Nice theme

Smashing Magazine

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 The collections from 20072008 and last year are still useful, but some of the themes are outdated or updated now.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.”

[Editor’s note: A must-have for professional Web designers and developers: The Printed Smashing Books Bundle is full of practical insight for your daily work. Get the bundle right away!]

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.


Imbalance (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+ (demo)
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 Landscape (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 Landscape

FolioGrid (demo)
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.


Mansion (demo)
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.


SimpleFolio (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 Multimedia (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 Multimedia

Fullscreen Photo and Multimedia (demo)
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 Multimedia

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 Theme (live demo)
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 Theme

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-holic (demo)
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 Theme (demo)
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 Theme

WordPress Themes For Bloggers

Lap of Luxury (demo)
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 (demo)
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 Theme (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 Theme

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 Theme (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 Theme

Strukture (demo)


Peacekeeper (demo)


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

The Seven Five

Simplo (demo)


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 (demo)


Zexee (demo)


Cyangant Elegant (demo)

Cyangant Elegant

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


Designpile (demo)


Obscorp (demo)


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

The Side Blog Theme

E-Commerce WordPress Themes

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

Blissful Blog (demo)

Blissful Blog

The Ideal Website
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 Website

Un.complicated Theme (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 Theme

Voidy (demo)
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.


Delicate (demo)


Boldy (demo)
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 Types (starter edition) (demo)

Inuit Types (Starter Edition)

Modernist (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 Theme (free edition) (demo)

Titan Theme (Free Edition)

YouAre Theme (demo)

YouAre Theme

Simple Organization (demo)

Simple Organization

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


The Erudite (demo)
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 Erudit

Magazine-Style Themes

The Columnist
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 Columnist

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

Aurelius (demo)


Tanzaku (demo)


WPCount (demo)


Maimpok (demo)


Malleable (demo)


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


Newspress (demo)


Minimal WordPress Themes




WP-Notes (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 Theme (demo)

Miniml Press Theme

Functionalism (demo)


LifeStreaming White (demo)

LifeStreaming White

Vostok (demo)
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.


Mini (demo)


Mobile Themes For WordPress

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 Pack
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 Pack

WordPress Mobile Theme
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 Theme

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

Möbius - Mobile Friendly WordPress

News Press Mobile
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 Mobile

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



Ice Breaker (demo)

Ice Breaker

Ready2Launch! (demo)


WP Blueprint

WP Blueprint

Themes That Take WordPress Beyond

GuruQ (demo)
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.


P2 (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

Aggregator (demo)
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 (demo)
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.


LiveTwit (demo)


WordPress Theme Tools

Elastic Theme Editor
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:


Divine (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 Theme
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 Theme

Starter And Blank WordPress Themes

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 Framework
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.


Paul Andrew is a freelance Web designer. He is chief admin for Speckyboy – Design Magazine, a Web design, Web development and graphic design resource blog.



Smashing Jobs - best fishing ground

  1. 1

    August 19th, 2010 6:22 amGotta love that Pre-Launch themes!

    • 2
      Micah Blu

      April 4th, 2011 12:36 pmThere’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!

  2. 3

    August 19th, 2010 6:36 amYou 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.

    • 4

      September 23rd, 2010 11:55 amI 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.

      • 5

        September 27th, 2010 2:57 amDave,

        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 ;=)

      • 6

        March 25th, 2011 12:46 pmSuffusion 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.

  3. 7
    Dave Van de Walle

    August 19th, 2010 6:37 amWowzers.

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

  4. 8

    August 19th, 2010 6:39 amCool, but i noticed 2 themes got repeated, “Simple” and “Blue buble” 🙂

    • 9
      Vitaly Friedman

      August 19th, 2010 6:46 amBoba, the second one was indeed repeated — I just removed the duplicate and updated the article. But I don’t think the first one got repeated, too. Or did it?..

      • 10

        August 19th, 2010 7:31 amPretty sure the Clear theme was repeated as well.

        • 11
          George Pytlik

          August 19th, 2010 11:16 amUn.complicated was also repeated.

          • 12

            August 23rd, 2010 3:01 amModernist is also repeated

    • 13
      Gustav Meirinho

      September 11th, 2010 8:25 pmHey, agreed!

      Gustav Meirinho

  5. 14
    James Koster

    August 19th, 2010 6:43 amCouple of mine one here 🙂 Cool!

  6. 15

    August 19th, 2010 6:45 amYou legends!

  7. 16

    August 19th, 2010 6:49 amThanks for Featuring FolioGrid. There’s a pro version coming in the next few weeks which boasts some impressive features.

  8. 17

    August 19th, 2010 6:51 amNice collection here, but nothing beats a fully custom theme built from scratch.

    • 18
      Vitaly Friedman

      August 19th, 2010 7:18 amI 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.

      • 19

        August 19th, 2010 8:57 amExactly. 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!

        • 20

          September 15th, 2011 4:52 amI 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.

  9. 21

    August 19th, 2010 6:56 amthe quality of these free themes is pretty impressive!

  10. 22

    August 19th, 2010 6:56 amWhat about Drupal??

    • 23

      August 20th, 2010 6:34 amWhat about it? It’s a totally different CMS.

    • 24

      August 30th, 2010 12:47 pmDrupal is a hot mess anyway.

      • 25

        June 23rd, 2011 5:52 amIt’s definitely hot. The mess is what you… erm… no that’s trolling.

  11. 26

    August 19th, 2010 7:06 amtakk!

  12. 27
    Phil Jones

    August 19th, 2010 7:12 amPlaying around with Cumuls. Can anyone tell me how to add the images to that homepage?

    Many thanks

  13. 28

    August 19th, 2010 7:26 amIt’s a really cool collection!

  14. 29

    August 19th, 2010 7:27 amThanks for including our themes!

  15. 30

    August 19th, 2010 7:29 am“Buy now” does not equal “Free”

    • 31
      Vitaly Friedman

      August 19th, 2010 7:50 amCould you please be more specific? What theme in the list seems to be not free?

      • 32

        August 19th, 2010 8:40 amthe first one listed:

        • 33
          Vitaly Friedman

          August 19th, 2010 10:48 pmThis theme is available for free download. Please check the website again.

      • 34
        George Pytlik

        August 19th, 2010 11:18 amStructure Theme looks like a paid theme. I couldn’t see any way to just download it, and they showed it on their themes page with a price of $69.

        • 35

          August 19th, 2010 2:49 pmI think he means Cumulus and missed the Download Free Version small letters 😉

  16. 36
    Matthew Mueller

    August 19th, 2010 7:36 amThese are awesome! Thanks!

  17. 37

    August 19th, 2010 7:36 amThanks for including the Shaken and Stirred Theme!

  18. 38

    August 19th, 2010 7:44 amWOW.. Great themes … Thanks 🙂

  19. 39

    August 19th, 2010 7:48 amGreat wide collection of themes! Must bookmark this for later.

  20. 40

    August 19th, 2010 7:51 amWOW! Very, very good themes!

  21. 41

    August 19th, 2010 8:01 amI 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?


    • 42

      August 19th, 2010 8:28 amUpcoming versions of Thematic should fully support Buddypress. Until then, you can use: It’s simple, but looks nice, and is a great platform to develop on.

  22. 43

    August 19th, 2010 8:18 amI use Titan Free Theme =D

    Damn good theme

  23. 44

    August 19th, 2010 8:25 amExcellent selection. For starter themes, I’d also recommend Ian Stewart’s HTML5 theme Toolbox:

    I also recently released a free portfolio theme that uses custom post types:

    • 45

      August 20th, 2010 8:52 amThe portfolio-theme is a very high quality theme, especially for a free theme. The documentation video alone is worth checking out. Great job!

  24. 46

    August 19th, 2010 8:56 amThanks for including Driftwood!

  25. 47

    August 19th, 2010 9:03 amThanks for including my Side Blog and Seven Five themes. Another great list…

  26. 48

    August 19th, 2010 9:22 amAwesome list, bookmarked for further uses.

  27. 49
    Alizain Prasla

    August 19th, 2010 9:27 amNow 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.

  28. 50
    Dizeno Co

    August 19th, 2010 9:29 amThank 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

    • 51

      August 23rd, 2010 7:13 pmJust 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.

  29. 52
    Lee Gustin

    August 19th, 2010 9:56 amAwesome job guys 🙂 I found many new themes!!


  30. 53

    August 19th, 2010 10:02 amYou 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!

  31. 54

    August 19th, 2010 10:44 amWOW! My favourite post returns with a new editon. Brilliant!!!!

  32. 55

    August 19th, 2010 11:05 amAwesome Article!! 🙂

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

    • 56
      Vitaly Friedman

      August 19th, 2010 2:24 pmYes, we know, Kris. This is the signature of Smashing Magazine, and we stay true to it.

  33. 57

    August 19th, 2010 11:14 amwhen 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

  34. 58

    August 19th, 2010 11:20 amoh, i love you!
    i really do.

  35. 59
    Matt Wiebe

    August 19th, 2010 11:25 amThanks for including The Erudite in this list! However, you could not have chosen a worse screenshot – the demo content for themes is terrible for my theme. If it all possible, please take a screenshot of instead. Thanks!

  36. 60
    Mohawk Kellye

    August 19th, 2010 11:56 amI’ve been looking for Fullscreen… I tried to recreate it myself but it was too time consuming. At least here it is.

  37. 61

    August 19th, 2010 1:03 pmhow do you download boldy?

  38. 63
    Valent Mustamin

    August 19th, 2010 1:12 pmperfect compilation. love it!

  39. 64

    August 19th, 2010 2:10 pmNice collection! Thanks for the links.

  40. 65

    August 19th, 2010 3:33 pmGreat collections – thank you so much for sharing these themes! =}

  41. 66

    August 19th, 2010 3:44 pmwaw, nice themes ..
    I love wordpress

  42. 67

    August 19th, 2010 3:55 pmWow 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.

  43. 68

    August 19th, 2010 3:57 pmThank 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!

  44. 69

    August 19th, 2010 4:56 pmGreat collections – thank you so much for sharing these themes

  45. 70

    August 19th, 2010 6:13 pmoh no a classic if you dont step up now you misses the train image

  46. 71

    August 19th, 2010 6:15 pmYou 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.

  47. 72

    August 19th, 2010 6:20 pmReally useful !

  48. 73

    August 19th, 2010 6:30 pmWicked awesome – looks like Christmas came early this year! Sweet….

  49. 74

    August 19th, 2010 6:30 pmNice Collection!!!

  50. 75

    August 19th, 2010 7:14 pmFantastic!! 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?

  51. 76

    August 19th, 2010 8:05 pmfantastic, but unfortunately i’m not using wordpress.
    i’m use joomla

  52. 77

    August 19th, 2010 8:35 pmGreat Collection!!!!
    please Anyone know the wp themes that can be used for online Music

  53. 78
    Kyle Hillman

    August 19th, 2010 9:37 pmBlissful 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.

    • 79

      August 21st, 2010 6:57 amis a nice theme, but not totally free at all…

    • 80
      David Morgan

      February 4th, 2011 1:41 pmThe 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.

  54. 81
    Martin Chaov

    August 19th, 2010 10:16 pmYeah!! 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.

    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?

    • 82
      Vitaly Friedman

      August 19th, 2010 10:51 pmMartin, 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!

      • 83
        Martin Chaov

        August 19th, 2010 11:00 pmI 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.

        • 84
          Callum Chapman

          August 20th, 2010 1:01 amYou 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. 🙂

        • 85
          Greg Raby

          August 20th, 2010 6:45 am“Also, I really do skip the showcases 🙂 Just this time I was wondering about why they are so popular.”

          I mean, seriously…

          • 86
            Martin Chaov

            October 9th, 2010 4:01 amYes, 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).

    • 87

      September 24th, 2010 9:33 pm

      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!

      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!

      • 88
        Martin Chaov

        October 9th, 2010 4:09 amThere 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.

        • 89

          June 30th, 2011 9:56 amLike your comment interface!!

  55. 90

    August 19th, 2010 10:17 pmThe 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:

    • 91
      Vitaly Friedman

      August 19th, 2010 10:43 pmBrad, it appears that the pricing was changed after the post was published. The link was removed. Thank you for heads up!

      • 92

        August 22nd, 2010 4:12 pmthere’s a link to a free version of structure theme on the organic website:

        • 93

          September 20th, 2010 2:37 amApenas teste!

          • 94

            September 29th, 2011 7:29 amThis is a message

        • 95

          December 14th, 2010 5:14 amYup, Structure Theme seems to be free again. Awesome, because it’s pretty nice!

  56. 96

    August 19th, 2010 10:32 pmAwesome collection many thanks!

  57. 97

    August 19th, 2010 11:22 pmWOW! great resource!

  58. 98

    August 19th, 2010 11:38 pmI love you guys!

  59. 99

    August 19th, 2010 11:45 pmAmazing themes, thanks!

  60. 100
    Sea Jay

    August 20th, 2010 12:09 amamazing stuff. it there a link were we can download them all in one click 🙂 sorry for being lazy!

    • 101
      Callum Chapman

      August 20th, 2010 1:02 amThey can’t do that, you’re meant to read the individual T&C’s as they’re all different! 🙂

  61. 102

    August 20th, 2010 12:20 amReally like the approach of shaken and stirred and imbalance themes have taken, good to see something different.

  62. 103

    August 20th, 2010 12:54 amGreat, mine is on the list.
    And the list is really awesome.

  63. 104

    August 20th, 2010 2:39 amWhere may I find the dark Vostok theme?

  64. 105
    Mr. GPS

    August 20th, 2010 2:53 amGreat collection! Thanks!

  65. 106

    August 20th, 2010 3:48 am<3 you!

  66. 107
    Yasen Vasilev

    August 20th, 2010 4:30 amThanks very much! This will be a big time saver in a next project.

  67. 108

    August 20th, 2010 4:45 amOMG! Now I have to try them out! Every one! Thanks anyway for this great collection.

  68. 109
    Katja Nina

    August 20th, 2010 5:18 amGreat selection and great themes. Exactly what I was looking for now!

  69. 110

    August 20th, 2010 5:34 amGreat List.still you missed some awesome WP Themes

  70. 111

    August 20th, 2010 5:39 amThe “Ideal Website” theme is NOT free!

    • 112

      August 20th, 2010 10:57 amI disagree. Any of these themes can be modified to become the ‘perfect theme’ for your project.

  71. 113

    August 20th, 2010 12:55 pmNice list! Will be updating our gallery with some of the better ones listed here…

  72. 114

    August 20th, 2010 5:39 pmLove Boldy.

  73. 115

    August 20th, 2010 8:10 pmYou 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.

  74. 116

    August 20th, 2010 8:44 pmThe interior pages of the Cumulus theme cause my FF to crash… every time. has any one else experienced this with that theme?

  75. 117

    August 20th, 2010 9:28 pmSeems to FolioGrid is good but after lots of try, thumnail is not display in wordpress latest version 3

  76. 118

    August 20th, 2010 9:52 pmConfused, what to choose 🙂

  77. 119
    Deepali White

    August 20th, 2010 9:58 pmVery 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.

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

  78. 120

    August 21st, 2010 2:30 amjust FYI but the theme on 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 !

    • 121

      August 21st, 2010 7:18 amThe first one isn’t free – true. But here they talk about a free template called “Free WordPress Template: The Ideal Website” – see point #2.

  79. 122

    August 21st, 2010 2:53 amNice work Paul, Thanks for sharing such awesome themes 🙂

  80. 123
    Andrei Gonzales

    August 21st, 2010 4:50 amWow. 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.

  81. 124

    August 21st, 2010 6:05 amAwesome list of free themes!

  82. 125
    Katja Nina

    August 21st, 2010 6:54 amThe 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!

    • 126

      September 4th, 2010 4:02 amHello, 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:

      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,


  83. 127

    August 21st, 2010 8:43 amThanks 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!

  84. 128
    Sheldon Nesdale

    August 21st, 2010 2:10 pmI was hoping for a “Business Theme” section! :/ Gutted.

  85. 129

    August 22nd, 2010 2:36 amI 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! 😦

  86. 130

    August 22nd, 2010 9:13 amIt’s the first time I heard about the Elastic Theme Editor, it’s incredible !

  87. 131
    Ivelina Atanasova

    August 22nd, 2010 12:25 pmDo I got a problem or it’s just impossible to download Simplo anywhere?

  88. 133
    Rohn Gibson

    August 22nd, 2010 7:28 pmThanks for putting this compilation together. Very nice!

  89. 134
    James Chai

    August 22nd, 2010 9:50 pmWordPress + WordPress themes … it’s like peanut butter and jelly. They work separately but together it’s MAGIC! Great list and thanks for sharing!

  90. 135

    August 23rd, 2010 12:25 amthe themes are awesome

  91. 136
    Kate Mag

    August 23rd, 2010 7:02 amA list of WordPress awesomeness! One of the best Smashing Magazine articles.

  92. 137

    August 24th, 2010 5:48 amWe need something like this but for Joomla, awsome resources.
    Thanks Samshing team!

  93. 138
    Vikesh Patel

    August 24th, 2010 7:11 amI 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.

  94. 139

    August 24th, 2010 10:01 amThank for sharing!

  95. 140

    August 24th, 2010 11:56 amThe best WP roundup of the season.

  96. 141

    August 26th, 2010 4:14 pmThank 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!

  97. 142

    August 26th, 2010 4:14 pmCan 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]

  98. 143
    Thomas @ MMA.BS

    August 29th, 2010 12:19 pmThanks 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.

  99. 144

    August 29th, 2010 2:29 pmI 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/ [function.fopen]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/mmabs1/public_html/ on line 4165

    Warning: fread(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/mmabs1/public_html/ on line 4168

    Warning: fclose(): supplied argument is not a valid stream resource in /home/mmabs1/public_html/ on line 4171

  100. 146

    August 31st, 2010 7:36 amThank you for including our Maimpok WP theme in your wonderful collection.

  101. 147

    September 3rd, 2010 9:57 pmNewspress has a bunch of spammy links in its footer. 😦 Other than that, great compilation!

  102. 148

    September 4th, 2010 9:49 amAhhhh 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!!!

  103. 149

    September 4th, 2010 7:52 pmMore beautiful free wordpress themes can be found at with direct download link 😀

  104. 150

    September 5th, 2010 10:19 pmNice collection !

  105. 151

    September 6th, 2010 1:47 pmHave these all been tested virus/spyware free?

  106. 152

    September 7th, 2010 2:09 amGreat collections. Few of them are really attractive. Thanks.

  107. 153

    September 13th, 2010 2:25 amNice list, I was searching for wordpress themes then I found your site…extremely useful..thanks for sharing it 🙂

  108. 154

    September 14th, 2010 8:11 amSome 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.

  109. 155
    Pritam Pebam

    September 15th, 2010 2:45 amIn 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.

  110. 156

    September 17th, 2010 11:28 amThere’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.


  111. 157

    September 23rd, 2010 11:57 amMost of these are old and rehashed.

  112. 158
    Adam Jan

    October 2nd, 2010 8:56 amHave you missed this Free Premium WordPress Theme:


    • 159
      Ken Skaggs

      November 26th, 2010 12:26 amThat 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!

  113. 160

    October 6th, 2010 9:53 ami couldnt find ” boldy ” theme download option. it says its free..anyone with help pls ????


  114. 162
    Leslie Waugh

    October 8th, 2010 6:32 amLove the count down theme it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for 🙂

  115. 163

    October 10th, 2010 9:07 amGreat to see someone put a simple easy to read explanation of WordPress plugins.

  116. 164

    October 13th, 2010 7:40 amvery cool 🙂 i couldn’t find any I wanted to use but it’s a great list anyway!

  117. 165

    October 20th, 2010 3:31 pmThe 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.

  118. 166

    November 13th, 2010 10:57 pmHi. 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

  119. 167

    November 14th, 2010 6:52 amvery nice~! Thanks ^_^

  120. 168

    November 14th, 2010 4:25 pmDoes 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

  121. 169

    November 22nd, 2010 4:55 amAnother free but quality theme:

  122. 170
    bim k

    November 24th, 2010 3:13 pmHi,
    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


  123. 171

    November 26th, 2010 4:42 pmvery nice~! Thanks ^_^

  124. 172

    December 2nd, 2010 11:29 amLinks to The WhatsUp themes is dead – Irwan

    • 173
      Christiane Rosenberger

      December 2nd, 2010 2:39 pmHello Irwan,
      thanks for letting us know. “The WhatsUp Theme” is no more available.Sorry!

  125. 174

    December 9th, 2010 1:17 amcool!!

  126. 175

    December 10th, 2010 1:19 pmI’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.

  127. 176

    December 30th, 2010 8:28 pmThat ‘s great post ! There are a lot of themes I like.

    Thanks for share !

  128. 177

    January 1st, 2011 12:54 pmPhenomenal 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! 🙂

  129. 178

    January 10th, 2011 11:13 amAm 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!?

  130. 179
    Casey @ thevege

    January 10th, 2011 7:17 pmThank you for sharing. These themes are awesome.

  131. 180
    Pali Madra

    January 19th, 2011 10:37 amA great post Paul. Thanks

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

  132. 181

    January 23rd, 2011 9:11 pmHow great!
    Thanks for sharing.

  133. 182

    January 26th, 2011 10:23 pmI agree with your assumption.

  134. 183

    January 29th, 2011 2:51 amI 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 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!

  135. 184
    Amar Saleem

    January 31st, 2011 4:39 amHi guys

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

    Grid Locker
    Live Demo at:
    Download at:

    We hope you like this one too.

    Dizeno Co Team

  136. 185

    February 2nd, 2011 1:55 amamar saleem your design is really awesome and different from the routine designs we see on many wp theme sites. appreciated….

  137. 186

    February 4th, 2011 3:21 amI 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 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

  138. 187

    February 8th, 2011 4:26 pmWordPress 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 havedesigned my website using WordPress theme

  139. 188

    February 15th, 2011 11:43 pmNice collections, TRONLINE theme is also worth it. You can check my page if you want to see it in action:

  140. 189

    February 22nd, 2011 12:48 amCarry on the good work, I cannot wait to see more themes!

  141. 190

    February 26th, 2011 1:53 amthis is very nice documentary. thank you so much.

  142. 191

    March 2nd, 2011 7:03 pmLots of good designs. Not sure which is my favorite so far. But I could use this. Thanks!

  143. 192

    March 7th, 2011 5:31 pmWordPress has had me in a headlock lately. These really tickled my inspiration. Thanks

  144. 193
    Tasvir Khalili

    March 11th, 2011 2:27 amThis is hands down the best free themes post I have ever seen. OUTSTANDING.

  145. 194
    Benjamin Ronnenberg

    March 13th, 2011 8:31 pmGreat collection of themes! Thanks a lot!

  146. 195
    ferruh lermi

    March 17th, 2011 8:01 amthis is the greatest list i’ve ever seen . thank you very much..Ferruh Lermi

  147. 196

    March 17th, 2011 8:20 pmThemes with base64 footers (the ones where if you remove the footer the theme doesn’t work) shouldn’t be included in lists like these.

  148. 197

    March 27th, 2011 9:24 amSome nice themes!

  149. 198

    April 8th, 2011 8:42 pmJambo theme is a free theme from simplethemes ! Try it ..

  150. 199

    April 16th, 2011 11:01 pmWOW, so many great templates and so many comments too! thanks for sharing 🙂

  151. 200

    April 17th, 2011 5:42 pmAwesome.. this resource is very helpful..
    thanks for share

  152. 201

    April 20th, 2011 8:59 amSmashing list! 😉

  153. 202

    May 4th, 2011 12:46 amGreat collection. Thanks

  154. 203
    Colleen Simpson

    May 9th, 2011 5:25 pmLove 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!

  155. 204
    murtaza kanpurwala

    May 13th, 2011 7:38 pmNice wordpress themes

  156. 205
    Jan Pagonis

    May 28th, 2011 7:21 amthanks 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.

  157. 206
    Matt D.

    June 10th, 2011 5:04 pmI’m glad not a single of these themes shows up in wordpress theme search. great picks!

  158. 207
    Joyoge Designers Bookmark

    June 19th, 2011 2:49 pmvery nice and clean themes, thanks for the list..

  159. 208

    June 20th, 2011 10:52 pmhey awesome theme .great work. i have upload it to my website visite it

  160. 209

    June 21st, 2011 7:06 amIt 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
    Structure Theme

  161. 210

    June 21st, 2011 7:13 amWorkaholic is also no longer free

  162. 211

    June 27th, 2011 5:02 pmI’d suggest removing NewsPress from
    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.

  163. 212

    June 28th, 2011 8:13 pmthanks

  164. 213
    Jenna K

    June 30th, 2011 4:47 amMaimpok 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.

  165. 214

    July 15th, 2011 5:14 amCan’t wait for the 2011 WordPress themes review. I’m guessing we’ll see many more mobile options.

  166. 215

    July 27th, 2011 8:12 amI 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.

  167. 216

    August 5th, 2011 8:58 amnice themes collection……. very impressive

  168. 217
    jm sabariaga

    August 17th, 2011 9:53 amawesome!

  169. 218
    Hakim Ferradj

    August 21st, 2011 7:59 pmNice 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 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…

  170. 219
    anisur rahman

    August 28th, 2011 3:17 amsome links are not correct.

  171. 220

    September 1st, 2011 6:53 amVery cool collection of wordpress plugins!
    I used one of them in my wordpress blog

  172. 221

    September 5th, 2011 1:46 amI LOVE THIS POST (can’t believe i’ve just found it!)

    MORE … MORE … MORE … I SAY !!!


  173. 222

    September 9th, 2011 9:23 amWow man, these are just awesome. Nature at its best, I must say. Thanks a lot for these beautiful collections

  174. 223

    September 13th, 2011 9:19 pmHello 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.

  175. 224

    September 13th, 2011 9:21 pmThat 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

  176. 225
    Oguzhan Cansever

    September 25th, 2011 8:36 amexcellent Article! As i see it’s more easier today to open a personal blog with free aber really quality themes.

  177. 226

    September 26th, 2011 7:26 amOverstand” 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

  178. 227
    Finity Tek

    November 1st, 2011 8:55 pmI am a website designer that also works with WordPress, and the this website has has exactly what i am looking for. Thanks

  179. 228

    December 4th, 2011 11:18 amwow great themes
    thanks a lot

  180. 229
    Koziji sir

    December 8th, 2011 5:36 amGreat themes!

Leave a Comment

Make sure you enter the * required information where indicated. Please also rate the article as it will help us decide future content and posts. Comments are moderated – and rel=”nofollow” is in use. Please no link dropping, no keywords or domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise!

Name *

Email *

Message *

Free Smashing Anniversary eBookFree eBook: “Best of Smashing Magazine”We’ve got a humble gift for you! To celebrate our birthday, we’ve release an eBook with the best articles that have been published on Smashing Magazine in the last five years. The eBook is available in PDF, ePUB and Mobipocket. Get it now for free!


Fleaty The Bug

More cartoons

Email Format

  • html
  • text
  • mobile


Follow Us

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: