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