It’s probably safe to say that the majority of free themes aren’t worth bothering with, either because of bad design or hidden (malicious) code. However, if you know where to look, there are plenty of excellent themes. This is a collection of the best free responsive WordPress themes from trusted providers. I hope you find something you like!
First up: Pytheas. In the words of WPExplorer, the theme author, Pytheas is a ‘simple, yet useful’ free WordPress theme. It is that. It’s also clean and lightweight. The color scheme, white, grey, with hints of orange, is classic. The homepage has a responsive slider, underneath which reside 5 blocks, easily customizable, including the icons. Then you’ve got recent work, recent news, and a widgetized footer.
The highlight of Pinboard is undoubtedly the stunning grid, which is powered by jQuery Masonry. Fire up the live demo, re-size your browser and watch in awe as the differently sized elements re-arrange themselves in response. Go on, you won’t regret it!
Simple and clean, Responsive would make a great site for a freelancer with services to promote. It comes with an impressive nine page templates, including full-width, landing page, content/sidebar and sidebar/content. Widget areas, such as the ones on the home page, make adding and arranging your content a breeze. Following a recent update, Responsive is now retina-ready as well as compatible with WooCommerce, the ever-popular free e-commerce plugin.
Accentbox is a professional looking HTML5 theme with a few widgets for ads (125×125 and 300×250), a Facebook like box and a subscribe form. There are two home page templates. As for customisation, the color picker empowers you to experiment with a nearly unlimited range of color schemes.
Clean Response from ThemeFurnace is a free multipurpose theme with two homepage layouts – one for businesses, and one for blogs. Features include: FlexSlider, extensive theme options, Google Fonts, 11 widget areas, and more.
RPG.cod from ColorLabs is a theme specifically designed for gadget and technology blogs. Features include: show the most popular post on your site first (headline post), display your latest tweets, Facebook and Flickr integration, tabbed widget, and more.
Adelle is a feminine theme for bloggers from BluChic with a pink confetti header and minimal 2-column design available to download for free. Features include: responsive layout, theme options panel, custom widgets, and more.
Hatch is a free photography and portfolio theme with a simple design that keeps the focus on your images and a responsive layout. Features include: custom header, custom background, advanced widgets, theme settings, lightbox, translation ready, and more.
Gallery is a retina-ready grid-style theme from UpThemes with custom layouts and color schemes, a live theme customizer, multiple language support, customizable header and background images, a sticky navigation bar, and more.
Clean Retina is a retina-ready, responsive, free theme with a clean and simple design. Features include: homepage slider for featuring your content, 5 post layouts, 9 homepage layouts, custom gallery post type, custom background, custom header, and more.
Versatile Church is a free church theme with an adaptive layout. Features include: unlimited color schemes, homepage slider, upcoming events, theme options panel, widgetized homepage, audio and video support, and more.
Zion is a free theme for churches with 4 color schemes, an adaptive layout, homepage slider, upcoming events list, audio and video support, widgetized homepage, staff page template, Google Maps integration, and more.