Sydney is, quite simply, one of the most striking and feature-packed free WordPress themes you will ever see.
Crisp, clean and fully responsive design is the order of the day; Sydney knows exactly what it wants to achieve and sticks to its core goal of delivering a simple yet elegant design.
The theme comes with all of the standard features you would expect from a premium theme: besides being fully responsive as previously mentioned, Sydney is retina-ready, equipped for translations, includes access to 600+ Google Fonts, and offers top-quality social icons.
But that’s not all. The features list continues, ticking off items that you simply do not expect to see from a free theme. One feature of particular note is Sydney’s comprehensive use of WordPress’ native Theme Customizer, from which you can customize the front page and blog layout, change colors, switch headers, and much more.
Speaking of headers, Sydney furnishes you with two options: full screen slider or full width static header. Oh, and did we mention the parallax backgrounds functionality?
Home pages are typically difficult (or impossible) to customize with free themes, but as you might reasonably expect at this point, Sydney breaks the mould. Using intuitive ‘blocks’, you can set up a homepage containing all of the structural elements you could ask for.
Perhaps best of all, and with a view to the future of your website, Sydney has been developed using best practices, making the theme a solid long term bet; not something that can be said for some premium themes, let alone free options.
In conclusion, if you’re in the market for a free theme (or even considering premium options), for all of the above reasons and more that we’ve not even covered, Sydney is one theme that should definitely be on your shortlist.