One of the highlights of 2012 was the large number of excellent free WordPress themes released into the wild by benevolent open sourcers. I have compiled 20 of the most popular free themes featured on WPMU.org during last year. Cheers, and here’s to an even more vibrant WordPress theme design community in 2013.
Let’s face it – even though they often contain vital information, footers generally don’t get much respect.
Unless someone is looking for information that might typically be found in the footer area, many people won’t give footers a second look. To readers, typically footers mean “the end,” “time to move on,” “that’s enough,” “how do I get out of here?”
But if you have a footer that surprises in some way, something that offers a little more, something that pops out at the visitor, then you just may catch their attention enough to engage them a little more.
The folks over at Theme Horse are making their debut in the WordPress theme market with Clean Retina, a beautiful and super functional theme. You’ll be happy to know that it’s also free and may be just the thing for your blog’s or website’s new 2013 look.
In this 4th part of the series on “How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes”, we’re going to take a closer look at media queries, and see how they work their magic in responsive WordPress themes. And don’t worry; it’s really not as complicated as you might think. On the contrary, as powerful and flexible as media queries may be, they’re actually very simple.
Who doesn’t love free WordPress themes? Site5 has just released TWO free WordPress themes at once. The folks at Site5 hosting have a special place in their hearts for WordPress and have created a growing collection of beautiful free themes.
Shortnotes: A Free Tumblog Style WordPerss Theme
Shortnotes is a simple and free responsive WordPress theme built for microblogging. The theme features support for post formats and built-in pagination. It’s also localization ready.
Check out a live demo of the theme and read more about Shortnotes on its project page at Site5.
Veecard: A Responsive vCard Website Theme
Need a theme to highlight your business? We’ve got thirty free ones here for you.
A WordPress business theme is a theme that generally doesn’t put a blog front and center. It might certainly have a blog element to it, but you won’t see the “latest posts” taking up much (if any) of the screen space on the front page of a business theme — at least not above the fold (i.e. the top part of the site you can see without scrolling down).
With more web traffic happening on tablets and phones these days, it’s invaluable for an online business portfolio to be responsive, minimal and effectively eye catching. If you are looking for a WordPress portfolio theme that accomplishes this and much more, right out of the box, you should take a look at Agency. It’s a beautiful free theme offered by EGrappler. Agency was built using Twitter Bootstrap and was designed to be the perfect theme for businesses or creative agencies.
Thesis 2, the premium WordPress framework, was launched with much anticipation, and even some controversy. But overall, Thesis users have become accustomed to its new features and have started to make skins available for download.
One such entry to the market is a responsive skin called Thesis Eleven40, from ICustomizeThesis.com.
1140 Responsive Grid
The folks at WPExplorer have just launched a redesign of their website and a brand new logo. To celebrate the new branding and redesign, they have also decided to release three free WordPress themes, all of which include responsive design and built-in theme options for easy customization.
Here’s a quick overview of all the new freebies:
Tetris: A Free Masonry Tumblog WordPress Theme
The Tetris theme employs a masonry-style layout to display tumblog-style posts. It makes use of the excellent Soliloquy plugin for the featured slider on the home page.
I am a huge fan of WooThemes.
When I was just getting into WordPress they were the first premium theme developers I came across. And when I decided to launch my own blog in June 2011, my theme decision was a shootout between Thesis, StudioPress and Canvas — Woothemes’ “flagship” theme.
In reality, it’s been adapted by many (myself included) as more of a framework than a plug-and-play theme. Whilst my blog’s original design was somewhat vanilla, I was able (with the help of a tame coder) to mould it into something a little more unique over time.