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

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

In a way, I’m relieved.

Last month I was spoilt for choice with free themes. My initial shortlist had tens of candidates, which I drilled down to fourteen quality offerings, from which I had to pick five. It wasn’t easy.

But this month has seen business return to normal (for the time being at least). The selection was merely “good.”

However, this month’s new candidates have had to compete with the awesome themes that didn’t make it onto the list last month, so the end result is yet another five awesome and diverse free themes for you to check out. Enjoy!

5. Magazino


This was by far the most impressive magazine-style theme on offer this month. As you can see from the above screenshot, Magazino is a clear and uncluttered design that lets the images you choose to include on your site do the talking.

Magazino is responsive (although how well it adapts to various screen sizes and devices is up for debate) and has some limited customization options. All in all it’s a good theme to pick up and use out of the box, but perhaps not designed for those who like to tweak.


4. Prana


No Themes of the Month post would be complete without a minimalistic design, and Prana definitely delivers on that front. It utilizes Google Fonts to deliver beautiful typography with minimal system load.

Although Prana is a simple design, it includes some of the features that I consider the most important in any theme:


3. Sidekick


Sidekick is a child theme of the Superhero theme developed by Automattic. It is an unashamedly single column, no widgets design — if you want a sidebar then you’ll need to go elsewhere.

Automattic seem keen on single column layouts (what with the upcoming Twenty Thirteen theme) and Sidekick is no exception. If you’re on the market for this kind of design then it’s definitely one worth considering.


2. tdSimple


Speaking of single column designs, tdSimple takes it even a step further with a focus on whitespace and clean typography. This type of design is perfect for bloggers and writers who want nothing to detract from the content — it’s a theme designed for truly great writing. It also looks fantastic and is fully responsive.

Demo / Download

1. Visual


Finally we have something completely different — a theme that is driven largely by imagery. Visual is designed to showcase images, artwork and photography and arranges the elements in an attractive grid layout.

The theme is responsive and also offers two color schemes (light and dark). If you’re a photographer or artist, Visual is well worth considering.

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. nics

    Good collection of free word press themes. I am also looking for a free word press theme and you help me out by providing these themes. I am looking to use prana theme.

  2. Litto

    unique collection. Small List but Perfect choice

  3. Shashank

    I have created one of the most awesome blogging theme of 2013:
    Have a look and let me know what do you think?
    For your June edition 😀

  4. Kunal Swin

    Nice wordpress themes.
    Here is also another wordpress theme 2013 i google.

    very good list, thanks for sharing

  5. Kishore

    Hi my self Kishore and I’m asking one question you have providing free ribbon theme for my website and your article too informative for me thanks brother to sharing this article .

  6. vinay

    Grea collection !

  7. Jaladhar

    Thank you for sharing very attractive wordpress themes. i would like to take one of them.

  8. Karol

    You could also enjoy this collection or there are so many awesome themes

  9. UpReseller .com

    It seems tdSimple will be good for personal website, but I think we can make customize it for more purpose usage.

  10. Alex

    Hello, i created a free WordPress theme for a tumblog.
    What do you think?



    1. Tom Ewer

      What’s it called Alex?

      1. Alex

        Hi, the free tumblog theme is Sueva.



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