WPMU DEV's Blog - Everything WordPress » WordPress Themes - WPMU.org http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog The WPMU DEV WordPress blog provides tutorials, tips, resources and reviews to help out any WP user Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:52:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 50+ Quick Setup Portfolio WordPress Themes http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/portfolio-wordpress-themes/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/portfolio-wordpress-themes/#comments Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=135885 Being faced with the task of building a portfolio website can feel overwhelming. After all, where do you even start?

Finding a good theme is a good place, of course, but what features do you need? What’s just fluff and unnecessary? Navigating the world of portfolio themes can make you feel as though you’re swimming in uncharted waters.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In fact, if you’re building your first portfolio ever, I’d highly recommend sticking to something simple at first. You don’t need every bell and whistle on the planet to make a good site. And just because a theme comes bundled with a ton of features doesn’t mean you need to enable them all.

The old adage, “keep it simple, stupid,” comes to mind. In fact, once you have all of your portfolio content created—images resized and compressed, content written, etc –I see no reason why it shouldn’t take you an hour or less to build a compelling portfolio.

With that goal in mind, here are 50+ free and premium themes designed to make building a portfolio a snap.

Riviera

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If you’re on the cusp of building your very first portfolio, might as well use something as powerful as Riviera to get the job done right. This theme includes plenty of customization options so you’re certain to achieve the precise look you want without having to invest a ton of time.

It includes a visual drag-and-drop editor so you can easily create and customize pages as you see fit. Some aspects of the editor here include sliders, featured content blocks, media, and the ability to create and save layout templates for later use. Talk about a time saver!

Other features include the Super Extended Shortcodes pack, widgets, the Form Builder Tool, Revolution Slider, Layer Slider, SEO, the Isotope portfolio plugin, JackBox plugin, as well as a responsive and retina-ready design. It has all the features you’d ever want but presents them in such a straightforward way that even a total newbie can get a good-looking site up in no time flat.

Conexus

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Conexus was developed by Theme Fuse and offers an easy-to-use interface that’s highly customizable. It comes with four pre-made styles to choose from that make selecting the right look simple. It also has three slider options that can include animations, images, and videos.

Several page layouts are also included so you can set up the various pages on your site in minutes. These templates are formulated to work for portfolios, services, pricing, FAQs, and more. This theme also comes with a MegaMenu for creating the ultimate dropdown and includes a responsive design so it looks good on any device.

Conexus includes modules for one-click setup like a contact form, unlimited sidebars, and several other custom post types. It’s translation ready and compatible with WPML and qTranslate and comes with plenty of shortcodes that make speedy customization easy. Perhaps the most useful feature here is the inclusion of demo content.

Lobo

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If you’re big on the drag-and-drop page builders that are rising in prominence in WordPress these days, you’ll love Lobo. It’s designed to make building a portfolio unbelievably simple, all thanks to the built-in custom module builder. This allows you to create brand new layouts in a matter of seconds with unique text, images, backgrounds, videos, sliders, and more.

Lobo is responsive, retina-ready, and includes options for parallax scrolling and a sticky header that offers expanded menu options to your site visitors. Make whatever changes you want to make using Customizer and Live Preview. It really couldn’t be easier.

Other features include the Royal Slider, masonry and Isotope layouts, infinite scroll, fullscreen backgrounds, fullscreen videos, self-hosted music, Google Fonts, Font Awesome Icons, and support for WPML, iOS, WooCommerce, and touch gestures. And it comes with dummy content, too!

Divi

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Divi from Elegant Themes is a robust theme that lets you create any kind of site you want using a drag-and-drop interface. It’s simple, straightforward, and offers plenty of options to choose from. Despite all of those options, however, you can still build a portfolio site very quickly thanks to the included pre-made layouts.

The Divi Builder separates each area of a page into blocks, so you can intuitively create custom layouts without having to code a single bit of it. These “blocks” are actually modules that let you customize your site to fit your needs.

Using the built-in Customizer, you can select from unlimited colors and fonts and get a sneak peek of them using Live Preview, plus customize your site’s header with whatever information you want including contact info, social media, submenus, a shopping cart, and more.

Alexx

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Are you looking for a theme that can be customized to suit any purpose without having to jump through a bunch of hoops? Then Alexx is definitely worth checking out. This responsive theme can be used for your next portfolio or blog and includes 14 page building elements that you can use with click-button ease to create the perfect page.

These page building elements include a blog box, note, simple and advanced contact forms, services, portfolio box, team members, maps, social feed, Twitter, simple and scrolling testimonials, social links, and sliding text.

The included social stream widgets allow you to showcase images from popular social sites as well, including from Pinterest, Picassa, Instagram, and Flickr. The portfolio is filterable and the theme itself includes support for Contact Form 7, WPML, Yoast SEO, All-in-One SEO, and more. And it includes dummy content, too, so you can easily setup a site in minutes if you want.

Visia

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Visia is a responsive one-page theme designed to make creating a portfolio with an accompanying blog simple. It incorporates lazy loading for fast site speed and a better end-user experience. It’s also retina-ready so your images can look their best and comes with two home page styles—one features a static image while the other is a fullscreen slideshow.

The portfolio is full-width Ajax and provides project previews on hover. It also includes support for YouTube and Vimeo videos, reveal animations, parallax effects for section backgrounds, a shortcode editor, and an Ajax contact form. Import the demo content with just one-click and set up custom thumbnails for your projects with ease. And galleries can be easily maintained thanks to a drag-and-drop interface.

Visia is translation ready and includes support for child themes.

Infinity

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Here’s a minimal theme that offers a clean and stylish layout for your best work. Infinity is the perfect portfolio theme for getting your work out there quickly and includes project filtering and an infinite scroll feature on blog posts, making it aptly named.

The responsive layout makes for a design that looks good no matter what device it’s viewed on and includes a shortcode for slideshows, so you can setup a quick look at your work anywhere on your site in a flash. It comes with integrated theme options, custom widgets, and page templates for full-width, portfolio, and archives.

Three backgrounds are included as are shortcodes for columns, buttons, and videos. Upload a custom logo and choose from several Google Fonts, too.

Shape

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Shape is another responsive, grid-based theme, this time from Tesla Themes, that offers you the height of multi-purpose design without all the complication. It’s image-centric, so if featuring your best works in photos is what you want to do, this is a theme to consider.

The design here is minimal but don’t mistake that to mean unsophisticated. Rather, Shape includes nice transition animations, filterable galleries, drag-and-drop page building, Google Maps, an Ajax contact form, and more, all thanks to the Tesla Framework.

Speaking of the Tesla Framework, it enables you to control various aspects of your site without having to dive into a single line of code. For instance, you can establish the specifics of each item in your galleries; use shortcodes to add new elements to each page like columns, buttons, pricing tables, and tabs; integrate with the top social media networks and insert your Twitter feed on your site; use custom posts to quickly add new content; and select from numerous Google Fonts. And all of it is accessible through the traditional WordPress dashboard.

Tripod

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Tripod from CosmoThemes is a stylish choice that offers the convenience and simplicity of a drag-and-drop page builder and a thoroughly pleasing visitor experience in one tidy package. This responsive theme is ideal for photographers or bloggers looking to feature their best work. Anything visual ought to shine here.

The drag-and-drop builder lets you create templates for displaying any kind of content you want from tags to testimonials to widgets to featured posts. From there you can select how your content is displayed. You can display it by date, number of likes, or popularity and you can use carousel, filters, or pagination. Full-width and sidebar layouts are both possible here using grid, masonry, thumbnail, list, and timeline views.

Add background images and tooltips, use a built-in “like” system, offer Facebook commenting, integrate with any social site you want, and add as many sidebars as you want. Though Tripod has features aplenty, the backend is streamlined enough that you can get a site up quickly with no fuss. It also comes with over 100 shortcodes, dropdown menus, breadcrumbs, localization, and Revolution Slider.

Dorsey

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Dorsey was made with slideshows in mind. Not only is this theme infinitely interesting to look at, it’s also totally functional and allows you to display your portfolio in an interactive way. It lets you set up a large or thumbnail view for your portfolio that includes unlimited images. You can also create as many portfolios as you want and highlight captions and feature scalable images should the need arise.

You can also edit several aspects of this theme like background colors, menu sizes, font colors, logos, widgets, and the copyright notice. It includes column shortcodes, external menu links, Google Fonts, submenus, sidebar widgets, and more.

Producr

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If you want something that looks professional without cramping your style, Producr is a safe theme bet. Built on Bootstrap and Vafpress, it’s totally reliable and easily extendable, which means you can turn this theme into any kind of site you want with minimal effort. And though it can be used to make any kind of site, setup is super easy and suitable for beginners.

This theme comes with an Ajax portfolio; 35 shortcodes; custom widgets for social networks; custom templates for full-width pages, contact pages, and more; as well as Google Fonts and Font Awesome 4.0. It also comes with Slider Revolution, Isotope, PSD files, 24/7 support, documentation, and it’s translation ready, to boot.

Wright

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Take one look at Wright and you’ll know it’s designed for those with a keen sense of style. The minimal design makes it impossible to turn your eyes away from the work you want to display, which is a very good thing when you’re trying to sell your services or attract new clients.

This theme allows you to create an unlimited number of portfolios with an unlimited number of images on an unlimited number of pages. It’s also responsive and lets you establish a homepage slideshow so your visitors will have no question about what your site stands for. Other features include image captions, social media icons, video support, lightbox portfolios, custom logos, custom backgrounds, custom menus, Google Fonts, and external menu links.

Wright also lets you set whatever background and text colors you want. It supports Google Analytics and will soon feature WooCommerce compatibility as well.

SimpleKey

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SimpleKey is an excellent one-page responsive portfolio theme that makes it simple to show off your best work to the world. What I really like about this one is that it includes the ability to set up the theme for promoting your iPhone or Android apps. And yet, you can use it to promote your artwork or latest blog posts, too. Totally flexible and totally eye-catching.

This theme comes with Visual Composer so building unique pages is as simple as a drag-and-drop, and Revolution Slider so you can create custom sliders whenever (and wherever) you want. It also comes with 33 shortcodes for inserting things like tweets, pricing tables, and portfolios. Other features include smooth scrolling, an Ajax contact form, documentation, custom background colors, and compatibility with WPML.

Executive

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The Executive theme from ThemeLab lives up to its name without being too stuffy about it. Yes, it’s totally professional and gives off the style and streamlined look of an executive’s office but it’s also quite fun. It includes plenty of whitespace to let your work do the talking and offers a slideshow for quick previews of your latest projects.

It comes with a visual theme customizer so you can change up the look of your site without touching the code. Change things like title colors, background colors. Create things like custom menus. Use the custom page templates to build pages that fit your specific needs. The design is responsive, so you know it’ll look great on mobile devices, and it’s cross browser compatible, too.

Modern Portfolio Pro

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Modern Portfolio Pro is a theme available from StudioPress that’s built on the Genesis Framework. It’s responsive and perfect for building a brand image around your best work. The design itself is minimalistic, which falls right in line with all the latest trends. But it’s also inherently flexible, which means you can customize the theme to fit your exact specifications.

A lot of that has to do with the fact it’s built on the Genesis Framework, which makes it easy to create a custom site without needing to dive into the code. Some features here include custom menus, featured images, widgets, a fixed-width layout, a built-in landing page template, a robust theme options panel, and more. There’s a footer area where you can add widgets as well as some lovely filter effects on portfolio items.

Parallax

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Now here’s a truly gorgeous one page theme. Parallax, as its name would suggest, includes parallax scrolling, which gives your site a dynamic, interactive quality. There’s cool animation effects that are triggered on scrolling. These fly-in elements are impressive to your site visitors but don’t bog down your site unnecessarily.

Though the theme is designed to be used as a one-page site, you can easily use it for multi-page as well. Some features include RTL language support and a variety of custom post types like the portfolio post type, which lets you create individual posts for your portfolio items, whether they be images, videos, or galleries. The highlight post type lets you create posts that display your company or brand’s best features. Basically, anything you want to be featured prominently on your site would be rolled into this post type. Plus, there’s a team post type that lets you show off the individual members of your team with ease.

Other awesome features include custom headers, custom backgrounds, sliders, custom menus, a variety of shortcodes, grid and list layouts that can be set from full-width to multi-column (with or without a sidebar), and infinite scroll. Parallax also comes with some standard Themify features like a drag-and-drop layout builder, widgets, shortcodes, custom logos, SEO, a custom styling panel, Google Fonts, social icons, compatibility with WPML and WooCommerce, and automatic theme updates.

Reveal

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Minimalism is the way to go these days, especially when it comes to portfolios. Not only does a minimal layout look nice, it also gives your work the best platform on which to shine. The Reveal theme is an excellent example of this phenomena. This responsive theme uses Ajax to showcase your latest projects and includes some nice hover description effects to give your visitors more info.

This theme makes use of the built-in theme options panel for easy customization. Speaking of, you can change up the logo, widgets, and fonts on a whim. It comes with shortcodes for slideshows and buttons, video support, a filterable portfolio (with animation), several page templates (including full-width), Google Fonts, cross-browser compatibility, localization, and more.

Spun

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Here’s another extremely minimal portfolio theme that lets your work stand on its own two feet without much interference. Spun is a responsive theme that’s also very lightweight, so site visitors won’t have to wait for complicated effects to load. It’s all about your work and your audience. No more, no less.

This theme incorporates hidden navigation so as to not interfere with the viewer experience as well. Visitors simply need to hover on the right or left of the screen to make the arrow links for previous and next posts appear. It incorporates featured images, sidebar columns that appear in the footer, and widgets. You can also use many of the standard post formats likes Image, Status, Gallery, Aside, and Quote.

Photo Theme

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If photography is your thing, the aptly named Photo Theme is a good choice. It’s responsive, which means it was built for mobile first. It does an excellent job of displaying your work in a simple and straightforward manner. You can showcase categories or individual projects or pieces. It also provides a righthand sidebar that offers category links and a place to tuck those all-important widgets.

This theme is cross-browser compatible and includes regular support and updates. It’s also ready for use with SEO plugins and lets you set custom menus to suit the needs of your specific portfolio. Photo Theme makes use of the standard theme options panel and includes social icons.

Folo

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What a way to make your work stand out! The Folo theme is a responsive portfolio theme that offers infinite loading within a masonry layout that works hard to make each piece of your work stand on its own. The design is highly minimalistic and sports a nice hover effect that fades everything but the highlighted post to grayscale.

You can rest assured that this theme comes with plenty of features like a portfolio lightbox, retina-readiness, SEO, localization, cross-browser support, a widget area generator, and the option to choose between a left and right sidebar. It also comes with PSD files and demo data so you can import and get your site up and running immediately.

Folo also allows for custom post types, a customizable 404 page, post likes, custom page templates, and multiple widgets like Flickr Images, Newsletter Subscriptions, and Dribble Shots. The theme customizer is easy to use and highly functional and you can add media to your portfolio—as well as rearrange it—using a drag-and-drop interface. Contact Form 7 is integrated and it’s compatible with a ton of plugins like Bean Portfolio, Bean Tweets, and more.

Ink

ink

If you want to feature photos, artwork, video, or design, Ink is an excellent theme to consider. Not only is it great to look at, it’s also easy to setup. It’s responsive and allows for full screen background images that create a truly immersive experience for your site visitors.

I think one of the best features here is the filterable portfolio, which offers a stylish animation when each option is clicked. There’s also a slideshow short code for simple insertion of gallery slideshows, custom widgets, multi-column layouts, button shortcodes, and page templates for full-width, portfolio, and archives pages.

Simple Grid

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Here’s another lovely theme for you that makes building a portfolio as painless as possible. The Simple Grid theme is responsive and looks perfect on any device. It was designed with creative agencies in mind but I see no reason why it couldn’t be adapted for use on freelancer and photographer sites as well.

This theme comes with plenty of options for customization without overwhelming users. You can create custom menus, showcase categories or individual posts, and use widgets to display your content. It’s search engine optimized and compatible with all modern browsers. Plus, it comes with support, free updates, and includes a video overview, making setup a snap.

Pictorico

pictorico

Straight from the makers of WordPress itself, Pictorico is a stylish theme that offers a simple way to display a portfolio without a bunch of extra features getting in the way. It’s grid-based, which allows you to show off a lot of photos at once. It also has a post slider and featured images that really dominant your posts, which makes it a great choice for photoblogs and portfolios.

It supports the major post formats including image, video, link quote, and aside, and allows for sticky posts to keep your most relevant content up top. There’s a widgetized footer, a custom menu, and you can set custom headers and backgrounds to further put your unique touches on your site.

Again, the features list isn’t vast here but it’s impressive enough (and simple enough) to get a portfolio launched quickly.

Foliogine Lite

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The Foliogine Lite theme is a great way to show off the work of a freelancer or creative agency and still have a little bit of fun. The theme offers some stylish animation effects, hover effects, and interesting color choices that will overall make your work pop.

It’s built on clean code and offers cross-browser compatibility as well as localization. The theme options panel makes changing things up simple, too. Feel free to add a logo, social links, and change the colors, layout, and fonts with just a few clicks. It also spots a responsive design and uses boxes on the homepage for easy customization of your projects, team members, and blog posts.

WPRestyle

WPRestyle

It doesn’t get much simpler than this and that’s really sort of the point. WPRestyle is a responsive WordPress theme that can be used in any number of ways from straightforward business sites to professional blogs. It’s built on the latest tech—Bootstrap, to be precise—so you know the code is valid and clean.

This theme also comes with a portfolio feature that’s powered by Jetpack. And since many people use Jetpack already, this is a total win-win. Both posts and portfolio items can be displayed in a grid view and you can customize your site using the built-in theme options panel.

Phogra

phogra

What a gorgeous theme this is! Phogra exudes an air of sophistication, largely due to its use of full-width photography at every turn. This theme is responsive and perfect for the professional photographer looking for a truly stunning way to display her work.

The navigation is tucked away and only viewable upon clicking, so nothing interferes with your site visitor’s experience of your images. The menu can be used to link to any other pages on your site that aren’t so image-centric. The homepage is a large slider that shows off your best photos at high-quality resolution. Oh, and that neat little menu also gives you a chance to display your social media links and copyright info.

Advertica Lite

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Though Advertica Lite was designed for advertising agencies, it can easily be used as a portfolio site for any creative agency whether the focus is web design, photography, or something in between. This theme is definitely multipurpose and its responsive design makes it ideal for showcasing your work on any device.

It’s built on the Bootstrap framework and includes parallax sections to increase visual appeal and engagement. And it includes a landing page template with a nice call-to-action should you need it. RTL support is also included along with dedicated sections for projects and team members. A Pro version is available as well, which of course incorporates a greater feature list like Revolution and Flex Sliders, custom page templates, an animated filterable portfolio, custom widgets, over 40 shortcodes, and homepage video.

Espied

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Espied is a great free theme you can download from the WordPress theme directory that was created with designers in mind. It can be used as a portfolio site for any creative professional (or even amateur) since it’s image centric and does a good job of putting your work front and center.

It offers a nice grid-style view on the homepage for displaying your best projects and/or clients. It’s responsive (of course) so it looks great on mobile and actively uses the WordPress.com Portfolio feature for letting you set up interesting layouts. It supports full-size images up to 1272 px wide, so be sure to take advantage of that, especially those in your target audience who use larger screens.

Other features include social links, widgets, featured image support, and shortcodes. As I already mentioned, Espied is totally free, so it might be worth downloading to at least try.

SKT Photo Session

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Here’s another theme that’s ideal for photographers. SKT Photo Session makes full use of your screen by offering a full-width layout that gives your best photos a chance to shine. The homepage boils down to a slider and a top navigation menu—that’s it. Which makes sense if you’re trying to emphasize your photos, right?

This theme is responsive and offers compatibility with top plugins like Contact Form 7 and WooCommerce. It also makes use of the default theme options panel, which gives you a chance to customize things like colors and layout. The blog template is fairly traditional but it offers a left sidebar set atop a customizable photo background to tie everything together. And be sure to make use of the social link and contact widgets in the footer, too.

Sketch

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Sketch is minimal, responsive, and grid-based, which are all pretty common attributes for portfolio themes these days. However, the presentation here is so stylish and eye-catching, I couldn’t help but include it on this list. What I particularly liked is how light and airy the design feels. The main navigation menu is tucked up into a drop down so it’s out of the way until you want it.

It also includes a slider at the top of the site for featuring your best work and uses a grid layout for the portfolio pieces you’ve selected to appear below. Subtle hover effects, clean lines, and appropriate typographical choices make this theme noteworthy. It also comes with customization support for the site logo, icons, menus, widgets, header, backgrounds, and social links.

Digest

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You really don’t get much simpler than this and that’s fine by me. The Digest theme is more suited toward personal sites but I could see it easily being used by a very small firm or creative freelancer. It’s a portfolio theme that lets you feature images and a decent chunk of text for each item on the homepage. The demo showcases books and their respective blurbs, which is definitely a good use of this theme.

It comes with support for custom menus and widgets as well as post formats like image, gallery, audio, and video. Anyone who wants a quick way to display their work to the public can make use of this theme. Fast.

Make

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Here’s a free theme for you that packs in so many features you’d swear it was premium. Make allows you to create a website without having to even take a peek at the HTML or CSS. And still, it’s totally customizable thanks to a built-in drag-and-drop page builder. Using these tools, you can create any site you want from a basic portfolio to an online store.

But just because a bunch of options are included, doesn’t mean the site building process is overwhelming. Quite the contrary, actually. Setup is a breeze. Just click through the options available to select a background, layout, site colors, fonts, and your site logo. Then add in your custom content using the page builder. You can put images, galleries, videos, and sliders anywhere you want.

This theme is responsive and offers compatibility with plugins like Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms, WP PageNavi, and WooCommerce, to name a few.

Accelerate

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Accelerate lets you set up a portfolio site quickly, easily, and with no fuss. It’s a multipurpose theme that includes support for all post formats and can be easily customized to suit any need you have in mind, from a photography portfolio to a blog to a corporate site.

It includes a customizable header (where you can add whatever widgets you want), a custom menu, a stylish slider, grid-style image page links, and a simple portfolio layout with captions. The footer is widgetized as well.

If you like this theme and want more customization options, the Pro version tacks on 600 Google Fonts, 35 colors, multiple font sizes, unlimited slides, social icons, eight widgets, three custom menus, five business templates, and support for WooCommerce.

Everest

everest

Build a responsive portfolio site that emphasizes images in a bold and exciting way all thanks to Everest. This theme includes both full and fixed-width layouts for the portfolio grid, which features hover effects that truly make for an engaging site experience. The full-width sliders are another stellar feature that work hard to get people interested in your work and their accompanying captions are simultaneously visually appealing and professional. And the included touch support ensures a positive mobile experience as well.

Backgrounds are fullscreen and it comes with unlimited skins, so you can create the precise look you want. It comes with black and white skins to start with so you have a solid jumping off point. The portfolio is filterable and there’s an included Ajax contact form that makes getting visitor feedback a snap. Other major features include a lightbox, demo content, thorough documentation, PSD files, and cross browser compatibility.

Bedford

bedford

Simple and just plain gorgeous are descriptors that come to mind upon viewing Bedford. This theme is made for portfolios and is built on a flexible grid system that’s both responsive and retina-ready so your work will always appear beautiful and precisely as you intended.

It comes with the Aqua drag-and-drop page builder for quickly setting up unique pages that suit your purposes. Beyond that, it includes 3 bonus post types, XML demo content, and plenty of customization options for building a site that fits your brand. It features a left sidebar for displaying your main navigation, multiple blog layout options, multiple portfolio layout options, and neat and tidy hover effects on individual portfolio items.

SUPERME WP

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The SUPERME WP theme is ideal for creating a portfolio very quickly. It’s designed for web design newbies, which is perfect when you’re in a hurry. And it manages to pull together a site that looks professional despite the many shortcuts it offers. It comes with 13 page templates that are common fair for people looking to sell their work or services online including pages for works, news, about, archives, error 404, shortcodes, team, pricing, and more. It also comes with a coming soon page that you can put up to signal your site’s impending launch before it goes live.

The theme is responsive and is built on HTML5 and CSS3. It comes with PSD files for greater customization should you require it along with social widgets, typography options, and full support.

Doctype

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Doctype is minimal and so stylish you can’t help but pay attention as soon as the site loads. It’s another portfolio solution that offers a totally modern flat design that manages to be responsive, typographically relevant, and the perfect way to showcase your work, all at the same time. It’s also retina-ready and includes a widgetized homepage that makes customizing and rearranging content blocks simple.

This theme comes with several custom page templates and is built on the StagFramework, so it’s both customization ready and totally lightweight. It comes with support for Google Fonts, localization, FontAwesome Icons, and includes documentation, support, and PSD files. Oh, and it’s child theme ready, too.

Nordic

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Nordic is all about your work and what it represents. This theme is minimal, yes, but it’s also highly informative. Clean is the perfect word to describe it because it showcases your best work in a grid-style layout but you can also include descriptive text and categories beneath each item for better organization. When clicked, the portfolio item expands into a full description where you can include all the details about the project and a slider that shows off more photos of the work in question.

This Ajax-powered theme is highly dynamic and lightweight. It comes with 8 page templates (including those for about, blog, services, and contact), two custom post types, threaded comments, nested menus, Google Fonts, PSD files, social icons, an Ajax contact form, two custom widgets, Google Maps, shortcodes, CSS3 animations, and more. It also comes with support for child themes and localization.

SwagMoment

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The possibilities are endless with this theme. Seriously. SwagMoment is the perfect choice for anyone with creativity coursing through their veins looking to highlight their work online. It’s easy to setup and customize thanks to an included homepage layout builder. Drag-and-drop key elements around to build the kind of site you desire.

This responsive theme was built on the Bootstrap framework and includes a stunning parallax effect for each homepage section, giving your site the dynamic feel many people have come to expect. It also comes with shortcodes, over 600 Google Fonts, Isotope Portfolio, custom widgets, social buttons, a pricing table, a contact form, Google Maps, and custom post formats. It also includes an easy-to-use admin panel for straightforward customization.

Dimple

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Simple, flexible, and parallax perfection. That’s how I can best describe Dimple, a portfolio theme for creative professionals from VisualKicks. This theme supports all standard post formats, and comes with 2 custom post types. Plus, you can make as many individual portfolios as you want.

It makes great use of the WordPress Live Customizer, too, so you can see the changes you want to make as you make them. It comes with over 500 Google Fonts, lovely typography, touch compatibility, and parallax backgrounds for every page section. You can switch between full-width and standard media if you wish and the portfolio is totally filterable, making for a convenient browsing experience for your site visitors. It comes with contact forms, a mobile sidebar, and plenty of plugins from VisualKicks to keep things interesting like Portfolio, Shortcodes, Panel Post, and more.

Mesh

mesh

Mesh gives you a straightforward layout that’s perfect for portfolios. It’s responsive and lets you display your work in a grid-based layout alongside a very simple sidebar. The focus here is on fullscreen media display and it delivers precisely that.

It includes support for a variety of post formats as well, so it’s easy to create blog posts for audio, video, images, galleries, and more. This theme includes an accent color picker, page templates, white labeling of the login screen, 3 custom widgets, localization support, and documentation. It also is compatible with a variety of plugins that are a part of the ZillaFramework including ZillaShortcodes, ZillaLikes, and ZillaShare. A PSD file is included should you wish to make further customizations.

Extinct

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Stylish and oh-so sophisticated, Extinct provides the kind of portfolio theme designers dream about. It has a very cohesive style that calls back to retro design trends, particularly as it relates to typographical choices. The text looks like it belongs on a vintage poster and the buttons have a purposely faded look that fits right in.

This theme is actually multipurpose and can be used for blog sites, too, but its benefits for a portfolio are virtually limitless. For instance, it comes with short codes for inserting multicolumn portfolio items onto any page or post. It comes with several custom widgets and supports custom post types for adding things like testimonials, pricing tables, profiles, and more. Other features include a responsive design, touch-sensitive sliders, unlimited sidebars, over 500 retina icons, child theme support, PSD files, a support forum, and demo content. It’s also compatible with WPML and includes Revolution Slider, Flex 2 Slider, and Nivo Slider.

Nero

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Nero is ideal for any photography-based site from photoblogs to portfolios. It sports a simple design that maintains modern aesthetics without being devoid of personality. For instance, it’s responsive and retina-ready but it also comes with 14 gallery and 10 portfolio templates, ensuring you have plenty of options to choose from. You can customize site colors or select from 11 pre-defined site skins to get things up and running quickly.

This theme offers filters on the portfolio and lets you add as many pages for your portfolios or galleries as you want. It also supports a fullscreen slideshow mode for your photos, music play on the homepage, and comments on your image galleries. For your portfolios, you can add a variety of content from static pages to self-hosted videos, to custom links. And for galleries, you can upload multiple images at once and even set up password protection.

Nero also includes Google Fonts, social links, shortcodes, unlimited sidebars, a contact page, and more.

GridStack

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I took one look at GridStack and knew I had to include it on this list. Why? The super cool zoom-in animation effect on hover for portfolio items. Sure, it’s got a lot else going for it too, but this feature is just plain awesome and offers a little extra sense of whimsy that I’m totally on board with.

This theme supports parallax media in an extra-wide layout, making it perfect for visual media of all kinds. A few prominent features include a responsive design, Ajax dynamic loading, a multitude of gallery and slideshow options, and touch support for all sliders. It also supports SEO and includes the Themewich Shortcodes Plugin, which makes customization a snap.

GridStack comes with Google Fonts, 4 custom widgets, a contact form, child theme support, unlimited colors, a sortable portfolio, several blog styles, and more.

Bourne

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Bourne is a minimal portfolio theme that lets creatives do what they do best: let their work shine. The site itself is lightweight, responsive, and modern, so it’s simultaneously in keeping with the latest design trends and straight out functional from a coding perspective.

It comes with several page templates, including a masonry portfolio, blog, full-width page, and site map, and supports the major post formats. It makes use of the theme customizer so you can modify the theme’s settings quickly and easily. Also included are 4 custom widgets, Contact Form 7 styles, and support for threaded comments.

Fencer 2

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Fencer 2 combines the very best in multimedia with the best of streamlined web design to produce an elegant theme that can be used for any purpose. It offers one page and multi-page capability and includes stunning parallax and video backgrounds to keep the end user experience dynamic and interesting. On the backend, you can easily create new pages using the Visual Page Builder. This responsive theme also includes the Fencer Control Panel, which makes changing settings and making customizations a snap.

It comes with WooCommerce support and demo content so you can easily build an online store to complement your portfolio and get your site set up very quickly so it looks just like the demo. You can choose from 10 skins and make use of the included Portfolio Isotope Filter, Revolution Slider, Video Background Slider, Translation Manager plugin, and parallax effects. It also has 7 page layouts for the portfolio and features preloaded animation, and sliders for your team members and recent news. These are pretty much just scratching the surface of the feature list, by the way.

MIMESI

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Mimesi is a grid-based theme that puts the focus on your work. And what I think I like best here is that it offers your work in an immediately accessible way. With a bold headline and your main navigation at the top of the site and your portfolio featured immediately below, there’s no barrier for your site visitors for getting acquainted with your latest projects. Filters appear as bold tags above the portfolio items. It’s simple, professional, and offers enough whitespace to avoid feeling crowded, too.

Okay, now for the details. Mimesi is responsive, retina-ready, and built using Ajax so it loads quickly and makes for an intuitive user experience. You can customize just about every element of this theme, too, including the colors, fonts, widgets, logos, and more. It supports Google and Web Safe Fonts as well as numerous blog post formats like status, gallery, audio, chat, video, quote, and link. It also has standard and full-width blog layouts, a filterable portfolio, infinite scroll, shortcodes, Contact Form 7, localization support, and more.

Cobra

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Cobra is another theme that offers an intuitive layout that’s undeniably appealing for end users but also really easy to setup and launch a site with. Select from masonry, metro, or grid layouts—all of which will look awesome on any device because the theme is responsive, by the way—and you can feel confident site visitors will have a positive experience thanks to the Ajax portfolio with infinite scroll and load more enabled.

Other features include vertical and horizontal mega menus and a parallax menu, an Isotope Portfolio, over 640 Google Fonts, custom widgets, shortcodes, social media integration, a pricing table, multiple post format support, Google Maps, Contact Form 7 support, and more. It also includes Visual Page Builder for easy drag-and-drop customization, Revolution Slider, Layer Slider, and an easy-to-use admin panel.

Cubo

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Cubo is a theme that’s designed to be easy on the eyes, yes, but also inherently pleasant to use. The theme’s motto is “fast, sleek, and smooth,” and after giving this theme a test drive, I can easily see why. The navigation is seamless. You never get the sense that you’re changing pages when you click a link; rather, that you’re transitioning to another part of the site. And this theme manages to create this kind of experience without bogging down your site’s speed.

There’s not a pre-loader to be found here and it uses lazy loading for all images, so no matter how bulky your portfolio is, it will always appear lightweight to your site visitors. And when you click on portfolio items, be prepared to be impressed! You won’t find a single lightbox here. The typography is smart and calculated and the layout is tight so you can combine whatever elements you want via shortcodes and wind up with a cohesive-looking site. Other notable features include a drag-and-drop page builder, content importer, and Revolution Slider.

Nonus Parallax WordPress Portfolio

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Nonus Parallax WordPress Portfolio is, as you might’ve guessed, a parallax theme that’s responsive and offers a super professional portfolio for creative agencies the world over. It can be customized for one-page and multi-page layouts and allows for numerous customizations all within the standard WordPress Theme Customizer. Choose from unlimited colors, over 600 Google Fonts, FontAwesome Icons, unlimited sidebars, custom widgets, and more.

It also supports custom post types and comes with over 55 shortcodes that make creating new layouts and design choices simple. This theme comes with Revolution Slider, Layer Slider, Nivo Slider, and Flexslider, and includes support for Contact Form 7. You also have a choice between full-width and boxed layouts.

Have you built a portfolio site with WordPress? What were the biggest hurdles you had to face to get your site launched quickly? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Make Your WordPress Site Accessible With These Themes and Plugins http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/make-your-wordpress-site-accessible/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/make-your-wordpress-site-accessible/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=135618 I think we can all agree that technology has made our lives a lot easier, but what about people who are visually or hearing impaired and those who are color blind?

We spend a lot of time improving our websites, optimizing them for speed and creating quality content, but not enough attention is placed on site accessibility. Have you ever wondered how easy it is for people with disabilities to access your site and then navigate around it?

The importance of creating accessible websites is gaining much-needed traction in the WordPress community thanks to the WordPress Accessibility team. The team has been working with the Theme Review team on the possibility of requiring the accessibility-ready tag for themes hosted on WordPress.org. The Accessibility team hope to announced new guidelines for theme developers in April 2015, which would then be required as of November 2015.

So what does it take to create an accessible website? In this post I’ll go over some of the requirements in the WordPress Codex for meeting accessibility guidelines, as well as themes and plugins for improving your site’s accessibility.

Is Your Site Accessible?

To ensure your website is accessible, there are a number of required and/or recommended criteria you need to meet. All themes and theme updates that use the tag “accessibility-ready” undergo an accessibility audit against a number of guidelines, which you’ll find in the Theme Review Handbook. There are also more details about accessibility in the WordPress Codex.

For now, let’s go over the most important points you need to know now in order to score your site for its accessibility:

  • Headings should be used to define a page’s sub-sections and not simply for visual appeal
  • you should only have one h1 tag per page
  • Links should be descriptive and should make sense out of context (use “Continue Reading [Title of Post]” instead of “Read More”)
  • Buttons and (drop down) menus should be selectable and highlight-able with a keyboard well as a mouse
  • Your page’s text color must be in high contrast when compared to the background color of the content area
  • Text should not refer to interactive elements such as links or buttons by color only
  • Your website should include skip links at the very top of each page to allow users direct navigation to content with only a keyboard
  • The title attribute for links should only be used if the corresponding text would not be redundant when they are viewed side by side
  • Forms must be sufficiently labelled outside the form field and all confirmations and warnings should be easily recognizable
  • Images and icons should supplement text and content and should not stand alone without alt tags and very descriptive captions or titles
  • Media such as video, audio, sliders or carousels should not start or change action without user interaction by default
  • New browser windows or tabs should not be opened automatically, without user interaction

Plugins for Accessibility

There are a couple websites which can help you test for some of these issues such as the Color Contrast Comparison and Tanaguru Contrast Finder sites. These are great, but there are many plugins to help you test your site and also help you achieve accessibility.

Let’s take a look at the most reliable ones.

Inaccessibility Checker

Inaccessibility Check plugin

If you’re forgetful when it comes to adding alt text or captions, this simple plugin could be helpful to you. It shows a bright red border around any image that doesn’t have descriptive text attached to it in a post’s preview. It’s super easy to install and you won’t have to worry about forgetting descriptive image texts ever again.

Accessible Drop Down Menus

Accessible Drop Down Menu plugin

This is one of the most important tools you need to make your site fully accessible. Accessible Drop Down Menus allows your dynamic drop down menus to be accessible by keyboard and not just via a mouse hover. This is important for those who are visually impaired or for those who don’t use a mouse.

If you’re not convinced this is necessary, try closing your eyes and using your mouse to navigate to the plugins page of WPMU DEV. Difficult, right? That’s why you need this plugin or at least one that’s similar to it.

It’s easy to install and works perfectly on menus using JavaScript. On other menus, the links are still accessible through the tab button, although, the menu will not fully drop down. It’s a great free tool that works.

Skip To

Skip To plugin

Skip To creates its own menu that is fully accessible with a keyboard. The menu pops up as soon as someone tabs into the page. The menu drops down when the enter key is pushed then populates with the major sections of the page as marked by headings.

This menu would be the alternative to creating your own skip links making it even easier to get one step closer to a fully accessible site. If you ask me, it’s a done deal. I’m downloading this sucker right away.

Vividly

Vividly plugin

Vividly adds the functionality of being able to toggle between stylesheets to one that is in high contrast. In the accessibility-friendly stylesheet, text will be very dark in comparison to the content background to pump up its visibility.

The extra cool thing about this plugin is that it stores a cookie in the visitor’s browser when the high contrast stylesheet is selected. They won’t have to continue making this selection for every page they travel to and will even stay intact when they come back another time.

Vividly installs like a regular plugin, but with slightly more work involved at the end. You need to create a high contrasting stylesheet and upload it to the root of your theme. Finally, you just need to add the toggle button to the top of your theme.

It’s not too complicated and once you’ve done it once, you’re done for good.

Zoom

Zoom Widget

Zoom allows your site’s visitors to resize text and other content to suit needs. Anyone viewing a page on your site will be able to toggle the text size, for example, to allow your content to be easily readable and more accessible.

Installation is as easy as any other average plugin out there and a menu will be created after activation in the admin area where you can adjust the settings. A widget can then be placed into a post or page by a shortcode wherever you would like it to appear.

If you’d like more control over the look of the zoom button as well as the individual content sections that are resized, you’ll need the commercial version of this plugin for $19.99. Even without upgrading, this plugin works very well so you don’t need to worry if you’re on a budget.

MCE Accessible Language Change

MCE Accessible Language Change plugin

This is a lightweight plugin that allows you easily toggle between languages in the post or page visual editor. You can easily translate text and links to the five included languages: English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.

This plugin will help you easily reach more people around the globe while also being super easy to install. Once you’ve installed it just like any other plugin, you’re done!

Although I can’t vouch for its accuracy with extreme certainty, it should still be able to help. Even if your sentences end up having a few fragments, it will likely still get the point across well enough for most uses.

WP Accessibility

WP Accessibility plugin

This is a fantastic plugin because it adds many accessibility options in a single package. You can disable as many or as few options as you like if your current theme already has the same options included.

You can add skip links, a toolbar to toggle between high contrast, large print and grayscale views of your site, add long descriptions to images, add post titles to the standard “read more” links, and a lot more. While this won’t replace a solid theme that’s built for accessibility, it will certainly help a great deal making this a very valuable plugin.

Alt Checker

Alt Checker plugin

If the first plugin doesn’t fit well with your workflow or you’re otherwise not a big fan, you can try this one. Alt Checker is a plugin that also checks to make sure you have added alt text to your uploaded images. It’s super easy to install as well. The only major difference between this plugin and the Inaccessibility Checker is that the latter also checks for captions.

Universal Accessibility Key

Universal Accessibility Key plugin

This plugin is pretty neat because it produces very unique results when compared to the other plugins on this list. Instead of adding buttons or menus to your site, it will allow users to have instant access to a fully accessible version of your site. By pressing the shift key and “A” at the same time, a user will be redirected to a fully accessible version of the same page.

It’s as easy to install as most other plugins, but you will have quite a bit of added work since you’ll have to make a separate version of your site that’s fully accessible. This doesn’t have to be a difficult task, especially if you have a multisite and our Cloner plugin installed and activated.

You’ll have only four easy steps if you have these. All you’ll have to do is …

  1. Copy your site with the Cloner plugin
  2. Adjust the settings of the Universal Accessibility Key plugin to add the main URL of your accessible site
  3. Add text to the top of your original homepage to mention the instructions for visiting the accessible site
  4. Then switch the theme of your copied site to one of the accessibility-ready WordPress themes listed below

The only downside to this plugin is it’s in French, so allow me to translate the two sentences in the options for you, which you can access by going to Settings > UAK after this plugin is activated. Here we go:

The user will be redirected to the URL below, where they’ll use the keyboard shortcut Shift + A
URL of the page or accessible site:

Done and done in under five minutes flat and your site will be fully accessible at that. This plugin makes it as easy as possible to help you get a fully accessible site and for that reason, this is the most valuable and best plugin on this list.

Accessibility-Ready Themes

Creating an accessible site from scratch can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be with these fantastic themes.

All of the themes in this list have passed the Theme Review Team’s accessibility audit with flying colors. This means they have at least the minimum requirements to be considered accessible by the visually impaired. If you are a theme developer, WordPress does encourage you to go above and beyond the minimum standards.

Don’t worry, though – even if one of these themes doesn’t surpass the standard, you can pair it with one or more of the plugins above to help you achieve a greater level of accessibility.

14-Glassy

14-Glassy theme screenshot

14-Glassy is a child theme of Twenty Fourteen, if you can imagine that. The only major difference is that 14-Glassy has been tweaked slightly to have an enhanced readability on mobile devices making it a bit more accessible. If you’re a fan of WordPress’ official Twenty Fourteen theme, then this is the best theme for you.

Stock

Stock theme screenshot

Stock is a practical theme. It’s a minimalist theme that has all the necessary components of a well-laid out website. It’s a great theme that’s simple enough in design to be well accepted by those with a visual impairment, while still having a handsome design for everyone else’s viewing pleasure. It also includes post formats and basic styling options.

Bosco

Bosco theme screenshot

Bosco is a minimalist theme, but its splash of color makes for a bold and chic design. It’s an excellent theme for photo bloggers or vloggers. If you’re not a fan of the pop of red, you can definitely change that color in the theme options as well as make other basic customizations. With Bosco, you’ll also enjoy the different post formats that are included.

White Xmas

White Xmas theme screenshot

While White Xmas is a beautiful theme for the holidays, you can easily hide all of its winter wonderland designs and replace them with other images and styles for the rest of the year. It has gorgeous calligraphic typography which completes the design and as a whole, this theme seems to tug at the cockles of your heart. It has all the basic styling options you need along with sticky posts and threaded comments.

Simone

Simone theme screenshot

Simone looks as though it has a narrow content area, but it’s actually very roomy. It has large, clean fonts for an easy reading experience and its menus are fully accessible by keyboard. If you don’t like the sidebar, you can opt for a full-width page template instead. You can change the color scheme, background and all that good stuff. It also has all the major post formats, sticky posts and threaded comments.

Kuorinka

Kuorinka theme screenshot

Kuorinka is a simple, elegant, yet commanding theme. It’s perfect for business or freelancers who only want to worry about creating one theme that’s fruitful for all users. For such a beautiful theme, it also carries many options for customization from the color schemes to the layout structure. It also includes many post formats, sticky posts and threaded comments.

WPstart

WPstart theme screenshot

WPstart is a clean, minimalist with an added touch of flair, added by its customizable header image. Its simple design makes it perfect for screen readers that are used by those who are visually impaired. WPstart also features styling theme options, post formats, sticky posts and threaded comments.

Tikva

Tikva theme screenshot

Tikva has a dark background and light-colored text if you’re into that sort of thing. Other than that, it has the same basic layout that most other themes have making it a comparable selection to other minimal themes. You can customize the color scheme and background if it isn’t your sort of thing after all. It also has other flexible theme options, sticky posts and threaded comments.

Drop

Drop theme screenshot

Drop is a truly exquisite theme modelling after WordPress’ new Twenty Fifteen theme. It looks very polished with its left sidebar content being delicately centered and including a circular featured image. Its content area is large and in charge with bold, clean typography and an apt featured image size. You’ll have no troubles refining the styles of Drop with great theme options and included sticky post and threaded comments features.

Accessible Zen

Accessible Zen screenshot

Accessible Zen is – you guessed it – accessible, but also very clean with incredibly readable fonts. Simplicity is the name of the game here as your users will have little to no issues easily navigating and reading your content. You can change the colors and has other select theme options. Your content is sure to be the star with post formats, threaded comments and the ability to have sticky posts.

JBST

JBST theme screenshot

This is a neat and tidy theme that is fully customizable from head to toe – or rather, header to footer. If you want to make even more customizations, it’s the perfect framework to build upon by creating a child theme. It’s also ready for BuddyPress and BBpress, too! It also has concise fonts that are as easy to read as they are functional.

Cherish

Cherish theme screenshot

If you’re in need of a theme that has a large call to action (CTA) area, then Cherish has you covered. It also features some pretty fanciful fonts that screen readers won’t have trouble detecting, but are also eye-catching for those with 20 / 20 vision. It’s a minimalist theme that focuses on content with a clean, full-width layout. Sticky posts and threaded comments are also included.

Neighborly

Neighborly theme screenshot

Neighborly is simple, but mighty. You can keep this theme’s style straightforward or you can embellish it with images and color schemes. It’s a clean theme that’s great for posting content with the intention of readability and ease of use. It comes with a simple set of theme options, common post formats, sticky posts and threaded comments.

Universal

Universal theme screenshot

Last but not least we have the Universal theme that has a rather unique feature to it which makes it shine among other themes. It has extensive in-line documentation on its accessibility features. This can act as a resource in and of itself to help you further understand how to make your site accessible. It has a good number of theme options to help you tweak the style to your liking along with the sticky post feature.

Final Thoughts

Ensuring your WordPress site is accessible may seem like a lot of work, but the benefits are worth it. Not only will you make your content more available to those with disabilities, but you will be opening up your site to a larger audience.

The plugins and themes in this list provide a great start to get you thinking about how to improve your site’s accessibility.

The Theme Review Team’s accessibility guidelines provide a neat overview of the requirements websites should meet. If your site doesn’t already meet these guidelines, it’s worth thinking about how to put them in place – the accessibility movement in WordPress is gaining traction and you don’t want to be left behind or discriminate against potential readers of customers.

What did you think of these plugins and themes? Do you have any favourites that I’ve missed? Post them in the comments below.

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85 Free, Alluring and Lightweight WordPress Themes http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/free-clean-lightweight-wordpress-themes/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/free-clean-lightweight-wordpress-themes/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=135510 There are tons of free themes in the WordPress Theme Repository, but searching for the perfect one can be a hit or miss experience.

Often times, you’ll find themes that are bloated with too many built-in features, ignoring WordPress best practices over potential popularity.

This collection of fabulous themes features are clean, lightweight designs, all with a minimal file size – you won’t find outdated coding and an excess of unnecessary features in these themes!

Of course, these themes are all responsive – aren’t they all these days? – and there’s a wide variety to cover most needs, from professional to personal use.

Prompt

Prompt theme

Prompt is a great theme for landing pages as it has a featured section with two call to action buttons. It has a clear, simple layout and larger sans serif fonts, which will allow content to shine. Simple theme options are also available to make basic changes such as to the three widget areas, menu or background. Threaded comments are also included.

If you need more advanced options, documentation and support there is an upgrade option for $37.

Bharat

Bharat theme

Bharat has a stylish front page template with an optional display font to help your text pop. On all other pages you can choose the full-width template or keep the sidebars. You can make this theme your own with the included theme options to change the logo, header and menu to name a few. If you like having the sticky post feature then you’re in luck because it also comes with this theme.

The Box

The Box theme

This theme is simple but elegant because of its well-laid out design. This two column theme focuses on displaying posts alongside the sidebar. If you don’t like the blue color scheme, you can change it to whatever color you desire to suit your needs. It also has a sticky post feature.

Plainly

Plainly theme

Plainly is as simple as they come. I challenge you to find a more minimalistic theme. If you want to find an incredibly lightweight theme with simple options to display content with the authority of Wikipedia, then you can stop looking. Its design is reminiscent of sketch pads or a college thesis, which makes it a great theme to focus solely on your writing.

Avrora

Avrora theme

Simplicity and elegance are combined in this theme which makes it great for just about any purpose. There’s no sidebar in this theme to help keep the focus on your content. It includes ample options and threaded comments.

If you’d like theme support and advanced features such as sliders and advanced fonts, you can get the premium version of this theme for $49.

Torch

Torch theme

Torch is a professional looking theme that has 12 widgets for the homepage to display different types content prominently. This theme comes with a full screen slider, portfolio page and other great features, but it’s amazingly still lightweight. You won’t have to compromise with this theme.

If you’d like even more theme options and support, you can purchase the pro version for $39.95.

Gray Whale

Gray Whale theme

Gray Whale features a full screen image as the first thing you see when you visit a site using this theme. When you scroll down, that’s when you are met with the rest of the page. It has large, clear typography among a layout that has a lot of padding. You can make a big impression worth of this theme’s title and you can customize the basics to your liking. There’s a portfolio page to showcase your products or projects, and you can also enjoy the sticky post and threaded comments features.

Volta

Volta theme

Just like the last theme, Volta has a large featured image area and a lot of padding to create a spacious layout. Your post excerpts will have room to breathe with this theme to help your content stand out. You can choose to make use of the sidebar or leave it out of the picture to put all the focus on your writing. You can also choose to have up to three columns, sticky posts, and threaded comments.

First

First theme

If you’re a fan of the Twenty Eleven and Twenty Twelve themes then you’ll probably like this theme since it looks like a mix between the two. It has a large featured image with the menu above it. The main differences are that First has four widgets, three menus and you can add a mix of posts and other content on the front page. The latter is quite unique as far as themes go. A sidebar is also available along with the sticky post feature.

LifeLog

LifeLog theme

LifeLog has a linear, traditional timeline look to it with the exception of the threaded comments feature that’s included. It’s a great theme for chronicling your life or other major events. It’s modelled after Tumblr with different post formats so it’s more than okay for posting whatever you’d like, even if it’s just your random thoughts or interesting anecdotes – in fact, this theme was made for it.

Puro

Puro theme

Puro is definitely a minimalistic theme, but has a touch of added class with its layout being separated by horizontal (and vertical) rules. It elegantly separates the optional sidebar and posts without feeling too intrusive to the theme’s minimalistic nature. You can still choose to make this theme your own with basic theme options and sticky posts.

Seller

Seller theme

Seller was built to use with Woo Commerce, which works great with this theme’s thumbnail showcase area and a header bar to display your contact information. It has different page layouts making this theme great for other purposes other than for selling such as for photo blogging. There are a lot more features to this theme including widget areas, a slider, sticky posts and threaded comments.

Storto

Storto theme

Storto is not unlike the new Twenty Fifteen theme as it has a left sidebar that is centered with the main content area. The sidebar remains fixed as the content continues scrolling to the end of the page. If you don’t like the color scheme, you can change it to the colors of your choosing along with other theme options. Sticky pots are also an option with this theme.

Semplicemente

Semplicemente theme

This is a simple theme that is enhanced by a dynamic drop down menu and a subtle featured image animation. You can change the color scheme to suit your taste, but the sidebar is here to stay. Semplicemente has a well-laid out meta data for posts and the option to make them sticky.

Simple Life

Simple Life theme

Simple Life is similar to the preceding theme Semplicemente with its matching layout. This theme is different, though, because it allows you to veto the sidebar and opt for a one column theme. It still allows you to completely customize the color scheme and make other similar changes. Just like the last theme, sticky posts are also included in this theme.

Office

Office theme

Office is a rather minimalistic business theme which includes a slider and multi-level drop down menu. Other than its threaded comments feature, it has very simple theme options making this a lightweight theme. If you’re looking for a business theme that isn’t bloated with tons of unnecessary features, then look no further because this it it.

Perfetta

Perfetta theme

This theme was made for a specific audience in mind – cafés or restaurants. That doesn’t mean you can’t make this theme your own with custom colors, background, sticky posts and threaded comments. It’s minimalist, one column design puts your content front and center quite literally. With large featured images, your posts are sure to stand out.

Takeoff

TakeOff theme

This is a theme that features your latest post front and center at the top of the front page making it a great theme for bloggers. A large feature image shows up with the post and thumbnails are displayed for each other post below it. Each post is separated by its own content box, but you can customize how your posts and pages look in the theme options if you’re not particularly a fan of this theme looks out of the box. If you’re looking for a simple, yet professional looking theme to post your content, Takeoff is one you should consider.

Caresland Lite

Caresland theme

Caresland Lite has a whimsical looking layout which makes it perfect for content geared toward children. If you’re a teacher, this may be the perfect theme to keep parents and children up to date when out of the classroom. Pick between color schemes if orange is not your favorite color and make other simple adjustments.

You can also use the sticky post feature to display important announcements on an ongoing basis and keep conversations flowing with threaded comments. If you’d like to enjoy more features as well as support, you can upgrade this theme for $37.

Verbo

Verbo theme

Verbo is a simple theme that looks professional enough to use for corporate or small businesses. It features custom front page content and several widget areas. You can choose which side to place your sidebar or choose not to have one at all to keep your content uncluttered.

Make simple edits to change the logo and background, but you can only choose between two color schemes. This theme looks good enough on its own that it makes sense not to have too many theme options.

Archy

Archy theme

Archy has a narrow content area unlike most of the themes on this list. Regardless, it still manages to display large featured images. It includes a slider to display featured images if you want your posts to get more face time. Despite its narrow design, it still manages to display text well with smaller typography. Sticky post and threaded comments are also included to round out this theme.

Crawford

Crawford theme

Crawford is another minimalist theme that has its content centered save for the actual content of your posts. This design makes it a great theme for writers, but with a couple of plugins, this theme can be used for just about any purpose, especially since you can customize the colors and other basic options to suit your specific needs. You can also make use of sticky posts with this theme if you’d like.

Bliss

Bliss theme

Bliss is a simple theme that’s optimal for mobile websites. It won’t be cluttered with unnecessary bells and whistles for easy mobile viewing, but it does include a slideshow feature. If you’re not happy with how it looks out of the box, you can customize the color scheme and background to your heart’s content.

My Passion

My Passion theme

My passion has a bold drop down menu which adds elegance to an otherwise minimal theme. It’s a great looking theme on its own, but you can customize it completely in the theme options. You can change everything from the color scheme to the actual layout. It has a unique typography which matches well with the bold color scheme and accents.

Gump

Gump theme

Gump displays the entirety of a post on the homepage with large featured images. The sidebar has a background that adds a splash of color to an otherwise white site. If you prefer not to have the sidebar present, then you can choose the full width template. There are simple theme options to make a few changes which is all the same since this theme looks great right out of the box.

Illustratr

Illustratr theme

Illustratr is a portfolio theme that is styled as a masonry grid on the front page. You can also put your portfolio on any page with this theme if the homepage doesn’t work for you. You can customize the colors and other styling options as well as make your posts sticky.

Kotetsu

Kotetsu theme

Even though this theme is very minimalistic, its circular featured images gives it an interesting and unique look. Once you add images, they will stand out making this theme look anything but simple. You can leave this theme the way it is or you can add a sidebar and change the color scheme, and make other style edits. Sticky posts are also included in this theme.

SKT Parallaxme

SKT Parallaxme theme

You might have guessed already, but this is a one page parallax theme. You can add up to 10 sections to the home page and it has a slider, thumbnail gallery and a drop down menu. This theme doesn’t have much else to it, but it sure looks captivating. The best part of this theme is the fact that you could use it for any purpose whether professional or personal. There are theme options available as well as the sticky post and threaded comments features.

If you would like more styling features, you can upgrade your theme for $30.

Apolos

Apolos theme

Apolos splits up content into its own box separating it from the dark and sleek rest of the page. This is what gives the theme its overall bold look. If you don’t like the single column look, you can choose to have up to three and switch the sidebar around. Threaded comments are included in this theme which should make for many very interesting conversations.

Beluga

Beluga theme

This theme has a similar style as the Gray Whale theme from earlier on in this post. It has the same large typography which displays text very well and clearly. Sticky posts and threaded comments come standard with this theme as do other basic options. It also has a hamburger menu which interestingly not only displays a menu, but also other sections to add more information about your blog or whatever you wish. This will ultimately keep your content in the center of attention, right where it should be.

Nouveau Riche

Nouveau Riche theme

Nouveau Riche is a cool theme because its sidebar is located on the left hand side only when the hamburger menu button is clicked. The button also follows as you scroll down the page making the sidebar within reach no matter where you are on the page. This helps set the focus on your content and keeps it there.

Welcome

Welcome theme

This theme’s content area and sidebar stretches out to the outer edge of the browser window making its content hard to miss. This in-your-face style can really come in handy if you have bold images to match. It might surprise you to know that this is also an eCommerce theme. You can change certain aspects of the style to suit your needs with the included theme options. Sticky post and threaded comment features also come standard with this theme.

Finch

Finch theme

Just like the previous theme, Finch also has a large content area to display your work prominently. It has clear, medium-sized typography, which helps with that, too. You have the option to use sticky posts and the included theme options are basic. If you’ve fallen head over heals for this theme the way it looks out of box, then you’re in luck.

FullFolio

FullFolio theme

Fullfolio is a portfolio theme which you probably have already guessed judging by its name. It’s masonry style portfolio layout stretches to the edges of the screen as do the other pages and featured images. This makes it a great theme for a mobile site, but if you want to tweak the style a bit, that’s definitely an option with this theme.

Chelonian

Chelonian theme

Your eyes immediately scan the header text in this theme capturing your attention. That’s why this theme would make a great landing page or personal blog. Your content won’t have to compete for your visitor’s attention with this one column layout, but a page template with a sidebar on the right hand side is included if you’d prefer to have one. You can also make use of the threaded comments feature and make basic edits with the theme options – both of which are included.

White

White theme

This theme is really cool because it has a slider and featured images that are animated with css for added curb side appeal. There’s also multiple page layouts, sidebars and theme options to create a site you can be proud to show off. Sticky posts and threaded comments are included as are many more options to make a fabulous site that’s great for any purpose.

Casper

Casper theme

This is another minimalist theme that features a large header and typography for your content to stand out and make an impression. Casper is inspired by the Ghost blogging platform and its default theme, but it has added flair in the way of features you can only get with WordPress. You can customize this theme’s style to your heart’s content to help your content stand out even more.

Omega

Omega theme

Omega has all the features and framework of a great site. You can either enjoy the theme as is, or make your mark by customizing it completely as a child theme which is why this theme was created. It has a fairly robust set of theme options and also includes standard features such as sticky posts and threaded comments.

Floki

Floki theme

This theme has options for 3D animations – how cool is that? You can also customize this theme to include a large image in the header, or keep it simple and just display blog posts with or without sidebars. You can edit the style in Floki’s theme options and use the sticky post feature and Google fonts if you’d like.

Museum

Museum theme

Museum was made for placing images front and center. You can choose how you display images whether in a grid or large scale and on its own. Excerpts are colorfully displayed on top of the images drawing you in. I was so compelled by the layout when viewing the demo, I actually read through the articles even though they had nothing to do with WordPress or the theme itself. Your images won’t have much trouble shining with this theme.

There are many theme options to tweak the look to your liking and you can also choose to use sticky posts and threaded comments as they are also included.

Flounder

Flounder theme

I added Flounder to this list because I really enjoyed the colorful post formats which you don’t see to often when searching for themes. You can definitely change the style and colors of this theme to suit your tastes, but it certainly looks good right out of the box. You won’t have to resize images, either, because this theme does it automatically. Threaded comments are also included.

Genbu

Genbu theme

Genbu can display a lot of content with an impressive number of layouts. It displays content without being too overwhelming with its minimalist layout. It includes threaded comments, sticky posts and theme styling options to change the theme’s style. It’s a great theme to use for a support forum or other purposes which require posting a ton of text.

Dice

Dice theme

Dice has a simple layout with simple theme options. It’s a great basis for building upon, but it’s also fully functional right out of the box. Dice proves that a minimal theme doesn’t necessarily have to look plain and can easily have a bit of flair while still remaining clean. While removing the sidebar isn’t an option, having sticky posts, and adding a logo and menu are certainly customizable.

Ravel

Ravel theme

Ravel is a rather elegant looking theme designed to show off your images with the Custom Content Portfolio plugin. It has a unique layout which certainly does a great job displaying images in a way that is very eye-catching. Threaded comments and theme styling options are also included to jazz up this theme even more.

Bosco

Bosco theme

Bosco is another theme in this list that is very minimalist, but displays content well with its centered, one column layout and large font post titles. Even in its simplicity, there are still quite a few theme options to change the style to your liking. Different post styles are also included making this theme great for photo blogging, vlogging or otherwise posting lots of content.

Adaption

Adaption theme

Adaption reels you in with its bold menu and its ability to display large images. Unlike most other themes in this list, this theme’s content hangs out on the left side of the page, rather than being centered. If you’re not happy with the way Apaption looks, you can change it up with all the basic theme options that you need to instil your own personal style. You additionally have the option to have sticky posts and multiple post formats are included.

Isola

Isola theme

Isola is another theme that has its menu tucked away in order to allow your content to have room to breathe and giving it the maximum amount of exposure. The menu can be accessed through a hamburger button beside the blog title in the header and the menu pops out from the left. With clear typography and the ability to display large images, this theme is great for personal blogs or even professional photographers and other artists.

Daisy Blue

Daisy Blue theme

Daisy Blue is a clean looking theme with accented aquamarine titles and metadata. A little splash of color goes a long way with this theme whether or not you choose to customize it with the included theme options. Threaded comments and sticky post features are also included and you can choose to switch to a full width page template if you’d prefer.

Baskerville

Baskerville theme

Baskerville is a great theme for displaying your posts in a meaningful way and in a masonry, three column grid. It includes every post type and displays them with beautiful typography and styles. Posts don’t seem to have troubles standing out with this theme, especially with the 4 page templates that are included. You can also customize the style in the theme options, and add sticky posts and threaded options as well.

MineZine

MineZine theme

This theme was built to be used for magazine style posts and the Woo Commerce plugin. Its rich with theme options such as widget areas and sticky posts, but includes only 3 color schemes. MineZine looks great right out of the box so having extensive options isn’t really necessary.

Rectangulum

Rectangulum theme

Rectangulum is no doubt named for its images and posts being elongated to fit the entire width of the screen. Most themes follow this style, but only for the featured image, while this theme goes all out. It also includes a slider for posts, gallery slideshow layout and it supports sticky posts along with different post formats. This theme is also ready to have its style and color scheme fully customized.

Hashi

Hashi theme

Hashi is on top of the list for most lightweight themes. It has a straight forward layout where sidebars are optional. If you don’t like the default cherry blossom header image, you can certainly change it along with other basic theme options including sticky posts and threaded comments. Don’t shy away from this theme if you think it’s too unadorned, though, because you can edit the style quite a bit.

Enterprise Lite

Enterprise Lite theme

Instead of a homepage slider or feature image, Enterprise Lite has a feature box for text and three widget areas. Its featured image capabilities are also unique in that they are formatted to be slender almost like a widescreen movie. This theme includes simple options and buttons that are very stylish.

Coeur

Coeur theme

Coeur has a very soft color scheme and style which is echoed in its clear typography and layout. This theme is especially easy to set up and customize, and includes a full selection of post types along with threaded comments and sticky post features. It’s a lovely theme you can customize for your personal or professional blog.

Litesite

LiteSite theme

Litesite is perfect for businesses that want to keep their website looking clean and minimal while still being able to display content fluidly. It has all the basic features you’d expect from a business theme such as customizable front page widget areas, multiple page templates, custom logo, sticky post and threaded comments. This theme just displays it all neatly, especially with its strong, eye-catching typography.

Avenue

Avenue theme

Avenue has a pretty unique design with an animated full width slider and widget areas. Its typography is easy on the eyes stylish buttons are included to further elevate this theme’s design. Multiple page templates and theme options come standard with this theme in case orange isn’t your favorite color. Even with all these bells and whistles, Avenue still manages to be lightweight with a modern style.

Naya Lite

Naya Lite theme

Don’t be fooled by the screenshot for this theme as it doesn’t accurately display Naya Lite’s true beauty. Once you visit the demo, you’ll see what I mean. It has an elegant typography that makes this theme truly special and awe inspiring, despite the fact that there isn’t much to its layout and style. You can make it even better by making use of its theme options, page templates and sticky posts.

A simple theme certainly doesn’t mean plain and Naya Lite definitely exemplifies this idea.

Kelly

Kelly theme

The highlight of this theme is its extensive content area which spans over almost the entire page making plenty of room for all your content. You don’t have to be shy posting large photos because the Kelly theme will display loudly and proudly. It also has vivid typography to aid in creating a smooth reading experience. While Kelly’s theme options aren’t extensive, they should be sufficient in adding just the right amount of texture and flair.

Adventurous

Adventurous theme

Adventurous has a lovely animated slider and front page widget areas. It has an elegant drop down menu and many features you’d expect from a paid business theme – yet, you won’t have to pay a dime. It’s a highly customizable theme with all major post formats, sticky posts and threaded comments to boot.

Counterpoint

Counterpoint theme

I was pleasantly surprised by Counterpoint’s circular featured images. It’s not a feature most themes have. They’re used not only as thumbnails on the front page, but as post headers as well. Counterpoint also has an elegant font with bold buttons for post excerpts that add a spirited splash of color to an otherwise minimalist theme. This is certainly a unique theme that you can add to with the included theme options and sticky posts.

Water Lily

Water Lily theme

Water Lily displays posts in a three column, masonry styled grid like many other themes, but unlike many other themes, your posts take center stage right at the top of the page. Most other themes display a slider or featured image before displaying posts, but Water Lily lacks these features purposely to let your posts do their thing and attract attention.

Water Lily does include theme options to further style its design as well as threaded comments and sticky posts. Besides these features, it’s a clean and simple theme.

Eighties

Eighties theme

Eighties looks like a single column theme until you expand the menu and sidebar by clicking on the corresponding header buttons. This helps sticky posts, standard posts and galleries stand out unencumbered by other features. While we’re on the subject, the header image can be changed along with other styling options if you don’t think the out of the box set up is exactly right.

Delivery Lite

Delivery Lite theme

Delivery Lite is a magazine theme that features easy to read posts with its well laid out design. It’s not overflowing with theme options, but it does include a featured posts slider, threaded comments, four widget areas, two menus and built-in pagination. It’s a professional looking theme that doesn’t need to be restricted to one purpose, but can also be used for personal blogs or professional businesses.

De Naani

De Naani theme

De Naani is an elegant, minimalist theme that would be great for posting resumés or project portfolios. If you want to get more out of this theme, you certainly can as this theme pairs really well with the GMO Show Time slider plugin and the GMO Font Agent plugin. The theme options for De Naani aren’t extensive, but there’s enough going on to be able to customize the styling and color scheme. It also includes all the standard post types and sticky posts.

Jkreativ Lite

Jkreativ Lite theme

Jkreativ Lite has a menu on the left-hand side modelled after the Twenty Fourteen theme, but it’s masonry displayed posts sets it apart and makes it more unique. This theme may be light on its options, but who needs a boat load of settings when Jkreativ Lite looks amazing directly out of the box?

Semicolon

Semicolon theme

Semicolon is a magazine theme that’s as minimalist as it gets. Its spacious layout and post thumbnails gives it a unique feel when compared to other themes in the same category. You can choose to have up to four columns with this theme and it also includes threaded colors. You can also change the color scheme and other basic styling in the theme options.

Big Impresa

Big Impresa theme

At first glance, Big Impresa may look like a regular old blogging theme, but it’s actually an eCommerce theme that’s Woo Commerce compatible. It also includes several post formats, sticky posts and quite a few theme options to control the look and feel of this theme. Big Impresa gives the impression of a personal, yet professional feel which makes it not only great to set up a shop, but also suitable for many other purposes whether it’s for business or personal use.

Diarjo Lite

Diarjo theme

Diarjo Lite is a great looking masonry theme that can be used for just about any purpose. It’s elegant enough to be used for professional sites, but its color scheme is warm enough for personal use as well. Posts look striking with different post styles being paired with prominently displayed content. This theme also includes different color schemes, sidebars and other theme options to help customize the design to your desired look and feel.

TdPersona

TdPersona theme

TdPersona is definitely a personal blogging theme first and foremost as its header image is reserved for a photo of the author. It’s otherwise has a simple, yet elegant one column design. It has a well-designed layout that displays post excepts with a bit of finesse having the metadata displayed in a beautiful, bold font. Theme options are available to further enhance the design as well as the sticky post and threaded comment features.

Lean

Lean theme

Lean is a theme that’s lightweight when it comes to formatting, but thankfully not when it comes to design. It features images that span the whole width of the content area which looks amazing next to the dark-colored menu on the left sidebar. Video and gallery posts are presented equally well, even in text-heavy entries. There isn’t much in the way of theme options, but threaded comments are included.

Themify Base

Themify theme

Themify Base is a lovely looking theme that is elegant despite its simplistic design. Its featured images are displayed with slightly rounded edges which seems like an unimportant feature, but it’s what elevates this theme to a unique standpoint. Themify Base also includes many styling and theme options such as 5 color schemes, post styling and over 600 Google fonts.

Vanilj

Vanilj theme

Vanilj has a progress bar at the very top of the page which displays how far you have progressed down any given page to reveal how much further you have left to go. This is by far the coolest feature of this theme and lands it as the perfect theme for long form bloggers. It has quite a few basic theme options and also includes sticky posts and threaded comments.

Directory

Directory theme

This theme is unlike any other on this list because it was built to be used as directory to house business listings and act as an online portal. It has a well designed layout that fits this purpose perfectly. Directory is not without regular WordPress features, of course. It includes many theme options as well as several post types, threaded comments, sticky posts and multiple column page templates.

Franklin

Franklin theme

Does this theme remind you of a children’s book character or is it just me? Franklin has a turquoise color scheme, an elegant design and a bold style of font to really let text pop up from the page. It doesn’t have too much in the way of theme options, but this theme is great enough to stand alone without them. Still, Franklin does include enough style options to make this theme your own as well as the sticky post feature.

Fictive

Fictive theme

Fictive is an otherwise minimalist theme if it weren’t for the small, but chic, colorful embellishments which gives this theme a lot of personality and great style. Post formats make this theme even more dynamic looking along with custom menu widgets, sticky posts and many theme options.

Zinnia

Zinnia theme

Zinnia has a narrow, sleek design that’s perfect for showcasing content with clean fonts and minimal distractions. It also includes a slider or featured image for the front page along with threaded comments and many customizable theme options. This the perfect theme for blogging and a great theme for just about any other purpose.

Shamatha

Shamatha theme

Shamatha is the Sanskrit word for peaceful abiding which is the inspiration for this theme. You can see it carried out through its large, clear typography and generous padding. You have a choice between a single column page template or one with a sidebar on the right. Surprisingly, Shamatha has quite a few theme options as well as the ability to use the sticky post feature.

TaraZa

TaraZa theme

TaraZa has a fully customizable homepage with a carousel slider for feature posts. It has a clean design and animations for thumbnails and posts. It’s a great theme for professional or business use, but can be used for other purposes as well. It has several theme options including many page and post templates and style choices.

Ignite

Ignite theme

Ignite is a wide set theme that stretches to fit the page almost entirely. It allows for large featured images to sweep attention to the content of the page, rather than the extra sidebar content, no matter how elegant it may be. There are many theme options to tailor the design to your styling needs and Ignite also includes sticky posts and threaded comments.

PaperCuts

PaperCuts theme

PaperCuts can be used for just about any purpose due to its customizable design, sturdy layout and its compatibility with the Breadcrumb NavXT and WooCommerce plugins. This theme has 3 color schemes, custom widgets, Google fonts, sticky posts and many theme options to meet your styling needs.

Pisces

Pisces theme

Pisces is a left-justified magazine theme with colorful, eye-catching fonts and styles. You can change the background to any image and it will stretch across the entirety of the page as long as its width is larger than 960 px. It has multiple styled post formats, sticky posts and enough theme options to adjust the style to suit your needs.

Briks

Briks theme

Briks is a theme that displays its posts as the main content of the front page in a masonry format. It has subtle, yet striking pops of color in its borders, fonts and buttons to add some dimension to an otherwise white color scheme. It has a few basic theme options to amp up the design for a classic theme that would work well for almost any purpose.

Rewind

Rewind theme

Rewind was mainly created as a small business theme or for personal websites. It includes a slider that you can display on the front page along with your choice of featured posts or static content. It has a darker color scheme which you can easily change in the theme options among other basic styling edits.

Why Hello There

Why Hello There theme

The Why Hello There theme is great for magazine-style blogs with its large, bold fonts and prominently displayed excerpts. The menu bar is animated and also sticks to the top of the page to help keep branding awareness present throughout the website and offer direction in the way of the page links. In addition to a sidebar template, a full width page is also included along with sticky posts and theme options.

Tonal

Tonal theme

Tonal is an amazing theme for professional or personal blogs as its layout stretches throughout the page, almost to its outer limits. Posts excerpts are shown with large, clear fonts and huge featured images. Tonal has all the post formats you could want that are all displayed on a big scale with large sizing options. The minimalist style also changes based on your chosen background color for optimal complementary style. There are other theme options to further this themes design including sticky posts.

Which theme from this list is your favorite? Did I miss any themes that belong in this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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40 Evocative and Beautiful One Page WordPress Themes http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/one-page-wordpress-themes/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/one-page-wordpress-themes/#comments Mon, 29 Dec 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=135297 One page WordPress themes have made a real impression in the past few years. As their name suggests, these sites offer all of a site’s content on a single page. Navigation at the top of the site tends to trigger a scrolling effect that takes the visitor down to the clicked section.

There are many reasons why someone might opt for a one-page site. To-the-point resume sites work well within the one-page format. Some portfolios work well, too, especially if a lightbox effect is employed for each portfolio item. Even some e-commerce sites can work, if the product selection is relatively small.

One thing that is particularly cool is the fact that one page themes tend to take more visual risks. They’re artsy and aren’t afraid to show it. And that’s precisely what makes them so appealing to such a vast number of people across a multitude of industries.

Regardless of the reason why you might consider using a one-page theme, it’s important to note that there are plenty of free and premium themes available that make putting together a site a snap. Here’s a thorough collection of some of the best one-page WordPress themes out there right now that are certain to catch your eye.

Brooklyn

brooklyn

Designed by United Themes, the Brooklyn theme is everything that a one page theme can and should be. It’s more than just a collection of all of your content on a single page. It acts as a way to demonstrate your professionalism through the execution of flawless detail. It includes one-click installation for ultimate convenience.

This premium theme is responsive and retina-ready and it includes a font manager, shortcodes, dummy content, multiple post formats, parallax backgrounds and sliders, and custom backgrounds for each section on the site. It comes with 4 navigation styles, section headers, and dedicated sections for a portfolio, team members, social media, and a contact form. Add in Font Awesome icons, a Revolution Slider, and unwavering support and you’ve got a real winner on your hands.

OneEngine

one-engine

This free theme takes the term “multi-purpose” to heart, offering essentially many themes in one. Its one-page design can be customized using the included layout builder. The design is original and you can easily make all the changes you want using the backend options that were built on the Redux Theme Option Framework.

Other features sure to improve your site building experience include parallax backgrounds, a smart carousel, touch support, over 60 animation effects, over 600 Google Fonts, an Ajax contact form, and unlimited color schemes. Oh, and did I mention it’s responsive, too?

Freelancer

freelancer

No matter what field you’re in, if you’re a freelancer this theme is designed specifically for you. A premium offering from ThemeFuse, Freelancer is a one-page responsive theme that offers the sections and features creative professionals need to create a compelling portfolio and web presence.

On the customization front, you can modify the colors, backgrounds, and more. The backend is easy to navigate and control and it includes multiple language support, SEO options, white label features, and a contact form. And with the one-click installation, you can import all of the content from the demo site so you can more easily get your site to look exactly as you want it to look.

Visia

visia

If you want to create a one-page site but still have a blog without needing a separate domain, you can try the Visia theme on for size. This responsive, retina-ready theme works well for businesses and creative agencies. It uses lazy loading for images to help keep your site speedy and includes dummy content so populating your site with content is easier.

Building a portfolio is easy thanks to the included fullwidth Ajax portfolio and the two home page variations allow you to customize the site to suit your purposes. Other features include video support, parallax effects, an Ajax contact form, a shortcode editor, thumbnail cropping, a drag-and-drop image gallery, and it’s even translation ready.

Jarvis

jarvis

Now here’s a one-page theme you can really work with. It totally doesn’t matter what kind of site you’re building, Jarvis has all of your bases covered. It includes over 12 homepage variations that feature things like callout text to a text slider to a circle quote to a Vimeo background to a MailChimp signup form, so you can rest assured, you can build any kind of site with this.

It works with Contact Form 7 and and Gravity Forms. Plus, it’s responsive and uses metaboxes for customizing the individual sections on your site. Other features include different navigation menus, an Ajax portfolio, a shortcode generator, and Revolution Slider, plus it’s translation-ready, and it works with the WPML plugin.

X

x-theme

You know what makes X a true standout one page theme? It uses something called Stacks, which means you can create any kind of layout you want from within this single theme. Right now, X comes with four Stacks (Integrity, Renew, Icon, and Ethos), but more will be added in the future. Each Stack allows you to create something completely different with this one theme.

Integrity works well for any kind of site and is elegant without being stuffy. Renew sports a flat, modern design while Icon is designed for highlighting the written word. Finally, there’s Ethos, which allows you to create a magazine-style site. Standout features across all Stacks include shortcodes for controlling things like a table of contents and responsive visibility; WooCommerce integration, a custom version of Visual Composer; over 600 Google Fonts; custom menus, megamenus, advanced search, BuddyPress, Slider Revolution, child theme support, and more.

AV Studio

av studio

AV Studio is a great choice if you’re building a business site.It’s responsive and totally optimized for mobile. It includes plenty of options for modifying the layout with regard to color and font selections.

This theme is also highly reliable. It’s built on HTML5 and CSS3 with a grid system to boot, so it’s going to stay live and function on all modern browsers. It includes Fontello icon fonts, Google Fonts, and is SEO optimized for your convenience.

Typo

typo

Creatives and professionals alike ought to enjoy the robust features and slick design offered by Typo. This one page theme is responsive, retina-ready, and includes parallax backgrounds for a modern touch. It’s ideal for building a portfolio site for creative agencies, photographers, freelancers, and the like.

This theme includes the Visual Composer page builder, support for Contact Form 7, and the Redux Framework theme options panel. Other features include Font Awesome icons, Google Fonts, WPML compatibility, and plenty of theme options including 4 different layouts and unlimited colors.

Alexa

alexa

One thing stands out about Alexa from the start and that’s the fact you can add as many sections as you want on your one page site. You can make that one page as long and as detailed as you want, which makes for the ultimate in flexibility.

It includes 4 different backgrounds (image, slider, pattern, and video), Visual Composer Page Builder, 8 color schemes, 1500 icons, and a detailed theme options panel for making all the modifications you want. It also comes with XML sample data and a PSD file, which makes customization even easier.

Aeris

aeris

Aeris lives up to its multipurpose promises by offering both multipage and one page functionality in one single responsive theme. It’s perfect for building a portfolio, landing page, agency site, and just about anything else you want.

Some features of Aeris you might want to know about include 5 different header types, unlimited colors, 2 menu colors, a page builder, parallax effects, a filterable portfolio, lightbox, pricing table, and an optional blog. It also includes integration with Google Maps, Font Awesome icons, a Twitter feed, and more. And the whole shebang was built with Foundation.

UniTheme

unitheme

UniTheme is multipurpose. So much so that it offers 14 different demos to help you truly realize just how versatile it is. It’s responsive, retina-ready, and can be completely customized to suit your specific needs.

This theme includes WooCommerce, Bullet one page navigation, unlimited colors, unlimited fonts, a custom font uploader, Google Fonts, over 860 IcoMoon icons, a flexible 1170 grid system, SEO optimization, demo data, and more. It’s also compatible with Contact Form 7, child themes, Google Maps, Google Analytics, and is cross-browser compatible and WPML ready.

Other features allow for video backgrounds, parallax effects, both boxed and wide layouts, mega menus, NINZIO Slider, social media icons, shortcodes, and so much more. Truly, there’s so much packed into this theme I just don’t have the room to talk about it all here!

Freeman

freeman

Build a one page site for a creative agency, personal résumé, or studio with Freeman. Truly, you can make a totally corporate or a totally creative site using this theme, which means it’s pretty darn flexible.

Freeman is responsive, retina-ready, and includes the Visual Composer Page Builder for creating quick and easy layouts. It’s built on Bootstrap 3 with HTML5 and CSS3. It also includes the ReduxFramework theme options panel, Contact Form 7, over 800 font icons, onscroll animation, parallax and video backgrounds, and more.

Arwen

arwen

This gorgeous, responsive theme comes with three demos to showcase the different variations that can be achieved for the home section using Slider Revolution, Flex Slider, and a video background. It also has a parallax effect on individual sections and on backgrounds to provide a more stylish look.

Other features include custom shortcodes, advanced theme options, social media integration, custom navigation, unlimited colors, 1,302 font icons, Google Fonts, a pricing table, gallery metaboxes, self hosted videos, customization animations, a filterable Isotope Portfolio, and even multi-page capability.

WaveX

wave-x

The WaveX theme includes 12 different layout versions with light and dark color schemes, with or without a slider, with a carousel, parallax, video background, or a boxed layout to help you achieve precisely the look you’re going for. it can be used for any kind of site and includes plenty of visual interest via jQuery animations and CSS styling to make it appealing.

This responsive theme includes one-click installation, parallax background effects, an intuitive theme options panel, portfolio management, Slider Revolution, Contact Form 7, SEO, custom styles, RTL, child themes, video tutorials, and free support and updates so you’re always keeping current.

Horizon

horizon

Here’s another theme that includes both multipage and one page layout options, offering the utmost in versatility. This theme works well for any kind of business or creative pursuit and can be installed with just one click.

Horizon includes Visual Composer for easy layout creation, an advanced admin options panel for making decisions about animations and icons, and a dynamic color picker with built-in automatic preview. It also includes numerous shortcodes for adding things like buttons, features, clients, team members, testimonials, and subtitles.

Shakenup

shakenup

Use Shakenup for just about anything! This one page theme is responsive and includes multi-page layouts, too, just in case. It works well for any kind of portfolio site and comes equipped with a drag-and-drop page builder for easy customization.

The included ReduxFramework theme options panel makes it simple to select from numerous customization choices like colors, fonts, parallax header images, slider images, and more. And it comes with video documentation and around the clock support, to boot.

Stormy Day

stormy-day

Stormy Day is a one page blog theme that lets you create any kind of layout you want, for any purpose you need. Use the one click demo importer to pull over a pre-existing demo layout if it’s exactly what you want. It includes a page builder, too for making all the tweaks and adjustments. you want.

This theme also comes with parallax backgrounds, smooth scrolling, 10 headers, 20 portfolio pages, 10 blog pages, over 100 shortcodes, Font Awesome icons, image menus, a mega menu, Google Fonts, Ajax loading, Revolution Slider, detailed documentation and support, and so much more I can’t squeeze it all in here.

Fedora

fedora

Here’s a responsive theme that can work in just about any situation from an e-commerce site to a portfolio to a magazine. It includes Visual Composer for easy drag-and-drop creation of your page layout and it has WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads built in so you can sell products straight from your site.

Other features include Ajax instant search, WPML compatibility, multisite, Revolution Slideshow, video slideshows, numerous post formats, unlimited colors, wide and boxed layouts, a contact form builder, SEO optimization, child theme support, translation readiness, and a lifetime of updates and support.

NoLimits

nolimits

NoLimits really lives up to its name, allowing you the freedom to create an advanced one page website for a blog or business. It’s responsive, easy to setup, and totally professional and includes the Visual Composer Page Builder so you don’t have to worry about fiddling with the details when you just have to drag-and-drop to build your site.

It also includes SEO, CSS3 animations, icon fonts, parallax effects, and a thorough theme options panel for making changes to your site’s colors, backgrounds, fonts, skins, and more without having to touch a single line of code. NoLimits is also translation ready, includes a child theme, and offers free updates and customer support whenever you need it.

Citrus

citrus

Citrus offers a gorgeous design wrapped up in a responsive and parallax package. It comes with a page builder so you can create a new site in a matter of minutes. But more impressive than that, you can create any type of site you want from a personal site to a landing page for a product to a travel site to a business site for a night club.

It comes with 20 skins and you can install from the demo of your choice with just one click. Citrus comes with unlimited header styles, dark and light versions, unlimited colors, shortcodes, a shortcode generator, child theme support, a contact form, SEO, and so much more. Finally, it includes HD video tutorials, documentation, and support so you’ll never have a single question left unanswered.

Cubic

cubic

Build a creative and lovely site for a design business or portfolio with Cubic. This theme includes more than enough features to ensure you create something that resonates with your target audience. It’s responsive and super simple to customize.

Cubic comes with 7 different home page variations, unlimited color styles, Revolution Slider, animation effects, parallax backgrounds, an Ajax portfolio, Flexslider, a preloader, and a filtering gallery. Plus, you can modify the site’s design and layout using Visual Composer Page Builder, which comes with the theme. Other features include Font Awesome Icons, Google Fonts, a pricing table, SEO, and 24/7 support.

Secret

secret

If you’re looking for a simple WordPress theme that still packs a punch in terms of compelling design, you should check out Secret. This minimalistic theme is modern yet classic, offering plenty of options to suit the purposes of any site type. Though it’s a one page theme, it has blog support and supports portfolio posts.

This theme is built on shortcodes so it’s easy to swap out features for different ones and includes Zilla Shortcodes for your convenience. Other features for Secret include the Advanced Redux theme options panel, an Ajax powered contact form, social sharing buttons, dummy content, and thumbnail cropping.

Navara

navara

Now if you’re not 100 percent committed to the whole one page site thing and want to have multipage still on the table, Navara might be a good choice for you. This premium theme offers tons of options so you can customize, customize, customize. It’s responsive and was built on Bootstrap using HTML5 and CSS3, so it’s reliable and totally current.

It also includes a styles manager, one-click installation, a visual short code generator, an easy-to-use theme admin panel, sample content, and an Ajax contact form. Customization is the name of the game here with five custom widgets, unlimited colors, sliders, and sidebars, 300 icon fonts, 500 Google Fonts, and multiple header options all included.

Identity

identity

Is Identity the theme of your dreams? Well, you’ll have to take a look at it to decide for yourself but it definitely makes creating a cohesive brand image for your business a priority. It’ll work for any creative agency from startup businesses to established web development firms. Or you can use it as a landing page for a new product you’re launching.

It comes with several plugins as well, so your every need is already accounted for. Some of these feature plugins include Visual Composer, Slider Revolution, and Layer Slider. Best of all, it comes with updates and support for life.

Express

express

Build a one page WordPress site quickly, easily, and with no fuss at all for your freelance or small business using Express. This theme includes seven different post types and makes it easy to display your very best work to your very best potential clients. Convenience is key here. For instance, you can upload more than one photo to each portfolio item, add categories, and include detailed information for each item.

This theme comes with plenty of customization options that you can fiddle with including logos, layouts, colors, and fonts. It also uses the OCMX Theme Settings panel to make customization even easier. Additional features include image and video resizing, oEmbed, and self-hosted video support.

Ethority

ethority

I know this one is a bit niche-y but hey, if you want to sell an ebook in the near future, Ethority is definitely a one page theme to keep on your radar. This theme offers a simple landing page for the express purpose of selling ebooks. You can quickly modify each section to suit your specific needs and you can even add on a blog if you wish.

This theme is responsive, includes animations, a full-width layout, advanced theme options panel, and Contact Form 7 integration. It’s also translation ready and comes with plenty of documentation so you won’t be left in the dark.

Athletica

athletica

Despite its name, Athletica isn’t limited to just for use in athletically minded industries. It’s an excellent choice for any business or portfolio site, actually. It comes with a responsive design, and plenty of customization options to create the perfect layout to fit your needs.

The theme comes with six homepage layouts and 10 page layouts (just in case you’re going the multipage route). It also allows for unlimited colors and includes a short code generator, font options, a parallax slider, social media integration (including social feeds), SEO, WooCommerce support, a sortable portfolio, multiple post format support, demo files, touch support, and oh-so much more.

DW Page

dw-page

Who needs slow-loading, overly complicated sites when you can use a theme like DW Page and create a streamlined site that allows you to present your content in the simplest way? It comes with six theme styles, three landing page styles, and a ton of features to keep you busy customizing.

Though it’s a feature-rich theme, it’s not bulky and the one page layout means everything is presented cleanly thanks to sliders and popups. The design is responsive and it comes with 3 custom post types and a useful theme admin panel for customizing the logo, colors, fonts, backgrounds, and more.

Starter

starter

If you want an all-in-one theme solution that’s ready to go out of the box, Starter is a good choice. It offers a one page responsive design that works with any type of site. Use sliders, add new team members and projects to feature and more with just a few clicks.

This theme is responsive and comes with a flexible portfolio that you can easily customize. You can also make choices about a variety of other site aspects like backgrounds, colors, fonts, and headers.

The One Pager

the-one-pager

Now here’s a one page theme that truly includes everything you need to build an awesome site in no time, flat. The One Pager allows you to highlight whatever info you want in the most convenient way possible, whether that be your contact information or your latest product’s features.

The homepage is made up of several modules. You can enable or disable as many of these as you like to get the look and feel you want. You can edit the header thanks to shortcodes and make use of the WooSlider to feature new products or services. Since this is a WooThemes product, this theme includes the Features by WooThemes and Testimonials by WooThemes plugins, all while supporting custom widgets, a variety of styling options, and Google Fonts.

Ego

ego

If you really want to inject some style into your site’s design, then Ego is a must-see. This responsive theme includes a fullscreen slider with custom captions that lets your best content stand apart from the rest. It’s a great choice for design firms or freelancers looking to get a leg up on the competition.

Other features of this theme include The Foundry Theme Options Panel, unlimited skins, parallax effects, an Ajax portfolio, an Ajax contact form, shortcodes, WPML compatibility, major browser support, and more.

North

north

North is a responsive one page theme that offers parallax effects and a clean design that exudes professionalism in every way imaginable. In fact, it’s ideal for creative agencies and design studios because it can be customized to suit your specific needs.

Don’t believe me? Well, check out some of its features: A fullscreen Vimeo background, a rain effect background with sound included, footer widgets, an Ajax expandable portfolio, and even a Twitter plugin that includes a carousel and widget.

Fabric

fabric

Fabric is a high quality theme built on HTML5, CSS3, and SASS and it offers a minimal and flat design in keeping with modern trends. It’s designed to be easy to use for setup and easy for customers to interact with.

Some of this theme’s more notable features include Font Awesome Icons, Google Fonts, the Isotope Portfolio, a full screen image or video intro, animated skill bars and thumbnails for the about section, a section dedicated to team members, a works section with an Ajax loading portfolio, as well as fun fact, testimonial, and contact sections.

PlanusWP

planuswp

PlanusWP is a one page theme built on Bootstrap and is totally responsive, so you can easily present your best work to your target audience on any device. You can easily drag-and-drop sections on the homepage into any order you wish to appear however you’d like.

It comes with a fantastic admin options panel that allows you to customize just about any aspect of your site you want, including colors and fonts. It includes a filterable masonry portfolio, custom post types for portfolio and testimonial entries, Google Fonts, animated menus, CSS3 transitions, a built-in contact form, and a video tutorial to help you get started.

CraftoWP

craftowp

CraftoWP was designed with portfolios in mind and includes plenty of features to make building yours a snap. For instance, it has TinyMCE4 shortcode buttons, drag-and-drop design elements, and customization options for colors, fonts, and backgrounds so you’ll get precisely the look you’re going for with minimal effort.

While it’s a one-page site, this theme does give you the option to add more if you want and includes expandable previews and categories for the portfolio. Other features include parallax effects and animations, Google Maps, Contact Form 7, five menu styles, a preloader splash screen, and a five minute setup video so you can launch your new site quickly.

BeTheme

betheme

BeTheme is another one page theme that is designed to make site installation and setup a snap. You can install it directly from a demo version, including all of its content, which means you just need to swap out the content and images and your site is ready to go live.

It comes with six grid versions, in both boxed and full-width layouts, and includes 10 different header layouts. The theme options panel lets you select custom colors, logos, sidebars, layouts, and favicons. It includes support for child themes and bbPress and includes parallax effects, video backgrounds, smooth scroll, and more.

Minimable

minimable

Minimable is all about minimalism in presentation. But that doesn’t mean it’s minimal in features. Oh no, it has plenty of features to keep you busy fiddling, tweaking, and rearranging. Customize with unlimited colors, over 600 Google Fonts, 479 Font Awesome Icons, and tons of built-in shortcodes.

You can also create a stunning portfolio thanks to the included Ajax filterable portfolio, that also allows you to insert videos and descriptions. This theme can easily be adapted for creative agency use since it includes sections to highlight your staff and it includes a lightbox gallery, a contact form, and the ability to create custom pages. Though free and premium versions of this theme are available, the premium version includes blog support as well.

Launcher

launcher

Landing pages are by their very nature one page sites and Launcher lets you announce when a new site or product is going to launch in a stylish way. First of all, this theme is totally free and can be used for any kind of project you wish. And it’s responsive so it’ll look good on any device.

Some of this theme’s features include a subscription box for capturing those all-important leads, a countdown timer for showing when your site is going to launch, a nifty rocket launch animation effect, Twitter feed integration, and social media icon integration for easily connecting with potential customers. It’s not really customizable but this theme definitely captures attention.

Retro Portfolio

retro-portfolio

Stunning is one word that comes to mind when glancing at Retro Portfolio. Dubbed as “the” one page vintage theme, it has a handle on offering all the latest WordPress tech rolled up into a theme that reminds you of yesteryear.

This responsive theme is retina-ready and allows you to easily rearrange the sections of your homepage to suit your needs. It also includes color options, Google Fonts, icons, a slider, a portfolio gallery, and an anti-spam filter on the contact form. You’ll also be notified of when updates are available.

Ueneo

ueneo

Whether you’re a freelancer or a part of a creative agency, the Ueneo theme is an excellent choice for building a modern one page parallax site. You can easily customize it and the theme includes plenty of useful features to help you best highlight the information you want to display.

This theme includes sliders for everything, including a custom super slider, Revolution Slider, Flex Slider, a testimonials slider, and a clients slider. It also includes shortcodes for a variety of CSS animations along with parallax backgrounds, custom colors, Font Awesome Icons, demo content, and a multitude of style choices for each homepage section. Speaking of which, you can add as many sections as you wish and reorder them using drag-and-drop.

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10 Mesmerizing WordPress Themes for Featuring Your Videos http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-themes-for-videos/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-themes-for-videos/#comments Sun, 28 Dec 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=135765 Video can play a special part in evoking emotion and brand awareness for your business, work and WordPress site. Sadly, most themes don’t allow you to feature videos prominently.

That’s where these themes come in. They place your videos, films and candid vlogs up front and center – surrounded by a sumptuous design, too!

With this diverse list, you’re sure to find a perfect theme for personal or even professional use. They’re responsive for easy viewing across all devices, have clean and simple theme options to cut down on overwhelm, and best of all – they’re free!

If you want a way to showcase your videos in a fun, eye-catching and dynamic way, take a look at this collection of video themes.

Sundance

Sundance theme

Sundance is a graceful and warm theme provided by an expertly coordinated color scheme that exudes charm and the feeling of nostalgia. It’s a clean, well-crafted theme that offers the ability to feature video.

You can even feature multiple videos with its front page carousel. Also included are post formats galore and sticky posts.

Windsor Knot

Windsor Knot theme

Windsor Knot takes after WordPress’ Twenty Fifteen theme with its pronounced menu and fonts that are easy on the eyes. The best feature of this theme? Definitely the option to display a video carousel.

It’s a great theme for personal vlogs and if you’re not a fan of the color scheme like me, you can easily change it in the theme options, so don’t worry too much about that.

This theme also includes multiple post formats, sticky posts and threaded comments.

Focus

Focus theme

What better way to focus attention on your videos and film projects by placing them front and center using a slider?

This aptly-named theme also further showcases your videos in a thumbnail gallery and is perfect for self-hosted videos, though, you can still easily post videos that are hosted elsewhere.

You also have the option to have a sidebar on the right and displaying threaded comments is an included feature.

Onetake

Onetake theme

This theme is just stunning in both design, layout and pretty much every other way. Forget about featuring images on the front page – this theme lets you display a full page video! If you want your videos to steal the show, this theme will definitely deliver. You can even make it into a slider.

It’s a lovely, professional theme through and through that spells out breathtaking with every view.

Almanac

Almanac theme

Almanec is a sleek, simple theme that’s easily suitable for both professional and personal use. You can build up your site easily with this theme and feature images in a light box rather than boring old images. Are we even still using those?

Allmed

Allmed theme

Avid vloggers rejoice! If you pump out videos faster than the speed of light – it’s possible, right? – then this theme is your best friend. You’ll be able to exhibit a multitude of videos right on the front page. Now everyone will have a chance to be well-informed of your majestic life.

WEAVr

WEAVr theme

If you’re looking for more of a minimal theme to showcase your videos, then WEAVr is an excellent choice. This theme is super basic, but it does come with two primo options: Conditionizr and Modenizr are built-in so you can dynamically display content through JavaScript based on basic information about a visitor… you know, like browser type and general geographic location.

Lingonberry

Lingonberry theme

Lingonberry is an elegantly styled theme that’s beautiful for personal or professional vlogs alike. Custom widgets let you post videos from different hosting sources, all to your heart’s content.

You’ll have no troubles chronicling your lively adventures with this timeline-style theme. All post formats are included, as are sticky posts and threaded comments.

Onetone

Onetone theme

Onetone is another stunning theme that allows you to feature full-page videos on the front page. You also have the option of a parallax scrolling or video background.

This theme has basic options with nearly limitless possibilities in the theme options which makes this a truly remarkable theme for businesses and professionals – even for those who are real sticklers. It’s without a doubt, a gorgeous theme.

Socially Awkward

Socially Awkward theme

Its name may sound a little introverted, but this theme is nothing of the sort, prominently displaying videos with beautiful frames that are perfect for self-hosted videos.

It has a simple design that has a few tricks up its sleeve with the option to uniquely display pages as large, circular icons on the front page in a sort of masonry format. It adds a personal touch of style and intrigue to an otherwise straightforward theme. It also integrates well with the Custom Content Portfolio plugin and includes sticky posts and threaded comments.

Did I miss any of your favourite video themes? Don’t be shy – share them in the comments below.

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21 Stunning WordPress Themes for Telling Stories http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-themes-storytelling/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-themes-storytelling/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=135715 People set up websites for any number of reasons. They want to promote their latest products. They want to share anecdotes from their lives. Or, they want to share photography taken around their local neighborhood. Blog posts on these kinds of sites tend to be brief and to-the-point.

But what about those cases where lengthier posts are required? What if you want to showcase a hard-hitting piece of journalism? What if you want to share your novel? If you have a lot of content to display, the standard blogging format—and its associated WordPress themes—leaves a lot to be desired.

Thankfully, storytelling themes are gaining popularity and offer the perfect platform for showcasing long-form content in highly intuitive and interactive ways.

What Do Storytelling Themes Have That Other Themes Don’t?

Before I get into the specifics of how storytelling themes function differently from standard themes, it’s important to note that they do share some similarities. For instance, the basic interactions you’ll have with these themes will look just like those you’d have with other themes. You’ll create posts and pages. You’ll use the dashboard to change settings and customize your site’s front-end look. You can use categories and tags and you can upload images using the standard WordPress media uploader.

Your basic interactions are going to be identical to your interactions with any blogging theme out there. Storytelling themes do offer a few unique features and advantages for those looking to highlight in-depth content. With storytelling themes, you can:

  • Create an immersive reading experience
  • Showcase long-form content without overwhelming your readers
  • Use minimalistic designs so as to not distract from the story you’re trying to tell
  • Include a table of contents for easy navigation
  • Break long content into chapters
  • Add galleries, videos, audio, and documents to enhance the reading experience
  • Create pages dedicated to characters or settings
  • Highlight poignant quotes from your work
  • Include a timeline of events to help readers keep better track of your story
  • Use fullscreen layouts to optimally display your content

As you start to build your own story, you’ll likely run into even more specialized features that make the process simpler. But since I know you’re all an impatient lot, let’s not dawdle any longer. Here are 21 themes for WordPress that can help you tell stories the way you want to tell them.

Aesop Story Engine

Aesop Story Engine

Aesop Story Engine is technically a free plugin that can be used with any theme. However, they do offer premium themes that are designed to be used specifically with the story engine. Some of these themes include Novella, which offers an attractive way to tell stories; Kerouac, a slightly more business-oriented writer’s theme; Andersen, which is designed for bloggers; and Jorgen, a theme that lets you create unique designs for each story you want to tell. Each of these themes is priced at $120.

It’s one of the most popular storytelling tools for WordPress on the market right now and for good reason: it includes a ton of features, including 13 story components you can use however you wish. Some of these components include chapters, characters, maps, timelines, events, collections, galleries, and documents. Did I mention it’s pretty comprehensive? Because it totally is.

Storyteller

storyteller

Now here’s an interesting theme for you. Storyteller was developed by Katharina Brunner and combines a theme with the AddQuickTags plugin to make it simple for people to create stories that feature integrated multimedia.

According to WPTavern, you need to import a JSON file into the AddQuickTags plugin to make it work but that’s about all the extra fiddling you have to do. The theme itself turns your site into an interactive slideshow. It works best on a fresh WordPress installation as it will turn every page into a slide. Site visitors can page through each slide by clicking on arrows at the bottom of the screen. The whole thing is responsive and can incorporate videos as well. Basically, it makes for a really unique experience that you kind of need to experience for yourself.

Ink

ink

Here’s a blogging theme that offers a whole host of features that allow you to create in-depth stories right within WordPress. It is comparable to sites like Medium but offers the added benefit of being located exclusively on your site, which means you maintain ownership over all of your content.

Ink uses Theme Customizer to give you all the options you need to build a fully customized site. The theme is responsive and retina-ready and is optimize for SEO which means you’ll get the best rankings possible right from the start.

Some of this theme’s many features include streamlined typography, a widgetized homepage that’s easy to reorder and reorganize, as well as Google Fonts and Typekit fonts integration. Some of the included widgets are impressive, too, like a Recent Posts Grid, a Contributors widget, and more. You can also add child themes, customize thanks to an included PSD file, and create a membership site thanks to Restrict Content Pro integration. Ink is a premium theme and costs $43.

Keeva

keeva

Keeva is technically a blog theme but it’s totally multipurpose in how it can be used to tell stories. It’s designed to make telling your stories easier thanks to the features it incorporates. For starters, it includes several blog layouts so you can choose the best one to suit your needs.

It also includes an advanced theme options panel so customization is a snap. Plus, it has support for multiple post formats, so you can ensure each tidbit of your content is highlighted in precisely the way you want it to be. Other features include integrated social sharing and the theme is translation ready. Keeva is a premium theme and costs $49.

Fall

fall

Fall is an elegant theme developed by Obox that provides the perfect way to present and display in-depth articles and stories. The masonry layout is responsive and looks great on all mobile devices. Each features a prominent image that helps to illustrate the story and entice readers to click through.

Individual posts and pages are designed to be distraction-free, complete with beautiful typography, custom headers, custom colors, custom fonts, and more. It also includes social sharing buttons, and integrated images and videos. The OCMX Theme Settings also lets you customize the logo, set up Google Analytics, drag-and-drop page editing (with a visual customizer), oEmbed functionality, and you can even self-host your own videos. This premium theme will set you back $79.

The Writer

the-writer

The Writer is another theme available from Obox Themes that offers a grid-style layout to feature your best and/or most recent stories. However, images in this theme are much larger than in Fall and include bulky headline text that is inherently clickable.

This theme is responsive, mobile-ready, and designed to make reading a little bit easier. Your readers won’t be distracted by unnecessary content or features on posts or pages. Rather, your content gets to stand on its own. The Writer also provides support for social profiles, Google Authorship, and SEO.

The feature I like the most about this theme is how each story you write gets its own cover. You can add a custom background and/or color scheme to each story you write, ensuring your articles or stories are illustrated and complemented in the most logical and beautiful way. Other features include the OCMX Theme Settings panel, a visual customizer, custom fonts (including Google Fonts) and more. You can expect to pay $79 for this theme.

Proof

proof

This one-page style theme is perfect for building a customized blog or site that displays your latest stories in a prominent and stylish way. It features auto scrolling for a little extra flair and is retina-ready and responsive, so you know it’ll look good on any device.

Made by Themedy, Proof lets you set a large image and individual colors for each post. You can easily customize the homepage, change colors using the theme options panel, and use the advanced blog template to create the kind of user experience you want. Built on HTML5, this theme includes a portfolio template for showing off your latest work alongside your articles or stories as well as a landing page template for creating effective squeeze pages. You also have control over things like slide effects, theme styles, footer text, and custom shortcodes. A license to build an unlimited number of personal sites costs $79.

The Hipster Theme

the-hipster-theme

The Hipster Theme is probably one of the simplest looking themes on this list and yet it’s packed full of features designed to make building an effective storytelling site worthwhile. It’s a blogging theme that makes blogging an attractive pursuit.

With a minimalistic and flat design, a responsive layout, and a drawer-style menu, it offers a look that’s similar to an app yet still decidedly a blog. What I like most are the bold headers and images, integrated photos, and overall post structure. It’s inherently readable and just plain nice to look at.

Other features include a widgetized footer, post format support, SEO optimization, custom logos, an icon menu, page templates—including full-width—, multisite support, child theme support, and more. The Hipster Theme is available from RichWP for $69.95.

Fable

fable

Fable from Elegant Themes offers a full-width, completely immersive way to showcase your best stories for all the world to see. It’s designed for blogging but you could easily display a novel using this format, a travel log, or anything else that combines the written word with vivid imagery.

I think the opportunity for included beautiful photography or artwork is more pronounced in this theme than in many of the others on this list. According to Elegant Themes, the idea here is to “tell a story by building a visual narrative through post variation.” So it has a full-width layout. It offers an easy-to-read style for long posts. It’s free of clutter and distraction.

Some features here include W3C compliant code, cross-browser compatibility, free theme updates, localization, unlimited colors, background images, dedicated support, and the ePanel theme options panel that makes it easy to customize your theme without having to dive into the code at all.

Fable is a part of an Elegant Themes membership, which costs $69 per year.

JRNY

jrny

Here’s another full-width theme sure to captivate your audience. It puts photography on display in a big way by featuring custom background images for each post. There’s also some nice hover effects that show off the title and description of each post. It’s perfect for photoblogs, and in-depth journalism pieces.

JRNY has a sidebar drawer menu so the homepage is never cluttered and includes next post/previous post navigation for a seamless reading experience. Other features include a robust theme customizer for modifying colors, several fonts (including those from Google Web Fonts, Typekit, and Adobe Web Fonts), infinite scroll, grid options, enhanced author pages, a responsive design, and an included child theme.

It also includes support for several plugins like Contact Form 7 and the MeanThemes Social Widget and MeanThemes Tools plugin. And it’s got shortcodes aplenty, too, including those for tabs, columns, buttons, social icons, and more. The regular license will cost you $43.

Awesome

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Awesome is all about the idea that bigger is better. That’s not say it’s more complicated or heavy than other themes, but it’s definitely designed to be displayed on screens of any size, and can adapt well thanks to its responsive layout. You can easily customize this theme to suit your needs. Change the background colors or images, swap out the headers, add a custom logo and favicon, change site colors, modify the fonts, make new menus, and add whatever widgets you want.

You can even create custom slideshows with this theme and use the handy drag-and-drop interface to do it. Awesome comes with several page templates, cross-browser compatibility, updates, as well as support for videos, social integration, and more. Developed by Graph Paper Press, this theme is perfect for storytelling because it offers enough varied post formats to keep things visually interesting all while focusing on presenting the written word in the most straightforward way possible.

Awesome costs $79 on its own or $149 as a part of the “All Themes” plan.

RAIN

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Just one glance will tell you that RAIN was designed with writers in mind. It definitely follows the latest minimalism design trends but offers a little something extra to the table. Your content is displayed on the righthand side of the screen. The default uses typography akin to print publishing, which has a really nice appeal.

But on the lefthand side, you can include a stunning image to complement the post and add a nifty rain effect. Talk about creating some atmosphere! The sound of rain can be toggled off and on, so your site visitors can feel as though they’re curled up with a good book next to a window as the rain pours down outside. It’s a pretty cool idea designed to make the reading experience totally immersive in a rather unique way.

RAIN currently costs $48.

Radcliffe

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Here’s another theme for you that makes images a top priority. However, Radcliffe does this to make the appeal of your written content even more valued. The homepage is an excellent example of this. You can feature full-screen featured images with every post, which stack one on top of the other. At the bottom of each image is a hefty block that darkens on hover and highlights the title of the post and other relevant information.

The typography in this responsive, retina-ready theme is big, bold, and easy on the eyes. This theme also lets you customize a variety of elements, including logos, colors, widgets, and more. And the coolest part? Radcliffe is totally free.

Editor

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It’s kind of in the name, isn’t it? Editor is a responsive theme that works well on any device to showcase your best editorial content. The typography included here is perfect for reading on the screen and allows you to add pull quotes and block quotes to emphasize main ideas and add greater visual appeal to your posts.

Customization is easy thanks to the built-in Theme Customizer, which offers you control over the logo, sidebar color, featured category, colors, fonts, and more. The sticky sidebar makes navigation easy but it doesn’t detract (or distract) from your content in any way. It’s also compatible with Jetpack and includes free support. Oh, and did I mention Editor is free?

Writer

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The Writer theme from GavickPro offers an excellent way to show off your writing, no matter what kind of writing it is you do. It includes 4 homepage layouts that make it easy to modify how your content is presented depending on the type of content you create, from an image-based grid, to a more traditional list of posts, to pages that look like they could’ve been ripped straight out of a book.

The layout is responsive and includes touch compatibility, so mobile users will feel right at home on your site. The lefthand menu can be clicked and/or swiped open or closed, depending on the device from which you’re accessing the site. Writer loads quickly and puts your content front and center, meaning readers can get engaged with your words immediately.

The built-in Theme Customizer means making modifications to your site is totally simple, too. Feel free to change up the fonts, images, colors, and layouts with just a few clicks. Writer costs €39 by itself or €99 as a part of the “All Theme” package.

Tinos

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There’s something so professional about Tinos that I can’t help but just stare at it in awe. This theme, developed by CSSIgnitor, is responsive, minimal, and does that one thing that any good storytelling theme should do: make your content shine.

The typography is clean and nice to look at and the layout makes it perfect for journalistic pursuits. Tinos includes support for multiple post layouts, audio, and video and includes a theme options panel for customizing the most important parts of your site. It also includes shortcodes, so adding buttons, columns, dividers, and other features is super easy. Plus, it has support for multiple browsers, localization, and more.

Tinos will currently set you back $39.

Literatum

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The word “gorgeous” comes to mind when I first laid eyes on the Literatum theme. It’s ideal for writers of all types, offering support for journalism-style pieces and more creative works thanks to a clean layout and a tucked-away menu that doesn’t get in the way of browsing.

This theme is filled with features but surprisingly easy to setup and use. It uses AJAX navigation and allows for a custom author avatar and featured images for categories, creating a truly custom look. One of my favorite features is the video cover you can place on each post. It replaces the featured image and can make for a dynamic introduction to your content.

Other features include category templates, article read time, comments, Aesop Story Engine compatibility, interview templates, social media integration, and more. Literatum is priced at $43.

Pocket

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In case you haven’t noticed so far, the best storytelling themes give images and text fair play. That is, they make your content look as good as it possibly can in an attempt to lure readers into sticking around on your site for awhile. Pocket is no different in that regard but adds an air of simplicity that I really like.

This theme is responsive and totally customizable, so you can swap out colors, logos, fonts, and more. It comes with a light and a dark skin and includes multimedia support so you can set large, stunning featured images if you’d like. It includes the Array Toolkit Plugin, too so you can add slider items, galleries, and widgets on a whim. Ample support is also included. Pocket is currently priced at $69.

The Novelist

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Are you writing a novel? If so, the aptly named The Novelist theme is the perfect choice for your site. Not only does it offer you a place to highlight your best prose—it does so in such a way that mimics the printed page. This responsive theme is the ultimate portfolio and lets you display your works as you want them to be read.

Features include arrow key pagination, Ajax pagination, Google Fonts, a slide out widget panel, thumbnail image support, jQuery animations, full screen backgrounds, and more. It also uses the Theme Customizer so you can easily customize your logo, link colors, and more in live preview mode. Free support, upgrades, and translation files are also included. The Novelist costs $53 for a regular license.

Paper

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Paper is another theme that invokes the feeling of reading an actual paper book. It does this through everything from the two column layout to the font choices. This means your writing is given the place it deserves thanks to bold typography, an intuitive design, and beautiful complementary images.

This theme is responsive, so you don’t have to worry about it looking different on smaller devices. Since it’s designed for the optimal reading experience, you can rest assured that your words are given their due, with plenty of white space to offset your latest work. You can customize Paper as well, thanks to a useful theme options panel. Change the logo, accent colors, and more. It also includes support for localization, multiple browsers, SEO, and several plugins like Simple Social Icons, ZillaLikes, and Contact Form 7.

You can get Paper for $38.

Journal

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Keep a journal in the most beautiful way possible thanks to the Journal theme. It’s responsive and perfect for blogging about anything you want, from your latest travel-based adventure to your personal stories. It can be customized to suit the features you need and the purpose of your site. It’s built on the Redux Framework and includes a super nifty feature called the Reader Mode, which enables a mode specifically designed for readers to better enjoy your posts without distraction.

Journal supports multiple post formats and includes over 600 Google Fonts, multiple typography and color settings, the ability to create a background image slider, 7 custom widgets, social media sharing options, shortcodes, and more. Finally, it supports ZillaLikes, Contact Form 7, and works well on all modern browsers. Journal costs $43 for a regular license.

Have you discovered the value of long-form storytelling yet? If so, what theme do you use? I’d love to hear about how you make WordPress better work for you in the comments below.

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40 New, Free, Clean and Elegant WordPress Themes for Any Purpose http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/free-clean-elegant-wordpress-themes/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/free-clean-elegant-wordpress-themes/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=135160 The WordPress Themes Repository is chock-full of all kinds of themes, but sorting through them can be a time-consuming task.

Fortunately, we’ve done all the hard work for you.

This round-up of some of the newest, free themes includes options that are lightweight enough to ensure your site runs quickly, while also minimal with features. After all, added extra functionality using plugins is WordPress best practice.

These themes are elegant and fairly simplistic, so they can be used for just about any purpose. Whether you want to create a site for your business, photography, art, writing, personal blog or just for fun, you’ll find it in this list.

As a bonus, these themes are all fully responsive so they’ll look great no matter what device your visitors are using to view your website.

So let’s find your perfect, new theme.

Gravit

Gravit Theme

Gravit features content like few others out there; it’s set up to show a large feature image to capture both the attention and imagination your visitors, and also manages to clearly display your posts with larger sans serif fonts.

Scrolling past the feature image in the demo, you will notice all the posts are centered with nothing to take focus away from the content. No matter what you want to display, it will be displayed prominently and elegantly.

You also have the option to post status updates and have sticky posts with this theme.

Minimaliste

Minimaliste theme

Minimaliste displays your content with simplicity. You don’t have to worry about your content getting lost on the page as it doesn’t have sidebars by default.

This theme includes an image slider that’s not confined to the front page. It is also integrated with social media icons, 11 fonts and other simple options such as color and logo customization.

It also has a cool thumbnail grid to display posts on the front page that has an on hover animation.

Rams

Rams theme

Rams is very similar to the default WordPress Twenty Fifteen theme, but features a left menu that hugs the left side of the page. This allows your content to really be the center of attention.

Large typography and featured images for posts further focuses attention on your content. There are a few options to change the color scheme, or choose a two column post format. Threaded comments and sticky posts are also features of this theme.

Kirumo

Kirumo theme

Kirumo is unique in that it has options for all post formats. You can also choose between one or two columns and change the color profile.

It also has the stick post and threaded comments features built in. You can either choose to have a sidebar on the right, or a full-width page with the capability of having three widgets below your page content.

Nova Lite

Nova theme

The Nova theme features your blog posts in a masonry-style grid on the front page. A feature image is displayed along with an excerpt, which is fairly unique as far as themes go.

You also have the options to customize the colors and choose between left, or right sidebars. Basic customizations such as logo and background images are also included.

If you buy the premium version of this theme for $49, you’ll get additional options for custom widgets, shortcodes, Google fonts, Font Awesome icons, support and unlimited color customization.

Mantle

Mantle theme

Mantle is a child theme of GeneratePress. You can customize the theme easily and choose between a left or right sidebar.

Standard options are also available, which include customizing the menu, header, background and color profile. There are also layouts for pages of up to three columns. Sticky posts and threaded comments are also integrated.

WriterStrap

WriterStrap theme

WriterStrap has a simple options of allowing up to three columns, customizing the menu and featured images. You can also pick your color scheme.

This theme is simple enough that you can add all the plugins and options yourself without having to worry about theme compatibility, though, you still have the options to change the logo, social media profiles and add advertisements.

Guardian

Guardian theme

Guardian includes a large slider for the front page, a sidebar widget, four footer widgets and social media icons. You can also customize the header, menu, footer and background while also being able to choose between a one or two column layout.

The header is flexible, and the sticky post and threaded comments features are already integrated. If you would like to change the color scheme you can do that, too.

Photo Session

Photo Session theme

The entire front page of Photo Session features an image. It includes a simple array of options which include customizing the background, menu and a one or two column layout. This theme also supports the use of the sticky post and threaded comments features.

If you’d like to upgrade to the PRO version of this theme for $30, the front page featured image can be turned into a slider with up to 15 images. It also includes galleries, support and a few other options.

Constructzine Lite

Constructzine Lite theme

You can customize the header in this theme to include a background image which you can stretch to add additional content, other than the menu bar. You can customize the menu and other basic options. A right sidebar, sticky posts and threaded comments features are also included.

If you’d like to upgrade the theme for $37, you’ll also be able to enjoy support, regular theme updates and use of this theme on unlimited domains.

Minnow

Minnow theme

You very well might feel like you have celebrity status with your social media links integrated into Minnow’s header. The icons are already included, as are the sticky post and threaded comments features.

You can also choose between a left or right sidebar and various post formats. You will also have the option to customize the background and menu.

Catch Flames

Catch Flames theme

The Catch Flames theme has fairly extensive options which include customizing the background, color scheme, header, menu and layouts. You can choose to have up to three columns on a page, a left or right sidebar and front page posts. A full-width template is also included.

Featured images are supported as are sticky posts and threaded comments.

The Funk

The Funk theme

The Funk theme offers easy customization options to create the theme layout you desire with the colors to match. You can choose between three layouts, two columns and a left or right sidebar.

You can customize the header, menu, background, and also have access to already integrated features including featured images, a full-width page template, sticky posts and threaded comments.

FlatOn

FlatOn theme

One of the best things about this theme is its professional look and feel. It has simple theme options to leave your site uncluttered. You can change the background, header and menu. It also has the sticky post option along with threaded comments, featured images and different post formats.

You can also choose between a full-width page style, one with two columns, or one with a right sidebar. If you want to have the option to place a slider on the front page, receive Google fonts, support and other features, then the premium version is for you at $29.

Saga

Saga theme

I must confess, this theme is probably my favourite out of the bunch. It puts your content front and center in a very visually appealing way. The featured image for your post is displayed prominently with your excerpt in a very well placed box. I feel so drawn into the images, I am compelled to read post almost as if I had to or something. It’s very captivating.

You can personalize your site with custom colors, backgrounds, header, menu, multiple post formats and other theme options. It displays status updates very beautifully and also allows for threaded comments.

Opal

Opal theme

The Opal theme is very well laid out even in its simplicity. Post excerpts and the right sidebar look very visually appealing and clear to read. It also has a large featured image on the front page below the menu bar.

You can choose between left, right or full width page templates along with being able to customize the menu. It also has the sticky post feature for important announcements and posts.

Cara

Cara theme

I added this theme to the list just because of how unique it is in its style. The front page displays posts in a masonry-styled grid which is both simple, and captivating at the same time. It also has a lot of subtle aesthetic details you’ll only be able to appreciate once you view the demo.

It’s a very interesting theme where you can also customize the menu and allows for featured images and threaded comments. If you like singular column themes, then you will appreciate this theme.

National Basic

National Basic theme

This theme has a large featured image for the front page that takes up the entire initial view of your browser window. If you want to showcase your work or a message, then this is definitely a great way to do that. It’s well-laid out with a front page thumbnail grid of post feature images.

National Basic has eight different post types from video and image posts, to audio and gallery posts. You are able to customize several aspects of the theme including the header, page layout, width of the site, menu and background. You are also able to choose between the included Google fonts, two columns or full-width layout, left or right sidebar, and you have the option to use sticky posts and threaded comments.

If you would like more advanced options, future updates and one year of support, then you can check out their premium version of this theme for $69.

Griffin

Griffin theme

Griffin is another theme that displays posts in a grid for easy viewing and accessibility.

You can customize the colors, header, menu, and you can choose between layouts of up to three columns with sticky post, threaded comments and right side bar compatibility.

It’s a theme with fewer options than most, but still allows you to easily add your own style and plugins as you desire without critical issues arising.

Bose

Bose theme

Bose has more options than most of the others in this list. Some of which include a slider, featured posts and images, threaded comments, and customization options.

You can change the background, menu, and layout from full-width to two columns, grid style and one with a right sidebar. The footer also includes four widget areas.

I Am One

I Am One theme

I Am One is another example of a theme that has a few more options than most others in this list. It includes a parallax slider, social media integration, gallery option, five page templates, left and right sidebars, threaded comments and other basic theme styling options.

If you want more than 600 Google fonts, more than 450 icons, the ability to further customize the menu and add more than 10 images to the slider, then you can consider upgrading to the paid version of this theme for $30.

News Magazine

News Magazine theme

This theme has a magazine styled layout and allows you to easily integrate Google AdSense. You can customize the layout with up to 3 columns, sidebar on the right or you can choose a simple full-width page template. You have access to styling options which include customizing the background, header, menu and choosing between color schemes.

News Magazine also has threaded comments incorporated along with featured images. If you would like to add shortcodes, six more customizable layouts, social media integration, full color customization and other options, then you can take a look at the premium version of this theme priced at $40.

Pho

Pho theme

This theme is simple and elegant with a large, centered featured image for the front page and a masonry style grid for displaying posts. The content box isn’t visible, which creates an open concept for viewing.

You can customize basic options which include changing the background, post formats and color style of the theme. You can post in a single column, or in two columns, and the sticky post and threaded comments features are integrated as are featured images.

Nirvana

Nirvana theme

This theme has over 200 options and settings so you can get your site looking exactly the way you want it. Not only can you customize basic options such as the background, header and menu, but you can also choose from boxed or wide layouts, up to three columns, 12 widget areas, Google fonts and over 20 built-in social media icons.

This theme also supports threaded comments, sticky posts and left or right sidebars. If you’d like to keep it simple you can with a full-width page template and easy to navigate options.

Hoffman

Hoffman theme

This is another example of a theme that features content well with larger typography and featured images. It also has infinite scrolling capabilities as well as customizations for the background, menu and color style.

There is also support for a gallery, quote and video posts, and five custom widgets. There are two page templates for this theme and they include the sticky post and threaded comments features.

Convac Lite

Convac Lite theme

Below the front page, large featured image of this theme, you are able to add the content that you’d like including your blog. A subscription widget is included as are sticky posts and threaded comments.

You are able to style the color scheme of the theme and choose between a full-width, right sidebar or two column page template. If you get the premium theme for $49 you are also able to display a slider of your blog’s authors and a separate slider for your Twitter posts. You also get a post sharing options, over seven page templates, and advanced Google Maps options.

Esteem

Esteem theme

Esteen one of few themes that offers free support, which is a lovely bonus.

It has many styling options such as choosing the main color scheme, changing the logo, header, background, menu and sidebar layout. It includes a slider, three blog templates, custom widgets, sticky posts, and threaded comments. It also has a left and right sidebar option.

Alizee

Alizee theme

Here’s another masonry grid-based theme with a parallax header image, Google fonts, social media icons, Font Awesome icons, unlimited color schemes, widgets and 4 home page layouts.

You can also change the background, header, menu and have the option to have sticky posts and threaded comments. You can also choose to have a sidebar on the right and have up to four columns on the page.

For $25 you can purchase the premium version of this theme, which includes a slider, 100 Google fonts, more page templates and few more features.

Green-Lantern

Green-Lantern theme

Green Lantern was built with businesses in mind, but you can realistically use this theme for any purpose. You can style the background, menu, featured image header, and color scheme.

You have the option to use sticky posts and threaded comments along with up to four columns and a right-handed sidebar.

Goran

Goran theme

Goran is a clean theme with all content being surrounded with a fair amount of padding, which makes it easy on the eyes.

It includes a large featured image on the front page as well as on any page. You can also customize the background, header, colors and menu. Beyond that, you can choose a left or right sidebar and sticky post options.

Sketch

Sketch theme

This is another one of my clear favourites on this list.

Sketch cleanly displays thumbnail images from posts in a grid on the front page along with a featured image. It includes social media icons, has basic theme options and a choice between a full length page layout or one with a sidebar on the right.

Garfunkel

Garfunkel theme

Garfunkel was built to mimic Pinterest with its masonry content feed.

It supports six post types which includes a gallery and slideshow formats. It includes two page templates, six custom widgets, infinite scrolling, sticky posts and threaded comments. You are also able to make basic changes to the color scheme, header, menu and background.

Codium Light

Codium Light theme

This theme was built for those who want to share a lot of content. Posts are displayed in their own content box, but it’s not a theme capable of only displaying blog posts. It has a menu at the top, right hand side which opens on click.

You can customize the colors, background, header and menu. This is a one column theme, though, and doesn’t have options for multiple columns or sidebars; however, it does include threaded comments and sticky post features.

Isis

Isis theme

Given recent world events, this is a theme with an unfortunate name. It’s likely this theme was named Isis after the ancient Egyptian goddess

Isis is equipped with 10 social media icons, four Google fonts, two front page layouts, two header styles, four widgets, three page templates and a slider.

There are also basic theme options to further customize the style of the theme along with post formats. This theme is also equipped with the sticky post feature.

Radcliffe

Radcliffe theme

Radcliffe is a unique theme since it allows the featured images for posts span to the full width of the page.

It’s a single column theme with three widgets, sticky post and threaded comment features as well as large typography to prominently feature written posts. An editor is included to change the accent color, logo, menu, and other basic options.

Professional

Professional theme

Besides a fullwidth front page feature image, the Professional theme also has a grid which displays recent posts. The excerpts are displayed alongside their corresponding thumbnail images which feature animations. You can also choose to display a slider which is also included.

In the theme options you can customize the background and menu while also being able to choose between a fullwidth page or two column page template. A sidebar for the right-hand side of your site is an option as are the sticky post and threaded comment features.

Prism

Prism theme

This theme is actually built as a one page theme, which has a menu that directs you to the linked sections of the page with an animation. You could still choose to use it as a standard theme if you wish. You can choose between multiple color schemes and other basic options such as changing the background, header and menu.

With this theme, you have a choice between a full-width or 2 column page template as well a right-handed sidebar. Prism also has the sticky post and threaded comment features integrated.

Influence

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The clear winning feature of this theme is its fullwidth slider which has the capability to display videos as a background to images on the front page. You can change the style of Influence with options to change the background and menu.

Featured images and threaded comments are also supported by this theme. If you ever need help, you can always ask the developers in their free support forum.

Sparkling

Sparkling theme

The Sparkling theme has a fullwidth slider with excepts layered on top of the slider content. Social media icons, popular posts widget, category widget and an author bio content box for the bottom of posts.

It also has quite a few theme options to change the background, theme layout, colors, fonts and menu, to name a few. This theme is equipped with threaded comments, both right and left sidebars, featured images, different post formats and a two column layout.

Tracks

Tracks theme

This last theme displays blog posts in a grid with animated feature images. Tracks also includes social media icons, comment display controls, sticky post option and threaded comments.

Along with basic theme options such as changing the menu and background, you also have access to comment display controls and premium layouts and features. There are many theme options so rest assured, you will be able to customize this theme to your heart’s content.

Have you come across a fantastic new theme we missed in the list above? Let us know in the comments below.

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10 Highly Customizable, Responsive, and Free WordPress Themes http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/10-customizable-responsive-free-wordpress-themes/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/10-customizable-responsive-free-wordpress-themes/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:00:20 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=134766 Sometimes it just easier to work with a theme that has loads of custom options for making a website look exactly how you want it, especially if you have clients who aren’t tech-savvy.

It’s just as important to have many styling options as it is to have the option of viewing your site from any device. That’s where these themes come in.

The themes below have tons of theme customizations (sometimes even hundreds!), and they are fully responsive, too. You won’t have to worry about messy looking settings pages either. If these themes had artificial intelligence, they wouldn’t even know the meaning of “messy.”

So here we go, 10 eye-catching themes that you can customize to your heart’s content. Oh yeah, and they’re all free!

Weblizar

Weblizar Theme

Weblizar not only displays well across all devices, but even adapts its theme and menu for optimal mobile viewing. On top of that, it is compatible with all major browsers.

Features include four page layouts, two different page templates, five widget areas (one sidebar, four in the footer), custom menus, social media links in the footer, carousel slider, wide layout option, and light, dark color skins. You can also take advantage of custom backgrounds and featured images.

If you want even more customizations then that’s good because there are more! There’s a sticky post option, as well as threaded comments and the option of one, two, or three columns on a page.

You can upgrade to the premium version for $29. This theme was created with businesses in mind, and it certainly shows. If you’re busy, you definitely won’t have troubles getting your site up quickly, and without have to touch a lick of code.

Squirrel

Squirrel Theme

Squirrel has a lovely responsive design that looks great on all devices, making it easy to read your content no matter where you view it.

Customizing this theme is effortless, and there’s loads you can configure. You can change the background, header, menu, featured images, and main color style. It’s translation-ready to boot.

It also has options for one or two columns, a right sidebar, sticky post option, and even more theme options. It’s a theme that looks great on its own, but allows you the freedom to add your personal style.

If you want even more options, you can opt for the premium version for $59. Either way, it will be difficult to find something you can’t easily change on the free version of this theme.

Road Fighter

Road Fighter Theme

This theme has a fully customizable front page and tons of customization options. It also looks great across all devices, allowing you to adjust the layout and menu for maximum ease of use.

There are options for custom backgrounds, menu, five widgetized areas (two in the sidebar layout, three in the footer), featured images, and header images for posts and pages. It also includes a visual editor, threaded comments, social media icons, and is translation-ready.

This is another theme you can upgrade. For $59 you get even more options for customizing your theme. It’s a great professional-looking theme for those who want to display images of their work, while also presenting a lot of other content.

BizSphere

BizSphere Theme

Aside from BizSphere’s responsive design, it includes a whole host of options such as the two logo section layout options, and two pre-made color schemes.

It also has three widget areas in the footer and one in the sidebar, along with two page layouts and social media icons. Other fairly standard features include custom menus, flexible header, featured images, background, right sidebar, and the option for threaded comments, and sticky post feature.

This theme is complete free and unlike some of the other themes in this list it doesn’t have options to upgrade. You’ll have everything you need to easily customize your site’s look and feel, and you won’t even have to pay a dime more. Not bad at all!

Clearly

Clearly Theme

This theme is different from most of the other ones in this list because it actually has a very simple options panel. Instead of a million different settings, it features a page builder where you can customize to your heart’s content.

You can create a simple landing page or event a super, robust professional website. It’s all up to you and what you want to create.

You can choose between a full-width template, or one with a sidebar on the right. The theme also includes custom backgrounds, menu, featured images, slider, and it’s translation-ready.

Just like the other themes, it’s fully responsive on all devices and is completely free.

Mantra

Mantra theme

If you want a boat load of features — no wait — a mansion full of features, then Mantra is the theme for you. It boasts over 100 customizations. It goes without saying that this theme is responsive.

Don’t think the settings will be complicated for even one second, though. The options are efficiently laid out so you shouldn’t have much trouble at all.

Choose one, two or three column width pages, custom colors, fonts, header sizes, background, header images, menus, social media icons, animated slider, magazine, or blog layout, left or right sidebar, and just so many more features.

It’s also translation-ready, and includes options for sticky posts and threaded comments.

Flat Bootstrap

Flat Bootstrap Theme

Flat Bootstrap is as beautifully simple as it is responsive, with a lovely mobile navigation bar included. It features a whole host of customization options, from multiple columns, to icons, buttons, and carousels.

There are a whole lot more options to choose from, including tabbed or collapsible content areas, progress bars, alert boxes, left, and right sidebars, sticky posts, threaded comments, custom backgrounds, menus, featured images and header images. It’s also translation-ready.

These are just a handful of options. You can certainly bend this theme to your will and create whatever site you want with minimal effort.

Harrington

Harrington Theme

Here we have a simple, clean, yet equally beautiful theme with a responsive design. You can customize the background, featured images, header image and menus.

Harrington features six widget areas (there are two in the sidebar and four in the footer area). It also includes a visual editor and gallery options, which show up in the admin area. There are further options for sticky posts, threaded comments. It’s also translation-ready.

If you want even more styling options, including animated slider, automatic updates, extensive documentation, support and more, you can grab the premium version for $59.

Dynamic News Lite

Dynamic News Lite Theme

This theme is fully-responsive, works on all major browsers and has a ton of features. It’s clean, well-thought out, not to mention easy on the eye.

Features include a content slider, left, or right sidebar options, custom background, header, menu, featured images, and many other theme options. It also allows for sticky posts, threaded comments, supports up to three columns, and is translation-ready.

If you’d like even more features than this, then upgrading is an option for $45. Either way, you’ll have an awesome theme that looks fantastic.

10. Customizr

Customizr Theme

This aptly named theme is customize and comes with a live editing page in the settings. There are certainly more features than I can list here, but the highlights include a responsive design and cool-looking animated content bubbles. You need to see the demo to truly appreciate it.

Other options include the ability to set page layouts with left or right sidebars, and up to three columns. You can also set custom colors, menus, featured images, widgets, built-in social media icons, and 17 different colors to use as “skins.”

There are also options for sticky posts, threaded comments, and it’s translation-ready. For even more options, you can but add-ons for 650 fonts and unlimited featured pages, starting at $19.95 for a single site. If you want both features, simply buy them as a bundle for $24.95.

Summing Up

This is a short list of the absolute best themes I could find that are both customizable to the hilt, as well as highly responsive. If you don’t want to worry about coding, but still want a site that’s totally you, then these themes are definitely worth checking out.

What about you? Which theme is your favorite? Did I miss any important ones? Let us know in the comments below because your suggestions could help others discover their perfect theme. (In the words of Homer Simpson, “See Flanders? You give a little, you get a little.” If you’re wondering, that’s from season 7, episode 25, “Summer of 4 Ft. 2″.)

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20 Stunning Photography WordPress Themes For Your Portfolio http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/photography-wordpress-themes/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/photography-wordpress-themes/#comments Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:00:01 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=134940 Whether you’re a freelance photographer who wants to promote your services online or you’re just looking for a way to share your photos with family and friends, the premium themes in this collection will allow you to build an attractive photography website with WordPress.

The themes featured here range from simple templates that provide a subtle canvas for publishing your photos online, through to items that are packed with the latest tools and features for creating an immersive user experience while displaying your best work.

Whatever you are looking for, there should be a photography theme here to meet your needs.

Capture

Capture

Capture gives you the ability to showcase your photographs in a fullscreen slideshow that automatically scrolls through your best work whenever a visitor clicks on one of your photos.

With Capture you get 10 color schemes to choose from when setting up your site. You can also customize many other aspects of the theme through the options panel.

If you are a videographer building your portfolio, or you want the option of displaying videos alongside your photographs, Capture allows you to use featured videos for your posts.

This theme from Slocum Themes is both mobile responsive and retina ready to cater to visitors on the full spectrum of devices and screens.

Vanilla

Vanilla

Vanilla is a clean and minimal template for creating a portfolio that will let your photographs take center stage.

This is a child theme for the Genesis framework, available from Ziggapress themes. While out-of-the-box the design and appearance of Vanilla is very plain, you do get some customization options for putting a little of your personality into the design of your website.

By choosing the appropriate layout template, each post can either include a sidebar area, or display your photos in full width mode for maximum effect. The built-in portfolio section can be setup to display your work in a range of column configurations.

Expose Pro

Expose Pro

Expose Pro from StudioPress is a child theme for the popular Genesis framework that has been built especially for photographers who want to publish their work online.

This WordPress photography theme has been built with HTML5 markup and it is, of course, mobile responsive to accommodate your visitors on the go. When setting up your site you can choose from five color styles, set a custom background and custom header, all though the visual customizer options panel.

Expose Pro also includes all the page templates you need to populate the rest of your website, including the 404 error page, author page, and a landing page template to promote your goods or services.

Vignette

Vignette

If you really want your photographs to take centre stage, without any distractions, then Vignette is a good choice for your website.

From the fullscreen photo on the homepage, to the distraction-free gallery and minimal navigation menu, there will be nothing to draw attention away from your photographs on a website built with this WordPress photography theme from CSS Igniter.

This theme also includes support for publishing videos as well as photos. Due to this, the homepage can just as easily display an auto-playing full screen video as opposed to a photograph. With seven gallery styles and two homepage options, you should be able to build the site you want right out of the box with the Vignette theme

Zoomy

Zoomy

Zoomy from Tesla Themes is a great choice for photographers who not only want to display their work, but also promote their services as well.

If you do have something to offer your visitors in terms of a service or product, then the three-column icon section on the homepage makes it easy to highlight your most important attributes.

The Zoomy photography theme also includes support for easily publishing testimonials, and of course a gallery of your best work. The portfolio gallery can be arranged in a number of column layouts, and each photo can be opened in full screen slideshow mode for distraction free viewing. The blog section gives you the opportunity to partake in some content marketing to bring more visitors to your website, in a nicely designed format.

Photocrati

Photocrati

The Photocrati theme comes with over 60 built-in designs that can be implemented at the click of a button to change the appearance of your website. This range of styles makes it easy to ensure your site will stand out from the competition, even if they are also using this theme.

When it comes to displaying your art, you can create multiple galleries, and choose from a range of thumbnail sizes and styles. There are also four lightbox gallery styles to choose from when presenting the full size versions of your photos.

The full feature list for Photocrati is very extensive and includes the ability to sell your photos online from your site, as well as customize almost every aspect of your site without editing any code.

Modern Portfolio Theme

Modern Portfolio

Modern Portfolio is a great choice for anyone with visual work they want to show off. However, this StudioPress theme really lends itself well to photographic websites, thanks to its image presentation features.

While it is true you don’t get access to lots of flashy features, such as full screen videos, or lightbox slideshows, you do get a clean and clear design to promote your work. Text-based content is also well catered for, so if you are an avid blogger with something to say, this could be a great choice for your project.

This Genesis framework child theme includes a few different page templates, including a landing page, five color schemes to choose from, and is fully responsive and fast loading.

Lookbook

Lookbook

Lookbook uses a mosaic style, grid layout to allow you to showcase your best work on the homepage of your photography portfolio. The grid layout will reorganize and resize itself to match whatever screen size it’s being viewed on, including tablets and smartphones.

Clicking on an image takes visitors through to a larger version of the photo that can be accompanied with descriptive text to provide more information about your work.

If you plan to sell your work online, the Lookbook theme from Graph Paper Press includes optional shopping cart integration. This makes it easy for visitors to add photos to their cart before checking out. There is also a tool for creating mobile responsive slideshows of your work.

Photogenic

Photogenic

Depending on how you configure this theme, your website’s homepage could easily feature an eye-catching collage of your best photographs that fills the whole screen. Each image in the collage can take visitors through to the individual photo or video albums on your site.

With Photogenic from Obox themes, you don’t even have to worry about resizing your images as this theme will take care of that for you and ensure they will fit your website perfectly.

Whether you are a pro photographer or a mobile snapper, this theme, with its Instagram integration and full screen layout could be a great online home for your photos.

Photographer CV

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If you are building a website to not only display your best photos, but also advertise your skills as a photographer, then the Photographer CV theme could be a good choice.

The attractive portfolio section allows your visitors to find out more about your individual photos, either in thumbnail mode or through a full screen image slideshow. This theme from Template Monster also makes it easy to publish your education and employment history, as well as any relevant skills you have acquired along the way.

The Photographer CV theme is available with a number of optional upgrades to help you get your website up and running as quickly as possible.

Inspiro

Inspiro

With a fullscreen slideshow taking center stage on the homepage, your photography portfolio will make a big impact on your visitors as soon as they arrive at your site.

Your work can be organized into an unlimited number of galleries, with the individual gallery images displayed in a range of layout configurations. The Inspiro theme from Zoom Themes is also WooCommerce ready for anyone who wants to sell their prints online.

This professional WordPress photography theme includes the Zoom Builder tool which itself includes a number of page templates that can all be customized to meet your needs through a drag and drop interface.

Slim

Slim

Slim is a fresh and modern theme for building a clean and clutter free photography website with WordPress.

This theme features a unique layout that will go a long way to ensuring your website doesn’t look like every other photography portfolio online, even if you are using WordPress.

As well as the large image preview panel on the homepage, clicking on an individual photo will open it up in a full screen lightbox viewer. From there, your visitors can easily scroll through the images in the galleries. Slim is fully responsive and looks great on a range of screen sizes including smartphones.

Photographer

Photographer

The Photographer theme from Organic Themes has been built to share and sell photography online.

The large homepage image slideshow gives your visitors access to your best work as soon as they arrive at your website. While the individual galleries and portfolios you upload, can be displayed in a range of layout options.

Photographer integrates with the free WooCommerce plugin for adding a shopping cart to your website to enable you to sell your work online.

Ambiance Pro

Ambiance Pro

Ambiance Pro is a good option if you would like to share your written work alongside your photographs.

The homepage has a nice and clean layout that focuses on displaying the featured image of each post. The effect used to manage the visibility of the main menu is a nice touch that gives your images even more room to breathe and draw in your visitors.

As Ambiance Pro is a child theme for the Genesis framework from StudioPress, you get a number of page templates to make use of, as well as a mobile responsive layout.

Glare

Glare

The homepage of any website built using Glare should make a big impact with your visitors. This is thanks to the theme’s ability display either full screen photos or videos as the background image of the homepage.

Whether you choose to display an image or video as the background, both options will do a good job of captivating your visitors, thanks to the animated image slideshow or movement and audio of the video.

If you are a regular blogger then the post templates, with their clean layouts and nice typography should be a good home for your written words.

Selfie

Selfie

Selfie takes an original approach to publishing your photographs. By displaying your work in a fullwidth, seamless stream of content on the homepage, your visitors can scroll through your portfolio in high resolution.

The navigation menu and sidebar content are hidden away until the visitor chooses to reveal them, allowing your photos to take center stage.

Selfie works with videos just as well as still images, making it a versatile choice for visual artists who want to get their work online.

Fullscreen

Fullscreen

As the name suggests, Fullscreen allows you to display your photography portfolio online in a full screen layout, with little on the page to distract your visitors away from the images on display.

This theme from Themify automatically scrolls through the images in your gallery, creating a rotating full screen slideshow. As well as this effect, Fullscreen makes it easy for your visitors to find your individual galleries through its intuitive menu system.

As this theme is responsive, visitors on the go can not only view your photos on their mobile devices, but also scroll through them by swiping their touchscreen.

PhotoFrame

PhotoFrame

PhotoFrame includes a built-in slideshow feature that allows you to create collections of your photographs. Your visitors can then browse through the images using a custom, distraction free interface.

As well as being able to customize the individual theme elements, you can also simply choose between the two color schemes to quickly alter the whole look of your site.

With a range of layout options and page templates, PhotoFrame gives you plenty of choice for how your content is displayed.

Oyster

Oyster

Whether you are working with still images or video, Oyster gives you plenty of options for how your content is displayed on your website. There are multiple homepage options to choose from, including a selection of full screen sliders, video backgrounds, and a range of grid types.

While the website menu is visible on the homepage by default, visitors can hide all page elements at the touch of a button. This allows them to take in your photos with no distractions whatsoever.

Oyster gives you multiple options for displaying the contents of your galleries online, including an eye-catching 3D-esque zooming effect. When setting up the image sliders you can choose from a range of transition effects to create the right look and feel for your website.

If you’d like to choose from a range of effects to help your photographs and videos stand out from the crowd, then Oyster is certainly a theme that isn’t lacking in fancy features.

Toranj

Toranj

With five homepage variations, six portfolio layouts, twelve gallery styles, and six blog post templates, there is no shortage of options when it comes to choosing how your site will look when using Toranj.

As well as the eye-catching image effects and slider options, the Toranj photography theme also comes packaged with a number of premium plugins to add even more useful features to your site. There is also a range of templates to make use of when creating the essential pages for your site, such as the contact and services pages.

If your portfolio needs a little extra energy then the zooming, sliding, and other effects of Toranj should help elevate your content to the next level.

Conclusion

As you can see there are some great photography themes for WordPress. Whether you want something simple that allows your photographic work to take center stage, or you’d rather an array of dazzling features and layout options to match your images, the themes on this list will allow you to build the right website for your project.

Which theme is your favorite and what features do you look for in a photography theme? Let us know in the comments below.

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120 Free Premium WordPress Themes http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/120-free-premium-wordpress-themes/ http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/120-free-premium-wordpress-themes/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/?p=134727 Whether you’re just getting started with WordPress or you’re looking to try something new, setting up your site with a new theme can make all the difference. And while the very best themes come from premium developers, you might not always want to shell out the bucks to try one on for size.

There are plenty of really great free themes available in the WordPress directory, don’t get me wrong. But it’s undoubtedly a mixed bag and unless you know what you’re looking for, you could wind up with a subpar theme at best.

That’s why it’s such a good idea to use free themes that are made by premium developers. Some of these themes can then be updated to a premium version—freemium, anyone? But even if you decide to forego the premium features, these free themes stand well on their own and can be used to build just about any kind of site you can imagine.

Let’s not delay the excitement any longer. Surely one of these 120 free themes from premium developers ought to suit your fancy?

1. WooThemes — MyStile

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This free theme from WooThemes is built on the WooFramework, offers a responsive design, and compatibility with all the best WooCommerce widgets. It doesn’t include support but you can customize the color scheme, create a custom homepage, and make use of two custom shortcodes—one that adds a sticky note message and another that adds a sale banner.

2. WooThemes — Artificer

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Artificer has a great look to it and is perfect for setting up an online store in a hurry. It works with all the best WooCommerce goodies—think widgets like product descriptions, checkout, and the like. It’s responsive, and you can customize the color scheme to match your brand. It also features the same custom homepage options and shortcodes as the MyStile theme.

3. WooThemes — Wootique

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If you’re just itching to set up a boutique online store quickly, you could make use of Wootique. It works with all the standard WooCommerce features and widgets, of course, and lets you customize several visual components like the background color, menus, background images, footers, and more. Other features include a featured slider, custom homepage, a widgetized sidebar, four footer regions, and eight custom Woo Widgets.

4. Templatic — WP Premium

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WP Premium is a free responsive theme built on Foundation that lets your content speak for itself. It includes several homepage widgets like those for author bios, advertisements, newsletter signups, tabs, and social media. You can also customize site colors, logos, favicons, headers, and more. Other features include share buttons, video embed codes, a custom CSS editor, a full-width template, image optimization, contact forms, and more.

5. Templatic — Coming Soon

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If your site hasn’t launched yet, you may want to check out this one-page theme, Coming Soon. It lets you display a featured image, some text, and a few other details to announce the launch of a new site or product. It’s used for app announcements quite often. Add a newsletter signup to build your list before the site launches. Customize design settings like colors, backgrounds, and more.

6. Theme Junkie — BiancaA

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Like to blog, include some photos, but keep things simple? Then BiancaA from Theme Junkie ought to suit your needs. This minimal theme includes an advanced control panel, search engine optimization, ad management, support, custom page templates, and custom widgets for social sites like Twitter and Flickr.

7. Theme Junkie — Delivery Lite

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Start a magazine quick with Delivery Lite. This theme offers a simple design that won’t detract from your content, a mobile-friendly layout, and the ability to customize the logo and favicon if you want. It also includes a featured posts slider, pagination, four widgetized areas, two menus, and breadcrumbs.

8. Gabfire Themes — Quickstart

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As its name suggests, Quickstart lets you get set up on WordPress quickly. The design is simple and functional. The theme itself includes FontAwesome, and a Big Picture Post Template for showing off your very best photography.

9. WPShower — Readly

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It’s all in the name, really. Readly is designed for reading, making it the perfect free theme for blogging. It’s responsive, fluid layout make it readable on any device and it includes smart typography that’s large and easy on the eyes. It also includes customization options for navigation and social media links. Most popular post formats are supported.

10. WPShower — Portra

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The Porta theme offers horizontal scrolling for displaying your best artwork or photography. It’s responsive and very simple, letting your work speak for itself. You can customize the fonts, colors, and more. You can also use a standard gallery to insert a portfolio on any post or page.

11. Graph Paper Press — Business

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The Business theme from Graph Paper Press is designed with agencies and small studios in mind. It’s responsive and you can customize the logo, header, background color, menus, and more. It also includes a drag-and-drop slideshow interface.

12. Graph Paper Press — Onesie

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If all you need is a one-page site, Onesie is a stunning choice. It’s a landing page that can be used for a business or event site. It’s responsive and easy to customize to include your logo, background image, and fonts. You can’t create posts or pages with it but it does the one page thing really well.

13. Themify — Basic

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Basic is just that—basic. But that’s a really good thing, especially if you’re just starting out with WordPress. The layout is super simple, which gives you the freedom to customize the look and feel using the Themify options panel. This theme is responsive and includes a lightbox gallery, RSS, social icons, footer menu, 5 theme skins, child theme support, and more.

14. Theme Hybrid — Live Wire

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Designed with mobile in mind, the Live Wire theme includes support for Gravity Forms, Hybrid Tabs, post formats, and more. You can also customize several elements including the background, menus, layouts, and CSS. It also includes breadcrumbs, featured images, sticky posts, theme options, and is translation ready.

15. Theme Hybrid — Path

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Setting up a magazine or multi-author blog? Then you’ll love Path. It’s totally responsive and offers support for post formats, multi-column layouts, and theme customization, as well as support for numerous plugins like Co-Authors Plus, Social Path, Gravity Forms, Smart Archives Reloaded, and Display Authors Widget.

16. Theme Hybrid — Cakifo

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Built on the Hybrid Core theme framework, Cakifo is a great starting blog theme. It’s simple enough to use right away but offers just enough customization to keep things interesting. Take control over things like a content slider, post formats, backgrounds, logos, and fonts. Add a custom header, menus, and page templates and make use of the robust theme options panel.

17. Theme Hybrid — Uridimmu

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If you plan on making customizations to your theme—as in building a child theme—you might want to try Uridimmu, parent theme for bloggers. It supports navigation menus, multiple widget areas, per-post layouts, and more. It also allows for custom backgrounds, page templates, featured images, threaded comments, and more.

18. Theme Hybrid — Unique

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Here’s another magazine theme for you publication-happy folks out there. This theme comes with custom widgets, custom page templates, post format support, and the Flexslider script. It’s perfect for multi-author sites and gives you the control you need to build something people will actually read.

19. Theme Hybrid — Sukelius Magazine

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Keeping with the magazine trend, Sukelius Magazine will let you build a hyper-modern blog or news site filled with interactive content. It comes with a content slider, footer widgets, several layouts, two menus, five widget areas, and social profile support.

20. Theme Hybrid — Adroa

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Adroa is a simple, elegant theme that puts the emphasis on photography more than anything else. It’s perfect for photobloggers and includes support for breadcrumbs, custom backgrounds, headers, and menus, along with support for multiple layouts.

21. Theme Hybrid — Chun

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Build an eye-catching portfolio with Chun. This theme is built on HTML5 and CSS3 and supports all post formats. It also lets you pick from a ton of color, font, and layout options in the theme customizer. Support for the Custom Content Portfolio plugin is what makes it a standout, however.

22. Theme Hybrid — Socially Awkward

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I can’t imagine a better theme for social media lovers than this. Socially Awkward lets you display your social content using custom-tailored post formats. You can easily display video, add your social profile links, share music, add photo galleries, and use the Custom Content Portfolio plugin.

23. Theme Hybrid — Cycnus

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If you love Socially Awkward but want something a little bit lighter on the eyes, the child theme Cycnus ought to do nicely. The color scheme is light and airy and the theme adds support for a custom background.

24. Theme Hybrid — Stargazer

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Stargazer is a feature-rich theme built on the Hybrid Core framework. It comes with a robust theme customizer, a visual editor, and a responsive design, giving you greater control over how your content looks. It also plays nice with multimedia, which is a notable bonus.

25. Theme Hybrid — Alice

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Bring over all the features of Stargazer just swap out the look. Alice is an attractive child theme that gives you another view of what its parent theme could look like. And it’s really pretty nice, I’ve got to say.

26. Theme Hybrid — Dancing in the Moonlight

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Dancing in the Moonlight is another Stargazer child theme that offers more of a subdued appeal. Hey, you can use it for the upcoming holiday season if you want!

27. Theme Hybrid — ArtCity

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Still another Stargazer child theme is ArtCity. The design is supposedly inspired by the author’s time in Spain and features high quality images you can use for your own site thanks to the GNU General Public License.

28. Theme Hybrid — Warm Memories

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Man, Stargazer really gets around, huh? In any case, the Warm Memories child theme features softer hues and a nice fall leaves header image to entice your readers into sticking around for awhile.

29. Theme Hybrid — Kepler

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Can you say simple? But that’s precisely what makes this Stargazer child theme so attractive. Kepler is great for blogs and includes all the awesome features we mentioned earlier so it can be extended easily to suit a variety of needs.

30. Theme Hybrid — Illumination

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Stargazer strikes again! This time with Christmas in mind. The Illumination child theme lets you deck the virtual halls then switch to another Stargazer child theme once the holidays are over. It comes with two header images and three background images.

31. Theme Hybrid — Spring Song

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Nothing like keeping your site in with the current season, right? And the Spring Song child theme is particularly stunning. The shadowy bird and tree are offset by bright pink flowers, making it an eye-catcher for sure.

32. Theme Hybrid — Twiggy

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It’s simple, sure, but the Twiggy child theme gives a more delicate take on the Stargazer theme. Not only does it sport a thinner font; it also features additional backgrounds and a different color scheme just to keep things interesting.

33. Theme Hybrid — Ex Astris

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What makes the Ex Astris child theme so stunning is that it really takes Stargazer in a different direction. It’s built on the same framework and sports the same features but it gives you a completely different look. And you can add a custom header and background, too.

34. Theme Hybrid — Ugallu

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If a brown and tan look is more to your liking, then you’ll love the Ugallu child theme. It’s soft, subtle, and absolutely perfect for use on a personal blog. It’ll complement your content without overshadowing it.

35. Theme Hybrid — Ravel

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Now here’s something a little different. The Ravel theme from Theme Hybrid follows the minimalism trend but offers a textured background and nice details that help it to stand out from the pack. It comes with a custom page template, the Custom Content Portfolio plugin, a custom tabs widget, social profile links, and so much more.

36. Theme Hybrid — Saga

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The Saga theme is perfect for telling stories. You can customize it to include whatever colors you want and it works with the Custom Header Extended and Custom Background Extended plugins. It has a special social media menu, high-quality typography, and it lets you feature large images for added effect.

37. Theme Hybrid — Sahagin

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This Saga child theme gives you the best of photoblogging and writing in one easy-on-the-eyes package. It’s yet another way to tell your story, and that’s certainly not a bad thing.

38. Theme Hybrid — Vaaka

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Vaaka is another Saga child theme that adds a bit more of a professional edge to that whole “telling your story” thing. Feature a custom background image, media files, and use all the standard WordPress post types to get your message out.

39. Theme Hybrid – Yarn

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As its name suggests, if you want to spin a yarn, the Yarn theme is a good choice. It comes with a pink and brown palette but you can change it up if you want. Change the background and header and offset your in-depth posts with stunning photography, too.

40. Obox — Minimal

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The Minimal theme from Obox is just that—minimal, in that it lets you easily display your writing in such a way that it can be read with ease. It’s responsive, features an unobtrusive widget area, allows for customization, and includes a Portfolio section.

41. ThemeShift — Delighted

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Setting up a new blog is simple with the Delighted theme from ThemeShift. It’s straightforward to use but you can modify the settings quite a bit thanks to unlimited color choices in the customizer. You can also set featured images and a custom header.

42. CyberChimps — Blox

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Build a site fast using the drag-and-drop interface included with the Blox theme from CyberChimps. It’s built on Bootstrap, is responsive, and is optimized for touch screens. Select from several customization options as well like backgrounds, colors, sticky posts, and more.

43. CyberChimps — Radiant

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Radiant is another CyberChimps theme that offers a drag-and-drop interface. It’s designed for setting up a site fast and since it’s built on Bootstrap, you know it’s going to be reliable. Select from custom colors, menus, and more.

44. CyberChimps — Primo Lite

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Build a site fast with the drag-and-drop interface offered by Primo Lite. This responsive theme is touch-friendly and includes plenty of theme options to keep even picky designers satisfied.

45. CyberChimps — Parallax

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Parallax is a free responsive theme from CyberChimps that looks great on any device and uses parallax scrolling to keep your site fresh, relevant, and visually interesting. Show off stunning photography as a background image and build each page using a drag-and-drop editor.

46. CyberChimps — Fresh Lite

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This simple theme is drag-and-drop and responsive (of course), plus it offers a nice green and gray color scheme that can work with just about any type of site. The prominent slider at the top is a nice touch, too.

47. CyberChimps — Fine

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The Fine theme offers all the same features as the other CyberChimps themes we’ve mentioned so far plus it’s SEO optimized, includes dynamic templates for each page, and multiple sidebar layouts so you can take control of your content.

48. CyberChimps — Eclipse

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Responsive? Yes. Drag-and-drop? Yes. Eclipse follows in the footsteps of other CyberChimps themes but tacks on more features like a feature slider, a portfolio element, and robust page and sidebar options.

49. CyberChimps — Mobile First

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As its name would suggest, the Mobile First theme is designed for viewing on mobile devices first and foremost. It’ll look great on desktops, too, but it was made with mobile in mind and that’s what makes it so particularly useful.

50. Themes Kingdom — Sinapp

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If you want to sell a mobile app then the Sinapp theme from Themes Kingdom is an excellent choice. You can easily customize it to suit the needs of your business. This theme includes a white labeled admin panel, a shortcode generator, numerous colors, MailChimp, support, and more.

51. Themes Kingdom — Lexiity

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Clue your site visitors in to the fact that your site is going to launch in the near future with Lexiity. This “coming soon” theme includes a responsive design, multiple colors, a white labeled custom theme admin, MailChimp, countdown timer, and more.

52. Theme Furnace — CleanPort-Lite

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Now here’s a theme that lets you display a professional portfolio in a snap. It features a flat, responsive design, a Theme Customizer (with which you can select from numerous color and layout options), custom post types, custom widgets, and support for the Testimonials plugin.

53. Theme Furnace — Blogly Lite

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Bring some style to your personal blog with Blogly. This free theme is responsive and lets you customize the colors, logo, and background image. More options are available in the paid version, of course, but it has a really slick look for a free theme.

54. Theme Furnace — Gridster-Lite

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Here’s a grid-based portfolio theme sure to appeal to anyone involved in the visual arts. It includes a left sidebar, a responsive design, color options, and the ability to upload your own logo. More customization options are available in the premium version.

55. GavickPro — Magazine

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Build a magazine that still carries a familiar blog structure using the Magazine theme from GavickPro. With this theme you can change up the layout and it includes the Tabs and News Show widgets, a social API, tons of fonts, and WPML support.

56. GavickPro — Perfetta

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Perfetta is perfect for websites for cafés and small restaurants, featuring interesting typography and prominent photography. It makes full use of the Theme Customizer and includes reveal animations for an added touch of style. It’s not super feature-rich but doesn’t need to be.

57. GavickPro — Portfolio

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Display your latest works professionally without spending a dime on a theme. Portfolio from GavickPro is easy-to-use and includes reveal animations, responsive design, social icons and inks, share buttons, Disqus support, multiple color schemes, Google Fonts, and more.

58. Theme Horse — Interface

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You can build a responsive business site in minutes with the Interface theme. It includes two site layouts, four post/page layouts, eight widget areas, six custom widgets, a featured slider, social icons, and the ability to customize the background, colors, fonts, and so on. It also supports WP-PageNavi and Contact Form 7.

59. Theme Horse — Ultimate

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Ultimate is another business theme option from Theme Horse that offers a responsive design, multiple page layouts and widget areas, 5 custom widgets, a featured slider, and more. It also has a pretty extensive theme customizer for getting your site to look and function exactly as you want it.

60. Bluchic — Felice

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This coming soon style theme offers a stylish way to give visitors updates on the status of your impending site’s launch while also giving them an opportunity to connect with you on social media and sign up for your newsletter. The progress bar is particularly nice touch.

61. Elegant Themes — Serene

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A simple blogging theme with plenty of style to boot, Serene offers plenty of white space to ensure your content stands out. It includes support for six post formats, unlimited colors, social icons, and customer support to answer your questions and concerns.

62. Think Up Themes — Minamaze

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Minamaze—because it’s minimal and amazing, get it? This theme offers a clean design with functional and attractive blog and portfolio layouts. It’s also responsive and includes 10 widgets, Google Fonts, SEO, retina-readiness, and free updates.

63. Think Up Themes — Engrave Lite

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Engrave Lite sports a dark color scheme that lets your content truly stand out. It’s responsive, retina-ready, and SEO optimized for your convenience. Plus, it includes plenty of widgets and fonts to keep you customizing to your heart’s content.

64. Compete Themes — Tracks

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Create a beautiful personal blog or photography site using the Tracks theme. It includes social media icons, comment controls, multiple layouts, and a logo uploader. Other features include sticky post and a responsive layout.

65. Compete Themes — Ignite

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Ignite was made with blogs in mind. This responsive theme includes social media icons, two sidebar layouts, multiple fonts, custom background colors, and a logo uploader. A premium upgrade is available (of course) but you can easily build an eye-catching blog with just the free version.

66. Compete Themes — Drop

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Drop is another theme from Compete Themes designed for blogging. It’s responsive and accessible, so your content can be enjoyed by the greatest number of people possible.

67. Rocket Theme — Grunge

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This theme is built on the Gantry Framework and offers a highly visual layout that’s perfect for personal and professional sites, alike. It includes multiple layout and widget options, custom typography, a font selector, custom copyright, and a to-top scroller.

68. WPExplorer — Corporate

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If you want to build a business site but don’t have the funds to invest in a premium theme, Corporate ought to do the trick. This theme is lightweight and professional, plus it includes custom post types, a slider, and staff support.

69. WPExplorer — Elegant

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This theme is clean, precise, and easily adaptable to portfolio and business sites. It includes custom post types for portfolio items, staff members, and homepage features, a slider, and numerous theme customization options from colors to copyright text.

70. WPExplorer — Blogger

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With the Blogger theme, you can create a blog that actually is nice to look at. It includes features like sticky posts, infinite scroll, password protection, and ad space. Feel free to upload a custom logo and swap out the menu and change your color preferences, too.

71. WPExplorer — Bizz

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Here’s another theme from WPExplorer that lets you build a business or portfolio site quickly. It includes all the features we’ve discussed so far like a slider and custom post types and tacks on a few more as well like highlights and a paginated portfolio.

72. WPExplorer — GoPress

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This minimalistic magazine theme is lightweight and can be used for personal blogging, too. It includes featured images, a video post type, drag-and-drop widgets, and control over several theme customization options.

73. WPExplorer — WPTuts

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The WPTuts theme makes it easy to set up a blog fast. It includes a lightweight design that keeps your site running fast, too. It has a featured posts slider, two post types, a header ad, Symple Shortcodes support, and more.

74. Simple Themes — Skeleton

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Skeleton is a minimal, responsive WordPress theme build on the smpl framework that’s designed to give developers a starting point for building a fully-functional site. Some of its features include multi-level navigation, SEO, individual page layouts, multiple color options, and commented CSS.

75. ThemeZee — Anderson

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Anderson is a magazine theme that sports a responsive design, a featured post slider, and plenty of theme options to keep you satisfied. It can be used for virtually any kind of site and includes support for the theme customizer, which lets you select sidebar layouts, social content, and post settings.

76. ThemeZee — Rubine

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Thanks to Rubine, you can create a retina-ready magazine that displays your best content right up front. It can do this thanks to a featured content area on the homepage. The responsive design also means it’s highly readable on any and all devices.

77. ThemeZee — Dynamic News

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Build a news-style website, blog, or magazine with Dynamic News. This theme features a bold design with bright colors and blocky font choices that definitely attract attention. It’s responsive and features a front page template you can outfit to look just like a magazine, with a featured post slider to boot.

78. ThemeZee — Air Balloon

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If you need a lightweight theme for a small business site, Air Balloon is a good choice since it includes a responsive layout and a front page template that you can customize to suit your unique purposes. It also has an image slider and icon service widget for displaying your services in a straightforward and clean way.

79. ThemeZee — Smartline

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Smartline is so called because it features “smart lines.” The layout is incredibly clean with minimal fuss. Build a regular ol’ blog or a magazine quickly thanks to widgetized templates on the front page.

80. ThemeZee — zeeMinty

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Fresh and lively, zeeMinty is a light theme in both load time and color scheme. It’s great for businesses but you could really use it for any purpose. This theme is also responsive and includes nine color schemes, two sidebar layouts, and plenty of theme customization options.

81. ThemeZee — zeeFlow

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Yet another magazine-style theme, zeeFlow is responsive and mobile-ready so you never have to worry about how your content is presented on different devices again. It includes a front page template, a featured post slider, a theme options panel, 8 color schemes, and 2 sidebar layouts.

82. ThemeZee — zeeVision

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zeeVision makes for a great business theme that features bold colors, a flat and responsive design, and plenty of features to keep you tinkering. It also has a front page template, a horizontal widget area, a content slideshow, multiple color schemes, and more.

83. ThemeZee — zeeFocus

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Give your corporate site a professional look while still maintaining a bit of personality. zeeFocus sports a flat, responsive design and includes a frontpage template, horizontal widget area, a call-to-action button, and theme options to control things like the background image, colors, sidebars, and headers.

84. ThemeZee — zeeNoble

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The last ThemeZee theme we’re highlighting here is called zeeNoble and it’s another ideal choice for business websites. It includes a front page template with a prominent slideshow for highlighting your best content. You’ll spend a good amount of time poring over your options in the theme customizer, too.

85. Theme Grill — Esteem

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Esteem is a responsive theme you can use for just about any purpose. It includes a slider, custom widgets, three blog posts, page templates, a custom header and background image, two page layouts, custom CSS, and free support.

86. Kadence Themes — Pinnacle

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Pinnacle is just gorgeous, isn’t it? This theme is responsive and utilizes a flat design that’s both attractive and modern. It’s multipurpose and compatible with WooCommerce and includes support for the WMPL plugin.

87. Kadence Themes — Virtue Free

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Virtue Free includes a ton of features, so many you’d swear it’s a premium theme. It’s built on Bootstrap, so you know it’s responsive and comes with a portfolio custom post type for displaying your best work. The theme options panel is also feature-rich and lets you select custom fonts, sliders, and layouts.

88. Kopa Theme — Xmax

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Xmax is made specifically for magazines and offers plenty of layout, post, and widget options to satisfy all of your potential needs. It’s responsive, includes unlimited sidebars, includes social link support, and is child theme compatible for your convenience.

89. Kopa Theme — KARO

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KARO looks really professional but can be used for a personal blog if you really want. It’s built on HTML5 and CSS3 and is responsive, plus it includes several layout options, sidebar layouts, social links, widgets, and a featured posts slider. It also includes free support.

90. Kopa Theme — News Mix

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This responsive magazine theme lets you build a comprehensive news site in a matter of minutes. The layout is professional but still visually interesting. It also includes custom widgets, jQuery comment validation, and multiple layouts to choose from. Plus, the theme options panel is chock full of selections you can make.

91. Kopa Theme — Fast News

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Fast News is a minimalistic, responsive theme designed for use on magazine sites. You can choose from different page layouts to suit the purposes of your content, unlimited sidebars, a post slider for displaying your top articles, and more.

92. Kopa Theme — Forceful

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This magazine theme lets you pick from several different layouts, even on a page-by-page basis, to ensure you’re displaying your content optimally. It has all the features included in the other Kopa Theme selections we’ve discussed so far like a featured posts slider, social links, and support.

93. Kopa Theme — Circle

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Circle is truly versatile. This theme can be modified for use as a blog, a magazine, or even a corporate site. It has a responsive design, several layouts, widgets, a post slider, child theme compatibility, and more. It’s also translation-ready.

94. Kopa Theme — Resolution

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Here’s another theme that lets you create any kind of site you want thanks to a combination of multiple layouts, sidebar options, and theme customization options. It also includes custom shortcodes, and is compatible across multiple browsers.

95. Kopa Theme — Nictitate

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Nictitate is just perfect for building a business website. The design is sleek and works well to convey a professional look for your brand. Include a portfolio with ease. It also includes a responsive layout, a visual shortcode generator, custom widgets, multiple sidebars, and plenty of theme options to keep you busy.

96. Kopa Theme — Musica

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In case you haven’t had enough magazine theme options yet, Musica gives you yet another candidate to choose from. This theme puts your content first, so your site visitors can read it with ease. It was built on Bootstrap, sports a responsive design, and includes plenty of shortcodes, elements, fonts, a contact form, and more.

97. Kopa Theme — WP-Corporate

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Give your site a professional look fast with the WP-Corporate theme. It’s responsive, mobile-ready, and built on HTML5 and CSS3. The portfolio page has two styles. Plenty of short codes are included along with Google Fonts, as well as 10 page templates. An Ajax/PHP contact form is also included.

98. ThemeAlley — Alexandria

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Here’s a simple business theme that’s built with HTML5 and CSS3 and includes a dedicated home page layout. In fact, the home page has a welcome section, product or service text/icon blocks, and a testimonial section. It also comes with two color schemes, three footer widget areas, and a full-width page template.

99. ThemeAlley — Destro

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This totally responsive theme is perfect for magazines. It comes with three homepage layouts to choose from that include ad spaces. It also has eight color schemes, featured posts, social icons, threaded comments, and two page layouts.

100. ThemeAlley — Spartan

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If you’re just looking for the bare minimum in a theme, Spartan is a responsive magazine theme that gives you control over your content’s layout without drowning you in options. It includes three home page layouts, two page layouts, a featured slider, and social icons, no more, no less.

101. ThemeIsle — MetroX

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Make any kind of site you want with MetroX. This theme from ThemeIsle is built on solid code, is responsive, and includes custom post formats so you can change up each post’s design on the fly. It also has a theme options panel through which you can customize the header, logo, social links, and colors.

102. ThemeIsle — Caresland Lite

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Want to build a classroom blog or a kindergarten website? Then Caresland is a great choice. The design is responsive and easy to customize thanks to a theme options panel. The whole thing is built on clean and validated code, too.

103. ThemeIsle — Zerif Lite

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Now you can create a one-page site for your business or a creative agency thanks to Zerif Lite. This responsive theme includes a prominent contact form and an easy way to display your staff with social links, and more.

104. ThemeIsle — Lawyeria Lite

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For the lawyer looking to first establish an online presence, Lawyeria Lite is a prime example of high-quality design. The theme is responsive and includes a convenient contact form so prospective clients can easily get in touch with you.

105. ThemeIsle — Constructzine Lite

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Construction companies don’t have any excuses: you can set up a website right now without spending a dime on design thanks to Constructzine Lite. This theme is built on solid code, has a responsive design, and includes a theme options panel for making color, font, and layout customizations.

106. ThemeIsle — BookRev Lite

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Building a book review site has never been easier thanks to BookRev Lite. This theme includes a slider and a highlight of the day so you can easily keep your readers abreast of what you’ve been reading. And it’s responsive, too!

107. ThemeIsle — Foliogine Lite

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From the most basic to the more complex, Foliogine Lite is a theme that serves multiple purposes. With it, you can edit homepage boxes, change the layout, add team members, blog posts, and projects. This dark responsive theme lends itself well to just about any site on any topic.

108. ThemeIsle — PlumBelt

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Plumbers new and established can make use of the PlumBelt theme, which offers a responsive design custom-tailored to the needs of plumbers. This responsive includes a nice contact form, too.

109. MyThemeShop — Diary

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Diary is a lovely blog theme that makes it easy to keep your readers in-the-know about the latest happenings regarding your personal life or your brand. The layout is left-aligned and allows for large featured images. Other features include a responsive design, unlimited color schemes, ad management, custom widgets, and more.

110. MyThemeShop — Portal

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Here’s a simple magazine theme that features a light color scheme with impressive splashes of color to maintain visual appeal. It uses a grid layout, is responsive, and includes custom widgets so you can easily manage ads, social media, and so forth. The options panel is pretty robust, too.

111. MyThemeShop — Point

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With this offering, MyThemeShop lets you build any kind of site you want. The layout is responsive and flexible. Select from several site layouts, colors, backgrounds, and more in the theme customizer. It also includes a related posts widget and RTL support.

112. MyThemeShop — PlayBook

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Playbook keeps it simple by offering a two column post layout and a responsive design that looks good on any device. It’s also SEO optimized and includes custom widgets, unlimited backgrounds and color schemes, and an options panel that makes set up a snap.

113. Catch Themes — Catch Box

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Catch Box is a simple boxed theme designed for professional and personal use. It was built using HTML5 and CSS3 and includes custom menus, multiple color options, featured sliders, a custom header, custom backgrounds, social links, and more.

114. Catch Themes — Catch Kathmandu

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If you need a lightweight, responsive theme that still has some visual appeal, you might want to check out Catch Kathmandu. This theme is easy to customize using the theme options panel. It features custom menus, a custom header, multiple post formats, and a full-width layout.

115. Siteturner — Now We're Talkin

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This mobile-first theme is responsive and well-suited for personal and professional websites. More than anything else, it’s eye-catching with a prominent slider and a theme options panel that lets you specify the layout, colors, and backgrounds you want.

116. Siteturner — Why Hello There

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Build a magazine or a blog with Why Hello There. This theme offers support for the Flexslider so you can easily highlight your most recent or best content. The fixed header is a nice feature, too. There are plenty of color and font options to choose from in the customizer as well.

117. Siteturner — Jump Right In

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Jump Right In is aptly named—with it you can jump right into developing a business site. It’s responsive and lightweight and features a design perfect for corporate and artsy sites. Plus you can change the background, change your color options, and modify the layout, too.

118. Siteturner — Come Here Often?

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Create a business site in seconds with this Siteturner theme. Not only is it built on HTML5 and CSS3, but it also includes advanced theme options, unlimited colors, and multiple homepage layout options.

119. Siteturner — Here Ya Go

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Launching a new blog shouldn’t be a hassle and Here Ya Go removes complication from the process. It’s built on HTML5, CSS3, with Compass, Sass, and Susy grids providing support. It also includes support for multiple plugins like Modernizr, prettyPhoto, and Font Awesome.

120. The Theme Foundry — Make

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Make is a drag-and-drop theme that can be used to build any kind of site you want. While you can upgrade it to a developer version, the free version is chock full of features, too. A single click can add columns, banners, products, and downloads to your site. It also includes several Customizer options, support, and documentation.

Do you use any of these free premium themes? Did I miss your favorite? Please share your thoughts and opinions in the comments!

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