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Top 10 Free WordPress Themes

If you go looking through the WordPress theme library you will find literally hundreds of well designed templates designed to change the appearance of your WordPress site. There are so many free themes that it’s hard to know where to begin!

Many of these themes are created from a single design that can then be customised at an extremely high level. All of these themes offer a variety of different layout styles, design elements and typefaces that can be arranged to help define a unique look for your site.

The great things about the most recent free themes is that they are responsive, meaning that your web site can adapt it’s appearance to suit the demands of your mobile visitors who may have a smart phone or tablet.

Here are some of our favourite free themes suited for a variety of different purposes including business, blogging or online portfolio.

Hemingway

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Hemingway is a clean, beautiful and responsive two-column theme for bloggers. It features responsive design, retina-ready assets, full-width header image with parallax scrolling effect, custom accent color, custom logo upload, custom widgets (video, Flickr and Dribbble), page templates and translation-ready code.

Hemingway’s signature touch is its elegant parallax-scrolling header effect, which looks particularly striking against the theme’s full-width header image. But the clean, classic design is just as present in the theme’s distinct Post Formats and primary navigation menu in the header (which is customizable).

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Gridsby

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Gridsby is a Pinterest style gallery theme used to showcase a beautiful photo collection.

This theme takes your photographs and arranges them in a mobile-friendly Masonry.js-powered grid on the homepage, followed by optional widget areas and a blog section. Site navigation is hidden behind a slide-out panel.

Gridsby is responsive and retina ready, and includes an easy method for posting photos to a front page gallery.

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Harmonic

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A good-looking and elegant WordPress theme that can be used for blogging, photography websites or any kind of business. Harmonic has full-screen background images that smoothly slide from one to another due to the elegant parallax effect. The design is modern, clean and comes with all the necessary tools for promotion.

Each section of the scrolling front page has options in the customizer that let you assign a unique display. The customizer allows you to easily set a background for the news, page, widgets, and portfolio sections. You can even include a background shade so that the title and tagline are more readable. The Visibility options allow you to hide any of the sections you’re not currently using.

Harmonic is unique in that it transforms featured images and titles into a splash page style intro to single posts. If you want to use images to make a strong impact on your reader, this theme fits the bill.

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Eighties

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Eighties by Justin Kopenpasah is a lovely single-column theme that can actually do more than just be a blog. For instance, it still has a sidebar and menu, but they stay hidden from site until the user clicks on one of the links in the upper corners. They then appear as stylish overlays.

The theme offers just a couple of customization options to make it your own, including the ability to set your own header and header text colour. You can add widgets to the pop out sidebar area or the footer. It ships with the image you see in the header, so making your site look exactly like the demo takes no time at all.

You can upload a custom header image or opt to use individual featured images (from posts/pages) as the header image. Eighties also plays nice with JetPack, bbPress, and more.

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The Optimizer

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The Optimizer, an easy to customizable multi-purpose theme with lots of powerful features. This theme lets you customize each element Live without you having to touch any code.

The theme comes with 2 site layout: Full width & boxed. Also included are a beautiful image slider, powerful theme options, custom CSS fields and a variety of different colour options.

The Optimizer is responsive built with HTML5 & CSS3, it’s SEO friendly, mobile optimized & retina ready. Its translation ready, ready for WooCommerce, bbPress, Mailchimp, Contact Form 7.

This theme is perfect for any type of website – landing pages, small business, portfolio, business or personal use.

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Longform

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One of the most recent trends in to develop in WordPress is the advent of the story telling theme. These themes are increasing being used by writers and journalists who want to share larger amounts of written content.

Longform is one of the most popular storytelling tools for WordPress on the market right now and for good reason: it includes a ton of features, including 13 story components you can use however you wish. Some of these components include chapters, characters, maps, timelines, events, collections, galleries, and documents.

Story telling themes such as Longform provide a way to showcase these larger amounts of written content in a highly intuitive and interactive way.

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Moesia

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This is a wonderful and creative theme. It is perfect for all kind of business, company, corporate websites and blogs.

Choose from eleven predefined blocks and build the homepage that best suits your company. Each of the homepage blocks can have a parallax background image and its own set of colors.

Moesia also features a selection of Google Fonts, two types of layouts for the blog page, cool animations and effects, a parallax header and much more.

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Nictitate

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Nictitate is a multi-purpose WordPress theme which could be used for almost all kinds of business. You can use it for a portfolio or corporate web site. Fully responsive Nictitate looks beautiful and is very attractive on any device. The design is very elegant, well-structured coded and also very easy to customize. You can define unlimited sidebar for widget areas, and with powerful custom widgets, the theme provides you more flexibility and ease-of-use for your site.

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Amadeus

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Amadeus is a simple clean blogging theme which is fully responsive allowing the design to scale down and look great on any device, no matter the size. You can also display your full social profile. Amadeus provides a menu position located in the header.

Add a header image, control its height and amaze your visitors with the parallax effect. Easy integration with the MetaSlider plugin. You can add your shortcode for the slider in the Customizer.

Four custom widgets are included in Amadeus: about, recent posts, recent comments and video. Amadeus lets you select any fonts from Google for both body and headings. Choose the ones you like the most!

Change the color scheme or adjust colors for various theme elements from the powerful Theme Customizer. A set of blog options is available in the Customizer so you can take your website to a whole new level.

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Flat

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An elegant and catchy theme for bloggers. Its rainbow-colored background gives it a nice
particularity. It has a modern, yet simple design, with great widgets and an upright menu bar on the left side of the page.

As par of this theme you will get a responsive design, multiple blog layout options, retina ready graphics, several page templates, post formats, gorgeous typography elements, tons of widget positions, a custom child theme, WooCommerce support, Jetpack support, video tutorials, and more!

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