WordPress has been making wonders since it was introduced. It allows millions of Internet users to have their own corner at the vast space of World Wide Web. SEO, Blogging and website development have been easier.
One of the most impressive factors that constantly draw in users is WordPress themes. Unlike other websites, it touts wide array of designs that veer away from the boring or blah concept. Rather, it provides users with variety that definitely targets their soft spots, and at some point, tug some heartstrings.
There is an endless list of reasons for buying a premium theme, but there could also be wise choices for those who opt to tighten their belts. For such users, WordPress offers no lack of choice. There might even be a pool of options that can get anyone trapped into hard decisions.
To skip the trouble, bloggers and WordPress developers themselves named the most wanted WordPress free themes of 2012:
Users who aim to delve away from cluttered pages with too many distracting elements should stick with Esquire. Tom Ewer, the Chief Blog Officer of ManageWP appears to be its biggest fan: “Esquire is stark, bold and minimalist – and we love it.”
This theme is laden with several aesthetic elements that would instantly capture professional bloggers. The static menu bar is situated at the left while the content on the right side of the screen can be scrolled freely. Esquire has quality at par with the premium themes, but it’s free for grabs. This could just be the ticket for blogs to stand out without the users spending much. More so, it accommodates multiple post formats that can splash some spice.
Dzonia is one of the most popular themes of WordPress. As the name suggests, Dzonia Lite is a lighter version of it. But rest assured that it doesn’t fall short from the standalone merit of where it came from. Compared to the premium equivalent, this free theme is actually breezier and extremely stunning.
Its appeal may be not suitable for feel-good read, nonetheless. It is tailored for a commercial and corporate use, making it infallible choice for entrepreneurs who want to establish their online presence.
This remained to be the most popular drag and drop theme…and its framework was made as such for a good cause. This is actually perfectly convenient to fledgling bloggers who are yet to get the hang of manipulating web designs. This theme makes it easier for those with little (or without) knowledge of CSS and HTML codes to alter and make amends on their blog. And if users can shell out a few bucks, the pro option of PageLine can be upgraded with several features added.
To date, this theme is one of those designs that are not subject to immediate interest of bloggers. Users pay attention to this theme as it is minimalistic and responsive in nature. What makes this AlienWP free theme likeable, however, is its distinction from its counterpart. Developers claim that Origin is endowed with a more standard blogging design, with chronological posting lists resting on the right, along with the side bar. Footer widgets add the needed oomph when they are placed below the contents.
Galin Simeonov from the AlienWP is the man behind this design. It targets bloggers who are minimalistic and would want to establish a professional impression before the blog audiences. Every element included in the theme – from the navigation bar to the list of categories – is meticulously crafted. And, it is fully responsive.
This is the ultimate must-have for photographers who are keeping an online portfolio. Hatch is another minimalist theme that keeps everything clean and simple. It is tailored to be responsive, and it automatically detects users who are using mobile devices. Intelligent as it is, it can adjust accordingly to facilitate faster photo uploads and updates on the contents.
The name is a giveaway: Delicacy has been patterned to suit the needs of a food blogger. Foodies can be in for a treat with this elegant blog theme that effectively accentuates the photos of delectable dishes and cuisines. But apart from being a connoisseur favorite, it also comes with several more uses. After all, the theme’s simple yet strikingly nifty interface comes with a post slider. This makes it amiable even to photographers and bloggers who are heavy on multimedia files.
Most shutterbugs were born without ample skills to write long articles and captions of their photos. Photolistic was probably made for such photographers. This theme touts a minimalist portfolio design where snapshots can really claim the center stage – no other added contents like side bars, texts, and other knick knacks. It simply features vivid pictures with fairly large thumbnails resting at the footer.
Users can browse through the pictures by putting them in a slide show or by clicking one icon after the other. This may sound like a lot of work compared to premium themes, but they do work on the convenience of the users who may not have the luxury of time to play with design elements.
Pinterest has dramatically captured the attention of many social media users. It is then not surprising to find WordPress themes that adopt its interface. Unfortunately, WordPress has yet to come up with a mechanism that allows users to drag a post and pin it to other pages. But, it has introduced a theme that somehow mimics the cubic and well-organized concept of Pinterest.
Hey Cookie is a free theme, but it is an elegant one. Users have the liberty to customize the grid styled theme developed by carolineThemes. It satisfies the needs of bloggers with a lot to share, and artists or photographers who want to make a parade of their works.
One of the few themes created especially for video bloggers. Sundance was developed to have a simple appearance, but with sophisticated and elegant typography. It can display videos like no other, boxing them with a caption situated at the side.