A clean, minimalist theme for any website is equivalent to a breath of fresh air in the internet space. With all the ads, pop-ups and flashing text one may see in a day of browsing the web, minimalist blogs and websites offer focus and clarity.
In addition to being clutter-free, minimalist themes tend to improve site speed as they are generally lightweight and well-coded.
There are literally hundreds of minimalist themes that have been released for WordPress, as it continues to be the trend for blogs that plays importance in their content more than anything else.
What Minimalist WordPress themes are for?
Minimalist themes are made to limit your blog visitors to doing only one thing: read your stuff. That’s it.
“But what about ads, social media buttons, sidebar widgets, email opt-in forms?”, you may ask.
As a blogger, you will need to strike a balance between readability and function. You should only have one or two things that you want your readers to do when visiting your blog if you are going to use a minimalist theme.
So it could be:
1.) read your blog post and 2.) share it to social media or;
1.) read your blog post and 2.) subscribe to your newsletter or;
1.) read your blog post and 2.) follow you on Twitter
While this may seem too strict, the benefit is that you are redefining the purpose of your blog in the first place. Do you want more traffic, or do you want to make money from your ads? Do you want an engaged audience or a distracted one?
Minimalist themes are not for every blogger, and that’s totally fine.
However, if you like the idea of minimalism and what it can do for your blog, it’s worth giving a try.
I’ve narrowed down 10 of the best new minimalist themes out there so you don’t have to. These themes are all free and are available in WordPress.org. All the themes have been added in the last month. Let’s take a look:
So Simple is a light and responsive blogging theme. With some tweaking, you can personalize the headers, sidebars, and footers and it won’t look so bare. However, you can still keep the undisturbed format as it is and let your words stand out.
There’s enough room to be creative with this theme, like adding a really cool logo or using an eye-catching font, but it also lets you allow simplicity by using it default elements.
Libre stands out because it doesn’t follow the usual right-sidebar blog format that I’m sure we are all used to seeing. With this theme, the menu is on the left.
I also think its appeal lies in its newspaper-like style that’s classic yet modern. This is great for long form writing or any content that demands longer reading times.
Apex Theme has a more polished and professional feel and it’s best for bloggers who want elements like social media buttons, an About widget as well as blog post excerpts on the homepage.
This theme has all basic functions found in most premium themes, albeit stripped down in customization and theme options.
Tography Lite is a minimalist theme for photography blogs. It’s responsive, features a slide in left menu for displaying navigation links and threaded comments for blog posts. Featured images for posts are displayed in a neat grid on the home page.
Zircone is an interesting blogging theme. Again, this is for bloggers who are serious about sharing content and nothing else. The centered blog post orientation is the ultimate distraction-free format.
This theme is fully responsive, comes with Theme Options and is based on Foundation CSS Framework.
Statement is a minimalist eCommerce theme for online stores. This is a child theme of GeneratePress. Install GeneratePress first before using this theme.
This theme is mobile responsive, SEO optimized and compatible with WooCommerce and all browsers.
On preview mode, Founder looks to be just another minimalist theme. The difference lies behind the scenes, as this theme is made with Google’s multilingual font Noto Sans, which makes it compatible with other languages.
It also boasts of being accessibility-ready, making it easier for those with a disability to still enjoy your content.
Lifestyle is a child theme for Omega. Install Omega first before using the theme. This theme is best for showcasing beautiful images as it uses the full-width format.
Kent is a quirky blogging theme for those of you who want to infuse a bit of personality into your blog. I like the boxed blog post layout and the fact that it shows how long it takes to read each post (in minutes).
The theme layout is customizable with Theme Options, and you can change the layout however you want it to appear on the home page.
Twenty Sixteen is WordPress’ latest theme. It now looks more modern with updated fonts and a horizontal masthead (author info). Optimized for all screen sizes, the theme looks great anywhere.
Minimalist themes challenge you to be creative and controlled with your work, including the blog posts you write. When your words take center stage, there is a higher level of awareness that comes with crafting those words.
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So if you feel like your content deserve a reader’s attention, go with a minimalist theme and see how it works.
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