If you are a personal blogger and also into WordPress then I must say the combination is perfect. WordPress was initially started as a sweet blogging platform and with continuous development & volunteers behind it, it is now the giant in the Web world.
Blogging is an awesome thing that connects yourself with your hobbies. May be you just had a delicious recipe in a new restaurant, may be you just visited the Himalayas of Nepal in your holidays, may be you bought the new mac book pro that you have been waiting for, may be you wanna talk about the photography techniques that you learned, may be you visited summer fashion show in Paris or any thing, now, you may want to talk about it and share your experience & knowledge, blogging about it right away in your personal blog is an awesome way to do it. While the whole blogging thing depends upon you, it is important that you make your blog look beautiful, professional, easy to read and well-structured to be ranked well in major search engines. In addition to this, you and I both know that your visitors will be mostly reading about your blog in their mobile devices, so your blog must also be responsive. This altogether will help you gather more visitors and make them part of your experience that you are sharing in your blog.
This post is all about finding the right WordPress blogging theme that will suit your blog content & character. I have listed awesome free personal blog WordPress themes below, hope it will help your blog to get the look that it needs. 🙂
ColorMag is a perfect responsive blogging or magazine style WordPress theme. This theme can scale to fit from simple blogging purpose to complex magazine style blogging.
This is so flexible that it can be matched with any premium blogging or magazine style theme out there. One of the interesting features of this is you can represent each category of yours with respective colors. This feature adds life to your blog. If you are a person that blogs quite rapidly or if you have a lot of articles that needs to exposed right from the home page then this theme is a perfect match for your purpose. Also, the different layout options will help you to represent categories in Also, the different layout options will help you to represent categories in different beautiful manner adding charm to your blog. These different layouts can come handy to make a blog that is related to lifestyle, travel, food, technology, fashion and any kind of blogging site. The theme has lots of feature built-in, you can create your personal blog or magazine without even using any plugins. If you like you can add any plugins of your choice, this theme is based on wordpress.org theme review standards and will work with any standard plugin.
Radiate was the first theme released by ThemeGrill back in February, 2014. The theme solely focuses on personal blogging. The free version of the theme is now (at the time of writing this article) downloaded more than 220,000 times and still going solid & strong. You can view the more detailed stats here.
Radiate is a clean, creative and light retina ready responsive blogging theme supporting parallax header image. The cool parallax header image can be used to describe your blog with a nice image. The top menu sits over the top of the header image and is sticky, so you can scroll below the page content and click on the sticky menu items without going up. The theme is minimal and loads super fast. There is balance between typography and white spaces which will help the visitors read your blog content smoothly. The theme contains featured pages area just below the header image in front page. You can use these featured pages/boxes to talk about yourself, your contact information or for a welcome message. The theme contains all the features that you will need to create an attractive blog. The theme has limitless primary color option, choose the color to reflect your character in your blog.
Zillah is simple personal blog WordPress theme for 2017. With this theme you can just focus on writing beautiful content. Zillah will take care of everything else to give your site an awesome online presence which in turn will attract more visitors to your blog. On top of that it is SEO friendly which add to getting even more views.
Some of the highlighted stunning features of this theme are responsive design, unlimited colors, widgetized footer, full width featured slider, beautiful author box and many more. The makers of this theme have used this theme for their own blog. So, in a way the awesome blog theme that they are using is available for others to use all for free.
If you are a photographer or say interested in photography just like me and also interested in photoblogging. Freedom can certainly be a sweet fit to be next look of your photoblogging blog.
This theme is all about highlighting your photos and then talking about any specific image once you click on it. The theme can be used as normal blog and in addition to this, photoblogging layout can be chosen for home page and archive pages. For my personal blog also I use this same theme, I have used the normal blog layout and you can view the demo at sanjipshah.com. And for the ThemeGrill demo, click on ‘live preview’ button below. The theme also contains inbuilt slider that helps you quickly upload an image and write about it. If you wish more features like color options, font options, font size options and many more, you can also try the pro version. You can view the pro version demo here.
Many people like to have their blog in pinterest or masonic style. Are you one of them? Then we have the right theme recipe for you and this masonic style blogging theme is called ‘Masonic’.
The theme supports header image. Site title and tagline is shown just over the header image. If you add a nice image relative to your blog this can leave a great impression on the visitors. The menu follows right after the header image. The menu bar contains the search icon, this will help the visitor search on your blog right away. Rather than beautiful masonic layout, theme is also packed with lot of features like primary color option, link color option, logo upload, custom CSS and others. All this features can be used to give unique feel to your blog and make it your own.
Oblique is a creative masonry theme that is a sweet match for your fashion blog. The theme is uniquely designed that will help you create stylist and professional blog. The theme comes with lots of customization options that will help you to edit a lots of part in the theme to match your blog style. Among the many features packed in this theme, some of the amazing ones are parallax header image, full color control with unlimited color variations, easy access to all Google Fonts, responsive design etc. The theme also supports social links that will help build strong connection with your target audience by linking your social media profiles to your fashion blog. If you have a fashion blog, social icons is critically important.
Hemingway is a clean, beautiful and responsive two-column theme for bloggers. There are very few blogging theme that are simple and nice as this one. Big clean typography is the heart of this theme and will certainly provide your readers easy and astonishing reading experience.
With the use of beautiful colors, sharp typography and big images, this theme will make your site look out of the box. Hemingway supports four post formats namely standard: with featured image above the post, video: with featured video above the post, aside: for short updates and quotes. These will certainly help you present your posts uniquely. Theme support primary color option as well, so if you are say ‘RED’ color lover then just change the custom accent color to red and VOILA your blog links and primary color will be red. The theme is retina ready, viewers reading your blog from a 27 inch iMac to a 3.5 inch iPhone are all covered up and will see a clean and crisp view of your blog.
Fukasawa is designed with responsiveness in mind. It is a minimal masonry style blog theme for photographers and collectors. It features responsive & retina-ready design, support for the image, gallery and video post formats, five custom widgets, an archive page template, a gallery slideshow, custom accent color support, custom logo support, editor styles and translation ready code.
Fukasawa gives you the opportunity to alter and personalize your experience and every other elements giving your customers pleasant experience while they are walking around in your site.
Supports Jetpack Infinite Scroll which helps to view more post without reloading the page. Scroll on to see more contents. Also, supports beautiful gallery grid view with Jetpack Tiles Galleries module of Jetpack plugin.
Flat is a free blogging theme. If you are a blogger who prefers to have a vertical menu area rather than horizontal top menu then this theme is an excellent choice. The theme supports vertical menu following by widget areas. On the other side of this menu your content is displayed beautifully.
Tracks is bold, beautiful and responsive theme. The theme is perfect for personal blogs, magazines and photography websites.
This theme is certainly one of the interesting personal blog themes. The theme has an interesting layout in which you can show the images and posts content side by side in an alternating manner. This alone can make your blog unique and present the content to the users beautifully. Theme also support social icons which will help you site to link with your social profiles.
Studio is a responsive, clean, crisp and modern WordPress theme which will be a perfect fit for your personal blogs. The theme is a sleek WordPress theme that comes for free. This theme is from Catch Themes who are well-known for secure & standard codes that are written on best coding practices. Now, talking about the design, it is designed by non other than Emil Uzelac : one of the admins of wordpress.org. So, this theme is super nice from both functionality and design aspect of view.
This theme is packed with few dozen of features that will help personalize the look and feel of the theme. Different layouts, custom colors, custom logo, background, custom CSS etc. all combined will give you the super power to make your blog the way you want it to be. The theme is translation ready meaning you can create the language files and have the theme in your local language. Theme also support social icons that will help you get connected with the social world.
With its responsive design, Sueva is the perfect theme to display your latest articles with no distractions. You have the ability to customize Sueva to your heart’s content using features such as a masonry layout and unlimited sidebars. Sueva is the ideal tumblelog WordPress theme for showcasing your portfolio. Not only that, but Sueva comes with two additional child themes: Polar and Sneak. The theme is packed with lots of features. Supports posts formats.
Seasonal is a responsive blogging theme with features and style options that will make any blogger enjoy writing amazing articles. Part of your experience is having the choice to have a solid background color to your sidebar, or if you really want something that stands out, insert a photo that brings visual enjoyment your readers will love.
Change the width of your sidebar or adjust the overlay that darkens or lightens the sidebar. Seasonal comes with many more features like several post formats, 2 blog styles, 5 sidebar positions, unlimited color choices using the built-in Customizer, Schema.org microdata (for Google), show or hide various elements in your posts, and much more.
Sparkling is a clean, modern, flat design theme developed using Bootstrap 3. The theme is extremely flexible making it perfect fit for your simple or massive blog.
The frontend framework optimizes this theme for smartphones, tablets, desktops and any other device. With pixel perfect design, awesome widgets and full-screen slider it stands out among WordPress themes. It has a premium look and feel that can’t be confused with anything in the market. The theme is SEO friendly with Schema compatible structure that will make Google love your website. The theme supports most if not all free and premium plugins such as Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7, SEO by Yoast, W3 Total Cache and many more.
Wilson is another theme on this list from Anders Norén. I must admit the guy makes really awesome themes for bloggers. Wilson is clean, simple and responsive theme for personal sites and blogs.
The theme is packed with lots of features to help you create a rocking blog. Wilson puts focus on your content without any compromise on the functionality half. Wilson includes custom logo support, custom widgets for Flickr, Dribbble & video, two templates, custom accent color, posts format support and many more.
Powen Lite has been specially designed for blogging websites however due to its clean design and plenty of customization options, it can easily be customized for any purpose.
The theme has inbuilt slider which can be used to highlight some of your posts. The theme is white, neat & clean. Powen theme is well documented so there is very less chance that you will be confused on using any of the theme features. The theme also supports RTL, you just need to install the theme on RTL WordPress blog (WordPress in different languages which has RTL as default writing mode) and the theme will adjust automatically. I really find this feature fascinating.