It’s been a big year for the ManageWP blog. I joined the team in November of 2011 and in early 2012 we started a regular posting schedule, publishing a new article every single weekday. In recent months we have introduced new authors, such as Charnita and Cliff, who have all contributed great articles.
All of this means that we get through a lot of themes and plugins — especially with our themes and plugins of the month post series. And with the end of the year looming it seems appropriate to round up a selection of the very best themes and plugins we have covered throughout 2012. This post focuses on the themes.
2012’s Themes of the Year
The selection criteria for the themes you see below is pretty simple. Each theme must:
- Be freely available on WordPress.org
- Have been created or updated within the last twelve months
- Have less than 100,000 downloads (at the time of its original selection)
- Be highly rated
This results in a list of unique, quality themes — many of which you will not have heard of.
The top 50 free themes below are ranked by a combination of the number of downloads and average ratings. You can also click on the column headers to sort them by the number of downloads or the average rating (individually). Enjoy!
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My Favorite Themes
There’s a lot to choose from the above list but each and every theme is worthy of inclusion. I know this because they have all been featured in a themes of the month post and only the cream of the crop are included there.
However, there are a handful of themes that stick out to me — themes that I really like. With that in mind, below I have picked out a diverse selection of five themes for you to take a closer look at.
What’s Your Favorite Theme of 2012?
Do you (or have you ever) used any of the themes above? Do you have a particular favorite? Or is there a premium theme that you think is particularly worthy of mention? Please let us know in the comments section!