The 7 Best FREE themes for WordPress

Alright! You’ve decided to get started with creating an awesome website and you’ve chosen the WordPress CMS (content management system) for you main platform.

That’s a great choice! WordPress is powering up more than 35% of the websites on the internet and it’s an open source platform – meaning, there are ton of extensions (paid and free) and themes as well.

Well, there is a little problem here.

There is too much choice!

Today, we are going to talk about the best free themes for WordPress and how to make a decision to find the exact one that you need for your project. Unless you have experience and tried at least a dozen of each of these free WP themes, you`ll face investing a lot of hours into finding the perfect for your needs.

This is where we step in.

We analyzed and benchmarked the most popular, updated and used themes from WordPress that are yet FREE for use.

The difference in paid or free themes for WP is the way they are designed and how many features they are packed with. Having a lot of features pre-packed will make your life easier and would save you time and money for searching plugins for wordpress as well.

Therefore, we’ve selected the perfect themes that can make your WP site amazing.

Let’s dive in.

GeneratePress by Tom Usborne

Let’s start with the #1 theme on the WordPress market! GeneratePress is one of our favorite themes, yet we are objective with the placement on our list, because it is one of the fastest themes and has the cleanest code – that means it’s mostly error free and compatible with most of the popular and useful plugins and extensions.

The theme is optimized for beginners, yet it offers snippets placements and CSS modifications for more advanced users.

The speed we tested with the theme only installed is 320ms on our server. That’s pretty fast.

Short Overview of GeneratePress:

  • Gutenberg friendly
  • Very lightweight and fast
  • Responsive to all Devices
  • Cleanest code
  • Page-builder friendly
  • WooCommerce friendly
  • Premium Version at 29$ for unlimited domains.

Astra from Brainstorm

Astra is another popular and amazing theme that’s loved by beginners and advanced users as well. It comes with a clean code and speed optimization (actually, it’s also fast at 450ms load time), and it comes with pre-made templates, a lot of customizing tools and it’s focused on minimalistic design.

It’s friendly with all the Page-builders like Elementor, Beaver Builder, Oxygen or Divi. This means it can be easily used as a background lightweight theme that let’s you focus on the page builder designs, without costing you performance and slow loading time.

Overview of Astra

  • Lightweight and Compact Theme files
  • Performance Optimized
  • Pre-made templates
  • Customization options
  • Responsive
  • Speed Optimized
  • Page-Builder Friendly
  • Compatible with most of the plugins
  • Multi-language friendly


This is a clean and minimalistic theme that is meant for writers and bloggers to express their minds, creative writing and focus on their content.

It’s a simple and straight to the point type of blog that will serve the need to have a beautiful blog layot of theme with bold typography and full size images.

Overview of Writee:

  • Responsive on all devices
  • Focused on the content or blogging
  • Full width and boxed layouts
  • Different archive layouts
  • Compatible with WooCommerce

Neve from Themeisle

Neve is a very lightweight theme that can work with the newest page editor from WordPress creators – Gutenberg blocks. It’s one of the top 5 in the theme directory since it has a lot of history and a lot of active installation. Having the top 5 popular placement in the WordPress directory, it has a lot of feedback from people that are starting on WordPress and it’s constantly improved.

Best FREE themes for WordPress

It’s a multi-purpose type of theme packed with a lot of pre-made demo websites where you can startup your website into a functional web through the click of a button.

Overview of Neve:

  • Responsive on all devices
  • Gutenberg friendly
  • Offers one-page design
  • Beginner Friendly Customizer
  • Demo and Pre-made templates ready for fast import
  • Compatible with WooCommerce

If you are one of the people that just want to have a ready-to-use website installed on their server, than this is the theme for you. Simple as that, install it and get using it!

Cali from aThemes

This is a theme made for visual type of businesses or professionals. It’s providing focus and features that expose visual elements in a much better way, so it’s preferred for photographers, designers, architects etc.

This is a really quality theme, and the developer company aThemes has a few more popular choices and free themes in the WordPress directory – so it’s safe to say that they really know their job so far and how to make life easier for beginners and make features for skillful advanced users.

Overview of Cali

  • Responsive theme design
  • Different types of Content segmenting on the blog archives and posts
  • Different types of galleries and featured images
  • Easy customization for your brand.
  • Can be integrated with a lot of third party services.

Honorable Mentions

If you are getting more experienced and advanced user of wordpress, you`d know by now that themes that follow the latest trend of Page Builders can also be the one of the best themes for wordpress.

How so?

Page builders got to a point where you don’t need a theme with functions, yet you just need a clean and fast skeleton type of theme that will support the page-builder functionalities.

As such, we are going to include the Ocean WP  (from Oceanwp) and Hello Theme (from Elementor) that are exactly offering that type of skeleton functionality and blazing speeds, supporting the features from the page builders – since, well with a page builder you can fully design your own theme from scratch.

What theme do you use on your WordPress website? Is it free or paid?

Let us know!}

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