45+ New WordPress Themes: October 2010

New WordPress themes are released all the time, and it’s hard keeping up with the best that’s out there. And let’s face it: a lot of new themes aren’t very high quality.

Below we’ve collected nearly fifty high-quality WP themes from around the web.

A little over half of them are free themes, released under a variety of licenses.

The rest are premium themes, ranging in price from around $30 right up to $200, depending on the creator and licensing options.

Have we missed any good ones here, feel free to add their links in the comments!


Free Themes


Skeptical is a new free theme from WooThemes. It has a clean look and four color scheme options. Full support for Google Fonts and other typography choices can be accessed from the options panel.

My Blue Construction

A free under construction theme for your blog. It’s simple, with a glossy look and feel.

Writer WordPress Theme

This theme was specifically created for authors, and includes a number of custom widgets for promoting books. The layout is clean and the background can be customized to suit the genre of the author.


Businezz is a simple, corporate-style WP theme from Blog Oh Blog. It includes a number of customization options, including a slideshow, testimonials, and company news in the sidebar.

Quality Control

Quality Control is a free theme that turns any WP installation into a help desk ticketing system. It includes everything you’d expect in a ticketing system, including milestones, statuses, categories, and the ability for users to create tickets.


Cubicles is a clean, grid-based theme from WP Corner. It includes custom logo and favicon images from the management console, as well as a few other options through custom fields on individual posts.


Badgers is another free theme from WP Corner. It has a gray and white color scheme with blue accents. Included is a Slider for featured articles, numerous widgetized areas, and thumbnails on posts. It’s banner ad ready.


Bayer is a gray and black theme from WP Corner. It’s ad-ready, includes a featured article Slider, and is easily customizable.


Workfolio is a WP Corner theme specifically for portfolios. It includes a grid-based layout for showcasing work. The homepage includes three content columns for images with titles and short descriptions.

Clean Blog Theme

Clean Blog Theme is another WP Corner theme with a gray, white and blue color scheme. It includes a number of customization options in the management console, including Twitter integration and custom logo and favicon images.


AnimeLight is a distinctly girly free WP theme, with a pink and purple color scheme and anime-styled graphics. It includes space for 125×125 pixel square ads, has three columns, and is gravatar-enabled.


GamePro is a free WP theme with a simple layout and gamer-esque graphics. It has support for custom menus and backgrounds, as well as post thumbnails and featured content. There are also ad spots for both 125×125 pixel ads and a 468×60 header banner ad.


Animes is another feminine Anime-inspired theme, this time with a cream, pink and burgundy color scheme. It includes space for ads, an options page, and a featured content slideshow on the homepage.


Record is a gray and yellow free theme with a versatile, modern look and feel. It’s gravatar-enabled and includes space for ads. There’s also a featured content area on the homepage.


GamesMania is another video game-styled theme, this time with a more modern, cleaner look and feel. It includes support for post thumbnails and gravatars on comments. It also has space for ads (both 125×125 pixel ads and a 468×60 pixel header banner).


Aroma is a free WP theme with a bluish color scheme and sophisticated, urban look. It includes support for custom menus and backgrounds, as well as sidebar ads. It’s gravatar-enabled and includes a variety of admin options.


Neonsential is a simple theme that makes great use of textures. There’s a featured content slider, an automatic thumbnail resizer, and gravatar-enabled.


Carbonified is a simple theme with five background color options. It includes areas for featured photos and video, as well as a better comment system.


This free theme includes a featured content section and is well-suited for CMS use. It also has five different header backgrounds included, as well as an automatic thumbnail resizer that doesn’t require custom fields.


Heliumified is a free theme that offers five color schemes and a custom front page. It also has space for popular posts and featured photos.


Chromiumania is a a very pretty theme with a rainbow-esque background and faux-stitching details. It has custom front page widgets, includes a custom font, and keeps comments and trackbacks separate.


Vanadiumitic has a cute look, evocative of crafts and handmade items. It includes an automatic thumbnail resizer, built-in page navigation, and a featured content section.


Titaniumifize has a faux-3d look to it, with a notepad background and paper graphics throughout. The color scheme is clean and sophisticated. It has a custom front page, and is gravatar-enabled and search engine optimized.

Fresh & Clean

Fresh & Clean is a minimalist WP theme that includes post thumbnails and a gray and white color scheme. It includes a featured post slider, as well as the WP 3.0 menu system, plus four navigation bar color schemes.


Academica is a free WP theme for academic institutions from Smashing Magazine. It has a simple, 3-column layout with a blue and orange color scheme, and built-in social media icons. There are nine sidebars and three custom widgets also included.


Modernist is another Smashing Magazine template, this time with a focus on typography. It has a lightly textured background and very minimalist layout. It’s a flexible and extensible theme with well-commented code, and is released under the GPL license.


Typominima is a minimalist theme with a strong emphasis on typography. It allows custom colors for links, includes Cufon font replacement, and discretionary display settings for post meta information. It also has extra options for linking author profiles on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


Premium Themes


TheStyle is an elegant, premium theme from Elegant Themes. It’s grid-based and includes five different color schemes, a theme options page, and threaded comments. For $39/year you get access to all the premium themes on Elegant Themes.


Glider is a beautiful premium theme that makes great use of textures. It’s designed to work as a single-page site (with the exception of blog content). For $39/year you get access to all the premium themes on Elegant Themes.


The eStore theme integrates with a number of WP ecommerce plugins, including eShop and Simple PayPal Shopping Cart. There are five color schemes included, and advertising management is built in. For $39/year you get access to all the premium themes on Elegant Themes.


Vision is a premium theme by Templateup, available through Theme Forest. It includes a number of preset backgrounds, a jQuery showcase slider, all popular shortcodes, and prettyPhoto Lightbox.


Jing is a premium theme by Peerapong, available from Theme Forest. It includes 12 layout styles, home page widgets, custom widgets (portfolio, recent posts, and popular posts), and both light and black color schemes. It also has built-in image zoom and supports multiple image galleries.

Innova Construct

Innova Construct is another theme available through Theme Forest, this time by Starshade. There are five custom widgets and six custom page layouts included, as well as seven skins. It also has a jQuery/PHP contact form, shortcodes, and a custom-styled lightbox.


Diner is a new premium theme from WooThemes, with a retro diner style. It’s specifically designed for restaurants, with a food menu page template and reservations functionality.


Caffeinated is a hand-drawn-style theme with a dark color scheme. It uses a custom homepage design, and includes custom widgets and post types, and a portfolio page template.


Crisp is a beautiful premium theme from WooThemes that has a clean, vintage-feeling design. It’s reminiscent of a Tumblr theme, and works like Tumblr with extensive multimedia support. It also includes the Ajax-powered QuickPress functionality that makes it faster to post from your dashboard.

The Developer

The Developer is a premium theme from Theme Forest, created by LayeredPixels, specifically aimed at app developers. It includes multiple page layouts, a contact form with validation, support for short codes, and a number of custom options.


Sidelined is a premium theme by Webdesignpeople, available from Theme Forest. It includes four color schemes, vertical or horizontal menu layouts, galleries and image sliders, and flexible layout options.


Universe is a premium theme by Indonez, available at Theme Forest. It has a gray and black color scheme, two homepage options, custom post types, custom page templates, twelve custom widgets, and Cufon text replacement built in.


Photolist is a premium photoblog design from Obox. It includes a variety of page templates, easy Google Analytics installation, ad management, and custom logo input.

Orion Business and Portfolio

Orion is a premium glossy theme from Mojo Themes with a space-themed header that includes five color schemes, custom post types, custom backgrounds, and two sliders. It also includes custom-styled widgets and Google Maps integration.

Absencion Portfolio & Business

Absencion, from Mojo Themes, is a glossy black and white theme with five page templates and numerous theme options. It also includes six theme styles, custom post types, and a homepage slider.

Red Fred

Red Fred is a rather minimalist theme with a homepage slider and a smart fixed/fluid width. There are eleven predefined color schemes, as well as a color picker for more options, and Cufon font replacement. More than thirty short codes are also included, as well as special social media icons.


Jobroller turns your WordPress installation into a job board. It includes a job listing submission wizard, automatic job pruning, and five widget-enabled sidebars, among many other features.


Penelope is a beautiful modern theme with three color schemes from CSSIgniter. It also includes a custom options panel for setting up a product showcase site.


Sophocles is a business/product theme with three different color schemes. It offers eight custom widgets, including Flickr and Twitter integration, custom banners and more.


Foodilicious is a premium theme for restaurants and cafes. It includes a customizable front page, menu and gallery page templates, and menu item detail pages. Three different color schemes are included.


VideoBlogger is a theme specifically designed for vloggers from Proud Themes. It includes jQuery drop-down menus, a fully widgetized home page, and two unique widgets designed specifically for this theme.

Written exclusively for WDD by Cameron Chapman.

Have a favorite recent WP theme that wasn’t mentioned on the list above? Share it in the comments!

  • http://tiny.cc/mialazar Mia Lazar

    Great themes, some are awsome.

    • http://.... Wilmer

      Great collection

  • http://wpthemesbest.com Mufti

    Wow, great collections, most of them look elegant and modern.

  • Louise KR

    These are really great! Will download most of the free ones I still don’t have to thinker around with them.

    I’m amazed at how the new free themes nowadays seem to be increasing in quality, look and functionality wise. Though that may just be my opinion.

    Thanks for these!

  • http://chooseavirb.com Dwaynne

    Great list, Cameron! I have been compiling a list myself an dI must admit WordPress is really stepping up to a CMS of choice for blogs and other kinds of websites.

  • http://www.dealybug.com mtrang

    nice collection. Thanks!

  • http://smillamagazine.com/ Emiliano

    Great collection. Thank you for sharing

  • http://www.designerslist.info/ Marc

    Nice themes, thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.wallward.com/ Lisa Miller

    What an awesome list. Being a fan of minimalism, I especially love the Modernist theme. Thanks for sharing this collection.

  • http://mrare.ca Leigh

    Thanks for sharing the links, that quality control theme is pretty clean and some nicely designed blogs overall!

  • http://www.curtisscott.com Curtis Scott

    Great collection! These are some very modern and sharply designed themes. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.royzy.co.uk Roy Nottage

    Really like the layout for the Skeptical theme. WooThemes have some really great stuff, using their Bueno one at the minute.

  • http://blog.grabek-adam.pl Adam

    Great collection, very inspiring

  • http://www.iamwebsitedeveloper.com Iamwebsitedeveloper

    I like The job board theme. It may help me a lot.

  • http://hypertransitory.com John Garrett

    Gah! I both love and hate these template articles since they make me want to change my site again. There’s some great stuff in here.

  • http://d4u.hu w3bdesign

    Great collection! Thank you for sharing!

  • http://forgraphic.com byme

    nice list of wordpress theme,
    inspirated me
    thanks for sharing bro

  • http://www.thefount.com Chris

    There are some great themes here for blogs, and galleries too.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.fuzzimo.com/ fuzzimo

    Thanks for these! Very useful wp theme collection.

  • http://www.leafkit.com Leafkit

    Another great collaboration post chock-full of some really nice themes. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.orphicpixel.com Mars

    those were sweet themes, should i spend for my theme again?

  • http://www.enovastudio.org Alessandro Tesoro

    YAY one of my themes (Absencion) is in the list, thank you :D

  • http://www.colddesign.com Giacomo Colddesign

    Very beautifull collection. thanks for sharing!!

  • http://www.oniki.se Akif

    Really beautiful themes, It’s amazing how broad wordpress can be used and visualize different design worlds. Also thanks to WD for keeping up the good work and making me hang out here at least once a day for the daily inspiration!

  • http://www.martymccolgan.com Web Designer Derry

    great themes, thanks for the post

  • http://www.creativeinception.com Pixel

    great post… some of these themes are awesome, and I agree with most of the comments.

  • http://www.scottcarmichael.co.uk Scott

    My fave would by the “thestyle” just because it looks reaaly smart. Also “workfolio” has some great yet simple elements in it as well. Thanks for the collection.

  • http://websitetemplates.bz AffordableTemplates

    Wow. These themes are amazing. But I guess it takes more time to load pages with these themes.
    Great Post!

  • http://www.colinmiller.co.uk Colin Miller – Freelance web designer

    Excellent article, just as I was looking for some new WP inspiration for a new project. Well done guys ;-)

  • http://www.rawkmedia.com John

    Not much new on here short of the “Quality Control” theme. I like it… nonetheless, a very good list of very good designs! Thanks for this guys!


  • http://www.buzz-webdesign.co.uk Buzz Web Design

    Great collection of themes, I’ve seen a lot of them before but it’s great to be able to reference them all in one place, thanks!

  • http://www.schoebs.com schoebs

    Great list, thanks for sharing!

  • http://techbu.com/ Rahul

    You missed SWIFT, a very light weight theme with lot’s a customization options


  • http://drebpro.com Dreb

    Incredible WordPress themes since they are free. I really like to use the Fresh and Clean. Awesome to have a FREE themes like these.

  • http://charmingwp.com Ahmad

    Very Beautiful Themes Collection thanks for sharing the list

  • http://www.wpexplorer.com AJ

    Thanks for sharing my Fresh&Clean theme. Probably not the best one here, but with each theme I develop they get better and better. The exposure from such a great blog as yours really gives me the drive to create more and more Free GPL themes!

  • http://www.newviewit.com Custom Website Design

    Nice to see some different designs coming out lately like the writer design, with a little cleaning up it could be very nice.

  • http://zacklive.com Zack

    Businezz is a great theme, thanks for sharing.

  • http://gnrsu.com G.N.R.S.U