Top 10 Free WordPress Themes

  • By Darrel Wilson
  • Last Updated: November 2, 2019

Looking for a Free WordPress Theme?

If you’re trying to find the best free WordPress themes available, look no further. You can try hundreds of free themes and still have no idea where to begin. To make it easier for you, I’ve put together a list of 10 to get you started.


The Astra Theme is extremely versatile, making it one of the most popular free themes available. The theme customizer gives you control over post and page layout settings, header options, colors, typography, and the layout of your blog and archive pages.

Astra also has pre-made demos available that are categorized by page builders and ready to import. You can add these pre-built sites by heading to the plugins page and searching “Astra starter sites.” Then in your appearance menu, you will see the option to visit the plugin. When you do, there are a large number of sites to scroll through and publish. Many are free, but some require a paid upgrade.

Astra also has a large community on Facebook and documentation available online for those who need help setting up their site.

Key Features:

  • 24 free Elementor pre-built sites
  • 19 Beaver Builder free pre-built sites
  • Designed for page builders
  • Easy to customize without code
  • Fast and responsive
  • WooCommerce ready
  • Meets accessibility standards
  • SEO friendly markup
  • Translation ready

A pro version is also available for even more customization.

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Sydney fits a variety of business website needs. A full-screen slider pulls in potential customers at first click. The header image, sticky navigation, and much more make this theme feel more like a premium theme than a free theme.

It supports Google fonts, full color control, and many other unique design features within the customizer. You can also save frequently used content blocks to speed up the design process.

Key Features:

  • Responsive
  • Easy to customize
  • Templates
  • Setup Guide
  • Documentation
  • Google Fonts
  • Translation ready
  • Social integration
  • Cross-browser support

Try the pro version for more flexibility in design and additional features.

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The Shopisle Theme was built with eCommerce stores in mind. Using this theme allows you to focus more on your products and sales and less on your website. It’s also easy to set up with the theme customizer because you can edit the front page sections of your website from there using shortcodes.

The design is built to draw in customers with a full page slider at the top of the home page. Below that are various sections for your WooCommerce products. These sections can also be customized to include other things depending on what shortcodes you have available.

Overall, Shopisle is a versatile theme for eCommerce stores that just don’t want to pay for something premium. It’s easy to use and looks great.

Key Features:

Get the pro version for more features and customization.

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Whether you are a developer, a hobbyist, or a business owner that needs a quick website, WPOcean is a great place to start. Start with a demo and import a pre-built website, or create your own from screatch. While some demos require an upgrade with a core extensions bundle, others are free.

This theme is compatible with a variety of page builders and has custom WooCommerce content built in. So you can build a beautiful WooCommerce store easily.

Key Features:

  • SEO friendly
  • Responsive
  • Easy to use
  • WooCommerce integration
    • Native cart popup
    • Floating add to cart bar
    • Off-canvas filter
    • Quick view
  • Works with Page Builders
    • Elementor
    • Divi
    • Visual Composer
    • Beaver Builder
    • Thrive Architect
  • Demos available


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Building a magazine style layout is simplified with the ColorMag theme. Sort your post categories with unlimited color options, choose from different layout styles, and build pages with Elementor. With 15 widget areas and 6+ custom widgets, the design possibilities are immense.

This theme is great for bloggers, news websites, magazines and more. It’s also compatible with WooCommerce for e-commerce integration. So you can run your website store and eMagazine side by side.

Key Features:

  • Magazine style design
  • WooCommerce compatible
  • Search engine optimized
  • Major browser compatible
  • Boxed & wide layout
  • Responsive
  • Sticky menu
  • Social icons
  • Translation Ready
  • Documentation

A pro version of this theme is also available.

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Madd Magazine

Another easy to use magazine style theme, Madd Magazine, allows you to set up your pages in the customizer and get to writing. This is the perfect theme for anyone who wants a beautiful blog set up to look like a magazine, with minimal effort. Once all the settings are in place, all you need to do is write.

It’s best to start out with a few blog posts in each category that you want to be displayed. The layout featured in the demo was built by feeding recent posts into formatted widgets, sidebars, and the homepage.

Key Features:

  • Responsive built-in slider
  • Custom background image
  • Custom background color
  • Slider/buttons color options
  • Gutenberg ready
  • Google Fonts
  • Theme options
  • Menus capability
  • Responsive design
  • Responsive layout
  • Search engine optimized
  • Multiple browser compatibility

You can also get the premium theme for more features.

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Want a simple one-page layout? Shapely can do just that. This theme is easy to use and customize within the theme customizer. It comes with several homepage widgets than can be used to add testimonials, portfolio sections, parallax sections, calls to action and more.

The Shapely theme is best for all kinds of websites because it can be tweaked to match your needs. The unique single page setup gives you much less work to do, too. It’s SEO optimized design will even help increase your traffic.

Key Features:

  • Responsive
  • Easy to customize with the customizer
  • SEO friendly
  • Hero image
  • One page layout
  • WooCommerce ready
  • Supports many plugins
  • Translation ready
  • Documentation
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Zerif Lite

Another simple single-page layout, Zerif Lite gives you the ability to make live changes to your website using the customizer. Parallax effects, custom content blocks, and mega menus give you in-depth control over the look and feel of your website pages.

This theme is great for small eCommerce stores, but it can be adapted to fit a wide range of uses. If you’re looking for a free WordPress theme that makes setting up your website simple, try Zerif Lite.

Key Features:

  • Custom content blocks
  • Parallax effect
  • WooCommerce
  • Single page design
  • Clean, validated code
  • Theme options panel
  • Responsive
  • Translation ready
  • SEO friendly
  • Custom background
  • Mega menus
  • Video tutorials
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A simple blog theme as elegant as Oblique is hard to come by. Its name comes from the header image, which is shaped in a diagonal parallelogram a the top of the page. It has a dark, minimalist style layout with a left-sided slide out menu. Customize this theme using unlimited colors, Google Fonts, custom backgrounds, and widgets.

With this theme, you will spend less time on your design and more on producing your content. It’s easy to set up, responsive, and SEO friendly.

Key Features:

  • Unique layout and design
  • Responsive
  • Social links
  • Translation ready ‘
  • SEO friendly
  • Google Fonts
  • Masonry style
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Atomic Blocks

Last, but not least, Atomic Blocks is a new theme designed specifically for Gutenberg. If you’re already experimenting with Gutenberg, you can use this theme for maximum compatibility. While other themes out there have been modified to fit Gutenberg, this is the only one so far to have been made specifically for the new WordPress editor.

This theme is also very simple to set up and minimalist in style. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, because it’s meant to be paired with Gutenberg. In the theme customizer, you can adjust your content width, font choices, font sizes, and more. The Atomic Blocks Plugin also adds more Gutenberg Blocks for you to use than is already included in the native Gutenberg Plugin.

Key Features:

  • Responsive
  • Getting Started dashboard
  • SEO optimized
  • Theme customizer
  • Translation ready
  • Built for Gutenberg
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Try one of these free WordPress themes now.

Get started designing for free with one of these themes and let me know if you stumble on any others you love.

5 thoughts on “Top 10 Free WordPress Themes

  1. The Shapely Theme is a very good theme. I am currently using it at my site. You need to see this theme as a starting point and build your site up from there. The good thing is that if you have a question there is tons of info and answered questions. Just google it. Thanks for all the Shapely info. For an example of what can be done with Shapely check out my site:

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