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Top Ten Wordpress Themes

Updated on November 22, 2011

Introduction to the Top Ten Wordpress Themes

Whether you are building a commercial website, or a personal blog, Wordpress has become the platform of choice for webmasters and bloggers around the world. One o the best things about Wordpress is just how easy it is to get the perfect look for your own personal space, with the thousands of themes available on the Internet

Of course the sheer number of available themes available for you to use on your blog is a problem in itself. After all, searching through thousands of themes can be time consuming to say the least.

The good news is that out Top Ten Wordpress themes list is here to help!

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Top Ten Wordpress Themes
Top Ten Wordpress Themes

Why Use Wordpress?

While this hub is all about the Top Ten Wordpress Themes, I would like to talk a little bit about why you should use Wordpress as your blogging, or website, platform.

Wordpress is one of the most commonly used CMS systems in the world, and for good reason. With wordpress you can manage side bar items with a click of a button, install plugins and themes to enhance your site with two clicks, and even update the software from your administration panel. Best of all, Wordpress is FREE, as are a lot of the best wordpress themes!

The Clean Wordpress Theme Cutline is a stunningly simple and well designed top ten wordpress theme.
The Clean Wordpress Theme Cutline is a stunningly simple and well designed top ten wordpress theme.

10) Cutline Top Ten Wordpress Theme

Cutline has several versions, right sidebar, left sidebar, or a sidebar on both sides, the choice is up to you. I have included Cutline in the top ten Wordpress themes because I used it for a long time on my own websites. It is a clean Wordpress theme which clearly and simply shows off your websites content for maximum effect.

This simple wordpress theme provides plenty of options, and it is a piece of cake to customize, if you want to make your Wordpress site a little more unique!

You can download the Cutline top ten Wordpress template for free Here!

Free Dark Wordpress Theme
Free Dark Wordpress Theme

9) Design Pile Top Ten Wordpress Theme

Design pile is a fantastically well crafted Wordpress theme which takes a dark but vibrant theme and injects it with some brilliant design work and cleverly built advertisement optimization. Where the Design Pile Wordpress theme really excels is in it's well built contrast styles, and the option for you to choose between three color schemes!

You can find the download for this excellent top ten Wordpres theme Here!

Top Ten Wordpress Themes
Top Ten Wordpress Themes

8) Midtone Mag Top Ten Wordpress Theme

The Midtone Mag Wordpress theme has a simple style, yet contains a huge amount of information. It is literally designed to be an online magazine, and with it's clever set up, you can see why it is one of the most popular Magazine style themes online today!

The well built adsense optimized layout makes this one of the best Wordpress themes, and its simple yet bold color scheme helps draw your users in. this fantastic free Wordpress theme can be found Here!

Exotic Simple Wordpress Theme
Exotic Simple Wordpress Theme

7) Exotic SImple Wordpress Theme

While technically this free Wordpress template might be fairly simple, it's stunning background and well crafted color scheme instantly draw in your reader. The feeling of solitude and adventure portrayed by this simple Wordpress theme are astounding. While this might not be anything special to many people, it has a certain something which appeals to my very core. That kind of quality is hard to find, but in this free Wordpress theme I have found it.

The sense of the unknown really helps draw your readers in to this compelling theme, and it's content.

You can download this free wordpress theme Here.

Vibrant Wordpress Theme
Vibrant Wordpress Theme

6) Vibrant Wordpress Theme

When it comes to advertisement optimisation bold is good. The Vibrant Wordpress theme gives you that bold striking look, which highlights your page elements. It also gives you three small square ad blocks for paid advertising images.

This great Wordpress theme brings together the best elements of a clean and clear simple Wordpress theme, but it also allows you to place a huge amount of information on the page, without it looking cluttered.

You can download this free Wordpress theme Here!

5) Headway Theme

Headway Theme provides great customization options with a drag and drop customization ability. This allows you to create great looking layouts with ease, even if you do not know a single line of code. For those of you who want to create your own unique customizable Wordpress theme, this is perfect. Whether you want different column sizes, a different theme layout, or different styles of nav bar layouts, you can easily quickly create your dream theme.

Headway does unfortuantely cost some cash. but if you want simple customization then the Headway Theme is going to be your perfect. You can find the Headway theme Here!

Exotic Water Free Wordpress Theme
Exotic Water Free Wordpress Theme

4) Exotic Water Wordpress Theme

The exotic water theme is an ad ready, SEO friendly, Wordpress theme which provides integrated social bookmarking in a simple and easily set up options pane. While it has a great set up, it also looks fantastic, and has a simple navigation setup.

To start with there are two horizontal nav bars which allow you to show off two kinds of navigation. For instance one could be your about page, contact, and so forth, the other nav bar could be your categories.

This elegantly simple yet feature packed wordpress theme is a fantastic layout for any website.

You can download this great Wordpress theme Here!

Policom Wordpress Theme
Policom Wordpress Theme

3) Policom Wordpress Theme

The Policom Free Wordpress theme has some amazing features, and is fairly similar to the Exotic Water theme, in the way it has two navigation bars.

Where the Policom theme beats it's predecessor is with it's left aligned search box and social media settings. It also has a professional dark color which helps keep a strong smart theme, without losing it's diverse layout.

The Policom theme looks great, is highly functional, ad optimized and can be a great Wordpress theme for any website looking for a smart but functional layout. You can download the Policom theme Here!

Arthemia Wordpress Theme
Arthemia Wordpress Theme

2) Arthemia Wordpress Theme

The Arthemia Magazine Wordpress theme is one of my favorite best Wordpress themes, It combines a great magazine style Headline and featured articles, as well as a unique category bar, and a blog style layout just below the fold.

Arthemia gives you a huge amount of functionality and available widget areas to let you create a clean but feature packed website.

Arthemia is simple to customize and has a well built CSS file, which is well commented for easy editing.

Arthemia comes in both a free and professional version, both are great but the pro version will provide you with a few extras which make it more than worthwhile!

You can find the arthemia theme for Free or for Premium here.

Thesis Wordpress Theme
Thesis Wordpress Theme

Thesis Wordpress Theme

The Thesis Wordpress theme helps cut out a huge amount of hassle of creating a professional looking theme. It allows you to easily customize the layout and color scheme of your wordpress theme.

The Thesis theme does need a bit of work, but it has an active community of people willing to help you out and make the perfect website. The good thing about the Thesis Wordpress theme is that when it comes to customizing the code it simplifies it in to two specific files. So if something goes wrong, it is incredibly easy to fix.

The Thesis them does require purchase, but it is well worth the money. You can find out more about these Here!


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    • moldservices profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      I would also recommend to checkout Elegantthemes - they have some of the most beautiful wordpress themes for next to nothing.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Great choice of new themes. They are really awesome and I have been looking for a new choice.

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)


      For many of these themes you will need to buy your own domain and hosting. This does not need to be particualrly expensive however, and if you plan on only having one website, it could cost as little as a couple of dollars a month.

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      If you have any questions about your account set up your best bet would be to email hubpages at

    • sligobay profile image


      8 years ago from east of the equator

      Hello Oli- This is Oli was so hard to decipher because I am sometimes so thick. Its no wonder that I am looking for help to do something that seems so simple to do for the likes of you. I need to buy a domain name and pay for it each year, am I correct? Then I need to select a platform or a host for my domain who I will need to pay each and every year. Then and only then do I get to use the free 'Theme' from wordpress, correct? Am I getting the process correct so far? Next, I have one thousand books to sell and can go to ebay or amazon and open a store on their platform at no charge. I have been on Hubpages for 2 years with adsense and have not earned a single dime. Is that possible or have I screwed up my adsense registration? I have just registered as an Amazon affilliate after two years of displaying their ads, Duhhh. After showing ebay ads for two years, they will not let me register as an affilliate unless I have a domain of my own. Is that lame or what? By the way, this is a good article for a cyberspace challenged dinosaur like me. TY.

    • dealrocker profile image


      8 years ago from California

      Well I like Arthemia theme. It's a good one!

    • SubmissionWork profile image


      8 years ago from India

      Why Thesis at the bottom ?

    • ftclick profile image


      8 years ago

      I prefer the clean and magazine styles for WP.

    • 6hotfingers3 profile image


      8 years ago

      Great Hub information. Now I am ready to do my home work so I can incorporate word-press in my website. Thanks for such a thorough and informative Hub. Great job!

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      8 years ago from bear, de, 19701

      Thanks for the list. could you post hub on modifying these themes? I am waiting for it. Nice to read your hub. Keep on your good work! Vote up.

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      8 years ago

      Great list of quality choices here Oli ! Though I am yet to start my own website it is in my future plans to do so and this list will be a great help in achieving that goal. Putting this in my bookmarks for later access.

    • kimballtrombone profile image


      8 years ago

      I've been using Wordpress for a couple of years now and have been pretty happy with it. I use the Executive theme. Nice, professional look.

    • thisisoli profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Austin, Texas (From York, England!)

      CMS means content management system, it's just a name for tools such as Wordpress which effectively manage content so it can be utilized and displayed :)

      It kind of depends, you can switch between differenf layouts and software if you want, it doesn't make a huge difference. I personally think Wordpress is the best tool out there though!

    • BRIAN SLATER profile image

      Brian Slater 

      8 years ago from England

      very informative thisisoli- a couple of questions for you- you mention CMS- what is this?

      if you start a blog on one format would you recommend that you stick to it?

      lastly, i'm thinking of using wordpress for a blog on mtn biking and cycling as i have a lot of hubs on those topics, which format would you use for this theme.? thanks


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