2013 was an excellent year for finding beautiful themes in the official WordPress Themes Directory. The Theme Review Team has been breaking all kinds of records lately, averaging more than 80 new themes approved per month, according to Chip Bennett. With so many themes available, it can be difficult to sort through them all to find the best ones.
We’ve hand-selected a few favorites from those that gained admission to the directory this year. These themes represent some of the most outstanding, well-designed themes created in 2013. Each theme has passed the Theme Review Team’s rigorous guidelines for admission to the WordPress.org directory, so you know it’s safe to install and free from malicious code. Grab a cup of coffee and start bookmarking your favorites.
Snaps is a popular portfolio theme created by the folks at Graph Paper Press. The homepage and archives pages have a grid layout that is ideal for showcasing portrait images and galleries.
Ryu is a minimalist blogging theme from Automattic that focuses on large, readable typography. The top panel has a hidden widget area and the background of image posts automatically changes to match the colors of the image.
Hueman is a magazine style theme that has quickly become a favorite on WordPress.org with more than 50,000 downloads already. On smaller devices the sidebars toggle for a great mobile viewing experience. This theme supports 10 post formats, has unlimited widget areas, social links and much more.
WP Jurist is a bold, responsive theme designed for law firms. The theme is bundled with a “People” plugin for displaying staff profiles.
The Untitled theme was created by the Theme Team at Automattic and features a full-bleed homepage slider. It was designed to showcase photos and videos. Although Untitled looks best without widgets, the theme does support a right sidebar.
Nictitate is a more corporate style WordPress theme. It includes a layout manager for creating custom layout options on each page.
Flounder is a flat style blogging theme with support for post formats, including color and icons for each. It’s based on the Underscores theme, which is used by the Theme Team at WordPress.com.
Celebrate is built on top of the Hybrid Core framework. It features a responsive masonry layout, support for post formats and a custom header and background.
Bearded is a unique responsive theme that is well-suited to being used as a portfolio or an agency website. It supports the Custom Content Portfolio plugin to help you showcase your work.
Serene is a beautiful, minimalist blogging theme created by the folks at Elegant Themes. The theme supports post formats and was designed to be easy on the eyes.
Created by the folks at Themefurnace, Gridster-lite is a grid-based portfolio theme. The theme sports a left sidebar and is responsive so it looks great on all screen sizes.
Trvl is a minimalist tumblelog theme with support for eight post formats. This theme was created by Automattic. It includes a custom header, menu and widgets above the footer.
Inkness is a responsive theme created by InkHive. The theme features a three column homepage, multiple page layouts, configurable sidebar locations, footer widgets and more.
Houston is a child theme for the P2 blogging / collaboration theme. The layout responds nicely to devices and adds a new widget area under the posting box.
Writr is a beautiful blogging theme from Automattic. This tumblelog theme includes six different color schemes and support for all post formats.
Sublime is an ultra-minimalist responsive blogging theme designed for writers. This theme has a content-oriented, centered layout and it does not include any widget areas.
Mixfolio is a grid-style portfolio theme developed by Graph Paper Press. The theme is responsive, supports post formats and includes an options panel for customizing details.
Stargazer is a parent theme built on the Hybrid Core theme framework created by Justin Tadlock. It’s fully responsive, includes a custom background, custom header and more features for customizing the design.
Asteria Lite is a responsive theme with an eye catching slider and a narrow/wide optional layout. It includes support for custom fonts, a maintenance mode feature, three page templates, social icons and more.
Superhero is another theme from Automattic. It features a sticky/fixed top menu, full-bleed featured Content area and images and subtle CSS3 transitions.
Adamos is a responsive theme that features a full-width slider. It includes an easy way to add your logo, custom header, featured areas and more.
Twenty Fourteen is the latest default theme for WordPress. This theme features a magazine style layout with featured content areas arranged in a grid or a slider. Customize the theme with three different widget areas, a full-width page template and a nicely designed contributor page.