The Top WordPress Themes Of 2016

WordPress is a fantastic resource, whether you’re starting a new website or interested in refreshing the look of a website that’s been around awhile. If you’re interested in checking out some new WordPress themes we invite you to take a look at our picks for the top WordPress themes of 2016.

2016 and the Other WordPress Default Themes

Every year, the most popular theme tends to be the default theme released by Automattic for that particular year. This year so far, the most popular theme is the theme known as “Twenty Sixteen”. It has over 900,000 active users. The other default themes from past years also remain among the most downloaded, with Twenty Fifteen, Twenty Fourteen, Twenty Twelve, Twenty Thirteen and Twenty Eleven all grouped together at the top of the “most popular” list.


Athena is a responsive WordPress theme that’s versatile enough to use for a variety of websites including WooCommerce enabled e-commerce sites. It’s a free theme you can download right from the WordPress repository.

This theme gives you many customizable design options including a whopping six widget areas. You also get two menu areas, links to your social media icons and bunches of other features. This theme is definitely worth checking out.


Sydney is intended to be a business theme, although there are users who are implementing it for other types of websites. This theme is also available for free from the WordPress theme repository at

If you’re looking for a theme that gives you the power to design the look you want, Sydney is a great theme to take a look at. Fonts are one of the things that makes a site design versatile, and this theme gives you access to Google Fonts. You can also control the colours and layout easily.

Zerif Lite and Zerif

There are two versions of the Zerif WordPress theme: a free version and a paid version. The free version is one of the most popular themes in the WordPress repository. It is a responsive theme with some great features including WooCommerce compatibility. It is also SEO-friendly.

The paid version is called “Zerif Pro”. It gives you more features such as unlimited colour choices, customization of the theme’s widgets and localization for websites written in languages other than English.


If you’re looking for a popular and versatile magazine style WordPress theme, ColorMag is worth taking a look at. This is a free theme that looks like a premium theme. It’s intuitive to use, and all the elements are laid out well. It comes with some fantastic features including custom colours, custom menus and featured images. It’s a responsive theme that looks great on pretty much any device.


If you’re not much of a computer user, never mind a proficient coder, Avada is a WordPress theme worth checking out. It offers you an intuitive drag and drop interface plus many demos for inspiration. The theme is WooCommerce compatible, so it’s appropriate for starting an e-commerce website.

This versatile WordPress theme is for sale at

So now you’re updated on the top WordPress themes for 2016. We hope you find this information helpful, and we wish you success with picking the next theme you’ll use for your WordPress blog or website.

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