The Best Free WordPress Themes in 2011-2012

Best wordpress themes 2011 2012

No wonder that WordPress is so popular among bloggers, one of the reasons is the simplicity and the ease with which you can use the CMS. WordPress has become a leader among CMS platforms, and is more popular every day, offering hundreds of free themes and third-party scripts used to create some of the best blogs.

In this article, I will introduce some free and popular WordPress themes that you should test in the new year, perhaps offering as many features as a professional paid theme. Also, all the themes that I am going to introduce are created on a solid support, such as valid CSS in all browsers. We also looked for some themes that are compatible with WordPress version 3.0 and up.

The collection of themes that I present are relatively new themes, no older than 2-3 months. Not all themes will impress by design, some being very simplistic, but the control panel or different features that come with them, could matter a lot more.


A theme that provides a monumental skeleton. This theme is having a paid version, however, even free, this version offers a control panel with lots of professional features and high mobility. The control panel is drag and drop so using it will be very easy. Furthermore, this theme offers many design features, being one of the most versatile free WordPress themes regarding appearance customization.


This theme has no advanced control panel features as the theme above, but what impressed me about it, is the design style, which is similar to that of professional themes. It also has a few tricks, namely JavaScript and slider images. It is ready for monetization, giving you two prominent places to place and customize ads into. It is a theme that addresses not only bloggers, but people who want to present their company or product.


A theme that is worth trying. This free theme comes with a control panel that offers a lot of useful things, including over 15 shortcodes that will bring added style to your blog. From the control panel, you can change the background color, font, links, and text size. It is a very beautiful theme that has a solid support and is valid in all major browsers.

It is a clean and simple theme, perfect for those who want to immediately transmit their message to visitors.


Skeptical is a theme that comes with four variations of colors, a custom control panel, a simple design, and a clean overall design. What seemed original to this theme is a control panel page where you have SEO options. There, the user can add a custom blog title, add a description and keywords. For advanced users, the control panel also provides the option to add distinct meta tags to every page.

I found this theme very useful, especially for those who do not know HTML. In the long run, a good and unique description of every blog page can improve traffic, and ultimately, the income. The theme also comes with several layout options.


As the name suggests, this theme is a MiniCard and does nothing more than to send visitors to social networks where you are registered. Certainly not a theme for blogging, but this theme does its job perfect for what was designed: to send the visitor to more efficient social networks.


Codium is a WordPress theme that impressed me by its simplicity. In this theme, you can change the whole background image or color, this way you will have an original blog. This Web 2.0 theme is dedicated to bloggers who want to play with their design template, something that can be easily modified.

Live Tweet

This theme will show all recent tweets from the people you want, is a theme build mainly for people who want to create a large group of friends. This theme comes with four variations of colors, but also with an easy to manage control panel, where you can manage the theme design, social networks sites and much more.


Innovation is a theme that gives you the impression of space, has a professional-looking design and is intended for store-type blogs, or simply, for people who want to give the impression of clarity. This theme is already prepared with three customizable places where you can insert ads, the most important place being the header.


This theme is not aimed at people who already have a functional blog, but is perfect for people who want to show their presence before the website is finalized. It’s a perfect theme for such situations, and is equipped with a script that will simulate a Jquery clock countdown. It is an elegant under construction WordPress theme, and most importantly, is free.


Perhaps the most complex free WordPress theme on the Internet. Besides a modern design, it comes with a lot of features and options that would satisfy the most demanding blogger. Comes with an extended control panel, has three variations of colors, comes with an included image slider, and has five layout templates for the main content.

You can easily show your latest tweets to others, but perhaps most important feature is the commenting form, which comes with a Capcha solving technology, thus you can keep the spam away, for free, without having to pay for Askimet.

Easy Docs

The above theme, as the author says, was created to simplify the way visitors can view your site content, and only that.

Diary WordPress

An amazing elegant WordPress theme, considering that is free. The theme offers more style, especially for a personal-type blog that addresses to a small number of readers, but it can also be used for most non-personal projects.

Navigating the Themes section of the website, I was amazed to see that the company offers four free e-commerce WordPress themes. I must admit I was impressed, because the design is quite attractive, and the code of these themes seems quite robust.



Nina Bobo

Velvet Sky