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The first on our list is Atomic – a simple portfolio theme with the mix of serif and sans serif fonts. Despite its simplicity it features some trends such as ghost buttons and large header images. Moreover, Atomic is an extremely fast theme with low server requirements.
Free Cherry Framework Child Theme
The next theme on our list is special. It’s a free child theme that comes with Cherry Framework 4 – an open source WordPress framework that allows you to develop WordPress websites faster. Cherry Framework has a module-based structure, which means all the functionality of the theme is integrated into plugins (there are over 20 of them). To install the theme you have to download a special plugin called “Cherry Wizard” and run it from your WP dashboard – the wizard will install all the necessary components of your site, including plugins and sample data. The framework has a great potential, so you definitely should try it out by installing this free child theme.
Shrike is a free theme for book lovers and journalists. It could be one of the most minimalist themes that you’ll ever encounter. Its peculiar feature is a modern stick-up menu that remains at the top of the screen while you are scrolling the page down.
This theme’s typography stands out among other themes you can find: it uses the decorative “Permanent Marker” font for headers, and the monospace font “Droid Sans Mono” for body text. Add the chaotic-looking green highlights and underlines – and you’ll get a really unusual WordPress theme. But if you want to stand out from the crowd, Adler might be the right solution for you.
Avocation is a free WordPress theme for business and corporate websites. It may seem dark, but that’s because of the demo imagery. In fact it combines res, black and light grey colors – one of the classic business palettes. The theme contains a top slider, a blog slider and a stick-up menu with social sharing buttons.
Built with eCommerce in mind, the Store theme is clean and sleek. As a theme for online stores, it offers compatibility with WooCommerce plugin, several carousel sliders with 3D-effect and a number of premade store pages. You will also appreciate its nicely animated social icons in the header.
With its large slider, sticky menu and large number of page layouts this multipurpose theme looks really professional. There are some details in its layout that utilize semi-flat (or “almost flat”) design – a trendy combination of flat elements, shadows and gradients. It’s needless to say that Franz Joseph is 100% responsive and fits into any screen size.
This is a free version of the premium theme with a neat color choice and a very clean layout. Toivo is mostly flat, except for the part of background in the footer. Its features include: a Google Maps widget, a Twitter box and several menu types.
Treason is another full-featured free WordPress theme for creative folks. Photographers will definitely like its inbuilt portfolio with visual effects on hover and overlay captions. For others there are plenty of useful functions too: social sharing options, effective and informative tag cloud. Its premium version offers even more functions.
Fulgent comes with two blog layouts – a full-width and one with a left sidebar. It is packed with visual enhancements, such as transparency, icon animation, stick-up menus and a large hero area, so your blog will look as modern as it is possible with a free theme.
The Argent theme is designed in a monochromatic black and white noir palette, and this allows you to highlight any piece of your content with color. The theme is quite simple, but its portfolio looks great, so keep this in mind while looking for a portfolio theme.
This free WordPress theme was intended for use with fashion websites. It is designed in a somewhat hipster style, which is noticeable if you look closer at the theme’s color scheme and typography. Blog posts are represented on the homepage via a slider.
Perth is equipped with a standard blog layout (right sidebar), but its business homepage is really impressive. It includes animated hexagonal buttons, oblique block borders and a blue Instagram-like filter for the top image. So, if your website is related to IT, finances or law, give Perth a closer look – this free WordPress theme is fabulous.
This theme is as solid as Perth. It is also designed for business, but is better for design and other creative studios due to its brighter palette. It features animated skill charts, coffee cup charts, testimonials, portfolio, team blocks and, of course, parallax and page-wide images. There is an image filter too, but in Rocked it obscures your image, thus allowing you to use it as a background for white text.
CorpoBox Lite is a free WordPress theme with flat design. Due to its bright palette, this theme is a good choice for creatives. But better not use it for a law company’s or a financial website – it just hasn’t been designed for this. There is also a premium version with extended functionality.
In The Huxley theme blog posts are located chequerwise. Such an arrangement allows you to place more information on the homepage, and to catch your readers’ attention at the same time. The layout itself resembles the one you might have seen in some online fashion magazines. We would recommend this theme for blogs with strong focus on visual content, where spectacular post previews are really important.
If you are looking for something more than just a blogging theme, take a closer look at BLDR: this free WordPress theme, despite being absolutely free (a premium version is also available), is packed with all kinds of eye candies – from the grid gallery to parallax scrolling blocks on the homepage. The theme is supplied with a number of shortcodes, so you can shape your posts easily.
This truly multipurpose theme can be used either as a landing page for your business, a blog or a portfolio website. It has four basic layouts: right sidebar, left sidebar, two sidebars and full-width. Ambition features a slider, BBpress support and a readymade business page layout to instantly launch a landing page.
Jane Morris is a free portfolio WordPress theme for photographers by TemplateMonster. Equipped with testimonials, an email subscription block, social options and a parallax scrolling header image, this theme can be a starting point for any creative personality who needs online representation of their business.
Yuuta is one of those content-comes-first themes with heavy emphasis on high-resolution imagery and typography. Its menu is minimized into a hamburger button at the top bar. When you click the button, the menu unfolds to the page-wide overlay. There are several post types available: a standard post, a video post, and a block quote.
And while these themes are blogging-first, many of them are multifunctional and allow you to launch a store, a personal portfolio or even a forum board. If you have already chosen a right design for your website, just download it and install without paying a penny. And don’t forget to tell us about your choice in the comments below.