Free themes, especially, tend to have a greater disparity in quality from one another, with some being just as great as the best premium themes, and others being poorly designed or poorly coded (or both).
Below, we’ve collected more than sixty of the best themes released since late summer. Roughly half are premium themes, ranging in price from $35 to $80, with the other half being free.
If you think there are other themes out there released during the same time period that should have been included, let us know in the comments!
A Builder child theme with a number of textures and a muted color palette, perfect for a travel blog.
A responsive theme with a portfolio section, widgetized home page, and feature slider.
A minimalist magazine theme with blue accents and a featured post slider.
LeanBiz ($39 subscription)
A simple theme with four unique color schemes, optional blog-style structure, ad management, automated thumbnail resizing, and more.
HandHeld Mobile ($39 subscription)
A mobile theme that works alongside your default theme, and includes a gallery section, smooth ajax loading, and more.
Sky ($39 subscription)
A very pretty theme with five unique color schemes, a gallery section, and ad management.
eList Directory ($39 subscription)
A directory theme with unlimited custom color schemes, a classic directory structure, a custom form builder, e-commerce integration, and an optional blog-style structure.
Currents is a responsive design with a focus on content, a featured post slider, and custom news areas.
A modular theme for magazine sites with multiple authors, a featured post slider, author tabber, and custome post types.
Announcement is a niche theme specially designed for personal announcements, and includes a custom homepage, photograph slider, and custom post layouts.
Buro is a responsive design with atextured background, featured slider, custom home page and custom post types.
Adam & Eve ($49+)
A responsive design specifically for wedding websites or couple blogs.
Tisa is a simple theme with a fluid and responsive design, built-in lightbox gallery, feature slider, and welcome message option.
Grido is a Tumblr-like theme with a responsive layout, support for WP post formats, and nine post gradient colors.
A minimalist responsive theme with some subtle grunge textures, a feature slider, and options for product or service highlights.
onPlay is a magazine theme with a flexible layout, featured slider, footer carousel, and unlimited tabbed/featured categories.
A magazine-style theme with a flexible layout and a widgetized home page.
A real estate based theme with numerous unique features including multiple layouts, integrated Google Maps, an agent template, and a listing template.
A versatile theme that can be used for a variety of sites, including a portfolio or business site, with custom homepage widgets and custom page templates.
A theme specifically for doctor’s websites, health clinics, dentist’s office, or other medical businesses.
A stylish premium theme that includes a variety of textured headers (fabric, leather, wood, and grass), as well as shortcodes and one-click auto install.
Brand Crafters ($49)
A corporate theme with infinite style variations and five different homepage sliders.
A multipurpose theme that includes an accordion slider, a custom background panel, and featured post images.
Business Theme ($69)
A simple corporate theme with a fresh design, a page template for job postings, and more.
Tumble Theme ($69)
A Tumblr-style blogging theme that includes a variety of post styles, including video posts, status updates, quotes, galleries, and more.
A minimalist portfolio theme great for artists, designers, photographers and other creatives.
Fluid is a responsive theme with a slideshow feature, galleries, responsive menus, and more.
A versatile theme that can be used for an app site or a portfolio, with a customizable slideshow.
Create a plugin-free, fully functional online store with this theme, which also includes a flexible home page layout and video documentation.
A filterable portfolio theme with post format support, three custom widgets, and more.
Studeo is a creative agency theme with a filterable portfolio, unlimited colors, four custom widgets, and audio & video support.
A simple theme with content composer content manager for posts, three sliders, and eight pre-defined colors.
A Visual Composer theme with unlimited layouts, jQuery enhancements, and custom widgets.
RT-Theme 15 ($35)
A premium theme with a product showcase, multiple background options, a tons of shortcodes.
Launch Effect is a minimal launch page theme with a large photo background and built-in tracking stats.
A minimalist theme with seven interchangeable color schemes, custom menu, custom body background, WP thumbnails, and more.
A mostly neutral theme with bright yellow accents and stitching details.
A minimalist theme made with HTML5 and CSS3.
A dark theme customized from the Light Folio theme
Skeleton is a basic responsive theme that helps you build simple, uncluttered, mobile-friendly WP sites.
A simple theme with a featured slideshow, and gray color scheme.
A detailed but minimalist theme with image borders, monochrome icons, and a feature slider.
A simple theme with a textured background, custom menus, and valid CSS and HTML.
A dark theme with a wood-textured background and light orange accents.
A clean theme with a textured background and accordion featured post section with shadow details.
Black and White
A black, white, and gray theme with dashed lines and a cloud background.
A light blue, white, and gold theme with an accordian featured post section and three columns.
A free e-commerce theme from Smashing Magazine, aimed at stores that sell products for children.
A simple theme with a large featured image, two color styles, and ten different layouts.
A multi-column theme with a clean and simple design, two color styles, and nine different layouts.
Includes sliders, eleven style variations, and eleven different layouts, as well as automatic thumbnail generation.
A minimalist theme with eight different layouts, two color styles, and automatic thumbnail.
A minimalist black and white gallery theme.
A simple theme well-suited for photo blogs, with two color schemes included. There’s also a premium version for $4.99.
A pink blog design with three different background options. There’s also a premium version with additional options, including a responsive layout, for $4.99.
A simple theme with an emphasis on post images and a textured background.
A gray, orange, and white theme with a featured news slider.
A mostly gray and blue theme with a rainbow stripe along the top of the page.
Pongsari Version 1.1
A clean and simple theme adapted from the TwentyTen theme, with shadow details and lime green accents.
A detailed theme with multiple textures and a muted color scheme.
An elegant theme designed to show off images with a prominent slider at the top of the page.
A clean and modern e-commerce theme with a gray color scheme and featured product slider.
A minimalist responsive theme for portfolio sites.
A two-column blog layout with both black & white and color versions.
A flexible, highly customizable e-commerce theme for use with the free WooCommerce.
A free business theme from WooThemes, with a featured slider, a custom home page, a portfolio page template, and custom post types.
A personal blog theme with a variety of post formats, custom widgets, and multiple color schemes.
Written exclusively for WDD by Cameron Chapman.
What’s your favorite new theme from the past few months? Did we exclude any you think should have been included? Let us know in the comments!
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