Best Free Blog Themes For WordPress 2019

Finding the perfect blog theme for WordPress is hard, in fact there is currently more than 50.000 blog themes, so finding one with great features, SEO optimization, beautiful design and good load time is incredibly hard. Luckily we have taken care of that for you, below we’ll be listing the best free themes for blogging.

We’ll be ranking all the themes on their SEO, page speed, design, features and widget areas. All of the parts matter a lot for a blog, good SEO and page speed increases your chance to be found on search engines by readers. Design, features and widget areas defines how custom you can make the theme, for a lot of people’s uniqueness is very important, so why not pick a blogging theme you can customize into looking like your dream website? It’s important to mention that all of the themes are of course responsive and comes with a decent amount of customization.

Editors Pick – Best overall theme


Divi PREMIUM THEME

This is the only paid WordPress theme we will be mentioning. Divi is a very unique WordPress theme, it’s both a page builder & theme. It currently has more than 800.000 active users, which really says something about its complexity and quality. It comes fully translated to 25+ languages & 500+ customization options. Divi is one of our favourite premiums theme due to its features and possibilities.

9.9
Out of 10
 
Pricing
 
Support
 
SEO Optimization
 
Page Speed
 
Widget Areas
 



Astra

Astra

Astra is a very popular WordPress theme, it was released in 2017 and grew a large user base quickly. The theme has a lot of customization options, actually it has more customization options than any other theme on this list. The theme falls a bit behind on page speed, but beside that the SEO is top notch. The design is good looking as you install it, but first becomes incredible when you spend time on customizing it exactly how you like it. The theme has a decent amount of widget areas as well.

9.8
Out of 10
 
SEO
 
Design
 
Page Speed
 
Features
 
Widget Areas
 


Best Free SEO Optimized Blog Theme


Writers Blogily WordPress Theme

Writers Blogily

Writers Blogily is a theme made primarily for blogs and news websites. It’s a theme with focus around SEO and fast loading time. The customization is limited but everything else is top notch. The theme has a right sidebar where you can place advertisements, information about the author and much more. It’s compatible with most plugins such as Easy Google Fonts, which allows you to increase the customization further.

9.8
Out of 10
 
SEO
 
Design
 
Page Speed
 
Features
 
Widget Areas
 



Neve WordPress Theme

Neve

Neve is a popular WordPress theme that can be used for any goal. It comes with a beautiful default blog page, together with other ready-made blog templates that you can easily import to your site. You can edit the posts and pages with Gutenberg or Elementor because the theme is fully compatible with page builders. Moreover, the theme is fast, AMP-ready, and WooCommerce-friendly.

9.8
Out of 10
 
SEO
 
Design
 
Page Speed
 
Features
 
Usability
 



Bloggist

Bloggist

Bloggist is a minimal and search engine optimized (SEO) responsive blog theme. It’s easy to set up & looks exactly like the screenshot when you install it. The code & design is great, so is the page speed – we recommend this theme for people whos looking for a clean blog design, especially beginners since it’s very easy to set up.

9.8
Out of 10
 
SEO
 
Design
 
Page Speed
 
Features
 
Widget Areas
 



Hestia WordPress theme

Hestia

If expanding beyond a blog some day is a thought of yours, then we definitely recommend that you take a look at Hestia. To explain it simply its a multi-purpose theme with an awesome designed blog. It’s user friendly, responsive and SEO optimized, it looks beautiful too! It has eCommerce integration and pre-built websites you can import, so if you someday decide that you want to take your blog further and transform it into something else, or simply add more depth it, then Hestia is a perfect theme for you.

9.8
Out of 10
 
SEO
 
Design
 
Page Speed
 
Features
 
Widget Areas
 


Best Free minimalist Blog Theme


Minimalistblogger WordPress Theme

Minimalistblogger

Minimalist Blogger has a unique design, it’s extremely simple. It’s all black & white with borders, keeping it minimalist. It has a 7 widget areas which is above average, all widgets have been designed to each widget area which makes the design looks complete. The theme is lightweight and SEO optimized, the only thing it lacks is customization – It’s very limited what options of changing the design you have, so the theme is only useful for those who love the minimalist design style.

9.7
Out of 10
 
SEO
 
Design
 
Page Speed
 
Features
 
Widget Areas
 


Best Free Newspaper Blog Theme


Griddist WordPress Theme

Griddist

Griddist is a classic masonry blog theme, having a big amount of articles have rarely looked so good. It’s fully responsive, SEO optimized and very light weight. It comes with a decent amount of customization so you can give your website your own personal touch.

9.7
Out of 10
 
SEO
 
Design
 
Page Speed
 
Features
 
Widget Areas
 



Lighthouse WordPress Theme

Lighthouse

Lighthouse is a popular multi purpose theme. The design allows you to use the theme as a landing page, blog or news website. The theme is best known for its fast loading time which is less than 0.35 seconds, which is very fast compared to most other themes. The second and third best things about this theme is its SEO optimization and widget areas – the theme has more than 10 widget areas which allows you to easily put in all types of content. It has a lot of color customization so you can personalize the design.

9.7
Out of 10
 
SEO
 
Design
 
Page Speed
 
Features
 
Widget Areas
 

Best Free Photography Blog Theme


PhotoBlogster

PhotoBloster

PhotoBlogster is a unique image based theme, the design doesn’t work great without nice images, but luckily there are lots of great free images all over the internet. It comes with a good amount of customization, it’s lightweight and SEO optimized which is awesome. The place where this theme falls behind is its amount of widget areas. The theme is on the list since it’s according to us one of the best designed out of the box, free themes available on WordPress, meaning that when you install it, it looks like on the demo. It requires a low amount of customization and is extremely great for beginners.

9.6
Out of 10
 
SEO
 
Design
 
Page Speed
 
Features
 
Widget Areas
 



ColorMag WordPress Theme

ColorMag

Colormag is a famous newspaper theme. It has a lot of loyal users and is known for great theme support – the theme was originally created by a married couple, they still update the theme and keep it high quality, in fact it’s updated every few month. The theme has an extreme amount of customization and perfect on-page SEO. The only downside of this theme is its out of box the design and page speed, it doesn’t load as quick as smaller themes. This is most likely because of the high amount of features.

9.6
Out of 10
 
SEO
 
Design
 
Page Speed
 
Features
 
Widget Areas
 


Best Free personal blog theme


Journalistic WordPress Theme

Journalistic

Journalistic is best suited as a personal blog theme, it allows you to ad social media icons in the header to your social media accounts, it even has niché icons such as Twitch.tv and Pinterest. The theme is fast, SEO optimized and has a great amount of customization options. Sadly the theme doesn’t have that many widget areas, you’re restricted to a sidebar and footer widgets. The design is great looking out of box and easy to set up, it’s very user friendly if you’re new to WordPress.

9.6
Out of 10
 
SEO
 
Design
 
Page Speed
 
Features
 
Widget Areas
 


Best Free Clean Blog Theme


PersonalBlogily WordPress Theme

PersonalBlogily

PersonalBlogily is a very minimal personal blog theme. Its design is mainly borders and typography based, it looks like a modern fashion blog. The theme is highly customizable which is unique for a lot of free themes. The SEO and loading time is top notch, so it’s great if you’re a one-man (or woman) army trying to take over the blogging market. Sadly it doesn’t have a lot of widget areas beside a sidebar and footer widgets.

9.5
Out of 10
 
SEO
 
Design
 
Page Speed
 
Features
 
Widget Areas
 



Newspaperly WordPress Theme

NewsPaperly

NewsPaperly is a free magazine WordPress theme created for news websites. The theme has a very high amount of widget areas, in fact it has over 10 widget areas. The design is simple and newspaper style, it’s easy to make it look like the screenshot, in fact all you have to do is install the theme and add featured images to your posts. The design is limited to color customization, so you’ll need to use plugins to customize it further. It’s fully SEO optimized and has a very fast loading time.

9.5
Out of 10
 
SEO
 
Design
 
Page Speed
 
Features
 
Widget Areas
 

Top 3 Premium WordPress Blog Themes

Sometimes free themes doesn’t make the cut, for example if you need lots of customization & support, in that case it’s a good idea to have a look at a few premium themes for comparison. ThemeForest is a common place to look for premium WordPress themes, we also have a section with premium WordPress themes which we definitely also recommend checking out.


The X Theme

The X theme is mostly known for its customization, you can pretty much create any design you can dream of it. It has a great amount of space for advertisement, so you can add all the AdSense you need to your website. It comes with a page builder, shortcodes, Google Fonts and much more.

9.8
Out of 10
 
Pricing
 
Support
 
SEO Optimization
 
Page Speed
 
Ad Space
 



Enfold Theme

Enfold is known for many reasons, the main reason is for its loading time, it is one of the themes on Themeforest with the lowest loading time. The theme has hundreds of features and are of course fully translatable. It supports Woocommerce and most other popular plugin. Last but not least, it has a great amount of space for advertisement.

9.7
Out of 10
 
Pricing
 
Support
 
SEO Optimization
 
Page Speed
 
Ad Space
 



BeTheme

BeTheme is famous for its 380+ pre-built websites you can import and use as a foundation for your own design. The theme has more than 60.000 users who often mention their great support in their reviews. The theme is compatible with almost every popular plugin you can think of. It’s fully responsive, seo optimized and has an above average amount of advertisement space.

9.7
Out of 10
 
Pricing
 
Support
 
SEO Optimization
 
Page Speed
 
Ad Space
 

 

Where To Download More Free WordPress Blog Themes

If you didn’t find what you were looking for in our theme list, then you’re in luck, there are thousands of free WordPress themes available all over the internet. We recommend WordPress.org’s own WordPress theme directory, you can find it by visiting WordPress.org/themes/ – they have around 6.000-7.000 free themes available.

Note that all themes on WordPress.org have been gone through for security errors, made fully translatable and much more, sadly they are not quality checked in any ways. This means that most of them are not SEO optimized or have a high quality design, some of them do though.

 

Beginner Friendly & Safe WordPress Blog Themes

We obviously spend a lot of time testing the themes we recommend, in fact we tested more than 300 WordPress themes as mentioned earlier. When we checked the themes code, we also checked for security issues. We have tried to install and set up all of the themes, to see if they were beginner friendly. All of them are, we can guarantee that. All of the themes settings happens one place: In the customizer, once you head to appearance -> customize, you will find all the options the themes have available.

The features are very different in each theme, they all have a general layout and purpose, some of them are meant for fashion bloggers, some for affiliate blogs and so on. We have found themes that works for every purpose, the general idea of them are the same. They are all page speed optimized, SEO optimized, feature rich and looks stunning.

Responsive free blog themes

Even though there are several other WordPress themes that one can use for free, there are also some premium ones to choose from. One might ask what the benefits of such themes are, but all they need to know is that they provide you with higher flexibility to customize your blog. The other free themes provide less customisation options to bloggers.

It is important to keep in mind that the basic purpose of having a proper design is to capture the attention of the blog viewers. This is why it should stand out from the other websites and make a more positive impression on the viewers. A theme that is well structured helps your blog in getting a good ranking on the major search engines. This is very advantageous if you are looking to gain more traffic for your blog.

Responsive free blog themes

Even though there are several other WordPress themes that one can use for free, there are also some premium ones to choose from. One might ask what the benefits of such themes are, but all they need to know is that they provide you with higher flexibility to customize your blog. The other free themes provide less customisation options to bloggers.

It is important to keep in mind that the basic purpose of having a proper design is to capture the attention of the blog viewers. This is why it should stand out from the other websites and make a more positive impression on the viewers. A theme that is well structured helps your blog in getting a good ranking on the major search engines. This is very advantageous if you are looking to gain more traffic for your blog.