Splendio has done a great job of balancing the featured content of the page with additional added value content. You want to promote the other pages and posts on your site (to increase traction and time on site) without taking away from the reason the visitor is there in the first place. This is a difficult task that the designers and developers of Splendio have done well. The details and colours really help to make this a great blog theme.
Origin is a premium, fully responsive WordPress blog theme with a minimal, clean design that allows visitors to focus on content. Origin lite is the only free version of this theme, which features a fixed two-column layout, responsive gallery and custom widgets for categories and social media networks.
Folder is a free WordPress theme with a slight retro feel to it. With a design dominated by images, this responsive theme is perfect for displaying projects and products. Features include custom project posts and admin panel, five different widgets included (video, latest work, contact form, twitter feed, recent posts), and more.
Clean Retina delivers exactly what it says on the tin. The theme is simple, clean, responsive and retina-ready. There is a selection of nine homepage layout options, also a large homepage slider with space for supporting text. This is one of those free WordPress themes that would work nicely for bloggers or small business owners.
I like this free WordPress theme so much I’m currently using it to power Jes.se.com. Responsive utilises several homepage widget areas to drop in content, making it easy to control everything. It has a very large and easy to control featured area on the homepage, which was perfect for me to feature my book, Web Designer’s Guide to WordPress.
Who doesn’t like Balloons? I could probably ask the same thing about parallax scrolling. This is the first free WordPress theme I’ve seen that uses the recently widely adopted effect of multiple scrolling speeds. Balloons utilises a minimalistic design and lets you focus on the cool scrolling effect. While a small business or corporation may not get what they want out of this theme it would work beautifully for an event or personal website.
What WPCoda does well is easy navigation of pages without moving off the homepage. All the pages in the tabbed navigation below the tagline are served to the visitor without reloading the page, functionality that is usually reserved for custom builds. I have to be honest, I’m not really sold on the colour scheme of WP Coda, but that is easily adaptable to your needs.
I’m becoming more and more a fan of the left hand nav. With the adoption of wider desktops it makes it easy for us to utilise more space, making it easier and more pleasant for visitors to view your content. Free WordPress theme Bonpress does a really nice job of organising the layout while maintaining responsive functionality. Whether you need a typical website, blog or portfolio site, this theme will do nicely for you.
The crew over at WooThemes really know what they are doing. This free WordPress theme is very well designed, with a lot of detail put into every element. Swatch is definitely a theme that you don’t have to customise at all, it’s just so nice right out of the box.
There are a lot of widget areas, columns and places for a lot of content. Make sure you have enough content to fill it. Hopefully in the near future they’ll put in the extra work to make this theme responsive.
Busby is a really nice free theme. Its use of bold colours and well planned fonts makes it stand out. I love the styling and emphasis on post dates. However, if you aren’t posting often, a proud and boldly stated date may make your theme look stale and outdated. Frequent bloggers looking to keep visitors on their site for long periods of time will benefit from this theme greatly.