I’m going to go ahead and say something that isn’t a popular opinion online right now: New bloggers do not need to pay for a WordPress theme. Yep, I said it and I’ll say it again if needed.
Don’t get me wrong – I am a big fan of professional, clean WordPress themes. Professional themes are great for bloggers who’ve gained some traction and are looking to polish their brand online.
That being said, there are plenty of free themes out there that will do the trick for new bloggers. I actually advise against purchasing a theme when you’re a brand new blogger. For one thing, you don’t need to spend the money, and you’re much better off investing that cash into a product like Tailwind.
When you’re just starting out, you should focus on your content, not your theme. After all, a pricey theme may look great, but if the value of the content isn’t strong, no amount of pretty blog decor will keep readers coming back for more.
If you’re looking to start a blog, read my guide here.
Azalea is a beautiful theme with a sticky header that holds a menu and social links. This is a simple, beautiful theme and it’s great for new female bloggers!
I love the featured post section of the Juliet theme. It’s super feminine and classy.
Kale is a gorgeous minimal theme that is marketed for food bloggers but really applies to nearly any niche! Check out those big photos and clean lines:
4. Olsen Light
Olsen Light is a beautiful theme for writer and photographers.
I love the ability to highlight three posts or pages in the Anariel theme:
Hamilton is the perfect theme for bloggers who are looking for a content-first theme. This theme is ultra minimal and great for photographers, writers, and other creatives!
7. Coup Lite
I love the Coup Lite theme because it’s so unique and original. On the home page, you can have a normal menu up top and then a menu by category to the right. I am even thinking about switching over to this theme on DBD!
Karta is a beautiful theme for travel bloggers featuring large images and bold titles!
Neville has bold header titles and lots of opportunities to click to other posts, which will be great to decrease your bounce rate as a new blogger:
Blaskan is a beautiful feminine theme for all types of bloggers as it works with photos and text:
Do you know of a free WordPress theme that you love? Share the link in the comments!