If you’re looking for a WordPress blog theme for your website, and they are all free, then you can find yourself extremely spoilt for choice as there are literally thousands to take your pick from. The decision can be especially daunting if you’re a beginner. To give you a helping hand along the way, we’ve chosen 8 of the best themes available in 2019 to help making that decision a little easier.
First Steps with WordPress
Make sure that you are using the most appropriate platform, WordPress.org, is self-hosted and the perfect platform to use when starting your blog, it allows you much more control and freedom. WordPress.org is open source and it has the added advantage of having thousands of free templates and extensions that can really assist you in growing your blog at a greater pace.
It also comes with support for thousands of free templates and extensions that help you grow your blog faster. If you are completely new to WordPress, then there are plenty of beginners guides out there to help you – ideal if you’re dipping your toe in the murky waters of web design for the first time.
Once you are set up and ready to go it’s time to choose that all important theme for your website. Why not have a glance through the 8 carefully selected themes that we have listed below and once you have picked the one that appeals all you need to do is set it up and you are good to go.
These are just 8 of the best free WordPress blog themes out there, but get hunting if these don’t suit as there are, of course, a lot more.
With tons of premium level qualities, OceanWP is one of the most popular free themes on WordPress. Upon activation it recommends the installation of a page builder plugin, also free, and it also has its own companion plugin. OceanWP can be used for a wide variety of websites from eCommerce stores and business websites to blogs and magazines.
OceanWP has a fantastic variety of features including multiple layout choices, pages that are full width, at the top of the page two navigation menus, support for custom logos, multiple sidebar areas, galleries full of beautiful images and so much more. With live customer support to boot, it is very easy to setup and also a really flexible choice.
If clean lines and simplicity are what you are looking for then Nisarg is an ideal choice. This beautiful free WordPress theme includes two navigation menus and also a full-width header image. It is also capable of supporting both custom colours and backgrounds.
There is a theme customiser which makes all of the theme options easily customisable. And when it comes to videos, gallery, audio, chat, aside, quotes, etc, there are multiple post formats.
When it comes to beautiful typography and content, Wisteria is the idea choice for your WordPress blog theme. There are custom backgrounds and colours, a left sidebar and even a custom header.
The single navigation is located at the top of the page and the beautiful homepage can feature your posts with featured images and custom excerpts.
For a blog theme that follows a more magazine style format; Ribosome is ideal. It is highly customisable with custom header and background, and a colour choice that is unlimited. The social menu is at the top and there is a single navigation menu.
The layout is a two column one with a sidebar located to the right. The theme is completed with a choice of six different Google fonts and square or round thumbnails. At the beginning and end of posts you will find two widget areas which are a great way of displaying ads or, if required, related posts.
Write is a great choice for those personal websites, especially those that focus on adventure or travel. There is a large top slider which can feature your images from within your blog posts. There are multiple custom widgets and templates together with a whole host of other useful features.
Designed for the lifestyle, travel, fashion, and personal bloggers, Barletta is a stylish and rather elegant WordPress blog theme. Readability is significantly improved, and your images are gracefully displayed. This is another theme that follows the two-column layout and has a right hand sidebar. There is plenty of support for custom backgrounds and headers and on the homepage a rather nifty featured content slider.
Sometimes all you need is just a simple theme and WriterBlog is the perfect example of this. It is a WordPress blog theme that features a tried and tested classis blog layout. The sidebar is to the right and it features two columns. It has the capability to feature custom headers that as full-width and both backgrounds and colours can be customised. For those people who are just looking to blog without the need for fancy features this is the ideal theme.
iFeature offers a full-width background image and a top slider which is then followed by your content. This is a completely modern and very stylish WordPress theme that is ideal for those who are creating magazines, portfolios, or websites for personal and business use.
With sticky headers, multiple widget areas, author bio box and templates for your pages there are some really great features. It is easy to setup all the theme options with the simple to use drag and drop in live customizer feature.
Designed for its flexibility Responsive is a beautiful WordPress theme that is great for personal websites, photography, authors and even business websites.
There are a total of 9 templates for your pages and 6 layouts, 11 widget areas, 4 positions for your menu and so much more. The theme options are simple but powerful and there is easy logo upload and a feature for social networking. WooCommerce is compatible with Responsive and it is multilingual ready with full RTL language support – it is also ready to translate if you need to take your site global.
With all this choice, we’d recommend having a good look at the features of all of these themes to make sure you get the right one for your new site – your web success could depend on it!