5 Free WordPress Themes with Demo Content – Easy to Import and Edit Starter Sites

Best Free WordPress Themes with Demo Content (Tested)

Demo content is a great way to get a head start in building your new website.

It’s easy to install the demo content of a theme and start editing from there. This will give you the advantage to use a well-designed template and only change the text and images to fit your vision.

Premium themes come with lots of Demo templates to choose from. This is less common in free themes.

Theme

*Performance

Free Demo templates

Free Download

Neve

94/100

50

OceanWP

85/100

13

Astra

71/100

99

Hello Elementor

77/100

5

Zakra

79/100

28

If you are just starting your website journey, you can safely choose a theme from the table above, to make your life a little easier.

If used the right way, these free themes can give you good results for your projects and be the ground base for future improvements.

I downloaded, installed, and tested all themes below in the search for the best quality, speed, design, and functionality a free WordPress theme can offer, plus the available free demo content templates it offers.

*The actual score depends on the demo

Top 5 Best Free WordPress Themes Reviewed

Neve

Neve gives you a choice of 50 pre-built starter sites (the one from the picture above is included).

It’s easy to import the ready demo and start building from there.

For some of the demos, you will need a page builder, but many of them are built with the default Gutenberg editor.

You can filter starter sites based on the page builder used.

For a faster loading site, you will want to use the Gutenberg page builder templates.

For a free theme, Neve has all the necessary options to create a fully functional website. To edit your header and footer, set colors, and edit the pages freely.

You can install the theme from your WordPress dashboard Appearance > Themes > Add new or download it from the link below.


OceanWP

To use all the features of OceanWP you’ll have to Ocean Extra plugin, right after you install your theme. This is a free plugin that is required to use the theme.

OceanWP comes with a setup wizard, where you can easily choose what demo to import and how to configure your new site.

You can install the theme from your WordPress dashboard Appearance > Themes > Add new, or download it from the link above.


Astra

Demo Outdoor adventure

Astra is one of the most popular and downloaded free WordPress themes (if not the most).

It has 85 free starter sites, so you can choose your preferred template, based on your project goal.


Hello Elementor

This is the base theme from the creators of the popular page builder – Elementor.

The theme is built to be very fast and lightweight. The creators promise us a 1/4 second load time. Of course in real life, that depends on your site content and the other plugins you are using.

To use the pre-made layouts you’ll need to register a free account and connect your site to Kits Library.


Zakra

Zakra is another free theme that gives you a wide choice of starter sites to import in a single click.

You can see on the image above, that some of the demos are premium, but there are plenty of free ones.

Demos are available for several popular page builders:

  • Elementor
  • Gutenberg
  • Brizy

In terms of customization, the free version is giving you more than enough. You can choose from 5 main page layouts, 3 header types, you can choose to disable the page header and title (good for Hero sections).


All the themes we choose to add in the above section could be premium!

The value these authors have given us for free is insane. You won’t go wrong with whatever theme you chose.

These free themes are in their own league for now.

You can run your site on any of them and active great success.

Just make sure to choose a reliable hosting provider (check my article) and the rest is up to you, your imagination, dedication, and willingness to develop your WordPress site.

What to do After you Have Installed Your Theme?

The theme is only the foundation of your website.

You’ll have to add some mandatory plugins, in order to optimize your SEO, Speed, Design, Sales, or whatever other aspect is important for your website.

You can check my post for essential free plugins to get started. I also put up a detailed guide for speed optimization that you’d want to check before you launch your site.

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Bo
I'm Bo, and I've been creating websites with WordPress for 15 years. I was lazy to learn how to code, so I mastered the art of making quality web projects without coding skills. I started WPctrl.com with the idea to share my knowledge and personal experience, and suggest better alternatives to you.