Best Free WordPress Themes of 2010

By / Nov 18, 2010 / Freebies
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At the end of 2009, we published a series of posts highlighting the best freebies and resources from that year. It turned out to be a great way to show our readers what they may have missed, and to give some recognition to the people that worked very hard at producing such amazing stuff. It’s difficult to believe that another year is drawing to a close, but here we are at the end of 2010. This means it’s time for another “Best Of” series. So to kick it off, we’ve rounded up the best free WordPress themes of 2010. These are in no particular order. They’re simply the ones we felt stood out from the rest this year in terms of design quality and features.

Shaken Grid

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This theme is perfect for you if you’re in need of a gallery/portfolio website or if you just want a website with a unique grid layout that not many websites have taken full advantage of yet. “Shaken Grid” uses the jQuery Masonry plugin which “arranges elements vertically then horizontally according to a grid.”

Imbalance

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Imbalance is a very user friendly, jQuery powered theme which looks really well under any browser and OS. Perfectly fits for your blog, online magazine or portfolio websites.

Boldydownload

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Boldy is a high-quality theme and features an image slider predominantly on the homepage.

Mansion

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Mansion is a free photoblogger’s theme for WordPress. It features a flexible-width thumbnail grid for both images and photo journal entries. Mansion is perfect for those who want to primarily showcase their photographs and occasionally write blog posts.

Simplefolio

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SimpleFolio is a portfolio theme that includes a blog and a very extensive option page that allows you to exclude all your portfolio items from the blog page. It also includes a front page slider.

Blissful Blog

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The Blissful Blog is a WordPress 3.0 theme for the wedding industry. It features a traditional blog layout with several added features that take advantage of the latest WordPress 3.0 platform.

Simplodownload

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Simplo, as its name implies, is a simplistic twist on our premium themes by offering a simplified look and feel. Simplo works straight “out of the box” and features six color options configurable within the theme’s options page.

Structure

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Structure is designed to adopt the style of the content added. It features 2 color options — a white version and a black version.

AutoFocus+

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AutoFocus+ is a clean and simple WordPress theme developed for photographers looking to showcase their work.

Koi

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Koi is an artistic theme and is suitable for most personal blogs. Koi is one of the top used themes on WordPress.com. The theme supports the WordPress 3.0 new features such as custom menus and child themes but is still backwards compitable with older versions of WordPress.

Skeptical

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Skeptical’s layout is very flexible in the sense that you can display “related posts” next to your latest posts on the home page, OR have a completely widgetized sidebar. Not only that, you can also add your Flickr stream to the footer region and showcase three noteworthy blog posts tagged with a specific tag that you declare in the theme options.

Peacekeeper

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Peacekeeper is the gamer niche wordpress theme from web2feel.com. This is a stylish theme with a 3D flash image slider, Twitter, Banner ads, Adsense, etc.

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

16 Comments

  1. Adesoji Adegbulu
    November 18, 2010

    great list…. thanks. i’ll use some of these for my web projects

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  2. Amy
    November 18, 2010

    Great themes

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  3. web design Manchester
    November 18, 2010

    The most interesting updates, if you’re looking for a web design theme or template in Manchester…

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  4. Justin Carroll
    November 18, 2010

    WordPress is quickly becoming the CMS of choice. All they’d need to do is gear more towards overall CMS functionality and they’d easily own the market. Great picks!

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  5. Terry Dunn
    November 18, 2010

    I like free and I love wordpress. There are some excellent themes in this collection that I seem to have missed. Where have they been hiding?

    Terry

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  6. Web Design Hull
    November 19, 2010

    Great collection of free themes, WordPress really is becoming a great CMS option

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  7. Robert
    November 19, 2010

    WordPress is absolutely fantastic and with themes like this no wonder more people are moving across to word press!

    Reply
  8. rajasegar
    November 23, 2010

    awesome collection of themes, my fav is Koi by Nick La

    Reply
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  10. Lakeside Technologies
    November 25, 2010

    WordPress simply rocks, the best CMS I’ve ever used.

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  11. Angelee
    November 26, 2010

    People are generous.. I got the beautiful Florance theme as well, but its not listed here.

    Reply
  12. Tiyo Kamtiyono
    November 30, 2010

    Thanks for sharing, this all is great themes :)

    Reply
  13. Rajmeej poudel
    December 1, 2010

    thanks for g8 list

    Reply
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  15. Meliz Catrall
    January 16, 2011

    I like the photoblog themes pretty much!

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  16. Hyanne
    April 28, 2012

    Thanks, Simple Folio is nice and clean :)

    Reply

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