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Best Free WordPress Themes January 2017: The WPLift Roundup

2017 has arrived, and January is almost over! That means it’s time for another WPLift roundup of the best free WordPress themes. This month brought a pleasant variety of themes ranging from business themes to blogging themes.

Let’s see which new themes this month brought!

1. Karuna

Karuna is a clean business theme designed for businesses in the healthcare industry, though its style is versatile enough to be used by a variety of different industries. The homepage has every business element you need, from a large header with a call to action to testimonials and your most recent blog posts. You can also use full width elements.


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2. Framer

Framer is a portfolio theme designed for creatives. It comes with a modern minimalist design that complements the businesses and styles of web and graphic designers. The homepage comes with a large hero section you can use to display a call to action. You can display your portfolio items in an aesthetically-pleasing, grid-based layout beneath that. It even features well-designed typography styles.


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3. Crafter

Crafter is a simple yet well-designed business theme designed to place the focus on what you can do to serve your customers. The homepage features a fully-fledged homepage complete with a call-to-action button, a short list of services you offer, an About Me widget, fullwidth elements, testimonials and your latest blog posts. It even features pricing tables, if you need them.


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4. Byline

Byline is a minimalist theme designed for writers and bloggers. It relies on imagery to complete its design, which makes it a wonderful option for photographers, travel bloggers, beauty bloggers, food bloggers and similar types of bloggers. Its homepage features a simple layout of your latest blog posts, and you can even display your latest post in full form on the homepage.


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5. Hexo

Hexo is a true blogging theme. It comes in a minimalist design, featuring black text against a white background and not much else. It does highlight a few elements in a different color, but that’s as far as the design goes. It’s meant for bloggers and writers who rely on their words more than anything else, and it uses beautiful typography to complement this purpose.


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6. Muso

Muso is a blog theme designed for bands and musicians. Its homepage features a header image you can use to display a promotional image. It also comes with a SoundCloud widget you can use as a music player to feature your best hits. Lastly, of course, it features different blog post layouts where you can list your latest posts.


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7. Helena

Helena is a blogging theme designed for professional bloggers. It’s not a full business theme as it does not feature many business-specific elements, but it does come with a slider you can use to display calls to action. Of course, the homepage also features many different ways for you to display your latest blog posts, including a grid layout.


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8. Read More

Read More is another blogging theme designed for professional bloggers, though this one comes with a few more business-related elements than the previous theme came with. This includes a top bar filled with links to your social media accounts as well as your contact information. It also includes multiple ways to display your content, making it a great option for content-heavy sites.

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9. Construction Landing Page

Construction Landing Page is a business theme designed with the construction industry in mind, though it comes with enough features for it to be used by any service-based industry. The homepage features a large hero section where customers can get into contact with you by requesting a quote. It also comes with sections you can use to outline your services and promote your latest or greatest projects.

Construction Landing Page

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10. Abacus

Abacus is a free WooCommerce theme designed for small to medium-sized stores. It comes with a large hero section you can use to promote a sale or featured product and allows you to promote featured products and categories throughout the homepage. You can even display customer reviews on the homepage.


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11. AZA Lite

AZA Lite is a one-page business theme that can be used by a variety of different businesses in a variety of different industries. It features a large hero section you can use to promote multiple calls to action. It uses a parallax-scrolling effect that can be customized, and the rest of the theme can be customized as well.

AZA Lite

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12. SparkleStore

SparkleStore is a WooCommerce theme designed for stores with multiple categories. It allows you to organize your homepage based on which categories and individual products you’d like to promote. It also has custom widgets you can use to display a call to action, popular products, collections and more. It’s even compatible with a few third-party WooCommerce plugins, including YITH WooCommerce Wishlist and YITH WooCommerce Quick View.


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13. The NewsMag

The NewsMag is a fully-fledged magazine theme designed for online magazines and other content-heavy sites. It allows you to display your latest articles in several different ways on the homepage, which essentially allows you to create a hierarchy that dictates which articles are more important than others. It also provides visual cues in the form of colored category labels so you know which categories an article belongs to at first glance.

The NewsMag

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14. TF Construction

TF Construction is another business theme designed for the construction industry that can be used by any service-based industry. This is because its business-related elements are not specific to the construction industry. These include a header slider and a widget outlining the services you provide. It also comes with blogging features.

TF Construction

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15. University Hub

University Hub is a niche-specific theme designed for the education industry. It can be used by schools, universities and organizations alike. It features a slider with calls to action, a calendar widget for your school’s latest events, a section for you to promote your latest blog posts and more. It even has an animated top bar you can use for announcements.

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Lyn Wildwood is a freelance blogger who specializes in writing about such topics as WordPress and online business. She created WordPress and online business tutorial website

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