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30 Free WordPress Themes From 2012

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This article was updated on February 27, 2013. Discontinued themes have been removed while other information has been modified.

Today I’d like to share with you 30 of the best free designs that have been released so far in 2012. There’s been some good free WordPress themes released over the last two and a half months including blog templates, magazine templates and portfolio designs.

For a list of dedicated free WordPress theme providers and theme providers that you should avoid, please check out our
Free WordPress Themes page.

1. Response

A minimal drag and drop theme framework from the CyberChimps guys. The design is responsive so will look great on all devices and there is a pro version available with more features for $25.

Response WordPress Theme

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2. Business Lite

Another great free design from CyberChimps. Built using HTML5 and CSS3, the responsive design allows you to customise the design via widgetized boxes and a useful options page.

Business Lite WordPress Theme

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3. Oxygen

A clean responsive magazine style design that features a content slider, 3 menu areas and 5 widget areas. The design is set up for child themes too.

Oxygen WordPress Theme

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4. Vintage Camera

A beautiful retro microblogging theme that supports post formats and comes with 3 widget areas in the footer. It comes with 5 different colour schemes and has a responsive design so will look great on mobiles and tablets too.

Vintage Camera WordPress Theme

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5. Delicacy

Designed for food blogs, Delicacy good easily be adapted for use on any type of blog. It comes with 6 colour schemes, a great looking nivo slider and 4 custom widgets.

Delicacy WordPress Theme

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6. Adventure Bound Basic

Relying heavily on featured images, Adventure Bound Basic is a magazine style blog theme that will appear to those who want a unique style for their blog.

Adventure Bound Basic WordPress Theme

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7. Hey Cookie

Released at the end of 2011 though it has seen a few major updates in 2012 so it sneaked into our theme list. The grid style layout makes it a good choice for portfolios or online magazines.

Hey Cookie WordPress Theme

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8. Origin

Built using Hybrid Core and optimised for mobile devices, Origin allows you to add beautiful typography to your website using Google fonts. It’s a good choice for an online blog.

Origin  WordPress Theme

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9. Swift Basic

A magazine design that comes with advanced SEO options, 8 widget area and 10 advertising zones.

Swift Basic WordPress Theme

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10. Adam’s Razor

A beautiful minimal blog design that is suitable for personal blogs.

Adam's Razor WordPress Theme

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11. Picochic

Another clean blog template that is suitable for online blogs.

Picochic WordPress Theme

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12. Basic Law

A simple two column WordPress theme that has two menu areas.

Basic Law WordPress Theme

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13. History

A minimal 3 column blog design from General Themes.

History WordPress Theme

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14. Angler

A two column minimal blog theme that allows you to change some basic things via the theme options area.

Angler WordPress Theme

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15. Hatch

With a responsive design and a basic options page, Hatch is a minimal design suitable for online portfolios.

Hatch WordPress Theme

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16. Very Minimal

A great looking two column blog design that places social media profile icons at the right hand side of the page.

VeryMinimal WordPress Theme

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17. Howling Dog Framework

When I originally reviewed the Howling Dog Framework it retailed for $89.50. Howling Dog recently addressed my criticism of their design being too expensive and have released their flagship theme framework for free. The framework allows you to customise every major aspect of your website via the framework options area.

Howling Dog Framework

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18. ShowPress

A responsive gallery design that is suitable for portfolios and blogs. It comes with its own options page and custom page templates.

Note, when testing this design to check whether the footer credit link can be removed easily, I noticed that due to the way the theme was designed, the link cannot be found in the footer.php template. Therefore, to remove the credit link you will have to change individual page templates such as single.php, blog-page.php and page.php.

ShowPress WordPress Theme

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19. EduBlog

Boasting a beautiful nivo slider, an SEO builder and 10 background patterns. It supports Google Analytics and cufon fonts and comes with the original Photoshop PSD file for the logo.

EduBlog WordPress Theme

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20. Grid Style

A minimal magazine style portfolio template that is optimised for search engines.

Grid Style WordPress Theme

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21. Font Folio

A great looking grid style portfolio template from

FontFolio WordPress Theme

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22. Architekt

Another great free portfolio design from Also comes with a image friendly blog template so could be used for blogs too.

Architekt WordPress Theme

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23. Resolution

One of the best looking free blog designs released so far this year. Posts are displayed in only one column to place more emphasis on content and it comes with 5 widget areas: 4 in the footer and one in the sidebar.

Resolution WordPress Theme

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24. Bodega

A clean business and portfolio that features a homepage nivo slider and great looking portfolio and blog page templates. Also includes some shortcodes for styling your content.

Bodega WordPress Theme

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25. Neptune

A gallery design that is perfect for showcasing photos and portfolio items. It has a great blog template too and an image slider for portfolios with multiple images.

Neptune WordPress Theme

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26. GoPress

A minimal WordPress design that is suitable for online magazines, news websites and blogs. The home page has a post slider with a grid style layout underneath for displaying your latest posts.

GoPress WordPress Theme

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27. Sundance

Developed by Automattic, Sundance is a great blogging theme that has a video carousel on the home page. It supports videos and has support for widgets, custom backgrounds, custom headers and WordPress menus.

Sundance WordPress Theme

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28. CuttleFish

A simple two column WordPress theme that is widget ready.

Cuttlefish WordPress Theme

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29. Stripay

Built using the _s starter design from Automattic, Stripay is a simple two column blogging design that supports sticky posts.

Stripay WordPress Theme

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30. Weaver II

Originally developed as an extension of the default WordPress theme 2010, Weaver has come a long way and has developed into a fantastic theme in its own right. Weaver II looks great on mobile devices and via it’s checkbox system you can easily enable and disable important site elements.

Weaver II WordPress Theme

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What is your favorite free design from 2012 so far? Please leave a comment below explaining your favorite design and more.

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Comments (5)

Comment by DessignNet says:

@WPMods Thank you for featuring my WordPress themes I do appreciate your support

Comment by WPMods says:

@dessignnet thanks for the RT :)

Comment by WPMods says:

@wpspotdotcom thanks for the RT :) Still think cuttlefish counts as one theme as many designs come with different skins e.g. Weaver II

Comment by WP Mods says:

haha yeah :)

Comment by Olli Wah says:

holy shit! :) but at least: it’s free! ;)

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