Finding an Alternate Source of Free Themes for WordPress
WordPress has become the most used content management system for modern blogger. According to statistic, WordPress powered almost 27.5% of all websites in the internet. This show when comes to content management system, blogger preferred an easy, fast and some said SEO friendly blogging system.
Since its first release back in 2003, this CMS had evolve in design and core. There’s plenty of Free WordPress themes you can browse and download in WordPress.org theme repository. Although the selection is vast, the theme’s features is limited due to theme submission guideline in WordPress.org. Sometime theme customization features were locked with ‘paid’ features, you could browse and search for any theme there that were labeled as ‘lite’ and you’ll see the theme author stripped their more customize features and only offer a basic features. This is not their fault, it is the WordPress.org strict guideline when comes to customize ability on free themes submission.
Free version of the ‘lite’ free themes might locked or minimal some of these features such as Google web fonts, schematic markup, customize widgets and more. This is the features most blogger seek when comes to choosing a theme for their site.
How to find alternate download site for free themes?
The first choice would be do a Google search for ‘free wordpress themes’ terms. You’ll be surprise what the result showed. It is just bunch of listing of best WordPress theme that alternately lead back to WordPress.org themes repository. You would’ve thought that the only source for free theme only in WordPress.org.
Well you’re wrong, there are few alternative sources to download free themes that you might not know.
MagPress.com offered one of the best collection of free responsive WordPress themes. Their recent themes also packed with 700+ Google web fonts and many premium (unlocked) features which you wouldn’t find in other free theme provider. Their themes also support BuddyPress, Woocommerce and BBPress which is a plus for blogger who want to start a community or eCommerce WordPress website without having the theme customize to work with the above plugins.
Although best known as premium themes and templates provider, TemplateMonster also offer some great niche WordPress themes for free. Their free themes are 100% responsive, WPML ready and built with an open source WP framework (the Cherry framework).
One of the notable WordPress theme shop, mythemeshop also offer few of their previous paid theme to download for free in their free themes sections. One of their theme, SociallyViral are among the best free WordPress theme you won’t find anywhere.
Fthemes offer a more niche targeted templates, they have niche themes ranging from music, education, finance and health etc. They also do not locked any features on the themes. However, you’ll be able to purchase none author link version if you want to use the theme in commercial based audiences.
It is common for premium theme shop to offer some free themes in their inventory, ThemeExpert included some of their modern WordPress themes into free download section. If you want a more modern and landing page type WordPress theme, this would be your choice.
Don’t limit yourself to use or download theme from WordPress.org solely. You might heard someone said that only theme from WordPress.org is safe and trustworthy. This is not entirely true, there’s some theme developers who didn’t want to submit their free themes into WordPress.org theme repository due to waiting time and strict submission guidelines so they only provide the built theme in their own site.
Here’s some additional theme resources you can check: