If you are just starting out with WordPress, one of the best ways to learn the ropes is by downloading one of the huge number of free themes available. You can use these themes to analyse the code and see how things are done, and get an idea of exactly what WordPress can do. If you are more into content than design, you can also use these to make your articles look awesome. Best of all, all of these designs are responsive (be sure to check out our article on the importance of responsive web design) and will adjust to make sure they are displayed perfectly on different screen sizes. We’ve scoured the web for these themes so you don’t have to. Enjoy!
Playbook is a great responsive WordPress theme which comes with custom plugins, custom background images and is coded in HTML5 and CSS 3. The theme has a great theme options section, meaning you can easily customise it to meet your needs.
A fantastic WordPress theme which puts all the content in the reader’s eyeline. Great for sites based around social media or magazine-style sites. Comes with a plugin that lets you automatically feed in content from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flikr and Vimeo.
Stanley is a super simple, but amazingly designed WordPress theme, perfect for a portfolio to showcase your work. The key here is simplicity and placing the focus on your work, rather than the website.
A fantastic WordPress theme for people running a news or magazine style website. Features eye catching featured images on the front page to draw attention to the content you want read. Plenty of custom widgets mean you are getting great value out of this theme.
Hueman is a colourful three column website, perfect for blogs, magazine or news websites. The page layout means you can highlight more than just your most recent post, by showing recent posts and popular posts in the customisable coloumns.
Euclid features a content slider, custom post types and a great theme options menu to really make this design yours. The focus of this design is on the great featured post images and also includes 6 different colour schemes.
Artworks is a fantastic theme to display your visual content, be is art, photography or graphic design. The main page is devoted to a large grid showcasing this content so your portfolio is easily viewable.
I hope you have enjoyed these themes, and be sure to check back soon for more free and premium themes, as well as articles on how to utilise WordPress at it’s fullest.