This post is one in a series called, “Stunning Themes!” which introduces new WordPress themes that you won’t be able to resist.

This is the first theme that I’m introducing in the “Stunning Themes” series.

As such, I think it’s only fitting that I profile the impressive Pytheas WordPress theme that I use in my guide, “How To Make A Website With WordPress“.

To be honest, when I was searching for a theme to use with the guide, I looked FOREVER for the right one.

But when I first laid eyes on Pytheas, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for.

Here it is in all its glory…

Pytheas WordPress Theme


Feature packedcheck!
Mobile readycheck!

What more could you ask for? Nothing!

So that’s why I chose it, and maybe you will too.

About The Developer

AJ ClarkeThe Pytheas theme was created by an artist, that much is evident.

AJ Clarke is the sole developer at WPExplorer – a site which produces a variety of stylish, modern, WordPress themes.

If you visit his site, you’ll notice how all of the WPExplorer themes are simple, clean and elegant.

AJ does an amazing job of adding all the necessary features for each type of theme he’s developing.

He offers several other free themes on his site, with the option to receive support for $25. His premium themes are even more impressive, with some offering drag-and-drop builders, integration of Google fonts and other custom features.

If you’re in the market for a theme for your site, I highly recommend taking the time to shop around WPExplorer.

WPExplorer Screenshot

There’s a very good chance you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

I know I did. 🙂

What Types of Websites Will It Work For?

I chose the Pytheas themes, not only for its beauty, but for its flexibility. It can be adjusted to work with a wide variety of websites, and that’s another reason I selected it for my guide.

More specifically, this theme is well-suited for these types of sites:

  • Blogs
  • Corporate Websites
  • Portfolio Type Websites
  • Small Business Websites
  • Author Websites

In reality, you could probably use it for just about any kind of website with a little customization. But the 5 categories listed above are what the author had in mind when developing the theme.

What Features Does It Come With?

The Pytheas theme comes loaded with cool feature that make it easy for you to build a site that both looks professional and does everything you need it to.

Here’s the list of the cool feature you get with this theme, along with a short explanation of what each does.

  • Home Page Slider – Pytheas gives you a beautiful slider on your Home page along with a setting to adjust the animation type. Create as many slides as you like, and link them to your pages or posts.
  • Custom Menus – In addition to your main navigation menu, Pytheas gives you the option to add one to your footer. That way your visitors can navigate without having to return to the top.
  • Custom Header – Pytheas gives you full control over your header area. Remove the header search box; add your custom logo; or even add a header image. All possible with Pytheas.
  • Custom Background – Easily change the color of your site’s background. Or even upload an image to be used instead. All easily done with the click of a mouse.
  • Social Buttons – Pytheas gives you a large selection of social buttons, and puts them in the menu bar on every single page.
  • Contact Form 7 Support – Every website needs a Contact page, and Pytheas makes it easy for you to add one to yours by integrating perfectly with the hugely popular Contact Form 7.
  • Widgetized Footer – Never run out of places to put your important information. The Pytheas theme makes it easy to put up to 4 customized widgets in your footer.
  • Responsive Design – Pytheas was built with a mobile-ready design so that it will respond to the dimensions of any device it’s viewed on and still look amazing.
  • Localization Files – Want to build your site in another language. Just download the .mo and .po files and go to work on them. Simple as that.
  • Font Awesome Support – Pytheas delivers a set of 368 icons that you can use on your site, which are provided by the Font Awesome library.

Where Can You Get It?

The Pytheas theme can be downloaded from button at the bottom of this section. But before you do, let’s talk about the paid version of the theme.

I know the title of this blog says that the theme is “Free”. And while that’s true, there’s also a paid version that you might want to check out.

“Why would I want to pay for a theme when I can get if for free?” you’re probably asking.

Well, here are 2 really good reasons I can think of…

  1. Technical Support
    If you’re having trouble installing or configuring the theme, you can get all of the support you need if you purchase it for a mere $25. That will give you full support, but even if you don’t need it, making the purchase is a great way to support the developer in his efforts to provide you with updates and upgrades.
  2. Sample Data File
    If you want to start out with the exact demo website you see on WPExplorer, you can do so by importing the XML file that you’ll receive with the paid version of the theme. Otherwise, you’re on your own, which can make it a little difficult to get started.

Now that you know the difference between the free and paid version, here’s the button that will take you to the page where you can get either one.

Download Pytheas

Potential Problems

No theme is perfect by any means. So I’ve done my research on Pytheas and will report any known problems with the theme in this section.

Here’s the only issue I know of for now…

  • Homepage Slider
    A few users have reported a problem with the home page slider. When the theme is viewed in Internet Explorer browser at resolutions of 1440px and wider, the slide images get shifted to the right and show white space to the left.

    I’m not sure the exact version of Internet Explorer this happens with, but I believe it’s IE8 or older that presents a problem. If that’s the case, it won’t affect a large percentage of visitor, but it might be something to consider before deciding to use it.

If you run into any more problems with the theme, please let me know and I’ll add them here.

Alternative Themes By The Same Author

Of course, the FREE Pytheas WordPess Theme isn’t the only masterpiece that AJ Clarke has published. He has a plethora of other free and premium themes that you should definitely take a look at.

Here’s my short list of personal favorites:

Earth Eco Non-Profit WordPress Theme

With it’s earth tones and beautiful use of imagery, the Earth Eco WordPress Theme would help any non-profit organization establish their presence and communicate their message online. This theme includes a “Donate” button, as well as a “Visual Composer Drag & Drop Page Builder” that makes it easy for the publisher, to create custom page layouts in a jiffy.

Earth Eco WordPress Theme

Pronto Free Masonry Gallery WordPress Theme

The Pronto Theme works well as a personal or professional WordPress blog theme. It displays all of you latest post in a grid-like pattern on the home page while at the same time being fully responsive and allowing you to upload your own custom logo. What more could you ask for?

Pronto WordPress Theme

The Minimal Professional WordPress Theme

The Professional Minimal WordPress Theme sports a clean layout with simple functionality for those who are looking for a theme to display their business or artwork portfolio. It has a classic, centered navigation with elegant, black font on a white background.

Professional Minimal WordPress Theme


I hope you’ve enjoyed this introduction to Pytheas and the other incredible themes created by AJ Clarke over at WPExplorer.

There are a ton of other themes that I wasn’t able to profile here, and I would highly recommend looking through everything he has to offer there.

Let us know your favorite WPExplorer theme in the comments below.

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11 Responses

  1. I typed in your url – but nothing came up. I was in the process of creating the child theme for my website. Is it because I accidently activated the responsive theme before realizing that I wasn’t supposed to click on “activate” before first adding child theme? Oops!
    I really am anxious to get this website up and running. Your instructions are awesome but I made the mistake of getting ahead of myself.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Kathy,

      That’s okay if you activated the parent theme before installing the child theme.

      All you have to do is follow the same procedure that you used for the parent theme to install the child theme, and then activate the child when prompted.

      It won’t cause any problems at all.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.


  2. I installed the Pytheas Free Responsive Corporate wordpress theme in my new wordpress. After that I added some slides in the slides option. But none of the images are not displaying. There is no slider in the theme.. why it is so??

    1. Hey Nidheesh,

      If your slides aren’t showing, I can think of three things that might be the cause:

      1. Go to Pages, and make sure that you have created a “Home” page for your site.
      2. Go to Pages and click on your Home page on the right.
      Then on the right side select “Home” under the Page Attributes > Template section.
      3. Go to Settings > Reading and make sure that you front page is set to Home.

      That should make it work. If not, let me know.


      1. Hi Todd,

        Did this:

        If your slides aren’t showing, I can think of three things that might be the cause:

        1. Go to Pages, and make sure that you have created a “Home” page for your site.
        2. Go to Pages and click on your Home page on the right.
        Then on the right side select “Home” under the Page Attributes > Template section.
        3. Go to Settings > Reading and make sure that you front page is set to Home.

        That should make it work. If not, let me know.

        But still not working, there is no slider in the theme

        1. Hi Indy,

          I’m sorry to hear you’re having trouble getting the slider to show up.

          If you go to Appearance > Theme Options > Slides, do you have “Toggle Slideshow” set to “True”?

          Also, are you seeing the other sections, like the Services, Products and Recent News sections showing up on the home page?

  3. I’m getting the following error message when I attempted to install the theme you provide in the ebook.

    Unpacking the package…

    Installing the theme…

    The package could not be installed. The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet.

    Theme install failed.

    Please let me know what I’m doing wrong.

    Eric Swanson

    1. Hey Eric,

      Sorry to hear you’re having trouble.

      There are two themes in the ZIP file that you downloaded. One is the “parent” theme (, and the other is the “child” theme (

      It sounds like you may be trying to install the child theme before installing the parent theme. So make sure that you install, before attempting to install

      That should resolve the issue, but if not, let me know and I’ll look into it further.

      Have a good weekend!


  4. I’ve got Pytheas theme installed and I love it’s look.

    I do have an issue with the homepage slider on mobile though.

    If I have 1 image, then the display on the mobile is fine.

    If I have 2 images, then the first image shows with a blank space below equal to the height of the second image. it then refreshes and the second image is displayed in that space leaving a space above it.

    I currently have 6 images so it’s leaving huge spaces before/after each image being shown. It generally looks a mess on mobile.

    Any ideas why it does this?

  5. Hi Todd, I am new to the world of website creation. I am starting Interior design Business in Sydney, would love to create a website by myself. there are infinite number of themes. I can’t figure out which one suits best for me. Your response would be greatly appreciated.
    Many Thanks,


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