Top 5 Free Themes in – December 2016

top 5 free themes in - December 2016

Hello, WordPressers! We’ve kept you waiting for too long for our monthly – Top 5 Free Themes in  – December 2016. The themes released on the past month were very difficult to choose from. Hence, we had no choice but to keep you waiting. After all, we are committed to bringing to you only the best ones out there. The themes mentioned below have been released to the WordPress Theme Directory in the month of December 2016.

Without any further ado, let’s get to the list of what we think are the top 5 free themes in – December 2016.

1. Writee

Writee Screenshot

Writee is a free WordPress theme designed primarily for blogs. The theme is clean and well laid out. The sidebars are well categorized with box-like partitions that make the website divisions look neat. The fonts are minimalistic and easy on the eye. There is also plenty of space for adding pictures. The image sizes are large and the theme could also work great for travel and photography blogs. The author information box is very appealing and eye-catching to the readers.
The theme homepage shows up to 3 different demo layouts that allow you to showcase your content to the world with style.


  • Clean, Minimalistic Design
  • Attractive Author Information Box
  • 3 layout options
  • Custom Colors
  • Custom Logo
  • Custom Menu
  • Featured Images
  • Microformats
  • Translation Ready

writee theme demo

2. SiteOrigin Unwind

Unwind screenshot

SiteOrigin Unwind is a refreshing new theme and given the features it affords, it had to be on the list of top 5 free themes in – December 2016. The theme is a new take on free WordPress themes. Unwind gives you the freedom of a premium theme when it comes to WooCommerce. The WooCommerce integration, commonly only found in premium WordPress themes, gives you the freedom to sell your products using a free theme. Unwind keeps content on the forefront with clarity and easy on the eye fonts and colors. It also features Page Builder, so you can drag and drop items to create custom page layouts for your home, contact and about us pages. The overall design is elegant and simple making Unwind a great choice regardless of the kind of website you run.


  • Clear readable content.
  • WooCommerce integration
  • Integrated Page Builder plugin
  • Full-width slider
  • Free documentation and support
  • Blog and Online Shop beautifully combined
  • Visual CSS Editor

unwind theme demo

3. Blesk

blesk screenshot

Blesk is a beautiful and simple free WordPress theme targeted towards small magazines. It features a carousel for featured posts where you can display your most impressive posts to catch the reader’s eye. The color combination and typography of the theme make it look refined. The homepage is fully widgetized as well. The overall look is simple, pleasant and engaging making it a good fit for newly starting magazine websites.


  • Featured Posts
  • Social Icons
  • Grid Layout
  • Responsive
  • Widgetized
  • Custom Colors

blesk theme demo

4. eMag

eMag screenshot

eMag, another addition to the top 5 free themes in – December 2016, is a theme fit for magazines. The layout is grid-like and is a perfect choice for websites that showcase news and articles. There are sections dedicated for Featured News and Latest News where you can display the latest news and posts to your readers. The homepage slider is well placed and the homepage also has decent spaces for placing ads.


  • Custom Background
  • Custom Colors
  • Custom Header
  • Custom Favicon
  • Custom Menu
  • Featured Images
  • Grid-like Design
  • Google Fonts

eMag theme demo

5. Twenty Seventeen
twenty seventeen screenshot

The last in the list and far from the least, how could we forget Twenty Seventeen. Twenty Seventeen has to be the best among the top 5 free themes in – December 2016. It released in December along with WordPress 4.7. Twenty Seventeen, the newest default theme from WordPress has changed the standards for a free WordPress theme. Debuting as the first default theme designed for business websites, it beautifully showcases new features for theme developers and demonstrates many improvements to the setup process. Twenty Seventeen offers four customizable panels on the front page for displaying existing content, custom logo upload, fullscreen featured images, and brand new core support for video headers.

Twenty Seventeen, although meant to be a business WordPress theme, works beautifully for blogs and any other kind of websites.


  • Support for Video Headers
  • Customizable Panels to Display Content
  • Fullscreen Featured Image
  • Custom Logo
  • Starter Content
  • Beautiful and Crisp Typography
  • Mobile-first Approach to Design

twenty seventeen theme demo

So here ends our list of top 5 free themes in – December 2016. Have you used any of the above themes? You’ve surely used Twenty Seventeen. These themes should make a good choice if you are looking to change the look of your website. If you do, make sure to share your experiences with us through the comments below. We will be back with another post for the top 5 themes for the month of January.

Have fun experimenting with themes!

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