50 Beautiful Free WordPress Themes for 2016

WordPress themes can run the gamut from niche uses to all-purpose. They can also vary considerably in both quality and price. Note that, just because you’ve paid for a theme that doesn’t guarantee quality.

While there is no shortage of premium themes available for purchase, the quality of free WordPress themes can sometimes exceed the expectations that you would have for something that can be downloaded and used for free.

We’ve collected some of the best free WordPress themes for building your site in 2016. The themes have all been developed to the highest of standards by some of the top names in the WordPress community, all are responsive, so will adapt to any screen size, and all have been designed with latest design trends in mind.

Not a professional designer/developer? Not to worry. Some of the themes below feature page builders, allowing you to create complex, feature-rich layouts with no coding necessary. Likewise, there are themes aimed at professionals looking for a basic starting point in their site development. There is something here for just about every need and skill level.

To make things easier, we’ve categorized the themes for you. There are themes for Writers & Storytellers, Photographers, Creative Portfolios, Businesses & Corporate Sites, Ecommerce & Shopping, Bloggers, Magazine Layouts, Masonry Layouts and Landing Pages.

Themes for Writers & Storytellers

Libre

Built to let your words stand out, Libre is a theme that specializes in long-form writing.

Libre free Long-Form Writing Blog wordpress theme

Saga

Saga helps authors emphasize their writing and photography in beautiful ways. Mobile navigation is built right in.

Saga theme beautiful typography storytellers

Longform

Longform lets you tell your story in unique ways with the ability to publish posts in chapters, timelines and other attractive formats.

Longform telling great stories

Qwerty

Qwerty is a WordPress theme that doesn’t come with many frills or dependencies. It’s built for speed and putting your content front and center.

Qwerty minimal longform writing theme

Editor

Editor features beautiful typography and a uniquely functional tabbed sidebar. The tabbed sidebar content allows you to go well beyond the standard collection of widgets.

Editor typography wordpress theme writers bloggers

Radcliffe

Radcliffe is a simple, yet lovely theme featuring large, full-width images and stand-out headlines.

Radcliffe wordpress image heavy theme writers blog content first

If you’re looking for even more themes for writers, we have also published this collection: Free WordPress Themes For Writers & Bloggers.

Themes for Photographers

Pho

Pho brings a masonry-styled layout to feature your photography. There are also several font choices included to help your words make an impact.

Pho wordpress free minimalist gallery masonry theme designers photographers

Tography Lite

Tography uses CSS animations to add an interactive feel your photo blog. The included filterable portfolio lets users quickly view the various categories of your work.

Tography Lite wordpress minimal free photography theme

Fullscreen

Fullscreen is a one-column theme that features a unique, side-scrolling home page with a clickable gallery.

One column photography new responsive free WordPress themes Fullscreen

Gridsby

Like the layout of Pinterest? Gridsby offers a similar grid layout that opens your photos up into an opaque window.

Gridsby Pinterest free photo blogging wordpress theme creatives

Tracks

Tracks is a “bold and beautiful” theme that really gives each post its own moment in the sun. Large photos and bold typography make for an attractive, yet uncluttered feel.

Tracks bold theme free wordpress photographers bloggers

Isola

Isola is created by the folks at Automattic, so you know this clean theme will both look great and use WordPress best practices.

Isola clean theme wordpress free writing photographs videos boldly

Espied

Also from Automattic, Espied is a responsive, grid-style theme that provides great visuals of your work.

Espied grid-styled portfolio wordpress theme designers photographers

Themes for Building a Creative Portfolio

Daily

Daily comes with a full screen intro panel and a very clean, well-spaced interface.

Daily wordpress minimal portfolio blogger theme

Illustratr

Illustratr features bold typography and a grid-style portfolio layout. There’s also an expandable footer area.

Illustratr wordpress free super minimalist portfolio theme

StanleyWP

StanleyWP is a WordPress theme based on Twitter Bootstrap that features a drag-and-drop home page builder. A very simple and clean layout.

StanleyWP flat theme free wordpress designer work simple beautiful

Ravel

Ravel is a dark theme that uses an interesting blend of layout and typography to stand out from the crowd.

Ravel clean dark theme free wordpress portfolio professional profile sites

Proper

Proper exudes class with its simple layout and use of CSS animations/transitions.

Proper wordpress theme creatives css animation

Jane Morris is great free WordPress theme for photographers’ portfolio sites. It offers the power of Bootstrap for ease of customization and maintenance.

Jane Morris photographer portfolio free wordpress theme

Gridby

Gridby is a lovely Bootstrap theme that places your portfolio in a stunning grid display. There’s also an equally exciting storytelling layout that adds in bold typography.

Gridby free wordpress Bootstrap WP theme creatives portfolio

Beetle Go

Beetle Go is aimed at those who want a clean, attractive way to display their portfolio. It features parallax scrolling, lots of built-in icons and several interesting layouts.

Beetle Go Free WordPress Theme for Creatives

Sketch

Sketch is a very clean and minimal portfolio theme that lets your images do the talking.

Sketch free wordpress spacious minimal portfolio theme

Pure

Pure includes lots of great layouts and built in features like pricing tables, tabbed content viewers, buttons, icons to bring your portfolio to life.

Pure simple wordpress free playful theme creative professionals

Themes for Business & Corporate Sites

Primer

Primer is a clean and spacious WordPress theme that’s perfect for small businesses.

wordpress free theme primer business clean spacious

Sydney

Sydney brings bold imagery, built-in features like a slider, animated charts, filterable portfolios and a stunning layout to promote your business.

Sydney powerful business theme companies freelancers free wordpress

CleanPort

CleanPort is a sharp-looking theme with a clean layout, custom widgets and is fully responsive for mobile devices.

CleanPort free wordpress theme business small corporate

Business World

Business World is a stylish theme aimed at businesses both small and large. Included are specialized layouts and page templates to help you properly represent your brand.

Business World free wordpress theme business small corporate

Mia Ittalonni

It’s time to see Mia Ittalonni. The full-screen slider for this free WordPress theme looks very impressive. You can also embed video and audio files into its pages to create an appropriate atmosphere and relate more about your restaurant.

Mia Ittalonni restaurant free wordpress theme

Make

Using a drag-and-drop page builder, Make provides a number of gorgeous layouts. It’s great for online stores as it is compatible with both WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads.

Make powerful open-source drag drop page builder multi-purpose theme business wordpress

BLDR

BLDR features a page builder and enough goodies packed in to create just about any type of website. Special page templates are included for testimonials, service lists and projects.

BLDR multi-purpose WordPress free theme page builder

Zeal

Zeal is a stylish multi-purpose theme that can be used to build any type of site quickly.

Zeal stylish multi-purpose wordpress theme

If you’re looking for more free themes businesses, you should checkout this collection: Free WordPress Themes for Small Businesses.

WordPress Themes for Ecommerce & Shopping

Ocin Minimal WooCommerce Theme

Ocin is a gorgeous WooCommerce theme for anyone looking to give their online store a clean and minimal appearance.

ocin woocommerce wordpress theme store free minimal clean

Mystile

Mystile is a free WooCommerce theme that is a bit of a blank canvas. It can be a great starting point for creating a beautiful and functional store.

Mystile clean fast speedy bare-bones ecommerce free wordpress WooCommerce theme

Hype

Hype works with the Shopify Ecommerce platform and allows you to combine it with the power of WordPress.

Hype Free eCommerce Theme WordPress shopify

Store

Store brings a clean interface and intuitive design to help you sell with WooCommerce.

Store clean easy WordPress setup WooCommerce theme

If you’re looking for the most current WordPress ecommerce plugins and resources, you should take a look at this post: WordPress Plugins for Adding Ecommerce to Your Site.

Themes for Bloggers

Windmill

Windmill is a free WordPress blogging theme with the bonus of being compatible with WooCommerce.

wordpress free theme windmill blog woocommerce typography

Bravado

Bravado Theme is a minimally designed WordPress theme for personal blogging.

wordpress free theme personal blog minimal

Hew

Hew includes a nice splash of color and an expandable header that opens up to navigation and other available widgets.

Hew clean personal blog theme free wordpress

Cody

Cody is clean, colorful and makes for a great personal blog. The look of blog post meta is especially fun.

Cody clean free wordpress versatile blogging theme blog post meta

Eighties

Eighties is a single-column blogging theme. There is a sidebar, but it is only available by clicking an icon, which opens it up into a nice overlay window.

Eighties simple single column theme contentfree wordpress

Intergalactic

Intergalactic uses large photos along with bold typography in order to create a slick look while also being highly readable.

Intergalactic single-column theme distraction free environment reading content wordpress free

Nulis

Nulis was built as a single-column blogging theme that makes great use of whitespace and featured images for you posts.

Nulis minimal free wordpress single-column theme personal blogging

Casper

Casper, inspired by the Ghost blogging platform, is a super-minimal WordPress theme that ensures your content is front and center.

Casper port Ghost super-minimal Casper theme free WordPress

Allure

Allure is a very modern WordPress theme for fashion bloggers. That said, it could also be a good choice for photography or travel blogs as well.

Allure wordpress theme free wordpress specifically built fashion bloggers photographers

Gateway

Gateway features an elegant look with an array of useful shortcodes through use of a separate plugin.

Gateway wordpress classy theme customizable home content free

Receptar

Receptar is inspired by modern cookbooks and takes advantage of a tantalizing split-screen look on individual blog posts. The navigation is especially delicious.

Receptar free theme split-screen book typography design inspired modern cook books

Rams

Rams is simple and stylish. The theme is compatible with many JetPack features like infinite scroll and tiled photo galleries.

Rams clean minimalist theme wordpress free style bloggers

Vito

Vito sports a very simple layout along with some CSS animation to add a touch of class.

Vito clean spacious theme bloggers wordpress free

Lingonberry

Lingonberry uses WordPress post formats to create an attractive way for different types of content to stand out.

Blogging Lingonberry post formats responsive free WordPress themes

Yuuta

Yuuta will feature your posts as a “visual diary”. You can even add a background image to each post.

Yuuta free WordPress theme designed visual diary

Hoffman

Hoffman is a great theme for showing off your photos. There is a nice slider feature for individual posts.

Hoffman stylish minimal WordPress theme free bloggers

Moments

Moments is a modern-looking theme that makes great use of colorful accents. It’s just the right mix of style.

Moments free wordpress clean blogging theme with bold typography

Themes for Magazine Layouts

Good Magazine

Good Magazine is a clean and responsive WordPress theme that’s perfect for any content-rich publication.

Good Magazine free wordpress theme

Bloggr

Have a lot of content to feature? Bloggr is a magazine-style theme that makes good use of columns to help you feature multiple articles.

Bloggr wordpress free content focused theme bloggers magazine layouts

Semicolon

Semicolon uses a simple grid-layout of posts that lets you display lots of content without overwhelming your visitors.

Semicolon free simple clean magazine theme WordPress

JustWrite

JustWrite displays content in a way reminiscent of some of the top news sites. It’s advertising-friendly, as well.

Acosmin feature-rich clean magazine free wordpress theme

Themes for Masonry & Tumblog Layouts

Fukasawa

Fukasawa is a masonry theme that is great for displaying photos or perhaps even Pinterest-like news and resources.

Fukasawa free wordpress minimal masonry blog theme for photographers

Crates

Crates is a “tumblog” theme that uses a grid system. There’s also an optional 2 column blog layout to make an extra impact.

Tumblog style new responsive free WordPress themes Crates

Nova

Nova uses masonry to get your content seen in an elegant way. It’s also WooCommerce friendly.

freebies designers web Nova WordPress Theme Tumblog-style

Pieces

Great for showing off your artwork, Pieces can help you create a lovely collection of content.

Grid-based blogging portfolio new free responsive WordPress themes Pieces

Themes for Landing Pages

LandingSumoWP20

LandingSumoWP20 takes advantage of a drag-and-drop page builder to let you quickly create a stunning landing page.

LandingSumoWP20 fantastic features drag and drop layout manager builder wordpress free landing page setup

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Paul Andrew

Paul is the founder and editor of Speckyboy Design Magazine. He has many years experience within the web design industry and a passion for the latest web technologies and design trends. He lives in the small town of Inverness in the north of Scotland. Follow him on Twitter.

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