7 free WordPress themes that I like the look of

The following is a list of free WordPress themes that have caught my eye.


A minimal masonry style blog theme for photographers and collectors. It features responsive and retina-ready design, support for the image, gallery and video post formats, five custom widgets, an archive page template, a gallery slideshow, custom accent color support, custom logo support, editor styles and translation ready code. It appears from the example that you can use a video as the featured image or a slide show and these show/play on the home page grid.
Example: http://www.andersnoren.se/themes/fukasawa/


A minimalistic square theme. (A child theme of boardwalk https://wordpress.org/themes/boardwalk/). Displays the title and date on the bottom of square feature images, which get a colour overlay when hovered over. Image displays at the top of each post. For me the downside of this kind of template is it is tricky to get the images right to work both as the square on the home page and as the header image on the post for all devices.
Example: https://dailyukulele.wordpress.com/


A single-column, grid-based portfolio theme with large featured images, which displays at the top of the post. The title of the post slides out when you hover over it. Same downside as the Cubic Theme above.
Example: http://cotazeroblog.com/


Has some very cool effects. Parallax scrolling header image, “read more” animation when hover over grid image. Feature image in full on posts as well as on grid. My criticism is seeing the header image so prominent when you look at a post needing to scroll down to see the post on desktop view (perhaps that can be changed – basing it on the demo site).
Example: http://demo.inkhive.com/fifteen/


Radiate is a clean, creative and light retina ready responsive blogging theme supporting parallax header image. It integrates primary color option, custom background, custom css and few other features through WordPress customizer. The feature I particularly like is the option for 3 featured pages under the header image.
Example: http://demo.themegrill.com/radiate/

SKT Parallaxme

SKT Parallax Me is a beautifully crafted parallax one page WordPress theme. It has got a nice parallax slider, ability to add upto 10 sections on single one page home. Add custom menu navigation as well as drop down menus into this one page. This theme is best suited for corporates, business sites, photo bloggers, portfolio, freelancers as well as personal sites. The downside for this is you need to find a way to get rid of the hearts.
Example: http://sktthemesdemo.net/skt-parallax-me/


Pisces is a minimal, black & white (with some shades of gray!) sharp magazine-style theme. I like it a lot, but it has some bits that I don’t like. The magazine style works nicely, and the background image is great (except you really need to be careful with your own choice of background image I think one that works as tiles is best for all devices). The collapsable search box is too hard to find IMO when collapsed and too dominant when open. The social links feature works well.
Example: http://demo.barmouthwales.uk/

Some others from sites I have looked at recently:


Theme features 9 Page Templates, 11 Widget Areas, 6 Template Layouts, 4 Menu Positions and more.
Example: http://www.jonedgar.co.uk/


Editor puts bold and beautiful publishing right at your fingertips with comfortable, legible typography and large featured images.
Example site: https://nippercartoon.wordpress.com/

One I thought about for a cafe site that I was considering doing:



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  1. Mary Martin says:

    Amazing Themes you have added in your list.
    I would like to suggest one more free theme which is Probit. This theme is useful to blogging, showcasing a portfolio or business websites. Worth trying to this.

    • karencropper says:

      Hi Mary, thanks for your comment. Sorry I took a while to approve it to display as I wanted to check out Probit myself to see if it was something I wanted to add to the list. At first looking at it on the WordPress.org site in the demo I was thinking, meh! But I delved a bit more and it does have something interesting about it. The place to see if it has potential is on the live demo site here: http://demo.solwininfotech.com/wordpress/probit/ It is nicely responsive and I like free and customisable. It does seem quite boxy and corporate, but that is fine if that is what you are looking for. I may have a play with it to see if I can make a version that looks more artsy when I have some time. Karen

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