If you’ve just started a WordPress blog, you may not want to invest money in premium themes. Don’t worry, there are nice looking, free, and responsive themes in the Official Directory! I’ve picked ten themes that help to get your newly created blog up and running quickly.
1. Clean Retina
As the name suggests, the Clean Retina theme is a simple, clean, and and responsive, retina-ready theme.
Hum is a child theme of Twenty Eleven. So you get all of the goodness of a WordPress core theme included.
Author: Daryl Koopersmith
With a bold header image and the wide single column, the Landscape theme is great for photo blogs.
Minimalizine is an elegantly simple solution for your blog or website.
Author: Rizqy Hidayat
The Publish theme is a clean minimal theme, which puts you and your content on stage.
Author: Konstantin Kovshenin
The Quintus theme offers an air of old-style appeal, semi-academic graciousness with elegant typography, while also offering an overall fresh look with room for customization and the latest WordPress features under the hood. Designed by Matías Ventura.
A highly semantic, HTML5 template, responsive and seo optimized. SemPress supports most of the new HTML5 tags, the new HTML5 input-types, microformats, microformats v2 and microdata.
A minimalist, mobile-friendly design that puts the focus on your content.
10. Something Fishy
A parallax animated undersea theme with a fun, whimsical design.
These themes are not only beautiful but coded well. It’s incredible and I’m happy to see many of them are build on the starter theme, _s. So if you are a theme author, you can take away some of best practices from those themes.