3 free WordPress themes I’ve created for you

Who don't like freebies? I've heard many persons complaining about the lack of quality free WordPress themes. Today, I'm happy to offer you three themes I've created. Feel free to download them and use them as you wish.

Please note: These themes are offered for free, under the terms of the GPL licence. No free support or help is given.

OpenBook – Magazine theme

Back in 2008, when “magazine” themes where the absolute hype, I’ve released OpenBook, a “magazine” theme inspired by Darren Hoyt’s Mimbo. OpenBook was release on WPHacks, and was downloaded more than 500 times that year.

Just two months ago, I’ve re-released OpenBook in a new version, which is 100% compatible with WordPress 3.0+. This new version includes wp_nav_menu() support, sidebar widgets, and the theme have a complete custom control panel where you can set-up its options.
» Download OpenBook or view the live demo.

Snippet – Thematic child theme

Theme frameworks are quite popular these days. Most are premium themes (Genesis, Thesis) but the best one in my opinion is 100% free. This framework is called Thematic.

I’ve used Thematic intensively last year, on Cats Who Code, my NYC tourism blog Visiter New York and the now abandonned blog PHP Snippets. On this last site, I’ve created a child theme named Snippet: It is simple, clean and perfect for a developer. As I know most of CWC readers are developers, I thought some of you would definitely enjoy it.

» Download Snippet or view the live demo.

jQuery Mobile – Mobile theme

If you’re a CWC reader for some months, you probably remember my How to create a mobile WordPress theme with jQuery Mobile article, which was a tutorial about creating a mobile theme for your WordPress blog, using the excellent framework jQuery Mobile.

This theme, simply named jQuery Mobile is optimized for mobile devices such as the iPhone, Android, Blackberries, etc. It is a great basis for building a mobile website. Of course, you can also use it on your own blog, along with a plugin like IWPhone, which can automatically detect a mobile device and switch from your regular theme to a mobile theme.

» Download jQuery Mobile Theme or view the live demo.

  • These theme look pretty good, will use it on my test blog and after it i will review them on my blog. thanks a lot for sharing these theme for free

  • Mannie Schumpert

    The jQuery mobile theme looks great, but on the demo site, the ui-footer div is wider than my iPhone screen (I’m guessing due to a padding attribute), causing the site to be horizontally scrollable, which it shouldn’t be.

  • thanks for sharing I’ll share my old theme too if get new one

  • Thanks for sharing those. I like Snippet.

  • the Snippet theme is a real classic and clean theme, thanks for your effort.

  • Thank you for sharing !

    What about a Drupal jQuery Mobile Theme ?

    I’m working on it but i’ve some problems with jQuery 1.4.4 and drag-and-drop block module.

  • I’ll test the mobile theme, I’ve the same problem as @Mannie using it.

  • Thanks a lot for sharing those themes. The Snippet one is amazing, I love it 🙂

  • thanks for offering these themes for free.. I will use mobile theme jQuery mobile with the iwphone plugin for my couple of wp sites..

  • Thanks for great work and sharing with us. OpenBook – Magazine theme is awesome. 🙂 I like it.

  • Thanks a lot for sharing these themes. Snippet looks really clean and clutterfree. Nice work

  • Really such a useful freebies. Although all themes are best and i choose mobile theme. Thanks for offering these free.

  • Thanks for OpenBook – Magazine theme. This is your best.

  • I can see personal and professional use of each of these 3 themes. I especially like the “magazine-style” theme, “Open Book.” Downloading now.

    Thanks for the beautiful work 🙂

  • I looked specifically at the mobile theme. I was hoping to do something similar to this for my site, however, it doesn’t appear to me that the demo link is working.

  • I just downloaded the Mobile theme. Looks great, thank you!

  • I like the “OpenBook – Magazine theme”. Ill definitely try it in one of my blogs.

  • wow these themes are so cool.

    I might use on of them on my upcoming new blog ))
    Im so thankful for these that im gonna make a blog post about your site (:

    thanks, great work.

  • mel

    Thanks for sharing these. I think I’ll try using Snippets and let you know how it works out for me.

  • Love Thematic! And your child theme looks awesome 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing this great work with us!

  • Hey, I stumbled upon your free themes while looking for some pearl to start my design with for a new site I’m developing… Thanks a lot for sharing Jean-Baptiste! It’s hard to find GPLed themes nowadays! 🙂

    Keep up the good work!

  • WOW! The Open Book theme is really cool! Reminded me of a great tech blog I used to read few years ago. Thanks for the freebies, Jean-Baptiste! Great WordPress theme indeed!