20 of the Best Free WordPress Themes to Build WP Sites in 2016

WordPress has proven itself to be not only a powerful blogging platform, but also a fully-featured solution for any online project that you are planning to launch. CVs, portfolio, business and even eCommerce sites can be built with its help.

With the growing demand for WordPress themes, the number of freebies keeps on increasing all the time. No matter for which purpose you need a ready-made WordPress solution, the broad community will definitely give you something that meets your requirements. Today, we have decided to collect the 20 free WordPress themes that have impressed us the most.

All of these products feature trendy designs and come packed full with all the functionality that you will need to get started. On top of that, all WP themes are fully responsive, which will make your site adapt to the screen size of any device.

1. Hitchcock


Hitchcock is a stylish WordPress theme for designers, photographers and other creatives. It’s perfect for portfolio sites and personal blogs, however you can edit it to fit any project you have in mind. If you like responsive WP themes with infinite scroll, a built-in search field in the navigation bar and other features, then Hitchcock is just for you.

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2. Pro Blogg

Pro Blogg

Pro Blogg can become a great starting point for your blog. The theme was created in the classic black and white color scheme. Placed on the light background and surrounded by white space, social sharing icons, images and written data look outstanding. The theme features a two-column structure, which allows you to enhance your blog’s navigation. Categories menu, search bar, post archives, tag cloud, a list of recent posts, and some information about the project were organized into a sidebar. The theme was made responsive, crossbrowser compatible and SEO friendly.

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3. Agency


Agency looks bright and cheerful. The layout features non-standard content positioning, which makes the page exude creativity. The main menu was presented by means of a hamburger icon, which reveals more content with a click. In the header of the theme you can find a large hero slider built in material style. Tile-based banners below it feature hover effect, which reveals more data on the mouse-over.

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4. Business


Business is a responsive WordPress template that is intended to enhance business blogs with a professional look. Every element of the layout was handpicked to serve a certain function. The carousel slider on the front page is intended to present the latest publications in a more attractive manner. Above the slider you can find a set of neat social sharing options, which will provide your visitors with quick access to your social media profiles. The layout of the theme is well-balanced and uncluttered – a perfect solution to create a trustworthy look on the web.

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5. Emmet


Emmet is a free WordPress theme that features a clean and professional design best suited for corporate and portfolio websites. The template comes loaded with a page builder, which will make the process of layout modification a breeze. Any element of the design can be added, edited or removed via a simple drag and drop interface. On top of that, Emmet is compatible with the major WordPress plugins like BuddyPress, bbPress and many others. WooCommerce support makes it possible to create a fully featured online store.

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6. Jane Morris

Jane Morris

Jane Morris is a free photographer portfolio WordPress theme that is intended to present your creative works beautifully on the web. The theme runs on Cherry Framework 3.1.5. Bootstrap functionality that lies at its core makes the theme fully adaptive to any screen resolution on which it’s being viewed. The template was developed with valid HTML and CSS practices, so you may be certain that your site will remain competitive on the web for a long time. The parallax scrolling effect was integrated to enhance the clean style of the theme, whereas lazy load effect ensures fast loading of your site content.

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7. Activello


Activello is a stunning freebie that will suit a number of online projects perfectly, including travel, sport, adventure, personal, photography, food, etc. This multi-purpose WordPress blog theme runs on a fully responsive Bootstrap framework. In addition, the theme is cross-browser compatible and SEO-friendly. Its retina ready images will look razor sharp on the latest-generation handheld devices. If you wish to reach international consumers, then its multi-language support will come in handy for you.

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8. Rowling


Rowling is a responsive and translation-ready WordPress theme designed for online magazines and any other news portals. It comes with easy-to-navigate pages, legible serif & sans serif fonts and a section for related posts to offer visitors more content to read. To give your site an individual touch, the theme supports a custom logo, accent color, 3 menu areas, gallery post format, and 3 widgets including Flickr, recent posts and comments.

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9. iPersonal


If you are looking for a functional starting point for your personal page or blog, then consider downloading iPersonal. This free WordPress theme was built in the magazine style. Huge headings are accompanied by bold images, which can speak a thousand words. The layout doesn’t feature anything superfluous. Main menu, social sharing options and the blog posts – these are the key elements of the theme. A set of pre-designed pages for About, Category and Contact blocks have been included in the package. The theme is well-documented, and comes with pro support and updates.

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10. Parallax One

Parallax One

Parallax One is a free one-page WordPress theme that runs on a fully responsive framework. Built with clean, valid code, the theme is intended to run equally well across multiple browsers. As you may have already guessed, the parallax scrolling effect is integrated into the theme’s visuals in order to add the feeling of depth to its clean and minimalist style. The layout has been made easy to navigate. At the footer of the theme you can find a built-in Google map and contact details.

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11. KYAN


KYAN is a free WordPress theme created in clean and minimalist style, which is best suited for building blogs and news portals. The template was made lightweight and easy to navigate. When reaching such a web resource, users will feel the ease of its navigation. The full-width layout can adjust smoothly to literally any screen size and resolution that it’s being viewed on. Masonry layout was chosen to increase the number of page views and engage your audience.

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12. Cherry Framework

Cherry Framework

As the name implies, CherryFramework is a free WordPress theme that has inherited all the best functionality of the last version of this well respected open source WordPress theme framework. Cherry 4 was released not that long ago yet it has managed to win the hearts of millions of WordPress users due to its simplicity and the abundance of smart options. As for the Cherry theme, it can be managed by users of all skill levels. Installation has been made as easy as one, two, three. All the components get installed automatically in the dashboard. If you wish, you can choose manual theme installation. As per the features that were included with the pack, get ready to come across source PSD, detailed online documentation, categories accordion, several sliders, full social integration, a set of pre-designed custom pages, audio player and video integration, and much more.

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13. MAG


Mag. is one more free magazine-style WordPress theme on this list. The layout is best suited for handling content heavy web resources. When choosing this theme you may be certain that smartphone and tablet users will enjoy all content fully, thanks to its responsive framework. The theme was made SEO-friendly, so there should be no problems with its optimization for the major search engines.

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14. Sparkling


Sparkling is a ready-made WordPress freebie best suited for building personal blogs or photography portfolio websites. Its pixel perfect layout was built with attention to details. The clean style of the theme features plenty of white space that was cleverly used in order to make your content stand out more. Among the features that the package includes, we can highlight Bootstrap 3 framework, support of such popular WordPress plugins as Gravity Forms, SEO by Yoast, Contact Form 7, and much more.

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15. SportsMag


SportsMag will be a perfect fit for sport related news portals. Thanks to its well-balanced content positioning, the layout can handle content-heavy websites with ease. Fully responsive and SEO-friendly, the theme can become a great starting point for bloggers and designers who would like to try their hand at web design. In order to facilitate its customization, the package includes multiple layout options, several content blocks, grid-based list support, Post/Archive template, and plenty of other cool features.

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16. AccessPress Mag

AccessPress Mag

AccessPress Mag free WordPress theme is a cool option for building newspaper, magazine and blog sites. The package has been loaded with multiple layout options that come with/without sidebars for quicker modification of the theme. In order to take better control of the site content and make your page more user-friendly, post view and comments count options were added. Author blog below each post allows users to learn more information about the person who has written a specific article. Social sharing options provide quick links to the authors’ or your company’s social media profiles.

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17. Optimizer


Optimizer is an easy to install and use free WordPress template. The layout can be tweaked without touching a line of code thanks to the Live customization option. With some minimal adjustments you can make the theme a quick starting point for a blog, portfolio, business, landing page or eCommerce site. Although we are dealing with a freebie, the pack is rich in various features. Here are some of the highlights: full-width and blog layout options, retina ready visuals support, mobile optimization, compatibility with the major WordPress plugins like bbPress, MailChimp, Contact Form 7, WooCommerce, etc.

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18. Gazette


Gazette is a minimalist and flexible template that is intended for magazine, newspaper or blog sites. Every element of the design was especially optimized to run properly on any device. In order to provide better readability, written content was balanced with retina ready images. The home page features plenty of space to showcase your most recent/popular posts, integrate video or other content to entertain the audience.

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19. NovelLite


NovelLite is a free WordPress theme best suited for business websites. The pack includes a variety of customization options in order to let bloggers feel the ease of tweaking the design elements. Logo, menus, texts and backgrounds can be all managed the way you wish. Six widgetized areas, Visual Editor, special post types, and many other smart features have been integrated into the template.

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20. RokoPhoto Lite

RokoPhoto Lite

RokoPhoto Lite is the last, but not the least, WordPress freebie on this list. The fans of black and white design should enjoy this theme. The layout was made simple and easy-to-follow. First-time visitors to your site should have no problems finding the relevant data on the page. Clear content hierarchy makes the theme easy to scan. Photographers, videographers, writers and other creative professionals can use this freebie to their benefit.

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These are 20 stunning responsive WordPress themes that are available for free download. Though all of them come in “lite” versions, the features that each of them includes are rather impressive and can even compete with the premium offers. All of these freebies can be used for your future projects, or if you wish, you can download any of them for educational purposes.

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  1. Here is some creative word press themes where you can create some unique WP web site and it can help you to make business lead if you target it in appropriate audience.

  2. i need some wallpaper template for my website. Please suggest me some of best free wallpaper template for wordpress.

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