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Free WordPress CMS Themes for Your Blog

WordPress is currently the best blogging platform available on the internet today. It is a state-of-the-art platform that can stand as a blog, as a tumblelog, as photo gallery and also as a CMS. You may ask how as a CMS?

Well, it is a platform you are familiar with, it is extensible, extendable and very much customizable. There are tons of themes available for WordPress. With a couple of tweaks and plugins, WordPress can function as a full fledged CMS. On top of that, most of the new start-ups these days select WordPress as their CMS setup.

Some days back, I read this post on StudioWorpress and got the idea of gathering the best wordpress themes available, which are best suited for a CMS and present them here on Sizlopedia. So here we are, with the best of WordPress themes for a CMS!

The Unstandard

A WordPress theme comprised of a – grid aligned – images for forward facing pages, and clean textual presentation on the inner pages. Two column theme, with a neat a organized front page. Pictures add to the beauty of the theme. The search bar and the nav-bar and nicely designed


WordPress Grid Focus

Another great choice for a CMS. It is a 3 column theme, quite minimalistic and elegant to look at. The extreme left column can carry the news on your site, the middle one can show links and reference material for your visitors and the right column can show advertisements or popular content.


Mimbo Magazine

Mimbo is a magazine-style WordPress theme which makes extensive use of WP’s template tag system to create a non-traditional layout. It contains no images and only minimal CSS styling. Mainly it exists as a clean, grid-based starter layout for designers to install and style to their own liking. Best suited for news sites.



Linoluno is a gorgeous looking theme where the content is presented in a very pleasing way. You have a featured post column in the front and other posts below it, carrying a description and a picture alongwith. It is a simple and neat theme for a magazine-styled site. The theme use the WordPress’ template tags quite extensively but still, it is very easy to use.


The Morning After

Quite a popular theme is The Morning After and one of the best crafted with the professional look you will need for your website. The theme was created based on a brief survey on the WordPress forums about what people would want to see in a unique magazine-style theme. It supports widgets and provides all the features you expect from a kickass theme πŸ˜‰



You have to see it to believe it. Arthemia is a true wordpress CMS theme! It carries a featured article space, a beautiful navbar and good placements for advertisements. In the middle of the front page, Arthemia has a nice blue-and-black category bar which will help your readers exploring you site. At the bottom, Arthemia is outfitted with a must-have section, a three-list of favorite posts.


WP Magazine Theme

Another Magazine Styled theme with the Popular, Latest and Sponsors’ columns at the first glance. A feature rich theme which will power your CMS setup. Carries a dropdown navigation, is widget capable, can easily be monetized and also has a place for putting up a video!


I hope you enjoyed the post πŸ˜€

This is a guest post by Keshav. He is an enthusiastic young freelance writer who likes blogs and web apps.



{ 56 comments… add one }
  • sumati July 27, 2008, 5:34 pm

    nice list, thanks for sharing.

  • Fox July 27, 2008, 6:43 pm

    These are very useful for making a blog.

  • Ashfame July 27, 2008, 7:03 pm

    Good compilation! Some editing and all like I wanted. heh πŸ˜€

  • abhishek July 27, 2008, 7:56 pm

    great list, will be using one of them very soon

  • Susan July 27, 2008, 8:28 pm

    This is an awesome list!

  • michael July 28, 2008, 1:24 am

    Thanks! I was just going to demo radiant as a cms starter, but I really like the maturity of wordpress. This gives me a starting point to reexamine it as a solution.

  • Ibrahim Rabbani July 28, 2008, 1:49 pm

    Lol i love the second theme, simple themes are best in my opinion, easily editable.. great post!

  • Alifaan July 28, 2008, 5:58 pm

    Very nice post Keshav πŸ™‚ Thanks a lot for this themes.

  • Hammad July 28, 2008, 6:44 pm

    excellent list keshav
    thanks for posting these… simply luv arithemia

  • Keshav July 28, 2008, 8:02 pm

    Thanks guys, I’m glad you liked them πŸ™‚

  • MOin July 28, 2008, 8:41 pm

    really nice collection of premium like wordpress themes and i really love the grid one

  • Cody July 29, 2008, 10:48 pm

    Agreed, this is a great list…I’ve played around with all of these and they’re solid. My only addition to the lineup would be the Options Theme by Justin Tadlock – it’s a dream to use.

  • XIII July 30, 2008, 1:08 am

    Ehm, that’s a list of magazine style themes, they have little more to do with Content Management than any other theme.

  • Paul August 2, 2008, 2:18 am

    What about your Tigopedia Theme? That one should be on the list too.

  • Dj Flush August 2, 2008, 3:38 am


    Tigopedia theme is not a CMS theme. It is a simple theme for just blogs.

  • Aura August 8, 2008, 4:39 am

    This is a brilliant list! Thank you so much!

  • Roopa August 20, 2008, 12:06 am

    Awesome compilation thanks for the themes!

    I wish I could use all the themes πŸ™‚

  • Kris Czerwan September 11, 2008, 9:22 pm

    Thank you for this theme. I absolutely love it.

    I am having some issues with the blog front page however. For some reason the 5 that it shows, are the oldest 5, instead of the newest. I dont know if I did something that caused this to happen, or what, but if anyone has any suggestions on how I can change that, please let me know.

  • XI September 24, 2008, 10:30 am

    Good job!


  • Michaeldj October 2, 2008, 6:33 pm

    This is really awesome man! Thanks for sharing!

  • Phoenix October 23, 2008, 3:14 pm

    Great themes. They look really good.

  • News October 30, 2008, 7:15 pm

    Nich theme wordpress. Thank you.

  • Keral Patel December 1, 2008, 3:08 pm

    Nice collection of themes πŸ™‚

    Thanks a lot.

  • denbagus December 24, 2008, 7:48 pm

    Nice info…thank you

  • Alican January 1, 2009, 4:51 pm

    Very nice list…thanks for sharing.

  • SubmitMyPage January 3, 2009, 5:47 am

    Awesome list.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Rio January 15, 2009, 4:08 am

    Thanks for this themes. I will try some for my blogs

  • Greg Johnson February 7, 2009, 6:40 am

    You’ll definitely want to check out the News CMS WordPress Theme from Bust A Theme.

  • Roger March 17, 2009, 6:36 pm

    Great collection of CMS themes. I am going to use either Arthmia or Mimbo for my website.

  • Salman April 9, 2009, 5:21 am

    French Fries theme is awesome and it is creating a problem for my diet routines now πŸ˜› lolz

  • tvoops May 13, 2009, 9:35 am

    I absolutely love it. I will get it for my new blog…thanks for your great post!!

  • seobournemouth July 18, 2009, 10:34 pm

    Brilliant list, thanks for sharing this.

  • Tim Bednar August 27, 2009, 4:44 pm

    I would suggest that my Ashford Theme is a great option if you're looking to run WordPress as a CMS. Plus its free.


  • ma7abastar September 9, 2009, 3:09 pm

    very nice

  • Marketing Meerkat October 7, 2009, 9:05 pm

    Great list, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  • Deniz November 17, 2009, 8:44 pm

    good themes list,
    but add other elegant themes for us πŸ™‚

  • adobe business catalyst February 8, 2010, 8:38 am

    i definitely agree!
    Wordpress is really good, though just in terms of blogging for me

  • guangwei February 9, 2010, 3:52 am

    It's deeply bad

  • Garen February 10, 2010, 7:58 pm

    Great list. What do you think about fusion. I think it is a great template.

  • Garen February 11, 2010, 12:58 am

    Great list. What do you think about fusion. I think it is a great template.

  • guangwei February 21, 2010, 2:37 am

    It's great

  • jongloves March 28, 2010, 10:26 am

    Thanks for the list of themes. Can anyone comment as to how friendly these themes are wrt to SEO directly out of the box. I'm particularly interested in the clean lines of the Arthemia template if anyone has any feedback.


  • jongloves March 28, 2010, 3:26 pm

    Thanks for the list of themes. Can anyone comment as to how friendly these themes are wrt to SEO directly out of the box. I'm particularly interested in the clean lines of the Arthemia template if anyone has any feedback.


  • wordpress themes October 12, 2010, 7:58 am

    Hi,I like your themes a lot and looking forward for your more themes..I need some help!
    I am looking for a theme related to health for my new website..Any source or link?
    Or any suggestions which themes suites better from your collection for my new website?

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