My 30 Favourite Free WordPress Themes For 2011

It’s almost a year since I shared with John Chow Readers My Favourite Free WordPress Themes From 2010. Since that time there has been a lot of improvements in the WordPress platform.

Thankfully, we have seen a lot of great designs released for free in 2011. Today I would like to show you 30 of my favourite free WordPress themes released this year.

1. WordPress Anniversary Theme

Wordpress Anniversary Theme

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2. Pengbo’s Inspiration V0.2

Pengbo's Inspiration V0.2 WordPress Theme

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3. BlueBubble

BlueBubble WordPress Theme

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4. Furvious

Furvious WordPress Theme

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5. Codium Extend

Codium Extend WordPress Theme

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6. The Seven Five

Seven Five WordPress Theme

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7. LiveTwit

LiveTwit WordPress Theme

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8. Blog-O-Folio

Blog-O-Folio WordPress theme

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9. Minimatica

Minimatica WordPress Theme

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10. Delicate

Delicate WordPress Theme

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11. Spectacular

Spectaular WordPress Theme

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12. Commune

Commune WordPress Theme

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13. Beauty & Clean

Beauty & Clean WordPress Theme

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14. MYgRID2

MYgRID2 WordPress Theme

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15. zeeCorporate

zeeCorporate WordPress Theme

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16. Light and Modern

Light and Modern WordPress Theme

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17. MyPhoto

MyPhoto WordPress Theme

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18. Shadows

Shadows WordPress Theme

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19. Lefty

Lefty WordPress Theme

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20. My Corporation

My Corporation WordPress Theme

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21. Ari

Ari WordPress Theme

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22. Amphion Lite

Amphion Lite WordPress Theme

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23. Steira

Steira WordPress Theme

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24. Chip Zero

Chip Zero WordPress Theme

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25. Liquorice

Liquorice WordPress Theme

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26. Platform

Platform WordPress Theme

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27. Portfolio Press

Portfolio Press WordPress Theme

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28. Shuttershot

ShutterShot WordPress Theme

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29. BonPress

BonPress WordPress Theme

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30. Parallax

Parallax WordPress Theme

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Did your favourite free WordPress design not make the list? If so, feel free to share it with everyone in the comment area.

Thanks for reading πŸ™‚


Kevin Muldoon is a webmaster and blogger from the Sun loving country of Scotland. His current project is WordPress Mods; a blog which focuses on WordPress Themes, Plugins, Tutorials, News and Modifications.

112 thoughts on “My 30 Favourite Free WordPress Themes For 2011”

  1. Pam Britton says:

    This post is very informative and I appreciate seeing what is out there, even though I am happy with my Thesis theme!

    1. Technary says:

      Thesis themes are always cool!

      1. Whitney says:

        These themes are awesome John! I especially love the corporate one. Thank you for sharing!

    2. You can keep adding twist to your thesis theme. But those addition should be beneficial for your visitors and readers.

  2. Aurelia says:

    i want black templates for my blog car, 3 columns

    1. Yes, it looks really cool.

    2. I personally do not suggest black or dark colour … So try some other colour …

  3. Nah, nothing like my custom wordpress theme πŸ™‚

    Besides offering full freedom to design as needed, it also gives you a much better understanding of how WP works.

    1. That is good if you know coding and all otherwise these theme is simply perfect for all.

  4. These are some really awesome themes! Thanks John!

    1. Guest post my friend … Not by John chow …

      1. SportsNub says:

        Yeah, people always miss that.

        1. They simply start commenting even without reading the whole post.

  5. Sean says:

    Nice list, but yep, i’ll take Thesis over any of these as well.

  6. Bryan says:

    This is a nice list. I see a few here which were unknown that I would like to use for a couple of my site. Thanks!

  7. Fauna Pryca says:

    I just love this one. Arras

    Thanks for the post.

    1. Party Ideas says:

      No doubt TentBlogger this is a huge list which consists of charming themes..

  8. Nisha says:

    Well, this one really rocks! I was in search of some themes for tweaking adsense. Would you suggest anyone from the list?

    1. For adsense go for dosh dosh theme …

  9. Amit Singh says:

    Nice themes bro, keep it up

  10. Dale O says:

    Hi John,
    Still sitting on a decision to invest in Thesis family or not.
    Its hard to imagine that I can’t find a good them in your suggestions, but I keep hearing that Thesis is more than that.
    Any of your thoughts would be appreciated?

    1. Close your eyes and go for thesis.

      1. SportsNub says:

        Yep, Thesis is really good. I am using it since years.

        1. Your blog just started in the May 2011 …

          DO you use thesis on other blogs as well since years ?

  11. ShutterShot is really an awesome theme for photography blogs! Other themes are great 2! Bookmarked for my designs in the future πŸ™‚

  12. Hi John,

    thanks for sharing this nice list.

    My favourite one is
    8. Blog-O-Folio

  13. Wow. Hard to pick just one!! I love so many of these! I downloaded about 10 of them and can’t wait to try them out. You have a knack for finding the coolest themes for sure!!

  14. Gill says:

    Looks like you took a cue from Michael Dunlop in making top “#” lists.

  15. Technary says:

    These themes are really cool! Thanks for sharing them!

  16. Albert says:

    Amazing collection. My attractive only on Magazine type WordPress themes, Now i can choose the best one for my New WordPress blog. Thanks John.

  17. uche says:

    Nice write up john.pretty cool themes u got there. Keep it coming. Do blog themes in any way affect blog traffic?

  18. Nice list. Thank you. I like playing around with free themes, although it takes a lot of time to sort through to find the right look and feel.

    Used Thesis once and found the learning curve to be a bit steep. I use Artisteer for most of my sites. It has more flexibility than meets the eye, once you experiment with it enough. The only drawback is you have to design everything in the template, then upload. Unless you know some code you can’t make too many changes on the live site.



  19. Thanks for sharing. There are several here that I love!

  20. sud.lamiran says:

    if you wanted to have CTR theme but for some reason didn’t
    here is the replacement (99% matched)

    enjoy it.

  21. Whitney says:

    IT’s hard to believe all these are free! These are totally awesome themes!

    1. SportsNub says:

      Yeah, some of them are really very good ones.

  22. This 2011 collection of free WP themes is wonderful John. My fav is the Clean and Simple theme. It’s simplicity is just beautiful. I thank you again. All the best.

    Lyle (GALC)

  23. Mushfique says:

    Now these are some good themes. I guess you could have added the new Mystique theme 3.0 !

  24. Dmitry says:

    Great post!
    I`ve couple of Codium Extended on my blogs.

  25. Ace says:

    Nice templates. But one of my favourite templates of the year is not on here. πŸ™‚

    1. Party Ideas says:

      Why not here Ace?may i know that specific reason?
      I think should be here because here is a really top list..

    1. SportsNub says:

      Yes, true. They are really very good.

  26. AffPortal says:

    I’m really digging on the shuttershot theme. I’m not sure exactly what I would do with it but darn that’s an awesome theme and the sample images are breathtaking.

  27. Paul Gero says:

    Hi John…
    So glad I opened this email…I am in the market for a very cool looking photo gallery blog and found three here that I had not seen before and that are very promising!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Paul Gero

  28. Chad Nicely says:

    Great Selection Kevin!

    I have used the Pagelines site, several times. The one that has the Presidential look converts very well. Currently I am absolutely digging Thesis

  29. Alan says:

    I like the Playboy girl ( not that I could afford her πŸ™ )

    OK back on track the “Page Lines Theme” for me

    Today I actually paid for a theme only the second theme I have ever paid for and I love it.

    Mind you it cost a whopping $1.99 it’s called “Chateau” very clean and elegant if you like that sort of thing.


  30. Glad you all enjoyed the article. I will do my best to write another good roundup for you all within the next few weeks πŸ™‚

    1. SportsNub says:

      That would be great Kevin, I surely enjoyed this one.

  31. Hey Kevin — great list.

    But it would be interesting to know what your criteria are for judging the themes. A little bit about what in particular caught your attention for each theme would be cool too.

    I always like to keep my eye open for new themes so this is a good roundup for me.


    1. I liked every theme for different reasons but generally speaking I’m a fan of clean looking designs that have a professional look. I don’t like themes that are too cluttered.

      Most of themes on the list are good enough to have been sold for a fee πŸ™‚

      Glad you liked the roundup.

  32. Ari Laksemi says:

    Nice themes John, Pagelines i my favorite.

    1. SportsNub says:

      Pagelines is good one, btw it is a guest post not by John. πŸ™‚

  33. who2india says:

    Great list John, I love bluebubble…

  34. dar says:

    This is a very impressive list. I have seen the same ones over and over but you have a few that really knock my socks off. Good thing I don’t need them. Parallax is – wow –

  35. fazal mayar says:

    Good post mate, if we really dont have funds for a paid theme then why not a free theme? thanks

  36. Ethan says:

    My favorite free theme Atahualpa isn’t listed here. But it’s great. 200 over settings for customization. Great forum support.

  37. Mas Kur says:

    Thanks for the list. I’d love simple theme πŸ˜€

    1. SportsNub says:

      Yes, the more simple theme is the more your readers love it.

  38. Thanks for collecting these awesome themes. This one can save our huge time.

    1. Yes, A wide and good selection of the best themes.

      1. Which one is your favourite ?

  39. I remember the nightmare of picking out my free theme. I went with Pagelines Platform and it is awesome.

  40. Joel says:

    Thank you Kevin and John. This is a great List. It will be immensely helpful for all of us.

  41. GamesDunia says:

    Really Great Collection.
    Thank you

  42. hypnodude says:

    I’m using Graphene now, and it seems pretty good, not perfect but good. But I’ve found in this list a couple of themes very interesting, like Spectacular or Lefty. Great post, very interesting. And I tweeted it. πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

  43. Robin says:

    These are some of the awesome themes. Although I am not using anyone as mentioned above, I will definitely like to try one in near future for my upcoming blog. Thanks for sharing and highlighting these.

  44. Erwin Miradi says:

    I prefer simpler looking themes for blogs. I think Delicate theme up there is simple enough. Thanks for sharing this.

  45. Roy says:

    Nice selection! I personally love No. 1 and No. 6. I wonder would you give a lesson on how to keep wordpress site secure for newbies like me. I have two being hacked.

  46. Great post Kevin! Blog-O-Folio was one of those that I stopped for. Thanks for sharing a great list.

  47. sokun says:

    I found the semiologic theme to be terrible. I like the anniversary theme though.

  48. Really great collection of free WordPress Themes in 2011.
    Pengbo and Platform are my favorite.
    Thanks for sharing this, sometimes is very hard to find an inspiration and this collection is a real time-saver.

  49. Thanks John for taking your time to compile these awesome theme. I love ZeeCorporate theme. Look so simple and eye catching.

    1. I also like ZeeCorporate theme.

  50. fas says:

    Some of them are photo only themes

  51. I can’t believe these are for free! Thanks for sharing!

  52. wow, thanks a lot for sharing this amazing Free template collection John! I was looking the ideal design for my website

    thanks a lot and take care!


  53. Each and every theme are really cool. Most especially zeeCorporate theme. Thanks for share.

  54. Alexander says:

    Thanks for sharing,
    John and Kevin.


    1. Party Ideas says:

      Alexander i also would like to say to both of them for the great outlook post.

  55. PPC Ian says:

    These are some great themes. Even better, they’re free. It’s amazing what you can get for free these days.

    1. Party Ideas says:

      yes PPc above all the fantastic themes but what do you wanna to say about the 3rd one Blu Bubble ?

  56. GamesDunia says:

    All are a great collection. I like the collection.

    1. SportsNub says:

      Yes, a great collection of themes and some of them are very good.

    2. Lalit says:

      Definitely all the themes are great.

  57. Haitham says:

    Pengbo’s Inspiration is the theme i was looking for. really i was thinking if i can found a theme like this for free. but now i can download

    1. Party Ideas says:

      Of course you should download this theme & you know what WordPress has seen significant growth throughout the entire year, with an estimated 32 million sites running WordPress as of December, 2010.

  58. 356one says:

    Very nice! like many theme and some theme I haven’t seen before but the sis theme I’ve ever used long time ago.

  59. Party Ideas says:

    I like the 3rd one Blue Bubble theme it seem a great.

  60. Party Ideas says:

    Well I’m really impressed by all the charming collection…

  61. Party Ideas says:

    My corporation also a good theme specially for kids..

  62. Party Ideas says:

    My corporation is good for kids just to see nothing else.

  63. JudicaΓ«l says:


    Tanks for this nice list. I’m looking for a theme about money, but it’s difficult to find a good free one. Have you an idea ?


    1. Money. Do you mean a blog about making money? I think any good blogging theme could be adapted for that.

  64. MsKatrina says:

    These are ok but I love how I can make my Atahualpa theme sing. I use it on all of my blogs and they each look different. Atahualpa still remains my favorite free theme.

  65. All of them are great themes

  66. I have already downloaded and installed chip zero for my website. Thanks a lot

  67. classified says:

    Thanks for share great list. I will use it.

  68. I want to say a BIG THANK YOU πŸ™‚ for writing this post. You have been my inspiration from very very long time, now @ this moment when I am actually looking ahead to enter the blogging world!, your favorite WP themes; is the perfect thing which I was look for. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Thanks once again πŸ˜‰ they are excellent!
    Once again I’m your big fan! Way to go Johnchow. πŸ™‚

  69. Nice collection of free wordpress themes love to download one among the collection

  70. Gift Ideas says:

    I like Furvious theme.

  71. Marios says:

    Cool themes I like Shuttershot, very simple and unique..

  72. Cheolsu says:

    Wow, The Shuttershot theme looks go good.

  73. Loving the platform theme! Great post..

  74. Delicate and zeeCorporate appears to be more professional as compared to rest of the design. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about wordpress theme. It will give us opportunity to look for and test some good theme in wordprss.

  75. Pete says:

    My favorite did not make the list. I like shapes. It is a foundation theme that allows me to customize child themes for individual customers.

  76. Was exactly looking for some thing like Furvious! satisfied me! Awesome!

  77. LG 42PW350 says:

    Wow, thanks a lot for sharing this amazing Free template collection.

  78. Any Share says:

    Thank you John this is Very Helpful info…

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