Since being founded in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg, WordPress has rocketed in popularity and now powers as much as 30% of all existing websites. That's very impressive.
From the very beginning, the WordPress platform has been loved by bloggers - and for a good reason. The variety of purpose-designed blogging themes that are available for WordPress is immense.
However, this means that the decision of which WordPress theme is best for your blog can seem overwhelming.
So, to save you the hassle of pondering the internet and downloading tons of different themes, I compiled a list of 5 best WordPress themes for blogs:
- Newspaper (The bestselling news theme with a modern design)
- TheBlogger (User-friendly with a live customizer)
- Morning Time (For a personal blog that is Gutenberg compatible)
- Foodie Pro (Flexible and minimalist Genesis Framework theme)
- Olsen (Modern theme with plenty of design features and layouts)
$59.00 - one-time fee
Recommended for: users who want a professional design with a modern blog layout.
First up, it's Newspaper, and there's no guessing what this theme is all about. With a modern design and excellent typography, it's well-suited to professional bloggers who post frequently with plenty of images.
Newspaper is an extremely versatile theme, and the 50 demos provided cover a wide selection of blogging types. There are ones for journals, gaming, entertainment, coffee, food, and many more. And one thing in particular that I like about Newspaper is that each demo has its own unique design and color scheme to suit the style of blog.
For your websites customization, it uses tagDiv Composer -which is the first front end page builder built specifically for newspaper and magazine websites. It uses a drag-and-drop builder to create template designs using the 100+ elements available.
There are an additional 35 post layout options to choose from, which allows you to create a unique post for each story or article you publish.
Here are other important features that I want to mention:
- Fully customizable website
- Header builder
- Fully responsive and retina ready;
- 50+ one-click and unique demos;
- No coding skills, just click and create;
- YouTube and Vimeo playlist;
- Deeply integrated with WordPress
- WPML compatible
- AMP ready
Should you wish to dive straight in and start using Newspaper, it's a one-time payment of $59.00, which includes six months support from tagDiv.
- Excellent customer support
- Free lifetime updates
- Big Grid layouts
- Front end drag-and-drop page builder
- No RTL support
- No Demo version
$59.00 - one-time fee
Recommended for: users who want to build a simple blog website with a live editor.
TheBlogger is a simple WordPress blogging theme that uses a live editor and is well suited to inexperienced users. Out of all the themes I have analyzed for my review, TheBlogger has the most basic design features and minimalistic layout options.
Out of the 15 templates offered, this one above is my favorite one of the bunch. What I like about this theme is that it's strong, bold, and modern. It has a classic column layout with plenty of white space to be filled with pictures or text.
Including 10+ header styles, 10+ blog layouts, and 10+ post styles make TheBlogger a highly-customizable option for your blog.
And what's more, TheBlogger is always updating its styles and features.
Let's take a look at some of the other features on offer:
- Easy social share buttons;
- Live preview when customizing;
- Drag-and-drop builder;
- Extensive typography options;
- 100+ slider styles;
- Complete customization over your headers;
And should you encounter any problems while building your website with TheBlogger, there is extensive documentation and support forums. Long-term support is included in the one-time payment of $59.00, and should you wish to test the features of this theme - there is a demo available.
- Simple and easy to set-up
- Drag-and-drop builder with live preview
- 15 templates to choose from
- Limited customization options
- Fewer blog post layouts
3. Morning Time
$87.00/year or $247 for lifetime access
Recommended for: bloggers who want a vibrant and attractive WordPress blogging theme.
Morning Time is the perfect blogging theme for writers who want a vibrant website with elegant layouts. Specifically, this theme will work well for creative types who like to use images alongside text.
Morning Time is compatible with WordPress' new Gutenberg editor too, which makes customizing your website a piece of cake. By creating blocks that can be inserted onto your website, you can rearrange and style your content however you wish. Instead of using custom code, you can focus on your content alone.
It's also worth mentioning that it's highly responsive and looks great on almost any device.
When it comes to your posts, there are 7 unique format structures that enable you to handle your content however you wish.
You can choose from a number of options for posting your content such as image, video, audio, link or quote.
In addition to this, there is an archive page for storing your most treasured posts.
This is a nice touch and is a feature that can be used to add sentimental value to your blog. And now, let's have a look at some of the other Morning Time features:
- WooCommerce ready;
- Portfolio platform with 3 categories - print, logo design, and icon design;
- Child theme included;
- Multilingual ready;
- Custom share buttons.
As you can see, there are two options to purchase Morning Time. The yearly fee is $87.00 which is paid each year and can be canceled at any time. The second option is a one-time payment of $247.00. This is definitely not the cheapest theme - you can try it for free for the first 30-days and see if it's worth the investment.
- Gutenberg compatible
- Great support features
- 30-day free trial
- Fastest load speed for a personal blog
- Limited feature for a business blog
- High price tag
4. Foodie Pro
$129.95 - one-time fee
Recommended for: users who want a sleek and minimalist design.
Foodie Pro is one for the food lovers - the sort of person who would rather Instagram their food than eat it. This theme has a minimalist layout with a sleek design and plenty of white space for your favorite dishes.
FoodiePro is created by the Genesis Framework. This theme uses widget areas to build your site, there are 3 homepage and 5 site widget areas that can be customized to fit your brand. You can also upload your brand logo to the header with the press of a button.
And what's more, you can preview those changes in real time.
For your visitors who want to read your blogs while on the go - FoodiePro is mobile responsive and translates well to almost any device.
To build up the pages of your website, there are a number of custom page templates. And just like Morning Time, you can add an archive page for those who like to reminisce.
Other notable features:
- Detailed tutorials and helpful support options;
- Uses Genesis Framework;
- Sleek and modern design;
- New HTML5 markup;
- Mobile responsive and retina ready.
To purchase this theme it's a one-time payment of $129.95. Although this is a substantial amount to pay for a theme, it does include Genesis Framework and unlimited updates and support.
- Sleek and modern design
- Genesis framework
- Theme Customizer
- Fewer customization and layout options
- Higher price than most blog themes
$49.00 - one-time fee
Recommended for: users who want a modern WordPress blog design.
Olsen is a great choice for bloggers who have one eye firmly on the design elements of their website. This theme is streamlined to each and every corner, and there isn't one page of this theme that doesn't look great.
The flexible customizer options you're provided with give you complete control over the look of your website. You can change things like your brand logo, site icons, toggle pagination styles, and add links to all of your social media platforms.
On top of this, there are 11 blog layouts and a good selection of formats for each post. Mixing up the formats for different blog posts is a great way to keep your blog looking fresh.
Plus, it allows you to really form your own style.
For example, you can mix things up is by adding widgets. With Olsen, there are a number of content widgets and social networking - like Twitter and Instagram.
Here are more notable other features:
- Build the identity of your website with the customization options;
- Personalize typography and colors;
- Add custom widgets including social sharing;
- Fully responsive and retina ready;
- SEO optimized to help you rank higher on search engines.
There are several options when it comes to purchasing Olsen. The cheapest and probably most logical choice would be to buy this single theme for a one-time payment of $49.00. If you would like to access all themes created by CSSIgniter - the price tag will jump to $69.00-$249 (one-time payments).
- HTML templates
- Modern design and features
- Premium support
- Might get expensive if bought in a package
So, Which Of These Is The Best WordPress Theme For Blogs?
Choosing the perfect template for your website depends on your budget, and the features you need. And although some of these themes have a lot in common, when you dig a little deeper - the significant differences shine through. You should always keep in mind the features that are the most important to you personally.
Overall, I am the most impressed with Morning Time and TheBlogger. Morning Time is the best all-around blogging theme that has an attractive design with a number of great inner page features. On the other hand, TheBlogger is the best for creating simple blogging websites that look great and perform well. But your mileage may vary - all 5 of these themes are great will definitely find their user. You might be one of them!
Do you agree with my choices for the best blog templates and themes currently available? Or have I missed out an option you thought should have made the list? Please, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box below.