It turns out that there aren’t nearly as many free corporate WordPress themes as there are other kinds of theme. Nevertheless, there are some good free business themes around. Here are the ones I have found so far. PS If you know of any I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments!
deCente, by ThemeShift, who I recommend as a theme maker, is a newly released (March 2013) business/portfolio theme. It’s our favourite theme of this collection. Why? The home page is the most well structured, making fine use of columns and widgets to create a professional looking, trust inspiring layout. Those widgets are going to ensure adding content to your home page is simple as pie – drag and drop all the way.
The portfolio is quite something:
If you click on a category (branding, graphic design, etc), the portfolio filters right before your eyes, without re-loading the page. You see this feature on some premium themes but hardly ever, if ever, on free ones. When you click on an image to bring up the related post, you can then click next or previous to cycle through the entire portfolio.
Full marks for the shortcode offering. Extra marks for including a page where not only are the available shortcodes set out, but explainations of what they are and even examples of how to use them!
Overall, I”d award deCente 5 out of 5 stars for features (for a free theme). It looks great, too – very professional. It is possibly worth noting that there is no support for the theme unless you make a purchase (starting at 39 euros for a single theme – other, more cost-effective options are available).
Attitude is by Theme Horse, a newcomer to the WordPress theme shop scene. At the time of writing, they have only three themes to their name. They are however quickly gaining traction: Attitude is currently in the top 20 most popular WordPress themes by number of downloads on WordPress.org (see the list here). So, you may be wondering, what’s so great about Attitude? Well, it’s got a big featured slider on the front page. 5 page/post layouts (left sidebar, right sidebar, no sidebar, full width and one column). A widgetized footer. Social icons. 4 widget areas. The design is clean and light. All in all, it provides a solid base on which to build. Which may be the sum of what one can ask for from a freebie.
Customizr is a clean responsive theme built upon the Twitter Bootstrap framework, and coded in HTML5 and CSS3. Many aspects of the theme – color, logo slider, social media links, etc – can be edited using the in-built WordPress theme customizer, making it particularly suitable for beginners.