Updated: March 29, 2013

About a month ago, I sent a call out to the WordPress community requesting that more themes be released that by default include slots for 125×125 banners. These ad ready WordPress themes are all the rage, yet it seems that few designers took the time to optimize their themes for these banners. Common sense says that if there is very little supply but a lot of demand, the people that fill the demand will find tremendous success.

In looking at the recent trends with newly released themes over this past month, it seems that bloggers have really responded and there is now a wide variety of WordPress themes available for download. I decided there are finally enough of them now that I can throw together a gallery of WordPress themes that allow for 125×125 banners. Enjoy!

Update:  The below are all free WordPress themes.  If you’d like to get a more advanced WordPress theme, check out our Premium WordPress Themes gallery.

2-Column Themes

Typebased Theme

Source/Demo | Download

Vintage Theme

vintage-theme

Source | Download | Demo

Blues Theme

blues-theme

Source | Download | Demo

PassionDuo Theme (3 Colors)

Green: Demo | Download, Red: Demo | Download, Blue: Demo | Download

WP Freemium Theme

Source | Download

Dark Zen Theme

Source | Download | Demo

Maggo Theme

Maggo Theme

Source | Download | Demo

Green Tech Theme

Green Tech Theme

Source | Download | Demo

Blue Sensation Theme
blue sensation theme

Source | Download | Demo

3-Column Themes

Padangan Theme

Padangan Theme

Source | Download | Demo

SimpleWP Theme

Source | Download | Demo

Black and White Theme

Black and White Theme

Source | Download | Demo

Firebug Theme

Source | Download | Demo

Simple Red Theme

Simple Red Theme

Source | Download (Requires free registration)

True Blue Theme

True Blue Theme

Source | Download (Requires free registration)

WP Premiere Theme

WP Premiere Theme

Source | Download | Demo

Magazine-Style Themes

Structure Theme

Structure Theme

Source | Download | Demo

Forte Theme

Forte

Source | Download | Demo

Mag on Wood Theme

Source | Download | Demo

Studio WordPress Theme (Available in Blue, Green, & Red)

Source | Download | Demo

Know of a good quality one we missed? Contact us or let us know in the comments below!

Kyle Eslick is WordPress enthusiast who took his passion for WordPress to the next level in 2007 by launching WPHacks.com as a place to share hacks, tutorials, etc. Connect with Kyle on Twitter or Google+!

  • http://readywpthemes.com readywpthemes

    I think your forgot my themes :)

  • http://www.khairulazmi.com khairulazmi

    very nice collection.
    Yup! 125×125 ad button has becoming a standard for blog sidewide advertising rite now..

  • http://www.cybercoder.net David Cooley

    Kyle, most of these are really fantastic looking themes. And you convinced me to try a right sidebar, now, there is only one thing stopping me from trying some of these themes.

    On my sites, especially technical ones 63% of my visitors are using a higher resolution than 1024×768, which means that themes designed for 1024 width have a lot of dead space on the sides.

    I may have overlooked one, but do you know of any like these that have a fluid width?

    Thanks in advance!

  • skarld

    I was inspired by your article to add 125′s to my site. They are working, but not as well as the top 300×250. I used some of Hakan’s code from readywpthemes.com to get the job done. Although I am not as good as the designers in this post, I got busy and hacked the theme I was using to pieces for a whole new look. Next step, how to get designers to submit and vote for their own themes. ;-)

  • http://kyleeslick.com Kyle Eslick

    @ Ready – Thanks for the heads up. I will look them over tonight and get them added!

    @ Khair – Thanks. They absolutely have! At least until TechCrunch decides to change their ad blocks. :mrgreen:

    @ David – It is probably just my personal preference, but I’m glad to hear you are finding success with the right sidebar.

    I know in my searches I do, on occasion), run across fluid width WordPress themes, but they are few and far between. I can’t think of any that have blocks built in for the 125×125 ads. I’ll keep an eye out and let you know if I run across one!

    @ Skald – Very nice! You’ve got a great site, have you considered advertising to get more traffic and user interaction?

  • http://www.de-fries.nl DeFries

    Great list, but I think you missed one more:

    http://ustadz.net/indomagz-free-premium-wordpress-theme.htm

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    Trying to find one of these types of themes for my blog. Thanks for the list.

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  • ccc

    but how do I get my ads to use the pre-existing 125×125 slots?!! i have adsense manager installed, but when i add the widget to my sidebar it creates an additional 125×125 ad, it doesnt use the 4 spaces already there! help!!

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  • http://www.paddsolutions.com Dulce

    Hi Kyle. Check out some of our WordPress themes. Most of our WordPress themes are 125×125 button ready.

    Examples:
    WordPress Theme 1
    WordPress Theme 2
    WordPress Theme 3
    More

  • Busby

    Thanks for sharing those themes. thanks to you wphacks.

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  • manchit

    thanks a lot.
    can you please tell me how do i get 125 by 125 ads for free to display on my blog.
    currently i am displaying skyscraper ads by google only.

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  • reggie

    can anyone help install these themes some dont have readme files or instructions and the one’s that do arent helpful.

  • Ian

    I keep getting some error messages on the vintage theme, this one in particular.

    Warning: Cannot modify header information – headers already sent by (output started at /home/toprank1/public_html/bygone/wp-content/themes/vintage-wordpress-theme/wordpress-brown/functions.php:2) in /home/toprank1/public_html/bygone/wp-includes/pluggable.php on line 850

    Is there any way I can stop this from happening?

  • L. Mohan Arun

    Hi very helpful, the typebased theme download link is not working, it is going to woothemes site.

  • http://kyleeslick.com Kyle Eslick

    @ L. Mohan Arun – The TypeBased theme is a FREE theme from Woo Themes. The link takes you to their theme page. You can scroll through to locate that particular theme (they have other free themes available as well).

  • Sajid

    The theme is easy to modify so you can fit a 125×125 ad in that spot.
    Yes, Joe, it’s very easy to replace the text with an image or picture.
    It really does have some nice features. Great work!….

  • Sapikk

    You must update any broken link.. BTW, thanks for this great collection.. thanks in advance!

  • srikanth

    thanks for the fabulous list, i am trying Darkzen theme

  • Laura Guess

    These are some great looking templates. Thank you for your contribution.

  • http://wpexplorer.com WPExplorer

    This is a great post. I was looking exactly for this list the other day. However, some of these merely are add ready because they include a “plugin” to give you the 125 ads.

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    Blues Theme looks amazing its look and i also feel that its look and feel is quite similar with your site.

  • nakliyat

    On my sites, especially technical ones 63% of my visitors are using a higher resolution than 1024×768, which means that themes designed for 1024 width have a lot of dead space on the sides.

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  • Neel Kapoor

    Hi,
    You have too much outstanding themes, I’m going to download PassionDuo theme its superb sir

    Thanks
    Neel Kapoor

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  • http://www.korabtech.com/ Korab

    I love themes with 125×125 buttons. Nice additions to my collections. Thanks.

  • http://www.simplymikaela.com/ Korab

    Wow these are awesome collections. I like the Passion Duo. Adds are properly placed and exposed. Thanks so much for this.

  • http://robuster.tk Robuster

    I was inspired by your article to add 125?s to my site. They are working, but not as well as the top 300×250. I used some of Hakan’s code from readywpthemes.com to get the job done. Although I am not as good as the designers in this post, I got busy and hacked the theme I was using to pieces for a whole new look. Next step, how to get designers to submit and vote for their own themes. ;-)

  • http://tamatan.tk/ Tivisiana

    Trying to find one of these types of themes for my blog. Thanks for the list.