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


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 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


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


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


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


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

Viso | $25 | Details | Demo


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

Gallerific | $35 | Details | Demo


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

Soft Light | $25 | Details | Demo


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


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


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


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 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


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


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 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 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 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


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 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 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


A photography theme designed for photo enthusiasts and pro photographers

Simplified 2 | $30 | Details | Demo


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 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 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 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 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


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 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 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, and

Product Affiliator | $25 | Details | Demo


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


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 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


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

SocialPress | #30 | Details | Demo


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


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 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


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


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


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

PixelCraft WP | $30 | Details | Demo


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 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 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 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


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 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?

Catalin is the founder of Mostash - a social marketing boutique - and he's always happy to share his passion for graphic design & social media.