Best Free Premium Wordpress Themes Released in 2012
2012 has been a great year for lots of people out there in the online world. Unfortunately we are still dealing with the worldwide economical meltdown as things haven’t quite been fixed yet. So although we are still struggling with it, more and more companies and people realized that online marketing is usually much cheaper and definitely more rewarding than offline marketing. Lots of people and companies improved their online presence. This means a higher demand of web services, including web development and web design. And with WordPress being the most popular CMS out there, more and more developers and designers started creating new themes for it.
To sum it up, 2012 has been the year with tons of new responsive WordPress themes taking benefit from the new technologies (such as HTML5 and CSS3) and techniques. Also more niches came up so you can now find themes for just about any kind of topic your site or blog is about.
So what we decided to do is to write a fantastic post with an enormous amount of free premium WordPress themes from this year. If you’re looking for a new design for your site, I’m pretty sure you will find something you like here, as we also divided the content into categories: magazine & blog WordPress themes, business themes, portfolio themes, one-page themes, micro-blogging, themes, Pinterest style themes, e-Commerce themes and video themes. I know there are tons of blogs out there claiming their theme collection contain only themes from 2012 while some of them date from 2010. But I can guarantee that every single theme in this top was either first released in 2012 or got a special update during this year. We needed a lot of time and work to finish this top and bring you the best themes for this year end.
Okay, now let’s start with our collection of 100 of the best free WordPress themes in 2012! Enjoy!
I. Magazine & Blog WordPress Themes
Here we will include magazine themes and also blog themes that should work for magazine sites as well!
Koresponsive Free Responsive WordPress theme is a free Premium WordPress theme with a fully responsive design. This means that the layout can be adapted to the screen size of all devices, computers, smartphones and tablets.
Gadgetry Free Premium WordPress Theme, A Free WordPress theme with a clean and modern style, best suited for blogging or small magazine style wordpress websites.
vFlex is a Free Responsive WordPress Theme which was designed specially for bloggers and designers. A simple plug and play solution which has some amazing Premium features.
Dezibelly is one of the greatest free retro WordPress theme. And no, I’m not kidding. Not only it comes with tons of features (3 different sliders, drag & drop layout creator, over 100 shortcodes, testimonials page etc), but you can also generate an unlimited number of layouts.
Monaco is a free magazine WordPress theme from fabthemes. It comes with a dark color scheme and has features like: custom menu, jQuery slider, featured images and others.
ProGlow is a free magazine WordPress theme designed by duckthemes.com. It comes with a theme options page, featured content, post thumbnails etc.
StoryPress is a free magazine / news WordPress theme. It comes with a couple of useful features which will make both the admin and visitor happy.
Roentgeniumify is a free magazine WordPress theme that comes with a custom crisp typography, fancy ribbons and a nice grid magazine layout.
Table is a free magazine WordPress theme from Theme-Junkie. It requires at least WordPress 3.1.
EmagPlus Free Magazine WordPress theme Premium wordpress theme with many features and exclusive admin back-end where you can manage all themes option and all these for free.
Monaco is a free magazine WordPress theme from fabthemes. It comes with a dark color scheme and has features like: custom menu, jQuery slider, featured images and other useful stuff.
Imprezine Magazine Theme is a beautiful minimalist WordPress theme for the creatives.
Pixelion is a simple-to-use magazine WordPress theme for the business website, personal, portfolio or virtually any other purpose looking for an attractive and professional web presence.
GreatMag Free Magazine WordPress Theme is a powerful News magazine wordpress theme. This is a premium quality theme with features like, custom menu, custom widgets, featured thumbnails etc.
Simplizem Free Magazine WordPress theme is a powerful News magazine wordpress theme. This is a premium quality theme with features like, custom menu, custom widgets and other things.
A professional magazine theme with responsive layout for enhanced mobile browsing experience. Oxygen is a parent theme – a great base for creating child themes, built on the industry-recognized Hybrid Core framework.
GoPress is a super minimal and lightweight free WordPress Theme by WPExplorer that is perfect for any magazine, news or blogging website.
Rendered Free Magazine Theme comes with a stylish design and minimal features that allows you to showcase your content impressively. The theme has thumbnails on each post which adds a nice effect to the look of the theme.
19. Sky Rocket
Sky Rocket Free Magazine WordPress Theme unique sky blue design with premium features and built in widget, Admin backend where you can control all theme features including adding and removing ads in the sidebar and set featured image slider content.
News Free Magazine WordPress Theme An extremely powerful theme made for use by news websites that includes a magazine layout and video plus slideshow post types.
This is a clean, elegant magazine wordpress theme. Theme has a two column design with a jQuery featured image slider. The widgetized sidebar features on the left with a cool logo placeholder with css3 animation effects.
Sleek looking theme for tech, creative and inspirational blogs.
Clean, beautiful looking Diary Theme for your everyday life.
Simple, responsive, out-of-the-box theme for your blog, with portfolio templates.
A theme for magazines or portfolios with an integrated journal.
Meeta is a simple blogging theme, but packed with many premium features, like: unique widgets, custom templates. The theme is absolutely free!
This is Magnifique, an extremely cool free WordPress theme from css igniter for bloggers. It’s simple, doesn’t have any complicated widgets or settings. Magnifique is just for you and your blogging experience.
This is Euclides, a free WordPress theme for tutorial websites. It’s extremely easy to use so you don’t need experience when customizing.
II. Business WordPress Themes
Folder is a free showcase and business WordPress theme with a responsive design so it will adapt to any screen.
Khyber is a free WordPress theme launched by WPLegion. Despite the fact it comes at no cost, Khyber has lots of premium features and the looks and functionality of a high-quality theme.
Gommero is a free WordPress theme for personal or business sites. With an elegant, simple and clean design that can be easily customized through the theme options page, Gommero will prove as a very useful theme.
BullsAndBears is a free business WordPress theme with a simple admin panel, custom menus and widgets, slider and a bunch of other nice features.
Developed by InkThemes.com, BlackBird is a free responsive WordPress theme with a unique professional design.
Rolex is a free business WordPress theme. It’s great for those of you trying to promote a service or a product as Rolex can impress your visitors
Widely is a free photography WordPress theme but it can be extremely easily adapted for creatives, businesses or for anyone who’s looking to have a portfolio.
Plutoniumous is a free business WordPress theme. It comes with a good looking jQuery slider where you can feature the most important posts, custom front page widgets, an introduction section etc.
BusinessIdea is a free business WordPress theme. Comes with lots of custom widgets and an easy to use theme options page. Also, BusinessIdea has some very interesting features.
Elegant is a free business WordPress theme with a professional and simple design. Although Elegant is best suited for portfolio and business sites, it can also be used for blogs.
Sinapp is a free WordPress theme for mobile application developers that are looking to build a great online web presence. With Sinapp, you will get to promote your apps much easier.
“Tint is our colorful theme that opens up some cool possibilities, its layout is simple and professional and it’s able to transform every element to predefined colors, or any color of your desire.”
The Danko WordPress theme simple and clean design homepage layout, blue color combinations, bigger fonts size 2 columns homepage and blog page style, right and footer area widgets ready and much more.
III. Portfolio WordPress Themes
InterStellar Clean, responsive WordPress theme with multiple portfolio page layouts, homepage slider, widget homepage, theme options and much more.
44. FTF Theme
This theme has many built-in sliders which can be used for various purposes, such as a beautiful demonstration of your portfolio.
Murmur is a portfolio WordPress theme for showcasing Artworks and photography projects. It Grid Style WordPress Theme and Has Responsive Layout that’s auto adapt any browser screen.
46. The Post
It has 8 different layouts, slider big and small variations, and 9 smooth color styles to choose from.
AutoFocus is a clean and simple Photography WordPress theme developed for photographers looking to showcase their work.
WallBase is a free full-screen portfolio WordPress theme. You can easily work with it and looks very clean and nice.
Panoramica is a high quality free portfolio WordPress theme which can easily adapt to any kind of screen. It comes with a fluid layout and the portfolio section puts emphasis on images, by using clean, nice sliders.
Oversized is a free photography WordPress theme using a full-size background image. It is a great theme to show off your work and impress your visitors.
Caja is a free showcase and portfolio WordPress theme great for freelancers but anyone can use it to show off their quality work.
Rasputin is a free portfolio and agency WordPress theme. It’s WP 3+ ready and has interesting features.
53. Simple Photo
Simple Photo is a free great-looking WordPress theme for professionals. You will get the chance to expose your photos or other kinds of visual works in a great way.
vFlex is a free responsive WordPress theme for designers and bloggers.
Leatherly is a recent free WordPress theme for you to share all of your creations on a single page. It was built by Richard Fang, a web designer from Indonesia.
AscensorPress is a free WordPress theme with a great look. It is unique and free. AscensorPress makes use of Ascensor.js, a jQuery plugin.
57. Elegant Resume
Elegant Resume is a free portfolio WordPress theme for those of you looking for a strong, elegant web presence.
Cinnamon is a free portfolio and gallery WordPress theme with a dark, sleek layout designed to showcase portrait.
Left is a great looking free WordPress theme for showcase and portfolio websites. It is very easy to customize and has a powerful admin panel.
Workality is a free responsive WordPress theme for creative people. It’s great for agencies and portfolios.
Portfolio and blog theme for creative professionals.
3 color styles theme for blog and portfolio showcase.
Corporate and portfolio, simple and responsive theme.
Colorful, shining yet clean simple theme for your portfolio or/and blog.
Photoria is a simple & stylish theme ready to be used for your Photoblog or Portfolio website.
IV. One-page WordPress Themes
Landis is exactly what you need if you’re looking for a landing page theme. If your site is under construction, you should give this theme a shot as it allows you to rapidly create your much needed page.
NeoArts is a single page portfolio/business WorDPress theme from egrappler.com. It’s great for websites where information needs to be displayed concisely.
vCard Free WordPress Theme the ideal start for your business WordPress site to showcase your portfolio and preivous works and your full cv including contact page template with contact form.
LaunchTime is a coming-soon page free WordPress theme that you can use as a placeholder while waiting until your site is launched. LaunchTime is equipped with jQuery countdown timer that will display the time-left until the site is released.
70. Launch Effect
Launch Effect is a free responsive one-page theme that lets you create a viral campaign in minutes. Here’s how it works:
“One-Page” is available for FREE to “Themes Passport” members.
72. Retro Portfolio
Retro Portfolio is a WordPress Retro-style theme. It consists on a one-page portfolio with a blog and a contact section featuring a ajax contact form.
PhotoGrid is a unique one page ajax WordPress Theme for photography. PhotoGrid was pure photography portfolio theme, so no blog functionality for now.
Veecard Simple and responsive theme, suitable as a vCard website.You can choose the style of the theme from the multiple color options.Theme design is optimized for proper displaying on iPhone and iPad.
Lexiity is a free responsive under construction / landing page / coming soon WordPress theme. It focuses on and does exactly what it should: telling your visitors that your site is currently in construction.
V. Micro-blogging WordPress Themes
Premium Responsive Tumblog WordPress Theme.
Tote is a free Tumblr like WordPress theme. It comes with infinite scrolling and a very nice look. Check the demo link to see how it looks and feels.
Tumblr is a great place for people looking to write small stories, upload pics or vids and link to stuff you see. But it’s not as great as WordPress when it comes to the ease you can manage the platform.
Tetris is a free responsive tumblog WordPress theme from WPExplorer. It comes with a masonry-like homepage and you can nicely showcase your posts using different WordPress post formats (included are gallery, standard, link, video, image post formats).
Stumblr is one of the greatest microblog WordPress themes out there, so you should check it out if you’re interested in a Tumblr style layout.
Launch is a free tumblog WordPress theme. Just check out the demo and you’ll see how awesome it looks. Launch is for those personal bloggers out there who are looking to blog with style.
Casual is a free WordPress tumblog theme with infinite color options and a friendly, personal layout.
VI. Pinterest Style WordPress Themes
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and Vimeo are ready to be plugged in.
PinStrap is a responsive WordPress theme that uses Twitter Bootstrap and mimics the famous Pinterest!
Photogram is a free WordPress theme that will integrate your site with Pinterest and Instagram. It’s a great way to share your photos online and get the best exposure.
VII. e-Commerce WordPress Themes
Mystile is one of the free WooCommerce themes that comes packed with lots of color schemes and options.
Artificer is a free WooCommerce theme designed specially for small start-ups and sole traders that are trying to sell hand-made products.
Balita is a free WordPress theme designed to help those selling products for children. It was designed by Tokokoo and published on Smashing Magazine.
Xenastore is an ecommerce WordPress theme. This theme depends on an ecommerce plugin called Cart66 to function as an e-commerce portal.
Ebuy is a free product listing WordPress Theme. You can easily sell your items with this theme without having to make deals through ebay, amazon or other shops.
Although lots of great ecommerce WordPresss themes are paid, Zenshop is an exception. It’s designed to work with the ecommerce plugin called Cart66.
Kelontong WordPress e-commerce theme gives you proper time to treat yourself. You do not have to understand any single codes to modify your store and that’s it, our Kelontong jinx is right minding your business.
It will make your furniture business looks even more elegant with its simple yet easy to navigate design. Bangkoo means “Chair” in English, derived from Indonesian word “Bangku”.
“Disco Lite (Free) WordPress eCommerce Themes is one of our lite-version of WordPress eCommerce themes.”
AppCloud Lite (Free) WordPress eCommerce Themes is the best Free WordPress eCommerce Themes with e-store design.
Kakileema Lite (Free) WordPress eCommerce Themes is the lite version WordPress eCommerce themes from Tokokoo. Kakileema will perfectly suits your clothes/fashion/apparel shop business because it is a special for apparel themes.
VIII. Video WordPress Themes
Selecta’s rounded edges and bold, modern color palettes make for a fresh theme that’s best suited to blogs where video will be the main focus. The wider-than-usual frames around thumbnails and videos bring to mind the retro-cool of Polaroid photographs and old home movies.
Sundance is a free video theme brought to you by the team here at Automattic. Despite its minimalist design, Sundance was crafted with clean, elegant typography and close attention to detail.
99. Video Stream
If you want a free WordPress theme for your video sharing website, then this is for you. It comes with thumbnails, pagination and also social media icons.
Edivos is a free WordPress theme designed for video listing but it also has a blog feature. It comes with lots of features like theme options page, custom post types, custom menus, taxonomies, jQuery slider etc.
What do you think?
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