2015 has already revealed several fantastic new free WordPress themes, allowing many WordPressdevs who prioritize ‘free’ alongside functionality to attain the same look and feel as many of WordPress’s best premium themes from stellar developers. Among them, and already featuring stellar five-star reviews, is the Receptar theme.
Receptar, which was released relatively recently, takes the masonry look and feel to a new level, streamlined and beautiful enough to look suitable even for a corporate website. Simple in look and feel and easy to use from a consumer perspective, it is coded to be friendly to high resolution images and screens, and has an immediate emphasis on displaying beautiful imagery alongside boutique-looking typography. According to the developer, it is modeled after recipe layouts in modern cookbooks, and has a split-screen design which readily recalls the look of a book.
With hosting and domain costs to consider, WordPress might be close… but it isn’t quite a free website builder. And until recently, it was true that most free WordPress themes had significant design or usability flaws which made them a poor choice compared to dropping money on a premium theme. But Receptar has turned that old logic on its head.
It supports Beaver Builder, the fantastic drag and drop page builder which has made WordPress page building comparable to the use of many competing drag and drop website builders, and was also built with easy integration to Jetpack in mind. Where many other free themes falter, such as in schema markups and translation readiness, the developers have made this theme airtight. It’s also fully compatible with the full suite of common browsers, including Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, and even Opera.
It’s also extraordinarily customizable, with full access provided both to CSS and HTML elements of the design. Receptar has a built-in parallax function on the home page in particular, which adds significant wow factor for new visitors, and its masonry post appearance encourages interactivity. The theme has been coded with the best SEO practices in mind throughout, and is able to accommodate child theme functions. And if you need help? There’s a guide for that.
Another key place many free themes fail where Receptar knocks it out of the park is its documentation. If for any reason a user ever needs help with the theme or a guide to all itsfunctions, the author has provided a thorough guide, complete with helpful images to highlight code functions, buttons, and items of interest. The guide also has a ‘useful tips’ section which lay out clearly helpful information, such as ideal image sizes and placement options, editor formats, recommended plugins, and even has links to more detailed guides about building a successful website with WordPress.
The Receptar theme is the fourth free WordPress theme provided by WebMan design, and the tenth theme from the developer which is publicly available. The author provides ongoing support for Receptar and many other themes, as well as their custom WordPress plugins. Receptar is available from the WordPress platform, Themeforest, Creative Market, at the developer’s website, and for download at several free theme purveyors. Receptar was released in June, 2015, and since then has been utilized as a WordPress theme over 21,000 times. Since its upload, it was last updated on August 19, 2015.