There are so many free themes out there it’s hard to know where to begin. Just searching through the WordPress Theme Repository for the perfect theme can be time consuming.
The great thing about most of the recently released free theme is that they are responsive, meaning you can download, install and activate them and quickly and easily meet the needs of your mobile users.
Below is a collection of responsive themes – all free – and many of them new designs that have been released in the past few weeks.
Have any of your favorite free, responsive themes not made it onto this list? Tell us in the comments below.
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InterStellar offers a clean design with multiple portfolio page layouts and a homepage slider. Theme options allow you to change the colour scheme, logo, theme layout and add your Google Analytics code.
Portfolio post types let you easily create and manage your portfolio, while shortcodes allow you to add things like columns, buttons, Google maps and formatted content. This theme is translation ready and comes with custom widgets.
Customizr is the most customizable free theme I’ve ever come across. It comes with eight skins and a responsive slider generator. It also has a theme options panel, multi-layouts, threaded comments and nine post formats.
If you want to really get stuck into customizing this theme, there is a custom CSS panel and DEV tools. The DEV tools include a developer dashboard giving you an overview of your theme settings and useful information for debug and development. You can also turn on embedded tooltips.
This theme also makes extensive use of WordPress hooks and also has its own hooks API. Code snippets are a new feature.
A list of free, responsive themes wouldn’t be complete without Twenty Fourteen. The default WordPress theme features a sleek design and allows you to display your homepage content in either a grid or slider.
There are three widgetized areas to customize your site, and you change your content’s layout with a full-width page template and a contributor page to showcase your authors.
Aldehyde is a minimal theme ideal for a blog or magazine. It features a parallax header, numbered page navigation, responsive slider, customizable header and footer, four page layouts and custom widgets.
This theme also comes with an extensive admin options panel.
Adamos is a simple, full-width and highly customizable theme. It’s easy to add your own logo and header image, as well as images to the homepage featured slider.
Arcade is a minimalist, lightweight and bold full-width HTML5 theme that will quickly grab your visitors’ attention. It features a large call to action area, post block and widgetized footer to help get your important information across in an attractive way.
It also comes with a eight post formats and uses Google fonts for improved typeface readability.
Arcade is a great blog, business or portfolio theme.
Alpha Forte is an ideal blogging theme.
It features a three column design with a customizable background and two widgetized areas in the left and right hand columns.
TYPAL has been designed specifically as a website for small business. This theme provides simple settings and widgets that make it straight forward to set up. It also takes advantage of sticky posts for showcasing a business’ services.
Other features include a custom menu, home page template, translation files and a full-width page template.
This minimalist, flat theme is the ideal for a magazine site, where words supported by bold images are the focus. Hueman’s highly responsible design looks great on small devices.
This theme features extensive styling options and flexible layout options so each page in your site can be different. It’s also possible to toggle fixed-width sidebars and set a boxed layout instead of a full-width layout. The homepage displays a featured story or slider.
A cute element to this theme is that everyone who downloads it is asked to make a random act of kindness.
Revera offers a clean, minimalist design based on the Bootstrap 3 framework. It comes with a custom menu, featured images, custom homepage template, portfolio page template, widgetized sidebar and footer, custom homepage widgets and a theme options page.
Luminus is a retina-ready and simple theme that is ideal for a portfolio site.
It features extensive theme options so you can customize it to suit your needs and also comes with three page templates and a drag and drop builder.
Point is a flexible theme most suited to magazines. It features an extensive options panel, allowing you to choose from multiple site layouts, backgrounds and color schemes, as well as control specific features of the theme.
It also comes with a related posts widget so you can encourage visitors to read more of your content and spend longer on your site.
Codium Grid is a clean and good-looking, grid-based theme. It comes with features like custom colors and custom header image and background, and Google fonts for titles.
A dark-styled theme with a minimalist and simple design, Engrave Lite is retina-ready and comes with 600+ Google fonts and 10 widgets.
Classy and stylish with its minimalist design, Finale puts the focus on your words. It’s the ideal theme for an agency or business.
Each page can be created using the built-in page options and shortcode, allowing you to create an unlimited number of styles.
If you’re after a simple business theme, Zippy is it. This theme comes with two homepage options and custom widgets, including widgets for social media and YouTube.
There are theme options so you can upload your log, enter a homepage sub-heading, choose a header background and add copyright text.
Nova is a clean Tumblog design based on the Bootstrap framework.
It comes with features such as 14 default skins, unlimited galleries for posts, unlimited sidebars, and extensive theme options.
MegaResponsive is an ideal magazine theme featuring infinite scroll. This theme comes with options to choose your logo and custom background.
Intuition, according to CPOThemes, is an “elegant, all-terrain blogging WordPress theme.” All-terrain? I have no idea what that means.
This theme is translation-ready and comes with multiple page templates and custom shortcodes.
Simple and clean, Isis offers two homepage layouts, 10 social media icons, four custom widgets, a homepage slider and three page templates.
This theme is a great option for a business, portfolio or blog. It comes translation-ready.
Yes, it’s pink, but don’t be put off – you can easily change the color scheme to create your own personalized look.
Undiscovered supports various post formats, such as images, galleries, videos, quotes and links. The gallery post format includes an image slider built with bxSlider.
There are 18 built-in icons for social media and comes translation-ready.
If you’re looking for a simple, stylish theme, Origin features an unobstructed reading experience for your blog or magazine.
It comes with various theme options, a prominent homepage tagline, custom widgets and breadcrumbs.
Limo is a stylish and modern theme using HTML5 and CSS3. It’s clean design makes it perfect for promoting a business.
This theme comes packed with features: lazy loading, smooth scrolling, responsive carousel slider and a theme options panel.
Flat is a charmingly flat and minimalist design that is new to the WordPress Theme Repository.
It has a customizable blurred background, off-canvas sidebar and uses Twitter Bootstrap 3.1.0 and Font Awesome 4.0.3.
Radiate has a cool parallax header, which is very on trend. This theme also features infinite scroll, primary color options and an image gallery.
You can also easily tweak it – just add your own custom CSS to customize the theme to suit your content.
Highwind is a cool lightweight theme designed to put the focus on your content. It features a clean design with a strong focus on typography, along with just enough theme options to help you make your site unique.
Highwind is a lightweight, responsive, free WordPress theme designed to showcase content. It features a clean design with a strong focus on typography, plus a bunch of presentational options allowing you to give your site a unique touch.
Blogy features a flat design style ideal for personal blogs. It takes advantages of post formats so bloggers can publish images, video, galleries and other content.
This is the “lite” version of the theme. The pro version includes customization options and support.
Organise your posts into a tidy grid with Gridster. This is a attractive portfolio theme for photographers and creative types.
Easily sort your categories, tags and other information in the sidebar on the left and display your thumbnails in sortable grid on the right.
Cute is the first word that comes to mind when I look at Stanley, a flat and friendly Twitter Bootstrap theme.
Some of Stanley’s features include: theme options panel, portfolio post types, three page templates and a drag and drop homepage builder.
MH Magazine lite
Showcase your magazine content with this lite theme. MH Magazine Lite features 12 widgetized areas, custom widgets and built-in styles for the popular Contact Form 7 plugin.
This theme is also translation ready.