Proper Lite: A Free and Flexible WordPress Theme for Creatives

Last November, ModernThemes officially launched its free WordPress themes site and has been gradually adding to its collection hosted on Founders Robbie Grabowski and Mike Driscoll launched the site with a commitment to produce themes that support the native customizer and keep plugin functionality separate while still being “plugin-friendly.”

Proper Lite is ModernThemes’ latest release, created to be fully compatible with their new library of free plugins that add functionality like shortcodes, widgets, sidebars, services, testimonials, projects, etc.

The theme features a fullscreen homepage hero section with multiple controls for customizing the background, text, and buttons.


Proper Lite was designed with a modular homepage layout that supports three flexible widget areas where you can drop in portfolio items, blogs, testimonials, or any other content you choose. This is one of the reasons why ModernThemes calls it their most flexible free theme to date.

In addition to the default template, Proper Lite includes Homepage, Full Width, and Left Sidebar templates. It also has specific styling for various content blocks added from the plugin library, as you can see in the live demo.


Proper Lite has an amazing array of controls included in the customizer. Users can easily adjust Google Fonts, logos and icons, nearly every color used in the theme, social media icons, a footer call-to-action, the number of columns in the widget areas, and much more. The theme was not created with a set, inflexible design. Versatility is one of its key features.


Proper Lite, like other themes from ModernThemes, has extensive documentation available on the website for every section included in the theme. While this theme is heavily geared toward creatives with an emphasis on fullwidth images and portfolio content, it is also suitable for personal blogs, agencies, and creative businesses, thanks to the wide range of plugins available to extend it. Download it for free from the ModernThemes website.

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  1. That’s a very nice theme! I could easily see a photographer liking that, for instance.

    The slide-out menu is quite hipster, and I don’t know if every client would like it. That said, I can always brew up other types of menus myself, so I don’t think it’s a limitation.

    I looked at the specs for your freebies and premium ones, and it sounds good, the main difference being the extra plugins and support that come with the premium ones.

    Bravo, and thanks,


  2. Beautiful theme but doesn’t work at all on my iPhone 6 Plus. Header is completely broken. Can’t navigate. Nothing in the menu. Too bad because as soon as I saw the theme, I thought, “Perfect for my next project!” But alas . . .


    1. haha great – you made it sound like you had installed it and everything. ;) Glad it’s working for you.


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