Looking for a beautiful theme to spruce up your WordPress-powered blog? We have you covered. Here are 10 of our favorite themes that cater to a wide-range of blogging niches. All themes are responsive, meaning they’ll work on mobile devices.
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A top-selling theme, Sahifa is an excellent choice for a magazine-style blog. Page layouts are very flexible. Recent updates have brought some handy new features such as the TiePage Builder, Mega Menus and Menu Icons, Ajax Live Search and Sticky Sidebars. There are literally more features than I can possibly list.
One of my favorite aspects of Sahifa is that, while featured packed, the theme doesn’t feel bloated and loads quite quickly. An all-around champion, I’d say.
Decoblog is a great choice for those blogging about fashion, home decor and other lifestyle subject matter.
The theme features its own drag and drop page builder, built-in ability to use Google Fonts and FontAwesome (as do many of the themes on this list), support for WooCommerce and an array of lovely layouts. You’ll be able to customize the color scheme to match your desired look. Be sure to take advantage of 11 custom widgets included with the theme.
Beyond the default setup, there are five “demo” designs that are built with specific subject matter in mind. Included are Tech, Classic Blog, Sport, Video and Fashion.
The developers clearly went all-out with creating their own custom lazy load effect, ad engine, sidebar and even customizing the WordPress WYSIWYG editor to be, well, truly WYSIWYG. There’s also a custom Ajax login/registration system built in.
Max Mag is a very professional-looking magazine theme. It features a very sharp sticky navigation menu, a variety of advertising options, 15 custom widgets, post and page slideshows (great for making “clickbait” posts) and a news ticker that will display recent headlines.
This theme can certainly help your blog mimic the look of the “big boys”.
A relatively new theme, Enoki is geared toward “foodie” websites (recipes, restaurant reviews, etc.).
In an age where everyone takes pictures of lunch, this theme is a perfect compliment. There are multiple home page layouts, recipe cards that can be placed in posts, a nice search area and a reviews system. Anyone else feeling a bit hungry?
Looking for something unique? Timeliner is a theme that definitely has a unique approach to blog design.
Scrolling through the demo homepage you’ll find that posts are listed as, you guessed it, a timeline. The timeline contains a post excerpt, featured image, the date and the author’s avatar. Thankfully, the effect is simplified on mobile devices, though still looks really good. Overall a very simple, elegant choice.
Frida bills itself as a “Sweet & Classic Blog Theme”. It does feature a nice, retro look to it (quirky, even).
And, using the WordPress Customizer, you can really make it your own. There are 5 different layout options, 4 different header views, sticky menus and social media integration. Frida would be a great choice for those of you looking to create a personal blog with a touch of fun added in.
I really like the concept of James Blog. It’s very visual, with a large hero image at the top and smaller featured images from the latest blog posts underneath. They’re put together in a masonry sort of way. And yet, unlike a lot of themes using that masonry style, James Blog is very uncluttered.
This theme uses Visual Composer, meaning that you won’t need to know code in order to create some nice page layouts. James Blog doesn’t seem overstuffed with features, just a really cool way to publish your content.
Talk about a beautiful and simple layout, SLED is it. Making great use of featured images from posts, I could see this theme being an outstanding choice for photographers or travel bloggers. It allows you to not only build a cool home page, but also supports some nice-looking photo/video galleries as well.
Due to its very simple (and well-thought-out) design, SLED looks just as great on a mobile device as it does on a desktop screen.
If you’re looking for a theme that is clean, unobtrusive and focused on your content, Futura may be for you. It’s a great all-purpose theme that can handle multiple post formats (think video, audio, images and even social media statuses).
If you’re a web designer, you’ll like that the theme is built on HTML5/CSS3 and its source code is well-commented. That means, with further customization, you’ll be able to make Futura what you want it to be through use of a child theme. Sometimes I long for a blogging theme that just looks like a blog. Futura scratches that itch!
A great blogging theme will make it easy for you to do what you love – create content! It will also put your content at the front and center of your website in an attractive way. The themes above can help bring your blog to the next level.
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