10 Free WordPress Themes For Starting A Blog

There is a lot to do when starting a blog, especially if it is your very first time setting up a website.  You will have to learn about; SEO strategies, how to monetize your blog, social media marketing… and SO much more!

One of the very first things you need to do when starting a blog is decide upon how you  want it to look.  The overall design of a website is incredibly important, so it is vital  you spend some time finding the right WordPress theme for you.

10 Free WordPress Themes

Normally I would recommend you go for a premium WordPress theme as that can instantly make your website appear more professional.  The theme I use here at Blogging Tips 101 is an exclusive theme as a partner of the learn how to blog program, but Learn How to Blog does offer other alternative premium themes as part of their program and website set up.

That said, not everyone who is just starting out wants to pay for a WordPress theme when they are just learning the ropes, or even join a program.

Free WordPress themes may be a little more restrictive that premium WordPress themes, however there are still some fantastic ones out there that you can use.  This is why I decided to put together a list of some of the best free WordPress themes that you can use for starting a blog.

1. Twenty Fourteen 

WordPress Theme Twenty Fourteen

This year’s default theme that comes with WordPress when you install it is a pretty good theme to start with.  A great looking, modern magazine layout allows you to display all of your content in a grid or slider on your homepage.  There are 3 distinct widget areas that you can make use of and, most importantly, the theme is responsive, meaning it will work seamlessly across all mobile, tablet and desktop devices.

Also, be sure to check out the previous default WordPress themes; Twenty Thirteen, Twenty Twelve, Twenty Eleven & Twenty Ten as they are all equally as good.

2. Padhang

WordPress Theme Padhang

If you are looking for a great looking, minimalist WordPress theme that puts emphasis on your written content, then the Padhang theme is for you!

Here, you can add a large background image of your choosing, add a custom logo, change your menus, add widgets under your content and much more.  Again, this theme is responsive, so you don’t need to worry about it not working on your mobile or tablet devices.

3. Editor

WordPress Theme Editor

The Editor theme presents your content beautifully and allows easy navigation by using a fixed sidebar menu.  Though it doesn’t say so on the wordpress.org theme page, this theme is responsive and can be viewed much clearer on their official site here.

4. Hueman

Wordpress Theme Hueman

This magazine styled WordPress theme can present your content in a visually striking way.   Loosely based on the Mashable website design, more emphasis is put on presently your content in an interesting way.

Fully responsive, you can customise just about any aspect of the theme really easily and it will work across all devices.  Add a featured slider or featured categories to your front page, display integrated share counts from social media, add unlimited widget areas to your sidebars and much more.

This theme could easily be a premium theme, so make the most of it whilst you can.

5. Decode

Wordpress Theme Decode

This minimal looking theme is primarily designed for mobile use, though it is fully responsive across all devices.  Putting emphasis on the content, this theme strips back a lot of unnecessary distractions and allows users to just focus on reading what you have written.

There is a sidebar menu that can be accessed by pressing on the menu icon, allowing you to add widgets and links to all your important pages.  This can also be set to always appear on larger screens for people to access easily.  You can fully customise the theme colours and it comes with a while set of custom social icons that you can choose between.

6. Hemingway

WordPress Theme Hemingway

This clean, uncluttered WordPress theme allows a great deal of flexibility in how you can use it.  A great choice for a blog, it helps to display your content in the best way possible.

A fully responsive theme that can basically be used straight away once activated.  Big bold images, sharp text, beautiful colours, the Hemingway theme looks great as it is.  Still, you can edit the header image to your choosing, change the theme colours, edit the post format and much more.

Overall a great WordPress theme to get you started and one that you can edit and customise as your site develops.

7. Esquire

WordPress Theme Esquire

Another great looking, simplistic, uncluttered WordPress theme that puts emphasis on your website content.   Here, this theme has a fixed sidebar, allowing people to easily navigate around your site via your most important links.

This theme would be great for a personal blog or community blog as it is really easy to manage.  Do note though that it doesn’t seem to be responsive.

8. Blogly

WordPress Theme Blogly

This colourful, stylish, fully responsive WordPress theme can give your website a unique look.  You can fully customise the colours that you use, you can upload your own logo and fully edit the background image to your liking.

9. Bueno

WordPress Theme Bueno

This free WordPress theme by WooThemes is a great choice for bloggers.  Big and bold lettering helps to instantly grab people’s attention when they land on your site.  The theme allows you easily customise it and also comes with integrated banner ad management and Bueno specific custom widgets for you to use.

10. Writr

WordPress Theme Writr

Here is another colourful, visually striking WordPress theme for you to use.  This is the perfect theme if you want you and your writing to stand out.

A colourful, fully customisable sidebar is the focal point of the website, allowing your visitors to easily navigate around your blog.  You have the option of using the default turquoise colour, or you can pick blue, green, purple, grey or red.

Your turn:

Do you use any of these free WordPress themes? 

Which theme do you use for your blog? 

We want to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.



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Catherine Holt is the founder of Blogging Tips 101. She has been an internet marketer since 2012. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google and Pinterest.

19 Responses to “10 Free WordPress Themes For Starting A Blog”

written by Andrew On 26 August 2014 Reply

Good stuff here Catherine.

I probably used half of these themes here … but while the free themes are good and look tempting, I still think a paid theme offers you much better value. Less problems based on the theme (in my opinion).

But, this is a good start for many who are just starting out and getting their blogs settled.

- Andrew

written by Catherine Holt On 26 August 2014 Reply

I agree Andrew, that nothing beats a premium theme. However it can be quite daunting for many bloggers starting out to know what type of theme they want to purchase and sometimes they just need to have a play around with something before investing with the $. These are certainly some good options, but yes….in terms of functions, a premium theme is going to far outdo any free theme.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts here :-)

written by Okto On 27 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

Free themes are good to start with before we decide the premium theme. Thanks for sharing this post, now we can save our time searching free wordpress themes that are worth trying

written by Catherine Holt On 27 August 2014 Reply

Absolutely Okto. I do recommend that bloggers obtain a premium theme if they want to progress in their blogging journey but I understand that is not always possible at the start for many reasons. These are some really good themes that can be used to help get going, and also to work out what it is you are looking for in a premium theme.

Glad yo liked the list :-)

written by Bilal Tahir On 28 August 2014 Reply

Nice Post Catherine nice sharing for new bloggers

written by Catherine Holt On 28 August 2014 Reply

Thanks Bilal, glad you found it useful. Are you currently using a free or a premium theme on your blog?

written by Monika Sharma On 28 August 2014 Reply

Hi Admin, Thank you so much for nice Post ! I really like & enjoy it ! Catherine these are Basic themes of WordPress. I do seen these themes when we start a new Blog but these themes are also good ! Looks nice for a fresher & Born Blog !

written by Catherine Holt On 28 August 2014 Reply

Thanks Monika. As you mentioned, these themes are great for new bloggers who want to try things out, but for any longer term or more serious bloggers, it is recommended that they purchase a premium theme.

I’m glad you enjoyed the post, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts :-)

written by Atish Ranjan On 29 August 2014 Reply

Nice themes you have listed in the post but there are many free wp themes which are good to start with. I love the default theme when it comes to free themes however I premium themes with little customization done by myself.

written by Catherine Holt On 29 August 2014 Reply

Your right Atish, there are many free themes that are good to use when starting out. The problem is, there are a little too many and this can be incredibly overwhelming for new bloggers. My aim for this post was to narrow some down so newbie bloggers have a starting point of reference.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us today :-)

written by Ryan Biddulph On 31 August 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,

Smart list of themes here.

Your presentation counts big time, especially as a newbie. I like going with a clean, clear, easy to set up theme, to keep readers focused on your content.

De clutter to create a clear, clean experience for your readers.

Thanks Catherine, tweeting in a bit….through Triberr :)


written by Catherine Holt On 31 August 2014 Reply

Ah, presentation is HUGE isn’t it Ryan. If you can’t invest in a premium theme at the start, then you need to ensure that you at least have a streamlined theme that is going to set you up well. It’s important that the site is well presented in order to attract and maintain readers.

Thanks for your comment Ryan :-)

written by Areesha Noor On 15 September 2014 Reply

Hi Catherine,
These are great theme, still I am using Free WordPress theme. and it give me good result. Most of free theme are good. I say that for newbie Free theme are best option.
Any way thanks for sharing these collection.

written by Catherine Holt On 15 September 2014 Reply

If you are starting out in blogging then free themes are certainly a great option Areesha. You will find as you become more experienced you will outgrow your theme and that’s when you will want to look at investing in one of the premium options.

But…we all have to start somewhere, and there are some awesome free themes around…this list just for starters! Hope you found it useful.

Thanks for sharing with us today :-) Have an awesome week!

written by kooldesire On 10 October 2014 Reply

These theme are great. I am also using wordpress theme. I liked ur post.

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written by Anirudh Pulikonda On 30 November 2014 Reply

Thanks for writing this article. I’ve found this article very useful and I’ve used one of the theme in my WordPress blog.

written by Tejwinder On 11 December 2014 Reply

Hello Catherine

Amazing list of free WordPress themes, special Humen is one of my favourite WP theme in free category. Your writing is amazing, I am going to be a fan of yours.

written by Catherine Holt On 12 December 2014 Reply

Thanks Tejwinder, and welcome to the blog! You can certainly obtain a number of really great free themes which are awesome when you are starting out. Great to hear that you liked the list :-)

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