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Best WordPress GPL Themes, GNU Open Source Licensed

December 4, 2018
WordPress GPL Themes

We’ve gathered up all of the very best GPL themes for you to enjoy.  These themes are an incredible way to get a site up and running quickly. If you’re on Theme Forest, you can look for the tag that says ‘This item is licensed 100% GPL’.  If you’re somewhere else, you’re going to have to do a little more work.  Or, just bookmark this page and check back often, we’ve got a ton of great GPL themes and we add more every day.

So, here we go, the best GPL WordPress themes we’ve found.

Underwood

Underwood WordPress minimalist Blog themes

Underwood, by ThemeShift, is a great looking WordPress theme for video bloggers.  I could see this theme working very well for anybody who wants a simple, straightforward platform for displaying video posts about travel, cooking and more.  The simple design is what makes it work so well for such a wide variety of uses and with a fast loading theme like Underwood, especially one that works perfectly with all the major SEO plugins, you’re going to see a real difference in the SERPs.   That means you can rank better that your competition, since page load speed is a ranking factor now.  With Underwood, you also get a really nice set of documentation as well as support from ThemeShift, should you need it.  This is a great ll around blogging theme that’s well worth considering for your next project.

This is Underwood by ThemeShift, a modern and masculine WordPress theme that’s all about blogging with video. Well, it’s not *all* about that, this Underwood theme works well for traditional text and image blogs too, but Ireally love it as a video theme. Underwood supports a variety of powerful plugins to help make your website work well, it’s go WooCommerce, supports WP Super Cache, WP Total Cache and plenty more. Pick your favorite SEO plugin and get started optimizing your site to help drive more and more traffic. With a flexible front page, modern design with a minimalist feel, Underwood will always have the attention focused where it belongs, on your content. Choose from hundreds of Google fonts, unlimited color schemes and plenty more.

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Reel Story

Reel Story, GPL Licensed WordPress Video Theme

Reel Story is a premium theme for WordPress made especially for different content creators who want to present their work in a stylish way. Its responsive design lets your site adjust to the screen sizes of mobile phones, laptops, tablets, and other devices. This theme is fully customizable, allowing you to design your site to make it more engaging and appealing to your viewers.

It provides a ton of color options, layouts, fonts, and many other custom designs. It also has some built-in page layouts that you can directly use as it is. The theme comes with a visual drag and drop page builder to let you create your own layouts and structure the site the way you want it to look. It also comes with a portfolio module, allowing your audience to view your work smoothly.

Reel Story is retina ready, ensuring that your site is in its excellent quality in different resolutions and screen sizes. It is translation ready, and through the WPML plugin, your site is translated easily for your different viewers. It is coded with SEO in mind, and it provides an automatic backup option for more convenient blogging and editing. The theme offers one-click installation, making it much easier for you to start your website.

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The Thinker

The Thinker, Simple GPL Licenced WordPress Theme

The Thinker is a simple, clean and minimal blog theme.  This theme isn’t about flashiness, it’s uncomplicated and feature filled at the same time.  It’s got clean, gorgeous typography and a classic blog design that makes for a wonderful user experience.  The responsive design certainly helps in that department.  The Thinker gives you a couple differtent custom page templates, a cool slider too to help give your page a custom look that engages with your visitors.  Upload images, logos, change out colors and more with the theme customizer.  The Thinker is WPML compatible, it workd great with Jetpack and WooCommerce.  The whole thing is simple to use and attractive.  The fact that it’s GPL licensed is just the cherry on top.

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Fenix

Fenix, Multipurpose Open Source GPL Theme

Fenix is a full service WordPress theme, a premium quality theme that’s licensed 100% GPL.  You can do just about anything you want to with Fenix.  It’s got a beautiful and stylish WooCommerce shop built in, Fenix has a classic blog layout, it works with several of the leading page builders like Beaver Builder and Elementor.  Those page builders are really great, they’re flexible and they aren’t going to slow your website down like some other page builders will.  Fenix has tons of great video tutorials, is packed with free plugins, has one click demo data to set your site up fast.  It really is a great theme.

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Full Frame

Full Frame WordPress GPL Template

Full Frame is a WordPress theme that really takes advantage of the full width of your reader’s browser, allowing your images to take center stage, capturing the attention of your potential clients and readers. Full Frame showcases big images, big galleries and even videos with ease. That allows you to create a visual story that your viewers will really have a strong connection with and hopefully, it can even help to build your photography business. It’s a tough, competitive market and a well designed theme like Full Frame can help you capture the most of that market.  The fact that this theme is licensed as GPL, that’s just another great feature.

You’ll probably want a theme that is very easy to customize, even for a beginner.  That’s Full Frame and, frankly, any of GraphPaper Press’ themes.  You can add background texture tiles or even a full image, add your custom logo and favicon too.  Then, create your custom menus, add content to the widget areas and throw in some text blocks.  The choice is yours.  You can also choose from several post formats, like images and image galleries or audio and video.  Quotes and links too.  And if you know you need a responsive theme, and for most purposes you really should have a responsive design since they allow you to deliver a wonderful user experience no matter what screen resolution your readers use to access your site, then Full Frame is a wonderful choice, since it’s perfectly responsive.

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MagFolio

Magfolio, Magazine Portfolio Theme, GPL Licensed

Now, this WooCommerce WP design is an attractive and flamboyant, completely template that blends lots of fun and professionalism and trust into one amazing GPL licensed package. Magfolio, it’s excellent for startups, tech web sites or design firms.  This gorgeous flat template will impress internet users with its cutting-edge design and style.  The design additionally happens to come bundled with a good number of great benefits that can help your site look amazing.  One such trait, the mobile friendly responsive design, specialized background designs and more!  This simple and powerful WordPress theme is cram packed with dreamy things that make it almost unbelievably simple to start a new WP site super quickly, no matter what style you want!  I think the basic layout of this WordPress theme is incredibly beautiful and well thought out and your visitors will like their visit to your page.

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Lotos

Lotos, Simple and Elegant GPL Blog Theme

If you’re looking for a simple theme that could work for any type of magazine or blog, and you’re into GPL themes, then Lotos is an option to consider.  Lotos is clean, simple and minimalist in style with loads of widgets and custom post types, not to mention a simple interface for customization, and that makes it a real winner.  Standard post types, video posts and audio post types are offered, along with images, image galleries, quotes and link post types too. Choose a left or right sidebar, or go without a sidebar if you want your readers to concentrate on your content without distractions.  It’s all possible with Lotos.  This theme is licensed 100% GPL too, so you have the flexibility to add to it, update it and even sell it to your clients.  Pretty cool.

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley, Simple, Reliable, Versatile WordPress Theme

If you want a great looking theme to use with your favorite page builder plugin, whether that’s Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, Elementor, Site Origin’s PageBuilder, Divi, Conductor or something else entirely, Monument Valley is a fantastic choice.  This theme is simple to use, fast loading and it’s got a level of flexibility that’s almost unheard of for a GPL theme.  Whether you’re creating a portfolio, an online store or just a regular old blog, you don’t have to settle for a layout that isn’t quite what you want, because Monument Valley works well using any page builder. This theme really will be great for SEO so if that’s a big concern of yours, this one should make your short list.  Fast loading, conversion optimized, this theme has a ton going for it.

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Zerif Pro

Zerif Pro WordPress Portfolio Template

This is Zerif Pro, a theme from ThemeIsle, which is one of my favorite theme makers around.  This template is a one page theme with a creative, responsive feel, it’s simple to use, completely beginner friendly in terms of customization and there are tons of features that come standard with this theme.  The best part is, you can always extend the functionality of Zerif Pro by adding plugins and widgets to the mix, extending what Zerif Pro does and making it even more powerful.  All that without sacrificing performance.  This is a well coded, fast loading GPL theme that has won over thousands of creative folks who are looking for a fantastic, reasonably priced WordPress theme.

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Tabor

Tabor WordPress Minimalist Home Page Theme

We’re happy to add Tabor to our list of great GPL licensed WordPress themes.  Tabor is like all of ThemeBeans’ templates, it’s clean and simple to look at, very user friendly and it’s also a very fast loading WordPress theme.  Tabor is stripped down to the absolute essentials, so it’s perfect for SEO.  Tabor integrates with all the most important plugins, your favorite SEO plugin, Optin Monster, Monster Insights, Medium, Mail Chimp and more.  If you want a simple looking but beautiful WordPress theme for any kind of blog, this is a theme that should be on your short list.

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Elegance Pro

Elegance Pro WordPress Minimalist Blog Themes

This theme is called Elegance Pro, it’s a clean, minimalist, simple and professional GPL licensed theme that’s really easy to use, fast loading and gorgeous. For any sort of blog or portfolio, you want a website that loads up fast, looks great on all devices and one that’s simple to use.  That’s what the Elegance Pro theme brings to the table.  This is a Genesis Framework child theme and like all of Studio Press’ templates, it’s 100% GPL licensed.  Made by Stephanie Hellwig, a noted web designer, this theme provides a rock solid platform for building an amazing looking and flexible blog site.  Definitely one of my favorite GPL themes and I think it’s absolutely worth checking out.

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