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.

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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.

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The 60 Best Free WordPress Magazine Themes

As you have probably heard by now, the new default theme for WordPress is a magazine theme.

While making the new default theme a magazine-style design was an interesting and welcome move, of course it still might not suite your tastes exactly, even if you happen to be looking for a magazine-style theme.

But worry not, we’ve got 60 great free alternatives for you. You’re bound find at least one that will do for you what the new TwentyFourteen theme might not.

Happy downloading.

(Let us know in the comments which ones you like best.)

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WordPress TwentyFourteen Theme: A Flawed Beauty

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, WordPress default themes are important.They get automatically installed on every upgraded and new WordPress site, gaining massive exposure.

For 2014, WordPress have broken away from previous defaults to produce a theme for a specific use, namely magazines. And not just any magazine theme but a “beautiful magazine theme”.

And it certainly is beautiful. But if you want to use the theme you’re also going to have to contend with its flaws.

Screenshot of a TwentyFourteen home page

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35 Awesome WordPress Slider Themes

Strong images are a must for any website, but even more so if you run a business and have a commercial need to promote your work or sell a product online.

Do you remember the last time you visited a restaurant’s website and didn’t see a photo of a tasty dish? Or have you ever seen a real estate site missing images of homes for sale?

Sliders provide an ideal way to display multiple images fluidly and in an eye-catching way that grabs your visitors’ attention when they land on your site.

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Hoodwinked: Dodgy Free WordPress Hosting, Themes, and Plugins

If you’re on wpmu.org, you’re probably a WordPress fan. How could you be otherwise? WordPress is an open-sourced “Jack of all trades” website builder. It can do anything.

Unfortunately, not all online freebies are as benevolent. What looks edible might actually kill your website. So hold it, Little Red Riding Hood. Before you start foraging for free hosting, themes and plugins, read these cautionary tales from the world-wide woods.

Free-Hosting Services

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Why You Should Never Search For Free WordPress Themes

Update #1: I have written a post about where you can find free WordPress themes. So once you get to the end of this and are suitably concerned you can check it out for some great places to find your themes.

Update #2: This post was originally written in 2011 but has been resurfaced due to its relevance and popularity within the community. Free WordPress themes with malicious characeristics are still prevalent and should be looked for and avoided.

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Free WordPress Drag and Drop Themes to Make Life a Little Easier

There are many more non-coders out there using WordPress than coders. For us non-coders, we often think, “Why isn’t arranging elements in my theme easier? Why can’t I just drag stuff and drop it where I want?”

Well, with a number of the more sophisticated premium themes these days you can. But there are also a few free themes out there that let you do the same thing.

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Free Twitter Bootstrap Admin Theme For WordPress

It’s not very often that I come across a WordPress admin theme that doesn’t make me want to poke my eyes out, but this one caught my attention.

Our very own @aristath has created a plugin that brings Twitter Bootstrap styles into your WordPress dashboard. Bootstrap Admin is a clean, minimalist administration theme that totally changes the look of your dashboard with new icons, colors and Bootstrap as the backbone.

After you install and activate Bootstrap Admin, your WordPress dashboard will be transformed to look something like this:

So far Bootstrap Admin includes:

General styling of the WordPress admin area

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