multimedia19 (demo20)
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 Multimedia21

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

Brave Zeenat

Monokrome (demo)
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.


Portfolio WPESP Theme22 (live demo23)
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 Theme24

Selecta (demo, 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.


Work-a-holic25 (demo26)
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.


BlueBubble WordPress Theme28 (demo29)
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 Theme30

WordPress Themes For Bloggers Link

Lap of Luxury31 (demo32)
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.


Katana (demo34)
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.


Koi Theme35 (demo)
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 Theme36

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.


Notepad Theme39 (demo)
The theme is inspired by the iPhone’s 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 Theme40

Strukture (demo)


Peacekeeper (demo)


The Seven Five41 (demo)
A minimalist blogger/social theme including several customization and layout options.

The Seven Five42

Simplo43 (demo44)


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


Aparatus (demo46)


Zexee47 (demo)


Cyangant Elegant (demo49)

Cyangant Elegant

Obscure (demo50)
A dark magazine wordpress theme suitable for any site nitche and best fit for community-based sites.


Designpile51 (demo52)


Obscorp (demo54)


The Side Blog Theme55 (demo)
A free blogging theme with all sorts of customization and content management options.

The Side Blog Theme56

E-Commerce WordPress Themes Link

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

e-Commerce Theme: Kelontong

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

Dangdoot - e-Commerce Theme (Free Version)

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

AppCloud - e-Commerce Theme (Free Version)

Clean WordPress Themes Link

Blissful Blog (demo)

Blissful Blog

The Ideal Website57
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 Website58

Un.complicated Theme59 (demo)
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 Theme60

Voidy61 (demo62)
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.


Clear (demo)
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.


Delicate64 (demo65)


Boldy67 (demo68)
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.


Smooth (demo)


Inuit Types70 (starter edition) (demo71)

Inuit Types (Starter Edition)72

Modernist73 (demo)
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.


Titan Theme75 (free edition) (demo76)

Titan Theme (Free Edition)77

YouAre Theme (demo)

YouAre Theme

Simple Organization78 (demo79)

Simple Organization80

Neutra81 (demo82)
Neutra is a simple and elegant theme for WordPress. Grid-based with focus on simplicity and typography.


The Erudite84 (demo85)
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 Erudit86

Magazine-Style Themes Link

The Columnist87
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 Columnist88

The Structure Theme (the link was removed because the pricing was changed after the article was published, demo89)
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 Theme90

Aurelius91 (demo92)


Tanzaku (demo)


WPCount (demo)


Maimpok (demo)


Malleable94 (demo)


Furvious96 (demo97)
A nice theme coming with 5 color styles, powerful admin framework and featured posts area.


Newspress99 (demo100)


Minimal WordPress Themes Link




WP-Notes104 (demo)


Satoshi (demo)


Ulap Theme (demo)

Ulap Theme

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.


Miniml Press Theme106 (demo107)

Miniml Press Theme108

Functionalism109 (demo)


LifeStreaming White (demo)

LifeStreaming White

Vostok111 (demo112)
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.


Mini114 (demo)


Mobile Themes For WordPress Link

iPhonsta WordPress theme (demo)
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 Pack

WordPress Mobile Pack116
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 Pack117

WordPress Mobile Theme118
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 Theme119

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

Möbius - Mobile Friendly WordPress

News Press Mobile120
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 Mobile121

Carrington Mobile
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 Mobile

Pre-Launch WordPress Themes Link

BEBACKWP122 (demo126123)


Ice Breaker125 (demo126123)

Ice Breaker127

Ready2Launch! (demo)


WP Blueprint

WP Blueprint

Themes That Take WordPress Beyond Link

GuruQ128 (demo129)
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.


P2131 (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 Manager (demo)
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 Manager

Aggregator132 (demo133)
Aggregator is a theme that aggregates feeds of any kind in one place and in an attractive format.


GTD (private theme for teams to collaborate)

GTD – Private Theme for Teams to Collaborate

MiniCard (demo135)
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.


LiveTwit136 (demo137)


WordPress Theme Tools Link

Elastic Theme Editor139
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:

Divine140 (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 Theme141
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 Theme142

Starter And Blank WordPress Themes Link

Starkers HTML5 WordPress Theme Kit
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 Kit

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+).


Buddymatic Theme Framework145
Buddymatic is a highly extensible theme framework for WordPress and WordPress MU blogs, including BuddyPress-enabled home and member blogs.

ET Starter Theme for WordPress
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 Theme
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 CMS (demo)
Paintbox CMS is a grid-based CMS theme layered on my actual theme-canvas Paintbox. It comes with a smooth 960 grid layout plus some creative jQuery effects for content loading.

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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  1. 1

    I use Titan Free Theme =D

    Damn good theme

  2. 2

    Gotta love that Pre-Launch themes!

    • 3

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

  3. 4

    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.

    • 5

      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.

      • 6


        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 ;=)

      • 8

        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.

  4. 9

    Dave Van de Walle

    August 19, 2010 6:37 am


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

  5. 10

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

  6. 16

    Couple of mine one here :-) Cool!

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    August 19, 2010 6:45 am

    You legends!

  8. 18

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

  9. 19

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

    • 20

      Vitaly Friedman

      August 19, 2010 7:18 am

      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.

      • 21

        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!

        • 22

          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.

  10. 23

    the quality of these free themes is pretty impressive!

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    What about Drupal??

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

    Many thanks

  14. 30

    It’s a really cool collection!

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    Thanks for including our themes!

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    “Buy now” does not equal “Free”

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    Matthew Mueller

    August 19, 2010 7:36 am

    These are awesome! Thanks!

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    Thanks for including the Shaken and Stirred Theme!

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    WOW.. Great themes … Thanks :)

  20. 41

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


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