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.

30 Free, Responsive and Stunning WordPress Themes

There are so many free themes out there it’s hard to know where to begin. Just searching through the WordPress Theme Repository for the perfect theme can be time consuming.

The great thing about most of the recently released free theme is that they are responsive, meaning you can download, install and activate them and quickly and easily meet the needs of your mobile users.

Below is a collection of responsive themes – all free – and many of them new designs that have been released in the past few weeks.

Stanley

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13 Free Medium Inspired WordPress Themes — If You Dare!

Medium is a blog publishing platform that has grown by leaps and bounds over the last year or so.

Its design is simple yet attractive, making sure to put a great deal of the focus on the site’s content.

Both of these things have led some in the WordPress community to pay attention. And as is often the case, when something new arises and becomes popular in the web publishing space, many WordPressers look to either integrate it or take inspiration from it.

If You Dare
And that leads us to the “If You Dare” part of our title.

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6 Beautiful Free WordPress Video Themes

Have you ever tried searching for free WordPress video themes? It’s hard. Really hard.

While there are many, many premium video themes out there – all gorgeous and complete with endless options for customizations – there are barely any free ones available. What gives?

So I’ve scoured the web to put together a small and tidy collection of free themes. The themes below come with basic options, but each allows your content to shine.

Stumblr

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10 Fresh and Free Fullscreen WordPress Themes

You can’t go past fullscreen themes when you’re looking to make a statement with your WordPress site.

Not only are they bold and striking, they are the perfect fit for photographers, creative artists and graphic designers, and anyone else looking to make a visual impact.

But while there are plentiful premium fullscreen themes, free ones are few and far between.

Axis

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WordPress Business Themes in 2014 – 60 of the Best, All Free

WordPress now powers almost 20% of the web. And though it’s hard to say exactly how much of that is attributed to exactly what types of users, there’s no question that businesses have been turning to WordPress at a greater and greater rate.

As you might expect, that increased demand has led theme developers to increase choices. And these 60 free responsive business themes below attest to that.

Exactly What is a “Business Theme”?
A WordPress business theme is a theme that generally doesn’t put a blog front and center.

featured

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What Makes You Love or Loathe a WordPress Theme?

We enjoyed the results of the blog survey (congrats to the winner by the way, you know who you are!) so much that we figured we’d try to get your feedback again… and give away another annual WPMU DEV account (worth $588) to one lucky respondent :)

And to make things even better, this survey is less than half as long and concerns one thing and one thing only… themes.

themes-chat

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How To Make Twenty Fourteen (Or Any Other WP Theme!) Super

In a recent review of WordPress’ latest default theme, WPMU DEV’s Chris Knowles called Twenty Fourteen a “flawed beauty.”

In that article, Chris recommended a number of potential improvements, and together we’ve put together this ultimate guide to addressing those flaws.

And what’s more, these tips and techniques can be used in practically any WordPress theme.

So, break out the cape, fire up your favorite editor, and give Twenty Fourteen a superhero makeover.

Photo of Superman, Ironman, Wonder Woman and Captain America action figures

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3 Tricks For Improved Child Theming in WordPress

There are a lot of reasons why it is better to create a child theme instead of modifying a theme, but one of the most important reasons is that doing so allows you to keep the parent theme up to date without losing your customizations.

The more template files you copy from the parent theme to the child theme, the more likely it is that you will miss out on the benefit of a future update to the parent theme as the changes are in a file your child theme is overriding.

elephants

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Best WPMU DEV Posts of 2013

It’s been a cracker of a year here at WPMU DEV. We’ve released lots of new plugins, updated existing ones and helped give our members the best WordPress support out there.

Thank you to all our loyal WPMU DEV Blog readers who have supported us throughout the year and contributed to some fairly robust discussions in the comments of our posts.

Throughout the year we wrote hundreds of articles, so to farewell 2013 here’s a roundup of our biggest and best posts.

Happy New Year!

Best of 2013

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