13 Best Free WordPress Themes and Templates 2022 (Includes Video)

Last updated - July 29, 2022

In this blog, let us take a look at some popular and useful WordPress themes. Irrespective of why you run a website, it needs to be fast, intuitive and with a friendly interface for visitors to have a good user experience. That is why WordPress is a great place to have your website, and there are plenty of themes to pick from to give visitors a fluid browsing experience.

Here is a video with a collection of 10 best free WordPress themes:

Ultra

Ultra WordPress theme

The Ultra theme is a complete solution for beginners. From blogs to eCommerce stores, you can build anything with Ultra and the theme is packed with features so you can do it all without looking at a line of code. 

Add custom logos and backgrounds, sticky notes, and comment threads, and edit everything from header to footer. Ultra also has a drag-and-drop website builder and is compatible with all popular WordPress page builders.

Storefront

Storefront by WooCommerce

Storefront is the official eCommerce functionality theme for WordPress by WooCommerce and it powers millions of eCommerce stores worldwide. It is clean, simple, and provides seamless integration with more WooCommerce extensions to create any kind of eCommerce store of any scale.

WooCommerce is the best solution for beginner websites with a minimal learning curve, it has endless options for shipping, payments, ticket handling, and everything you need for not just a functional but a successful eCommerce store.

MH Magazine lite

MH Magazine Lite

MH Magazine is a responsive theme suited for dynamic magazine and news websites and even blogs with a content-rich layout. 

This theme has a fully widgetized homepage template with custom widgets, social media icons, and a News Ticker among others. While some of the features are available in the Lite version, you can unlock the advanced features with its Pro version. 

Customizr

Customizr Theme

Customizr is a multipurpose WordPress theme with a high focus on cross-device functionality. It boasts an app-like experience on mobile devices. You can have a fluid performance for any website from a portfolio page to an eCommerce store. 

With a mobile-first approach and optimized for search engines, Customizr is a great choice for blogs, agencies, and online stores.

Optimizer

Optimizer

Optimizer is a fast WordPress theme and has dozens of themes to choose from to create a website quickly. Or you can use the drag and drop widgets to build unlimited kinds of landing pages. Optimizer has a live edit feature to make changes to your website on the go for quick setup.

Optimizer has loads of customization options and is compatible with WooCommerce, Mailchimp, and popular WordPress plugins out of the box, offering versatility in the kinds of websites you can build with it. It is optimized to perform across all devices and browsers and has passed Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test.

Zakra

Zakra theme

Zakra is a flexible and lightweight WordPress theme with 80+ starter templates for popular use cases to simplify your website creation process. 

This theme is suitable for making blogs, business websites, and news and online magazine websites with relative ease. Zakra is also SEO friendly to rank higher in search engine results. It is compatible with Gutenberg, WooCommerce as well as popular page builders.

Minimalist Blogger

Minimalist Blogger

This is a blogging and news niche WordPress theme that packs all you need for a professional blog. It has custom logos, colors for titles, backgrounds and a sidebar for widgets and any other content you would like to add, and an optimized design for ranking high in search engines. 

Spacious

Spacious

This theme aims at small and medium businesses and is compatible with WooCommerce. Spacious has 16 starter demos of niche and popular websites template so you can finish the website set up quickly. 

It is rigorously tested and optimized for fast loading and is both light and powerful. Spacious has custom color settings, custom widgets, and advanced typography for total control over the appearance of your website. 

Spacious supports WooCommerce for eCommerce support and popular WordPress page builders like Elementor. 

Sparkling

Sparkling

Sparkling is a responsive and clean WordPress theme built for business, blog, and creative websites. It has integration for social media icons, full-screen sliders, author bio, and a dedicated widget to show popular posts.

Though Sparkling doesn’t have a drag-and-drop website builder, it makes up with the other features. Sparkling has additional icons through Font Awesome Icons that to use anywhere on the website. Another highlight of Sparkling is the infinite scroll feature that makes for smooth content loading.

NewsMag

NewsMag theme

As the name suggests, NewsMag is a news, magazine, and blog-focused WordPress theme that makes it useful for creating responsive websites. It supports a widgetized sidebar and you can create a custom home page using different content blocks.

NewsMag can add Google Maps in the footer section and is SEO ready as it is important for news and blog websites. You can add contact forms to capture leads and widgets for popular posts, and additional icons from Font Awesome Icons.

Auberge

Auberge recipe WordPress theme

Auberge is a restaurant and recipe blog theme to create beautiful and responsive websites. It is a niche theme for cafes, restaurants, and chefs to share recipes and other promotional content. It has a recipe blog function in its paid version to create a high-converting culinary blog.

Vantage

Vantage by SiteOrigins

Vantage is a highly popular and multipurpose WordPress theme. It offers both boxed and full-width website layouts and has 2500+ icons and widget bundles for creating unique websites. 

Vantage also supports Google fonts and integrates with its custom CSS editor for deep customization. Creating any kind of website with Vantage is a breeze as it also supports integration with all major plugins, 

Evolve

Evolve

Evolve is a versatile theme focusing on detail and usability, making this free theme look and feel premium-like. It has 2 header layouts, 13 areas for widgets, and multiple unique sliders that give a great look to websites created with this theme.

The theme has pre-built demos to create websites quickly and also offers an extra menu to add columns, images, or icons as you want, Google fonts, sticky navigation, and unlimited sidebar additions. 

What you should consider before picking a theme

While the themes in this list are proven tools of many successful websites, we would advise you to do your research to see if a theme satisfies all your needs in running a website. Some problems that might arise from not doing proper research before using a theme are:

  • The theme should offer features that you need from icons and font support to eCommerce functionality and contact forms for lead capture and a comments section for feedback.
  • A theme might offer great features but might not support the page builder or plugins that are necessary for your website.
  • While most themes offer high levels of customization, some may not offer the ones you require in particular, resulting in reaching out to developers to solve your issue or even changing your theme due to incompatibility.
  • Your website should run perfectly on all browsers and devices your visitors use. This requires testing from your end on all major browsers and popular devices to make sure the theme doesn’t break or give a glitchy performance in specific devices and browsers. Usually, developers make sure that this doesn’t happen, but as the website owner, it never hurts to make sure on your own.

Choose the right theme after studying its features and make sure it aligns with your goals. Please post a comment if you have any questions.

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