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40+ Best Free Portfolio WordPress Themes in 2018

Here we introduce free portfolio WordPress themes which you can use on your new website right away as they are free to download. Portfolio elements in a website is most suitable for freelancers, business who like to display their projects, past works so that the clients can get a taste of your work experience and talent in a short glimpse.

Modern business themes may have portfolio feature integrated but here we introduce themes which are specific portfolio only WordPress themes. Easily add images, content to the new posts and the theme will display the article in a unique gallery style. Images will be the essence for a portfolio theme as seeing is believing for most clients.

Either its for individual work showcase or for large company projects these free WordPress portfolio themes will give you a head start and will be your set of basic tools. Stay tuned for more updates and check related best free WordPress business themes  and free photography WordPress themes which we have added recently.

Take a look at a few premium WordPress portfolio themes way below if you are still unable to find your portfolio themes from the below link. Let me know your thoughts on these themes.


A simple yet powerful theme for multiple purposes which also does much justice to portfolio grid type websites. This theme is responsive and well coded for fast page loading.

This free theme is apt for creative people and businesses. The design of the theme makes it good for photographers, designers, developers and those who wish to showcase portfolios and projects. The reason behind using this theme is to beautify the website and give it a creative look. The homepage has a visual appeal especially for those who are looking for something more conventional. The use of fluid system for the theme makes it responsive on almost all the different platforms. With this theme, users enjoy complete control over everything on the website starting from the logo to the social icon sections and everything in between. You will have the ability to check all the changes that you have made on the Live Customizer so that you know how the site looks with the changes.

DemoDownload free Responsive Grid Theme


Fukasawa is clean website theme which is created mainly for listing projects of freelancers and authors. This theme has a responsive, retina-ready design, a smooth image gallery slider show along with a fixed sidebar. This masonry three column layout theme will be great for interior designers, photographers as well.

The minimalistic design adopted by this theme makes it attractive for design enthusiasts and collectors who want to showcase their work or collection using this theme. The layout allows you to show your posts, images or videos in a grid very similar to Pinterest. This makes it perfect for sharing content with the world. The theme also supports image, video and gallery formats. You can present your galleries in an interesting slideshow just above your post which makes even your old posts look lovely. The five custom widgets helps you add a personal touch to your logo and website. It also supports Jetpack Tiles Galleries and Jetpack Infinite Scroll so you will be able to load your new posts without having to reload the page.

DemoMore Info / Download fukasawa portfolio theme


With Optimizer promotion of your brand comes effortlessly. You can showcase your work beautifully with this elegant and modern WordPress theme. Building your online presence with Optimizer is definitely easy. There are beautiful images sliders, your logo will be uploaded in seconds, there is a boxed and a full width layout for you to select from and there are over 600 fonts and many colours which can help you showcase your work. There are some clever customization tools which are going to make your website look visually beautiful. Optimizer is one of the best visual page building WordPress theme which is sure to impress your clients and customers.

Demo More Info / Download optimizer creative agency theme for wordpress


Hitchcock is a theme mainly used for photographers and designers portfolio websites. It has a responsive website design with infinite scroll, custom header image, gallery support and three column layout design.

Hitchcock makes illustrations, logos and photographs even more enticing with the brilliant way in which it uses single column posts to ensure that all distractions are eliminated and the post gets noticed easily. You will be able to get an overview of your work very easily with the help of the three column grid used in the theme. With a full size background image, you can make a bigger impression on your viewers. Different platforms should not be a problem with this theme either because the layout and the typography scales brilliantly to match different platforms. You can choose your own accent color, pick the logo you want and also change the background image to something that suits your website. You can easily work on Hitchcock to give it a personal touch.

DemoMore Info / Download hitchcock wordpress portfolio theme


This WordPress theme is one of the best and user friendly for blogging, where user can share their ideas easily in an innovate way. It is a responsive design, has custom color options, custom header and full width layout. The possibility to stick a favorite article on homepage can be interesting for many bloggers and the rest of the articles follow a two column square tile layout.

With the help of the WordPress Customizer using live preview you can explore your options to personalize this theme according to the needs of your website. It also comes with customer page templates. You will also be able to add social icon menus easily to your website. With the link of your social media added to the theme you will not have to worry about the social media needs of your visitors. If you will require any kind of help while setting up the website, you can get contextual help by clicking on the help tab which is on the top admin bar.

Demo More Info / Download Blog & Portfolio WordPress Theme


Photographers or collectors who are looking for a clean theme to showcase their photos or collectibles will find Resi to be a great theme. Needless to say, it is fully responsive which helps you reach a larger audience and it is retina ready too so you do not have to worry about a website that may look awry on some devices. If you plan to put up high resolution photos on your website, then this will suit you perfectly. This easy to use theme has an advantage for photographers and designers in its layout. The way it presents their work makes it enticing for the audience and helps them get more attention.

DemoMore Info / Download resi- free portfolio wordpress theme


If you want to display your talent on a website, then Sketch can be a good theme to use. Whether you want to display illustrations or designs or photographs or videos, Sketch is a great theme to consider. The clean and light design of the theme helps the audience focus on your projects. It minimizes distractions and makes every post stand out for the viewers. Its fully responsive feature ensures that it can adapt to different screen sizes without making your work look unwanted. You can do a lot within sketch. From featured images and the manner in which you present them to you viewers, to a portfolio page, your site logos and social links.

DemoMore Info / Download sketch - free responsive portfolio theme


Oren uses a clean layout and Jetpack support for good viewer experience. The minimalist look of the theme adds power to your display. It is absolutely wonderful for portfolio projects. It provides easy navigation between blog posts and author box which is at the end of the articles. You have the opportunity to upload your own logo as well and a lot of features in this theme help you create a personalized look for your website. This fully responsive theme is really good for showing off your work and attracting viewers.

DemoMore Info / Download Minimal, simple portfolio theme with blog


This grid based portfolio theme is meant for creative people. The theme is well integrated with plugins like WooCommerce and Site Origin’s Page Builder. Most of the page has a blocks layout and the site logo along with the navigation are placed down the left of the page. Electa is a fully responsive theme which is built to perform well on all platforms and adapt easily to a variety of screen sizes. The theme is interesting and is a lot of fun to work with especially if you are brimming with creativity. You will find Electa to be a great theme for portfolios.

DemoMore Info / Download electa - grid-based portfolio theme


Those who want to add some style to their website or blogs will find Olivia to be an interesting theme. You will find modern fonts and 7 page layout options. You can upload your own logo and add social media icons using a hover effect. Olivia is perfect for use for creative people who blog or those who want to display their work. There is a lot of finesse added to the theme which makes it look clean and simple on the outside and makes your work look powerful with the help of its clean layout.

DemoMore Info / Download Olevia - free portfolio and blogging theme

One Paze

A totally free theme made by accesspress and it seems like not many got hold of this theme. This is a unique portfolio theme for any business or individual freelancers with parallax scroll effect and responsive design. Theme is crafted for creating a business portfolio website and hence lets you add sections to showcase onepage features, for instance a about page, call to action, testimonials, contact pages and more.

The fullwidth call to action slider will give a boost in clicks and can be created easily from the customize panel using just section titles, description, url and images.

DemoDownload onepage -portfolio wp theme


Pine is a minimal build wordpress theme for displaying creative portfolio. This theme is responsive and has a professional look with which you can build corporate, designer portfolios with ease.

DemoMore Info / Download Pine, a free minimalist WordPress portfolio theme

Cody – Free Minimal Portfolio Theme

Cody is a minimalistic portfolio theme for free use featuring responsive design and eye catching homepage layout. Build your portfolio with just latest posts and you also get the theme option to choose the category to display on your homepage.
DemoDownload free minimal portfolio wordpress theme

TA Portfolio

A free business portfolio theme for WordPress users with amazing contact and portfolio items showcase all in one page. This onepage responsive  theme is worth a try for your startup business.

Demo | Download ta portfolio

BigFoot – Bold theme for creatives

A creative theme with impressive slider and gallery to showcase your latest projects.

Demo |Download BigFoot is a free responsive wordpress theme for portfolio

Simp – Free Business Portfolio Theme

Simp is a new theme made free by themeraid for business portfolios and company service showcase. Choose from 4 different portfolio layout styles and shortcodes to add amazing content easily to your pages.

Demo | Download simp

Personal Portfolio Blog WordPress Theme

A beautiful introduction of portfolio blog for those who have creative ideas to share along with their portfolio showcase. This blog is fully responsive and offers many theme options capability to make easy changes sitewide.

Demo | Download PortfolioBlogTheme

Gallery – Free Portfolio Theme

Gallery is a free WordPress portfolio theme for inspiration websites and photography enthusiasts who want a premium look for their website. This theme has a responsive layout with a personal blog layout and also has a slider for internal posts and pages to view multiple images.

Demo | Download portfolio gallery wordpress theme

Portfolio WordPress Theme by Gavik

This minimal theme offers photographers options to upload daily pics, activities in a grid style gallery layout. The responsive design will keep the website fluid for multiple devices. Apart from that this is nothing more than a fast grid WordPress theme exclusively free for photographers and studios with premium looks.

Demo | Download portfolio minimal

Creative Portfolio Theme

The theme provides a creative way to showcase your latest projects in portfolio style. With responsive design and full screen slider this theme is fully html/css valid.

Demo | Download creative theme

Pure Portfolio Theme

A beautiful responsive, retina ready theme with grid and masonry layouts to showcase your projects or photography shots. Inlcudes a powerful admin panel and the otpions to build your custom page layout.

Demo | Download Free Portfolio WordPress Themes 2014

Spotlight – Free Portfolio WordPress Theme

With around 17 default homepage layouts which can be choose with live customizer you can set the grid display on homepage as you like. The responsive theme with less framework supports fluid thumbnails with over 18 auto generated sizes.

Download spotlight


Love a elegant WordPress theme with minimal overall code ? Then stanely wp theme which has been released recently will certainly interest you if you are a designer, developer or anyone looking for simple WordPress portfolio theme.

DemoDownload light weight wp portfolio theme

Imbalance 2 portfolio theme

Imbalance 2 will excellently fit for your blog, portfolio or e-zine. Any website can be refreshed by the use of new flexible functions offered in the theme and website presence can be customized due to unique back-end features.

Demo|Download imbalance2 portfolio wordpress theme

Panoramica Portfolio WordPress Theme

Panoramica is built with the intent of adapting to as many window sizes as possible. It has a fully fluid layout that gives it tremendous flexibility, allowing you to cater to both large and small screens alike. Its polished portfolio heavily emphasizes the use of images, displaying a clean slideshow in every portfolio item. And of course, you can customize its appearance through its extensive options panel.

Demo|Download Free Portfolio WordPress Theme

Hatch – Portfolio and Photography WordPress Theme

Hatch is a simple photography and portfolio WordPress theme. Optimized for mobile browsing – the responsive layout will automatically detect if the visitor is viewing your site on a desktop screen or a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) and will adjust accordingly.

Demo|Download hatch photography

Elegant – Free Responsive Business Portfolio WordPress Theme

A business portfolio theme released in feb 2015 for professional website owners. The responsive design and theme options panel will make adding new content easily.

Demo|Download elegant-free-wordpress-theme

Portafolio Free Responsive Portfolio WordPress Theme

Meet the new and improved Portafolio WordPress Theme. This awesome free theme was created with portfolio sites in mind but it also makes for an awesome business theme or a simple blogging theme. The minimal layout puts all the focus on your work and how great you are making it an excellent option for photographers and freelancers alike.

Demo|Download Free Responsive Portfolio WordPress Theme

Touch-optimized free responsive portfolio WordPress theme

For photographers, designers, architects and artists. Works best on iOS and android mobile devices.

Demo|Download  free responsive portfolio WordPress theme

Pytheas Free Responsive Corporate/Portfolio WordPress Theme

Pytheas is a fully responsive/fluid WordPress theme for corporate, business, portfolio style websites.

Demo|Download  Free Responsive Corporate/Portfolio WordPress Theme

Grid – Free Download Limited Responsive Version

Grid Theme Responsive is a WordPress Theme with mobile responsive design, featuring infinite scroll. Grid Theme is perfect for any creative to showcase their portfolio.

Demo|Download Limited Responsive Version

Mixfolio WordPress Theme

Mixfolio is a responsive, HTML5 portfolio theme for WordPress. Best of all, it’s free! Use it to build your portfolio or your online brand. Create Image, Gallery, Video or Standard posts using Mixfolio’ Post Formats feature.

Demo|Download HTML5 portfolio theme for WordPress

Snaps- free portfolio theme

Snaps is a free portfolio theme for WordPress perfect for showcasing portrait images and galleries.

Demo|Download Snaps


We had to follow a very strict recipe to get Tempera just right. We started with a very solid framework of over 200 settings, added a very light user interface, threw a couple of mobiles and tablets to give it that responsive elasticity, added over 50 fonts.

Demo|Download free multipurpose wordpress theme

Asteria Lite – Free WordPress Theme

Asteria Lite is a clean responsive theme with a beautiful slider, Narrow and Wide Layout Option, 10 Social Icons and 3 page templates – Full width page, Left sidebar page and a Blog page Template.

Demo|Download Free WordPress Theme portfolio

Digest – A free portfolio / gallery WordPress theme

Digest is a free portfolio / gallery WordPress theme from WPMole. This minimally designed wp theme is ideal for photographers, designers and anyone who wishes to show off their work.

Demo|Download Digest

Gridster Lite WordPress Theme

Gridster is a neat and tidy grid-based portfolio theme for photographers, artists and designers to show off their work. This is the “lite” version of the theme.

Demo|Download Gridster


Widely WordPress Theme is minimalistic theme perfect for for businesses, creatives, and individuals who want to quickly publish their portfolio and anyone else who’s serious about having a simple, well designed website with a full powered content manager.

Demo|Download Widely


Cleanistic Portfolio theme for wordpress

The Cleanistic template is a high-quality and custom design photography, portfolio or personal blogging theme for WordPress. This theme comes with unlimited color combinations for background, headlines etc. and 40+ patterns that are ready to be used.

Demo|Download Cleanistic


FolioPress is a WordPress theme that is perfect for freelancers who wish to showcase their photographic and blog content for potential clients. Add to this a featured content slider and shortcodes collection and you get a well-rounded WordPress product that is free to download and use.

Demo|Download FolioPress

Svelte theme

Svelte is a carefully handcrafted responsive WordPress theme featuring an elegant minimal design perfect for professional blogging, portfolios or even your stunning photography. The theme showcases a slick modern aesthetic paving the way for your new professional presence while providing robust customization features to align with your brand.

Demo|Download Minimalism Handcrafted


Celestino – Free Creative Portfolio WordPress Theme

Celestino is a clean and powerful portfolio theme with a great 1170 pixel responsive layout based on the Bootstrap grid.

Demo|Download Free Creative Portfolio WordPress Theme


Briefcase is a portfolio based free WordPress theme that could be used for a lot of purposes, beginning from a portfolio and gallery site and finishing to a blog and magazine one. It’s minimalist design was special created to catch the attention of everyone.

Demo|Download Briefcase portfolio based free WordPress theme

Simple – Dark Flat WordPress Portfolio Theme

Demo|Download Simple Dark WordPress Theme

Doke Doke – Free Creative Agency WordPress Theme

Designed to showcase your work, perfect for wordpress creative agencie theme and freelancers. Filled with all the necessary features to deliver the professional presence you need.

Demo|Download doke

Find more of the best premium WordPress portfolio themes with extra ordinary features and unique unlimited layouts way below which you can get for a small price.

Some Best Premium WordPress Portfolio Themes

Rest of the premium themes listed here.

Salient – Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme

A premium modern theme built for portfolio in mind and completely customized for maximum seo optimization and well coded for fast loading performance. This responsive and retina ready theme comes with a page builder to build your own personal portfolio pages in  no time. By choosing a long set of portfolio column set where it allows 2 column, 3 column and 4 column gallery grid you have vast options to alter the website.

Demo|Source salient

Agent – Ezio Classic

A responsive WordPress theme for professional WordPress websites requiring sliders, unique resume pages, contact pages etc. Building your own theme is also possible with this unique theme which comes with unlimited layout options and a page builder.


Lucky Blue – One-page

A blend of great typography elements and parallax scrolling effects make this lucky blue theme a unique onepage theme which is released this april 2014. The responsive revolution slider adds to the effect with nice 3 column grid portfolio for websites.

Demo|Source luckyblue

Bubbles Parallax One Page WordPress Theme

This theme is a completetly different build which you might have not seen before. It has all the features well required for portfolio websites with grids, slideshows. Take a look.

Demo|Source Bubbles
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  1. Hasibur

    Nice post.

    • Joe Burford

      I really want something that looks like this WordPress site: http://www.joeburfordphotography.com, it was pretty easy to work with too. Perfect for photography portfolios (in this case wedding portfolio), if anyone’s got any links to something similar it would be appreciated.

      • Ian G.

        Use one of the minimalistic templates listed above. It would be easy to create something like the link you supplied.

  2. Kate_h

    Really lovely clean looking themes.

    Exactly what I was looking for to showcase my photography.



  3. Ashish

    These themes go really well for photo galleries as well.

    • Rijo

      yes they do ashish.

  4. Afzal

    cool themes for free. nice to use these themes next time…

  5. Ruben

    Salient is not a free theme. Why would you put that in a blog post called “free portfolio wordpress themes” ? Thaat just wasted 15 minutes of my time and not to mention the disappointment.

    • Rijo

      there are 35 free themes and below are few premium recommendations as i have already listed.

      • Ruben

        Okay, that explains alot. I did not notice a separation.

  6. Tim Hariss

    I really hate when people lie on the internet. -1 karma for you. Very misleading title.

  7. Nishant Thakur

    Awesome post. Was looking for a portfolio theme and just got it. Thanks to you!

  8. Zoe Uwem

    Thanks Rijo for this wonderful piece. Keep up the good work!

  9. imam

    hello..amazing themes.. very nice theme calestino..
    how to setting theme that, can you give tutorial that..
    i hope you responding..please send me on imambudianto5@gmail.com
    thanks very much

  10. Zix

    Really such an amazing collection.looking great and extraordinary.

  11. Eric

    You should also try great portfolio hosting service called Folionix (folionix.com). They take care of everything. No need to master own WordPress instance or any coding skills.

  12. Tshooter

    Hi thanks for the links – I have a remark though:

    The Free Creative Portfolio Theme demo has a full screen slider in it but when you download the actual free version the slider is nowhere to be found – basically rendering the theme worthless and misleading.

    Thanks anyway.

  13. aaron

    The last few are not free

  14. Dave T

    Bruv, if your title says “free portfolio wordpress themes” then maybe remove the themes that cost money?

  15. Raghu Nadh

    At last i found some great themes.Thank you Rijo .Nice blog.

  16. Amélie

    Agent is not a free theme, you shoul change its category or remove it from the article. Too bad this is the one I wanted :(

  17. Max

    My favorites themes are Pure and Spotlight, great selection thanks :)

  18. llama

    When I activate TA Portfolio theme my WordPress completely crushes… why?

    • bielutki

      I have the same problem :(

      • Rijo

        What is the error ? I just tried and it works without a crash. I tried in uwamp.

  19. Shawn

    You have shared a very nice and appealing collection of WordPress portfolio themes. I like your collection and some have really caught my eye. I also have designed WordPress themes with the templatetoaster. It required less time to design themes and allows to design fully responsive unlimited themes for all the major CMSs.

    • Rijo

      Thanks all for your appreciation.

  20. Mike

    Creative Portfolio Theme mobile nav bar disappears when installed on my server. Any Help appreciated!

  21. Trey

    This article is fantastic. I haven’t found a better aggregation of high-quality freebie portfolio themes anywhere else on the web. Thanks so much for taking the time to create this as well as sharing it!

  22. John Albert

    Great collection. Thanks for sharing.

  23. A random guy

    There are some themes that aren’t free. You should take them away, or change article name. You know, for false information purpose.

    Best regards,

    A random guy on the internet

  24. Alen

    Hi, recently we have developed free wordpress portfolio theme for everyone that loves simple, minimalist design. It is called “Pine” and it is built on bootstrap framework with features such as responsive layout, WordPress customizer support, clean & documented code etc.

    You can read more about “Pine” theme on http://slicejack.com/pine-free-minimalist-wordpress-portfolio-theme/

    We would be grateful if you could list this theme on your blog post and help us spread a word about it.


    • Rijo

      nice theme alen. I will add it..

  25. sly sly

    A good collection, but i think that the premium themes are the bests for the technical support

  26. Moritz

    nice collection, although you should rethink the title and introduction of this post for not cheating on your visitors: if you title the post with “free” then you don’t expect to be faced with themes you have to pay for …

    • Rijo

      Hi Moritz, There is no cheating. You can see i haven’t mixed free and premium. Added some premium collections to the end of the list as recommendation and also added a colored title saying to notify premium picks. Why did you say cheated ? Did you buy it ? Let me know if you have seen any website which has a better free collection than us. I have manually checked 70% of the free themes here to see they arent falsely advertised. It took me days to deliver these kind of list. I’m also in the process of making themes which are compeltely free. I will update theme soon.

      Don’t get upset over small things. Everything around you is small. Live and flourish.

  27. Cristian

    Great article! ^_^

  28. Troy

    Thanks for sharing this list. I would like to suggest another theme which is “Probit”. Which has unique features like: Fully responsive, Unlimited Color options, Translation Read & Browser support, Portfolio Design & Custom Page Templates, Compatible with latest update and more…
    You can check it here http://goo.gl/jDvUXg
    I hope that you like it.

  29. vijay jadon

    great collection of themes,Thanks for sharing this list. i have also a nice theme, you can check it here http://bit.ly/1T6sgiP
    i hope that you like it.

  30. Alex

    Hi Rijo,
    It looks like the link to spotlight is missing or broken?

  31. Taras

    Great collection! It’s very helpful for me. Thank you!

  32. Niksa

    Beautiful, thank you so much :)

  33. Roznama Bilqees

    few themes are quite good

  34. Sonali Jain

    thanks for sharing this amazing list of themes with us. WordPress is possibly the easiest and mainly powerful blogging and website CMS today.It is free and priceless at the same time. WordPress Themes allow users to change the look and functionality of a WordPress website and they can be installed without altering the content or health of the site.I like the way you describe the content. I will wait for your next blog.

  35. Antoine

    None of them are free …

    • Rijo Abraham

      Not true. I can see only 4 of them are premium suggestions. Rest of them free.

  36. Rajinder Singh

    This is really fabulous collection. I recently created website. It was pleasure that I used Salient (Multi purpose theme) theme which is great. Thank your for sharing an amazing list over here.

  37. Naka

    Thank you very much for putting this list together!

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