It is that time of the year again that we look back and reflect upon all that was wonderful in 2013.
The WordPress platform itself has made some huge strides this year, up to and including the most recent release of version 3.8 a few weeks ago to a very different makeover, inside and out. WordPress continues to speed forward as the most well recognized and most used CMS systems out there.
Out of all websites that run on a CMS, almost 58% of them run on WordPress.
With WordPress’s growth and popularity, comes awesome creative minds that seek to fully utilize this powerful WordPress blogging engine to churn out amazing designs and themes. New designs and new improvements this year continue to amaze and awe us – from amazing functionality to mind blowing parallax sliders. Definite trends this year revolved around strip away the complex, and leaving the basics. Afterall, what better way to showcase and highlight amazing content than simplicity.
We continue to be excited and eager to see what 2014 will bring both for the WordPress engine as well as how authors and developers will use its functions for ingenious designs that embrace user functionality.
Last but not least, here are our top picks for 2013’s Best Free Premium WordPress Themes. Not only are these themes of premium quality, but are selected for their style, unique forms and functionalities, and well, FREE!
This year’s Best Free Premium WordPress Themes (in no particular order):
Tesla is a free premium theme developed on the Tesla Themes framework. Though it is a bit limited than the other free themes (it only supports 8 portfolio items and 4 images in main slider in the free theme) – it is absolutely beautiful and very well formed both with respect to functionality.
Helix is a WordPress 3+ ready theme with features like custom menu, fullscreen slideshow homepage, widgetized sidebar etc. Theme also comes with an option panel.
Chic Feminine WordPress Theme, with minimalist two-columns layout and pink confetti header design. Perfect theme for female bloggers!
A super customizable, colorful, free blogging theme for WordPress.
Shuttershot is a fullscreen slideshow template. This theme is ideal for photography websites to showcase their portfolio in style. The theme has option to use either a full screen slideshow on the homepage or a regular blog with image slideshow as the background.
GreenChili is a clean, blog-style WordPress theme that combines traditional WordPress styling with MyThemeShop features, functionality and optimization. The fully customizable theme is responsive, optimized for both SEO and advertising, and maintains a clean yet sophisticated feel.
Alhena is a great WordPress theme that you can use for manage your portfolio or corporate site. Is very easy and fast to use and configurate, with a minimal and modern design.
Show off your work with this free responsive business, portfolio theme with complex, yet easy-understandable theme options, post layouts and custom widgets. The entire home page is a widget area.
Libra is a strong and powerful theme with a clean, corporate and responsive layout. This theme is really suitable for a corporate/brandable site and also for personal portfolio and blog.
Revera is a premium wordpress theme that is completely free to download and based on the Bootstrap 3 framework. This is a responsive wordpress theme with all the bootstrap goodness packed in it.
Grid Style contains a magazine based layout. Design to showcase your fashion style portfolio. This theme was inspired by the fashion industry stylish design and is downloadable for free as well.
Voobis is a theme in HTML5 and CSS3, suitable for business sites but also for the management of a portfolio.
Grid Theme Responsive is a WordPress Theme with mobile responsive design, featuring infinite scroll. Grid Theme is perfect for any creative to showcase their portfolio.
A free wordpress theme based on Bootstrap framework. This theme demostrates, one more time, WordPress is not only made for blogging.
Celestino is a clean and powerful portfolio theme with a great 1170 pixel responsive layout based on the Bootstrap grid.
Xenon is a portfolio theme ideal for photography or design related websites. The theme is designed to function as a showcase for creative works or photographs with minimal distraction from other elements. The theme has features like, featured menu, featured thumbnail, custom background, theme options, widgetized sidebar etc. The theme also comes with an option to customize its color scheme and link colors. You can set a color scheme of your choice via the live customization feature in wordpress.
Looking for more awesome themes? Here are more best free premium WordPress theme collections we’ve previously posted throughout this year:
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