October has come and gone, and just like any other month, it witnessed the release of many new and impressive WordPress themes…both free and premium. In general, the trend during October was clearly in favor of blogging themes, even though a good number of portfolio themes were released as well.
Just in case you are looking for premium themes, check out our ongoing series, #ThemeThursday, where one new premium theme provider is reviewed per week—the previous installments include Theme Furnace, ColorLabs and DevPress.
However, if you are looking for free WordPress themes, you are in the right place. There were several free WordPress themes released during the past month, and in this roundup, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best ones.
Free WordPress Themes: October 2013 Edition
Suits is a flexible width blogging theme with support for microformats. It is fully responsive and features a clean layout which makes it ideal for any type of blog.
Irex is a full width portfolio WordPress theme. It sports responsive layout and is translation ready. Irex also has a Pro version available for $45, which features custom page templates and additional color schemes.
Tesla is a WordPress theme meant for portfolio and creative websites. It supports post formats.
4. WP FlatThirteen
WP FlatThirteen is a child theme of Twenty Thirteen and features a flat and minimal design. Powered by Twitter Bootstrap, WP FlatThirteen is fully responsive.
5. 2013 Black and White
2013 Black and White is another child theme of Twenty Thirteen. However, instead of the default color scheme, 2013 Black and White features a color scheme that employs multiple shades of gray.
Hro is a minimal and fully responsive single column theme best suited for personal blogs and/or tumblogs. It is a rather simple theme that works without a sidebar or widget.
Busiprof is a WordPress theme meant for business or corporate websites. It is responsive, features a homepage slider as well as custom widget areas in the footer.
8. Simplicity Lite
Simplicity Lite is a responsive WordPress theme with a corporate layout. It comes with custom page templates, and also has a Pro version which incorporates a jQuery slider, WooCommerce support and many other features.
Aldehyde is a minimal and responsive WordPress theme meant for blog and magazine websites. It features Parallax slider, custom page layouts and custom widgets. Aldehyde is based on Twitter Bootstrap and is translation ready.
Central is a rather simple WordPress theme that supports microformats and comes with a custom full width page template.
Released by WooThemes, Houston is a child theme for p2. It is translation ready and also comes with support for the “p2 likes” plugin.
Litesta is a minimal and responsive theme with a focus on typography, best suited for bloggers or writers.
upTown is a clean WordPress theme meant for blogs. It is translation ready and also comes with a full width page template.
14. Simple & Clean
Simple & Clean is a simple and clean (well, doh!) WordPress theme which comes with a responsive design and is translation ready.
With that, we come to the end of this month’s roundup of free WordPress themes.
Which one is your favorite? Have your say in the comments below!
Also, just in case you missed it, you can check out September’s installment of free WordPress themes here.
Sufyan bin Uzayr is a freelance writer and Linux enthusiast. He writes for several print magazines as well as technology blogs, and has also authored a book named Sufism: A Brief History. His primary areas of interest include open source, mobile development and web CMS. He is also the Editor of an e-journal named Brave New World. You can visit his website, follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook and Google+.