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10 of the Best Mid-2009 Free WordPress Themes

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Lately I was thinking of changing my WordPress theme but decided to leave it for a while. While at it, I roam around to see if there are new WordPress themes worth considering should I decide to change mine, or if any WordPress bloggers here would like to ask some recommendations. We came up with 10 of the latest and best looking WordPress themes around. These themes cover a wide variety of needs, layouts and customization.

1. Smashing Magazine’s Paper Wall

Still hot off the press. This WordPress theme rocks! And if I were to change mine, this one will always be on top of my list. This theme, which was designed by Adrian Lazariuc of Indeziner, has a unique colorful design that will perfectly fit for your personal blogs and, if customized, can be a perfect fit for a unique magazine-style-blog.

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Link to Smashing Magazine article for theme demo, download and support: Free WordPress Theme: Paper Wall

2. Darktouch from Toptuts

If you like all the sweet little Ajax plug ins that make things slide on your static screen without employing flash ? you are going to love this theme, called dark Touch. Very beautiful and vivid colors combination with sleek icon graphics and Vista-like header image. No plug ins are required to run this theme. Rounded corners are defined in CSS with nested comments enabled.

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3. Vic theme from Toptuts

This theme is ready for 125*125 advertisement, Slide in gallery, thumbnails in posts, nested comments and in-built admin panel that allows you to manage featured posts and images in the gallery and more.

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4. Shining Glow from Free WordPress Themes (themes2wp.com)

Premium style Free WordPress Theme with two columns, Widgetized sidebar, easy social bookmarking, 125px ad spots and cross browser compliant, recent comments and posts tabs, featured posts slider and auto thumbnail sizing. It could fit multi purpose niches and is provided for free.

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5. Flow Theme from Toptuts

You will need the Twitter for WordPress and Limit posts Automatically plug in to make this beautiful theme to work. Thumbnails are working with default Thumbnail custom field. The theme is ready for 200 x 200 advertisement space which can be used for Adsense banner or your own custom banner. This wordpress theme is also ready for all the major social bookmarks both from front page and inner pages. Elegant yet very modern design, pleasant color scheme with wood and ornaments makes this layout suitable for any niche.

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6. Travelling Logbook from Fresheezy

Travel theme with beatiful orange notebook style, designed for WordPress 2.7 and older versions. Two columns layout and fixed width. Left sidebar and pretty cool navigation.

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7. Gallery version 1.1 by Chris Wallace

With the recent success of Gallery 1.0 Chris Wallace did for Smashing Magazine, he recently released version 1.1, which includes quite a few changes, including a custom write panel (shown below), bugfixes for IE6 (mainly the navigation menu), and other bugfixes. Gallery is a beautiful, free, gallery-style Thematic child theme for WordPress. It is extremely flexible and can be used as a starting point for design galleries and portfolios. You will need to grab and upload both the Gallery and Thematic themes to make it work.

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Download Gallery Theme
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8. Grunge Style from TemplateLite.com

Another personal favorite. This theme was designed by Brian of TemplateLite for SmashingApps. This theme will suit best any personal or private blogs.  This theme will work best with WordPress 2.8+. It’s prominent features are Right Sidebar, Fixed Width, 3 Columns, Widget Ready, Valid XHtml, Valid CSS, Cross-Browser Compatible, Optimized for SEO, Sticky Post, Gravatar Enabled, Easy Setup of the theme.

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Link to Smashing Apps article for theme demo, download and support: Smashing Release : Grunge Style, A 3-Column Free WordPress Theme

9. Coffee Desk from TemplateLite.com

Another amazing free WordPress theme from Templatelite.com. Coffee Desk theme is widget ready, with 3 columns and right sidebar, complatible with IE6, IE7, IE8, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, W3C XHTML and CSS compliant.

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10. Meta-morphosis from Woothemes.com

Meta-Morphosis is a visually-rich personal blog from Woothemes, with a magazine layout approach. Incorporating some nifty javascript font replacement and javascript widget slider in the footer, Meta-Morphosis should meet all of your personal blogging needs. Best of all its FREE!

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37 comments

  1. Justin 22 July, 2009 at 00:39

    @BENJAMIN Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your post to my blog?

  2. Richard 18 November, 2009 at 20:27

    I´m not too sure why it is becoming more difficult to find free WP themes – is it because Word Press is changing the platform and therefore making it more complicated to design WP themes, therefore web developers say hey i´m going to start charging for my work… ?

    Thanks

  3. Ashton Casey 7 July, 2010 at 22:32

    Thank you very much for the great wordpress themes, I have been seeking for a while and these themes are what I trully want to use for my blog.

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