Top 5 Free WordPress Themes of the Month - December 2012 Edition - ManageWP

Top 5 Free WordPress Themes of the Month — December 2012 Edition

WordPress Themes of the Month

I was hoping to end the year with a bang when it came to our free plugins and themes of the month posts for December, and the selection available to me certainly didn’t disappoint. This month I had more shortlisted themes to choose from than I ever have, which means that what you see below is arguably one of the best offerings yet.

One thing is for sure — it was not easy whittling down the huge list of themes I had down to just five. To keep things interesting I picked five very different themes. Enjoy!

5. Publish


We’ll start with something really simple. I love minimalistic blog design with a focus on content — I’d rather be reading a sparse blog than an overpopulated one every time.

With that in mind we have Publish. It’s essentially a blank canvas — whilst you could use it as is, you could also use it as a base on which to build. It is fully responsive and has support for all of the basic WordPress features you would expect (such as custom menus and post formats).

Download / Demo

4. Poloray


We usually include a business theme in our themes of the month post and December’s edition is no exception. Poloray is a rather attractive effort with the usual slider up top / summary widgets below setup.

If you’re looking for a simple theme on which you can build your business’ first website, Poloray is a great option.

Download / Demo

3. PinBlue


Perhaps the most unique theme in this month’s edition, PinBlue is clearly inspired by Pinterest, but that is no bad thing.

If your blog is image-driven (or even if not), PinBlue is a really interesting option to set your design apart from all the other blogs out there.


2. Infoist


At its heart Infoist is a rather basic blogging theme, but its attractive use of color and space sets it apart from typical blog designs. It is perhaps more akin to a Tumblr theme than WordPress.

There’s not much more to say about Infoist — if you are a personal blogger then it is definitely worth considering.


1. Something Fishy

Something Fishy

I am a huge fan of Caroline Moore’s work — she never disappoints. We’ve featured her themes before here on the ManageWP blog and will continue to do so as long as she keeps creating them.

Something Fishy has to be seen to be believed. Whilst it looks like a relatively normal (albeit well designed) theme in the screenshot above, you have to view the demo to see what makes it so special and unique. I won’t spoil the surprise — go and check it out for yourself!

Download / Demo

Tom Ewer

Tom Ewer is the founder of He has been a huge fan of WordPress since he first laid eyes on it, and has been writing educational and informative content for WordPress users since 2011. When he's not working, you're likely to find him outdoors somewhere – as far away from a screen as possible!


  1. Value Posts

    Seems good, I must use it in my next project which I am starting soon. Gr8

  2. Shimla

    Looks nice theme, I am using the last one in the list infoist in one of my blogs and now I will wait for the next list of themes u post in future. By the way when u will post the next list of free themes.

  3. Jaipurwebs

    These are really nice themes for wordpress.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Claudio

    I use this themes for my portfolio, realy amazing themes , i can change all easy.

  5. Nehru Place

    Great work.. It is turely helpful to me. I must utalize it.. Thanks

  6. raj

    Pinblue wordpress theme looks awesome.thanks for sharing.

  7. Wazirpur

    The first one is really great, i must use it in my next blog. Thanks a ton..

  8. Robert

    These free WordPress themes look great, but the last 2 ones are a little bit lower quality the the previous 3 :( I hope we could get some free themes which are both great in design and efficient in using.

  9. ganesh5557

    Great too see worlds Top WP developers in one frame

  10. Jahangir Alam

    Nice collection theme 2012.Thanks for a grate post.

  11. Alex

    Hi, i created this free WordPress theme.

    What do you think?

    Best regards.

    1. Alexander Umanets

      @ Alex

      Nice theme Alex. Good work!


    2. Tom Ewer

      Hey Alex,

      It looks seriously good in full display but doesn’t devolve that well to responsive screens (looks a bit messy). Still like it though and have added it to the shortlist for next month’s post :-)



      1. Alex

        Hi thanks to both :)

        I will try to improve the responsive version.

        Happy holiday.


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