The 11 Most Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

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WordPress is one of the most powerful blogging platforms available today, and it’s very easy to use. It has widgets and plugins for almost everything that you can think of, and, best of all, there is a huge community of designers who are constantly creating and updating free WordPress themes and plugins. This post is a collection of 11 of the most beautiful WordPress themes that you can download and start using without cost. I hope that as you browse through this list that you will be able to find something that you can use on your blog. So without further ado, I’m proud to present this year’s themes.


WordPress Fun

11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

Notepad Chaos

11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes


11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

Vintage and Blues

11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes


11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

Color Paper

11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

Premium News

11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes


11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes


11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes


11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes


11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

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  1. June 27, 2009

    sbcjr said:

    Awesome! I recognized the first one from pretty neat! I really like several of these, and there are certain parts of each one that make for good inspiration and thought stimulation.

    Thanks for compiling them!

  2. June 27, 2009

    minisite Design said:

    Hello thank you very much for your information! I really love wootheme..

    • June 27, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      minisite Design » Me too. They have some great material over there at WooTheme!

      sbcjr » Great! I’m glad that you like them. I hope you are able to find something that you can use or learn from!

  3. June 27, 2009

    Chris Cline said:

    Nice themes.

    I use the theme soulvision.

    You can see the demo here:

    • June 27, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Chris Cline » Thanks for adding that one. There are a lot out there and I’m going to be working hard to find the absolute best so that I can continue to put together lists like this.

      nelson » I’m excited to learn that you’ve added this to your daily list of blogs that you stop at. That’s really cool. Thanks for the compliments on the theme. I really, really like it also. I am, of course, continually tweaking it to suit my personal tastes, but I plan on keeping this theme for a good long time. On one of my previous sites, I went through a stage where I was redesigning it every two months or so. That was not good. I lost a lot of followers there. My general rule now is that it shouldn’t be switched more than once a year. With this in mind, I make sure that it is excellent before I apply it because I have to remember that I’ll be stuck with it for a while. And if the theme is working and I haven’t found one that is AMAZING, then I’ll probably keep it longer than a year. But I really like this one because it goes with my “Sketch” theme as it kind of has a paper canvas with texture feel which is what really drew me to it.

      See, now I’m talking a lot!

  4. June 27, 2009

    nelson said:

    lol @chris ( not at you of course , with you ) … i was just about to recommend the same theme .

    good call . great theme . 😉

  5. June 27, 2009

    nelson said:

    and of course … sitesketch101’s theme … which is fabulous . not free … but it’s the reason i stuck around enough to read the articles and become a daily visitor .

    excellent theme . don’t change it . it’s one of the best themes i’ve seen ( and i’ve travelled through a lot of design/blogging blogs ) .

    p.s. sorry for the double post .

  6. June 27, 2009

    nelson said:

    yeah … it’s generally a good idea to keep a theme . it gives a feeling of steadiness that readers … well .. that’s a good thing .

    and when it comes to changing it … a good advice is to do a little asking before a change . worst case scenario get a screenshot of the future theme and post it , show it to your audience . get their opinion as well .

    after all … blogging is not just about the writer … it’s a lot about readers .

    • June 27, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      nelson » You are exactly right. Blogs are about the readers. The more that you can cater to their tastes the more successful you will be! I like your idea of asking with a screenshot as well. Great input on that!

  7. June 29, 2009

    Minisite Design said:

    Hi nice share!!! thank you!

  8. July 18, 2009

    Satkrit said:

    Nice collection. Especially liked the third one. Does my commenting a lot bother you. Just tell me and I will comment less.

    • July 18, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Satkrit » Comments are the life-blood of this blog. I love getting comments. Every time that I get one it makes me feel like a little kid with a new toy. Plus at least your not spamming. Spamming is like short little comments that don’t really say anything. As long as someone is actually adding to the conversation then I’m thrilled about it.

  9. July 22, 2009

    Blogging School said:

    from your list, i think Impress is the best. 😀

  10. August 4, 2009

    insicdesigns said:

    thanks for including my theme here. I greatly appreciate it. 🙂

    • August 4, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      insicdesigns » Absolutely! You’re welcome! I really like that theme and I’m considering using it on one of my future projects. I already have a project in mind that I might use it on. Thanks for putting it together!

  11. August 4, 2009

    Arisu said:

    Woah! Amazing collection!

    I only knew and loved Notepad chaos, but they´re all awesome. And some are great for corporative/business like blogs. Those are hard to find, just like nice sans-serif fonts.

    • August 4, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Arisu » Great. It is hard to find really nice free WordPress templates so when I come across some good ones, I like to take the time to share them with everyone that I know.

  12. August 23, 2009

    Zábavná videa said:

    Nice, i love free magazine themes!!!

  13. August 24, 2009

    R.W. Jackson said:

    Thanks Nick. Great themes. One issue I tried to click on the demo of a few of the top listed and it came up forbidden, probably not anything to do with your site, but I thought you might want to check it out.


    • August 24, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      R.W. Jackson –> Thanks for letting me know about that. I guess their site considered these links as hotlinking so I have each of the images above now linked to their respective download pages.

  14. September 1, 2009

    Mukund said:

    I just love all those word press themes!!! Wonderful! I would like to know which of these are converted to blogger? It will be really helpful if you could do an analysis on this..

    • September 1, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Mukund –> I don’t even now how to check that. I guess just visit the ones you like and see if they have it for other platforms. Sorry that I can’t help you more.

  15. September 8, 2009

    Ron Boracay said:

    Although some of this themes are converted into blogger theme, I think it is still best to use them for wordpress. Because they are made for wordpress.

    • September 9, 2009

      Mukund said:

      You are right! I am planning to change my domain now. Mostly shift to wordpress. Use wordpress for some time and later on, change to a domain of my own as Nicholas adviced me too!

      • September 10, 2009

        Ron Boracay said:

        Mukund –> No need to change your domain while shifting to wordpress platform. It can kill your ranking and authority.

        Just a redirect or I think changing some server side script will do the job.

        • September 12, 2009

          Mukund said:

          Hmmm.. Can you get some more details about this? I mean redirecting from blogger to some other domain? It will be really very helpful to me!!

          • September 14, 2009

            Ron Boracay said:

            I am not an expert about that thing, But I think, a server redirect (301 or 302) I think will do the job.

            • September 15, 2009

              Mukund said:

              Hmmm!! Thanks Ron! But, can I get a detailed information about this? I am planning to change to my custom domain. At the same time, I don’t want to lose my PR and backlinks! Any help will be appreciated!!

            • September 16, 2009

              ZXT said:

              Ron, Mukund is using a Blogger for his blog. I am also curious on how can he not change his domain if he wants to use WordPress theme and WordPress CMS?

              Also I think Mukund is trying to get his own domain name, that means for him to be able to use that domain, his links would be totally different now.

              • September 16, 2009

                Mukund said:

                You are absolutely right! I don’t think without changing my domain name, I will be able to use the wordpress plugings. But Ron said there is a way to redirect URL’s. If that is possible, then I can get create a blog in wordpress. Else, will go in for my own domain and even for that I need a server redirect. Hope Ron got me! And even you ZXT!! 🙂

              • September 19, 2009

                Ron Boracay said:

                Oh ok, I though he is just saying migrating from Blogspot to wordpress. If this is a new domain, then you will start from scratch definitely. Unless you buy an old and existing domain. You may benefit from its old backlinks or pr (or maybe not).

                • September 19, 2009

                  Mukund said:

                  Yes Ron! But I always prefer to start with a new domain. I should start from the scratch. I know it! I am saving money for hosting on a custom domain. Soon, I will!!

  16. September 13, 2009

    Pinaybackpacker said:

    Thank you so much Nick for these great finds!

    Now I’m rally tempted to change my them again. I just changed it last July. 😀

    So far, Premium News is the one that appeals to me the most.

    The other ones are great, too, but I find it too difficult to read if the background is too dark. So, I’ll stick with a light-colored one.

    • September 15, 2009

      Nicholas Z. Cardot said:

      Pinaybackpacker –> There are some really good themes available. You just have to find the one that’s right for you.

    • September 16, 2009

      ZXT said:

      Too many changes will get you confuse and you may not fully utilize your themes options. But if you think theres really a good theme that came up then yes change it by all means.

  17. September 17, 2009

    akira07 said:

    Some wordpress template is converted to blogspot template. So i just wait for “notepad chaos” theme to converted also. I love it…!!!

    Thanks for sharing.
    The free themes is already cool, i think no need for wordpress user to buy paid themes.

    • September 18, 2009

      Mukund said:

      I think Notepad Chaos theme has already been converted into blogger. I saw a blogger blog with the theme few days before!

    • September 19, 2009

      Ron Boracay said:

      Notepad Chaos is actually available now for blogspot (blogger). And since its free to use, here it is:

  18. September 17, 2009

    Sat Chen said:

    My favorite from this list is Magazeen

  19. October 2, 2009

    Ruchi said:

    Thanks for sharing the list.
    I loved the Aspire one.

  20. November 2, 2009

    Jean said:

    Thanks very much for this.

    I personally love themes that are pretending to be 3D so like your theme Nicholas, and the Color Paper.

    will have to think carefully about changing theme in the future as I think mine has too many rotating images.

    • November 3, 2009

      Nicholas Cardot said:

      Jean –> Thanks. I’ve spent a lot of time getting my site to look how it looks today. Thanks for the praise on it.

  21. January 14, 2010

    Don Gilbert said:

    These are some really great themes. I am getting ready to launch another site – and I needed to find a really killer look for it. I am glad I found this here.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Top 10 Tips to Dominate Your Niche for SEO =-.

  22. February 11, 2010

    Kok Siong Chen said:

    Personally, i like the Infinity the most. I have downloaded it before that. However, I just do not know why i can’t install it to my WordPress blog. The problem stated there is about the header incompatibility.
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Cri du Chat Syndrome – Human with Cat-like Cry =-.

  23. May 18, 2010

    Vinish Parikh said:

    Thanks for such great list of word press themes
    .-= My Latest Blog Post: Differences between Bill of exchange and Promissory note =-.

  24. August 14, 2010

    zeb said:

    Lots of beautiful themes here, did the Irresistible is free to use?