Power up your new site with our selection of best WordPress blog themes
WordPress of course is used for all types of websites - one of it's main reasons has always been to create a a blog. If you want to create a blog which makes a hit though, you'll need to make sure your selection out of all the WordPress blog themes available is spot on. Using a default theme, or one which is not visually appealing, or does not offer certain functionality and features for your readers will create a bit of a barrier to your readers. We've done a lot of research to find some of the best WordPress blog themes you can use to power your brand new (or old ;)) WordPress blog.
Here are our favourites blog themes for WordPress. Enjoy!
Premium WordPress blog themes vs Free WordPress blog themes
We are of the very strong opinion of the "You get what you pay for" mantra. A free theme may sound great, but cheap may become expensive in the long run. Let's see a few reasons why you should always opt for premium WordPress blog themes.
Nulled scripts - many of the free WordPress themes have been maliciously tweaked to insert scripts which allow them to be remotely controlled. This would then allow a hacker to takeover your site and use it for malicious purposes.
Theme updates - it is very common for themes to have bugs which may lead to your website becoming compromised. Free themes are typically not kept up to date, and your site can eventually get hacked through vulnerabilities.
Theme support - when you don't have a strong company supporting the theme you choose, when you are stuck you might need to actually hire a WordPress developer. This will obviously cost you much more than going for a premium theme in the first place.
With that said, let's continue to our selection of our favourite WordPress blog themes.
One of our favourite themes for a WP blog is Brixton - News from the City. Very trendy, very hipster - you'll love this theme with a very elegany and clean design. It is a very good choice for any personal blog, no slideshows or animations, just straight to the point with information presenation cleanly and minimally. Social media is covered with widgets as necessary! Besides the awesomeness of this Wordpress blog theme, you also get the PSD files, so that you can do any changes you want. A recent update of the theme has included font-awesome icons. The logo of the theme is also available for free for you to use in anyway you would like. Let's see some of the features Brixton offers:
- UNLIMITED COLOR VARIATIONS
- Super fast loading
- Google Web Fonts
- Full width and boxed version
- SEO optimized
- Instagram Feed
- Made for readability
- Creative Design
- Video, Gallery, Audio, Quote, Standard and Link Posts Templates
- Clean and Crisp Design
- CSS3 Features and Animations
- Detailed written help file
- Use your custom logo and favicon icon.
- 7 Post Templates (Standard, video, link, gallery, audio)
Have a look at the LIVE DEMO here. We love this first in our list of WordPress blog themes.
Hoarder is a grid-based theme with support for all types of content. The name "Hoarder" is a play on the style of the theme - you can hoard as many items as you want on the frontpage! Essentially, it is whole grid of 'featured' articles - which link to the actual item itself. So you can "promote" each blog item on the frontpage, allowing your frontpage to be a whole display board of your best items. Of course it's responsive design - so you don't have to worry about the theme not looking good on different devices.Various post forms are supported so you can post on your blog video, audio, images, galleries and of course good old standard posts. It's also built on the Zilla framework, so if Zilla is your thing, you can defintely get the right fit from this WordPress blog theme.
These are some of this blog theme's features
- Multiple Homepage Layouts (3 Col, 2 Col + Sidebar, Blog Style)
- Responsive Design (Optimised for iPad and iPhone)
- Accent Color Control (via Color Picker)
- Full Localisation Support (contains .po/.mo files)
- 4 Custom Widgets (Twitter, Flickr, Video, Ads)
- Post Format Support (Image, Aside, Galleries, Standard, Quote, Link, Audio, Video)
- WordPress 3.1+ Ready (Menus & Featured Images, Post Formats)
- Page Templates (Archives, Full Width, jQuery Contact Form)
- Custom Admin Login Logo
- Built on the ZillaFramework and compatible with various Zilla plugins
- Layered PSDs for Customisation
- Extensive Documentation
Ready to look at the LIVE DEMO of this theme? We already use this theme, it's in fact one of our favourite WordPress blog themes.
This is one we really really love! It is an awesome awesome template - we do believe it is quite girly and feminine and a perfect choice for a Wordpress travel or food / restaurant or lifestyle blog. The structure and layout is perfect for highlighting the "blog of the day" - gives a lot of prominence to whatever the author is blogging about that day. This theme is all about form, though function is obviously very well done too! This theme will make sure your blog stands above the rest - screaming modern sophistication. If you're looking for cheap WordPress blog themes, then this should be your natural choice.
This is another theme we absolutely love! There's something about simplicity that makes it the ultimate sophistication! Whilst Hemlock above has a girly feel - Blogoma has very techy feel and is a perfect choice for something such as Tech, Gadget, Sports, Watches, Cars or other technology blog, or other manly or geeky stuff :)
Of course, the theme is very adaptable to many uses, so don't limit yourself to what we're saying and have a look at the LIVE PREVIEW right now. When it comes to WordPress blog themes, Blogoma is as simple as it can get - but we love it for that.
John Doe's Blog - just like its name is a simple, clean and modern theme for blog which is ideal for sharing your personal stories. It's of courses responsive. It's got many features which won't bloat your WordPress installation.
The theme features 10 predefined CSS styles, 8 custom widgets, 60+ shortcodes, and 8 post formats including Standard, Aside, Gallery, Link, Image, Quote, Audio and Video.
The powerful and friendly admin panel is focused towards user-friendliness, rather than other bulky themes, where the newbie blogger might get a little bit lost. The theme is also social media ready, so you'll be able to integrate Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest profiles with your website from the get go.
It also had Fontello integrated, so you've got literally over a thousand icons to choose from to use with this theme. There are also 6 blog layouts, and 15 custom page templates which you can "style" your blog pages with the essential stuff like galleries, contact us pages, filterable blogs and full width pages.
But enough descriptions - maybe it's better to just see for yourself in the LIVE DEMO ?
With it's utmost flexibility, this is definetely another of our favourite WordPress blog themes.
The great thing about the internet is that whatever your style, you're going to find something that fits you. So we've just mentioned technology and sophistication in our previous two spotlights. Our next WordPress personal theme goes VINTAGE. If you love a retro style, Retro Portfolio is a one page vintage WP theme. It has just been released as a responsive theme...something which happened only quite recently!
Let's see some of the features of this theme
- Fully Responsive
- Retina integration for logo and banner
- Can easily add, remove and rearrange sections in the homepage
- can easily change the colour of any single section, page or blog post thanks to the introduction of a new color picker
- Google Fonts integration
- New icons
- New responsive slider
- Portfolio gallery
- Anti-spam filter on the contact form
- More CSS, less images
- Completely Translatable
- Updates Notifier
- Detailed Documentation
Check out the live demo of Retro here.
If you've been on the lookout for a WordPress blog theme which stands out, your search can stop with Retro.
Another really neat and stylish personal WordPress blogging theme is Elanta 2015. It's simple but elegant design makes a very good choice for a personal blog, and it's powered by Bootstrap 3 - so responsiveness is built-in to the template. It is an absolutely good choice for those wanting to create a travel, hobby, cooking or fashion blog. All images are displayed via Magnific Popop Window, so they literally jump out of the (browser) window when you click them :)
This is also great if you're looking for WordPress fashion blog themes.
It's easy to add SoundCloud songs, Vimeo/YouTube video, audio and video by WordPress Hosting Url, Quotes & Links posts, or Mosaic/Slider Gallery post.
Why don't you check the beautiful LIVE PREVIEW here?
We do beleive we've saved the best for last. ElegantThemes is one of the most popular premium WordPress theme providers. They have long established themselves as the people to go to when you're looking at the latest and greatest WordPress themes. Together with Divi, their best selling WordPress theme (incidentally, click here to see our Divi Theme Review), they've got a whole category of WordPress blog themes.
Here's a short preview of all of the themes which are available at ElegantThemes.
9. Period WordPress Theme (FREE!)
Period is a modern and fresh blog theme. Built with a content first design approach, it puts the emphasis on your writing and images. The theme displays beautifully on all devices from phones to widescreen monitors, and everything in between. It’s a great fit for personal and business blogs, and could even suit a photography or portfolio site well.
So what do you think of our choices of WordPress blog themes? Can you make better better recommendations?