Having started out as a blogging platform, it's no secret that WordPress is currently (and has been for a long time) the top choice among online writers across the globe.
So there are thousands of themes available on WordPress - and most of them are suitable for blogs. But how can you choose?
Picking a theme can be a time-consuming task, too. And let's face it, who wants to be sat testing WordPress templates when you could have been well into your 10th blog post by the end of it?!
So, in order to help you have a great website - here's the list of the best WordPress themes for writers:
- MagPlus (40+ templates and Visual Composer)
- Typology (A unique design based on typography)
- Newsmag (Perfect for news and magazine websites)
- Soledad (For users who want a completely unique website design)
- Gillion (Simple and minimalistic theme for writers)
Price: $59 - one-time payment
Recommended for: writers who want a large selection of templates with built-in Visual Composer.
And with just one click, you can upload all of the templates and later switch between them. This is handy for writers who are prone to changing the design of their website on a regular basis.
With that thought in mind, it's also a good thing that it's easy to build and customize your website with MagPlus. It uses Visual Composer, which is the most popular WordPress plugin for building websites. This is coupled with a live customizer and style editor - which work seamlessly together.
The live customizer is a simple way to edit and customize your website. You can edit things like color scheme, fonts, layouts, widgets, and more. Also, there are over 300 layers and sliders to give your website a unique, stand-out look.
There's more than just its design features to look out for, though:
- MagPlus has an excellent blogging platform for posting images, slider, gallery, quote and many more;
- Promote your new website with the MagPlus social sharing template;
- Over 500 Google Fonts included;
- MagPlus has a built-in review system that allows readers or visitors to leave reviews;
To purchase MagPlus, it's a one-time payment of $59.00 and that includes six months support from ThemeBubble.
- Advanced blog layouts
- Video tutorials
- Retina ready and fully responsive
- One-click demo importer
- No regular updates
- Some novices may find its dashboard a little overwhelming
Price: $49 - one-time payment
Recommended for: users who want a strictly text-based website.
Typology is the perfect WordPress theme for writers who want to let their writing do all of the talking - a no-nonsense sort of person. And what Typology shows, is that having a text-only website can look just as interesting and eye-catching as any other website if done correctly.
There are a number of template layouts that differ slightly in how your work is published. You can also edit a specific section of your homepage too - there's the cover area, intro section, and post section. Each of which can be customized to a certain degree.
However, in comparison to some of the other themes in my list, the options are limited.
Typography is what this template specializes in, so there are more customization options here. Unlimited fonts and color combinations are available, and there's the option to upload your logo and icons, too.
There is also the option to fine-tune a font which you like. To give your website the finishing touches, you can add elements to your content with 12 flexible shortcodes. These include columns, separators, drop caps, and highlights - to name just a few. And what's more, your website can be easily translated through the theme options panel.
Typology is a one-time payment of $49.00 that also includes six months of support from Meks.
- Unlimited fonts
- Built-in translation
- One-click updates
- WooCommerce support
- Can feel restricted at times with just text
- Fewer layout options to choose from
Price: $49 - one-time payment
Recommended for: users who want to build and news or magazine style website.
It has a compact and tidy design which is perfect for frequent posting. The theme also has a pleasant theme panel and uses the tagDiv Composer that has been designed specifically for creating magazine websites.
One of the key features with this theme is its WYSIWYG interface, meaning you can see all the edits on your website, as you edit it. You can create headers, menus, layouts and content, all from the front page. And what's more, there is no coding knowledge needed, as all of the customizing is done using a drag-and-drop editor.
There are over 100 elements and a whopping 25 widgets in total. On top of this, you can choose from 10 unique header styles - one of which held a slight resemblance to 'The New Yorker' - which I liked.
For users who like a more complex website, Newsmag provides a number of integrations that will help do that. They include things like Instagram, International exchange widget, social counter, author box, advert box and more.
Newsmag is a one-time payment of $49.00 and includes six months support from tagDiv.
- Great selection of widgets
- WYSIWYG interface
- Yoast SEO supported
- Free lifetime updates
- Layouts can appear too compact at times
Price: $59 - one-time payment
Recommended for: users who want a professional website with hundreds of design options.
Soledad is the best selling blog, magazine, and book themes on the market. It uses the Gutenberg editor and is home to hundreds of demos - all available with a one-click installation process.
For creative writers who are looking to build a unique website with an eye-catching layout, Soledad could well be the one for you too, as it is packed with over 1000 sliders and magazine and blog layouts.
If you enjoy building and customizing your website from scratch, you can do this with the built-in Visual Composer plugin that uses a simple drag-and-drop editor to arrange your content. But if you prefer working with pre-built elements, there are a whopping 600+ for you to choose from.
And there's more, so let's take a look:
- 700+ Google fonts, Typekit fonts and upload custom fonts
- Soledad provides 10 premade article layouts
- Soledad provides a quick text translation
- bbPress and BuddyPress compatible for discussing forums for your users
- Penci Reviews plugin for review posts
In addition to this, your website will be fully responsive and retina ready. Should you encounter any problems whilst building your website, there is 16/7 support available. And should you wish to purchase Soledad, it's a one-time payment of $59.00.
- A huge selection of design features
- SEO optimized
- Light and dark layouts
- Social media widgets available
- Support isn't 24/7
- An overwhelming number of options for inexperienced users
Price: $55 - one-time payment
Recommended for: writers who want a simple and classic blog-like website for frequent posting.
Gillion is simple, minimalistic, and reminiscent of your classic blog layout. It features narrow columns which are tidy and perfect for posting articles or frequent blog posts.
In total, there are 15 demos and 50 template options to choose from. However, they don't vary a great deal, and for users who want a custom built website; this might be hard to achieve with Gillion.
Saying that though, Gillion does the simple things extremely well. There is no need for any coding knowledge to customize your website, and it also offers premium support, video tutorials, and lifetime updates. On top of this, it is fully responsive.
Although the overall layouts aren't ground-breaking, there is a good selection of header elements and layouts, and a number of variations with the option to add a top bar to each of them.
And for those who are active on social media, you can also add social media icons from the widgets side menu. These include Instagram, Twitter, and MailChimp. This is a great way to boost traffic to your website and showcase your brand or business.
But, before you rush to purchase Gillion - you should know about the price. It's a one-time payment of $55.00 and includes six months support from Shufflehound, there is the option to extend the support for twelve months for $16.13.
- Drag-and-drop editor
- User-friendly interface
- Video tutorials
- Limited design features
- Not retina ready
So, Which Is The Best WordPress Theme For Writers?
Choosing the perfect theme for your website depends on the layout and feature set that you require. To help further your decision on which one is the best suited to you, I will conclude my review with a short summary.
For journalists in particular, I would recommend Newsmag. I was impressed with the layout options and it produces clean and tidy content which is perfect for regular updates. On the other hand, Soledad is the best WordPress theme for authors - it's versatile, professional, and has Penci reviews plugin.
What do you think - do you agree that these are the top WordPress themes for authors? Or have I missed some key ones that you think should be included? Please, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment box below.