WordPress fuels more than 33% of all websites, the increase in popularity means that more developers have chosen to create WordPress themes and plugins, if you look through WordPress.org, Themeforest & Github then you’ll quickly discover that there is more than half a million WordPress themes released, so finding the good ones in the masses has become difficult.
We have spent more than 20 hours on looking through all themes made for authors. All of the themes we showcase in this list allows you to have a blog, showcase books, e-books, PDFs and have a eCommerce show where you can sell your products. We will be splitting the themes up in paid WordPress themes and free WordPress themes, so you can get an overview easily.
Best Free WordPress Themes for Authors
There are multiple reasons for why we choose Writers Blogily as the first theme on the list. First of all, it’s fully SEO optimized so you get the best possible chance to be found on Google and other search engines. Second of all it loads in less than 0.5 seconds, which is faster than 80% of the entire internet. Writers Blogily works with Woocommerce and Easy Digital Downloads so you can create a shop and sell your books & writings.
Creativeily is a free WordPress theme made for all creatives, you can build most designs through plugins such as Elementor. The theme is light-weight, SEO optimized and looks stunning. The first thing you see when you enter a website using this theme is a fullscreen header image of your choice. The theme loads in a beautiful way when you scroll down through your blog and most important of all, it is extremely easy to set up, it looks like the screenshot out-of-box so you only have to focus on writing.
Feather Magazine is a top rated and popular theme made for writers and authors. The theme have lots of space for advertisement and other custom content. It’s one of the most popular WordPress themes made for affiliates. If you plan on making a revenue through ads, then this is a great theme for you. It loads fast and is fully SEO optimized. The theme looks great on all screen-sizes with its minimal design.
Blog Builderly has a unique design that allows you to put focus on yourself as an author. You can choose to showcase a photo of yourself in the start of the website or for example one of your beautiful book covers. The theme is easy to set up, it has a very simple design. One of the downsides of this theme is that there is no sidebar, it’s a full-width theme with full focus on the content and the author. You can insert social media icons easily in the header & link to your social profiles to get more exposure.
Gutenshop is a classic eCommerce theme made for WordPress, it’s made on the new text editor called Gutenberg and the eCommerce plugin Woocommerce. You can set up any shop design you want easily, create slideshows and much more. The theme is SEO optimized, responsive and has a short loading time. The blog design that comes with Gutenshop is beautiful and minimal, you can use the theme for pretty much anything you want. It’s also updated at least every second week, so your website will always stay up to date with fresh features and work with almost every plugin released.
Best Premium WordPress Themes For Authors
Divi is the most used WordPress theme in the world, they are famous for their divi-builder which is the most versatile page builder you will find integrated into a WordPress theme. Divi comes with 800+ pre-made designs you can import with 1-click so you start out with a beautiful website, all you have to do is insert your text and images. They have a live-chat where you can get help and fast email support as well. Divi comes with a 30-days no questions asked refund policy, so if you don’t like it then you can get a full refund within a few days. Most themes has a few thousand users, but not Divi, they have more than 500.000 users and a big community helping each other out with issues, feedback and ideas.
Salient is a top rated & popular multi-purpose WordPress theme. It’s fully responsive, SEO optimized and light-weight, it comes with over 250 demos you can import easily. It’s easy to set up and user friendly, it comes with shortcodes that allows you to create custom designs easily, it’s own page builder and multiple layouts. Salient is great theme due to its user friendly interface and variety of designs you can choose from, you won’t find anything like that in a free WordPress theme.
Kalium is a premium WordPress theme made by the Laborator team, it has more than 30.000 uses and focuses on blogs, writers, authors and other creativity niches such as painting. It comes with beautiful pre-made demos, lots of demo content you’ll download will be a front page only but Kalium has gone beyond that, they have made every single page for you so you just need to fill in your text. The theme comes with lifetime updates and 5+ premium plugins.
Kallyas is a premium WordPress theme, it has been rated more than 3000 times and has 4.5/5 stars, which is a high amount of fully satisfied users. It has more than 40.000 users and works in every browser. It’s fully responsive, SEO optimized and light-weight. It’s built on Bootstrap and comes with multiple third party plugins, live chat and much more. Kallyas is one of the cheaper themes on Themeforest.
Simple & Good Themes For Book Authors
We have listed what we believe to be the best overall themes for both digital authors and physical book authors. We only list themes we believe are easy to install and get started with. We choose to split the themes up in free and premium because there are two segments who need different features from a theme, some simply need to have a website to show people they have published a book. Some need an advanced website with eCommerce integration, multiple layouts, they have bigger demands in general. We try to meet every sort of author with the themes we have listed.
Best WordPress Themes for eBook authors
eBooks have become widely popular over the last couple of yearsWe try to be diverse with our themes, WordPress sometimes have a hard time handling PDFs in a nice way, sadly most eBooks come in PDF format, which is why we have only picked themes that supports PDF so you can showcase eBooks as well. We will keep the list updated throughout time to make sure that all the themes listed are still updated by their respective developer.