WordPress Themes

Along with Plugins, WordPress Themes is one of our more popular categories. While we often do posts alerting readers to great free themes, we’ll also cover premium themes as well. (No, we don’t chock them full of affiliate links as many do. We don’t do affiliate links.) In addition, we’ll also do posts such as Why You Should Never Search for Free WordPress Themes in Google and Comprehensive Review of 7 of the Most Popular WordPress Premium Theme Frameworks. Some of our “collection posts” include 120 Free Premium WordPress Themes, The 40 Best Free WordPress Magazine Themes, 35 Free Simple & Clean WordPress Themes, and 7 Free Twitter Bootstrap Themes for WordPress.

20 Best Free WordPress Themes for Blogs

Despite the fact there are hundreds upon thousands of themes available for WordPress, it’s still hard to find “the one.” You know, the perfect theme that will fulfil all of your hopes and dreams for your blog and put you in the mood to write.

Finding a great free theme can be difficult. Searching through the WordPress Theme Repository can be time consuming and often free themes lack beautiful design.

Below is a collection of free blogging themes that are all ideal for personal sites when you want the focus on your words.

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Top 10 Fastest WordPress Themes for Incredible Page Speed

A fast and lightweight theme can do wonders for improving your page speed – and ensuring your visitors will hang around long enough to read your content.

Last week we looked at ways to improve your Google PageSpeed Insights score. One of the recommended measures was choosing a quick theme that makes few HTTP requests.

Finding a fast theme, however, is no mean feat. Most themes available today are packed with features, such as parallax, social media and ginormous images, ensuring your site will struggle to get a score above 50 out of 100 on PageSpeed Insights.

Fast Frank

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25 Most Beautiful and Responsive WordPress Themes of 2014

There have been some truly gorgeous themes released this year.

Parallax continues as a trend, as does clean, flat and minimalist design. Though designers are becoming bolder and more experimental. Many themes this year have a great focus on typography and beautiful storytelling.

Below, I’ve compiled a collection of beautiful themes, all released this year. This list includes a range of themes suiting business, agencies, portfolios and photographers, as well as themes suiting multiple uses.

Ink

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25 Newly Released Parallax Themes That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Parallax scrolling may have lost some of its street cred in the past 12 months, but it’s still hot stuff.

It’s a cool effect that can turn an otherwise dull and boring looking site into a sexy scrolling wonderland. Combined with animated featured, parallax can be used on any type of site, from corporate and business pages to creative and portfolio sites.

This post offers a round-up of parallax themes released in the past couple of months – all 2014 themes – so there may be some you’ve never seen before.

Happy scrolling!

What’s your favorite parallax theme? Share it in the comments below.

Horizillax theme

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10 Impressive WordPress Admin Themes for 2014

The WordPress admin area got somewhat of a makeover in version 3.8, but – at least for me and maybe others who were using MP6 long before it was merged into core – the novelty has already worn off.

It’s easy enough to add new themes and plugins to customize the front-end of our sites, but what about the backend?

Customizing the backend of WordPress with an admin theme is a simple way to give your install a fresh look and is also handy for developers who are creating WordPress sites for clients and want to simplify the backend.

Forest

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Responsive WordPress Magazine Themes That Really Work On Tablets

There are countless posts that will list 20, 50, 60 or even 250 responsive magazine themes just waiting for you to possibly purchase, download and install.

The bad news is that of the hundreds of WordPress magazine themes available, only a handful actually work well across all platforms and particularly tablets.

The good news is we’ve got the list of those you should be considering.

Screenshot of the Bushwick theme on a tablet in landscape and portrait mode

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How To Learn WordPress in a Week (For Free!)

Thanks to the low barrier to using and working with WordPress, anyone with an idea and time to spare can develop a product or service on top of WordPress and start a business. In fact, many of our members are already doing that.

Whether you’re working full-time and juggling family, social and volunteer commitments, mastering WordPress is within your reach – and there are so many resources available for free that if you do have time you have absolutely no excuse!

Abacus

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15 Free Coming Soon Themes & Plugins for WordPress

When you aren’t quite ready roll out with your site, but you want to get something up anyway, then the best option is usually an attractive coming soon page.

There are two basic ways of getting a coming soon page. You can either go with a theme or a plugin.

We have both ways covered below. First we list the ten best free coming soon themes we could find. And then we move onto five free coming soon plugins.

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7 Plugins and Child Themes To Enhance TwentyFourteen

Twenty Fourteen, the newest WordPress default theme, certainly has its fair share of detractors. We called it a flawed beauty.

Since its launch, a number of plugins and child themes have been produced which offer a range of enhancements and address some of the original themes flaws.

If you like the layout of Twenty Fourteen but would like more control of the theme’s look and feel and functionality then here’s the help you need.

Two child themes flanking the original 2014 theme

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