WordPress is one of the most popular platforms for personal bloggers both for its ease of use and the thousands of free themes that are available so you can customize your blog to look exactly how you want.
If you don’t have the coding and WordPress knowledge to create your own theme from scratch and you don’t want to pay for a premium theme, there are many quality free themes to choose from.
The following is just a small selection of what’s available:
Radiate comes as both a free and premium version, but the free version will suit the needs of most personal bloggers. It features a clean, responsive design with parallax header image option and is retina ready. Colors, backgrounds, and CSS can all be customized easily through the WordPress admin panel.
Zillah is a completely free theme (with optional pro features) designed for bloggers and writers by Themeisle. Zillah features responsive design, drag-and-drop content builder, live customization, custom backgrounds, and mega menus. It also comes with demo content and a 1-minute setup so it’s ready to use right out of the box.
Hemingway is a clean and minimal 2-column WordPress theme, designed to put the focus on your content. It is responsive, retina ready, and offers a full-width parallax header image, custom accent color, custom logo upload, custom widgets, and page templates.
Nisarg is a clean, responsive, blog-focused theme with a built-in theme customizer to easily change the header image, background image, background color, and accent color. It supports Google fonts and custom post types.
Verbosa is a fluid theme designed for creatives, bloggers, and writers. It features careful use of typography, spacing, and contrast for improved readability and content flow. It supports Google fonts, microformats and has a built-in social menu with over 100 social media icons. The customizer offers over 100 options to personalize the theme to your liking.
The Seasonal theme is designed specifically with personal bloggers in mind and features an adjustable width sidebar with optional photographic background overlay to lighten or darken the image. Other features include multiple post formats, 2 blog styles, 5 different sidebar positions, and unlimited color options.
Yuuta is a full-width one-column WordPress theme with a focus on beautiful imagery and typography. It features a custom logo, custom menus, custom post formats and threaded comments.
8. Toivo Lite
The Toivo theme is available both as a Lite and Premium version. It’s flexible enough to be used on business, personal, or blog sites and is designed to showcase your most important content on the front page. The theme includes a number of customization options and one-column or two-column layouts.
Kouki is a minimal theme designed for personal bloggers. It’s ideal for content with feature images and would make a good theme for food bloggers, photographers, and anyone else who likes a clean, minimal blog theme. Colors and fonts are customizable and social icons are included.
Hipwords is a lightweight and minimal responsive Bootstrap theme that’s fast loading and ideal for bloggers, developers, and creative. It’s easy to customize and comes with a theme options panel.
Semicolon is a clean and simple magazine theme for WordPress, customizable with a number of different column responsive layouts. It features a social menu, several widget areas, author bios, and related posts.
Flat is a free and simple WordPress theme for personal bloggers with a custom background, custom colors, custom menus and post formats. The theme options panel makes it easy to customize without any technical WordPress or coding knowledge.
13. Brittany Light
Brittany is a fashion and lifestyle blogging theme available as both a free “light” version and a pro version. It’s designed to provide a smooth reading experience on any device and features include Instagram integration, custom logo, custom widgets, and social networking options.
Activello is a clean multipurpose retina ready WordPress theme, designed on Bootstrap to be responsive and mobile ready. It comes with a fullscreen slider and several custom widgets and is compatible with WooCommerce and many other WordPress plugins.
Tracks is a bold and simple theme designed for bloggers, photographers, and magazine sites. It includes a logo uploader, social media icons, search bar, comment control options, and custom menus.
Anissa is an elegant and feminine blog theme, available in free and premium versions. The theme has been designed with a focus on typography and post styling and includes a featured post carousel and custom about me widget. It’s flexibly designed to look great on any screen size, compatible with WooCommerce, and has a social media menu in the header.
Arouse is a clean and simple grid-based WordPress theme, ideal for lifestyle bloggers. It’s built on Bootstrap to ensure the best user experience on any device. Features include a large image slider, featured posts section, grid or list layout, live customizer, and sidebar and footer widgets.
Azalea is a clean and feminine blogging theme ideal for lifestyle, food, or fashion blogging. It’s responsive, customizable, and easy to use. It supports Google fonts and Jetpack. For more options, there’s also a pro version available.
Plum is a free multipurpose theme, ideal for a blog site. It offers full support for WooCommerce and is mobile friendly. Features include custom widgets, an image slider, and custom posts section. It’s highly customizable and comes with several responsive layouts.
Juno is a professional looking theme that’s ideal for a wide range of uses. It’s designed to showcase your content in an uncluttered way and offers many customization options. Features include WooCommerce integration, slider jumbotron area, masonry style blog, widget areas, left or right sidebar, and customizable fonts and colors.
21 Fluid Magazine
Fluid Magazine is a magazine-style WordPress theme ideal for blogs with a focus on visuals. It offers a fully responsive layout and several features including social media integration, built-in SEO, advertisement space, and custom widgets.
22. New Zea
New Zea is a simple and minimal blogging theme designed to showcase beautiful images and content. It comes with a built-in customizer to change the colors, social media icons, and layout.
Lucida is a free WordPress theme for blogs and magazine sites. It’s responsive and minimal with a clean design that’s easy to customize. There are a number of layout options to choose from, a featured post slider, featured grid content, and a powerful theme options panel.
24. Travel Notes
Travel Notes is a travel blog theme with a focus on images. It integrates with Instagram and an optional geo-tagging plugin to display posts by category on a map.
25. Whitish Lite
Whitish Lite is a clean and responsive WordPress theme created for blogs, online stores, and portfolio websites. It’s fast loading, easy to customize, and based on the Bootstrap framework.
Zopit is a clean and minimal responsive blogging theme that is available as a free or pro version. It’s based on the Bootstrap grid to look great on all devices and includes a number of layout and customization options. The pro version is compatible with WooCommerce, ideal for bloggers who have products to sell.
27. Purplous Lite
Purplous Lite is a free theme with a number of different layout options suitable for blogs or different types of businesses. It’s highly customizable and easy to set up. Background, colors, header, logo, and menu can all be customized and it supports custom post formats and threaded comments.
Kale is a simple food blog theme with a clean layout that’s also ideal for lifestyle, fashion, or parenting blogs. It includes a custom front page with featured posts slider, multiple blog feed layouts, social media menus, text and image logo options, different sidebar sizes, and banner/slider overlay options.
29. Lakshmi Lite
Lakshmi is a multipurpose responsive WordPress theme that comes in Lite and Pro versions. It comes with 9 different layout styles, a featured posts slider, customizer options, custom shortcodes, and easy to use page builder.
Avani is a simple and minimal WordPress theme designed to make your blog content stand out. It comes with 3 page layout options, excerpt or full content post display, featured thumbnails, color options, social menu, and footer widgets.