What makes a multipurpose WordPress theme “best”? I noticed that a “big player” theme reputation is commonly associated with a big brand behind it. Each new theme by the established vendor is gaining popularity faster even with less promotion; this is only natural.
But even a truly breakthrough WordPress theme may stay unnoticed on a no-name website (or not-big-name-yet), but I’m sure modern WordPress users owning critical thinking skill are not afraid to go an extra mile when looking for their own “best” WordPress theme.
And they not necessarily opt for big names, but rather for that theme that meets their particular needs perfectly. Let’s move in this direction as well.
This time we are going to revise “multipurpose themes”. Many people call them “crazy monsters” as it’s not entirely clear what’s inside those themes and what real businesses they have in mind. But multipurpose themes are hugely popular, feature and design rich – it means they still make sense for many personal websites and businesses. For yours as well if you are here.
Let’s make our effort now and present you to all range multipurpose free WordPress templates, both popular and not, but still deserving to be “best” for you. Enjoy the freedom of choice!
Hestia is one of the most awesome free multipurpose WordPress themes designed by Themeisle – a reputable WordPress theme provider. Used by thousands of people, Hestia offers a professional, balanced one page design that comes with powerful and user-friendly functionality: widgetized footer, custom backgrounds, MegaMenu, 1-click demo data installation and more.
The theme is compatible with the majority of free WordPress page builders, so no matter the builder you prefer (if you do), the theme should work with it smoothly. It’s also compatible with WooCommerce, Flat Parallax Slider, Elementor, Travel map, etc. You’ll also be able to update major front-page info via a familiar interface of WordPress Customizer.
Talon is a clean-looking WordPress theme suitable for any sort of a business website, startup, creative agency, etc. It comes with a bunch of fundamental features to run any website. The theme is highly customizable: you may choose from several theme header options, unlimited colors, beautiful icons, blog layout alternatives, Google fonts, etc. You are free to apply the majority of changes online via the Customizer.
This theme comes with a pretty popular SiteOrigin page builder which will help you create content-rich website pages without coding. Overall, it won’t bloat your site with unnecessary stuff and will help create an outstanding professional online presence even without lots of tweaks.
Flash is soft and elegant free WordPress theme with several pre-made demo designs, focused on food, construction services, and multipurpose one-page solution.
On contrary to many competitors, a free version of this theme is very rich: you made add up to 5 slides to feature your key offerings, apply several Google fonts and feature your content in grid and full-screen layouts. Lots of essentials widgets (like Testimonials, Portfolio, Call-to-action) are also available. The theme is compatible with WooCommerce plugin opening up many opportunities to set up and customize your online store.
Fredo is a beautiful one page WordPress multipurpose theme designed for presenting any project, it features all necessary content blocks for it, which you can customize with clicks. The theme looks really stylish, with the right dose of animation, stunning responsive design and a distinctive blog.
Functionally, the theme is also very rich: it will let you make edits in the Customizer (upload your logo, edit sidebar and footer widget, etc.). A free version also support RTL and is WPML translations ready. Even if you plan to sell anything, it’ll be easy to do that with a free Fredo and WooCommerce plugin integration.
Sela is still one of the coolest free multipurpose WordPress themes with a clean code and soft look. Modern and slick design of this theme offers lots of space to present your projects in a bold way, with multiple high quality images. It allows you to go with a full width or grid page template.
Sela is also a well-widgetized theme, so you can customize the content and position of your widgets quite easily. Colors and backgrounds can be easily tweaked as well. The brand identity and menus can be changed via the WordPress Customizer. You are free to add bright testimonials and customize their look.
Emmet Lite is a lightweight one page multipurpose free WordPress theme, designed for a variety of business and personal portfolios: to present your services, projects, and team in style. The theme is used by several thousand of websites and is highly rated on the official repository. All professional front page content modules of Emmet are powered by a free plugin, which lets you work on design and functionality independently and keep your content no matter the theme. Smooth Parallax scrolling will make the navigation a breeze.
Emmet Lite offers unlimited colors for customization, different page layouts, customization via live frontend Customizer and full compatibility with MotoPress Content Editor (WordPress Page Builder plugin), WooCommerce, bbPress, BuddyPress and more. A great theme to start your future empire with! It’s worth mentioning that there is an improved Pro version of this theme that was released in 2018 – Emmet Next.
Mesmerize is not just a stunning design, it’s a customization monster. Thanks to a powerful WordPress page builder built in, you get access to dozens of pre-made editable content blocks, well-designed layouts and tons of stylish options. The free version of the theme also offers 5 header designs, video and slideshow backgrounds, more than 30 page content sections, a portfolio section, widgetized footer and more.
If you always wanted to give a theme dashboard test-drive, Mesmerize is ready to provide you with this chance, just go to its page and proceed with “Test online” button. But keep in mind that customization of logo, typography, colors and some other essential features are unlocked only in a Pro version.
Illdy WordPress theme is a highly-functional and extremely attractive design based on Bootstrap framework. It comes with a wise color scheme, lots of white space and all necessary functionality. You may edit it visually via the WordPress Customizer, change icons, colors, connect WooCommerce plugin to build your online store and more.
If you use this theme on your WordPress website, the visitors will especially enjoy a creative portfolio presentation and a distinctive blog. What’s more important, Illdy looks perfect and performs smoothly on all modern devices.
Bento is rather a classic WordPress theme with perfectly balanced content blocks and quite a polished look which I think may suit perfectly any services company or educational project. Bento is packed with a drag-and-drop builder to help non-tech people create websites without a help of designers and developers. As for general features, Bento allows to edit colors, change fonts, experiment with layouts and general customization work easily.
The theme is supplied with a child theme which will help you make theme edits with peace in mind, keeping your changes despite main theme updates. It feels like Bento above all is very SEO-literate and coded complying with all WordPress standards.
Polmo is a corporate free WordPress theme that can be a great suit for any business niche, which aims at presenting their portfolio in a professional way. It comes with a rich widgets set letting you add only necessary functionality.
A free version of Polmo supports background image, Google map and Contact form 7. Unfortunately, a full customization flexibility is offered in Pro version. You can translate the theme easily with WPML plugin.
If you are looking for a very simple and clean WordPress design for a startup or marketing project, check out Unicons Lite. It comes with several pre-made demo layouts which you can import in one click. The customization should be pretty straightforward as well: update pre-designed section featuring your services, team, projects, etc. You also get freedom to update colors, fonts and icons to give your website maximum authenticity.
All major tweaks are applied via the WordPress Customizer, so you should not face any issues with all basic theme changes.
Activello Business WordPress theme is a popular minimal theme that you can use for multipurpose projects, either business or creative. At first glance, the theme looks like a great fit for a lifestyle blog, but on closer inspection you can see that it’s really flexible and powerful. You may build any sort of business landing page with the live WordPress Customizer, build a shop with WooCommerce, a stunning photography blog and more.
Looking for an epic WordPress theme to present your business? This one may be a good choice! Business Epic comes with widescreen layouts to present your projects and images in a bold way, lots of white space, a slider to dynamically present your key offers, social integration, several pre-made layouts and more.
With a great set of icons, you can give your website a really stylish and professional look. WooCommerce shop can be also built with this theme. IMO, making default blog layout a bit cleaner and changing the main font can give this theme a much more tasty look. But it all depends!
Integral Lite is a fantastic WordPress theme mainly thanks to a genuinely creative and simple design which takes you through awesome typography, stylish feature sections, a neat projects gallery, stunning animation and lots of other attractive and functional content modules and experiences the site visitors will definitely enjoy.
Thought the free version comes with a breathtaking design, it’s pretty limited in functionality. If you are okay with the bare-bone features of the free version like features section, testimonials, services, Newsletter and some others, then Integral theme is a good way to go.
Avior is a new WordPress theme that primarily aims at blogging, but you are free to transform it into any design to suit your purpose. The toolkit that comes with the theme should be enough for that. You may edit footer, header, menus, sidebar, colors insofar that you won’t need to fuss with tech at all. A really no-big-deal customization job!
The stylish, neat design of Avior makes it perfectly suitable for a personal, corporate, travel, or any other sort of a blog.
Himalayas is a stunning one-page multipurpose WordPress theme which looks great from a dual perspective: it performs quite quickly which should ensure proper user experience and it features a well-balanced, professional design. Parallax scrolling will make the process of surfing though the theme even smoother.
The slider, call-to-action widget, services widget, featured posts and some other great modules are included into the free theme. A full-screen portfolio widget will help you present your projects in greater detail.
Sydney is a minimal WordPress multipurpose template that is a long time player on the market. It’s used by thousands of business and personal projects, always receiving only the highest ratings.
This free WordPress theme will help customize the site on all essential levels: change fonts, colors, site identity, header image, etc. The theme focuses on imagery, neat typography and simplified content presentation – all these things are just perfect for the overall UX and readability.
Profit is a snazzy and clean-looking WordPress theme for a wide range of services, though the main demo is focused on financial sector.
It can serve a perfect landing page for small business companies that want to showcase their main services and works portfolio. The majority of the front page sections in demo are powered by a free Profit Theme Engine plugin that lets you keep your functionality separate from design. A blue and white color scheme is a perfect choice for all types of financial sector focused website.
Tracks is not very popular, but really nice WordPress multipurpose theme – “bold and beautiful”. It’s minimal in design letting you put in the spotlight only those things you really want. It will most likely suit blogging purposes, but if you want to build a unique website to present your creative project like musical band, it will also be a good fit. The site identity, footer and header are customizable.
Excellent is a clutter-free multipurpose WordPress theme for businesses, freelancers and creatives. Within the free version you’ll be able to customize the front page content elements, use a range of Google fonts, update colors, customize the sidebar and use template layout alternatives. WooCommerce support is also included into a free theme.
Safreen WordPress theme can be a very nice space for presenting your creative portfolio or design works. I’d say it’s most suitable for rich photo-blogging. It features an ultra modern flat design which will look just great on any screen. It also comes with several demo layouts and limited customization options. The theme supports WooCommerce, MailChimp and Contact Form 7. It’s worth mentioning that Pro version offers lifetime updates.
Too good to be
true free? Absolutely not. These free WordPress themes, which unlike many other themes, offer a huge pack of necessary functionality and a professional design out of the box. Which one would you prefer?