Today I’ll be showing you the top 10 best free WordPress themes for 2021. I’ll be honest this article took me longer to research and write. Then I thought it would because I spent days testing out various free WordPress themes, and I narrowed my list down to 10 themes that I think you’re going to like.
Now many of these new WordPress theme companies are just introducing some real new innovating features that you’ve probably never seen before and today I’ll give a brief overview of all the WordPress themes in this article.
So, I’ll be judging these themes on a scale from one to ten one being the best obviously and I’m rating these themes based on the theme customization and the features so what the theme can actually do, not necessarily the templates or the plugins that it comes with. These top 10 WordPress themes are all unique in their specific way.
They all offer free starter templates so you can easily import your website with one click. These themes offer various customization features that can help you with specific website needs.
They are well coded and held by theWordPress.org coding standards. This makes sure your site is optimized and runs great plus they all work with major page builders like Elementor, divi, Gutenberg, and Brizy now keep in mind a lot of these themes are free but they all come with a pro version so if you do decide to use the free version and you want to upgrade to the pro you can upgrade to the pro version.
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The Blocksy theme is the most underrated WordPress theme I’ve come across. The Blocksy theme offers the most features for free themes on this entire list. first, the theme customizer looks great it categorizes each section to make things easier plus it offers a light scheme and a dark scheme.
The header and footer options are incredible Blocksy offers an amazing built-in theme builder. You can have a custom header and footer for each specific page. you can have a transparent menu and design it for each specific page which a lot of themes don’t offer. you can design the sticky menu that you can fully customize while it’s in its sticky state for each specific page as well.
you can also add a cool canvas menu and drag and drop elements that you can fully customize the header options for Blocksy are quite impressive and you do get a lot in the free version. Blocksy also works great for blogs. you can pick from five different layouts. you can customize each element like changing the size of the featured image, changing the size of the heading tag for the title and you can hide specific elements like content read more excerpt featured image, and even the title although I’m not sure why you’d want to do that.
It comes with an option to have a sticky sidebar which is actually what I use on my WordPress website. Now if you’re running an e-commerce store. I would highly suggest trying Blocksy. The Blocksy theme has tons of features for your e-commerce website for example on the general section you can change the sale badge type to a square or circle.
you can set the sale badge value to a specific number instead of saying sales. you can also design the elements on every single product that you want. Also, for your shop page, you have various styles of how you can design it. There is shop page type 1 shop page type 2 you can change the column and rows for your e-commerce website you also have options in the cards and you can design and customize every single element within your shop page.
So, it can kind of get the look and feel of whatever you’re trying to accomplish now as far as customization goes for the single product page, there is a lot you can do. There are four different styles of how you can design your product page. There’s even a second style of how you can design the product image gallery if you add more images to your product, you can change the number of columns, you can change the thumbnail spacing, the gallery width and there are product elements that you can fully design and customize.
You can also choose to hide some of them if you don’t want them to show. also, they have some unique options like a sticky summary and a floating car so for example, if I scroll down on the page then you will then see I can add more of these products to the cart now I’ve always shown you guys the free options there’s a lot more that they offer in the pro version.
So, if you are running an e-commerce website, I highly recommend taking a look at Blocksy they have a lot of unique features that a lot of other themes do not have. So, it is worth checking out the list that goes on with this theme there’s a lot more of the theme offers like custom hooks that allow you to insert content anywhere you want within the website and also a new affiliate extension which is geared for affiliate marketing but I’ll let you install the WordPress theme and find out for yourself.
The Neve theme is another overall great WordPress theme the free version comes with a hundred free starter templates and a header and footer builder.
The header and footer builder is pretty standard and works great you can add elements in the menu and drag them around you can also shrink them and add more elements within a section which is cool and they give you some starter templates to help get you inspired for your header.
The pro version of Neve is even better which gives you access to the header theme builder which allows you to have a different header and footer for each specific page which is cool.
Neve also comes with 100 free starter templates in total that work with Gutenberg, Elementor, Brizy and there are also 10 starter templates for Divi and thrive in the pro version. The Neve theme is also very lightweight as it boasts you can score 100% on tt metrics and google pages peed insights which I thought was quite impressive.
The Neve theme is probably one of the most stable WordPress themes on this list it’s well coded. This theme is probably one of the best themes for e-commerce in the free version you can change pretty much everything and they have tons of styling options you can change the products per row, the products per page, and also for the product card there are tons of different various styling options for the layout and also the add to carts.
you can add a box shadow around all of your products if you want to do that. What’s also cool is you can add this feature called advanced reviews which shows people how many times people are reviewing that specific product for the sale banner.
you can change it to the left or even have a bigger one and then you can also change the alignment for your sale banner as well.
The single product customization is also very diverse you can change the element orders, you can hide any of these elements.
It adds two different product galleries and there are just various options for your e-commerce store like a sticky ad of carts or related products button that you can add throughout your single product pages so in short Neve can be good for just about any type of WordPress website you are building and the company has a great reputation in the WordPress community.
The Neve theme is growing in popularity in one year they’ve doubled their active installs from 100k active installs to 200k active installs over a year so you can see why people are using it more and more.
I must say this is another hidden gem WordPress theme. The Suki theme comes with a header and footer builder like other various WordPress themes.
What was unique about Suki is that you can customize the size of each specific element in the header which I thought was pretty clever and you can build different headers for various devices Suki probably allows the most customization options for the header I’ve ever seen in a WordPress theme.
The only drawback is if you want to change the colours or at a transparent menu. You’ll need to upgrade to the pro version but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The pro version of Suki adds a lot and I think it’s worth your time you will get unlimited elements for the theme, a unique WooCommerce search ajax elements, a mega menu builder, and a beautiful preload builder.
The Suki pro version also comes with various blog options and custom hooks so you can insert content anywhere you want within your WordPress websites. Suki also has dynamic page setting options for the 404-post page and the post archive pages all in the free version.
Suki offers starter templates for Elementor and Brizy that are nicely designed and look good and also have starter templates for e-commerce websites as well. The pro version for Suki does offer some nice features for WooCommerce.
It offers different product layouts WooCommerce optimization and also an off-canvas menu for your shop page with I thought looked cool. I do believe Suki is one of the free themes that are worth upgrading to the pro version. Again, Suki is one of the newer upcoming themes for 2021 and it’s just very underrated so be sure to check this theme out.
If you plan on using Gutenberg this is the theme for you. The CosmosWP theme is the newest yet powerful new WordPress theme for Gutenberg I’ve ever come across. CosmosWP offers a custom header and footer builder that works great.
you can drag an element into the header and fully design them with ease and there are some additional options for the menu like different style borders and box options for your menu. you can use this theme for all major page builders and is quite simple to use.
CosmosWP gives you tons of customization options over the header elements the footer elements and also offers some neat features like scroll to top and tons of styling options for your websites with the CosmosWP theme. you’ll have access to a variety of beautiful demos, blocks, and pre-made websites for Gutenberg and also has some templates for WooCommerce stores as well.
It also comes with their specialty plugin called Gutentor which also gives you access to their library blocks templates and complete websites that are all for free you can use this theme with Elementor and Brizy,
but I think it’s more suitable for those who solely plan on using Gutenberg it’s a real hidden gem I found it’s a newer theme and it’s underrated so if you are using Gutenberg, I think this is a great pick for your WordPress websites.
The Deep theme is one of the newer themes to hit the market this year and man are these developers getting aggressive.
The Deep theme starts with a setup wizard where you can import six nice starter websites unlike the other header and footer builders Deep has the most advanced header and footer system I have ever seen and it looks great you can style each specific element with tons of customization features.
you can also customize the header for each specific device and also have a custom header for your sticky menu the Deep theme comes with a few pre-designed headers to make things easier and it also has a horizontal header builder but I did have some trouble with it and it didn’t work for me,
But since it’s a newer theme just give them a month or two to fix out the bugs besides that the customizer options are nice the Deep theme offers pre loaders, scroll to top options, white labelling, and other really neat features that you would usually need to plugin for like smooth scrolling.
The Deep theme allows you to have full-page and container layouts and what’s also neat is you can customize each of the page sizes for the blog and also for mobile devices.
There are other various styling options for your blog you can choose from several different styles for your blog and it also has some cool sharing layouts for your post pages and this theme comes with 50 new elements for your WordPress website all for free which I think is pretty generous.
I didn’t have time to go through each element but you get the idea and the customization options for each element is staggering just the icon box alone has 30 different styles to choose from each element has unique styling options so be sure to check those out the only drawback for this theme is that this is a resource and you will need a very good web host for it.
I also did find some minor bugs and minor glitches for this theme like the horizontal menu not working well and some customization features just being a little unresponsive that’s why I ranked it number five but this theme has tons of potential just give them time.
Everyone knows the Astra theme. The Astra theme is the number one most installed WordPress theme in the WordPress repository. Astra theme is best well known for its amazing starter templates.
The Astra theme comes with 100 free starter templates and also more than 250 starter templates in their pro version. you can change the page layout for each page and has different styling options for transparent menus on each page.
Personally, Astra doesn’t offer a lot of features compared to a lot of the other WordPress themes on the list however the Astra theme is currently unveiling its new header and footer builder. I think it’s going to be good. most people use the Astra theme for the starter templates these guys have done a superb job at making each layout look great and comes with various pages as far as starter templates Astra probably offers the most,
and they look great while the Astra theme doesn’t offer as many features as other themes it’s a very reputable theme that is also very lightweight and carries a good reputation.
Phlox is probably one of the best-designed WordPress themes on this list it’s clean the options are really easy to understand and the templates look great. What’s unique about the Phlox theme is the design options you can choose from four different page animations.
Enable pre loaders and put your logo as the pre-loaded image as well there is also a progress bar that you can customize and change the colours the fox theme is great for all page builders and offers different page layouts different post layouts and also some different layouts for your WooCommerce products the Phlox theme offers around 25 free starter templates that just look fantastic and to be honest I think they probably have the best design templates on this entire list of WordPress themes, I am presenting.
What’s also neat about flocks that you get 40+new elements on your website while some of these elements feel a little useless, they have some cool and creative elements that you can add to your WordPress websites.
What I like more about Phlox is that their features are very different from a lot of other WordPress themes like the page animations and just the overall style of how they presented the theme customizer. But at times I feel the options can be a bit overwhelming and sometimes I cannot even find out what I’m designing still that’s probably a good thing they have a lot of options.
The only drawback is they don’t offer a header and a footer builder which is a big deal-breaker, but they do offer an extension to use the elementary page builder as its header and footer that’s still a nice feature but I do prefer the theme customizer making the header and footers for me it just feels more natural.
The pro version of Phlox is one of the best sellers at theme forest but I think that’s mainly due to the nicely designed templates one slight drawback if you are going to use this theme make sure you have good hosting this theme requires a lot of server resources and that’s fine as long as you have good web hosting.
OceanWP is old school. They are the second most installed WordPress theme in the WordPress repository. The general options are packed with different page layouts, different containers, sizes, different styling options, for page titles scroll to top buttons, and also contact forms that you can customize. You can also have different page layouts for each specific page.
OceanWP options have a lot of customization style options but it does lock a header and a footer builder which is disappointing. Figuring out how long they’ve been around you can still create a custom header with OceanWP using the elements or page builder but I think you can already do this with the Elementor pro version.
I wish they would clean up a lot of the styling options because they’re very scattered throughout the theme customizer and at times the options can be a bit overwhelming with all these customization options. OceanWP also offers some starter templates for Elementor and Gutenberg. Now I’m not picking on OceanWP but they do have a lot of extensions and I do find these extensions are not worth $30 apiece.
They should probably combine all these and charge one flat feed to increase enhancements for their WordPress theme and installing this many plugins on a WordPress website just to make it functional doesn’t seem optimal for speed. Still, overall, it’s a great WordPress theme and I think it has everything you need for a basic WordPress website.
Zita is one of the few WordPress themes that offer something unique in the theme customizer Zita offers seven different style headers with some options to add buttons or icons to your header.
A cool feature is having the logo vertical which gives it a cool and creative look. you can also assign the transparent menu and have them on specific pages in the free version. Another cool feature of Zita is, you can use a pre-loader and you can also set an image for that specific pre-loader you can adjust the page size and the width of each page with data so it works with all major page builders.
It works great for WooCommerce and has various styling options for the product and the shop pages as well. The Zita theme also comes with 25 free starter templates to use at your disposal they also offer starter websites for breezy. they are not the best looking but they’re better than nothing.
Zakra is a very standard WordPress theme that comes with just enough features to get your website up and running. It offers various container styles that you can customize for each specific page Zakra offers some simple features like adding a secondary menu and just some different styling options for your header.
It also comes with some different layouts for WooCommerce and also your single product, so overall Zakra is a decent WordPress theme that can get the job done, The Zakra theme comes with 25 free starter templates for Elementor that you can quickly import with one click some of the starter templates even come with up to seven pages which is cool.
The pro version offers some more control over the header and more layouts and also access to their entire library of pretty nice templates.
So, ultimately all 10 of these WordPress themes are solid picks for your websites. Everyone has their special needs. So, it’ll be up to you to kind of go through each of these themes. Just do the WordPress thing you know. Trial and error see what works out for you and your website. Let us know in the comments!
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