Top 10 WordPress Themes for Writers
With the advent of the web, writing and publishing has become much easier for just about anyone. If you want your voice to be heard, it is not only content that will get you far, but also the design of your publication. WordPress, a CMS (content management system) platform, has a variety of themes to choose from in order to make one’s publishing look stunning. Here are our top 10 picks in no actual order, both free and paid.
1. Modules (Paid)
Modules is a gorgeous WordPress theme that is perfect for authors and bloggers. It uses a modular approach to design and comes with several ready to use modules that you can drag and drop to build your layouts. Even first-time WordPress users will be able to build fully-functional websites within minutes without requiring coding knowledge.
2. Author (Free)
Author is fast, responsive, accessibility-ready, and optimally designed for reading. All scripts and stylesheets are minified, concentrated and conditionally loaded to maximise performance. The layout adapts fluidly to all screen sizes to enhance usability. As one of few accessibility-ready themes, it performs well for users with wide ranges of disabilities. I personally use this theme for my own writing website and recommend it greatly!
3. Typology (Paid)
Focusing on type rather than images, Typology brings a whole new level to the typography game. With a no-image, text-based layout, your content will shine with bright, bold colours and interesting font choices. It is quoted by the maker to be: “Simply write your content and publish – Typology will handle the rest.”
4. Brittany (Paid)
Brittany is a stylish theme with a beautiful design. The homepage features an intro section at the top followed by your most important content. It has several layout options and templates for different types of pages. You will also get several custom widgets for easy social media integration and content discovery features. You can mix and match these various items to form a layout unique only to you.
5. Simppeli (Free)
About as minimal in design as you can get; this theme is all about content. Simpelli’s design is well… deceptively simple. Don’t let that fool you. Just like its paid counterpart Typology at no.3, it is the typography that really makes your content shine. With simple lines and monochromatic colours, this makes for an easy reading experience.
6. Hemingway (Free)
Hemingway is a clean, beautiful and responsive two-column theme that features responsive design, retina-ready assets, full-width header image with parallax scrolling effect, custom accent colour, custom logo upload, custom widgets (video, Flickr and Dribbble), page templates and translation-ready code (Swedish only). Named after the author Ernest Hemingway, this simple and clean looking layout will wow your visitors and what better way to show them that you know a thing or two about layouts than one named in praise of a famous author?
7. True North (Paid)
With a unique grid-style layout, True North promises its users “Your work, in focus. Portfolio items make up the entire homepage and help you display your creativity in the best way possible.“ With flexible layout options, one can build the perfect site for your needs in a matter of minutes. True North has features like portfolio display (slideshow, image array), column listing, and isotope filtering.
8. Libretto (Free)
According to the maker: “Libretto is a responsive one-column theme with classic styling and careful typographic details. It’s ideally suited to showcasing longform writing interspersed with beautiful images and inspiring quotes.” A gorgeous, classic and simple layout allows for your work to shine at its very best.
9. Simplenotes (Free)
One of my personal favourites, Simplenotes is a clean and minimal WordPress theme that requires no plugins to run. The theme features a dropdown menu, social media integration, sidebar widgets, threaded comments, theme option page, and more. Just look at that elegant and minimal design!
10. Soledad (Paid)
Soledad is a cleverly constructed and visually stunning, well-structured and highly intuitive, readily responsive WordPress multipurpose blog website theme, which requires no coding knowledge whatsoever. Soledad deploys not one, but two customised page builder plugins, the Live WordPress Customiser and the premium Visual Composer drag and drop page editor, which put hundreds of elements and configurational options within your grasp, with just a couple of clicks. With over 300 unique demo sites, you can build to your heart’s content without the worry of coding. What’s more, their support is fantastic.
With all of that in mind, we hope you enjoyed our top 10 picks! Let us know if we’ve missed any of your favourites and share this article with your friends and family! If you would like an awesome WordPress site, contact Ooze Studios today!