Why should you use a masonry WordPress theme for your blog?
Because masonry theme is the best example to show how responsive themes adjusts on mobile screens and because masonry WordPress themes are not just the attractive the ones, most of them are fluid responsive i.e. they adjust to all kinds of screens by changing their layout which at the end doesn’t matter as they are masonry style. They display your content, video or image as elegantly as the bricks of a live wall.
Since everyone’s looking for a grid themes for their portfolios, most of the masonry WordPress themes have been designed to be portfolio and photography themes. The craze for masonry themes began in 2010 when Pinterest was launched.
You know why Pinterest is loved so much? It’s just because of the design, normal themes display mostly 10 items on the front page and a few on side bars but with masonry style you can display as high as 20 posts without a sidebar. The new features like auto or lazy load made it easy for users without having to load a new page.
In this list we are going to see the best designed masonry WordPress themes of different categories including portfolio, magazine and blog themes. However, if you are looking for masonry portfolio themes you can have them.
Ivy Masonry WordPress Theme
Generally, masonry themes look compact but not Ivy. With a wide beautiful translucent header to place you logo and about text, and spaced grid posts and responsive design, Ivy looks absolutely awesome on both desktop and mobile screens. Ivy is also a customization friendly theme with 75+ theme customization options, 3 widgetized sidebars, 8 custom widgets and child theme support.
Aysel is almost similar to Ivy in design but has many extra features to impress you. For example, the features header slider, magazine layout and four unique homepage variations etc. So, Aysel is a multipurpose theme besides being one of the best masonry WordPress themes. Aysel is SEO optimized, designed on bootstrap, has 15+ custom widgets and many more advanced features.
Hiroto from bird WP themes is a modern, retina ready and fully responsive masonry WordPress theme with an amazing owl carousel on the homepage. Hiroto has two top navigation bars and you can use custom header image on which the social media button are placed. This mobile ready responsive theme also has 7 page layouts, 5 custom widgets and 7 widgetized sidebars.
Dandy – A clean and modern WordPress theme with a featured customizable responsive slider below the header menu and a huge widgetized footer. Since Dandy is a masonry WordPress theme, there’s no place for a sidebar therefore all the sidebar widgets goes to the footer. Dandy comes with inbuilt features to review posts, four different post formats, 10 page templates and a social counter.
Heap on first sight resembles a flat portfolio theme, but it’s a personal blogging theme with masonry layout known for its flexibility and speed. Heap is from pixelgrade and has three homepage variations and with a surprising sidebar which is not generally seen in masonry WordPress themes. The only drawback I think is the sticky header being not so sticky and covering the posts as you scroll down. Except for that, Heap is the best choice for a blogger who needs elegance and speed.
What can I say about a theme from one of the best developers? Magtastico from WP Explorer is a traditional masonry WordPress theme with a left navigation menu and bigger grids with enough space for excerpts to display below the image. Magtastico has a widgetized sidebar on all pages except the homepage, it’s SEO optimized and includes a short code generator plugin.
A retina ready grid based WordPress theme with 4 different homepage layouts, inbuilt ad system and a review system. Gridify is one of a kind masonry WordPress theme, with all the advanced features yet a clean and simple design. The spacious footer allows up to three widget of your choice. Gridify supports all post formats and is powered by ajax for infinite loading.
A perfect example for masonry WordPress theme, Block magazine is a flat minimal responsive theme with an elegant design. Your visitors will never forget you if you use Block Magazine as your theme. Despite being a grid theme, it even serves magazine blogs. Mega menus, a blog template, unlimited color schemes, desaturation effect, three carousel positions and smart navigation at footer makes Block Magazine a must have theme.
Fabulous is a modern masonry WordPress theme with a classic layout and comes in both light and dark skins. With a fully responsive design and optimized widgets to match the theme style, Fabulous can be a perfect theme for bloggers, photographers and developers etc.
Want to build a news magazine in a pinterest style? Stop thinking and buy 1 Page because it’s the best magazine style masonry WordPress theme you could ever find. With interchangeable layout to traditional magazine blog layout, live search, option for user submitted content, and most of all, a super responsive design makes 1 Page a five star rated theme.
A beautiful multipurpose masonry WordPress theme for any kind of magazines, portfolios and personal blogs. Though you can change the color scheme, the dark accent gives a professional appeal to the theme. Inspire has a header slider where you can display both images and videos, 5 different layouts and short codes. Since Inspire is powered by Ajax
Compasso is a masonry WordPress theme but not a masonry theme. Confused? Though Compasso has a masonry style it’s different from the traditional design. Below every post in the grid posts with smaller thumbnails are displayed and I think this is to eliminate the need for a sidebar. This theme has 4 different layouts, 13 custom widgets, a built in review system and many other features.
Remal came out in October 2012 and is one of the early masonry WordPress themes. Don’t think that it’s an outdated theme, Remal is last updated in May 2015. Remal’s theme customization panel has every feature so that you can make any kind of change right from the dashboard. The interesting feature of Remal is isotope filter which is commonly seen in portfolio WordPress themes.
Another old masonry WordPress theme with never ending updates. Accord is a masonry blog theme with a clean layout and has a unique feature – post badges. Accord is designed on bootstrap and follows the schema guidelines and is SEO optimized. Here are the key features of Accord:
Pin is an all in one masonry WordPress theme with excellent features like live search, fly out mobile navigation, full and boxed width layouts, unlimited sidebars and review system. With the header features post slider, infinite scroll and a footer slider, Pin showcases a maximum number of your posts or gives your content maximum visibility on the homepage. Pin is actually a magazine WordPress theme but can also be used for personal blogs.
Nadia being a responsive theme, built on bootstrap and featuring a slide menu is definitely a mobile responsive masonry WordPress theme. Developers say that Nadia is especially built for news websites and that can be clearly understood from its design. This theme can be used in both boxed and wide layouts and has an inbuilt review system. Overall, Nadia is a worthy theme to have for your upcoming magazine blog.
Trim is a modern, sleek and resembles the design and layout of a portfolio WordPress theme. Though Trim hasn’t made a good number of sales, it’s still a best pick if you love grid style. And the best part, Trim features a portfolio with 3 different layouts including full screen slider. The fly out navigation menu can be accessed from the top right corner of the page.
There’s no theme like Greedly I’ve ever seen. With 3 different homepage variations, minimal responsive design, contact form 7 support, 11 great custom widgets an many other features. Greedly has a left navigation menu and a boxed layout. This awesome masonry WordPress theme too didn’t make a great impact in the market. All you have to do with Greedly is choose a great background to make your website look great.
Semantic is a very special masonry WordPress theme with a unique feature called Post-emphasis that enables authors make some posts stand out of the regular ones. Semantic is a theme especially made for personal blogs and has three homepage variations and is search optimized. Here are some key features of Semantic:
A traditional looking masonry theme with some cool advanced features and 5 different homepage layouts, inbuilt review system, 5 portfolio layouts etc. This theme has a powerful admin panel to customize every feature and appearance of your website. X Grid Blog has a big footer where you can place 3 of your custom widgets like recent posts, popular posts and author box. A few key features of X Grid Blog:
These are the best masonry themes that made up to the list. Though there are some best picks in the market places, they seem to be falling under the portfolio category. I’ll be looking for the new best masonry themes and will update the list every month. If you want more masonry WordPress themes look for them here in portfolio WordPress themes.