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.

WPExplorer Releases 3 Free Responsive WordPress Themes

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.

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WooThemes Canvas Framework: How to Easily Include Calls to Action on Every 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.

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Glider: A Free Minimalist Theme for WordPress

If you’re looking for a minimalist WordPress theme that is 100% focused on typography and content, you’re going to be a big fan of the free Glider theme. This is by no means your average WordPress blog design. Glider is a simple, one-template-file responsive theme.

Tom Creighton designed and developed the Glider theme to provide a seamless reading experience with no page loads and no interruptions while accessing content.

Check out a live demo and click the arrow to see the post menu. The theme also supports arrow key navigation, so you can use your keyboard to get back to the menu.

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Workality: A Free Responsive Portfolio Theme for WordPress

The easiest way to get found and recognized for your work is to have your portfolio posted online. Since mobile devices are now the main way that people access the internet, it makes sense to have a portfolio that is responsive to smaller screen resolutions. The WordPress platform plus some of the best free responsive WordPress themes is an excellent, easy-to-use option, even if you’re on a budget.

Workality is a new free WordPress portfolio theme that was designed for creative people and agencies. The layout responds well to desktops, phones and tablets alike.

Workality Features:

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How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes – Part 1

How to Customize Responsive WordPress Themes is a new series of articles I’ll be posting at the rate of one every few days. This article is an introduction to the series, which I’ll be updating with links and additional info as subsequent articles go live.

Responsive WordPress themes have taken the design community by storm since their first appearance. For good reason too. With all the awesome advances in mobile communications, and the proliferation of mobile devices, folks are now accessing the web a whole lot more often from their phones than from their computers.

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ThemeThrift Releases Hurricane Sandy Relief Bundle of WordPress Themes and Plugins

I am continually amazed by how fast the WordPress community will mobilize to assist a cause. In the face of the devastation that Hurricane Sandy has wreaked on the American Northeast, some benevolent WordPress folks have teamed up to help victims in a unique way: by releasing free WordPress stuff.

If you love WordPress themes and plugins and are also wondering how you can help those hit hardest by the hurricane, then jump on board and donate $10 (or more!) for this sweet collection of 13 themes and 2 plugins.

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wpCasa Real Estate Theme Framework

As a WordPress guy and a Tulsa REALTOR®, I’m happy to introduce you to wpCasa. The wpCasa WordPress theme framework has been in development for several years, created by the ThemeShift team (featured on last year’s Niche Showcase: WordPress Themes for Real Estate). wpCasa is flexible enough to handle the unique needs of a demanding real estate website. (FYI: I, Clifford, am not from ThemeShift. I’m just introducing you to the new wpCasa real estate theme framework.)
Distinguishing Features
If you’re looking for a dynamic, all-around great WordPress real estate theme framework, you’ve got to consider wpCasa. It’s got so much to offer.
Style

Responsive design

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Free Responsive Newspaper Theme

Newspaper style themes are some of the most popular on the web because they feature some of the best blogging has to offer – cool teaser posts with scalable thumbnail images, interesting typography, featured category views, ad placement, and more.

That’s why we were excited to try out the new creatively titled (and FREE) theme, Newspaper, from the gang at Fearless Flyer.

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52 Free WordPress Themes with Post Formats

In Version 3.1 of WordPress, a new theme feature called “post formats” was added. Post formats allow you to change how a post is styled by choosing a pre-determined type such a quote post, a gallery post, an image post, a link post, an audio post, etc.

You choose the format you’d like by selecting a radio button located on the right side of the screen on the Post/Edit page. Here’s an example of post format types.

 

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