$0 WordPress themes in 2021 that are highly customizable
Are you searching for a free WordPress theme that you can customize to the fullest for creating your business website, ecommerce site or for blogging? and confused by the articles listing a lot of themes or even those that are not updated for the last 2 or 3 years? If yes, in this article we have listed only those themes that are used currently by many websites in the world and are highly customizable. The list is not that large because we have only included the most customizable themes and not anything that comes in our way.
Our priority for this post are obviously those themes that are most customizable yet cost nothing. So, do not be surprised if you see any themes that are not much popular. However, we have not included those themes that offered fairly good amount of customization options but are not very active. That being said, if you also need to host your site, you can read our article on free web hosting providers.
Following are the top 7 WordPress themes that can be customized the most:
Free WordPress themes with a lot of customization possibilities
Astra is not only one of the most popular and lightweight theme but also one of the highly customizable free for life WordPress theme available. You can build a site quickly and easily by using one of the free ready to use website template by importing a complete site with demo content using website builders like Elementor or editor such as Gutenberg.
You can use this multi purpose theme for your business website, blog of any type or an ecommerce store based on WooCommerce for selling physical or digital products. To add more, you definitely do not need any coding knowledge to customize the theme and you can live preview the changes made. If you encounter any problem regarding the use of this theme, you can discuss this on their official Facebook group or read the documentation .
You need to subscribe with your email address to download this theme from their website but it is not required if you download directly from WordPress website. The loading speed of this theme is good. Note that this theme is being used by more than one and a half million websites worldwide currently.
Over 60,000 websites use Customizr and as the name suggests, it is one of the fully customizable $0 theme available for WordPress which is a good choice for WooCommerce based online store, small business website or even personal sites and blogs. This free theme comes with pre-built sliders which you can create by visiting "Front Page Content" section while customizing the theme.
This theme is mobile friendly, optimized for SEO and has advanced customization features which include an option to make page load faster for example by loading the images dynamically as the site visitor scrolls the page. Also, their free web page builder called Nimble Page builder allows you to apply video backgrounds to your site`s page sections and columns. The videos you can use could be from WordPress media library, YouTube or Vimeo.
You can easily learn about how to use this 100% customizable theme by reading the documentation which covers topics such as how to create a slider?, speeding up the page loading and displaying the shopping cart icon. In the same way, there is also a documentation for Nimble page builder plugin and even a section dedicated to common WordPress issues.
OceanWP is a beginner friendly theme which powers over 700,000 websites and has a good page loading speed. It is compatible with page builders/plugins like Elementor, WPBakery, Divi, Toolset, Thrive Architect and more. You can also import sample demo content either by using the one click install method or manual method and use any of the ready made website templates in your site. While many of the demo websites are paid, there are a few free site templates for online shop, personal websites, blogging etc.
They have a number of free extensions for publishing your posts in the form of a slider with customizable slide transition speed (Posts Slider extension), theme scripts/ styles activation/ deactivation, creating a custom page title, use different layout for different pages or posts (Ocean Extra extension), stick multiple elements on your website (Sticky Anyting extension) and others.
In regards to customization possibilities, you can customize your page layout by activating or deactivating various sections of the theme. Similarly, there is also an option to make your main header transparent and to set different header styles (there are seven header styles) for different pages or posts. For mobile devices, there are three menu styles to chose from. Other customization options include enabling/disabling various elements for your shop/ product page, custom copyright info, option for adding digital downloads, support for Opengraph and Schema markup etc.
There is also a very up-to-date free support forum in the theme website where you can ask questions and get answers from customer support staffs. Likewise, you can also consult their documentation on customization which includes topics related to header, layout, widgets etc. and articles on adding custom CSS or PHP code to the theme.
This theme supports Gutenberg WordPress blocks editor,page builders like Elementor and Beaver Builder with full integration capability of WooCommerce to create online shop. This is a good WordPress theme for a business to promote your service offerings, ecommerce store to sell virtual or physical goods, or a blog related to podcast, real estate (commercial/ residential developers), artists, personal, writers, photographers or any other professionals.
Neve is a premium grade free theme by ThemeIsle which has good page speed and is one of the highly popular theme with more than 200,000 websites using it. There is a library of free starter website templates to download with free to use demo content like images (which could be downloaded without even having to give your email address). Hence, Neve is a perfect fit for any website for a business, an ecommerce platform (to sell online courses for example), websites for non-profit organizations, educational institutions such as schools, universities etc., photographers, musicians, portfolio, IT companies and various kind of blogs.
This theme is compatible with page builders like Divi, Visual Composer and SiteOrigin in addition to Elementor. They also have documentation on how to customize header, footer, menu, layout, typography and other theme elements. If the documentation is not enough for you, you can join their active community support forum for asking for help regarding the theme.
Other features of this theme are mobile friendliness/ Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), no use of jQuery to reduce the file size/ optimize the page load speed, Search Engine Optimized (SEO), easier translation of the theme elements to non-English based websites etc. They also have paid theme features like blog booster, WooCommerce booster, Elementro booster and others.
While you can create a business site, ecommerce site, recipe blogs, real estate agency website, personal website etc. using Kadence, this free theme is specially useful for creating a membership based WordPress site or an online course platform since it supports Learning Management System (LMS) plugins such as Lifter LMS, Tutor LMS, LearnDash and Restrict Content Pro. You can also use their collection of starter site templates for quickly setting up your website.
This theme gives you a lot of customization options for header backgrounds, shopping cart, fonts, layouts, colors and many more. A breadcrumb generator engine comes built-in to create breadcrumb for your site and also header/ footer builders.
The documentation of this theme has a number of articles on topics such as:
- How to get started video guide explaining the steps to import starter templates and customize it
- Customization topics like how to setup font sizes based on device type
- General WordPress topic like preventing spam comments using a plugin called Comments Blacklist Manager or Antispam Bee
- Turning off the comments entirely
- Troubleshooting topics like clearing browser or WooCommerce caching
- WooCommerce related topics like adding a mini cart to the header and advanced topic like using Code Snippets plugin to add custom PHP function or filter
Similar to Customizr, Customify also lets you make a complete customization of every element of the theme. For example, you have an option of making changes in detail for the typography (like font family, font size, font weight, font style), for the header (such as choosing an icon for the cart, adding unlimited social icons, positioning the logo with live visual editor) and for the footer too.
There are also pre-built sites (with video content supported) to use for Business websites, Charity websites, portfolio sites etc. which you can preview and import with the help of a free add-on. This will allow you to install any necessary plugins such as WooCommerce, WPForms Lite, Elementor, Breadcrumb NavXt for an ecommerce site, Donation plugin for a charity site etc. which will also import demo contents such as posts with CPTs, media items, comments, users etc. and also widgets.
The theme works with page builder of your choice like Divi, Elementor, Brizy, Thrive Architect, King Composer and others. Beside this, their documentation page has a number of articles related to getting started with the theme (installation, import of template sites), customizer settings (styling, layouts), header builder (search box, shopping cart), footer builder (copyright, contact info) etc.
That was a list of seven themes for WordPress which cost nothing yet have tons of customization features which you could use for creating business websites, ecommere platforms, sites for professionals in the field of art, writing, music etc. and for blogs of any type. Please let us know if you think there are other themes that fit into this list or any theme that should be removed from this list. Wishing you a very good luck in your WordPress customization journey!