Once you start working with WordPress, you’ll be amazed how many themes are available for you to use. Whether you decide to choose a free one or decide to pay several dozens of green ones for a professional theme, you will probably get stuck on choosing the one you like the best. There are tens of thousands of different themes, and you can get one for any niche you want.
We already browsed through different themes found on the web and categorized them for you. You can find those in our themes category; for example, check out some of the best creative and modern theme for WordPress or find one for your restaurant. We also reviewed several themes so you can learn more about Permatex and Ultra, for example. But today, we’re about to focus on the most popular themes which can be downloaded from WordPress themes repository for free.
Before we start our list, you should know that WordPress comes with a default theme. Depending on the version of WordPress, this theme is slightly upgraded and named differently. So, on top of the popular themes, you will find Twenty Sixteen (the latest one) and its predecessors which we are going to skip on this list.
1. Twenty Sixteen
Since this is the default theme you get when you install WordPress, it doesn’t surprise that Twenty Sixteen is the most popular one on the list. WordPress’ developers made sure that this default theme features everything needed for a beginner to start working on the blog. The theme is polished and designed for mobile phones in mind. It comes with predefined color schemes which means that you don’t have to code it to use it for your website/blog. This theme is always a good start for WordPress beginners because it is coded so nicely. As we’re writing this, WordPress developers are working on Twenty Seventeen which will be featured in the next version of WordPress.
After skipping older versions of WordPress’ standard themes, we come to Astrid. This simple theme is a perfect choice for your business website. There are more than 5,000 active installations at the moment and the theme can thank that to a great number of color options, custom widgets and different fonts it uses. Astrid features a full-width header image which looks beautiful on any screen resolution. Since it’s responsive, you can rely on the theme when it’s loaded on smartphones and tablets.
With more than 100,000 active installations, it’s obvious how popular Sydney is. This free theme allows you to easily create a stunning front page for your business or your blog. There are different customization options which allow you to use all Google Fonts, and take control over colors and layouts. You get to customize the logo and the header image which can have a nice parallax effect. Sticky navigation will make sure that your visitors can always get easy access to your menu.
If you’re building an online shop with WordPress, you can still have your theme for free. Among the most popular themes, ShopIsle stands out as a theme ready for WooCommerce. It’s based on Bootstrap which means it will work beautifully as a responsive site. You can use the theme to build one-page business websites if you want to. Besides it is eCommerce ready, ShopIsle offers a nice photo gallery, it features Contact Form 7, Meta Slider, SiteOrigin Page Builder, it is JetPack compatible and much, much more.
This free theme counts more than 5,000 active installs and is a great choice for WordPress beginner. The theme comes with a Drag and Drop Builder which will help you build pages without having to write a single line of code, yet it will still look perfect for your blog. The theme is built on Twitter Bootstrap; it is responsive and touch-ready so you can be sure that your visitors will enjoy reading your blog even on the smallest screens.
As its name already suggests, this theme is relatively basic. But because of that, it is quite popular among beginners, and it doesn’t surprise that there are more than 10,000 active installs at the moment. The theme features clean code and it’s perfect to take for customization. Although this theme can be used as is (there are different colors and page layouts to choose from), it is a perfect candidate to for practice. Install the theme, create a child theme and start customizing Basic into your own unique theme.
This free theme is a theme of choice for more than 70,000 WordPress users. Since Spacious features a different number of layouts, templates, and widget areas, you can customize the theme in details. And because of that, the theme can be a great choice for your business site. It features an impressive slider which can be used on the homepage and there is a great variety of color options. As the name suggests, the theme is spacious and leaves enough room for your blog, images, and other info.
If you’re looking for a free magazine theme, look no further. ColorMag isn’t counting more than 50,000 users without a reason. The theme allows you to easily list your latest news articles and show them to your visitors. Don’t let the demo discourage you – once you create several articles, attach images to them and customize a widget or two, the theme will transform itself into a real magazine.
Although its primary purpose is to serve as a theme for sports, active lifestyles, food, travel and similar activities, Activello can be used for any blog. It is WooCommerce ready so that you can easily transform it into an online shop. The theme also comes with a great number of customization options, is multilingual ready and translated in several languages. Take a look at a demo site, download the theme and see why there are more than 20,000 active users.
Designed by WooCommerce Core developers, this theme is a perfect candidate for your new online store. Because of that, you should expect flawless integration of the popular WooCommerce plugin, plus there are some extra extension ready to help you. While the theme is pretty standard, it will allow you to customize it in details because of the clean coding. If you know your way around WordPress and CSS, this theme can easily become your new choice for online stores.
We are wrapping up the article with ten most popular free themes from WordPress repository. As we mentioned in the introduction, there are thousands of free themes to be found – you can continue your browsing on WordPress themes repository.