This is a guest post by April Joyce.
Before I reveal the most popular WordPress themes, it’s a good idea to define exactly what WordPress is. It is an open-source content management system (CMS) which is free to use by anyone who wants to. Using a WordPress template makes it easy for you to create a website or a blog. You don’t have to be technical, and there are many tutorial online that will help if you get a little lost.
In descending order, here are the most popular themes according to active downloads.
5. Twenty Thirteen Theme
The 2013 theme for WordPress is designed with the blog in mind. It has various formats and color schemes with a full page header. It is one of their earlier designs and has flexible layout options. It has a widget area which can be used to place search box, archives of banners on a site. Twenty Thirteen Theme is perfect for anyone who wants a straightforward, easy to build blog.
300,000 Active Downloads – 4 Stars.
4. Twenty Eleven Theme (Joint 4th)
The 2011 theme is the earliest of WordPress themes and the first I came across. It’s lightweight sophistication and flexibility makes it very adjustable. It sits on a background with the foreground showcasing a custom menu and changeable header image. The Front page has a sidebar and footer area and hosts a widget area under the appearance section of the dashboard. If using this theme for a blog, you have the option of customizing the format style.
400,000+ Active Downloads – 4.5 Stars.
Twenty Twelve Theme (Joint 4th)
The 2012 theme has a very nice blog layout with a horizontal navigation bar. You also have the option of creating a static front-page with separate widget for a unique customization. Or a complete static website instead or the blog format. It has an optional font styles, a custom menu and header image which you can change. Best of all it is responsive theme, which means it can be viewed on all hand-held devices, such as laptops, mobiles and iPads.
400,000+ Active Downloads – 4.5 Stars.
3. Twenty Fourteen Theme
This WordPress theme took on a completely different shape in the form of a website rather than a blog. It was designed in a modern magazine style, with options of different style front page. The widget area will give you a choice of grid or slider front-page. You can customize this website and more up-to-date than the previous themes. This is also a responsive theme, so it’s going to look good on any device.
600,000+ Active Downloads – 4 Stars.
2. Twenty Fifteen Theme
Stepping up the gear in the year 2015 was obviously the intention. This theme is designed for blog creation, with a left side navigation bar, right side wide image display with text box below. It has a clean and simply and is a responsive theme. It was designed with the mobile phone in mind, has all the cutomization features and widgets and the added extra of being multilingual.
800,000+ Active Downloads – 4.5 Stars.
1. Twenty Sixteen Theme
2016 is the latest theme, it is of course a responsive theme geared to all devices. It can be used to create either a blog or a static website. The header is not too wide, which is good. The navigation bar is top horizontal, withthe right hand side menu. If you choose this theme, you’ll find it pretty straight forward, with the usual customization features. You can also change the color.
1,000,000+ Active Downloads – 4 Stars.
You may have guessed by now that all these themes are produced by WordPress.org – they were! Why these particular themes have the most downloads out of a choice of the 2100 on their official WordPress website, could be down to a number of reasons.
While WordPress.org produced all the themes on list, there are hundreds of developers who devote their time (for free), creating a stunning array of other eye catching free themes. If you’re think about creating a website or blog, and want a WordPress theme, this features only six themes out of a possible 2100 on the official website. I have no doubt you will find one to suit your needs.
To finish, I have to say, from this list, the 2012 theme is my favourite. I like the simple clean foreground background style, and it is just as easy to build a static website as it is a blog. You may have your own favourite of the six, if you do, let us know.
About the Author
April Joyce is a SEO Expert in London having freelanced for several years. She is a professional SEO consultant providing SEO services to small and medium size businesses.