Who doesn’t like the word “free”? We all do, don’t we? While WordPress itself is free, there are thousands and thousands of free WordPress themes to choose from to set-up your website.

While paid themes come with a complete feature set and maximum customization capabilities, free WordPress themes are good enough to start with. In fact, there are plenty of bloggers who run websites based on free WordPress themes and still make money. So while free or paid themes is a matter of choice and what you actually need, there are quite a few free themes that are incredibly simple and worth taking note of.

Arthemia

Arthemia

It’s the first I listed because it’s my perennial favorite. While Arthemia also has a paid version, the free one is capable of doing most things for you to start with. This is the first theme I started experimenting with so I have a soft spot for the theme. It looks incredibly beautiful and you have the choice of running it as a blog, a magazine, or even a corporate style blog. The choice is yours.

Design Magz

Design Magz Theme

Minimalistic, white, and a simple layout are the hallmarks of the Design Magz theme, and it’s the best choice if you intend to have a lot of content published through the week. With a simple navigation bar on the top and a minimalistic use of text, video, and images, this theme makes for a good first theme for your content intensive site.

Responsive

Responsive Theme

Found on the “featured” themes list of WordPress recommended free themes, it’s one of the simplest — but still loaded – “responsive” themes available for free. Responsive means that the website aligns and optimizes itself based on the device you use to access the website. With a simple homepage layout with a call to action, image, and three boxes to house content, it’s the best theme for a company-like website.

Versatility Lite

Versatility Lite Theme

If you are looking for a normal blogging theme, there are plenty of free themes to choose from. Versatility lite comes with a refreshing design, simple blog layout, space for ads (you do need this to make money from your blog, don’t you?) and a top-horizontal navigation bar. Versatility lite is a plain and simple choice for your personal blog.

Majapahit

Majapahit Theme

Featuring a bold box above the fold and looking like a hybrid mix of a blog and magazine, Majapahit is a good looking free WordPress theme that you can do a lot with. It features “latest posts”, “featured posts”, and it boasts of all sorts of widgets like an extended ad block, for instance. It’s a simple, multi-colored blog/magazine layout that I am sure you won’t be disappointed with.

AutosSlug

AutosSlug Theme

Do you have a niche where you not only need to write content but also add high-quality images to go with every post? Perhaps you should consider looking at AutosSlug – an image-rich, content dependent free WordPress theme. Featuring a slider with images rolling horizontally and a tab with the most important posts displayed right above the fold, it’s a neat looking theme with plenty of potential. It doesn’t have to be about automobiles although the theme was developed with auto reviews, news, and information. It could be anything as long as you have good content and relevant images.

Hamasaki

Hamasaki Theme

Although Hamasaki is old, it’s practical. The design bodes well for bloggers who want to make money from their blogs thanks to the ad block featured above the fold, right next to the featured post box. It has simple navigation and an easy-to-read layout. It could be a great theme for you to experiment with affiliate marketing, blogging in general, or even a magazine-like website.

Free WordPress themes can offer you only so much when it comes to design, functionality, and customization options. For a beginning blogger strapped for cash, however, they make for a great starting point. What are your favorite Free WordPress themes?