5 best free WordPress themes, we’ve actually used

5 best free WordPress themes, we’ve actually used

The internet is littered with literally thousands of WordPress themes for you to use in your web design projects.

After spending many years working with WordPress for clients, corporates, random projects and a few experiments. We’ve done our fair share of Googling for themes.

Free themes can be great but they can also be cumbersome, some of them are lite versions of premium themes, some just don’t seem to be put together that well and others just break before installation or offer little to no support.

But they’re not all bad, over time we’ve come across some really good free themes and here are our 5 favourite based on the following criteria.

We should also note that none of these themes are particularly new and have been around for a while.

The general criteria for choosing a free theme is:

  • Something with a well structured layout, keep in mind we’re web designers and not interested in design fluff from templates, we look for something well built.
  • Responsive, is this even a question nowadays?
  • Something minimal, we prefer to add or take away elements as needed

The list:

Elegant free WordPress theme

This theme is actually one of our preferred free themes on the list, it is responsive, the design is minimal and it offers a good slider and workable default layouts.

lightlyfunky™, wordpress web design - 5 best free wordpress themes, we’ve actually used

Screenshot taken from demo site. This theme can be found on WPexplorer, click here for download link.

Pytheas free WordPress theme

A great option for small business or personal blog / portfolio.

lightlyfunky™, wordpress web design - 5 best free wordpress themes, we’ve actually used

Screenshot taken from demo site. This theme can be found on WPexplorer, click here for download link.

Pronto free WordPress theme

This theme is based on a masonry layout the responsive loading is slick and there’s lots of room to style as you wish through some custom CSS.

lightlyfunky™, wordpress web design - 5 best free wordpress themes, we’ve actually used

Screenshot taken from demo site. This theme can be found on WPexplorer, click here for download link.

Sight free WordPress theme

A comprehensive clean blog theme for publishing articles.

lightlyfunky™, wordpress web design - 5 best free wordpress themes, we’ve actually used

Screenshot taken from demo site. This theme can be found on Wpshower, click here for download link.

Portra free WordPress theme

A horizontal scrolling theme to showcase your photography or portfolio works.

lightlyfunky™, wordpress web design - 5 best free wordpress themes, we’ve actually used

Screenshot taken from demo site. This theme can be found on Wpshower, click here for download link.

A final note

As you may have noticed these themes are all from either Wpshower or WPexplorer a big thanks to them for sharing these resources, they both have many other good quality WordPress resources and are definitely worth a click if you’re looking for WordPress themes. There are many other great resources out there but these are the ones we feel are of the best.

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