There are plenty of free WordPress themes released every month on the web. So, users have a lot of choices, however, free themes are often charged with quality issues – poor support, unprofessional design, and lacking features. It is believed that amateur developers often develop them. But, there are many exceptional themes with premium-like features and powerful support that debunk the myths about free themes of being low quality. So, we have tried to put together the best free WordPress themes May 2016.
The themes released in April and May 2016 are included in the theme collection for May. Similarly, we will update the list of best themes every month with at least 12 themes launched in the respective month and the previous month. The themes in the monthly roundup are carefully handpicked considering the support, design and user-friendly perspective. It is to help users pick a quality theme for their upcoming projects.
Let’s explore 11+ best free WordPress themes for May 2016:
Web design based on clicking seems slowly fading away as scrolling based designs are being very popular. Webmasters are focused on improving User Experience, which is key to SEO and an essential search engine ranking factor. Simply scrolling along seems more convenient than lots clicking in order to explore the site content scattered around inner pages. ScrollMe theme is inspired from the similar UX perspective.
ScrollMe is horizontal scrolling free WordPress theme. It has an amazing design that requires just a few clicks and more of scrolling. Large slides, sections deliver the site content beautifully. Unlike other parallax scrolling themes in the community, it scrolls horizontally. The innovative concept is what makes it stand out of the crowd.
Main features of ScrollMe:
- Awesome horizontal page scrolling
- Fully responsive
- Multipurpose : portfolio, business, photography etc
- Based on customizer
- Unlimited home page slider
Blogging is a passion to some but a hobby for almost all. Having a personal blog means a better platform for expression as well as sharing thoughts, knowledge and ideas with the larger audience. People write travel stories, diaries or anything they like on the personal blogs. It’s almost a trend to have a blog each. Besides, there are a number of professional bloggers who are renowned for blogging only. Bloog Lite is a perfect pick for you if you want to start a blog.
Bloog Lite is a free responsive blog WordPress theme with an elegant modern design. The theme has a stunning design that suits both the professional and personal blogs. It is a fully responsive theme so that your site content is sure to look great on all devices including mobiles, tablets, laptops, and desktops. It has a pack of awesome features.
Main features of Bloog Lite:
- Fully Customizer based
- Multiple home page layouts
- Slider options
- Custom logo
- SEO friendly and localization ready
BizGrowth is free WordPress business theme to help business owners create a strong online presence. It has cool parallax design that looks aesthetically beautiful and gives your site a modern outlook. It is actually a multipurpose theme suitable for multiple business niches. Tons of amazing features make it a perfect theme for all types of businesses.
BizGrowth is 100% responsive theme that adapts well on both small screens and large screen devices. The theme supports WooCommerce plugin allowing users create an online shop. Besides, it supports all the major WordPress plugins and compatible with all the major web browsers.
Main features of BizGrowth:
- WordPress theme customizer
- Google web fonts
- Responsive clean design
- Custom widgets
Sauron is free multipurpose WordPress theme with a stylish design. The grid type homepage content sections with featured images make it look unique and beautiful. It is based on one-page parallax scrolling design with a sticky menu. It has advanced customization options and multiple theme color options. It is sleek and fully responsive that looks amazing on any device.
Sauron theme is powerful and robust that supports most of the popular WordPress plugins like WPML, JetPack, BuddyPress, bbPress, Contact form 7, etc. The theme is highly customizable which suits various websites like a business, portfolio, blog, photography etc.
Main features of Sauron:
- Fully responsive
- One page parallax design
- Social links
- Custom pages
- Multiple layouts
Our generation is gradually turning out to be more dependent on the online sources for any type of information: news, notices or gossips. Physical newspapers and magazines are probably to be called old-fashioned. It seems very normal that online portals are being popular since they provide easy access to information anytime anywhere. If you are also planning to build an online magazine, Envince theme can be the perfect choice for you.
Envince is a beautiful WordPress magazine theme based on Bootstrap 3. It is a fully responsive theme which looks great on all devices. It has a unique slider option for featured content and a complete magazine layout for a professional magazine or newspaper.
Main features of Envince:
- Responsive layout
- Drag and drop page builder
- Category colors
- Custom widgets
- Multiple page layouts
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Nowadays, websites are not merely for businesses or profit –making but also for charity work, information, service or religious purposes. The religious devotees often search for the information online before they make a visit to the holy church, mosque or a monastery. So, it’s very necessary to have a website for each institution, regardless of its type. To help create a Buddhist website, there is a beautiful WordPress theme called Namaste Lite.
Namaste Lite is a free WordPress Buddhist theme with a pack of features you may need in a religious website. With options to feature events, donations, blog, shop etc, it is ideal for various charity and religious websites.
Main features of Namaste Lite:
- Customizer settings
- Unique header and footer
- 6 Post formats
- Social media
- Unique elements
SnowFall is beautiful like the snow falling in the winter. It offers animated video background option that gives snowfall effect. SnowFall is an elegant WordPress business theme that lets you create a complete website for your business. It is a fully responsive theme, which looks amazing and stunning on all devices used for browsing.
SnowFall theme powered by CSS3 and HTML5 that supports the latest version of WordPress. It has easy to use options with which anyone including non-programmers can build a complete website. It has a number of customization options and pack of features.
Main features of SnowFall:
- Responsive theme
- Widgets ready
- Custom logo, background, header options
- Featured sticky posts
- Staff box with social links
Gem is a wonderful WordPress theme with its unique and stylish design. The theme is made really clean, simple and minimal using the skeleton CSS framework. It is lightweight and fast enough to impress the website visitors which is ideal from the SEO point of view. The theme suits multiple website niches, corporate, business sites of any type.
Gem theme is ready for mobile responsive navigation, adapts well to any screen size. In addition, it offers slider options where you can showcase the featured content and make your site more interactive. It has highly customizable design and flexible layout. You can easily customize the theme settings using WordPress customizer.
Main features of Gem:
- Mobile-responsive theme
- Custom CSS
- Awesome slider options
- Search engine friendly
- Header and footer options
Like its name, Amazing Blog is an amazing and elegant WordPress theme for blogging. Amazing blog has a simple and clean layout that suits personal blogs as well as professional blogs. The theme offers a very easy to use interface with which one can easily create a complete website.
Amazing Blog theme allows you to display a featured post with a large featured image. With options to add various types of content like author bio, categories in the sidebars, it offers you a complete blog layout. The theme is fully responsive that fits well on all devices.
Main features of Amazing Blog:
- Theme Customizer
- Advanced color settings
- Sidebar options
- Social links
- Advertisement sections
If you have any automotive business, SKT Towing is the right theme for you. It is free WordPress theme suitable for automobiles, repair, service industry or any other type of corporate business. Besides, it can be also used for portfolio, testimonial, photography and blogging themes. It supports popular WordPress plugins like WooCommerce, Nextgen Gallery, Contact Form 7, etc for additional functionality in the theme.
SKT Towing is clean, simple and easy to use. Even the beginners can easily install the theme and customize, as they like. It has a fully responsive layout that fits perfectly on any device.
Main features of SKT Towing:
- Responsive beautiful design
- Slider options
- WooCommerce support
- Sidebar options
- Social links
Grow is a free responsive WordPress theme to help your business grow. The theme has a fully responsive layout that looks great on all devices from mobiles to desktops and optimized for the HD screens. It has offers easy to use theme options panel from where you can change the theme options easily without touching a single line of code.
Grow theme is optimized for SEO so that your website can stand out of the crowd and rank higher. It has options to feature full-screen large images in the slider and blog section for featuring your great content.
Main features of Grow:
- Responsive theme layout
- Social media icons
- 10 widgets
- SEO optimized
- Easy to use
WordPress is no doubt generous – unlimited opportunities for users as well as webmasters. This blog is aimed at helping you pick a quality theme for your next project. Let me know what you think.
If you are already using the theme, share your experiences.
Or suggest me a quality theme to be added in the list.