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10 Best WordPress Themes for SEO

The streamlined versatility granted to you through the use of WordPress, in it’s simplistic and accessible approach, is one of the primary reasons for its extensive use. Building on this idea through the use of WordPress themes, allows you to achieve success more readily. So today, I’ll be presenting the top 10 WordPress themes that emphasize SEO, in that they are optimized to give you a stronger presence in search engines, and to grant better visibility to potentially millions of users, daily.

These themes were designed to enhance your SEO presence, giving you a competitive advantage, while being more cost effective than hiring someone to manually achieve the same results. You’ll find these themes span the gamut of sub-specialties from portfolio sites to fundraising, so you’re certain to find something that works for you here.

Now, without further delay, here is our list: 

This theme is oriented toward websites looking to expand their potential in marketing. Both small and mid-sized businesses can benefit as well as growing brands, niche ventures, and the SEO industry itself.

With access to over ten optimally designed templates for a variety of needs including blogs, agencies, conferences, social media, and general marketing to name a few, this theme is built to be highly customizable. By using Visual Composer (one of the 72 free plugins included), you can drag-and-drop whatever you need, and manipulate the theme to your specifications, all while keeping it simple and without excess workload on your part.

Designed to optimize your SEO potential in the digital marketing field, it’s highly compatible with a wide variety of powerful plugins, and the coding is as clean and efficient as possible to allow greater speed grades (98% with Pingdom and 96% with GTMetrix). You get access to 12 distinct homepages, too.

Some stand-out features include:

  • Plugin compatibility with SEO in mind, to make sure the most powerful means of optimization are there. These include All-in-One SEO, Rankie, and Yoast. Compatibility is also available with general plugins including Visual Composer, WPML, Revolution Slider, and WooCommerce.
  • Numerous optimized layouts, that can be imported in a single click. Coded for page to page responsiveness. Large collection of homepages, SEO, and marketing pages.
  • Social sharing functionality and optimization, including widgets for the most popular sharing options, like Twitter and Instagram.

Built with a multipurpose design in mind, Digital Agency does excel in SEO considerably. It is highly customizable and easy to use. It is also highly responsive. But my favorite feature is its case studies template, allowing for great versatility in design that can be used with portfolios for impressive presentation.

Digital Agency features many great assets like Revslider, WooCommerce, Visual Composer, and Ultimate Addons which is optimized for SEO and gives you the ability to create any page you want. This, coupled with the provided customization utilities, allows for a totally custom look.

A theme with marketing and finance at the forefront, Markety can fill several needs when it comes to the online marketplace.

The design and graphics provided by Markety have an attractive and modern flair but it still feels organic and colorful. This theme provides a lot of features, giving you a rather versatile way of designing your website.

  • Over 100 shortcode elements, over 100 pages.
  • SEO optimized for all device platforms, with a responsive framework.
  • Cross-browser support.
  • Retina-ready graphics
  • Access to the most popular marketing plugins
  • Translation ready
  • Sidebar generator
  • MailChimp support
  • Great for beginners to WordPress, with helpful customer support

This theme is built on Bootstrap 3 and acts as a wonderfully responsive and optimized portfolio builder. With numerous one-click demo templates, 700+ Google fonts, translation-readiness, SEO-optimized coding, and a custom CSS field for controlling the appearance of HTML elements on your web page, Vivian makes it easy to achieve the look you want.

Oriented towards fundraising, Fundrize gives you access to development tools for many page types. However, there is a unique focus on tools meant for things like donations and fundraising. You can create fundraisers, community start-ups, and charity programs with the templates and custom widgets provided. SEO optimization makes it easier to get the attention of donors. All-in-all, a great theme to start your movement.

  • Responsive and retina-ready
  • Provides essential plugins, like Visual Composer, Revslide, and Contact Form 7.
  • Child theme compatible
  • Smooth Parallax functionality
  • Envato Toolkit Updates
  • And tons more.

Making sure your blog is SEO optimized means it’s going to be viewed more. The Writers theme does a good bit of this work for you. There are plenty of great blogs out there that get overlooked because they don’t rank well. You get all the essential features needed for both beginner and professional bloggers here including a collection of popular SEO plugins, more than 70 utility settings, and four widget areas.

An excellent theme focusing on parallax design, clean code, fast loading times, and a responsive layout. Great for agencies, portfolios, and personal, or corporate presentations. Candy is a great theme that focuses on a modern look.

Some features include:

  • Beginner-friendly
  • 3 unique layouts
  • Magnific popup
  • Ajax portfolio
  • Contact Form plugin
  • Beautiful templates representing quality and professionalism
  • Integrations with Google Maps, retina display.
  • Font Awesome & ionicons support

As the name suggests, this theme is certainly a gem, as it is packed with content and features. It comes with over 150 ready-to-use demo pages, eight ways to integrate navigation with 20 styles, and over 60 elements in over 250 styles. This allows for a multitude of layouts, including those specifically designed for blogs, portfolios, and more. This is just scratching the surface.

The Gem is optimized for SEO with clean code, responsiveness, and extensive plugin compatibility. Some great content includes:

  • 2500+ customizable font icons
  • 20+ custom widgets

The7 theme comes with a great front-end page builder, featuring content for launching many types of sites. You get 30 (and growing) pre-built sites that can then be customized to your liking, along with over 750 templates and over 250 settings for page building. A microsite template is also included to create landing pages and, one page sites.

The7 is SEO optimized, made to be lightweight and compatible with the most popular plugins, and is responsive across all media platforms. You also get six premium plugins including: Ultimate Addons, Convert Plus, WP Bakery, and Go Pricing.

Let’s face it: there are a lot of WordPress themes out there. But if you really want your site to have a strong chance at ranking well, considering an SEO-optimized theme is a worthy decision. Afterall, a SEO theme can put you shoulder to shoulder with what may be larger or more entrenched competitors, by giving you access to the same successful approaches they use.

Did you spot your favorite SEO WordPress theme on the list? If not, feel free to share it below.

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About the Author Brenda Stokes Barron

Brenda Stokes Barron is a professional writer and blogger and The Digital Inkwell is her personal brand. You can often find her typing furiously at her local Starbucks.