Top 5 Free WordPress Themes of the Month — December 2013 Edition - ManageWP

Top 5 Free WordPress Themes of the Month — December 2013 Edition

Themes of the Month

It would appear the WordPress community have saved their best work until the end of the year. There were a remarkable number of excellent themes for me to choose from this month and editing it down to the final five was an extremely difficult task.

Since choosing final five themes was so difficult I have a varied selection this month. There are themes that work best on blog or news styled websites. There is a child theme for P2 and themes that work best when images and photography is involved.

As always we’d love to hear your thoughts on this month’s selection in the comments below. Enjoy!


HoustonHouston is an excellent child theme for P2 developed by the team at WooThemes.

P2 is a simple theme that is used to communicate quickly and simply. The Automattic team uses it extensively for internal communication due to its streamlined look and inline editing. Houston makes the functionality of the P2 theme shine, adding an extremely useful widget region beneath the post box and is completely integrated with the P2 Likes plugin.


4.The Newswire

TheNewswireThe Newswire theme has been developed with news related websites and blogs in mind. It comes with a built in large slider that can be used to display the latest posts, or sticky posts should that be your preference.

It is a clean and professional theme that is completely customizable and fully responsive.

Demo / Download

3. Travel Lite

Travel LiteTravel Lite is an elegant and beautiful responsive theme. It is especially useful for travel websites, or sites that wish to showcase photography.

One specific area for showcasing photography is the slider on the home page. It acts similarly to a normal slider with the additional feature of also being part of the background. This allows you to use more screen real estate than most sliders of this type use.

Travel Lite is a stunning theme and is worth downloading to try on your website.

Demo / Download

2. Sixteen

SixteenSixteen is a great theme for blogs. It has a clean and artistic style that focuses on images. It comes with a responsive slider built into the theme, as well as customizable header and footer areas.

The grid display on the home page focuses on the featured image of each post allowing the section to stand out. There are several nice little touches to add to the quality of the theme, from interesting CSS transition effects to the usage of SocioCon icons.

This theme is definitely worth downloading and testing on your site.

Demo / Download

1. MesoColumn

MesoColumnI really like MesoColumn. It is a beautiful and simple theme but has multiple uses of color to accentuate various aspects of its design. It is a fully responsive HTML5 and CSS3 theme that has built in support for some of the major third party plugins. These plugins include: BuddyPress, BBPress and WooCommerce.

There are a huge number of customization options available to use as well as built in access to the 600+ fonts in the Google Fonts Directory.

This is an excellent theme that would look great on many website types.

Demo / Download

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. Datson

    Very good examples.

  2. Jahangri

    Nice theme collections. thanks for sharing.

    1. Tom


  3. Cherry

    This is great Tom, many thanks. I’m a total newbie to blogging and am designing my very first blog about my art. On the Home page I want to display an image of my current painting plus text. On subsequent pages I want a gallery of my images such as Landscapes, Portraits etc. I would also like it to be responsive. Which of your chosen top five themes could help me do this please? I’ve begun working on the Twenty Ten theme, but am unsure if this theme is responsive to other devices, although I do like it.

  4. dev chauhan

    thanks for sharing :) what is that subscribe plugin called that is addded to right in your website

  5. Bangladesh Crime

    Wow, This good & best themes of this month.

    1. Tom Ewer


  6. Neel Sharma

    I was looking for my blog new theme and found this wonderful giveaway, lucky:) Waiting for results:) Thank You for this opportunity.

    1. Tom Ewer

      Great Neel! Glad to hear it :-)

  7. Mark

    Great collection of free WordPress themes.

    1. Tom Ewer

      Thanks Mark!

  8. Faith Martinez

    Hi Tom! You always post the best theme collections. Can’t wait for your January issue next month. Keep it up! :)

    1. Tom Ewer

      Hey Faith, thanks for your comment! :-)

  9. Mehreen Ali Syed

    really nice collection keep it up and share some more regarding news blog

    1. Tom Ewer

      Thanks Mehreen!

  10. Charlie Livingston

    Hi Tom,

    We’ve just today launched Variance, our most feature-rich free theme to date. In fact, we could’ve released it as a premium theme. Would you like to check it out?

    1. Tom Ewer

      Hi Charlie,

      We only feature free themes available on



      1. Baz

        That Variance theme looks free to me Tom? Apart from needing a social share to download?

        Great list, btw!

        1. Tom Ewer

          Thanks Baz :-)

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