10 Free WordPress Blog Themes For Effective Content Marketing


Published on July 22nd, 2019

Blogging is a passion for those who know how to express their thoughts and ideas. People set up their blogs and gather audiences who love to hear what they have to offer.

With platforms like WordPress around it becomes easy for you to choose themes matching your niche. However, you cannot just choose any theme for a blog.

There are some themes which are blog specific and we have analyzed top 10 of them. Each one of them is better than the best and we have scrutinized them on the basis of their features and benefits.

If you have thought of a certain style in mind it would be easy for you to take a final call. You can compare two or three themes to finally choose one that should be extremely useful and give your blog the much-needed recognition.

1. Hestia


Hestia is a modern WordPress theme for professionals. It fits creative business, small businesses (restaurants, wedding planners, sport/medical shops), startups, corporate businesses, online agencies and firms, portfolios, ecommerce (WooCommerce), and freelancers. It has a multipurpose one-page design, widgetized footer, blog/news page and a clean look, is compatible with: Flat Parallax Slider, Photo Gallery, Travel Map and Elementor Page Builder . The theme is responsive, WPML, Retina ready, SEO friendly, and uses Material Kit for design.

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Review: webmatros

This in-depth Hestia theme review expands on my extensive WordPress theme comparison What’s the Fastest WordPress Theme for Your Page Builder?

In that comparison, Hestia didn’t do too well. In fact: it came in last, performance-wise!

Fortunately, ThemeIsle (the makers of Hestia) were quick to shoot me an email, wanting to find the cause and fix it.

Although ThemeIsle is a capable and reputable WordPress theme company, I honestly didn’t expect them to be able to improve Hestia’s performance much.

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2.  OceanWP


OceanWP is the perfect theme for your project. Lightweight and highly extendable, it will enable you to create almost any type of website such a blog, portfolio, business website and WooCommerce storefront with a beautiful & professional design. Very fast, responsive, RTL & translation ready, best SEO practices, unique WooCommerce features to increase conversion and much more.

You can even edit the settings on tablet & mobile so your site looks good on every device. Work with the most popular page builders as Elementor, Beaver Builder, Brizy, Visual Composer, Divi, SiteOrigin, etc… Developers will love his extensible codebase making it a joy to customize and extend. Best friend of Elementor & WooCommerce. Looking for a Multi-Purpose theme?

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OceanWP is the most feature-packed free theme that is available.

For a theme that work with any page builder, it has some innovative features that I have never seen in a theme. Primarily it’s strength is with e-commerce websites and has all the feature that you would normally expect to pay for.

If you are new to WordPress, the customizer options and the option boxes found in each post/page can be overwhelming and hard to make sense of at times.

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3. modernize


modernize is a modern, simple and beautiful WordPress theme. I made it for blogging. Customizer, social menu icon, several templates, logo addition, switching function between one column and two columns, etc. are also available.

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Review: envatomarket

Modernize is a new era of wordpress theme. You can discover many new awesome features in this theme. For example ‘Page Builder’, it allow you to create page easily by drag-drop module. Moreover, it comes with many options on that 

Also, to change color elements, it won’t be a big deal anymore, with our new admin panel, you can access to almost of all elements color. Admin panel in this theme is a real feature rich. You can also create unlimited sidebar, choosing over 350 fonts or if you want to use your own, we provide a cufon uploader. Modernize has 15 predefined background pattern but if you want to use your own background, again, we have a custom background uploader. You can also translate each elements to your language via this admin panel.

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4. Ribosome


Ribosome is a Gutenberg ready theme with a clear and neat design, easy to use and customize. Some its features are: header image or logo, custom theme color (blue, green, orange, pink or red), right sidebar or left, excerpts or entire entries on homepage, main menu on the left or centered, six different Google Fonts, thumbnails rounded or squared, two widgets areas (beginning and end of posts), related posts, customization panel, fully responsive, custom header, custom background and more. Translation Ready (English and spanish integrated). Required WordPress 4.1+.

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Review: wpbeginner

Ribosome is a magazine style free WordPress blog theme. It comes with a custom header, custom background, and unlimited colors. It has a single navigation menu and a social menu on the top.

It comes with a two column layout with sidebar on the right. Ribosome has six different Google Fonts, round or square thumbnails, two widgets areas at beginning and end of posts, perfect for displaying ads

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5. Writee


Writee is an elegant free personal WordPress blog theme and well suited for personal, food, travel, fashion, corporate, or any other amazing blog. Writee is fully responsive and mobile friendly. The theme features pixel perfect design and includes 3 custom widgets, Customizer Options, full-width/boxed slider to showcase your content with style. Writee is translation ready and supports the following languages AR_ARABIC, DE_GERMAN, ES_spanish, FR_french, IT_itnalian, RU_Russian, ZH_CHINES.

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Review: wpbeginner

Writee is a free WordPress theme suitable for personal websites, travel, and adventure blogs. It features a large slider on top using featured images from blog posts. It comes with multiple templates and custom widgets among many other features.

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6. Verbosa


Are you a writer? An author? Or maybe a photographer? An artist? Perhaps you do online reviews? Or are you just casually blogging about music, movies and such? Do you like to ramble on? Are you a creator? Do you generate content of any kind? Are we asking too many questions? Is this too much? Have we crossed the line? Well then you should give Verbosa a try as she may have all the tools needed to assist you and your creativity.


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Verbosa is all about elegant typography, efficient use of contrast, spacing and simplicity. We used all the tricks at our disposal to improve legibility, create emphasis and generate a proper design flow that would make your content more inviting to be read.

Verbosa is also truly responsive, with a fluid layout, uses microformats and microdata for best SEO results, takes great advantage of featured images, supports Google fonts, has social menus with over 100 social icons, is translation ready and supports RTL languages. And everything’s editable via the customizer with well over 100 options! And as an extra, we’ve coded in a fresh and exquisite perfume that will follow you everywhere once you install the theme!.

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7. Revive


Revive is a Multi Purpose Theme with a Magazine Layout which can be easily optimized for other purposes too. This theme comes integrated with Font Awesome Icons, Multiple Blog Layouts, Sidebar Customizations and much more. Built on the Bootstrap 3.0 Framework, Revive has brilliant Responsive performance on Mobile and Tablet Devices as well.

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Review: wpbeginner

Revive is a beautiful free blog theme for WordPress. It features a magazine style layout with a large header image and your featured content displayed in a posts grid. It comes integrated with Font Awesome icons and supports multiple blog layouts.

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8. Scratchpad


A colorful theme for collecting your ideas.

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Review: wpbeginner

Scratchpad is an illustrative and colorful WordPress blog theme. It uses a set of patterns, drawings, and styles to create a beautiful and fun look. It supports multiple post formats and displays them beautifully. It has a sidebar on the right and another at the bottom.

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9. Nitro


Nitro is a Premium Quality Design with one of the best Performance scores. Its extremely fast loading and Uses very few Third Party Scripts. Its designed to work with WooCommerce to give you the finest eCommerce sites. And it has multiple options to showcase your content so that you can highlight your best, easily.

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Review: CollectiveRay

E-commerce site maintenance is a tricky task. You set your site up, have your best-selling stuff displayed carefully, create thoughtful checkout and thank you pages, bang your head a little over messages and colours, and after all the pain, you find out, it’s just not really making you happy! There is still something more that can be done, improved, tweaked or may be just trashed out of that site!

Despite the ocean-volume of WordPress templates coming into the market these days, and a large proportion of them, claiming to be built with ecommerce in mind, you and I, both know, how many sick hours we spend tweaking codes, just to make sure, that faux-fur cardigan is rotated properly on every mouse-over.

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10. MadHat


MadHat is a Multi Purpose Theme with a Black/White Layout which can be easily optimized for other purposes too. This theme comes integrated with Font Awesome Icons, Multiple Blog Layouts, Sidebar Customizations and much more. Built on the Bootstrap 3.0 Framework, MadHat has brilliant Responsive performance on Mobile and Tablet Devices as well.

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Review: wpbeginner

MadHat is built on Bootstrap framework, and it is a multi-purpose WordPress theme featuring a black and white layout which can be easily customized. It comes with Font Awesome icons, multiple blog layouts, and sidebar customizations.

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