WordPress was originally nothing more than a blogging platform, and although it has now evolved way beyond that, its capabilities on that front are still in no doubt. This fact is underlined by the sheer number of WordPress themes for bloggers that are available in 2016.

Diversity of choice can be both a blessing and a curse, but with this post, we’ve looked to remove the “curse” element by providing you with an abbreviated list of 30 high-quality blogging themes. They range from small blog solutions to themes powerful enough to power entire news networks, and they all have one thing in common: they’re outstanding.

The 30 Best WordPress Themes for Bloggers

The themes included in this post aren’t placed in any particular order, so their order isn’t indicative of their comparative quality. Each one of these themes is unique, and should be considered on its own merits. To select the candidates that made it onto the final list, we went through the archives of several premium theme providers and handpicked the themes we felt showcased blog articles the best – after all, good content is the heart of every successful blog, and presentation is half the battle.

1. Extra

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Extra enables you to quickly build any kind of site thanks to its extensive module system and trademark Divi Builder. But it also comes with an incredible Category Builder that bloggers are sure to love too. It allows you to create beautiful layouts for each category archive page.

Key Features:

  • Comes with our own Divi Builder and an extensive module system which tackles a wide variety of functions.
  • Modules can be used to create jaw dropping long form blog content as well as stunning pages.
  • Category builder for creating stunning magazine style archive pages (by category an sub-category).
  • Built-in review system
  • eCommerce Ready
  • Fully responsive.

Price $69 ǀ More Information

2. Writing Blog

The Writing Blog theme.

This imaginatively named WordPress theme features a clean, single-column style which displays your posts front and center. There’s nothing fancy about its design, but it comes together well.

We’re particularly fond of the hidden sidebar that can be used to display brief author biographies, social profiles, and recent posts.

Key Features:

  • Focuses on readability.
  • Optimized for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) purposes.
  • Includes several blog post styles and gallery layouts.
  • Retina ready.

Price $44 ǀ More Information

3. Grand Blog

The Grand Blog theme.

Grand Blog includes all the features that make for a great blogging theme alongside an artistic feel. It’s a perfect choice for blogs that contain a lot of photographs – it even includes a section to display your latest Instagram pictures.

Key Features:

  • Over 20 blog layouts.
  • Includes an infinite scroll function.
  • Fully integrated with the WordPress Theme Customizer for instant live previews.
  • Display your latest Instagram pictures using a dedicated section.

Price $44 ǀ More Information

4. Uber Blog

The Uber Blog theme.

Uber blog is a grid-based blog theme perfect for multi-author sites that produce lots of content. It opens right up with an asymmetrical sliding grid that displays some of the latest posts and follows that up with a ‘meet our authors’ section.

The theme also includes a couple more additional layouts with more minimalistic sensitivities, although, to be honest, it would be a shame not to put that sliding grid to use.

Key Features:

  • Three custom layouts.
  • Includes its own page builder tool.
  • Built-in share counter with all your posts.

Price $59 ǀ More Information

5. Lets Blog

The Lets Blog theme.

Number five in our list of the best WordPress themes for bloggers is very reminiscent of our earlier pick, Grand Blog. Both themes share a very similar approach in their layouts, but Lets Blog favors a more minimalistic style.

Posts are displayed using a simple two-column layout, and your latest piece gets full billing right at the top. It’s a simple, timeless format.

Key Features:

  • Ships with six unique demos.
  • Includes an email list subscription option on its homepage.
  • Comes with an Instagram section which displays your latest photographs.
  • Two unique sliders.

Price $44 ǀ More Information

6. Noemi

The Noemi theme.

Noemi offers a minimalistic take on lifestyle blogs, spread out across three unique layouts.

Noemi Personal is all about making you the star of your own blog by focusing on your experiences and opinions. Noemi Casual is perfect for a regular blog, and includes some very attractive transition animations within its main slider. Noemi Modern combines the best parts of the previous two layouts in a style that could easily be featured in a big-ticket lifestyle website.

Key Features:

  • Three major layout designs and several other pre-made designs.
  • Multiple styles for your posts, headers, and featured articles.
  • Supports Google Fonts.
  • Includes a custom color scheme selector.

Price $49 ǀ More Information

7. John Doe’s Blog

The John Doe's Blog theme.
This innovative theme puts an original spin on the regular blogging structure. It features the standard two-column layout with an emphasis on displaying your articles, but it also includes subtle animations, a bold date and title structure, and plenty of custom icons to round things up.

The best part of John Doe’s Blog? The animated author blurb on the right-hand side of its layout. It’s hypnotizing.

Key Features:

  • Ten template designs to choose from
  • Customized admin panel.
  • Based on Bootstrap.
  • Supports Google Fonts.
  • Includes the Flex Slider plugin.

Price $49 ǀ More Information

8. CheerUp

The CheerUp theme.
This minimalistic theme is perfect for fashion bloggers. It combines clean lines with a soft pastel color palette, bold and colorful buttons, and plenty of functions to back it all up.

Key Features:

  • Includes six base layouts with hundreds of possible variations.
  • Multiple header and logo styles.
  • Ready for integration with WooCommerce and MailChimp.

Price $59 ǀ More Information

9. Spiced Blog

The Spiced Blog theme.
Spiced Blog is for food lovers – it’s the way to go for sharing recipes, food photographs, and anything else food-related.

This colorful theme enables your readers to favorite their preferred recipes right from the homepage, subscribe to receive email notifications, and see how many people have perused each recipe.

Key Features:

  • Integrates with both Instagram and MailChimp.
  • Comes with the Recipe Card Plugin.
  • Supports Google Fonts.

Price $49 ǀ More Information

10. Allure

The Allure theme.
The tenth pick in our best WordPress themes for bloggers roundup is Allure, a theme perfect for the world of high-fashion blogging.

This minimalistic theme makes great use of bold lettering and title cards superimposed over each featured image to achieve an elegant look.

Key Features:

  • Six different homepage layouts.
  • Multiple slider types.
  • Retina ready.
  • Includes the Visual Composer plugin.

Price $49 ǀ More Information

11. Applique

The Applique theme.
While we’re still on the subject of fashion, let’s take a look at another blog theme that tackles this field. Applique is a simple theme that’s all about images. It shines in the hands of authors that use lots of photographs on their blog posts.

Key Features:

  • Includes fourteen unique demos.
  • Compatible with WooCommerce, which makes it a perfect front for online clothes or makeup stores.

Price $59 ǀ More Information

12. Broden

The Broden theme.
Broden is an all-round solid blogging theme that should provide a good foundation for any website. Despite being labeled as a lifestyle blogging theme, it employs an attractive classic style that works well with any subject.

Its social media sharing buttons are particularly useful, as are the colorful tags that accompany each post.

Key Features:

  • Comes with four slider styles and three unique headers.
  • Includes five custom widgets.
  • Supports Google Fonts.
  • Retina ready.

Price $59 ǀ More Information

13. Authentic

The Authentic theme.
Authentic is a minimalistic WordPress theme for blogs and magazines. Each design has a light, airy feel to it that lends itself to long reading sessions. Furthermore, it makes excellent use of the occasional background video.

Key Features:

  • Four post header variants and multiple post archive layouts.
  • Integrates with Pinterest and includes various other social media sharing options.

Price $49 ǀ More Information

14. News Setter

The NewsSetter theme.
News Setter is a full-bodied blogging theme which lends itself particularly well to editorial websites. Its design is reminiscent of a tech news site, and it manages to pack lots of information in a single page without becoming overwhelming.

Overall, this theme should be a solid pick for multi-author blogs with fast editorial cycles.

Key Features:

  • Custom admin framework.
  • Four pre-designed styles.
  • HTML5-animated slider.

Price $55 ǀ More Information

15. Brixton

The Brixton theme.
Brixton is a modern blogging theme focused on storytelling. It achieves this thanks to its unique blog post styles which include featured quotes and relevant images to make each article more engaging than the last.

Key Features:

  • Optimized for SEO purposes.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Supports Google Fonts.
  • Unique CSS3 animations.

Price $39 ǀ More Information

16. Webly

The Webly theme.
Webly is a theme with a minimalist aesthetic and an emphasis on readability. It relies on active header styles and a unique post structure to stand out from among other blogging themes.

Key Features:

  • Four unique homepage and blog layouts.
  • Includes an Instagram feed section.
  • Retina ready.

Price $39 ǀ More Information

17. Flow

The Flow theme.
Flow is a colorful theme based around the concept of infinite loading, mixed with an asymmetrical grid design. The post grid takes up the entirety of your screen, with only a barebones menu on top.

It all comes together to create a hectic, yet unique experience.

Key Features:

  • Infinite blog list that enables you to open posts on the same page.
  • Unique post designs.
  • Retina ready.

Price $49 ǀ More Information

18. Storyteller

The Storyteller theme.
Storyteller is a theme built around, as you might guess, the concept of sharing stories. It combines an overall clean layout with an attractive post page design. Each post enables you to share entire galleries without taking up too much screen space, and the theme includes one of the most beautiful comments sections we’ve seen so far.

Key Features:

  • Minimalistic design and custom gallery types.
  • Retina ready.

Price $49 ǀ More Information

19. Rosemary

The Rosemary theme.
Rosemary is a clean and bright WordPress theme, tailored to display your content in the best possible light. Its layout is rather classical – it doesn’t take any risks. But what it does, it does well.

Key Features:

  • Five unique blog layouts.
  • Social share functions, including Snapchat built-in icons.
  • Full-width Instagram feed at the bottom of your page.

Price $39 ǀ More Information

20. Mariana

The Mariana theme.
Our twentieth pick in this best WordPress themes for bloggers compilation is Mariana – a warm, whimsical theme. It’s the perfect choice for blogs focusing on handmade crafts, children’s toys, etc.

Key Features:

  • Custom ‘hot spot’ system enables you to display annotations on top of your images.
  • Compatible with WooCommerce and MailChimp.

Price $59 ǀ More Information

21. Aesthetic

The Aesthetic theme.
Aesthetic is an elegant single-column blogging theme. It features your logo front and center, surrounded by the rest of your navigation bar’s elements. Furthermore, it makes great use of headers and tags. Its only downside is that its default font for regular text is rather hard to read, so make sure to change it!

Key Features:

  • Unique admin framework.
  • Change your site’s palette using a simple color picker.
  • Multiple article listing styles.

Price $55 ǀ More Information

22. Himmelen

The Himmelen theme.
Himmelen is a modern take on classic blogging themes. It includes all of the features you’ve come to expect – featured stories, multiple sections, recent posts widgets, and more. However, it succeeds in making those elements come together well.

Himmelen does also pack a couple of unique twists up its sleeve, such as its innovative popular posts section.

Key Features:

  • Five blog listing layouts.
  • Multiple header styles.
  • Supports Google Fonts.
  • Optimized for fast loading times.

Price $59 ǀ More Information

23. Hemlock

The Hemlock theme.
Hemlock offers WordPress bloggers a clean aesthetic and a sturdy base for their blogging endeavors. Despite its unassuming design, it’s the kind of theme where you can spend hours reading article after article without getting fatigued.

Key Features:

  • Includes Font Awesome’s collection of icons.
  • Custom Instagram recommended feeds widget.

Price $39 ǀ More Information

24. Zarja

The Zarja theme.
Remember the Brixton theme? Zarja is its feminine counterpart – and those are the developer’s own words. This theme also features a striking post design which supports multiple columns and colorful quotes.

Its only downside is the impossible to read cursive font that its creators chose to use for the theme’s buttons. If you decide to use Zarja, don’t forget to change that!

Key Features:

Price $44 ǀ More Information

25. Travelista

The Travelista theme.
As its name might have given away, Travelista is a theme for traveling bloggers. It features a clean, functional design which makes it easy to browse and read. We do recommend that you increase the default text size for your posts, since the default is way too small.

Key Features:

  • Multiple custom post types.
  • Powered by the Redux framework.
  • Unique author page format.
  • Retina ready.

Price $49 ǀ More Information

26. Florence

The Florence theme.
Florence is a crisp blog theme built around a single column layout with an informative sidebar. Despite its airy presentation, it’s a good fit for blogs of any type.

Key Features:

  • Ready for integration with MailChimp.
  • Includes multiple social media widgets, including ones for Facebook and Instagram.
  • Features a fixed Twitter sharing button on its mobile view.

Price $44 ǀ More Information

27. Voyager

The Voyager theme.
This decidedly cool theme is the ultimate solution for traveling bloggers. It eschews the traditional blogging layout with an asymmetrical blog post list, includes some of the most innovative slider designs we’ve seen, and features several understated animations.

Key Features:

  • Five pre-designed layouts.
  • Seven unique header styles and five kinds of sliders.
  • Three custom Instagram widgets.

Price $49 ǀ More Information

28. Journey

The Journey theme.
Journey is a blogging theme made with travelers, photographers, and illustrators in mind. Each of your posts includes unique ‘read’ buttons, a plethora of social sharing icons, and a very elegant comments section. Everything a blogger could ask for!

Key Features:

  • Comes with the Visual Composer plugin.

Price $44 ǀ More Information

29. The Chatter

The Chatter theme.
The Chatter is an upscale blogging and magazine theme. It enables you to showcase a moderate number of posts in an elegant manner thanks to its custom headers and well-placed comment buttons.

Key Features:

  • Includes both the Slider Revolution and Layer Slider plugins.
  • Comes with its own visual builder.

Price $59 ǀ More Information

30. Amory

The Amory theme.
The final inclusion in our best WordPress themes for bloggers extravaganza is Amory. This upscale theme is perfect for photography or fashion blogs, as it places particular emphasis on the effective use of imagary.

Furthermore, it includes a handy little blogging feature you’ve probably seen before: estimated reading times for each post.

Key Features:

  • Six unique blog layouts.
  • Includes the Revolution Slider plugin.
  • Full social media integration with most major platforms.

Price $44 ǀ More Information

Conclusion

Picking one (or more!) of these best WordPress themes for bloggers doesn’t mean that you need to limit the functionality of your site. Despite having been designed for blogging, plenty of these themes pack enough punch for other kinds of sites.

If, however, you decide to go down a different route, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of our past pieces about the best themes for other fields:

  1. 15 Best SEO Friendly WordPress Themes for Highly Discoverable Content in 2016
  2. 15 Most Popular Premium WordPress Themes in 2016
  3. 17 Best Corporate WordPress Themes for Businesses

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