Simple WordPress themes are mostly preferred by writers and bloggers for their personal blogs. But simplicity isn’t limited to personal blogs, themes were developed with simple designs in portfolio, business and blog categories to help you design websites with less complex layouts.
The best thing with these simple WordPress themes is they are look elegant and load faster than the rest. Also, simplicity makes your readers concentrate only on the content without any distractions. If you are looking for something more creative combined with speed, here are the best fastest loading WordPress themes.
Now, let’s check out 35 of the best simple WordPress themes in the top two categories – blog and portfolio. Remember, these simple themes may not impress you with their design and beauty, but they promise clean layout, speed and flexibility. Go get them now.
Simple WordPress Blog Themes
A blog is just a chronological order of posts or articles 10 years ago but the structure and design changed a lot in the last 5 years. WordPress changed the definition of a blog entirely by pushing behind blogger, joomla and other platforms. But people still prefer simple designs for their Blogs and these are the 20 blog themes with the most simplest designs.
The best personal WordPress blog theme I’ve ever seen. Astro is a damn simple theme with no sliders, no images, no messy widgetized sidebars no big footer, it’s just as simple as a paper. However, you can use a full width custom image for every post over which the post title is displayed. The key features will be the beautifully designed author column on the right and the time counter under it and the best part is the price.
A creative yet minimal responsive WordPress theme with a stunning design. You don’t feel the simplicity at first, but as you go through the features, you’ll realize the responsiveness, the beauty of header post slider, infinite loading and eye candy animation effects. But all these effects and features won’t let your website down, Arwyn is ultra fast and serves contest faster on all screens. Also, this theme has 6 responsive headers and 3 unique layouts along with 10 widget options.
Everything’s in the name Typist. A custom made responsive WordPress theme for writers and a distraction free experience for readers. No great designs and animations, no great customization options, simply this theme has the basic features with packed with the beauty of simplicity.
Bayse is from Playnethemes who has a portfolio of 15 simple WordPress themes of different categories. Bayse is a boxed layout personal blogging theme and has no sidebars. Bayse actually gives the feel as if you’re looking at a tablet screen. Except it’s footer to place three widgets, Bayse is a simple clean theme with no complex features.
Grateful is a fashion blog theme with all the clutter removed and is beautifully crafted to meet the needs of a fashion blogger. Grateful is a two column theme with sticky left navigation menu and top feature post slider. Also, this theme has widgetized sidebars, it’s completely responsive and child theme ready.
A 5 star rated classic blog theme with 8 homepage variations, widget ready sidebar and footer. This beautiful theme, Frida acquired fans very quick after its launch. The zig-zag effect below the header is optional and can be removed if you wish. You can use 3 header variations along with a classy banner style to give awesome looks to your blog.
Annatto is available in two versions – full width with and without sidebar. The more simplistic version is the one without a sidebar, though the demo gives Annotto a vintage appeal, it can be customized to your own design with a few clicks. It features a feature post slider below the header navigation menu with a unique design. Annotto being a responsive WordPress theme and designed on bootstrap sits well on all mobile screens.
Calmer is a new theme released in May 2015 but from a trusted developer UXbarn. It has two variations, default blog style with left image alignment and a masonry layout. Since, Calmer is a responsive theme, both variations are effective in their performance. Calmer has no sidebar but has a big enough footer to place 3 widgets including author Flickr photos.
Singkarak has already been mentioned in the best blog themes list. Then why the hell did I mention it here again? Don’t ask me, just see the demo and you’ll get to know why. That super sexy boxed layout and the smooth scrolling will seduce you to buy it (only if you need a blog theme). Though Singkarak lacks sidebar, the navigation issue is dealt in a better way by including related posts below every post and with the widget ready footer.
You probably might not have seen a theme like Teller because it literally a one page blog theme with multiple pages. Didn’t get me? Teller is a three column WordPress theme with a left navigation menu and the content can be accessed on the right. The central column is the list of your posts which when clicked will be displayed on the right side without loading. I can’t explain it in words, just see it in the demo, your readers will definitely love it.
Biro is for writers who hate customization, messy widgets and plugins to make their websites look modern. Biro almost needs no customization, just install and write, it’s that simple. Moreover, Biro features multi column galleries and mobile friendly design.
Wild is another theme with two columns and one on the left is fixed and acts as a header navigation menu and logo holder. Wild Book is an elegant responsive theme with vintage design and is also retina ready. Wild Book too has no sidebars and related posts widget, footer widget options makes navigation more simpler.
A retina ready responsive WordPress blog theme with a full width and classic sidebar layouts. Norge has a few powerful theme customization options and powerful admin panels for all features like fonts, styles and design. This theme has an optional sticky navigation and an awesome related post widget.
Katla is a user generated content WordPress theme where registered users can submit content through a custom made form. Every user gets his/her own profile, there’s post ranking and auto sorting of popular posts like reddit. Katla comes with built in social sharing buttons so you don’t have to use additional plugins. This responsive theme is great choice if you want to make people write for you. Also, Katla has a built in ad slots to directly place your codes. It’s just a great theme with simple design for a reasonable price.
Mode is another fashion blog theme in our list. But due to its flexibility, Mode can be used for all kinds of niches without compromising on features. There are no multiple homepage versions however, 5 different header layouts and 8 blog layouts can make your blog look stunning. Since it’s a custom made theme for fashion bloggers, Mode got a ton of options for customization. So, experiment with the backgrounds, headers and layouts to design your dream fashion WordPress blog.
Amanda is a ultra modern blogging theme and as the developer said, it’s a simple magazine theme too. With over 70 customization options, eight different blog, homepage layouts and custom widgets, and 7 post formats, Amanda can make any kind of website from blog to fashion magazine. Amanda’s navigation menu can be accessed from the top right corner.
One of the most unique blog themes you’ll ever see. Format displays posts like a descending order with your latest post on the top. Don’t worry, if the design is not okay, you may shift to the traditional layout. There’s a toggle sidebar which can be turned off to have a distraction free reading mode. Format is a highly responsive WordPress theme with a fluid design and built in social sharing buttons. So, all you got to do is sit and write.
Let me pause the list here. The above are the 17 best simple WordPress blog themes I found so far on themeforest, the best market place for themes. I’ll make sure that this list will be updated with newer themes very soon. Now let us have a look at the portfolio themes.
Simple WordPress Portfolio Themes
Why exactly do you need a simple theme for your portfolio website? Well, one reason would be the issue with the load time. Since high definition images and illustrations use more memory, it takes time to load which for sure effects the bounce rate. So, a simple portfolio theme with no complex designs and code comes handy.
A full width responsive portfolio theme with diversified portfolio options. This theme being minimalistic can offer a seamless experience for your visitors and there’s one very special feature to be discussed. Kabuto’s footer is literally on the top, i.e. the contact form and location map which usually seen in the footer area can be accessed from the drop down button on the top right. Kabuto has a standard blog layout with no sidebars and it’s definitely worth buying.
Tell me you are not attracted to the design of Upward after seeing the demo, I’ll buy it for you (just kidding). But Upward surely did some magic with the angles and shapes. If you are a creative designer or photographer looking for the best creative theme, there’s no better choice than Upward. Seriously, it’s the best.
A super responsive portfolio WordPress theme with a grid layout. Though all the portfolio themes are grid based, Peak looks a little different, actually a lot different from the usual themes. As usual, Peak has a left navigation menu with a isotope filter and and social sharing buttons on the top. This minimal WordPress theme is beautifully crafted to give visitors beautiful user experience. Peak is for creatives, so go get it.
A grid based portfolio theme with a simple design and a filter in the top. Mimesi loads fast and has an infinite scroll, load more feature. The blog is even a traditional one with simple clean design and a widgetized sidebar. Mimesi is pretty good with the navigation part and does better even on touch interfaces.
A beautifully crafted minimal portfolio WordPress theme with a left navigation menu. Omm is a perfect theme to showcase your work without having to face any issues while designing it because the developer OnionEye is one of the best in designing portfolio themes. Omm is widget enabled, comes with an isotope portfolio filter and a cool blog.