The Best Free & Premium HTML5 & CSS3 WordPress Themes

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The latest versions of CSS and HTML offer loads of new features and benefits, so I’ve chosen several of my favourite free and premium HTML5 and CSS 3 WordPress themes.  These themes are suitable for professional and personal websites and blogs, and they’re a great way for WordPress users to incorporate CSS3 and HTML5 into their sites.

Free Dream

free dream css3 html5 wordpress theme

This free HTML5/CSS3 WordPress theme features a custom 404 page, Twitter integration, an archives template, a two column layout, and more.

Creation — Minimalist Business WordPress Theme

creation minimalist business css3 html5 wordpress theme

This HTML5 WordPress theme includes 2 layout styles, custom post types for portfolios and sliders, automatic image resizing, 2 sidebar positions, jQuery Cycle and PrettyPhoto, a multi level dropdown menu, and more.


justcss free css3 html5 wordpress theme

This free HTML5/CSS3 WordPress theme offers support for aside and gallery post formats, and it has a minimal design.

Grey:  A New Free HTML5/CCS3 WordPress Theme

grey free css3 html5 wordpress theme

This free HTML5/CSS3 WordPress features built-in Flickr and Twitter feeds, support for threaded comments, SEO-friendly code, cross-browser compatibility, jQuery enhancements, and more.

Visual HTML5 WordPress Theme

visual css3 html5 wordpress theme

This HTML5 WordPress theme includes a homepage slider with 16 effects, a filterable portfolio with lightbox, a jQuery dropdown menu, social media icons, a working contact form with jQuery validation, Twitter integration, and more.

Rupture:  A Free Premium Theme

rupture free css3 html5 wordpress theme

This free HTML5 and CSS3 WordPress theme offers a widgetized sidebar, a hover-over RSS button, a customised comment form, a post, category and comment counter in the footer, and more.


minibuzz css3 html5 wordpress theme

This HTML5 WordPress theme comes with a minimal design, unlimited colours, 2 homepage slider variations, custom post types for sliders, portfolios and testimonials, jQuery Cycle, Fancy Transition, and PrettyPhoto, a contact page, and more.


toolbox free css3 html5 wordpress theme

This free HTML5 WordPress theme has a minimal design, making it the perfect framework for developing your own theme.

Glance — Business & PortfolioTheme

glance portfolio css3 html5 wordpress theme

This HTML5/CSS3 WordPress theme features over 30 shortcodes, a shortcode generator, portfolio and slider custom post types, an Ajax contact form, a jQuery dropdown menu, Cufon font replacement, custom widgets, Google Maps integration, and more.

Temple Gate:  An Accessible HTML5 WordPress Theme

temple gate free css3 html5 wordpress theme

This free HTML5 WordPress theme includes a clean design, a banner section, support for popular and related posts plugins, support for threaded comments, SEO optimised code, and more.

HTML5-ified Twenty Ten

html5ified twenty ten free css3 html5 wordpress theme

This free HTML5 WordPress theme offers a clean layout which you can use as a basis for creating a custom WordPress theme.

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  1. On July 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Swarovski said:

    As long as you keep the link to the creator of the theme are you able to customise the css colouring of the free themes to match your site?

  2. On May 27, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Creative jobs said:

    Cool themes. Nice recommendations. I’m gonna use some of those on my blog.

  3. On May 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Ocio Entradas said:

    Does anyone know if IE8 will fully support CSS3? I’m designing my wordpress template with some rounded corners, etc using CSS3 but when I try it in IE8 the corners look square. And based on my analytics software like 40% of my users use IE8!

  4. On May 20, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Sean said:

    Thank you for this list! It is hard to get a good list of quality free themes.

  5. On May 13, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Locksmith Sydney said:

    Nice themes. HTML5 is certainly becoming increasingly well adopted now.

  6. On May 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    More Control said:

    I’ve found the wordpress templates to be very useful in creating a blog or even a website that is catered towards your individual requirements.

    From experience, I usually take a simple template and incorporate a few CSS changes to it to personalize the look and feel to make more unique.

  7. On May 4, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Hoteluri Romania said:

    I like all those wordpress themes.

  8. On April 28, 2011 at 8:44 am

    vanzari apartamente cluj said:

    Visual looks really, really nice! But to be honest, they all are worth giving a try!

  9. On April 27, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Adam said:

    this is a great list, thanks! for those of us that like to blog but do not have advanced knowledge in web development, finding profession templates that can be customized are great. I really like the design of the stylize one. keep up the good work

  10. On April 23, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Paris apartments said:

    I really like this post!!! Great it is. WordPress themes have to be shared to enable to newbies in blogging to start without any difficulty.

    Thant you

  11. On April 22, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Paint Protection said:

    Great post. Thanks. I’ve used Thesis (which I love for the hook options) and Optimize press (wonderful pre-built options) but looking at California, I’m going to give that theme a shot too.

  12. On April 17, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Rodrigo said:

    Great templates!

  13. On April 14, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Andre said:

    good recommendations! Now use joomla but WP has so many benefits…

  14. On April 8, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Bintan Island said:

    Thanks: some good recommendations, as always : )
    I have been using Twenty Ten for a while, but Creation and Visual look like they are worth checking out…

  15. On April 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Alex said:

    I currently use Twenty Ten on my blog (comes pre-installed) and have found that it needs very little optimization in order to generate a semi-decent good page speed score. Would recommend for new users.

  16. On April 5, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Russell said:

    A good selection here, and I’ve just downloaded Temple Gate and Friendly Fast for future projects!!