As a blogger, you want your website to reflect your unique voice and style. You also want visitors to have a positive experience navigating your site — that is, reading posts with ease, searching for topics of interest, and discovering other content that makes them excited to return.
A WordPress blogging theme can help you achieve the exact look, feel, design, and layout you envision, without the need for coding.
We’ve curated this list of our favorite free WordPress themes for bloggers like yourself — in no particular order — to consider using for your website.
Astra is a fast and lightweight theme that’s suitable for a variety of use cases. This flexible foundation makes Astra a quality option to consider when building a blog. The theme comes with several ready-to-use blog websites that can be imported, modified, and used out of the box.
With the free version of Astra, you have several features that are specifically designed for blogs. You have the ability to enable or disable featured images on blog posts, manage the width of the content, and change the structure of posts. But for several advanced features like auto-loading previous posts, adding author sections, and removing featured image padding, you’d need to opt for the Pro or Agency plan.
Astra is one of the fastest themes available, and its compatibility with all major page builders (such as Elementor, Beaver, and Brizy), make it a great option for bloggers.
Kadence is a lightweight and fully-featured WordPress theme that makes creating beautiful fast-loading and accessible websites a breeze. It features an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop header and footer builder to build any type of header in minutes.
For bloggers, Kadence stands out because of its clean blog styling, including featured image placements and sticky sidebar options. Additionally, Kadence has a deep integration with the core block editor, so your content will match what you see in the admin panel.
Kadence also includes a full library of starter templates (such as Agency, SaaS, Yoga, and others) that are easy to modify with intelligent global font and color controls. With extensive integration with the most popular third party plugins like Elementor and WooCommerce, you can quickly build impressive ecommerce websites, course websites, business websites, and more.
Blog Way is a simple and professional theme. It's clean, well-coded, and has a modern layout. Blog Way is especially great for blogs, news sites, and travel sites. It has multiple customizable features and ensures high-quality performance to help boost your site traffic. Blog Way also comes with an option to change the color of your entire site and offers social links for you to connect your site with your social accounts.
Simple is a free WordPress theme developed by Themify and built for, well, simplicity. Simple is designed so customers can buy items directly from your WordPress website without being redirected to Shopify, but is flexible enough for any regular blog or static pages. As with all Themify themes, Simple is responsive and can be displayed on any device or resolution. With Themify Builder (which comes with the Simple theme), you can easily customize your design and build beautiful online store pages with a drag and drop interface.
Overlay is built to be light and fast. You can make a simple site, or build a fully customized online store. You’ll have full control of all the elements from your website's layout, from spacing to full-color settings. Overlay offers deep integration with WooCommerce, Elementor, and other leading plugins.
Kale is built for food bloggers. You can choose from a number of feed displays to organize your written content and images of the dishes you’re featuring. The built-in social media sidebar widget makes it easy for your visitors to locate, view, and follow your accounts.
Avant comes with seven Header layouts, five Blog layouts, three footer layouts, full site color settings, SEO settings, and much more built neatly into the WordPress Customizer. Avant integrates seamlessly with WooCommerce and page builders like Elementor or SiteOrigin.
Blossom Feminine is a free WordPress theme that you can use to create fashion, lifestyle, journal, travel, beauty, or food blog. The theme is mobile-friendly and has used SEO-friendly features such as breadcrumbs and last updated dates of posts. In addition, the theme is WooCommerce compatible, translation ready, and comes with regular updates.
Blossom Fashion is perfect for building a stylish blog without spending a penny. While free, the theme offers premium features like WooCommerce compatibility, font choosing options, an advertisement widget, Instagram section, and more. The theme makes sure it is easy to use and comes with extensive documentation, and there's always support if you need more help.
Blossom Travel is a fast-loading and mobile-friendly WordPress theme for travel blogs. The theme blends accessible design with extensive features like social media integration, theme color options, and breadcrumbs. Moreover, Blossom Travel has an Instagram section, email subscription section, and social media widgets so visitors can easily connect with you.
The Blossom Pin theme features a Pinterest-style design, using a vibrant masonry layout with three posts/page layouts options. Its infinite scroll lets visitors browse without distraction. The theme is SEO-optimized and easily customizable: choose from many different colors and hundreds of Google fonts.
Elegant Pink is a free and beautifully designed theme with a dynamic, Pinterest-like layout. Its design combines soft colors with a simple and clean layout to present your blog to the world. Elegant Pink also has a slider section above the masonry-design post on the homepage.
Writee is ideal for photography or image-heavy blogs — the theme has a slider hero image feature which allows you to include several full-width images. Writee also makes managing an online store simple with its WooCommerce integration.
Hemingway is a simple two-column blogging theme that keeps your content organized and easy to read. It includes a parallax scrolling feature which adds an interactive, video-like experience to your blog pages. Hemingway’s translation-ready feature comes with pre-made language files so your website can be automatically translated into a number of other languages with just a click.
The Radiate blogging theme offers unique visuals, including a customizable, full-width hero image and primary color options so you can match your branding. If you have a WordPress.com Premium or Business account (that is, if you pay for WordPress), you can take advantage ofcustom Cascading Style Sheets.
Neve is a powerful, free WordPress theme from ThemeIsle. It offers a fully responsive mobile-first design, and extensive customization options to tailor your blog to your brand image. Neve frequently updates for security and new features, and its theme options panel will help you get started out-of-the-box.
Bulan offers multiple homepage layouts for your blog including full-width, boxed, narrow, and multi-column options. There are also a number of customizable sidebar and navigation configurations to enhance your blog-reading experience. Not to mention, you can install customwidgets to increase functionality.
Total is a blogging theme with a masonry-style layout, which places your latest three, six, or nine blog posts in a grid format. There’s also a portfolio section if you want to share some of your artistic work. Total is SEO-friendly, which means it’s set up to help you rank in Google searches and get more traffic to your site.
Spacious offers four different page layout options and four blog display options to choose from. Building your site with Spacious is a painless process due to their downloadable demo sites that you can use for inspiration and support.
Revive is a blogging and magazine theme that’s ideal if you want to share images. The theme has a responsive design so your visitors can easily view your website from different devices, and offers access to theFont Awesome icon library. Use these icons to create a more interactive experience for visitors.
Wisteria is a blogging theme with a minimalist design. It includes layouts tailored to a variety of blogs including lifestyle, food, fashion, marketing, and more. Wisteria is retina-ready, meaning all of your images and content will be high-definition to ensure your site has a professional look.
The Editorial blog theme is visually engaging, simple to use, and flexible enough to organize large amounts of editorial content in a way that won't overwhelm readers. Editorial also comes with a variety of convenient widgets that let you easily customize your page sections, no coding needed.
Brilliant is a blog and online magazine theme that allows you to artistically pair your blog posts with photo or video content. You can add or edit your own custom logo on your homepage as well as easily customize your theme’s accent colors to match your branding. Brilliant is also translation-ready, so visitors can read your content in different languages.
If you're looking to include large, professional-looking photographs on your blog, Poseidon is the option for you — this theme offers a full-width image slideshow on the homepage. The layout is mainly white to create a spacious, organized look. Poseidon also includes completely customizable navigation bars to enhance user experience and improve your site’s configuration.
Author is a straightforward theme suitable for all blog types. Its minimalist look helps readers to easily focus on your content. While easy to implement, Author has expert support available in case you run into any issues, as well as several tutorial videos to walk you through different customization tasks step-by-step.
A free blogging WordPress theme will help you to create a unique, functional, and eye-catching place for your content. Each theme offers features, layouts, and styling that set them apart, so consider the overall design you’re going for on your blog to help you determine the ideal option for you.
Then, install your theme, begin to add content, and customize your site to create a great user experience that keeps readers returning for more.
Originally published Dec 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM, updated November 20 2020