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13 Best Free Premium WordPress Themes

Free Premium WordPress Themes

If simple, responsive and nicely coded is what you’re looking for in a WordPress theme, you’ll find it here. Free WordPress themes are the way to go if you don’t rely on heavy design customization and your content is more important than the looks.

Let us take a closer look at some of the best Best Free Premium WordPress themes.

1. Cazuela – Free, Responsive WordPress Theme

Released just a couple of weeks ago by yours truly, it was our intention to emphasize the importance of using best practices in creating a WordPress theme.

Here’s some of the stuff you get:

  • Theme Customizer (personalize your theme and see instant preview)
  • 5 different template flavors
  • Beautiful fonts
  • 11 color schemes
  • 9 widget areas
  • Responsive layout
  • Retina ready
  • Translation ready

Cazuela, Theme Customizer

Tell us what you think. We’re constantly trying to improve its functionality and usability. If you’re not convinced you should give it a try, head over to our blog and read an article which explains Cazuela theme in detail.

2. Twenty Thirteen (2013) Theme by

Just look at those colors in Twenty Thirteen theme.

Nothing against Twenty Twelve, but moving from it to Twenty Thirteen feels like moving from an Eastern Bloc town to Rio. ~Our developer, Slobodan Manic

Last year’s default theme was bland and meant to let your content do the talking, this one jumps at you with a vibrant color scheme and matching header images, but makes sure your content looks great, too.

This theme doesn’t have “options page” as you can perform all the changes using a built in customizer, if you have WordPress 3.6 installed.

Twenty Thirteen WordPress Theme

If you like how it looks, go ahead and read how it performs in our full review of the Twenty Thirteen theme.

3. Mystile, Free WooCommerce Theme

We havent’s had an ecommerce WordPress theme featured, up until now. This one comes from a distinguished theme shop called WooThemes and it’s going to get you ready for running your own ecommerce website. It’s clean and lightweight and responsive, but has a lot of other options and different color schemes.

Mystile, Free Ecommerce Theme

4. Minimalist WordPress Theme

The name says it all. It’s responsive and features slick design. You’ll find a gap of a couple of hundred pixels where this theme doesn’t respond so well to a narrowed browser window, but for mobile devices and most of the screen sizes out there it’ll work just great.

Minimalist WordPress theme will certainly give a unique look to your website.

Simple Grid Premium Portfolio WordPress Theme 2012

5. Orion Portfolio Theme

Orion Portfolio WordPress template is fully responsive and it will automatically adjust the theme layout according to screen size of the device you’re browsing on, ensuring the best user experience. This premium WordPress theme is great for any designer portfolio or business website.

It features nice typography and clean design with a jQuery slider for featured posts. Orion also has its own options page.

Orion free Premium WordPress Theme 2012

6. Meeta Simple Blogging Theme

Meeta is a nice and simple blogging WordPress theme. Again, fully responsive, you’ll have no problems browsing on any screen size gadget and with some premium features like unique widgets and custom templates.

You can change a bunch of stuff using the advanced WPZOOM options panel.

Meeta Free Premium Responsive WordPress Theme 2012

7. Origin

A simple responsive theme for your personal, elegant-looking blog. Origin can be used as is or as a platform for heavy customization via child themes.

It features responsive layout, clean code, breadcrubs and is translation ready (translation to French included).

Origin Free Premium WordPress Theme 2012

8. Adapt Free Responsive Theme

Adapt is a fully responsive free business or portfolio WordPres theme. It features a clean and elegant design. It has built-in post types for your portfolio, homepage highlights and homepage slider so your content doesn’t suffer.

Adapt Free Premium Responsive WordPress Theme in 2012

9. Workality Portfolio Theme

Workality is a nice portfolio WordPress template that has many premium features, rarely seen in a free theme. Custom Post Types, 4 Portfolio Layouts with 4 different thumbnail sizes, ready to be translated into the language of your choice and is fully responsive. Images, videos, and text will scale down gracefully to iPad, iPhone and all mobile devices.

Workality Free Portfolio WP Theme

10. Oxygen – Professional WordPress Theme

Oxygen is a professional magazine theme with responsive layout. It’s also a great base for creating child themes, built on the well-recognized Hybrid Core framework. Theme features content slider, custom front page template, 3 menus and 5 flexible widget areas, CSS for contact form plugins – Gravity Forms and Contact Form 7 and is translation ready.

Oxygen, free WordPress theme

11. Workz – Super Awesome WP Theme

Workz is a free WordPress theme by WPExplorer. It’s perfect for business or portfolio websites. It has some neat functions built-in, not typically found in free WordPress themes and a very clean and minimal design. Keep in mind that you have to register to download this theme (registration is free and fast).

Workz Free WP Theme

12. Quark – Free Responsive WordPress Theme

A theme based on the Underscores (_s) and TwentyTwelve themes, which means it’s very solid, flexible and easy to customize. The developer claims the code to be “clean and tidy and sprinkled with just the right amount of comments to help make editing a real breeze”.

Quark has a lot of features, most of which you’ll find in the dedicated Theme Options panel, which is unfortunate, since Theme Customizer is the way to go, but the theme does follow most of WordPress best practices, so you’ll find zero problems running it.

Quark Free Responsive WordPress Theme

13. Ryu – A WordPress Theme for Personal Bloggers

It’s a clutter-free theme for personal bloggers by Automattic, guys who develop WordPress. Legibility on this theme is great with a large font size and the one-column layout, which is awesome for showing large images.

The interesting thing about it is that widgets are located at the top panel with social media links and a search field. Another cool feature is that background color for an image post will try to automatically match the uploaded image in the post.

Ryu, Personal, Bloggers Free WordPress Theme by Automattic

It’s true that free premium themes may not offer the functionality, support or options you get in paid ones, but sometimes you can complement those features with various plugins and a little bit of customization with the help of a developer friend.

If there’s a Free WordPress Theme you use or think it deserves to be featured, please share it with me. I just love free stuff.

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9 comments 13 Best Free Premium WordPress Themes

  1. Hi Dragan,

    Yes, responsive themes are so important today. The Orion theme has a little bit strange licence to me. But the choice of themes is 1.


    1. Thanks so much, Jupp.

      Responsive WordPress themes are becoming mainstream and for a good reason. Nobody can know which device (screen size) people are going to use for browsing a website.

      Glad you like the choice of themes.


  2. Great themes. I’ve recently fell out of love with WordPress due to the lack of clean simple themes. I’ll give these a test run.


    1. Hi Anthony,

      As long as you have any kind of feeling toward WordPress, there’s still a chance you’ll find the one.

      If you stumble upon other clean and simple themes, do let me know. I’m in pursuit myself.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Very happy with all these themes some times it takes a while to get the right theme and these post are really us full when it’s come to theme research, Thanks for the great post.

  4. I wish I saw this post a few hours ago! I’m a newbie blogger and absolutely gave up on genesis. So much so that I bought a theme, after doing some research and getting some recommendations from other bloggers. I totally agree with investing in a really good theme but as a newbie it makes more sense trying out something more user-friendly. I’d say this is one of the reasons why I haven’t been motivated to do much with my blog yet. With that being said here’s hoping I have better luck…

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Arjun and sorry for not finding the article sooner. I completely understand your issues with Genesis and I suggest you start with some free WordPress themes, found on theme repository.

  5. First and foremost, thank you for providing this fantastic information; I believe it will be of assistance to me. I’m hoping you’ll update this article with more useful blogging knowledge. Also, I’ll be waiting for your next post.

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