If you’ve gone through our handy checklist to start the process of creating your blog, the next step is choosing a theme! In this post, I’ve collected some of the best WordPress themes for bloggers looking for a clean and simple design and an easy to manage WordPress backend. I’ve chosen themes that aren’t free on purpose. If you’re going to be spending a portion of your time building a blog, you need a solution that will be supported and updated in the future. If you’re still trying to decide whether to go with a paid or free theme, check out my tutorial on how to choose the best WordPress theme for your blog here.
Now, here are 13 of the best WordPress themes for your blog!
For designers, highlighting imagery is the most important function a website can perform. Modern Studio does this by cutting back on the clutter and color, so that it’s your shutter and colors doing all the work.
The spacious 1152 pixel-wide frame highlights your online publishing for a wide-screen world, and the sleek social features will help to build your audience fast.
Runway was created to showcase your content in a clean, minimal, and fashionable space. Inspired by Pinterest and fashion bloggers, this theme is quite versatile and can be used by many.
Your online features never looked better than with the versatile layouts and media-ready design of the Magazine theme. A stylish frame speaks volumes about the publisher.
Ambiance Pro places each visitor directly into a private conversation with you — through the words in your post and the images you choose to accent them with.
When you come in from the field, you want to effortlessly create a stunning display of your photographic work. With a few clicks, Expose will give you the perfect framework to exhibit your passion worldwide.
Crafted with bloggers in mind, impress your audience with Redwood’s classic, clean, and stately aesthetic. From its stunning slider and promo boxes to the plethora of color options, Redwood delights visually and functionally, giving you the power to customize your blog with just a click of the mouse.
The Marmalade is a simple WordPress blog theme with unique features like custom category, post and page title, fullwidth and spotlight post type, etc. It has an impressive design, suitable for any kind of blog.
Piemont theme can be used for any personal or business needs to easily create and launch your WordPress based blog or magazine. Unlimited blog styles and layout combinations, unlimited color themes, dozens of configurable options – and all of this can be managed with a click of your mouse in the advanced, user-friendly Piemont Control Panel. A step up from this is the Elementor theme which you can see on this site, Stem Cells for Dogs.
Brook is a light, spacious and versatile blog theme, carefully crafted to elevate your content in remarkable and minimalistic style. Featuring the astonishing full-width slider, a smooth AJAX navigation, a variety of post & layout options and sticky sidebar hotspot with custom widgets, Brook ensures an effortless personalization while displaying your blog in a striking and clean manner.
Elliot is a clean, responsive, retina-ready WordPress blog theme suitable for personal blogs or small and medium sized magazine websites. It comes with a Theme Settings, Visual Composer, 48 different blog layouts and many other options.
Chic includes great options like a featured posts homepage slider (either show your most recent posts, or select a post category to feature), an alternative category style homepage (just drag & drop categories to reorder them), custom page templates (for archive, author and login pages), live WordPress theme customizer support, and more. With all of these great built-in options you can install the theme, set your options and add your content before dinner.
Writing is a clean & minimal WordPress theme for personal blogs. With simple, creative features and effects, the Writing theme mixes between modern, classic and minimal blog styles and has great typography to help your fans and followers focus on every word you write.
You can find many more WordPress themes in the Envato market.