The 11 Most Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

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  • June 27, 2009

WordPress is one of the most powerful blogging platforms available today, and it’s very easy to use. It has widgets and plugins for almost everything that you can think of, and, best of all, there is a huge community of designers who are constantly creating and updating free WordPress themes and plugins. This post is a collection of 11 of the most beautiful WordPress themes that you can download and start using without cost. I hope that as you browse through this list that you will be able to find something that you can use on your blog. So without further ado, I’m proud to present this year’s themes.


WordPress Fun

11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

Notepad Chaos

11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes


11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

Vintage and Blues

11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes


11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

Color Paper

11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

Premium News

11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes


11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes


11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes


11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes


11 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes

About Nicholas Cardot

It's my personal quest to enable every person that I can to unlock that dormant potential concerning their online influence. Also, I'm a geek.


  • sbcjr says:

    Awesome! I recognized the first one from pretty neat! I really like several of these, and there are certain parts of each one that make for good inspiration and thought stimulation.

    Thanks for compiling them!

  • minisite Design says:

    Hello thank you very much for your information! I really love wootheme..

    • Nicholas Z. Cardot says:

      minisite Design » Me too. They have some great material over there at WooTheme!

      sbcjr » Great! I’m glad that you like them. I hope you are able to find something that you can use or learn from!

  • Chris Cline says:

    Nice themes.

    I use the theme soulvision.

    You can see the demo here:

    • Nicholas Z. Cardot says:

      Chris Cline » Thanks for adding that one. There are a lot out there and I’m going to be working hard to find the absolute best so that I can continue to put together lists like this.

      nelson » I’m excited to learn that you’ve added this to your daily list of blogs that you stop at. That’s really cool. Thanks for the compliments on the theme. I really, really like it also. I am, of course, continually tweaking it to suit my personal tastes, but I plan on keeping this theme for a good long time. On one of my previous sites, I went through a stage where I was redesigning it every two months or so. That was not good. I lost a lot of followers there. My general rule now is that it shouldn’t be switched more than once a year. With this in mind, I make sure that it is excellent before I apply it because I have to remember that I’ll be stuck with it for a while. And if the theme is working and I haven’t found one that is AMAZING, then I’ll probably keep it longer than a year. But I really like this one because it goes with my “Sketch” theme as it kind of has a paper canvas with texture feel which is what really drew me to it.

      See, now I’m talking a lot!

  • nelson says:

    lol @chris ( not at you of course , with you ) … i was just about to recommend the same theme .

    good call . great theme . ;)

  • nelson says:

    and of course … sitesketch101’s theme … which is fabulous . not free … but it’s the reason i stuck around enough to read the articles and become a daily visitor .

    excellent theme . don’t change it . it’s one of the best themes i’ve seen ( and i’ve travelled through a lot of design/blogging blogs ) .

    p.s. sorry for the double post .

  • nelson says:

    yeah … it’s generally a good idea to keep a theme . it gives a feeling of steadiness that readers … well .. that’s a good thing .

    and when it comes to changing it … a good advice is to do a little asking before a change . worst case scenario get a screenshot of the future theme and post it , show it to your audience . get their opinion as well .

    after all … blogging is not just about the writer … it’s a lot about readers .

    • Nicholas Z. Cardot says:

      nelson » You are exactly right. Blogs are about the readers. The more that you can cater to their tastes the more successful you will be! I like your idea of asking with a screenshot as well. Great input on that!

  • Minisite Design says:

    Hi nice share!!! thank you!

  • Satkrit says:

    Nice collection. Especially liked the third one. Does my commenting a lot bother you. Just tell me and I will comment less.

    • Nicholas Z. Cardot says:

      Satkrit » Comments are the life-blood of this blog. I love getting comments. Every time that I get one it makes me feel like a little kid with a new toy. Plus at least your not spamming. Spamming is like short little comments that don’t really say anything. As long as someone is actually adding to the conversation then I’m thrilled about it.

  • Blogging School says:

    from your list, i think Impress is the best. :D

  • insicdesigns says:

    thanks for including my theme here. I greatly appreciate it. :)

    • Nicholas Z. Cardot says:

      insicdesigns » Absolutely! You’re welcome! I really like that theme and I’m considering using it on one of my future projects. I already have a project in mind that I might use it on. Thanks for putting it together!

  • Arisu says:

    Woah! Amazing collection!

    I only knew and loved Notepad chaos, but they´re all awesome. And some are great for corporative/business like blogs. Those are hard to find, just like nice sans-serif fonts.

    • Nicholas Z. Cardot says:

      Arisu » Great. It is hard to find really nice free WordPress templates so when I come across some good ones, I like to take the time to share them with everyone that I know.

  • Zábavná videa says:

    Nice, i love free magazine themes!!!

  • R.W. Jackson says:

    Thanks Nick. Great themes. One issue I tried to click on the demo of a few of the top listed and it came up forbidden, probably not anything to do with your site, but I thought you might want to check it out.


    • Nicholas Z. Cardot says:

      R.W. Jackson –> Thanks for letting me know about that. I guess their site considered these links as hotlinking so I have each of the images above now linked to their respective download pages.

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  • Mukund says:

    I just love all those word press themes!!! Wonderful! I would like to know which of these are converted to blogger? It will be really helpful if you could do an analysis on this..

    • Nicholas Z. Cardot says:

      Mukund –> I don’t even now how to check that. I guess just visit the ones you like and see if they have it for other platforms. Sorry that I can’t help you more.

  • Ron Boracay says:

    Although some of this themes are converted into blogger theme, I think it is still best to use them for wordpress. Because they are made for wordpress.

    • Mukund says:

      You are right! I am planning to change my domain now. Mostly shift to wordpress. Use wordpress for some time and later on, change to a domain of my own as Nicholas adviced me too!

      • Ron Boracay says:

        Mukund –> No need to change your domain while shifting to wordpress platform. It can kill your ranking and authority.

        Just a redirect or I think changing some server side script will do the job.

        • Mukund says:

          Hmmm.. Can you get some more details about this? I mean redirecting from blogger to some other domain? It will be really very helpful to me!!

          • Ron Boracay says:

            I am not an expert about that thing, But I think, a server redirect (301 or 302) I think will do the job.

            • Mukund says:

              Hmmm!! Thanks Ron! But, can I get a detailed information about this? I am planning to change to my custom domain. At the same time, I don’t want to lose my PR and backlinks! Any help will be appreciated!!

            • ZXT says:

              Ron, Mukund is using a Blogger for his blog. I am also curious on how can he not change his domain if he wants to use WordPress theme and WordPress CMS?

              Also I think Mukund is trying to get his own domain name, that means for him to be able to use that domain, his links would be totally different now.

              • Mukund says:

                You are absolutely right! I don’t think without changing my domain name, I will be able to use the wordpress plugings. But Ron said there is a way to redirect URL’s. If that is possible, then I can get create a blog in wordpress. Else, will go in for my own domain and even for that I need a server redirect. Hope Ron got me! And even you ZXT!! :)

              • Ron Boracay says:

                Oh ok, I though he is just saying migrating from Blogspot to wordpress. If this is a new domain, then you will start from scratch definitely. Unless you buy an old and existing domain. You may benefit from its old backlinks or pr (or maybe not).

                • Mukund says:

                  Yes Ron! But I always prefer to start with a new domain. I should start from the scratch. I know it! I am saving money for hosting on a custom domain. Soon, I will!!

  • Pinaybackpacker says:

    Thank you so much Nick for these great finds!

    Now I’m rally tempted to change my them again. I just changed it last July. :D

    So far, Premium News is the one that appeals to me the most.

    The other ones are great, too, but I find it too difficult to read if the background is too dark. So, I’ll stick with a light-colored one.

    • Nicholas Z. Cardot says:

      Pinaybackpacker –> There are some really good themes available. You just have to find the one that’s right for you.

    • ZXT says:

      Too many changes will get you confuse and you may not fully utilize your themes options. But if you think theres really a good theme that came up then yes change it by all means.

  • akira07 says:

    Some wordpress template is converted to blogspot template. So i just wait for “notepad chaos” theme to converted also. I love it…!!!

    Thanks for sharing.
    The free themes is already cool, i think no need for wordpress user to buy paid themes.

    • Mukund says:

      I think Notepad Chaos theme has already been converted into blogger. I saw a blogger blog with the theme few days before!

    • Ron Boracay says:

      Notepad Chaos is actually available now for blogspot (blogger). And since its free to use, here it is:

  • Sat Chen says:

    My favorite from this list is Magazeen

  • Ruchi says:

    Thanks for sharing the list.
    I loved the Aspire one.

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  • Jean says:

    Thanks very much for this.

    I personally love themes that are pretending to be 3D so like your theme Nicholas, and the Color Paper.

    will have to think carefully about changing theme in the future as I think mine has too many rotating images.

    • Nicholas Cardot says:

      Jean –> Thanks. I’ve spent a lot of time getting my site to look how it looks today. Thanks for the praise on it.

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  • Don Gilbert says:

    These are some really great themes. I am getting ready to launch another site – and I needed to find a really killer look for it. I am glad I found this here.
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  • Kok Siong Chen says:

    Personally, i like the Infinity the most. I have downloaded it before that. However, I just do not know why i can’t install it to my WordPress blog. The problem stated there is about the header incompatibility.
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  • Vinish Parikh says:

    Thanks for such great list of word press themes
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  • zeb says:

    Lots of beautiful themes here, did the Irresistible is free to use?

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