Demo content is a great way to get a head start on building your new website.
It’s easy to install a theme’s demo content and start editing from there. This gives you the benefit of using a well-designed template and only adapting the text and images to match your vision.
Premium themes come with many demo templates to choose from. This is less common in free themes.
If you are just starting your website journey, you can surely choose a theme from the table above to make your life a little easier.
If used properly, these free themes can give you good results for your projects and lay the foundation for future improvements.
I downloaded, installed and tested all the themes listed below, looking for the best quality, speed, design and functionality that a free WordPress theme can offer, as well as the available free demo content templates that it offers .
*Actual score depends on demo
Top 5 Best Free WordPress Themes Reviewed
Neve gives you a choice of 50 pre-designed starter pages (the one from the image above is included).
It’s easy to import the finished demo and start building from there.
Some of the demos will require a page builder, but many of them are built using the default Gutenberg editor.
You can filter starter sites based on the page builder used.
For a faster loading website, consider using the Gutenberg Page Builder templates.
For a free theme, Neve has all the necessary options to create a fully functional website. To edit your header and footer, set colors and freely edit the pages.
You can download the theme from your WordPress dashboard Appearance > Install Themes > Add New or from the link below.
In order to use all the features of OceanWP, you need to use the Ocean Extra plugin right after installing your theme. This is a free plugin that is required to use the theme.
OceanWP comes with a setup wizard that makes it easy to choose which demo to import and how to configure your new site.
You can install the theme from your WordPress dashboard Appearance > Themes > Add new or download it from the link above.
Demo outdoor adventure
Astra is one of the most popular and downloaded free WordPress themes (if not the most).
It has 85 free starter sites so you can choose your preferred template based on your project goal.
This is the base theme from the makers of the popular page builder – Elementor.
The theme is built to be very fast and light. The makers promise us a loading time of 1/4 second. In real life, of course, that depends on the content of your website and the other plugins you use.
To use the pre-made layouts you need to register a free account and connect your website to the Kits Library.
Zakra is another free theme that offers you a wide range of starter pages that you can import with a single click.
You can see in the picture above that some of the demos are premium, but there are many free ones.
Demos are available for several popular page builders:
- Brizy |
In terms of customization, the free version gives you more than enough. You can choose from 5 main page layouts, 3 header types, you can disable page header and title (good for hero sections).
All the themes we add in the above section could be Premium!
The value these authors have given us for free is insane. You won’t go wrong with the theme you choose.
These free themes are in a league of their own for now.
You can run your website on any of them and actively enjoy great success.
Just make sure you choose a reliable hosting provider (see my article) and the rest is up to you, your imagination, your dedication and your willingness to develop your WordPress site.
What to do after installing your theme?
The theme is just the foundation of your website.
You need to add some mandatory plugins to optimize your SEO, speed, design, sales or any other aspect that is important for your website.
You can check my post for essential free plugins to get started. I’ve also created a detailed speed optimization guide that you might want to check out before launching your website.
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