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 abandoned 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.
As those themes haven’t been updated for years, you might want to check this selection of free WordPress Themes.