Finding a great looking yet free WordPress theme is really difficult. Especially if you are new to blogging and just starting to find a suitable theme for your blog, then its easy to get overwhelmed by the thousands of free templates you can find online. To test a template, you have to download it, install the necessary folders and codes to your site directory, activate it in WordPress and test if the theme works for you. Most of the time, you will encounter themes that are really striking visually but are very difficult to tweak or customize and you will need extra specialize plugins to work. Also, if you are planning to have your site optimized for the search engine, there are lots of themes that are not SEO ready and lacks the necessary tags intended for search engines.
So if you are needing some functional and nice looking WordPress theme for your new blog without paying a dime or if you simply want to change theme, then here are ten fresh free WordPress themes that we found online. Most of these themes are easy to tweak and customize. They are also widget ready and are SEO optimized. Most of all technical support from the developers is also available just in case you encounter problems later on. A link to the source where you can download the theme is provided below each preview image. Also, don’t forget to read the full instructions on how to install and customize these themes before deciding to download and use them.
01 – PixDesign Theme
PixDesign is excellent for a magazine or news design layout for your blog. It also has a Featured Content Gallery so you can control what to display or feature in your homepage.
Features: Widget Ready, Image on Articles, SEO Optimized, Works with the Latest Version of WordPress 2.9 (and below), 3-Column Footer, Flickr RSS
Plugins: Flickr RSS Plugin, Featured Content Gallery, Animated Tag Cloud
02 – Vacation Time
Vacation Time is elegant and clean design free WordPress theme. Suitable for any niche. Options page at admin panel.
Features: Options Page, 125×125 pixels adbox ready (easy editable from admin options), 468×60 pixels Header Banner ready (easy editable from admin options), Two columns, Gravatar on Comments, Compatible with latest WordPress versions, Widgets Ready, SEO Optimized, Fixed width, Logo .PSD file and font files are included in theme folder, Tested and compatible with all major browsers: IE, FF, Safari
03 – Maliksi
Maliksi is a straightforward WordPress theme which boasts your featured contents up front. Built by Padd Solutions, this theme comes with 5 color schemes to choose from. All the features can be accessed via the General Settings, Google Adsense Settings and Custom Advertisement Settings tabs from the Admin Panel. Maliksi WP theme is great for any blogger who wants to impress their readers with their contents and a premium quality design blog at no cost!
04 – Mayumi
Padd Solutions brings you an elegantly designed WordPress theme – Mayumi. Packed with tons of features, Mayumi WordPress theme comes with 5 color schemes to choose from. All the features can be accessed via the General Settings, Social Networking Settings and Custom Advertisement Settings tabs from the Admin Panel. Mayumi WP theme is great for any blogger who wants to impress their readers with their contents and a premium quality design blog at no cost!
05 – Papertagz Creative WordPress Theme
Papertagz is a two columns creative WordPress theme with paper notes design. It gives you a personal touch (read: diary kind of look) and yet has lots of features from premium theme, from feature post with auto-slider to Twitter feed at sidebar. Suitable for personal blog, scrapbook blog, and many more.
06 – WPcazino WordPress Theme
WPcazino is a two columns WordPress theme with minimalist clean layout and attractive header design. This premium theme is equipped with auto-slider feature post and 468 x 60 px banner ad for advertising purpose.
07 – Workmag WordPress Theme
Workmag is a 2 columns WordPress theme with black and brown color, stationery related design.
Features: Feature articles with slideshow effect, Built-in page navi / number, 3 columns in footer (recent posts, recent comments, tag cloud), Widget Ready, Gravatar ready, Threaded comment ready, 2 columns, right sidebar, Tested in major browsers (i.e. Firefox, Internet Explorer 7, Safari, Opera, Chrome), Compatible with latest WordPress and older versions.
08 - Tipztheme
Tipztheme is a three-column blog template for wordpress from Design Disease. This wordpress theme is wiidget ready, SEO Optimized, Works with the latest version of WordPress.
09 – Coffee Desk
Coffee Desk is a great looking WordPress theme designed by TemplateLite and released in collaboration with CrazyLeaf Design Blog. This wordpress theme is widget ready, 3 columns, right sidebar, complatible with IE6, IE7, IE8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, W3C XHTML and CSS compliant. Perfect for a personal blog of any topic or niche.
10 – PixDesign Theme
Here’s another beautiful WordPress theme designed by TemplateLite and released in collaboration with CrazyLeaf Design Blog. This WordPress theme is widget ready, 3 columns, right and left sidebar, complatible with IE6, IE7, IE8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, W3C XHTML and CSS compliant, Gravatar enabled.
MORE WORDPRESS THEMES FROM ELEGANT THEMES
Another good source for portfolio WordPress themes is Elegant Themes. Here, you can use all of the templates (currently at 55 themes) by only paying a membership fee of $39. That’s like paying just around 7 cents for each theme.