Welcome to Theme.Works, our new platform that simplifies the creation of custom WordPress themes! You can build a totally custom theme design in under 60 seconds. See how it works:

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Build first philosophy

At Theme.Works, you can design and build your theme first and download whenever you are satisfied with the results. No more endless searches. No more hacking templates. No more confusing options. Just your own custom design and nothing more.

Currently Theme.Works offers 10 different header layouts, 14 portfolio layouts, e-commerce integration with Sell Media, Woo-Commerce and Easy Digital Downloads, slideshow integration, and various layouts for testimonials, clients, signup and contact forms, widgets and footers. More layouts will be added every week. Besides layouts, you can also change things like color palettes, fonts, logos, slideshow images, welcome messages and much more after activating your new theme.

War against bloatware

Now, if you’re thinking “Hey, that’s a lot of stuff. I don’t need it all,” WE TOTALLY AGREE. Our unique approach to the theme building process ensures that you don’t download bloatware. Every theme is unique and contains exactly what you chose when you built your theme, and nothing more.

“It’s like comparing a tailored suit
to a suit bought off the rack.”

– Tyler Woods, contributor for technical.ly Brooklyn

You can mix and match different design features with just a click and a drag. There are literally hundreds of possible configurations. It’s fun, a massive time-saver and a great way to build your own custom WordPress theme.

Free WordPress Themes

Every month we will build a custom WordPress theme using the Theme.Works platform and release it as a free download here on our blog. To celebrate our launch, we’ve built something that I think you’ll love. It includes header background video, portfolio integration and is fully responsive. Check it out:

Theme.Works free WordPress theme

Theme highlights:

  • Optional header background video or image
  • Portfolio integration
  • 10 different page templates
  • Posts shown in slider on homepage
  • Widgetized footer
  • 10 color palettes to choose from
  • Dozens of custom fonts to choose from
  • Theme options for easy site customization
  • Responsive design
  • And much more

This free download shows just a few of the many possibilities of the Theme.Works platform. Checkout a live preview.

Download Free Theme

Our development philosophy

“No code bloat”

We think that themes should be lightweight and do exactly what you expect. Nothing more, nothing less.

“Fewer options, better results”

You will not need a reference manual to configure your theme. You will find an appropriate amount of theme options for changing fonts, logos, colors, slides.

“Do not repeat yourself”

All themes are built using SASS, which means less code repetition and maximum browser compatibility (all compiled CSS is linted).

“Faster is better”

All scripts are concatenated and minified into one file. This decreases site load times.

What’s next?

New section designs will be released every week. If you have an idea for a design, please let us know! We’d love to hear from you.

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by Thad Allender

Thad is the founder of Theme.Works and Graph Paper Press. Previously, he produced online multimedia and documentary projects for USA Today including the inauguration of President Barack Obama and many others. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Abby.


  1. Hi! I just bought a plan and I’ve noticed that on the Theme Builder, it is really only building a homepage. Granted, I haven’t yet played with it in depth… but I’m wondering (and maybe pre-purchase visitors are too), is it just as simple to design the inner pages? And, how can I add a side bar to the homepage? Thanks! 😉

  2. Hello there! We’re loving the Theme.Works option from your Graphpaper dudes.

    Just a quick question, Is there any change we can see a visualisation of all fonts? Having to go through them one by one is taking very long with all those font options.. #SpoiledForChoice.


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