Best New WordPress Themes

The extend page for themes on WordPress.org features the most popular, highly rated, recently updated and new themes.

But one thing missing is rising stars - themes that are not yet quite so popular but are rapidly becoming so based on current downloads and ratings. These themes would normally get no exposure and I decided to change that.

I will update the list every week on Monday so make sure you check come back for changes and newcomers. Interested in plugins? Check Best new WordPress plugins list, also updates every Monday.

Best New WordPress Themes

This list contains free WordPress themes downloaded between 10,000 and 100,000 times total, sorted by last week's popularity.

Last updated: September 16th, 2019

NumThemeAuthorScoreScreenshot
1Colibri WP (preview)extendthemes2863
2NewStore (preview)themefarmer1715
3Busiway (preview)themeansar982
4GuCherry Blog (preview)everestthemes893
5Lyrical (preview)godaddy879
6Uptown Style (preview)godaddy811
7Hexagon (preview)luzuk473

Upcoming Stars

These are newer themes that show good potential and are on their way to the Best New Themes category.

This list contains themes downloaded between 1,000 and 10,000 times total, sorted by last week's popularity.

NumPluginAuthorScore
1Unos Publisher (preview)wphoot4192
2Lalita (preview)wpkoithemes4190
3Maicha Blog (preview)sushil514019
4Education Online (preview)wpplayers3782
5Fog Lite (preview)tahmima3605
6AeonBlog (preview)aeontheme3554
7Affiliate Marketingly (preview)themeeverest3485
8StartBiz (preview)nayrathemes3406
9Super Minimal (preview)beleuterio3007
10Bam (preview)pubudu-malalasekara2816
11News Box Lite (preview)nalam-12746
12FabMasonry (preview)sharkthemes2741
13M Corporate (preview)manishn2494
14Liquido (preview)cryout-creations2415
15Professional Education Consultancy (preview)cyclonetheme2401
16Voice Blog Lite (preview)postmagthemes2340
17Petals (preview)torres1262267
18BlogMagazine (preview)developerdinesh12246
19Toocheke (preview)toocheke2186
20Photoway (preview)keonthemes2175

7 Comments

  1. Dec 26th, 2016 6:12 AM

    Share something useful.
    Thank you very much

  2. Jan 8th, 2016 8:10 AM

    I am trying to start a online tutoring website.
    Which free theme would you recommend? And later if I can make some money which paid theme would you recommend?

  3. Jan 2nd, 2016 2:35 PM

    All the themes mentioned here are pretty good. I'm surprised with the number of quality WordPress themes available. The list should come in handy in my next project.

  4. Mar 5th, 2014 2:23 AM

    Thanks Vladimir, I Love your wp theme.

  5. May 15th, 2013 3:16 AM

    Num Theme 10 Glossy Stylo (preview) aliwkbg 668 ..ok

  6. Apr 8th, 2013 5:04 AM

    The templates are very professional and several styles to choose from (depending on the category of the website), thanks for the post.

  7. Apr 19th, 2012 9:48 PM

    Thanks for going to all this trouble, Vladimir. Some lovely free themes here but I have to say your 'Blue Grace' takes a lot of beating in its stylish yet simple look. Being a total ignoramus in the coding and building of websites from scratch, I steer clear of anything too complex-looking but maybe I'm missing out!

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