brilliant WordPress themes for your blog (incl. selection tips)

Introduction

WordPress themes for your blog the first impression is important. Not only when meeting someone else.but also when it comes to your website or blog. And what’s the first thing visitors see about it? Right, the design! That’s why it should knock her off her stool! The decisive factor is which theme you use for your WordPress blog. That’s why I looked at a number of blogs and websites and spent days browsing through theme libraries to find the best and most beautiful themes for your blog!

1. All-in-One Themes

All-in-one themes are jack of all trades: They are very versatile and can be used for almost any type of website, be it an online magazine, blog or company website. They usually contain so-called page builders, which you can use to design your website without having any knowledge of HTML or CSS. Therefore, they are particularly suitable for beginners. However, the high flexibility and the large range of functions also have disadvantages:

Because these themes already have everything imaginable on board and bring integrations for umpteen services or plugins (and sometimes even require the installation of various plugins), all-in-one themes are often heavyweights. With numerous loaded JavaScript and CSS files, they not only slow down the loading time of your blog, but sometimes also your WordPress admin area. And that although you will probably never use more than half of the features offered.

Avada ($60)

With over 400,000 sales, Avada is probably the best-selling premium theme worldwide and has been continuously developed since 2012. And not without reason, because Avada comes with its own website builder, offers several options for design customization, an active community, compatibility and integrations for many different plugins and several demos for different website types and theme areas that you can use with a click can install.

What I personally like: You can use many features of the theme, such as For example, turn off the integrated slider, Google Maps or Font Awesome if you don’t need them.

Divi ($249 or $89/year)

Divi is also a very popular all-in-one theme that is very changeable, has a page builder (Divi Builder) and many other features. Unlike Avada, Divi Builder lets you edit on the front end, so you can see changes to your blog in real time. It is possible to use 46 different elements for individual page design. You can install over 20 demo layouts to get inspiration or to have a basic design framework.

OceanPC (free)

OceanPC is one of the few free all-in-one themes that I really recommend. With 60,000+ active installations, it is among the most used themes from the WordPress repository. It is very versatile, compatible with various page builders (Visual Composer, Divi Builder, Site Origin) and compatible with WooCommerce. It can be expanded with 18 free and paid extensions to include features such as an Instagram feed, sticky header or post sliders.

2. Theme Frameworks

Theme frameworks are themes that, like all-in-one themes, are very variable, but only represent a basic structure. Additional functions usually have to be added via plugin, custom CSS and/or child theme. They have the great advantage that they are not quite as inflated as Avada, Divi and Co., which means that you can achieve significantly better loading times.

Genesis 

Genesis by Studio Press is probably the most popular and well-known theme framework for WordPress. It can be adjusted very variably via the WordPress Customizer (colors, page layout, widgets, header, footer, etc.). The default design is modern and minimalist. It is well programmed and ensures fast loading times. The special feature of Genesis is the large selection of different child themes that can be purchased both on the Studio Press website and from other developers

  • Brunch Pro (great for food bloggers!)
  • Modern Studio Pro

Generate Press

I’m a big fan of Generate Press  While it did take quite a bit of customization work to make both sites look the way they do now. On the other hand, both websites load in well under a second and have a minimalist and tidy design without ballast. Besides the great loading time, I also like Generate Press:

  • The Sections module , which is like a small page builder
  • That I can really style every part of the design the way I want via the customizer
  • The Elements module , with which you can create your own hooks, layouts and page headers (I use this for the large area under the menu, where you can subscribe to our newsletter)
  • It is constantly being developed and improved
  • The support and documentation is great

It’s also really cheap at $49.95 a year for unlimited(!) sites. There is also a 40% discount for license extensions, which means from the second year you only pay $29.97 annually.

3. Classic Blog Themes

If your blog should be structured like a classic blog, i.e. focus on the latest posts and you as the author, then these themes are something for you. They are suitable for many different subject areas, e.g. B. lifestyle, food, parenting, beauty, fitness, literature, fashion or travel bloggers.

Rosemary 

Rosemary WordPress Blog Theme  by Solo Pine is a very popular blog theme, primarily among German bloggers. It’s minimalist and tidy and is great for fashion or lifestyle bloggers. Among other things, it offers an Instagram feed in the footer, 5 different blog layouts and various custom widgets.

Weta 

Weta WordPress Blog Theme Weta and other Elma studio themes are also very popular with German bloggers. They are characterized by their tidy and minimalist design, are properly programmed (good loading times!) and inexpensive (18 € for a single theme and 48 € for all themes per year)

Personally, I don’t like the fonts used and the basic design of the themes (e.g. large white areas) in some themes, but this can be adjusted using CSS or a customizer if necessary. Other themes from Elmastudio that are very suitable for bloggers:

Caroline WordPress Blog Theme
Caroline is a minimalist and sleek blog theme for WordPress. The colors, fonts and layout can be easily adjusted using the WordPress Customizer.

Besides beautiful promo boxes and the integration of an Instagram feed in the footer, it offers integrations for popular plugins WooCommerce (in case you want to integrate an online store), Contact Form 7 and Mailchimp for WP. At $29 USD, it is very cheap for a premium theme.

Let’s Blog

Lets Blog WordPress Blog Theme
Lets Blog is an elegant and minimalist WordPress theme that can be easily adapted to your own needs thanks to numerous setting options with the WordPress Customizer and 10 pre-installed blog layouts and a demo importer.

It offers various features and integration, such as B. an Instagram feed, Font Awesome icons, a mega menu, short codes and 500 different Google fonts. a large number of options in the WordPress Customizer, an integrated page builder (Visual Composer) and 11 ready-made demos.

I particularly like that the developers value fast loading times and z. B. have made sure that the theme is compatible with common caching plugins and Autotomize. It convinces with its minimalist and elegant design, which is also very variable (6 different header layouts, different designs for featured posts and 11 pre-installed demos).

4. Magazine Themes

Here I present some themes that are more suitable for blogzines, i.e. blogs with a magazine character, advice blogs or blogs with many different topics. They offer a variety of options for clearly displaying your posts and categories. Huemann (formerly developed by Almedia , now by Press Customizer ) is one of the most popular free WordPress themes and one of the top rated, with over 80,000 active installations.

I personally use it on 3 smaller blogs. I particularly like the diverse setting options, the modern design and the ongoing development (updated regularly and new features added).

Voice 

Voice WordPress Magazine Theme The guys at Meeks make great themes and are among my favorite developers. voice e.g. B. I have been using on many different blogs for years. It looks sleek and modern and offers many different post layouts, which can be used to create beautiful and uncluttered homepages and themed pages.

The theme options allow you to customize a lot of the design without having to work on the code. With the included plugins (social icons, author profile, etc.) you can create great sidebars. Other nice themes from Meeks for blogs or blogzines are e.g. e.g.:

Newspapers 

Newspaper is a theme that is very suitable for blogzines or online magazines. We have been using it on Feminine for about 2 years. With almost 60,000 sales, it is one of the most popular themes at Theme forest . It offers many setting and design options: A page builder for designing landing pages or category pages, different header layouts, theme-specific widgets, pre-installed demos, umpteen different post layouts, easy integration of advertising banners and much more.

Newspaper is particularly interesting for blogs with several subject areas, because individual themes can be clearly differentiated from one another by various design elements (colors, sliders, post blocks, etc.).

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