Ever wonder how your favorite websites achieve their swoon-worthy layouts and seemingly endless functionality? Chances are, it’s with a theme. Lots of platforms use themes; Today we’re focusing on WordPress themes, what they are, and a peek at my favorite ones.
So, what’s a theme? It’s a collection of code that magically brings beautifully responsive templates to life where you can house your website and blog. Customize to your heart’s content to make your site unique to your brand. Just pick one you love, install it, and make it your own.
And now, on with the eye candy…
1 | Itsy
Meet Itsy, a modern, minimal, and oh-so pretty WordPress theme.
Things are clean and simple with this one. Using the Theme Customizer you can control layouts (sidebar right, no sidebar, sticky menu) and show and hide most of the elements of the theme. Choose from fonts, colors, and more to make it your own.
Want a lovely big homepage hero image? You’ve got it. Want a grid of your sticky posts on your homepage? You’ve got it. Want a cool and collected minimal design, with gorgeous share overlays, search overlays and a beautiful mobile experience?… then Itsy is your cup of tea.
As well as a widgetized sidebar, we have a header widget area and a footer widget area that adapt to the amount of widgets you have. For example, only using 1 widget, we’ll make it 100% and centered – perfect for a web banner.
Bio page inspiration:
Display your favorites:
With lots of features and customization options, as well as a darling layout, you’re sure to fall in love with Itsy. It’s one of my favorites, and at only $25 it’s a steal.
2 | BOSS LADY
Sassy, classy, and a little smart-assy? Boss Lady is just the theme for you.
Created by Melanie Karlik, the Boss Lady theme is perfect for the energetic entrepreneur. She’s included lots of features to help you customize it to the layout and the look to perfectly suit your vision, including 8 landing page templates and a lead page template (with the option to upload your own background image).
Nine blog layouts to choose from:
Save money by skipping expensive landing page programs. This theme does it for you:
Boss Lady is an ideal choice for no-nonsense business owners who don’t have time to mess around creating templates, pages, and layouts from scratch. Simply choose the ready-made one you love, customize the fonts and colors, and you’re off and running.
3 | Simply Pro
Simply Pro is the perfect choice for those seeking a clean, crisp way to deliver their brand across the interwebs. Devoid of distracting pomp and circumstance, this theme provides plenty of inviting white space for those that don’t get along with clutter and noise.
Simply Pro knows you don’t need a lot going on visually to create a truly beautiful brand. Classy and classic, this Wordpress theme based on the Genesis Framework. Use this theme for your blog or website.
Changing design options is easy-peasy, even for those who aren’t particularly tech- savvy:
Put your Instagram on display in the footer:
Simply Pro is a modern theme following the design trends set by the top bloggers. In the spirit of simplicity, the designer has made everything deliciously uncomplicated. Customizing is as easy as a few clicks and this theme includes a PDF to walk you through the setup and installation process.
4 | INA
If you love a clean look, but gotta have your pictures, you’ll love INA. This visual rich, photo stories theme allows you to showcase your photography or stock images on center stage.
Pictoral-y post inspiration:
Three gorgeous header styles to pick from:
With plenty of layout options and customizable features, INA is perfect for those who want to tell their story with pictures. Whether you’re a photographer or just have a penchant for visuals, this theme is perfect for you.
Psst… Need images to pretty up the place? Check out this post for 25 free stock photo websites where you’ll find an abundance of imagery to bring your little corner of the world to life.
5 | PE COOKING
Calling all foodies! PE Cooking is the ideal theme to share all of your delicious goodness with your visitors. Rich with tempting imagery options, your followers are sure to eat up whatever you’re serving.
Beautiful posts showcase your images, but leave room for descriptive text so readers don’t get overwhelmed:
Adding recipes is a cakewalk:
Blog posts that beg to be read:
As a food blogger, you know one of the best ways to set yourself apart is with eye-catching imagery. PE Cooking theme offers not only a plethora of image layouts, but perfect spacing that doesn’t overwhelm or confuse visitors. I get hungry just looking at it.
Biscuit is decidedly clean, yet elegant, and perfect for Food Bloggers, Designer, Photographer and Bloggers. Easy on the eyes, this sophisticated style is a great way to showcase your own brand of simple goodness.
Biscuit is an amazing feminine responsive wordpress and ecommerce theme for minimalist style lovers. Visually rich, it still manages to maintain its simplicity. The well-organized layout makes navigation a no-brainer for your visitors.
Customizing is a breeze:
Pretty, balanced post options:
Share your past posts and reader favorites in an eye catching portfolio grid:
For a simple way to share that still garners plenty of positive attention, look no further than Biscuit.
7 | THE PASTEL BLOGSTER
For a soft, feminine touch, check out the The Pastel Blogster. Subtle, calming hues allure visitors and encourage reading, browsing, and shopping.
Pretty up your posts with this layout as inspiration:
A fun footer to house your social media links, ads, and more:
8 | Enamored
Enamored is simple, feminine WordPress theme that’s got everything you need to breathe life into your brand. Scripty fonts offset the white space, making this a smart, sophisticated choice.
Fully responsive and highly customizable, Enamored comes with 6 layout options, unlimited colors, Google fonts, and more. Best of all, the theme includes a built in theme customizer that allows you to make changes to your theme without touching any code.
Or without sidebar:
Make it your own in a few clicks with the easy customization panel:
If you’re looking for refined beauty paired with simple to use options, Enamored is the way to go.
Bonus: This theme comes with access to the designer’s freebie vault where you’ll have access to free media kit templates, pin it buttons, printables, and more.
9 | EXQUISITE
Dark and lovely, the aptly named Exquisite is a stunning e-commerce theme that manages to be classic, yet unique all at the same time. Build your store on this theme for a beautiful storefront that won’t soon be forgotten.
A peek with a different style logo:
Comes complete with a fade-in effect on the homepage, a rotating testimonial section, portfolio page, change the damask background to another dark color, and more.
Black’s not your jam? Change colors easily (works best with dark colors):
For brands that know their voice and aren’t afraid to use it, make a statement before you even say a word with the Exquisite theme.
10 | Sara’s Fashion
Sara’s Fashion theme is a sassy little theme design with plenty of personality, and typography-rich buttons that practically beg to be clicked.
Pick your fonts and layouts with plenty of simple to use customization options.
Get the word out on your blog using the streamlined layout:
Showcase your shop’s offerings with the pretty grid layout:
Encourage sharing on individual listings with stay-put social media buttons:
That’s it! A roundup of my very favorite themes currently available. All that’s left for you to do is pick one and get that website or blog up and running.
Love the themes but are terrified at the thought of installing them? Not to worry. If the theme designer is not able to help with the tech side, WordPress offers a super simple tutorial right here.
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