Top 10 Free WordPress Blogging Themes From January 2014

January has been a rocking month in the world of WordPress themes. With everyone kicking off their blogs for 2014, we’ve seen a gaggle of pure blogging themes released this month. If you’ve neglected your blog, it’s not too late to get started. You haven’t missed the boat. Find a new theme that inspires you and go to town. The themes listed here have been hand-selected to be the best of those that were released in January. Check out a few of our favorites and grab some inspiration for blogging in the new year.

Syntax

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Syntax is a beautiful, clean blogging theme from Automattic, originally created for WordPress.com. It features a centered content column with a non-obtrusive menu that slides out from the side of the page.

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Fullby

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Fullby is a theme that we recently featured on the Tavern. It was inspired by Twenty Fourteen and built with Bootstrap. The theme’s fluid, modular grid style for displaying posts offers a big visual impact.

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typefocus

typefocus
typefocus is a new theme in the WordPress Theme Directory. This minimalist blogging theme focuses on typography and features your social icons and avatar in the sidebar.

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StanleyWP

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StanleyWP is a free theme built on Bootstrap. It doubles as a personal branding and blogging theme. Stanley includes portfolio post types, multiple page templates and all the UI goodies that come with Bootstrap.

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Progeny MMXIV

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Progeny MMXIV is a beautiful child theme for Twenty Fourteen with a focus on the music industry, featuring customized page layouts for music, videos, and gigs. It includes built-in support for featured music or videos in the top content grid or slider.

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Opus

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Opus is a free theme from wordpress.org that we recently featured on the Tavern. It was built with a mobile first approach and sports a flat design with big visual elements.

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Bushwick

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Bushwick is a blogging theme from Automattic that showcases your content alongside big, beautiful imagery. This lightweight theme includes a slide out menu for your widgets.

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Kirumo

kirumo
Kirumo is a new free theme on WordPress.org. It is a simple, mobile-friendly blogging theme with support for all post formats. Kirumo also comes with a full-width page template that supports a horizontal row of three widgets below.

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Blogly Lite

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Blogly Lite is a free theme, courtesy of the folks at WPLift. It includes support for FontAwesome icons and post formats. All of the options for this theme are found in WordPress’ native customizer.

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Flato

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Flato is new to WordPress.org this month. This flat, responsive design makes a nice minimalist blogging theme and includes four footer widget areas.

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11 Comments


  1. Something for everyone there Sarah and all good quality.
    Flat, responsive, large graphics seem to be the trend at the moment – did I miss any with parallax feature?

    Any predictions what will be the trend later in the year?

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  2. Really great themes, these should be very useful for some of my new projects.

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  3. Hi Steve, really good themes, thanks, Bushwick, Flato, Fullby, StanleyWP and Typefokus are better of 95% themeforest wordpress themes with many many megabytes…

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  4. Thankyou. Finally good too see some themes that are NOT from a Themeforest affiliate account!

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  5. Hey Sarah,

    Many times it happened, I liked any WordPress theme, installed it and later came to know many of settings were not possible which I required. But this is really a nice collection of WordPress theme. I will definitely try some of them.

    Thank you very much, keep sharing..

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  6. anybody could find “Fullby” as a theme in wordpress (on .org or .com)? I didn’t, so far…

    never mind, I’ve downloaded and installed manually… nice :)

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  7. Good list of themes Sarah! Hope you can do a follow up on this and have more themes for blogging niche.

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