Free WordPress themes are being created and released to public all the time but the fact is that the majority of them are pretty awful. Below I’ve compiled a list of what I consider to be 12 free high quality WordPress themes that you should definitely check out.
1. Smashing Multimedia (demo)
This theme was designed especially for podcasters, photographers and users who can now easily embed videos and images, rate them and showcase them in their own WordPress-based blog. It has a parent theme and an easily customizable child theme. This WordPress Theme comes with layered PSD source files, a visual help guide and is fully localized ready for you to translate it into your target language.
2. Quality Control (demo)
Quality Control is a free theme that turns any WP installation into a help desk ticketing system. It includes everything you’d expect in a ticketing system, including milestones, statuses, categories, and the ability for users to create tickets.
4. Businezz (demo)
Businezz is a simple, corporate-style WP theme from Blog Oh Blog. It includes a number of customization options, including a slideshow, testimonials, and company news in the sidebar.
5. Bueno (demo)
Bueno is a clean, minimalistic design created by WooThemes.com. It uses a grid-based design, has integrated banner ad management, widgetized sidebar and 7 different color schemes. Also, the theme is packaged wth a .po file for easy theme integration.
7. Manifest (demo)
The goal with Manifest was to create a clean and streamlined theme that focused on the content and not the distractions. It utilizes a single column, 500 pixel wide layout. No sidebars. No widgets.
9. Irresistible (demo)
For a unique personal blog look and feel, check out the free Irresistible theme from the folks at Woo Themes. It features dedicated spots for your photos, videos, and events lifestream along with your typical blog content. Featuring a nice, clean layout, this theme offers something a bit different from your typical 3-column blog design.
10. WPESP Portfolio
WPESP Portfolio is a minimalist theme designed primarily for artists, photographers, designers, and others who need more of a portfolio showcase for their work. It combines the benefits of easy and frequent updates with the layout and user interface conducive to browsing visual works.
11. Gallery (demo)
The showcase-style WordPress theme Gallery is built on the Thematic framework and was designed specifically for Smashing Magazine readers. Another great theme for a portfolio or other visual showcase, Gallery is a highly flexible and customizable theme that supports widescreen video embedding with the installation of a free plug-in.
12. Snapshot (demo)
A great theme for shutterbugs and photoblogs, Snapshot from Woo Themes can also be put to use as a portfolio or design gallery. It also comes with three unique color schemes to choose from as well as options for switching between photoblog and portfolio use.