Best Free WordPress Themes for 2017

by Margaret Penney | January 5, 2017

It’s a new year and a fresh crop of WordPress themes have arrived on the World Wide Web. In 2017, you can find many fully-featured and responsive WordPress themes for free. Collected here are a few of the best and include a range of theme types like photo gallery, travel journal, personal blog, and yoga studio themes.


Sydney is a smartly-designed business theme. The theme provides a quick and simple way for businesses to have a website with a clean contemporary design style in no time. The theme comes with many customization features including Google fonts, a logo changer, and the ability to apply any color to an element.


Dyad is a theme built for foodies in general. Restaurants, chefs, and food bloggers will find this theme of interest. The typography and grid-based layout are fresh and stylish, it’s hard to believe this is a free theme.


Astrid is an elegant, typographically-focused business theme. Astrid has a sophisticated and minimal design style and is highly adaptive. In five minutes you can change colors, fonts, header style and add custom widgets.


Make is a modern responsive WordPress theme with a drag and drop page editor and a wide variety of customization options like custom backgrounds and Google fonts. The theme is also well adapted to mobile viewing.


A magazine and blog theme. Modern is responsive, retina-ready blog and portfolio WordPress theme. It’s perfect for personal and small business portfolios. Supports Jetpack plugin, markup, Theme Hook Alliance action hooks, translation-ready code, header slideshow and other cool features. The theme is compatible with Chrome, Safari, Opera, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9+ browsers.

Pranayama Yoga

A yoga studio theme, Pranayama is named after a kind of yogic breath. With the theme, a budget-strapped studio can breathe easy and have a website in no time that also has customization features for adding and presenting class information and schedules.

Resortica Lite

Resortica Lite is an elegant resort and travel theme that is fully responsive with a complete customizer. The design has a spacious image header and grid-based layout. Resortica Lite would also work for lodges, cafes, restaurants and other businesses.




Margaret Penney is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Margaret is a teacher, designer, writer and new media artist and founder of Hello Creative Co.


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