The Most Creative 50 WordPress Themes of 2009

Categories Web Design, Wordpress

I don’t know about you, but we saw quite a few beautiful WP themes this year! And after a bunch of thematic roundups (minimal, portfolio, magazine, unconventional, lifestream, shopping or corporate themes) we’re finally compiling a Best of 2009 List. Enjoy!

Atlantica | $32 | Details | Download | Demo

atlantica

Now version 1.4 with several major improvements and features! Updates include: Enhanced Slider Options, Homepage “Static Page” Improvements, Tons of updates, CSS fixes, and speed enhancements, Full FAQ Section for the top customization requests!

Pandora | $30 | Details | Demo

pandora

Pandora is a WordPress Template, designed to promote anything from a corporate business to a portfolio site. More than 10 professionally-designed and easy customisable themes comes as standard: Aqua, Crimson, Eco, Egypt, Modern, Mystery, Nebula, Ocean, Olive, Parquet, Podium and Startup

Boardwalk | $59 | Details | Demo

boardwalk

A cool new theme with Random Header Graphics (rainbows, kites, planes), Random Footer Graphics (beach huts, crabs), Customizable Weather Feed, Two Column Layout, Widget Ready, Adsense Ready and more

Minimal WordPress Portfolio | $25 | Details | Demo

minimal

This template is packed with great features: custom Fading Taglines, easy to edit, large home promo items, custom admin page: edit colors, options, tagline, footer and much more

Sofa Rooster | $35 | Details | Demo

sofarooster

Sofa Rooster is flat Blog theme but extremely robust one. It uses Plugger system for easy sidebar content management and is fully settable through theme options page integrated into Admin panel

The Blogging Thing | $25 | Details | Demo

bloggingthing

The Blogging Thing is a WordPress Theme designed for both aspiring and rock-star bloggers

Viso | $25 | Details | Demo

viso

Clean Photoblog theme with some very useful features: all in one photoblog, gallery and blog, 3 display modes: single image, multiple images & blog, make images private (private images are displayed logged in users only), already integrated lightbox (slimbox & imagezoom), plus many more

Foreword Thinking | $70 | Details | Demo

foreword

Foreword Thinking is a neat 3 column design with a “table of content” magazine-styled home page. This theme comes bundled with a moveable sidebar, a customizable featured posts section, 10 theme styles and the ability to set alternating colors for specific areas of the design

Evolutionary Theme | $25 | Details | Demo

evolutionary

Evolutionary is a clean, jQuery animated WordPress theme with four color schemes: Blue (default), Green, Red, and Black

Gallerific | $35 | Details | Demo

gallerific

A Pro photography WordPress theme and is loaded with tons of great functionality

Soft Light | $25 | Details | Demo

softlight

SoftLight is a wordpress blog theme with 5 differentes colors , blue, red, green, pink and yellow . compatible with IE 6 ,7,8 Firefox , Safari, Chrome , Opera. with Jquery Slider content , six 125px x 125px banners in the sidebar and three 180px x 100px in single post

Digital Farm |$70 | Details | Demo

farm

This previous, vibrant blog design of Mark Forrester’s personal site was well received and showcased in many CSS galleries so boasts a solid track record. Bundled with a fully customizable header space, optional sidebar slider and a dedicated portfolio page, together with some minimal corporate alternate styles this theme caters for a wide market

Freshfolio | $32 | Details | Demo

fresh

Freshfolio is a WordPress theme with a clean interface and awesome jQuery custom slideshow perfect for use with portfolio and business websites

Trough The Lens | $50 | Details | Demo

lens

Through the Lens is the first multimedia theme to come out of Obox Design. This is also the most comprehensive premium WordPress theme that we have launched so far with multiple page templates and a widgetized home page which has huge depth in layout customization

London Creative | $30 | Details | Demo

london

London Creative comes with fully working contact form, awesome slider for your featured images, nasty spinning slider buttons (never saw them anywhere else, so you can call it unique), 2 message buttons under the slider and PrettyPhoto plugin

ShopperPress | $49 | Details | Demo

shopperpress

Start selling online with your very own online store. It’s fun and easy to use and includes lots of great features to help you get started

Post it Teal | $22 | Details | Demo

postit

Post It is a WordPress Theme designed for all creative bloggers. It’s extremely flexible and customizable and it even includes four different Twitter backgrounds

Liquid Magazine | $25 | Details | Demo

liquid

Liquid Mag is one of a kind theme, there are no analogs around. It will suits best for the blog with creative posts. Different thumbnails height is giving a special “style” to the template, your visitors will love it!

Levitation | $35 | Details | Demo

levitation

Levitation is a WordPress Template, best suited for Business and Portfolio sites. It comes with 5 sleek skins and 2 different front page designs

Platform | $50 | Details | Demo

platform

Platform is a theme for people who pack a huge amount of content on their site. The main inspiration for the design of Platform came from sites such as CNN, Porfolio and New Yorker

Convention | $25 | Details | Demo

nicetosee

Convention is a theme for WordPress. Featuring many different pages, designs, styles and layouts this theme can be fully configured through the admin backend

Concise | $35 | Details | Demo

concise

Concise is a very easy to customize theme which best suits business or portfolio sites. This theme has a feature loaded theme options page with over 50 options you can play with to make this theme Yours

Blogus | $45 + a FREE theme | Details | Demo

blogus

Blogus theme is perfect for a world travelers. You can share travel experiences using Google Map feature. Post, add photos and communicate with friends and family around the world

Emulsion | $59 | Details | Demo

emulsion

A photography theme designed for photo enthusiasts and pro photographers

Simplified 2 | $30 | Details | Demo

simplified2

Clean and appealing portfolio / corporate Worpress theme. Features: easy to setup, theme options page, ads support with enable / disable option, JQuery homepage slider

Antisocial | $70 | Details | Demo

antisocial

Antisocial is one of the Woo Themes most anticipated releases. Designed by Tim Van Damme Antisocial is the perfect online business card and personal blog theme to aggregate all your online profiles in a beautiful slick and unique design

Flashlike | $25 | Details | Demo

flashlike

Flashlike Photographer is CMS Theme for photographers. It allows you to publish your photos and present them in the best way possible

Filthy | $30 | Details | Demo

filthy

Filthy is a personal blog theme that’s been through the ringer. This thing is just down right dirty! And best of all, it comes it 2 shades of filth – brown and black

Honcerate | $20 | Details | Demo

honcerate

Honcerate is a nice Community WordPress Theme, that may be used not only for creating your own community theme, but for your own blog / magazine etc

WP Addiction | $25 | Details | Demo

addiction

WP-addiction is an Fresh, Stylish and Clean , with a lot of simplicity and perfection. It has been professionally designed to be easily addapted and modified to suit almost any kind of blog

Publication | $25 | Details |Demo

publication

Publication is a simple but well designed WordPress theme that is very easy to setup and use. It requires zero plugins and has some neet features built right in

Platform | $50 | Details | Demo

platform

Platform is a theme for people who pack a huge amount of content on their site. The main inspiration for the design of Platform came from sites such as cnn.com, portfolio.com and newyorker.com

Product Affiliator | $25 | Details | Demo

product

Product Affiliator is a WordPress theme oriented to people who would like to set up an affiliate website promoting all sorts of products (e-books, templates, icons, graphics, learning courses etc.) It is extremely easy to use and set up.

Daily Edition | $70 | Details | Demo

dailyedition

Daily Edition is a clean, spacious newspaper/magazine theme designed by Liam McKay. With loads of home page modules to enable/disable and a unique javascript-based featured scroller and video player the theme oozes sophistication

Varnish | $35 | Details | Demo

varnish

Varnish is quite possibly the most customizable WordPress theme on the planet. Choose one of the 23 bundled colour schemes, or create your own – all from WP-Admin! This theme is geared towards the blogger who likes to share their life and themselves with the world.

Eclectic | $25 | Details | Demo

ecelctic

Eclectic Premium is a quality WordPress template perfect for showcasing a portfolio and hosting a blog

SocialPress | #30 | Details | Demo

socialpress

SocialPress is a wordpress theme geared towards, well, being social. It has tons of admin options, integrated features, a clean design with 3 different colors, and much much more!

Bloom | $29 | Details | Demo

bloom

A list of unique features that are included with Bloom: Two Column Layout, Widget Ready, Adsense Ready, WP 2.7+ Ready, No Sidebars Template, Links & Bookmark Template, Sitemap Template

Collection | $27 | Details | Demo

collection

Collection is a 5in1 Premium WordPress theme that lets you collect and aggregate just about anything. Directories of free stuff are a great way to build traffic and earn cash, and with this theme it’s easier than ever to get started

Marketplace Community Blog | $27 | Details | Demo

photo20

Marketplace is a both clean and stylish WordPress theme with the intent and focus on creating a community site for industry news, tutorials, etc. This theme includes many popular built in features seen in today’s industry leading community sites

BigFeature | $27 | Details | Demo

header

Clean and flexible WordPress theme, with big article images and nice typography. Very many settings. Many page templates. 5 custom widgets. Easy to add article and preview images

VintMint | $29 | Details | Demo

vint

A list of unique features that are included with VintMint: Widget Ready, Multi Dropdown Menus, No Sidebars Template, Links & Bookmark Template, Sitemap Template, Featured Video, Subscribe, Include / Exclude Links

Coffee Junkie | $25 | Details | Demo

coffee

Coffee Junkie is a clean, modern and minimalistic layout, designed to promote anything from your personal portfolio website through to a design studios website

Noctis | $27 | Details | Demo

noctis

Noctis theme is a dark magazine-blog style. This theme is suitable for blogger who like magazine layout and want to show big post thumbnails in their homepage.

Min | $27 | Details | Demo

min

Min is our favorite minimal WP theme with many options to make your blogging life easier

PixelCraft WP | $30 | Details | Demo

pixelcraf

This theme is a complete WordPress Theme, designed from the ground up to function first and foremost as a portfolio, then as a comprehensive WordPress theme that can be used for just about any site that needs a beautiful layout

Aperturious | $25 | Details | Demo

aperturious

Aperturious is a flexible, highly-configurable, gorgeous WordPress theme with the ability to choose between 3 unique designs and 3 different layouts! Also – three awesomely designed color schemes

Contrast | $35 | Details | Demo

contrast

Contrast is a WordPress theme which is suitable for photographers, graphic & web designers, corporates with a kickass features. If you are searching something different please check the Live Preview

Illuminate 5 in 1 | $22 | Details | Demo

illuminate

Illuminate is a premium WordPress theme. It was created with beauty, elegance, and usability in mind. Illuminate incorporates the latest technology in its sleek interface as well as it’s back-end

eQuator | $32 | Details | Demo

equador

This theme is specially designed and developed for anyone who wants to start blogging, community site or personal blog. This theme has all the popular and common features which used by the current trend community websites. A completely 4 level deep threaded comments which works in all the major Browsers

Press | $100 | Details | Demo

press

Press is a minimalist blog theme which can serve many different purposes. The nature of its design means the scope for modifications are endless and the boundaries for content are only determined by you

Yup, these are our favorites. What are yours?

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  • Im so glad to see several of the Obox Signature Series WordPress Themes in the list. David, Marc and Nat do amazing work and really deserve the recognition.

  • That’s a great compilation.

  • Great list! All of these are very inspirational. I like the mix of styles you have here too.

  • That’s a great (and huge) list! All very well made themes. It nice to see themes that break from the norm.

  • Melody

    2009 was definitely the year of great wordpress theme designs..good thing too, because now they is just so much more available for bloggers.

  • Some lovely themes here.

  • some of them are really nice and well design but others are hmmmm ok I guess :)

  • Those are beautiful. It’s a pity that most of the wordpress themes these days are pay though… I kind of miss the days when there was an abundance of well designed free themes. Seems like there’s less and less wordpress themes in general, even if you count the pay ones.

  • Love the themes, going to be putting one of these to use very soon.

  • Great collection. Very inspiring. I made this page one of my three links for the day on my daily Design Thought for the Day blog:
    http://designthoughtfortheday.blogspot.com/2010/01/01-08-wordpress-themes-get-more-done.html

    All the best, Ted

  • JW

    Some nice themes but ‘creative’? Maybe 2 or 3 of them are genuinely creative – the rest are just run of the mill themes.

  • this is a great collection! love it:)

  • Some lovely designs here. I’m spoilt for choice!

  • These are cool themes. Some other awesome WordPress themes can be found at http://organicthemes.com — including the free Structure Theme.

  • themes are so beautifiul thanks.

  • MBT

    completely agree with the above comment.I’m glad to share

  • great themes i like but costly

  • Alan Gapp

    What about this one?

    http://themeforest.net/item/minimalista-an-ajax-wordpress-template/92607

    First time I see an wordpress template powered in ajax!

  • Woo theme and variations is best one! Also Shopper Press ic very useful.

  • Woo theme and variations is best one! Also Shopper Press is very useful.

  • Tom

    why not post some free ones?

  • Christine

    What about Press75.com themes, they are the best!? Such cool themes and the best support!

  • Great
    Just
    Great

    Love them all!!!

  • thans for your posting, it’s very usefull for me, thx.

  • the template is very beautefull, please contact me. email: leivmin@163.com

  • thans for your posting, it’s very usefull for me, thx.
    http://www.shoesmbt.org

  • WP Addiction looks nice. Soft color and elegant.

  • Nice collection of themes but they are pricey. I am considering looking for a customizable theme with yellow and purple.

  • So exciting posts! I am very pleasant to know this, thx.
    http://www.keepbrands.com/

  • hi, these thems are so nice and 100% SEO friendly, thanks for making these themes for us.

  • Hey thanks for themes. Some really useful ones here. Might just use the second one

  • Wow, what a great collection. I am loving it. Looking forward to hear more like this … Patrick

  • Awesome post. Thanks a bunch for sharing this resource….

  • wow… thank you so much for your sharing. this is templates that I’ve been looking. Thank you so much for your sharing

  • Its great list. But some of the themes demo link is not working. I tried refreshing twice but still no effect. which include my fav concise and antisocial.

    Thanks

  • Great list! I used to love minimalismi, which used to be an Italian architecture and design blog, untill the new owners butchered it.

  • Chris

    anyone know what this theme is –

    http://goldoildrugs.com/wordpress/

    ?

  • nice themes thanks

  • Ben

    Some of those themes are beautiful, thanks for the list! I’ve compiled my own list here: 40 Awesome WordPress Themes Gotta love wordpress!

  • great themes thank you

  • Like the ‘simplified’ theme. Sugest a rename for the ‘Filthy’ theme !!

  • Great list of themes! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Nice themes… god jobs

  • great themes
    thanks!!! for the great post
    …..

  • Nice designs, keep update them

  • i’m looking for creative theme, i mean like cartoon theme, unique and inspiring. When i saw some theme here, i found some idea for my blog theme. Thanks for candle in the dark. :D

    If you have free time, let’s visit my blog and please give some suggestion for my blog theme.

  • Sure is a nice list. How did you come to choosing this particular group of themes? I mean what criteria did you use?

    I notice you didn’t mention Thesis or FlexSqueeze. Of the two I think Flexsqueeze is far superior.

  • Thanks for these some great themes

  • Can you also post a list of top WordPress Magazine layouts? I have searched that in many sites but most of them are showing almost identical results. Aren’t there any great Magazine themes available?

  • Thank for great theme. Please advise how get it.

  • These are very innovative work, hope to see more good works.

  • Suzie

    Nice list!!

  • You have compiled a great list of themes.

  • This is the second place on your site i found good collection of themes as was hunting few good theme which would go with my new site.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Looking for a new theme for my site. This looks like a good place to start.

  • I’d love your article, because it’s help me to find theme which properly for my new website. tank you

  • Great themes. I will try them for some of my blogs. Thanks for writing this post:)

  • Thank you for good theme.

  • Beautiful sharing.They are inspiring.

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  • Ed

    It’s a shame. You forgot to mention some of the wonderful wp themes where they have banners made in Flash!

  • Nice collection, I like Gallerific.

  • With the right graphics….. grapholio could look really good I think

  • Great set, thanks for sharing!

  • Loved the shopperpress theme! Thanks for sharing this list.

  • Nice quick collections, I have also found this website with more inspired design websites, http://www.alltechdesigns.com. Thank you!!!

  • Diego Hidalgo

    I luv the teme of this blog

    http://www.streetartnation.com/blog

  • Thanks very much for listing Viewport, it’s a pleasure to see so many people having fun using it :)

  • Great set, thanks for sharing!

  • Some of the links are throwing 404 error but it is quite understandable since the post is from 2009..BTW nice collection of themes you’ve here. This shows how powerful wordpress was back in 2009 ;)