80 Premium Like Yet Absolutely Free WordPress Themes 2012 Edition

WordPress is the most used and popular blogging platform around the web. Its flexibility, usability and customizability are the main reasons people regard WordPress so high. Another reason is the huge array of themes available for WordPress – you can create almost anything, from online magazines to advanced e-commerce businesses. You can either get themes for free or pay for them. Of course, you get what you pay for — yet don’t be too eager to spend your money on something you might not even need. If you’re just starting out with WordPress I suggest reading Choosing a WordPress Theme: Free or Premium? After that you might consider whether you really want to pay for that premium theme. If the answer is no, continue reading and check out these 80 professional, beautiful and free WordPress themes from 2012 — the best free themes that can be found!

News/Magazine/General blogging

1. Live Wire

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Live Wire is about rocking your blogging. It was designed with a mobile first attitude, it supports post formats, gravity forms and hybrid tabs plugins (CSS included).

2. silverOrchid

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silverOrchid WordPress theme by gazpo.com offers a wide range of customization possibilities with the theme options, and is extremely simple to get up and running.

3. Yasmin

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Yasmin is a responsive WordPress theme based on the skeleton framework. This theme is also powered with features like custom post type, taxonomies, custom menu, featured thumbnails and more.

4. Canyon

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Canyon is a powerful, premium quality theme with features like custom menu, custom widgets, featured thumbnails and a featured slider.

5. Rolex

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Rolex is a premium quality free theme that will give your WordPress site a professional look and has a beautiful jQuery slider on top. There is a widgetized section on the home page to list your services or products in style.

6. Nomad

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Nomad is a clean, elegant WordPress theme that has a two column design with a jQuery featured image slider.

7. Blaskan

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Blaskan is a forever free high quality theme focused on what WordPress does best: blogging.

8. Learner

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Learner is a simple and clean WordPress theme, easily customized through theme options and custom widgets.

9. Accentbox

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Accentbox is a free theme although its features and design can put any premium theme to shame. With its elegant design and powerful features, Accentbox will top the downloading charts. This HTML5 theme is fully responsive to make sure your blog looks awesome in any case.

10. PureLine

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PureLine is a professional, clean, yet amazing WordPress theme for enthusiasts of simplicity and flexibility.

11. Prospect

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Prospect is a classy, sophisticated, and modern WordPress theme for business. all the features of a premium theme, without the premium price.

12. Danko

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Danko WordPress theme is ideal for charity organizations. It’s focused on raising funds for your charity. Use this free theme to do as much good as possible.

13. Newzeo

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Newzeo is a lean, dynamic 2 or 3 column theme with a light or dark color scheme.

14. Jezz

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Jezz is a premium like WordPress theme with powerful CMS tools, responsive design and beginner friendly admin panel.

15. GreenPrime

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GreenPrime theme is a business WordPress theme with a responsive design, elegance, flexibility, and awesomeness.

16. EduBLOG

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eduBLOG is a free theme built with dozens of amazing features, as well as several custom TutsPress widgets that will allow you to shape the site in many ways.

17. Delicacy

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Delicacy is a culinary WordPress theme created with food blogs in mind. Delicacy is also a perfect choice and can be easily adapted for personal blog.

18. Putte

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Putte is a clean and beautiful theme with great features for WordPress 3.3+. The theme supports WordPress custom header and custom menu.

19. Respo

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Respo is an amazing WordPress theme with a clean, sleek and customizable design. The theme is suitable for personal blogs and/or online magazines.

20. Azsimple

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Az simple is a plain and simple theme without many graphic effects, shadows or gradients, but still beautiful.

21. NewsDepo

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NewsDepo is a free WordPress magazine theme.

22. Western

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Western is a premium like WordPress theme for tutorial sites.

23. Cascade

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Cascade magazine portfolio theme helps to make your talent the focal point of your portfolio – the way it should be. Present your work in a professional manner with a timeless design.

24. Pioneer

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Pioneer magazine theme is a clean, modern and powerful professional WordPress theme suitable for any kind of news/magazine/corporate/business website. It comes with an impressive jQuery homepage slider with unlimited possibilities and options.

Personal

1. Launch

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Launch is a sweet little theme for the personal blogger who likes to blog in style. Provides support for your own self-hosted video, audio, images, galleries, asides, links, quotes and of course good old standard posts.

2. Esplanade

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Esplanade is a modern and stylish theme featuring a responsive layout with a slick and streamlined design but powered by a powerful code base and a flexible options page offering lots of featured and control.

3. Ascetica

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Ascetica is a spacious and elegant portfolio/blog theme with responsive layout. Best suited for bloggers who want to showcase their work alongside their posts, photobloggers, designers, and photographers.

4. Prototype

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Prototype is a specialized parent theme with multiple nav menus, several widget areas, and per-post layouts, allowing anyone from designers to users to quickly create beautiful sites.

5. Hybrid

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Hybrid is a user-friendly, search-engine optimized parent theme, featuring several custom page templates and multiple widget-ready areas, allowing you to create any type of site you want.

6. Basic

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Basic is a free responsive WordPress theme. The purpose of the Basic theme is to give you a starter theme so you can be your own designer. It only contains the basic layout styling so you can customize the theme with your own preferences.

7. Flexible

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Flexible is a WordPress child theme of the robust Twenty Ten. Flexible optimizes and presents content in different screen sizes. It gives readers a seamless experience regardless of device or platform.

8. Themolio

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Themolio is a free and responsive WordPress blog theme with elegant, grid-based design.

9. TrulyMinimal

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TrulyMinimal is a free highly customizable minimalistic theme fully focused on typography. Powered by a powerful back end, TrulyMinimal can be easily personalized.

10. Lugada

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Lugada is a simple minimalist responsive two column theme with built in slider.

11. Tint

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Tint is a colorful theme that opens up some cool possibilities, its layout is simple and professional and it’s able to transform every element to predefined colors, or any color of your desire.

12. Best

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Built from the ground up with valid HTML5 and utilizing the latest CSS3 techniques, Best is a forward-thinking template that is designed to last.

13. Zenon Lite

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Zenon Lite is an all in one WordPress theme with 3 awesome fonts, slider, background image easy to use theme option panel.

14. Casual

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Casual is a free WordPress theme with tumblog features.

15. Meeta

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Meeta is a simple blogging theme, but packed with many premium features like unique widgets and custom templates.

16. Bello

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Bello is a simple and elegant WordPress theme. It’s designed to showcase beautiful imagery in a clean and open space.

17. Skirmish

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Skirmish is an elegant, two column WordPress theme. Perfect for personal blogs.

18. Yaminth

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YAMINTH (Yet Another Minimal Theme),is a free WordPress theme and, as you may notice from the name, it has a very minimal look. YAMINTH comes with light colors, dark footer, Google Web Fonts and jQuery fade in/fade out of images.

19. Stumblr

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Stumblr ir a free Tumblr style WordPress theme ideal for microblogging photos & video.

20. kw.po

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kw.po (english – toad) is a beautiful grid-based portfolio/personal blog theme, fully customizable.

21. Responsive

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Responsive WordPress theme for your business or personal site.

22. Silesia

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Silesia is an elegant HTML5 powered theme. Silesia is a free premium WordPress theme powered by NattyWP Framework.

23. Align

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Align is a minimal and responsive WordPress theme designed for the content and thus the typography itself.

24. BeFree

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BeFree theme is for anyone who prefers a simple, minimal, yet stylish WordPress theme. The theme supports automatic thumbnail resizing, custom colors of header and background, and offers numerous of Google Fonts selection.

25. Buttercream

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Buttercream is a sweet treat for your blog or website. This theme supports all post formats, an optional responsive design for smaller screens, custom backgrounds, a custom pop-up menu and three widget-ready sidebars in the footer.

26. SuperSlick

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Modern and stylish, simple yet sharp, SuperSlick is designed with a timeless grid layout. Features include an editable feature home section, centered book style content layout and funky left side headers and meta.

27. Codium Extend

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Codium Extend is a very simple WordPress theme with all the new features in WordPress 3.4: personalized menus, choosing a color for the background, ready for translation, custom header image etc. This theme is ideal for anyone seeking simplicity with the full articles on the homepage.

28. Constellation

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Constellation Theme is an assemblage of awesome resources, put together to form an extremely flexible WordPress foundation. It gives you the flexibility to provide bespoke styles for different devices, totally up-to-date HTML5 code which is fantastic for SEO, a flexible grid system on top of all the other goodness bundled in to the HTML5 boiler plate.

Portfolio

1. Fontfolio

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Fontfolio is a free WordPress theme with a grid based layout. Designed to showcase your typography portfolio.

2. Unique

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Unique & Responsive is a WordPress theme with mobile and tablet responsive design. Great grid like theme for a portfolio showcase and creative blogging.

3. Simple Grid

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Simple Grid is a free WordPress theme with mobile and tablet responsive design. Grid like design theme is perfect for any creative agency to showcase their portfolio.

4. Grid

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Grid is a free WordPress theme with mobile responsive design, featuring infinite scroll. Grid theme is perfect for any creative to showcase their portfolio.

5. Architekt

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Architekt is a free WordPress theme with a clean, simple and unique design to showcase your architectural portfolio.

6. Grid Style

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Grid Style is a free WordPress theme with a magazine based layout. Designed to showcase your fashion style portfolio.

7. Orion

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Orion is a fully responsive theme with light, clear, minimalistic design and complementing typography. This theme is ideal for a design agency website, designer portfolio etc.

8. Tiara

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Tiara is a portfolio theme for photographers or artists to like show off their work in style. The theme has a minimalistic design which helps to focus attention to your content.

9. Adapt

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Adapt is a free WordPres theme created by that features a very clean and elegant business/portfolio style design that is also fully responsive.

10. Elegant Photography

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Elegant Photography is a free WordPress theme that allows you to showcase your photos and blog posts. The design is stylish without overpowering your photos, which deserve to have the visitor’s attention.

11. Ultima

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Ultima as its name says is a powerful and flexible WordPress theme. It has the options to switch colors, background colors or even choose your own background image pattern, the home page can also be controlled. How ever you want your theme to look like you can do it using the control panel or theme options.

12. Senyorita Dark

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Senyorita Dark is a clean design that can be used both for personal portfolio or for company portfolio. Make your website look more professional with this senyorita free theme.

13. DigiFoto

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DigiFoto is a minimalist photography theme. DigiFoto comes with light and dark color variations. Supports both landscape and portrait images, and video.

14. Panoramica

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Panoramica is built with the intent of adapting to as many window sizes as possible. It has a fully fluid layout that gives it tremendous flexibility, allowing you to cater to both large and small screens alike.

15. GridPhoto

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GridPhoto is a fully-responsive HTML5 grid-based theme for photographers and photography lovers.

16. Prosume

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Prosume is a simple resume and portfolio theme with a clean design.

17. Bunker

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Bunker is a free WordPress theme that can be used to show off your work or to start your own magazine site.

18. WidePhoto

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WidePhoto is a free HTML5 fullscreen WordPress theme for photographers that want a visually stunning website to show photography.

19. Gridly

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Gridly is a free minimal & responsive portfolio theme ideal for graphic designers or photographers.

20. Neptune

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Neptune is a free WordPress theme that’s perfect for portfolio, gallery and photography websites to showcase photos.

21. Photolistic

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Photolistic is a photography theme that can be used as a portfolio and a blog theme by photographers.

22. ShowPress

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ShowPress is a photography and personal blog WordPress theme that will allow you to easily build unlimited galleries to showcase your new projects in style.

23. Bodega

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Bodega is a free WordPress theme with a very minimal design that’s perfect for small business and portfolio websites.

24. Workz

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Workz is a WordPress theme with a design/function specifically for business and portfolio style websites so you can showcase your work and what your business is all about.

25. Axis

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Axis is fullscreen portfolio WordPress theme. This is a premium quality theme with features on par with paid themes.

Other

1. Xenastore

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Xenastore is an ecommerce WordPress theme. This theme depends on an e-commerce plugin called Cart66 to function as an e-commerce portal.

2. Launcher

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While you are launching a new site, or revamping the old one, it is most important to let the users feel that they are still being thought of. Launcher WordPress Theme lets the site visitors know estimated time remaining in launching the site.

3. Zenshop

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Zenshop is an e-commerce theme designed with a minimalistic grid layout to showcase your store. The supports WordPress 3 features like Custom post types, custom taxonomies, Custom metaboxes, etc.

What do you think of these free WP themes? Share with us in comments!

Daniels Mekšs

Works at 1stwebdesigner, studies photography at ISSPand seeks to enjoy life. You can check out his photography blog and follow him on twitter.

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Comments

  1. says

    Love the themes…

    But like the theme this site is on the best!

    Does it have a name? Or is it a total “in house” design?

    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers!

    Mark

  2. says

    Wow this is really a great list of free word press themes and amazingly designed too..Keep up the good work and looking for more themes.

  3. Amit says

    Its really a good collection of themes. Nice work really appreciate it. Some of them are awesome rest are good enough. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Mimi says

    I love it!! Most of the themes are new to me and I must say they are worth downloading! :)
    Thank you for sharing these to us! Love your post!

  5. Markus (ThemeElephant) says

    Nice list of themes.. very helpfull. Hope to see one of my themes in the next list :-)
    Thanks and Regards – Markus

  6. says

    Hey Dainis,

    Nice collection of themes, I am going to take some inspirations from here for the thesis theme for my wordpress website. Thanks for sharing.

    Regards,
    Jitendra

  7. Charlene says

    An excellent compilation of wordpress themes for free. I am seeking a theme that can be edited things like the header colors purely cosmetic. I will check out the features of these free ones, thanks.

  8. business analyst says

    Wow, I have been waiting for such free wordpress themes for a long time.
    Thank you very much for extraordinary collection.

  9. says

    Thankyou for such a long list! I was starting to give up hope and thought I would have to fork out $50 for a decent looking theme. It will be hours of fun testing some of these ones!!

    • says

      Rose, 50$ isn’t much for good theme though. Only problem with those free themes, that you cannot ask for developers to update it, answer to support questions and answer for the code. But they are free heh!

  10. Nicole says

    I was stunned by the incredible themes you have listed being FREE!!! Great Job! I bookmarked your site!

  11. Aaron says

    Awesome! number 24. Pioneer News is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thanks!

    Quick question; Does anybody know anything about this site discountwpthemes.com? It looks legit, but you never know. Has anyone used it before?

    Any feedback would be great! Thanks!

  12. Mireia says

    Wow it is a fantastic themes collection, I like it so much. In special 12. Danko. It is very nice, and this style fits with what I needed. I also looked in skinwp.net, and they have other styles. It is very complicated decision!

  13. says

    These WordPress themes are very exclusive,Specially its attracts for 3d & stylish looks ,I appreciated all of your collection .thanks for sharing to 1StWebdesigneer .

  14. says

    Truly fantastic collection of themes! There are a few “not so good looking” ones but most of them are looking absolutely awesome! Thanks!

  15. says

    Thought this was a great article and one that I found very inspiring. I thought there was a great variety of different themes and each of them have aspects that I love from a design and development point of view. The theme that stood out for me though was Simple Grid theme. I loved the design, layout and use of colour used within the theme, these elements give a very fresh and modern feel to the theme. These elements mixed with the use of images helps give the theme a wow factor and a look that is very professional. Great article and I look forward to more like this from yourself.

  16. Love Pakistan, Build Pakistan says

    Thanks for the nice share. This post really helped us finding the right theme for our student community blog. Keep up great work!

  17. Alherabd says

    Absolutely nice looking. But many blogger gives themes but doesn’t working perfectly. I hope these will be fully worked. Thanks 1stwebdesigner for sharing awesome themes.

  18. says

    hey !! It was an awesome list of free wordpress themes.
    I am surely going to use one of them in my next project.
    Thanks again :)