50 Excellent Free WordPress Themes

50 Excellent Free WordPress Themes There are probably a good amount of Noupe readers who would think little to nothing of paying money for a high quality WordPress theme if it was exactly what they were looking for. When compared to spending thousands of dollars on a unique design, a $40 investment in a premium theme for your website design is relatively painless.
 The number of premium WordPress theme stores and marketplaces has increased considerably over the last two years. Thankfully, many developers are still releasing quality designs for free.
Today we will be showing you 50 Excellent WordPress themes that were released in 2012 for free. A few of the themes listed are the free version of a premium theme. Upgrading to the premium version usually gives you priority support and/or more features.
We hope you enjoy the list :)
1. News
A clean design from DevPress that could be used for a blog, news or magazine website. The home page has a beautiful featured slider for showcasing your important articles or videos.
News WordPress Theme
2. Swatch
A free business and portfolio design that was developed to celebrate the release of the 100th theme from WooThemes. Features a custom homepage, featured slider, custom widgets, custom typography and multiple colour schemes.
Swatch WordPress Theme
A free ecommerce design that was released in conjunction with the launch of theWooCommerce WordPress Plugin (which is a modified version of Jigoshop, the free ecommerce plugin we reviewed in Extending the Functionality of WordPress). With a featured slider, custom home page and custom widgets; Wootique is a great example of what can be achieved with Wootique.
Wootique WordPress Theme
4. Fungus
A Colourful blogging design that has social media links integrated in the sidebar and support for post image thumbnails.
Fungus WordPress Theme
Released at the beginning of 2011 by Matt Mullenweg and ‘The WordPress Crew’, the anniversary theme has a traditional blog structure with a prominent header image.
WordPress Anniversary Theme
A simply minimal design that would be suitable for a blog or a portfolio. Includes an advanced option panel, 8 different colour schemes and social media integration.
BlueBubble WordPress Theme
Designed for artists and photographers, Fotofolio Landscape automatically resizes uploaded images to fit the surrounding area and includes a useful slideshow option.
Fotofolio Landscape
A clean minimal design that is suitable for photo blogs. Perfect for travel blogs, personal blogs, portfolios and photography websites.
BigSquare WordPress Theme
9. Balita
A brand new eCommerce designed for Smashing Magazine that was created to help sell children’s toys and related products. It was designed using HTML5 and CSS3 and features a beautiful home page slider, custom shopping cart and Facebook integration.
Balita WordPress Theme
A simplistic portfolio design that features a large homepage slider and a useful portfolio template page.
Parallax WordPress Theme
Designed for photographers, AutoFocus lite is a simple HTML5 powered design that has a grid design and clean typography.
AutoFocus 2.0 Lite WordPress Theme
A retro style design that was designed in HTML5 and CSS3. It uses Google web fonts, has built-in pagination and an AJAX powered contact form. Uploaded photos are displayed beautifully using lightbox.
WordPress Diary Theme
Based on the Twenty Ten theme, this is a feature rich colourful blogging theme fromSmashing Magazine. One of the few free designs that also comes with the original layered photoshop psd files.
Splendio WordPress Theme
A business design which places featured articles on the home page. The theme could easily be used for a blog as well.
Gynix Tema WordPress Theme
Triton Lite is a self-proclaimed ‘All In One’ design that features a beautiful home page slider, shortcodes for styling content and 3 built in widget areas.
Triton Lite WordPress Theme
A portfolio design with a difference, Shuttershot shows photos in full screen in the background of the design. Even when a visitor views a blog page or page the background continues to change. A unique idea that has thankully been implemented well.
Shuttershot WordPress Theme
A colourful blogging theme that supports custom widgets. It includes custom widgets for social media services and comes in 4 colour schemes (blue, black, pink, orange).
18. MyPhoto
The first photography theme from WP Explorer is a minimal effort that uses Javascript to highlight photos when a user hovers over them. It’s clean and fast loading, making it a good choice for a photo website.
MyPhoto WordPress Theme
19. Shadows
A minimal blogging design that was created for WordPress 3.0+. It supports post thumbnails and includes built in pagination and an author information box on blog pages.
Shadows WordPress Theme
20. MyCorp
A business theme that features a home page slider, custom post types and custom fonts.
MyCorp WordPress Theme
Featuring post image thumbnail support, social media integration and a beautiful home page slider. GazpoMag is a great option for an online magazine.
GazpoMag WordPress Theme
21. Lefty
A fun blogging design that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The home page has a featured post image slider and you can use custom fonts using Google fonts.
Lefty WordPress Theme
A social media theme that is powered entirely by custom widgets. Through the options page you can style the colour of the background, fonts, links and borders.
A great looking blogging theme that uses post image thumbnails in the index and in the recent posts section on the sidebar.
Side Blog WordPress Theme
A multimedia friendly design that would be suitable for a blog, news website or online magazine.
Polar Media WordPress Theme
A simple yet elegant WordPress theme that was created specifically for wedding related websites.
Blissful Blog
Inspired by classic literature, Melville is a clean minimal theme that has beautiful typography.
Melville WordPress Theme
One of the few one-column themes that was released in 2011. It comes in two colour schemes and includes short codes and custom widgets.
PhotoClick WordPress Theme
A fantastic looking minimal theme that has a beautiful image slider on the home page. This feature rich theme is perfect for blogs, portfolios or video websites.
29. Min
This is an extremely simple, clean and to the point theme. It has two widgetized footer areas to handle navigation or anything else you feel like sticking in there.
Min WordPress Theme
30. Ari
A beautiful 3 column blogging theme that comes in a light and dark version. It uses Google fonts and has great social media integration.
Ari WordPress Theme
31. Grid
A fantastic fast loading minimal design that uses a 4 column grid layout to display posts. Perfect for a portfolio or blog.
Grid WordPress Theme
A blogging design that comes with 2 theme skins, 2 custom widgets, 2 short codes and 2 WordPress menus. Featured articles are displayed prominently on the home page in an image slider.
Amphion Lite WordPress Theme
A beautiful minimal theme that was designed for illustrators, photographers and graphic designers. There are several custom home page layouts to choose from with most displaying posts in a grid layout.
Grid Portfolio WordPress Theme
34. Scherzo
A simple, clean and minimal design which features a widget ready sidebar, custom header image and custom background.
Scherzo WordPress Theme
A portfolio design that could also be used for a corporate website or blog.
Showcase WordPress Theme
A nice corporate design that also features a basic portfolio template (which has jQuery lightbox support).
WP Creativix  WordPress Theme
Another fantastic design from Smashing Magazine, Spectacular includes short codes for styling content. An elegant theme that is perfect for blogs.
Spectacular WordPress Theme
38. Steira
A boxy minimal blogging theme from the Automattic team.
Steira WordPress Theme
Designed in HTML5, Platform is a drag and drop framework that makes creating your ideal site a breeze. One of the best free blogging themes released in 2011.
Platform WordPress Theme
A fun retro style blogging theme that comes with several widget areas.
Retro Fitted WordPress Theme
An HTML blogging design that is optimised for viewing on mobile devices. It features 4 widget areas, two custom menus and an option to stick posts.
Ambrosia WordPress Theme
Created using HTML5 and CSS3, the theme lets you choose from over 40 Google fonts. It includes a featured posts slider, post image support, post format support and 6 colour schemes (pink, blue, green, red, orange, and bluish purple).
HTML5Press WordPress Theme
Another theme that was designed using HTML5, Portfolio Press is a good option for a simple portfolio blog.
Portfolio Press WordPress Theme
A beautiful vintage design that uses Google fonts.
Liquorice WordPress Theme
A clean minimal blogging design that was created using the NattyWP framework.
Delicate WordPress Theme
An HTML5 WordPress Framework for designers, developers & publishers. The user friendly front page editor allows you to move things around and modify your website in a live environment.
PressWork WordPress Theme
A good choice for a business or portfolio website. The home page features a beautiful jQuery slider. It also features post image thumbnails, social media integration, built in page navigation, custom font integration and much more.
Tungstenation WordPress Theme
A great looking minimal blogging theme from Caroline Moore.
SixHours WordPress Theme
49. Busby
A clean blogging theme that was built using the UpThemes Theme Framework. It includes social media integration in the header and a featured post slider on the home page.
Busby WordPress Theme
Last but not least is Blog-O-Folio, a great looking blog and portfolio design from Noupe. Features portfolio integration, built in advertisement options and an email subscription form.
Blog-O-Folio WordPress Theme
Do you know of a great WordPress design that was released for free in 2011 that didn’t make the list? If so, we encourage you to share it with fellow readers in the comment area.
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