Blogging is one of the most popular online activities – it seems like everywhere you go and on every site you visit, there is a blog somewhere. Blogging is a great way to express yourself and share your thoughts with others, and if you use the popular website builder and optional web hosting solution that is WordPress, you will know that it has a plethora of themes that respond to that specific activity. We’ve picked five that we think are definitely worth a visit if you plan to venture into this weird and wonderful world.
Baskerville 2 is a good theme to start with with blogging. You can easily add text, images and videos and create beautiful pages even with the standard setup. A custom menu is located just below the header, making it easy to subdivide your blog into easy-to-navigate sections. As you would expect for a modern theme, it’s fully responsive and looks great no matter what screen it’s displayed on.
You can of course change the theme to make it more unique, change the background, change colors, reveal the page sidebar, choose from three different widgets for the footer, among other options. Baskerville 2 comes with three page templates. Galleries can be added, the header dimension changed and you can also add a site logo. Best of all, Baskerville 2 is free which is great, especially if blogging is still your hobby – for now.
Another free option is Hemingway. This one is a very simple theme with only a handful of customization features, but its purpose is to display your blog in a clean way, giving the reader a generous amount of white space. It’s responsive and retina ready to ensure the best experience on any device, and has a customizable full-width header with parallax scrolling support to make your page feel modern and fresh.
It comes with four post formats, depending on the content of the post itself (one with an image above the post and one for short updates, for example), and you can change the color of the post. ‘accent if you don’t like the default green.
While Hestia Pro is touted as an ideal theme for one page websites, it’s actually a lot more versatile than that. It is designed to work well with blogging for example, which is why it is on the list. You can change the design on the fly, and one of the features we liked was the ability to add parallax images or videos in the header, to create a more striking website.
The personalization is impressive. For example, you can adjust the section of each page and choose different headings for each of them. There is also a lot of versatility in its blogging options. To keep things simple, everything centers around WordPress’ own Customizer, but is also compatible with other page builders for greater customization options.
Prices start at $ 69 for single site use and include one year of support and updates. If you want to install this theme on additional sites, the Business option lets you do it for up to three of them, for $ 99. The agency, for $ 199, is removing all of those limits and also includes live chats and priority support.
OceanWP is another blog theme that advertises itself as free, and in a way it is. The basic functionality is. It is a very popular WordPress theme, having been downloaded over 3.6 million times. It’s a fully responsive, retina-ready theme that’s not just for blogging – it’s currently pushing its ecommerce capabilities for example. One of the advantages of OceanWP is the number of demos available – select the one you want to apply to your site with a few clicksâ¦ except there is a catch: the vast majority of them are not free. You’ll find a few free demos, and all of the ones we’ve seen are very well done, but if you fancy a “pro” demo you’ll need to hand out the money.
Prices start at $ 39 per year for a single site and come with 12 premium extensions and 109 pro demos. If you work at multiple sites, you can choose Business for 3 ($ 79 per year) or Agency for 25 ($ 129 per year). There’s also a one-time lifetime price if you hate the $ 159, $ 319, and $ 519 subscriptions respectively.
If you are only focusing on writing and don’t care about things like pictures or videos, then Typology might be the theme for you. Similar to Hemingway above, its goal is to create a minimalist site to showcase your words above all else. But of course, you can also add images and videos if you want, which just enriches the look of the page, rather than distracting it.
It comes with header options, multiple pagination choices, including infinite scrolling, and custom widgets (which reside in the sidebar). Typology also supports multi-author posts, 404 page customization, and even ecommerce integration.
You can try all of this for free for seven days, or take a look at some real-life examples on the company’s website, and if you like what you see you can buy it for $ 59, which includes futures. updates and six months of technology. support (which can be increased by an additional six months for $ 17.63).