2009 Year-end Free High-Quality WordPress Themes


Free high-quality WordPress themes are getting harder to find these past few months, primarily due to two main reasons, a lot of new platforms are being developed and introduced lately and many theme designers these days would rather sell premium themes than develope free ones. But inspite of the free WordPress theme deficit, we were able to gather a few more high-quality premium looking free WordPress themes before the year ends, topping off our previous “10 of the Best Mid-2009 Free WordPress Themes” post.

So if you’re planning to re-design your entire blog during the holidays and in time for the new year, this is the best time to search around for some nice looking free WordPress themes. Browse below from 15 of the freshest free WordPress themes around, download and try them out and see how it would nicely fit your site.

1. Obscure – Free Community Based WordPress Theme

Obscure is a premium dark magazine wordpress theme from wpcrunchy which is suitable for any site niche but would best fit community based sites. It has a lot of features like built-in theme ad blocks, content gallery, twitter integration, social bookmarks and many more.


2. Monkeypr theme

Monkeypr theme is a stylish looking theme that is amusing and fun to look at.


3. Inuit WordPress Theme

This is one nice looking minimalist WordPress theme. It makes use of a lot of whitespace effectively and preview images for each post on the homepage. The theme also comes integrated with Twitter and Flickr.


4. Cardio Minimal

Another minimalist WordPress theme that made it on our list. A clean three-column theme with plenty of white spacse and gray text.


5. Berita Business WordPress Theme

I’m feeling light these days so another minimalist theme made it. Berita is a free business WordPress theme that will suit every company that wants to display its corporate image clearly and professionally. It has some cool features like front page slider, custom language translations, breadcrumbs navigation, SEO options, custom widgets like Twitter and subscription widgets, plus many more.


6. Rockstar Theme from WooThemes

Rockstar theme has simple layout with clean colour palette. It is highly customizeable and neatly coded theme with integrated banner ad management, widgetized sidebar, and 6 different colour schemes to choose from.


7. Mainstream from WooThemes

Another one from WooThemes. Mainstream is a vibrant personal blog theme with five colorful selection of styles, built-in WooThemes flexible theme framework, boasting a selection of theme options. Thumbnails are automatically generated and the sidebar is widgetized.


8. Imprezz from ProductiveDreams

Imprezz is a 3 column WordPress theme with a 3-dimensional second column. This theme supports wordpress 2.7.1 up and works well with the zdcomments widget (a widget that is used to display the top commenters).


9. The Clam Shell from Fearless Flyer

The Clam Shell is a two-column WordPress theme with well organized structure and clean cut design. This straightforward theme has large large icons with CSS sprites, static sidebar with customizable graphics, socialize buttons and many more.


10. Imagination from CSS Jockey

Imagination is a highly customizable WordPress Theme that comes pre-loaded with 9 different site-wide styles to choose from. These styles are great when you want to customize your site according to your mood, occasion or preferences.


11. FreeStyle from Digital Visions

FreeStyle is a three-column WordPress theme built for WordPress 2.8+. FreeStyle has built-in support for sidebar widgets, comments, custom default avatars. Layout & Logo PSD files are also included for easy customization.


12. BlackPower Theme

The latest theme from SkinPress is widget ready with Twitter “follow me” button that also embed your latest tweet in the header. This 2-column theme with black wood effect is completely cross browser tested.


13. Zherald WordPress Theme

Zherald is a hard to resist magazine style WordPress theme. The theme is equipped with an image slider, featured post section, featured video, custom banner ads, adsense integration and many more. Another great thing about this theme is that all required plugins are supplied along with it.


14. Chronicle

Chronicle is a news style WordPress theme developed by Jinsona. This theme has jquery featured news slider, news highlight section, featured video, tabbed content, and news previews with thumbnails.


15. Jungleland

Last to make it on our list is Jungleland WordPress theme from Themelab. This theme has six widgetized areas, including a widgetized footer, as well as a custom widget included with the theme. It also has threaded comments, where WordPress 2.7+ is required.



  1. tips 29 December, 2009 at 14:08

    Thanks for the template. After long hours of searching for the right template for my blog, I have finally found the best one.

    Again, thank you!

  2. Floretta Siglow 8 August, 2010 at 23:32

    Many design schools and community colleges offer short, intensive summer courses. These are a great option for someone who wants more web design education, but can’t commit to a full-time program.

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