10 best free HTML5 templates

How were these selected?

The following list of 10 FREE HTML5 templates are ones we personally like and would use on any of our sites. I like simple, elegant designs. I was on the lookout for features like:

  • Responsive design
  • Parallax effects
  • Ghost buttons
  • Easy-to-customize

So, without further ado, let’s have a look at which ones made the cut.

01. Ultra-Modern Free Responsive Design Agency Theme

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This freebie offers responsive design and works best for those who wish to showcase their work. Its vibrant, modern look includes parallax effects, large buttons and an emphasis on topography.

02. Free HTML5 Theme with Modern Streak to Revet Design Studio Site

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Looking for something a little less vibrant? This minimalist design features blurred images, negative space and ghost buttons.

03. Modern Vintage Twist in Free HTML5 Theme for Exterior Design Website

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One of my favorite templates from TemplateMonster is this retro and responsive design. It offers natural colors, blurred images and hexagon shapes.


I recently discovered this little gem. They offer a small collection of free CSS, HTML5, and responsive site templates released under the Creative Commons license.

04. Spacial

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This minimalistic and spacious design offers a large cover image, parallax effects and crisp, clean font. Perfect for the blogger.

05. Ion

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Another responsive, minimalistic design, Ion offers additional options such as a right or left sidebar. The beauty of this design is in its subtly.


Clearly, my favorite, HTML5 UP offers fully responsive HTML5 + CSS3 templates. Each of their templates are 100 per cent free and licensed under the Creative Commons.

06. Alpha

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This template offers a clean layout, hover effect, ghost buttons and more. If a simple, easy-to-navigate website design is what you’re after, this one if absolutely one you shouldn’t pass up.

07. Strongly Typed

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Dropdown menus, sidebars, large buttons, icons and more. Strongly Typed offers the frequent blogger one heck of a design. While I wouldn’t consider this to be my favorite, it is definitely on the top-ten.

08. Strata

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Strata was one of the first templates I discovered on HTML5 UP. It offers a stationary left sidebar, parallax effects and lightbox. This template would be great for a photographer or other creative looking to showcase their work.

09. Highlights

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Our first single-pager in the group, Highlights offers a simple, responsive design. Not only does it look great, but it functions well too. Scrolling is smooth and the background transitions are simply fantastic.

10. Halcynoic

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With five unique page layouts, the Halcynoic responsive HTML5 + CSS template feels like the workhorse of the bunch. I’d be surprised if you couldn’t find a layout that works for you. The color scheme is easy on the eyes, yet bold; and the slight texture works well.

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