WordPress has evolved over time from a traditional blogging system to the powerhouse that it is today, powering a large percentage of all the websites in existence and being used for many different types of websites, from business sites to eCommerce stores, to learning systems, knowledge bases and even complete social networks. Sometimes though, all you really want to do is share your thoughts and writing online with other people. There is something beautiful about a simple blog written by one person on a subject they feel passionate about, if you fall into that category then we have something in store for you.

This collection is all about going to the WordPress’ roots, we are looking at simple and traditional WordPress blog themes for writers, authors and bloggers. WordPress started as a blog CMS to allow people to share their daily thoughts and images before it grew into the huge system that it is nowadays. Sometimes though, you don’t need all the bells and whistle and would like to create a regular blog website, that is where the following themes shine.

All the themes on this list are designed to be used for a blog website and we have chosen simple, clean designs which allow you to let your content shine. We have hand-picked beautiful, clean and modern designs which let you create a simple blogging site, take a look below and Check out our list of the 30 Best WordPress themes for writers and bloggers.


Those looking for a minimalist, mobile-optimized magazine theme with responsive layout will be best served by Oxygen. Boasting a featured content slider, custom front page template, 5 widget areas, and 3 menus, it is suitable for many types of blogs such as travel or photography.


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The basic nature of Kihon makes it ideal for use by those just starting out in blogging or with more simple requirements from their WordPress theme.  Its classic design is however complemented by a distinctly modern touch and its customizable options only adding to its appeal.   Header size and color, footer, theme accent color, menu links and more can all be adapted and you can also upload your own logo to make your blog truly and uniquely yours.


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Bloggers looking for a beautiful and modern blogging theme will be drawn to Vito. It’s handsome streamlined design will make your content look as good as it possibly can.


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The fully customizable nature of BlogIM makes it a theme best suited to professional bloggers, internet marketers, news agencies and others.  This clean quality WordPress blogging theme boasts premium features such as responsive layout, social media links support and logo upload options. A modern looking home page adds to its appeal to the more discerning WordPress user.


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Whether you’re looking for a WordPress theme to highlight your culinary creations or promote your florist studio, Resonar’s focus on full-screen featured images will allow you to showcase just what you find beautiful. It provides the perfect portal for a food blog or in any instance where photos are key.


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One Blog

One Blog’s clean and modern design and aesthetic feel allows you to showcase your content in an contemporary and timeless style.  Elegant lines keep the focus solely on your content and images. Fully customizable, One Blog’s SEO friendly design, fully responsive slider and and mobile friendly layout combine to make this both a blogger friendly and reader friendly option.


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Shaped Blog

Shaped Blog gives you the power to make multiple theme changes at any time via its easy to use dashboard.  This fully responsive WordPress blog theme has a simple and fresh interface whilst its scalable, highly customizable, SEO friendly, and translation ready nature allows you to build a unique and stunning blog in no time.


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Those seeking a minimal WordPress blog theme with a focus on typography will be well served by the simple and elegant Vegeta . This theme has powerful back-end which will enable you to make customizations with ease, making it uniquely yours.


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Popster is a responsive WordPress theme suitable for blogging of all disciplines including photoblogging as well as a host of other creative websites.  This one comes with social icon integration, designated author biography section, popular posts widget and many other very useful features.


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WordPress Blog themes don’t come much more pared back than Unit. Featuring a super minimalist and clean layout design which places all of the focus on your content’s readability, this one will really allow your story to shine.


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Kotha is a super clean & elegant responsive WordPress Blog Theme. Perfect for your personal, travel, lifestyle, food & recipes or storytelling blog, it allows you to showcase your content in a timeless manner.  Easily customizable and featuring 3 Custom Widgets, Recent Posts, popular posts and unlimited theme color options amongst others, Kotha can help you create a uniquely stunning blog easily and fast.


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Drento is another versatile theme from this more minimalist collection. Unique features include a column in the center of the screen,  a sidebar that appears when you click on the appropriate button, unlimited colors and various theme options.


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Truly stunning blogs and websites are just a few clicks away with a little help from Nisarg. This theme is particularly well suited to travel, photography food, design, art and other creative websites and blogs. Fully customizable, it will complement your own images and words to a tee.


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Olsen Light

Olsen Light is another simple and easy to use blogging theme for WordPress. Its bespoke range of theme options will give you the freedom to tailor your blog to your needs whilst its unfussy design will really allow your content to be showcased.


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North East

The clean, sleek and elegant North East is built with Image focused blogging in mind. Travel, photo and fashion bloggers will all appreciate the unique range of features and understated design which will give their their photographs the space in which to really make an impact.


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Another responsive theme from this minimalist collection, Scripted is impressively simple yet overwhelmingly attractive. Packed with a host of customizable features, this theme has at its heart the concept of simple design.


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Particularly suited to blogs and magazines, Lontano features a right sidebar and large central column for the main body of content. Its appeal to many different types of blogger will be further enhanced by unlimited colors and social icons.


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The simple beauty of Boston will appeal to the blogger seeking flexible functionality. Offering many features which the beginner and the professional blogger will both appreciate, this theme allows the reader to focus on your content.



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Mayasilk is specially formatted to look great on any device. Featuring a Full Width Page template, optional display font, styling for post formats on both index and single views and an optional no-sidebar page template,  you will be well equipped to make your blog the absolute best that it can be.


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Creative types will be drawn to Good, a Magazine WordPress theme providing the perfect platform for photoblogging, travel, health, fitness, business, lifestyle, food, design, art, photography, personal and any other creative websites and blogs. Allow it to help you express your creativity to the max.


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Writer Blog

When you want your words to be the focus, let Writer Blog be their frame. A custom child theme for the renowned Amadeus theme, this is the ideal fit for writers who believe that absolute simplicity is key when it comes to their blog design.


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Awie is a free colorful magazine theme, suitable for a blog, news or fashion websites. Its multiple user friendly features make this a WordPress blog theme that can evolve alongside your brand.


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Designed with lifestyle, travel, fashion, food, and personal bloggers in mind, this WordPress theme is fully responsive and versatile. Visually stunning theme with polished typography and simple design Barletta is a real beauty.


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Period’s appeal lies in part in its uncompromised ability to display your content beautifully across phones, widescreen monitors, and everything in between. This feature combined with its stunning typography and a focus on both accessibility and space makes it ideal for blogs of all descriptions.



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Didi Lite’s elegance and streamlined features will appeal in particular to creators of fashion, lifestyle and magazine style sites. This ultra modern theme allows you to present your content in the very best possible light regardless of screen size. Beautiful typography combined with a super clean layout will appeal to any discerning blogger’s eye.


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The ultra feminine Kalon that can be used for building lively and eye-catching websites for women or indeed for any kind of personal blog related to photography, nature, art, design, lifestyle, food, fashion, babies, children, wedding or any other creative interests. The theme comes complete with many great features and an easy to use option panel with a full-screen slider, social icon integration, custom menu and custom widgets adding further to its appeal.


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Glow Line

The fresh and streamlined Glow Line is another feature filled WordPress blog theme. Boasting a live customizer which boasts the ability to check changes instantly, this theme is specially designed with personal, fashion, restaurant, lifestyle and travel blog sites in mind. Glow Line is guaranteed to give your content a very professional and sleek edge.


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Munsa Lite

Creative types such photo bloggers and artists have been specially considered in the creation of Munsa Lite . Its clean and fresh fully responsive design and easy to use list of features enable each blog to be uniquely tailored and enable their creative content to really take center stage.


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The super clean and simple lines of Grishma will also hold universal appeal. This WordPress blog theme features a clean dynamic grid layout, and allows for straightforward customization. It is also fully responsive, supports custom menus and widgets and comes with a social profile link feature. This one fits best with personal blog and magazine websites.


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The well designed Faceblog will also appeal to many.  Bloggers, photographers, journalists, and anyone appreciative of clean and elegant lines and easy to use customizable features will undoubtedly see the many merits of this impressive WordPress blog theme.


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EasyBlog’s fully responsive nature makes it the perfect theme for personal, photo, travel and other bloggers.  It is SEO friendly with featured image supports and a range of custom colors allowing you to really make your mark. The bespoke theme customizer can be used to change color and upload logos amongst other changes. It also features 3 Built-in widgets and daisy social icons which help you to add your favorite social profiles. An advertisement widget is also included to add banner ads. These features combined could make EasyBlog the ideal WordPress blog theme for you.


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About The Author

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, an online company which has been working with WordPress since 2009. He has written hundreds of posts about WordPress in that time and founded two theme companies which provide free and paid themes to millions of users.

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