Is affordability/ money standing in the way of you getting that cool, premium WordPress theme that you fell in love with? If so, fret no more because you’ll discover (in this post) where and how you can download them free and legally too. Note that the Free WordPress themes featured in this post are NOT from Warez sites BUT offered freely, to the public, by the original legal owners who are either developers or A-List bloggers. This post was scheduled to be published later than now. However, I decided to turn it in as my link post type, as part of my participation in the “31 Days to Building a Better Blog” Challenge.
Want Premium WordPress Theme but Cannot Afford it? Get These Free Premium WP Themes
How about if you’re building your new (or old) business online on a teeny-weeny tight budget or none at all but you’re a lover of all things good looking, including costly, premium WordPress themes?
Here’s my story of searching and finding lots of premium free WordPress blogs. Before I started my blog, I was on a tight budget to build it and my best bet was free WordPress themes. I did a sketch on paper, of a “look and feel of my to-be blog theme, with a kind of floor plan diagram of how I wanted my blog to look like – the sidebars, crispy clean design and good white space on the theme. I got WordPress theme design inspiration ideas from some of my favourite blogs then (including Katie Freiling’s blog) and then I went to to check out the available free themes at WordPress.Org.
Every time I saw a Free WordPress theme, I compared its layout and design against my sketched prototype if they matched closely but unfortunately most did not.
It turned out that every WordPress Blogging Template I really liked was a premium theme AND not free…
In my search for giveaway WordPress free themes by theme developers, I found Woothemes to have some of the best looking themes – crispy clean look and feel. However, their free WordPress themes did not have some of the elements in my sketch prototype diagram (for my to-be-blog, then). I really loved their Premium WordPress Themes but… they were not free.
Of all the good WordPress themes I found, that are legally free, I decided to use the “Thrilling Theme” by Cody McKibben- which was the Woothemes Freshnews (in my wish list but not free) theme which Cody customized for his own blog and due to popular requests by his readers, he got the permission of Woothemes to offer the customized theme for free. Finding Cody’s ‘Thrilling Theme’ was an a-h-a moment for me, and ended my search for a legally free premium WordPress theme; I also loved that Cody has optimized the theme for search engines.
Now you don’t have to rummage through the Internet looking for a good, free WordPress blogging template, when you’re on low budget…
Just before I launched this blog, the whole process of finding a legally free WordPress theme that I really liked took me about four weeks of Google-searching and demo testing various themes. It was a time consuming exercise especially as I discovered that not all free themes were legal and that some free themes have hidden scripts that can hurt a blog in many ways, sooner or later.
In this post I will share with you where to get a copy of the same WordPress theme I am using here PLUS some other remarkable and great, and legally free WordPress Theme that I discovered along the way. Also, some bloggers may want to use any of these themes to give their blogs a makeover this year or use on a new niche / affiliate site.
Top 10+ Best Legally Free Premium WordPress Themes To Rock Your Blog
NOTE: These are not the entire collection of free or premium WordPress themes that I found in my scavenging online for non-paid themes, but these ones got my attention. Some of these premium WordPress themes are direct from the e developers while the others are from A-List bloggers who changed their old themes. For any theme you decide to download, ensure to get the user notes, where available, as they will come in handy after you install it on your blog.
5 Free Premium WordPress Themes From A-List Bloggers
1. Thrilling Heroics SEo’d ‘Thrilling Theme: This is the same WordPress theme on this blog. Cody, the developer, updates it from time to time to make it compliant to WordPress upgrades . So if you decide to get this WordPress theme, ensure to subscribe to be in the know when there’s an updated version
2. Clean Copy, 2 and 3 Column Free Premium WordPress Theme: This is the previous WordPress theme used by top copywriter, Michel Fortin.
3. Wpshoppe Minii Lite: This is a really clean and crisp, minimalist WordPress theme, with a lot of white spaces and good looking footer design. this guy (Chandra Maharzan) is a cool WordPress theme developer. It’s funny that I was a a blog reading a post and I got ‘seduced’ by the blogger’s theme and so I followed the footer link to the developer site. I didn’t even know it was a free theme but that’s how I got to know about this particular free WordPress theme. Feel free to look at his other themes and bookmark his site too, as he usually gives away some pretty clean theme for free. I encourage you to support his work if along the way you find other paid themes you like in his theme gallery.
4. Copyblogger Theme: This is the old design of CopyBlogger.Com, which looks a lot similar to the current one.
You can get it here: http://www.pearsonified.com/theme/copyblogger/
5. Download SeoBook.Com Theme: Although this free WordPress theme looks similar to the current one at SEOBook.Com, it is the old design and version.
6. Matt Carter’s Affiliate WordPress theme: This is a crisp, clean, ads-ready premium WordPress theme that (Matt uses this for his affiliate site – this theme has in-built ad manager you can use to manage affiliate Amazon ads placement). Matt Carter is a top, successful affiliate marketer and creator of the popular Affiliate Marketing course for physical products and clickbank. Matt Carter also has a detailed video instruction on how you can use his free premium WordPress Theme. By the way, I love this Matt Carter’s affiliate theme and will be using it on a new niche site, some time soon.
Over 5 Free WordPress Themes Direct From The Theme Developers
7. Mimbo Free WordPress Theme is a magazine WordPress theme with a clean look and feel, yet simplistic in design and customizable. This is the same
8. Unique Blog Designs Free WordPress Themes Gallery: Here you’ll find WordPress themes that this theme developer originally sold for as much as $79, now offered free. UBD Moneymaker Theme (in the image here) is one of their most popular WordPress themes.
9. Atahulupa WordPress Theme: On it’s own, this is a clean and really simple looking magazine WordPress theme but it is highly customizable; I have seen it transformed to look very beautiful, by some top bloggers, including David Wood (of WorkWithDavidWood.Com). If you can get a graphic designer to tweak it for you to look in a particular way and add some particular features, you’d be good to go ELSE, it’s still a great theme. By the way, the Atahulupa WordPress Theme developer has a help forum where users meet to discuss and get help.
10. Woothemes Gallery of Free Themes: Woothemes has a lot of really beautiful and professional looking WordPress themes that – a lot are even free, all great designs.
11. Flexibility Theme For WordPress : This free WordPress theme is SEO’d and is built in in with Adsense, so they are great for affiliate sites. I like that the developer also has a support forum, where you can go ask questions and get help for customization if you decide to download the Flexibility 3 WordPress Theme.
12. WordPress Free themes Gallery: This WordPress.Org free themes Gallery has quite a lot of pretty looking themes, if you can be patient to comb through it. Some top WordPress Developers have donated some free versions of their clean, crisp WordPress Themes.
How to Test Drive Any WordPress Theme Without Installing On A Live Site
Want to check out all the above free premium WordPress themes to see which one looks best on your blog? Thankfully, with a free little plugin, you do not have to install any theme to see how it will look on your current website or blog.
With Theme Test Drive free plugin by Vladimir Prevolac, you do not have to install any WordPress Theme (free or premium) on your live blog or website, in order to see exactly how the theme will look on your site.
According to Vladimir, “Theme Test Drive WordPress plugin allows you to safely test drive any theme on your blog as administrator, while visitors still use the default one. It happens completely transparent and they will not even notice you run a different theme for yourself”.
What Will You Do With All Those Legally Free WordPress Themes?
Now you have an array of legally free premium WordPress themes to download and give your new website a professional look and feel or give your existing website or blog a design makeover. . Or you can use them on a new niche affiliate site.
To ensure that you do not go jumping around and scavenging the WWW the next time you want to start a new blog/ website project, I suggest you save or bookmark this post. If I did not save the places I found those themes, I would not have been able to present to you (now) the best of available legally free premium WordPress themes.
Why You May Want A Paid Blog Theme
If you’re starting out on a tight budget, it’s okay to use a free them BUT ensure to only download it from the developers’ sites, NOT anywhere else. You can see that the themes in this post link directly to the source.
When you start making money, you can get a premium theme as theme developers do not provide updates and support to their free themes.
However, Elegant themes is one of the cheapest premium WordPress themes available. They have pretty good looking themes for any type of business, and bundled as $39 for over 70 themes. That’s less than $2 for one theme.
With all those collection of beautiful premium WordPress themes, you may run into a problem of choice. I did too. However, I will write you a follow-up to this post on: 7 Factors to consider before choosing a best-fit WordPress theme. That post should get you to narrow down to one single theme in that collection.
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Originally posted 2011-06-23 20:56:47.