If you’re a blogger, it’s probably safe to assume you want your WordPress website to be equally as stylish, unique, and high quality as the content you share. You also want visitors to have a positive experience navigating your site — 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.
The best free WordPress themes for bloggers
The 18 Best Free WordPress Themes for Bloggers in 2019
We’ve curated this list of our favorite 18 free WordPress themes for bloggers like yourself — not in any specific order — to consider using for your website. Each theme includes a description of the features that make them unique as well as a list of key takeaways in case you’re in a hurry.
Simple is a free WordPress theme developed by Themify built for exactly what it is called: simplicity. Simple is designed so your customers can buy items directly from your WordPress website without being redirected to Shopify, but it 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 the drag & drop interface.
Blog Way is a free WordPress theme that is both simple and professional. It is clean, well-coded, and has a modern layout. This responsive theme is very useful for blogs, news sites, travel sites, and lifestyle coaches. It has multiple features and is optimized for search engines. The theme ensures high-quality performance and can help boost your site traffic. Blog Way comes with an option to change the color of your entire site and has social links for you to connect your site with your social accounts.
Overlay is built to be light and fast so your website is fast and has high performance. You can build a simple site or have a fully customized online store. You’ll have full control of all the elements from your website's layout to spacing and full-color settings. Overlay offers deep integration with WooCommerce, Elementor, and other top plugins.
Kale is built for food bloggers. There are a number of feed displays to choose from so you can determine how you want to organize your written content and images of the dishes and menu items that 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 7 Header layouts, 5 Blog layouts, 3 Footer layouts, Full site color settings, SEO settings and lots more built neatly into the WordPress Customizer so you can edit & make changes easily. Avant integrates seamlessly with WooCommerce and page builder tools like Elementor or SiteOrigin. Avant is built to be flexible, so you can create any type of website you desire.
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’s responsive design automatically changes your site’s format to fit any screen, whether that’s desktop, mobile, or tablet. You might also be a blogger who sells branded merchandise or other related items. If that’s the case, Writee makes managing your online store simple with their 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, 3D, and 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 the click of a button.
Radiate is a blogging theme that 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 of custom Cascading Style Sheets, or CSS. CSS is a markup language that determines the look of your HTML so you can modify and customize the design of your web pages.
Full-width image background
Multiple color options
Custom CSS that allows you to modify and customize web page design
This blogging theme employs “flat”, or 2D, design principles, to give your site a minimalist feel all while using bright colors and unique typography to maintain a level of appeal. The theme has customizable sidebar navigation that allows you to build a clean and functional menu for your blog content. There’s also an easy-to-use “Theme Options Panel” in which you can update your site’s settings, add images and logos, include social links, and more from one, central location.
Flat, 2D design
Customizable sidebar navigation
Easy-to-use Theme Options Panel to customize site pages
Bulan offers multiple homepage layouts for your blog including full-width, boxed, narrow, and multi-column options to provide your visitors with a unique experience when they enter your site. There are also a number of customizable sidebar and navigation configurations to enhance your user experience. Not to mention, you can install custom widgets to increase your site’s 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 to keep your content organized. 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 is a blog theme with four different page layout options and four blog display options to choose from. You can customize your theme’s primary color to match your site to your branding. Building your site with Spacious is a simple and 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 have a variety of photo content that you want to share on your website. The theme has a responsive design so your visitors can easily view your website from their desktop computer, mobile, or tablet. Revive also offers access to Font Awesome Icons that you can add to your theme to create a more interactive experience.
Blogging and magazine theme
Access to Font Awesome Icons to create an interactive experience
Wisteria is a blogging theme with a clean, minimalist, and straightforward design. The theme has 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 and feel.
Editorial is a blog theme with a live customizer feature that lets you edit your site, move sections, add content to your theme, and view changes in real time. The theme is flexible enough to organize large amounts of editorial content in a way that doesn’t seem overwhelming to your readers. Editorial has a variety of easy-to-use widgets that allow you to customize several of your site page sections with the click of a button.
Live customizer feature to make and view edits in real time
Brilliant is a blog and online magazine theme that allows you to artistically pair your blog posts with photo and/ 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 blog’s branding. Brilliant is also translation-ready so your visitors can read your content in a variety of different languages with the click of a button.
Easily pair blog posts with photo and video content
Quickly add a logo and customize the theme’s accent colors
Can be auto-translated into multiple different languages
If you want to include large, professional-looking photographs on your blog’s website, Poseidon is the option for you. This theme offers a full-width image slideshow on the homepage that allows you to display multiple photos. The layout is mainly white to create a clean, organized look that appears spacious and organized. Poseidon also has completely customizable navigation bars that you can implement on your site to enhance user experience and improve your site’s configuration.
Full-width image slideshow
White background to create a spacious and clean design
Author is suitable for all types of blogs and includes a responsive design so your visitors can read your content from any device and still enjoy their experience. The theme’s minimalist look allows your visitors to easily focus on your content without any distractions. There is expert support available in case you run into any issues while designing your website as well as several tutorial videos to walk you through different customization tasks step-by-step.
Expert support and tutorial videos
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A free blogging WordPress theme will allow you to create a unique, functional, stylish, and eye-catching website where you can share your content. Each theme has features, layouts, and styling that set them apart from the others — so, consider the overall design you’re going for on your blog to help you determine which option is ideal for you. Then, install your theme and begin adding your blog content and customizing it to your liking to create a great user experience for your visitors that will keep them coming back.
Originally published Dec 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM, updated September 18 2019