Top 15 Free WordPress Themes Released in 2014

Looking back on the theme landscape of 2014, a clear design trend emerged that highlights WordPress’ roots as a blogging platform. Minimalist, content-centric themes took center stage in the official WordPress Themes Directory, outpacing their more visually-bloated commercial counterparts.

This past year saw a major renaissance in themes for the personal blogger, particularly designs that showcase large, featured images. Many theme designers opted to hide navigation menus and sidebars behind a slideout menu, which also works well for mobile displays.

WordPress’ newest default theme, Twenty Fifteen, is the culmination of this trend towards simplicity. The vast majority of our top picks from 2014 were designed for personal blogs. For years, technology experts have been eager to declare that the blog medium is dead, but the steady growth of economic activity surrounding themes continues to grow in tandem with WordPress’ marketshare.

The spirit of independent publishing is growing stronger, and free WordPress themes are a crucial entry point for writers, photographers, and other creatives who are new to self-publishing. All of the outstanding selections featured here are available in the official WordPress Themes Directory.

Editor

editor

Demo | Download

Fukasawa

fukasawa

Demo | Download

Saga

saga

Demo | Download

Eighties

eighties

Demo | Download

Rams

rams

Demo | Download

Sorbet

sorbet

Demo | Download

Tracks

tracks

Demo | Download

Hemingway

hemingway

Demo | Download

Clear Tranquil

clear-tranquil

Demo | Download

JustWrite

justwrite

Demo | Download

Intergalactic

intergalactic

Demo | Download

Wilson

wilson

Demo | Download

Nulis

Nulis-screenshot

Demo | Download

Edin

edin-grid-page

Demo | Download

Twenty Fifteen

twenty-fifteen

Demo | Download

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