As we prepare to say goodbye to 2017, it is only natural that we look at the year in a variety of design genres. Today, we will focus on the best WordPress themes published during the year.

Although there are many ways to judge the themes (appearance, features, popularity, etc.), we are going to be bold and simply say that we really like those on this list. They represent the spectrum of what is available, from free to commercial, from barebones to feature rich.

Here they are, in no particular order. Celebrate our 10 favorite WordPress themes of 2017!

Minimal 20/17

Minimal 20/17 is a free child theme of the WordPress theme Twenty Seventeen by default. It removes some of the "excessive" padding from its parent, introduces a larger layout, and adds in a few extra templates. This will save anyone wanting to build on top of the original a few steps.

  Minimal 20/17

WoodMart

WoodMart is a commercial theme that focuses on WooCommerce stores. What really sets it apart are the advanced navigation features. Large customizable menus make it an excellent choice for sites with many product categories. Ajax product filtering allows customers to find exactly what they're looking for.

  Woodmart

WP Generic

WP Generic may be free, but it has the appearance and features of a commercial theme (of course, it is the version compulsory pro also). The theme works with the WordPress Customizer, allowing you to change colors and other settings to suit your needs. Overall, it's a very attractive and easy-to-read theme.

  Wp Generic

Course Generator

Course Generator aims to take advantage of the increase of sites using WordPress as LMS (Learning Management System). It works in conjunction with the LearnPress plugin to help you build and sell courses online or offline. This commercial theme comes with several LearnPress premium add-ons, including plugins that work with different payment gateways, WooCommerce, paid Pro Membership and more.

  Racing Builder

CustomPress

CustomPress is a free theme that prides itself on being easy to personalize. It is also designed for speed (based on the Milligram CSS frame) and compatibility with mobile devices. The look is clean and uncluttered.

  Custompress

Flexblog

Flexblog is another proof that blogs are still an important part of what WordPress does. And this commercial theme deals with bloggers properly, with many different layout options to suit their needs. You'll also find different navigation / pagination styles, built-in social sharing, and compatibility with the WordPress Customizer.

  Flexblog

Ariel

Ariel brings an attractive and photo-centric style to blogs. Style is not overbearing – a welcome feature in this category. Included with the free theme are two cursor styles, many sidebar options, and social media icons. A pro version adds more customization options, post formats and other assorted goodies

  Ariel

Get Skeleton

Get Skeleton is a startup theme free based on the popular _s (Underscores) and includes the passe-partout GetSkeleton CSS. It is intended for designers who want to create their own theme but want a solid foundation on which to support it. So, no, it's not going to win out-of-the-box beauty prizes. It is, however, destined for serious development.

  Get Skeleton

Skin

Skin shows us the fun side of WordPress themes. The design is unique and quite daring – although you can customize it to suit your personality. It seems to be the perfect fit for the modern blog that is looking to become viral. There is a lot of movement and animation, but the layout is still quite easy to follow. This is definitely a different commercial theme

  Skin

Cortex

Cortex also lends itself to a more creative type of website. There are 17 home layouts to choose from with this commercial theme – all are very colorful. You'll find several navigation options, including mega-menus and a sliding "hamburger" option. The animation is also great here, with a lot of floating objects to add a little flair to your content.

  Cortex

Retrospective … And Upcoming

What did we learn from 2017? Well, blogs are still "in". And developers are becoming more and more fun with designs and features. This makes sense considering the times when we live and the crowded market for themes.

But 2018 seems like it will be a whole new level of movement with regard to themes (and WordPress in general). With the arrival of publisher Gutenberg, look for theme developers to ensure compatibility and to add their own custom features. It will be fascinating to see how the market adapts to this new way of creating and modifying content.

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