60+ Free WordPress Themes

One of 60+ quality WordPress themes.

Via instantshift.com

Pulling the trigger just got easier. Now anyone can have a beautifully designed, standards-compliant WordPress site. The 60-plus recently created free WordPress themes (AKA template collections) listed by InstantShift’s Daniel Adams are categorized by function and style: “Clean and Minimal,” “Artistic and Fancy,” “Magazine Style,” “Portfolio Style,” “News and Social Media Style,” “Showcase and Galleries Style,” “E-Comerce and Shopping Cart Style,” “Domain Parking/Coming Soon Style,” and “Other.” Something for everyone.

Not everything here is a winner or will appeal to every taste, but there is plenty of great work to be had here. If WordPress is your CMS (it’s mine), even if you are a designer, you may ask yourself if you really need to perform that next site redesign from scratch.

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13 thoughts on “60+ Free WordPress Themes

  1. Some nice themes here. I may snag one for my wordpress site. I’d enjoy dissecting quite a few of these since I’m working on learning PHP & WordPress development.

  2. For the general public and design challenged these are a solution. If you can design and code “custom” is always the best choice as it’s a reflection of your personal abilities and sensibilities.

    As Designers we say we create solutions that are customized to the clients needs. A pre-made theme can’t fully (100%) solve a clients specific needs. The exception is if the client has no budget.

    Worst case scenario is that you pick a canned theme that another Designer or competitor has chosen. Now you’re wearing the same outfit and you look like twins. Awkward.

  3. If you can design and code “custom” is always the best choice as it’s a reflection of your personal abilities and sensibilities.

    I’m not sure I agree with that. While I will agree that a 100% canned solution isn’t the best choice for anyone who has the talent and skill to do custom work, I think Zeldman correctly suggests that ‘from scratch’ isn’t a necessity either. Especially if your goal is to have a functioning, attractive blog, and not to create a showcase of your design work. I’ve created many WP sites, both for myself and others – including clients. For personal sites, I sometimes use themes with only a small amount of customization, because I enjoy the work of the designer. For clients, I’ve started with themes as a base and customized them to suit the client’s needs. I’ve also created WP themes from scratch. I find that the ‘right’ solution varies in accordance with ‘the problem’. If I don’t have to spend time (and therefore the client’s money) getting the posts over on the right and the sidebar over on the left, or coding a thumbnail calendar view of post dates from the ground up, then that leaves more time/money to focus on the unique things the client does need.

  4. I have to say it took me by surprise to see you promoting templates/themes as you rightly advocate content preceding design. Design in the absence of content is just decoration, right? Which is something I firmly stand by, too. Where’d this post come from?

    Hope all is well.

  5. Paul:

    Design in the absence of content is just decoration, right?

    True, but layouts are layouts. And these are mostly pretty good (to very good) layouts for common types of web content (i.e., blog, magazine, store, and so on).

    A good layout for a magazine gives you a starting point to design your own magazine by tweaking a supplied theme; a good layout for a blog gives you a starting point to design your own blog by tweaking a supplied theme.

    Then, too, occasionally a web layout is so transparent that it supports almost any kind of content while feeling like it was uniquely designed for that specific site. Douglas Bowman’s “Minna” layout for Blogger is that kind of layout. It’s a generic thing he created in a rush at Google’s request, but there was some magic and genius in his instincts, and the layout has seemed “custom designed” for literally millions of blogs.

    For more about the story behind Minna, read Douglas Bowman’s The New Blogger and have a watch and listen to Jeffrey Zeldman: Understanding Web Design from the AIGA Business and Design Conference (October 23–25, 2008). A PDF transcript is also available if you don’t feel like watching the video.

  6. Problem is, even the most perfect and clean and valid theme, probably has its problems and you may need to fix them, before even starting to tweak the theme…

    Quick example: Manifest WP theme — I am currently using it for a project of mine. Even if I enjoy the theme very much, I quickly discovered that the CSS is far from perfect… Take a look:

    .postContent h4 {
    font-family : constantia, palatino, times new roman;
    font-size : 1.2em;

    — I am pretty sure that you cannot use “times new roman” without quotes in the code (I may be wrong?)…

    So even if you start with the best of themes, still, every designer will have probably a lot of work to tweak a particular theme, to suit his needs best… :) (Well, this is better than start from scratch, probably, anyway…)

  7. @Michel: Absolutely. There’s out-of-the-box, which is plenty good enough for the average non-web-designer, and there’s what a web designer has to do to out-of-the-box to personalize it, improve it aesthetically, customize it to his/her/the product’s brand, clean up the semantics of the markup, etc.

  8. Excellent discussion! As I create more and more blogging sites and implement blogs into existing sites, I continue to struggle with this topic. If the budget allows, I always go custom. But lately for the small businesses and startups I serve, the budgets have only allowed for the customization of a pre-existing template. So should I feel like less of a web designer? Should I turn away this type of work if it does? My answer is typically “no”—especially for existing clients. But it’s something that creatives and developers need to take into consideration for each individual project.

  9. Nice one! I always recommend WP to non tekkies who want to setup an online business, the only issue always seems to be finding good free themes. This definitively helps.

    Btw, I see yhou have toned down the orange on your own site – as predicted… :-)

  10. Btw, I see yhou have toned down the orange on your own site – as predicted… :-)

    I haven’t toned it down. Not even slightly.

    Maybe you’re just getting used to it?

    Or maybe you switched to the off-white theme?

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