40+ Best WordPress Themes 2016 – Power-Up Your Site

February 5, 2016 · 119 comments

by Anders

Do you want your website to stand out from the crowd?

A good strategy is to use one of the best WordPress themes available.

What is best for you, may not work for others. Therefore, I created a large collection of multi-purpose themes that work fantastic for most niches and website types. They all have exceptional design and an amazing list of features.

WordPress has served bloggers and webmasters for more than 10 years and it is still growing stronger. It is a highly popular content management system and this is not a coincidence. WordPress was initially created as a dedicated platform for bloggers however; the developers did such a good job that even large enterprises and online merchants use it today. WordPress is flexible, rock solid and easy to use; however, I believe that the main reason for this is the availability of high quality themes and plugins. Today, even non-techies can quickly extend the features and design of the basic WordPress installation in ways that seem almost supernatural.

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The definition of the best WordPress website themes may differ from person to person, and it will depend on the project, as well. However, researching the overwhelming amount of themes available today is like looking for a needle in a haystack. To help you get started, I have done some of the hard work for you and compiled this list of best WordPress themes. In my opinion, flexibility and code-less customization are important components of great themes. Themes in this category often provide lots of page templates, widgets, beautiful responsive design, tons of shortcodes, font management, powerful layout builders and much more. I am sure there are more high quality WordPress themes out there that belongs in this list so please should let me know in a comment section if your favorite is missing. Further, please share this post with your friends and co-workers. Enjoy!


Divi – Smart & Flexible WordPress Theme – DEMO

divi multi purpose theme

This is my favorite WordPress theme. I just love it, it is one of the smartest, most flexible themes around and it has a huge following. You get the powerful Divi builder, tons of premade layouts and it has a smooth responsive design. It’s packed with hundreds of design controls for setting up the basic layout of your website, including header styles, typography styles, content spacing, footer layout, default colors and so much more.

Jupiter – Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme – DEMO

jupiter best wordpress themes 2013

This is a very popular WordPress website theme with a clean and fully responsive layout. It is packed with awesome features such as retina-ready, countless shortcodes and a powerful drag and drop Page Composer. It is easy to modify layout options and settings from the Admin Panel.

GridStack – Responsive Agency WordPress Theme – DEMO

gridstack agency best wordpress themes 2013

GridStack is also among the best WordPress themes. It is an unique and contemporary portfolio theme for creative people (agencies, artists and freelancers). It features an extra wide and parallax-style that will make you photos, illustrations, videos and audio stand out from the crowd. It is SEO optimized and has an awesome “sticky” menu powered by Ajax.

3Clicks WordPress Business Theme – DEMO

3clicks top wordPress themes 2013

3Clicks is one of the highly flexible and best WordPress themes with a modern and fully responsive layout. You can get your website ready in just a few click by using the included skins and demo content. The theme is very intuitive and it is easy to use and customize.

Nexus Magazine/Blog WordPress Themes – DEMO

nexus best wordpress themes 2013

This is a stylish WordPress theme that comes packed with features. It has a lot of custom widgets and content modules to help you build complex magazine pages with ease. Nexus has a nice design and a clean responsive layout based on a strict grid and typographical hierarchy.

The Retailer – Retina Responsive WooCommerce Theme – DEMO

the retailer wordpress theme

This is a retinal ready and responsive shop theme that was created for WordPress and WooCommerce 2.0. it includes all that you need in starting a web store quickly.

Mineral – Creative Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme – DEMO

mineral best wordpress website themes

Mineral is among the top WordPress themes. It is very popular and for the right reasons. It has a clean and fully responsive design and it is packed with features like the extensive admin panel. You can easily modify styling, colors, fonts, layouts and other aspects of the theme. It is a flexible theme that will be perfect for creative portfolio, photography, digital products, corporate and business sites.

Metro Magazine Style Best WordPress Theme – DEMO

metro best wordpress themes 2013

The Metro theme is one of the modern magazine-style best WordPress themes with a flat layout built on an optimized mobile responsive platform. The design will put focus on your content and the stylish social features will help to build your audience fast. The theme comes with 5 color styles, 6 layout options, custom background, custom header, custom menus, featured images, fixed width, landing page template and more.

StyleShop eCommerce WordPress Theme – DEMO

styleshop best wordpress theme ecommerce

Looking for one of the top WordPress themes for ecommerce website? StyleShop will provide you with all the required tools for launching a successful store online.

Directory Portal WordPress Theme – DEMO

Directory Portal best wordpress themes 2013

This is the perfect theme if you are going to build an online directory portal and create lists with categorized items. You will have tons of options and great features to help you get successful with your website.

TruePixel WordPress Blog Theme – DEMO

truepixel best wordpress theme

This is full responsive theme for WordPress created by MyThemeShop. TruePixel is widget ready and highly customized for usability and speed. It comes with a comes with tons of options and unlimited color schemes.

Kickstart – Retina Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme – DEMO

kickstart best wordpress themes 2013

KickStart is one of the handsome and best WordPress themes, Kickstart is powerful and a delight to work on. It has been skillfully designed with flexibility, functionality and ease of use in mind.

Parallax One Page Portfolio Theme – DEMO

parallax top wordpress themes

Parallax theme is one of the cool one page and best WordPress themes with parallax scrolling effects. With this theme is is easy to showcase your work and services. You will get a responsive design for mobile users and you will be able to impress your visitors with fly-in elements. The theme can be used as a single-page or regular site.

Magnifique Responsive Blogging Theme for WordPress – DEMO

magnifi best wordpress theme

Magnifique is one of the minimal and best WordPress themes. It has a minimalist design and was created with bloggers in mind. There is no need for widgets, sidebars and other complicated settings. You can just concentrate on blogging.

DayNight Magazine/Blogging Theme – DEMO

daynight WordPress-Metro-Theme

This is a theme that has a full responsive design, which will allow it to adapt to different screen sizes without you worrying about plugins. DayNight is contrasted and sleek, and it can function as a magazine theme, company or personal blog.

Infographer – Multi-Purpose Infographic Theme – DEMO

Infographer - Multi-Purpose Infographic WordPress Theme

The Infographer theme is a special one. It is very interesting if you want to create a stunning user experience. You can use the build-in infographics and other interactive elements to create amazing content. You can choose between 4 fluid AJAX animations and you can create unlimited Parallax pages. The theme come with the powerful Revolution Slider, as well.

Lucid – Best WordPress Theme – DEMO

lucid best wordpress theme

This is a modern and sleek magazine theme that is perfect for displaying a lot of content while avoiding a cluttered atmosphere at the same time. Lucid has an organized layout that makes it easy to read, thanks to its strict grid and clean design.

Bazar Shop – Multi-Purpose e-Commerce Theme – DEMO

bazar shop ecommerce themes 2013

A creative and fresh theme, Bazar Shop utilizes the WooCommerce plugin for creating a flexible WordPress powered shop. The theme includes tons of amazing features and unlimited layout options.

OnePager Multi Purpose Theme – DEMO

OnePager one-multi-purpose theme

This theme is a Multipurpose responsive one page portfolio theme OnePager is a one page portfolio theme that allows you to showcase all vital information on your homepage. Editing the content is made easy with the use of widgets and native WordPress menus; both of which tie into the theme beautifully.

Femme Magazine / eCommerce Theme for WordPress – DEMO

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Femme Magazine is a responsive ecommerce and magazine WordPress theme. It is powered by the wonderful WooCommerce engine and it is among the best WordPress themes.

Lounge – Clean Elegant Best WordPress Themes – DEMO

lounge best wordpress theme

A great professional WordPress theme that is ideal for interactive creative or modern business use. Lounge will allow you to create unlimited Parallax pages and choose among 4 AJAX fluid animations.

Nominal WordPress Blog Theme – DEMO

nominal best wordpress theme

Nominal is brilliant WordPress blog theme with a responsive design and lot of useful features including, such as, options panel, custom shortcodes and widgets. On top of that the theme is optimized for good SEO and loading speed.

eleven40 WordPress Blog Theme– DEMO

eleven40 top wordpress themes

This elegant theme will wow your audience at first glance. The eleven40 theme will let you focus on your content and the design will capture your reader’s attention. The theme is mobile-ready and it comes with 4 color styles, 6 layout options, featured images, footer widgets, mobile responsive, threaded comments.

Hot Topix – Modern WordPress Magazine Theme – DEMO

hot topix top magazinethemes

If you want to give a complete makeover to your site, Hot Topix might very well be the perfect choice. It is professional and ultra-modern, full responsive and retina ready. It also comes with 5 different ad units, which include a special mobile add and wallpaper.

GoodWork – Modern Multi-Purpose Responsive Theme – DEMO

good work best wordpress business themes

Absolutely the ultimate and responsive theme for business websites. GoodWork is modern, elegant and pack full of high quality features.

Vidiho Video blog Theme for WordPress – DEMO

vidiho-video-blog wordpress theme

This is a video blogging theme that uses the built in video functionality of WordPress. This feature makes video embedding much easier.

Free Best WordPress Themes

Lensa – DEMO

lensa free wordpress theme

If you are into high-resolution photography this theme is perfect for you! Lensa is a fullscreen WordPress gallery theme. With Lensa you will be able to give your visitors an impressive experience when looking at your images. Lensa has a dramatic fullscreen background slideshow effect and it is fully responsive.

Business – DEMO

business free wordpress theme

This free themes is simple, but very useful WordPress theme that will work perfect for your personal or small business blog. It comes packed with custom widgets, drop-down menus, javascript slideshow and lots of other useful features.

Onion – DEMO

onion free wordpress theme

Onion is a free WordPress themes with a simple and elegant design. The design is close to Apple designs and it comes with easy to use administrative panel, custom widgets, slider, menus and lots of other useful features. This is a perfect theme for an Apple fan site or something like that.

Janela – DEMO

janela free wordpress theme

This is a simple and stylish free WordPress theme with powerful features. It comes with easy-to-use admin options and useful custom widgets to help you customize your website.

Attitude WordPress Theme – DEMO

attitude free wordpress theme

Attitude is a responsive, clean, retina ready and simple WordPress theme. It can adapt automatically to mobile devices and tablets, and comes with an elegant and easily customizable design.

Custom Community – DEMO

custom-community free wordpress theme

Custom Community will allow you to stand out from the rest. This theme is ready for your portfolio, social network, shop or blog website.

Montezuma Free WP Theme – DEMO

montezuma free wordpress theme

A customizable and responsive theme, Montezuma is optimized with HTML5 and CSS3. You can create or edit new page templates on the web even without FTP uploads. In addition, you can also incorporate custom widget areas anywhere.

Pinboard Free WordPress Theme – DEMO


An elegant and crafty theme, Pinboard will allow you to enjoy an advanced grid system and theme framework. There is practically unlimited styles and layout options, which make this theme perfect for showcasing your portfolio and other multimedia elements.

Photography WP Theme – DEMO

photography free wordpress theme

This is an elegant and simple template that is a perfect solution for a photography portfolio blog. It comes with a Shared Bar that will allow your visitors to share your blogs with friends.

Swift Basic – DEMO

swift-basic free wordpress theme

This theme is the free form of Swift, which is the developer friendly, most advanced and fastest loading SEO WordPress theme. It comes with tons of intuitive customization options that provide infinite amount of layouts.

Politica WP Theme – DEMO

politica free wordpress theme

A powerful but simple WordPress theme, Politica is designed for politic blogs. The theme has a variety of custom widgets and user friendly admin options.

Author : Anders

Anders is Co-founder of Tripwire Magazine. He is into WordPress topics, Web design, Web-development and also interested in SEO and Online Marketing. He has started Splashmagazine.com and he’s also writing for other blogs. Anders is a passionate blues musician and a family-man, as well.

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codecanyon December 31, 2013 at 11:01 pm

I blog quite often and I genuinely appreciate your content.
This great article has truly peaked my interest.
I’m going to book mark your blog and keep checking for new information about once a week.
I subscribed to your Feed as well.


Deepak September 13, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Your wordpress themes are awesome and I will use some from them. Thanks for sharing very helpful post.


Damien August 14, 2013 at 1:27 am

Thanks some of these are really nice, however would you by anychance know how to make them look less like blogs?


Wordpress Themes August 6, 2013 at 8:52 am

Nice post.. but its need a lots of time to learn,can you please summarized it…


guide au vietnam August 6, 2013 at 3:49 am

it is very googd! I already installed for my web.


Steve August 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Of course, free WordPress themes can’t be compared to premium ones.


Free psn codes no survey August 5, 2013 at 2:02 pm

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Phil Selwood August 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Hi, On my blog http://PhilipSelwood.com I’ve been using the free version of http://www.flexibilitytheme.com/

It’s been very useful because it allows me to change fonts, font colors theme colors and a lot more.

The problem is it’s not mobile responsive and I want to move on but have a theme that allows all the changes I’ve mentioned that can be done with Flexibility.

Could you make any theme suggestions please.

Best wishes



msx 125 August 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Thank you for great theme. it very useful for me.


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