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The best free WordPress themes, February 2014

By Carrie Cousins | Resources | Feb 10, 2014

WordPress is still a hot technology in 2014, and the CMS of choice for the majority of web designers continues to go from strength to strength.

There are some great new – and free – themes that have been released or received major updates since the start of 2014. Now all you have to do is pick your favorite and install. What are you waiting for?

Every month we’ll be bringing you our pick of the best free WordPress themes released over the last 4 weeks. Here are our picks for February:

 

Alpha Forte

The attraction to Alpha Forte is in the big, custom background behind the blogging theme. The theme features a three-column layout, two widget areas in the sidebar and is mobile friendly. But what really draws you to the theme is the big-photo design.

alpha

 

TYPAL Business

TYPAL Business is a pretty powerful business theme with a lot of great options. It’s fully responsive and can be customized in almost every way, including headers, widgets, menus and backgrounds. The theme also includes sticky posts and is Theme-Check tested.

typal

 

Elisium

This responsive theme is designed for business websites and has plenty of options for customization from logo to homepage content to social media integration. Elisium‘s look is clean and modern and includes plenty of content areas.

elisium

 

Mega Responsive

Mega Responsive, as the name implies, is a fully responsive theme that includes a nice infinite scroll feature. The clean, minimalistic style design was created with the flat style in mind and is SEO ready. The theme also offers a variety of customization options from color to a random image tool.

mega-responsive

 

Nova Lite

Nova Lite is a responsive theme based on the Twitter Bootstrap framework, designed in the flat style. Unlike many similar themes, what makes this Nova different is that is includes an unlimited number of sidebars and galleries. The free theme also comes with 14 default skins for different looks, three custom widgets and widget areas and customizable backgrounds.

nova

 

Obscura

Obscura is a theme designed to show off great images. The two-column design is appropriate for a portfolio or photography business website. The design is responsive and supports the popular NextGEN Gallery plugin to manage photo galleries. Almost all of the features are customizable as well, including navigation, menus, widgets and backgrounds.

obscura

 

Zippy

If you are looking for a small and clean responsive theme, Zippy might be the option for you. The theme is designed with small businesses in mind and is perfect for people who don’t want to deal with code. The simple layout includes a flexible slider, social link tools and multiple footer widgets.

zippy

 

Bizznis

This parent business-style theme is made for WordPress site owners who don’t want to touch complicated code or development aspects of the site. Bizznis is fully responsive, secure and fast. While this theme does not include a ton of options, the included features (categories, shopping cart, search) are designed with business owners in mind.

bizz

 

Undiscovered

Undiscovered is an elegant theme that includes a responsive layout and retina-ready graphic display. The theme includes a slew of post formats, making it a great platform for bloggers. Undiscovered also supports commenting, galleries (with a slider) and plenty of color, logo and typeface customization options. The theme also includes a massive social media bundle with icons for 18 popular social media networks.

undiscovered

 

x2

If you want a blog that has plenty of neat animations and extras, x2 is the place to look. With three slideshow options, widget areas and a ton of customization options — including light and dark color schemes — this theme is made for ease of building. Other features include support of the common BuddyPress, bbPress and WooCommerce.

x2

 

Infinitano

This simple responsive theme is built on the popular Twitter Bootstrap framework and is best used for blogs, where the focus is on text content rather than visuals. Infinitano includes customization options and dual-level dropdown navigation.

infitano

 

Isis

Isis is a clean responsive theme is power-packed for visual design. It includes two home page layouts, social icons, four widgets, a large slider, three page templates and more. The design scheme works for a variety of website types, from business sites to portfolios or blogs. All you need to get started is a few great images.

isis

 

Journal Box

This flexible blog theme features a high color design (with two color options) and a two column layout. Journal Box includes a handful of interactive elements as well, including a profile box for the blog owner and share buttons that can be embedded in each post.

journal-box

 

Lithium

Lithium is a super-simple theme is designed for bloggers on Twitter Bootstrap. It includes simple posting, social media linking, and widgets for popular posts, Flickr integration and video. While the theme is free, you must share a link to download it.

lithium

 

Blogly Lite

Designed for bloggers, Blogly Lite is an almost-feminine styled flat theme with a variety of customization options. The theme is fully responsive and has a quite refined look and feel for a free theme. (An upgraded version is also available which unlocks additional widgets and customization options.)

blogly

 

Exility-light

Exility-light is a simple theme is designed for blogs and features large image areas. The two-column layout is widget-ready and includes a custom menu and two sidebars. The simple design is attractive and user-friendly.

exility

 

MiniMag Pro

Designed with flat styling, MiniMag Pro packs a lot of power and clean design into a free theme. The blogging theme is fully responsive and SEO ready. The theme also includes a slider, customizable calendar, multiple post formats and has been tested in all popular web browsers. This theme also includes a ton of customization tools from color to custom logo to the appearance of the slider. This theme is one of the more feature-packed free themes available.

minimag

 

Nictitate

It’s easy to see why Nictitate is one of the most downloaded WordPress themes of the month. This theme features a modern and bright design with plenty of features. It is fully responsive, includes custom widgets, includes localization support, unlimited sidebars and allows for easy integration of Google Analytics and social links and sharing. For a free theme, Nictitate also has a lot of embedded goodies from neat animations to videos and clean typography.

nictitate

 

Future

Future is a clean and creative theme that includes a good number of features. The theme is designed in the trendy flat style and is retina ready. Future’s free version includes plenty of customization tools, post formats, featured images, widgets and is SEO ready. The downside to Future is that you have to upgrade to the pro theme for the responsive layout.

future

 

MeadowHill

For a theme with a big image area, MeadowHill delivers. The responsive theme uses an almost parallax style with a long scroll design. It includes five color schemes, a ton of customizable menu and widget areas, social sharing functions and the ability to create a variety of custom shortcodes or custom CSS. This theme also includes the ability to translate into five languages.

meadowhill

 

Have you used any of these themes in a project? Have we missed one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Mathew Carpenter

    Also just released this month: http://demo.mediagrouptheme.com/

  • http://www.lottoresult1.com/ Andre Buxey

    Some really nice themes, the issue i have with the free themes is there is almost never documentation that comes along with it.

  • dafuq

    These are terrible

  • http://gauravtiwari.org/ Gaurav Tiwari

    That Anarcho notepad theme’s link isn’t working.

    • http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/ Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

      Thanks for letting us know, we’ve updated the article.

      Unfortunately their site seems to have been taken over (how ironic). We wouldn’t recommend visiting them until they get it sorted out.

  • Darren Hunt

    There are far better free WordPress themes out there than these, not a great collection.

  • Dominik Fryč

    Oh god. On winter’s evenings I’m making a new modern theme for my blog and now I see similar theme here. Someone had to copy my idea..

  • KonradS

    Hi Carrie,

    nice writeup – and thanks for adding the x2 theme! :)

    We are just coming up with a new theme that will truly bring Customization to a whole new level!

    **Custom Community 2.0**

    Play with the Beta here:
    http://themekraft.com/blog/custom-community-2-0-get-ready-to-play/

    See the new Demo coming:
    http://themekraft.com/custom-community-wordpress-theme/

    Just try the Beta version and you will see the power of this super-lean new Bootstrap WordPress Theme.

    Keep up, wish you all great fun creating with WordPress!

    Cheers, Konrad

    • karenn1617

      Hey there,

      When the Custom Community theme full version is coming up?

      Regards,

      Karan Chopra
      Editor/Writer – JustWP.org

  • msx

    Thank you very much, found some themes interesting, sharing the page.

  • Dan

    Nova Lite is a hot design. Thank you.

  • DoGooder

    Since when WordPress is a hot technology?

  • http://www.hostingforest.net/ prakash prakash

    Big collection and good themes.

  • Divya Mishra

    nice theme collection

  • http://www.filmizlememerkezi.com/ Film İzleme Merkezi

    nice

  • http://freehtml5wptheme.com/ Alex

    Thanks for sharing my theme Nova, what do you think about my last free WordPress theme Diarjo? http://www.themeinprogress.com/diarjo

  • http://www.saludcasera.com/ Salud Casera

    Great themes. I am looking for a responsive, minimalistic, adsense ready theme for my blog.

  • Gaurav K

    Very good collection liked 2,3
    Alpha Forte Journal Box lithium