Also, these minimal themes are SEO friendly themes since they load faster than other WordPress themes. Most of the minimal themes are either portfolio themes or blog themes because magazine themes or eCommerce themes can’t deliver the best results being minimal. So, if you are a personal blogger, photographer or a designer you’ll definitely need minimalist themes.
Now let us check out 30 of the best minimalist WordPress themes from different categories like portfolio, business and agency, photography and blog themes.
Minimalist WordPress Portfolio Themes
Most of the minimalist WordPress themes are generally either portfolio themes or blog themes. Since portfolios include more bytes of data, they consume more resources. Therefore a minimal portfolio theme can be a better option to optimize your website.
This is my favorite portfolio WordPress theme – Hempstead and it has half masonry and half grid layout. The homepage design and blog layout are similar and completely unique and stunning. Hempstead’s design is touch and search engine optimized and suits all kinds of portfolios. This cool minimalist WordPress theme from NRG theme with the best visual experience is just $48.
Though March seems to be a portfolio WordPress theme, it’s actually a photo blogging theme which would be ideal for photographers. March allows you to customize portfolios to landscape, square and portrait styles seamlessly. With this $43 minimal WordPress theme you can create stunning portfolios, blog and a fully featured mobile responsive website.
Kalium is a multipurpose minimalist WordPress theme with 5 homepage variations including blog and agency. This responsive and retina ready theme has plenty of theme options and layouts and Kalium is featured on CSS awards April 2015. So, this $48 unique multipurpose portfolio theme is definitely a worthy theme to be considered.
One of the best selling multipurpose minimalist WordPress themes that can be a one page theme as well as a multipage one. Cabana has a beautiful header slider and isotope portfolios and it’s one of the few themes which are both minimalist as well as WooCommerce WordPress themes. Cabana’s blog with sidebar hasn’t reached up to the better mark, but full width blog layout is quite impressive.
Mama is a new creative minimalist WordPress theme suitable for personal and corporate portfolios websites. Though Mama is designed to be minimal theme, it offers outstanding features and user experience on both desktop and mobile screens. Mama has a unique design ad I have never seen a theme so beautiful as Mama. This theme is mentioned on Awwwards, it’s just $43, touch enabled and is a parallax theme.
Van is another minimalist WordPress theme with WooCommerce support and a custom shop template to sell your art work. It has 2 homepage versions and 2 grid blog styles and a traditional shop with no great customization options. Overall impression of this theme is satisfactory and it’s a worthy consideration.
T-One is powered with twitter bootstrap and Rexux framework and is suitable for any portfolio, agency or studio. Though this minimalist theme basically is said to be portfolio theme, I think it is a good professional agency website. The header slider, isotope portfolio and the clean design and $48 price tag makes T-One one of the best minimal themes.
Garnet is a clean, elegant responsive theme with minimal layout suitable for any kind of portfolio. Garnet’s unique design showcases your portfolio or work as the top content. Also, this minimalist theme has a one of its kind blog layout. Garnet is a complete responsive theme designed on bootstrap and costs just $43.
Marble – a flat, responsive theme with 6 different homepage layouts, 4 header styles and premium scripts worth $52. Marble can be used either as a multi-page theme or a one page theme to suit your portfolio website. This minimalist theme can be used in six different ways including agency, magazine, shop styles.
Not that Uber you use for a cab but it is an all-in-one theme of minimal portfolio themes. With 12 homepage variations, 8 promos and 8 portfolio layouts and designs Uber is definitely a rocking multipurpose theme. Uber is one of the fast selling, feature rich minimalist theme on themeforest for just $43.
Most of the minimal WordPress blog themes are meant for personal use. Since non personal blogs require more features, plugins to deliver better end results, developers give minimal design to personal blog themes. Now, let’s find out the best minimal WordPress blog themes.
Minimy is one of the cleanest personal blog theme for those who love writing and I think minimy justifies the true meaning of minimal theme. This theme is available in two variations for personal and fashion bloggers. If it’s just for blogging, you’ll get every basic feature from Minimy except the sidebar. But the navigation is made easier with in built related post widget and on hover next post feature. This will be a good choice plus it’s just $38.
Readolog is a traditional blogging theme with a top attractive recent posts widget minimal design. You can choose between a sticky and classic sidebar for your blog. Readolog is more than a personal blog theme, it supports various categories and custom widgets and short codes for better customization.
Developers say that Peggy is a no-nonsense minimal blog theme and they are absolutely right. This theme’s design being full width, doesn’t look awkward for a blog theme, moreover it looks comfortable with the header image and the customizable sticky post widget. Also, Peggy is the one of the fastest loading blog themes of our list.
Have you heard of of obox themes? They are the one of a kind, best developers who bring out the most responsive WordPress themes into the market. The Writer is one such responsive minimalist WordPress themes with a unique design and neat layout. This themes is geometric grid based but works better on all screens. The Writer with Google authorship integration is just $43.
Personal is from the same obox themes and is packed with some cool features we can talk about. Personal is the simplest and cleanest blog theme obox has ever released. It’s design is as clean as a white paper so you can freely showcase your ideas and views as a blogger. You can customize the blog with sidebars, widgets in footer region and Personal also offers portfolio template if you have any work to be published.
Duplex is almost similar to Personal in looks but has a different design and layout and some features. Duplex is simple and clean that it has no sidebar. But that doesn’t stop Duplex from being attractive. This minimal WordPress blog theme is an absolute blog theme with infinite scroll and complete responsive design.
Textural is the best minimal personal blogging theme that primarily focuses on the content and nothing else. With a 100 per cent responsive design and retina display this minimalist WordPress theme (blog) can satisfy every blogger by supporting all kinds of post formats as well as with the price of $38. Finally, Textural is a kinda oldie.
Say hello to the most stylish minimalist blog theme of the entire list. OM is also a creative WordPress theme with a floating layout over the background. OM just like the other themes from its Codestag features a widgetized homepage and you can choose from three post grid layouts. Optional sidebars, live editor, child theme support and the unique design are some cool features of this minimalist WordPress theme.
Bliss is a responsive and not so simple personal blogging theme from blu themes. Bliss has 3 homepage column blog layouts and 10+ custom short codes, widgets and an easy customization panel. This $43 minimalist theme – Bliss even has a responsive design and header customization feature. It will surely be a good choice.
Caesar is another new WordPress blog theme with minimalist design from tommusrhodus. This responsive theme is a newbie and came out recently in March 2015. With its clean design and awesome sidebar which looks separated from the website layout will certainly give a decent look to your website.
The rest fall into the agency or business category minimalist WordPress themes. However, they can serve multiple purposes as blog and portfolio themes.
Gusto is a multipurpose minimalist WordPress theme with 5 homepage variations, 4 blog layouts and 6 portfolio layouts. With Gusto’s front end editor and premium plugins, you can customize your dream website with ease. Moreover, Gusto is retina ready and a WooCommerce WordPress theme.
Meth – One page WordPress minimalist theme with parallax scrolling and widgetized homepage. Meth is also a retina ready theme with schema markup for better search optimization. Though its a one page theme, you can use it as a multipage one with inner portfolios and blog.
Aries is an old minimalist WordPress theme for businesses released long back in 2012. But we are talking about an updated version with the best features like drag & drop page builder, revolution slider, filterable portfolion, custom short codes and widgets and 19 different skins. Aries is an SEO ready, complete responsive theme for just $43.
Odra from NRG themes is a high-end agency WordPress theme with 4 beautiful multipurpose homepage designs. It’s a feature rich creative and responsive theme suitable for individuals developers and even bigger agencies. Designed on bootstrap and added with parallax beauty, Odra looks stunning even on mobile screens and it costs you $43.
Though Inovado is an old theme with not so attractive, it’s still one of the trending and best selling minimal business theme. The only reason is, it’s a multipurpose theme with tons of features like 25+ pre-designed layouts, premium plugins, WooCommerce support etc to customize a dream blog. Most of all, Inovado is simple and a clean minimalist WordPress theme.
Thrill is a one page WordPress minimal theme with Aqua page builders and Ajax transitions. Thrill isn’t a popular theme, but definitely one of the best minimal themes when it comes to design. Thrill features 4 demos with three awesome sliders and one static layout. The smooth scrolling, parallax effects and responsiveness are worthy features in Thrill.
This agency or business WordPress theme which is designed to look like a tumbr theme. But its a minimal WordPress and the design standards will surely seduce you. Macho suits small group of developers or just individual developers or photographers to start their own service or portfolios. So, do check this minimal theme Macho before you make a final choice.
Odyssey is another tumblog style theme with light weight design to showcase your portfolios. It has a beautiful and simple homepage with just a header slider and the blog layout is a vintage masonry grid. Odyssey is a complete feast for eyes with its spacious and elegant design. I get you’ll definitely love this minimal blog theme.
Cassia is from SoloPine, who has one of the best portfolios of best responsive WordPress themes. So, no doubt Cassia is another awesome theme from their home. Cassia is actually a blog theme and since it is the best one, I placed it last in the list. Cassia has every feature of an ideal blog but that’s not it’s meant for. The design and placement of different post widgets brings maximum visibility to your content with this minimal WordPress blog theme. Also, the price is not too high, it’s just $43. So, there’s no reason not to pick this theme.
When speed and simplicity seems to be your concern, minimalist WordPress themes should be the first priority. These are the 30 best minimal themes from around the web I collected for you to make a choice. The WordPress world is highly volatile just like human’s so, please stay connected to get the latest and updated list of these minimal themes.