10 Best Free and Premium WordPress Themes 2017

Whether you are a first time WordPress user or an experienced developer you are going to likely use a theme. WordPress themes make creating a website quick and easy. Most themes provide quick installs and demos for you to have a site up in a few minutes. The themes provide customization options for you to style and design your website as you wish. However the extent of the customization and features usually depends on if the the theme is free or premium. Premium themes are those that cost a small fee to purchase and mostly come with more options, tools and features than free themes. You have more power to create and design with premium themes unlike free themes where you might have limitations on the capability of your theme. Furthermore premium themes come with professional support so you can always get help with the theme if you need any while with free themes you are usually left to figure things out on your own. If you are working with a tight budget and are considering between a free theme and a premium theme we have listed five top free themes and five premium ones. Check out our list below to help you choose a theme that suits your needs.

Premium WordPress Themes

We start with the premium themes because to the honest they are better than free themes. However if you don’t find one suitable for your budget keep reading along and you will find out free themes below.


Excite is a clean multipurpose WordPress theme that is responsive. This theme can be used for whatever reason you need a website for. It has 50+ complete bundled pages for common sites like portfolio, agency, construction, medical, spa, fashion, lawyer, gym, restaurant, blog, e-commerce, app landing page, book, barber, cafe, architecture, car rental, consulting, wedding, transportation, travel, freelancer, school, real estate and general reason you need a theme for. This theme is developer friendly and easily editable with loads of premium elements. After you install this theme, which is so easy to do, there is a backup module you can setup to schedule automatic backups of your site within the theme.

Its prestigious Moto Slider can visually be appealing and sophisticated, sleek and smooth sliders for your website to look magnificent. The theme is high definition so your content always look sharp and crisp. Woo Commerce readiness lets you start selling your products with this theme as soon you install. Add animations, contact forms, Google Maps and choose from Google fonts to create the perfect site.

More Info / Download link: https://themeforest.net/item/excite-clean-responsive-multipurpose-wordpress-theme/20479516?ref=themeroasters

Avada avada-most-popular-wordpress-theme

“Avada is the Swiss Army Knife of WordPress themes. It does everything” – Envato CEO. When you get a review like from owner of a WordPress marketplace then you know that theme is doing something right. Avada is the number one selling theme on Themeforest for 5 years in a row with over 350,000 sales 2017. This theme is the complete package for novice and expert WordPress users. You can use this theme to build any website, really any kind of website. With Avada’s demos and option system you will be create the website if your dreams without touching a single line of code.

Avada’s features make it a really powerful theme. It is 100% responsive and looks great on any device, its Fusion Builder allows you to drag and drop elements for a beautiful stunning website with minimal effort. Avada has a comprehensive admin panel allowing users to quickly and easily customize with options like boxed or wide mode, dark or light skin, changing shortcode styling and others. Fantastic integration with plugins like Woo commerce, bbPress, Contact Form 7, Gravity and compatible with other plugins like Yoast SEO, W3 Total Cache, Ubermenu, UpdraftPlus and many more. It also has an automatic theme updater and other features including unlimited colour options, advanced portfolio options, advanced responsive image system, advanced blog options and is multilingual / RTL ready.

More Info / Download link: https://themeforest.net/item/avada-responsive-multipurpose-theme/2833226?ref=themeroasters


SimplUI - One Page Clean Parallax Responsive WordPress Theme
This a premium theme for users looking for something more simple. It is a one page theme ideal for many purposes. SimplUI can be used for corporate, business or agency websites. It has a clean minimalistic design. It has inbuilt blog for you to also create content for your website’s users.

One page websites are getting increasingly popular because internet users do not want to be navigating from page to page to get the best of your content. Therefore of sites are designed with all content place onto a single page website. This makes it user friendly and by improving navigation. SimplUI helps you create that sort of website.

More Info / Download link: https://themeforest.net/item/simplui-one-page-clean-parallax-responsive-wordpress-theme/19398081?ref=themeroasters


An undisputed king when it comes to customization, Jupiter’s WYSIWYG editor allows you to customize anything anywhere. Gone are the days of fixed header designs you have to choose from in a theme, Jupiter lets you design your own. With this theme you can customize every single detail about your website, it even has a shop customizer for the Woo Commerce plugin. However, if you do not have the time, patience or skill to design you can select from its 160+ pre-made website templates for you to launch your site in minutes. Jupiter has an edge slideshow made exclusively for this theme that creates a visually stunning, smooth and sleek layout for your site. So whether you want a hero slide or carousel, visitors would be delighted with the beauty of your website.

What makes Jupiter different is its features, multiple header styles, mega menu widgets and backgrounds, five main navigation hover styles, three portfolio styles, seven unique blog styles, six portfolio hover animations, over 1700 icons and many more. The inbuilt plugin manager makes it easier than ever to manage all required plugins. Jupiter is a great theme for businesses, from big corporations to small businesses, Jupiter will help you create clean and beautiful websites for you or you or your client.

More Info / Download link: https://themeforest.net/item/jupiter-multipurpose-responsive-theme/5177775?themeroasters

BeTheme betheme-mulipurpose-wordpress-business-template

Be theme is one of the most popular multipurpose WordPress themes there is. Any web developer would be all over this theme because it is a real timesaver. BeTheme is loaded with functionality and pre-made layouts that allow you to churn out websites in the twinkling of an eye. It has 290+ pre-built websites that are ready to use with one click installation.

The amazing thing about this item is how responsive their support is, in fact most of the templates in this theme were ideas from users. Maybe you can suggest your unique idea for a homepage and you might get it. Some special features if BeTheme are its custom font uploader which gives flexibility on whatever you want to use, awesome layouts generator, unlimited menus use different menus for different pages, over 200 Muffin builder and shortcode items included, etc. Join it’s over 60,000 users today.

More Info / Download link: https://themeforest.net/item/betheme-responsive-multipurpose-wordpress-theme/7758048?themeroasters

Free Themes

Now that we are done with themes that asking for you money, let’s review some far less costly options. If you didn’t find a theme you could afford among the premium options don’t be too worried as there are free WordPress themes that can get the job done and give you a website you can be proud of. Admittedly free themes lack the same level of functionality, features and capabilities as their premium counterparts you can still do enough with free themes to get a beautiful website. The developers of the free themes listed here have put in enough effort for WordPress users to create an adequate site all for free. Read on to see the themes.

Hestia screenshot

Hestia proves yet again that some of the best things are free. The makers of this theme say it is excellent for start-ups but that doesn’t stop you from using it for your business as well. Hestia is fully Woocommerce compatible so it can be used as an e-commerce store. It displays your products and listings beautifully with galleries. This multipurpose theme is responsive and adapts very well to mobile devices of all sizes.

Beginners would have no problem using this theme because of its drag and drop content builder. You can easily customize any part of the website but experienced developers would love this theme too because it makes their work so much easier. Hestia is translation and RTL ready, SEO friendly and optimized for speed.

More Info / Download link: https://themeisle.com/themes/hestia/

Mesmerize screenshot

A problem with free themes is that due to the lack of many options, customizability of free themes is restricted hence most sites using free themes look the same. Mesmerize has overcome this by creating predefined sections so instead of one static design every part of a webpage can be manipulated. You can combine options design options like background, overlay, header layout, spacing, media type and graphic separator to build your own unique website.

Give your site a modern look by using the video and slideshow backgrounds. The theme also comes with 12 demos for you to easily setup a website.

More Info / Download link:

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Sydney screenshot

If you are looking for a theme for your business, then Sydney can do it for free. It has so many styling options that the possibilities are endless. As corporate, business, startup, company or individual freelancers, Sydney can power your website with great designs. With such power, the site is loaded with many customization options. You are provided with access to all Google fonts. There is a full-screen slider image in the theme. You can put graphics for promotional content in this area or any large images you want to display. Sydney does not quite have a drag and drop page builder but front page blocks are easy to use and quite intuitive.

As expected Sydney is responsive and has no problems displaying on mobile devices. Many features of Sydney are geared towards enabling you rapidly create an engaging site. The theme options allow you change the colours as you like. Other features include parallax backgrounds, select between static or slider header image, live customizer, logo upload, sticky navigation, layout control and many more.

More Info / Download link: https://athemes.com/theme/sydney/

Royal Magazine screenshot

This is the free version of a theme with same name. With Royal Magazine you can create your own news / blog website that is on a higher level than other free themes. No matter the niche that you publish on, Royal Magazine WordPress theme is suitable for it. Fully responsive and easy to use for both experienced pros and new WordPress users

The theme includes a featured slider and also comes with support. Other features include Google Adsense, logo and title customization, author bio widget and many others.

More Info / Download link: https://www.themeinwp.com/theme/royal-magazine/

OceanWP screenshot

Looking for a free multipurpose WordPress theme. Look no more because with OceanWP you can create beautiful and professional websites. With several options to customize your site you can create almost any type of website. Compatible with Elementor and Woocommerce your online store would work perfectly fine with this theme.

Any help you need with this theme is available, OceanWP provides premium level support. Lots of people love this theme from professional developers to hobbyists that is what has led this theme to be one of the fastest growing themes for WordPress with over 120,000 downloads.

More Info / Download link: https://oceanwp.org

Universal Store screenshot

Universal Store is a premier free Woocommerce WordPress theme. If you need a free theme for e-commerce purposes, Universal Store is the perfect theme for you. Packed with features you need in any online store, it even has a wish list plugin so your website visitors can save their items they want to buy.

Universal Store is actually a child theme of a premium theme MaxStore Pro. So if you find out your Universal Store site needs more functionality you can always upgrade at any time.

More Info / Download link: https://themes4wp.com/theme/universal-store/

Excite – Clean Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

Excite is an all-in-one High Definition Clean Responsive Mobile Friendly made with Bootstrap, with over 50++ and complete bundled website with 12+ elements/shortcodes included; ready to use website bundle covering different aspects of business.

Good for:
General, Corporate, Creative, Portfolio, photography, Agency, Restaurant, Spa, Renovation, Fashion, E-commerce, Blog , Parallax, App Landing, One Page, Shop, Freelancer, Architecture, Business, Fitness, small businesses, startups, artists, bloggers, Studios, Barber, Book, Cafe, Car Rental, Carpenter, Cleaning, Conference, Construction, Consulting, Dentist, Finance, Games, Gardener, GYM, Landing Page, Lawyer, Logistics, Mechanic, Medical, Pets, Plumber, Wedding, Yoga, Real Estate, School, Single Product, Transportation, Travel, Web Service


SimplUI – One Page Clean Parallax Responsive WordPress Theme

SimplUI is designed keeping the mass users in mind which is white clean and responsive, from interacting with the website to designing UI/UX everything is simple and explicit. It is tested with non-tech users and the results are positive. Codes are optimized and extra care is taken to increase performance and reduce load time, documentation include tricks to maximize performance and total theme installation.

This Responsive WordPress Theme is perfect for clients who are looking for:

  • Corporate One page WordPress Theme
  • One Page Business WordPress Theme
  • One Page WordPress Theme for Agencies
  • Clean Design WordPress Theme
  • Modern One Page WordPress Template
  • Minimalistic WordPress Theme
  • Blog


  • Powerful Admin Panel
    • Page Loading Animation on/off
    • Logo
    • Page Loading Animation
    • Typography
    • Menu and Section changes via Drag & Drop
    • Main Full Screen Slider
    • About Us text and icons
    • Counter Section
    • Features Section
    • Service Section
    • Portfolio Section
    • Pricing
    • Testimonial Slider
    • Blog Posts
    • Core Features
    • Help Section
    • Sponsors Sections(sponsors logo showcase)
    • Contact Section(contact form 7 plugin)
    • Footer Section Copyright
    • Home Page Section Arrangement(Drag & Drop)
    • Backup Theme Option Section
  • Custom Post:
    • Services
    • Portfolio
    • Pricing Table
  • Instagram Feeds
  • Element Appear Animation on Scroll
  • Home Page Portfolio Showcase(popup)
  • Scroll to top
  • Parallax images in sections
  • Google Fonts
  • Extremely Mobile Friendly
  • Responsive Menu ready for mobile, tablet
  • Bootstrap
  • Smooth Scroll
  • Clean Minimalistic


March 29, 2017

-- FIXED: Logo issue, menu allignment, header reponsive

-- ADDED: Ability to change logo height, width from Theme Option Panel