40 Best FREE WordPress Themes For Blogging (2020)

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So, you’ve finally started your blog.

Congratulations! But now, one of the main overwhelming tasks that you are going to face is choosing the right theme for your blog.

Considering the number of themes available, choosing the right theme may seem like a very overwhelming task.

But don’t worry, because, in this post, you are going to discover the top themes that you can use for your blog.

And if you already have a successful blog but you want to change your theme, this post is for you as well.

You are going to discover the top 40 free themes that you can use for your blog, so you can find the perfect theme for your blog no matter what.

So, without further ado, let’s start with the first one.

1. Astra

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Astra is a freemium theme that has most of its great features available in the free version. And for many, it is more than enough.

It is so high quality that it has been growing like wildfire in the WordPress community.

One of the reasons why it is growing so fast is because of its super-fast performance. The theme is less than 50 kb with no jQuery, and it can load in just 0.5 seconds. Seriously.

It also gives you the opportunity to customize everything, so you can make it look as you want. And you don’t need to play with codes to do that.

You can easily edit layout settings, how your headers appear, colors and typography, and how your blog & archives pages look.

It integrates seamlessly with page builders, so you can easily make your page look the way you want with Elementor, Beaver Builder, and others.

It is SEO friendly and integrates well with WooCommerce if you want to build your store as well.

And if you want to upgrade to the premium version, you can do that later, which makes it a great option if you are currently working with a limited budget.

2. GeneratePress

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GeneratePress is another freemium theme that is growing rapidly in the WordPress community.

The theme is focused on performance as well. It starts with less than 30 kb on the default WordPress install, giving you top-tier speed, which can be optimized even further using plugins like WP Rocket.

It is optimized for search engines as well with validated HTML and built-in schema.org structured data, and of course, it has a fast-loading speed.

You can customize how the theme appears on your site with ease by changing colors & typography, layout settings, hooks and filters, and more. It is also page builder friendly and is compatible with most page builders.

You can also purchase premium modules and get premium support later on when your budget allows you to, so you won’t need to change your theme when your site grows.

3. OceanWP

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OceanWP is another great cool theme that can be used for multiple purposes as demonstrated in their high-quality demos that you could import, though not all of them.

The theme is growing rapidly, and it is fully responsive. It is built on a solid SEO base, so you don’t need to worry about that part. It loads fast as well.

It integrates with WooCommerce well, so you don’t need to install multiple plugins to have a fully-functional store in your hand.

It has a good range of extensions that you could use to get more features and get more out of your theme. Some of them are free, which you can purchase separately, so you don’t have to purchase all features at once. You can purchase them all at a discounted price when you want to.

4. Hestia

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Hestia is created by the team at ThemeIsle. It is a modern-looking theme that has a stylish front page that you can customize for any business.

You can customize the theme as you want with the customizer. You can easily tweak the homepage or blog’s design directly in the customizer and then preview changes right away.

It integrates with most page builders including Elementor, Beaver Builder, Divi Builder, and others to customize your website more easily.

And you can get started right away with any of their ready-made starter sides that you can import with a single click.

It is optimized for speed and SEO friendly as well, so it is perfect for bloggers.

5. Cenote

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Cenote is a free WP blog theme created by the team at ThemeGrill. It is created specifically with personal blogs in mind, but it can be used for fashion, tech, travel blogs, and more.

It is a clean theme with a modern look.

It has multiple demos that you could import.

You have the option to change the primary color, so you can make the theme suit your brand. The color will be reflected in buttons, menus, and links.

It comes with multiple widget areas, so you can add different widgets to different places including the header and footer.

It is optimized for search engines to help you get higher rankings. And it is optimized for speed as well, so you get good loading time.

A post slider is available to help you share your latest posts or posts from a specific category.

General layouts are available, and you can choose the one that would suit your site best. Different post formats are available, so you can post a gallery, image, a quote, a video, or even audio.

You can choose between boxed and wide layouts with a simple click of a button.

And there are more features available in the pro version as well.

6. Schema

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Schema is designed from the beginning to be highly optimized for search engines, that is why they call it ultra-SEO friendly WordPress theme.

It includes rich snippets, so you can get featured in Google and get more traffic from search engines.

It is compatible with the Elementor page builder. It is 100% responsive as well.

It also comes with the MyThemes Shop cool theme options that lets you configure and customize every bit of your theme in one cool place.

It also helps you automate the ad management part and make it much easier to manage it without much work from you. It helps you control and track your ads in a breeze.

A built-in review theme is available.

Different background options are available for you to choose from.

Useful shortcuts are available that work with rich snippets to help you rank higher as well.

And much more.

7. Neve

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Neve is another freemium theme created by the team at ThemeIsle. It is created with a mobile-first approach that makes it perfect moving forward, with most visitors nowadays coming from mobile, and the number is increasing every year.

It is compatible with AMP and most popular page builders, so you can still create great-looking pages with ease, and you can be sure that it would look great on mobile.

The theme loads in less than a second with its reduced weight and its staggering 100 speed grade from Google.

You can easily customize the header and footer via their drag-and-drop components.

You can also control the layout of the blog and change it with ease.

More than 80+ starter sites are ready to be imported, so you don’t need to start from scratch. Some of them are available in the Neve pro version.

And there are more pro addons that you can add later on if you want to get more out of the theme.

8. Zakra Theme

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Zakra is a great theme that is designed to help you have a beautiful and functional website.

You can easily customize your site with the live customizer and see changes right away. Individual page settings are available, so you can make each page look as you want. It also integrates with page builders like Elementor to customize the look of your theme with ease.

And it’s lightweight with optimum performance that loads super fast in 1 second.

It is fully compatible with the WooCommerce plugin, so you can easily start selling your products in no time.

30+ premade demos are already developed, so you can jumpstart your website creation process.

9. Solon

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Created by the team at aThemes, Solon is a responsive theme that has a modern look to help you with your blog.

Theme options help you customize the front page and blog layout with ease. It helps you change the colors of your theme as you wish and set primary and secondary colors with ease.

You can also edit the theme in the live customizer and preview changes as you go.

It includes social icons that you can use to increase your social following.

It comes packed with more features like integration with FontAwesome, option to change the layout, CSS transitions, custom scroll effect, custom logo upload and custom favicon upload, and more.

10. Author

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Author is a simple theme that’s perfect for writers and people who want to make the content they write the main focus of their blog. It is great for personal brands as well.

It is responsive and optimized for reading, providing the best experience for readers. The scripts and stylesheets are optimized for maximum performance, with greater focus on the content.

The layout adapts fluidly to fit all screen sizes.

Its minimalist design can be great for blogs and magazines in the gaming, business, fashion, music, travel and photography sites.

It also integrates with WooCommerce, so you can create your eCommerce stores with ease.

It is compatible with the Gutenberg editor as well.

Ben Sibley did a great job with this unique theme.

Created by the team at CyberChimps, Responsive is a fully responsive WordPress theme… obviously. :)

11. Responsive

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You can use it for your blog, business website, or even your WooCommerce store, with which it is fully compatible. WooCommerce design options are available to design the page as you want.

It is also optimized for speed and comes with nine layout options for pages and blog, so you can choose the one suitable for your business.

It is search engine friendly to help you rank higher in searches.

It is also compatible with the Elementor page builder, so you can design your page and make it look as you want even if you’re not a web designer.

12. Bulan

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Bulan is a clean and modern theme that suits most bloggers. It is created by the team at Theme Junkie.

It comes with different layouts for the homepage, whether it’s full-width, boxed or narrow. It also comes with different configurations for the content/sidebar and different range of columns setup to help you customize the layout of the homepage to suit your needs.

You can customize the theme through their theme options and the WordPress customizer to help you with different color options and layout and typography settings, so you get the look you want for the blog and content pages.

Multiple custom widgets are available for you to use as you want, including a featured content widgets to show the content that generates you money more, a social media widget that will encourage more engagement, and more.

You can also import all the demo content with one click, so you can get started right away.

13. Editorial

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Created by the team at Mystery Themes, Editorial is more of a magazine style theme that may be exactly what you want if you plan on having a magazine, newspaper, or publishing blog.

It is built on the customizer, so you have the flexibility to edit the theme as you want and see changes live as you do them.

It is fully widgetized, giving you control on what appears on the pages, placing different widgets where you want them. You can use it to sell ads as well.

14. Hueman

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Hueman is a free theme that comes with 2 sidebars, which may just be exactly what you want for your magazine-like blog.

It helps you show different widgets to engage with your visitors. It loads fast and is 100% responsive to comply with Google’s rules.

15. Writee

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Created by the team at Scissor Themes, Writee is an elegant theme that can be best used for personal branding blogs in different niches including food, travel, fashion, corporate, or others.

It contains a lot of white space and a simple slider at the top of the page to help you display featured content in a cool way, like full-width or boxed style.

It is fully responsive and mobile-friendly. It has 3 custom widgets. You can also customize the theme in the customizer to suit your needs.

16. MT Blog

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MT Blog is a fully responsive, free theme created by the team at Mighty Themes, hence the MT at the beginning of the name.

It is created for bloggers, and it comes with a simple and clean layout that is lightweight and responsive.

It comes with a modern good-looking layout to provide the perfect experience for your readers.

It is Gutenberg-ready.

It comes with an ad management tool to control your ads from a single place which spares you the hassle of doing it all in complicated steps.

An admin panel is provided to help you customize the whole site to fit your requirements.

It comes with 2 pre-built header layouts, so you can control how the menu appears with your logo, whether in horizontal header layout or stacked header layout.

You can choose between boxed or full-width layout. It also comes with an advanced pre-loader that comes with 10 predefined styles and back-to-top options.

You can also display estimated reading time, show the pagination in 3 different ways, and more.

It is a cool free theme.

17. Tracks

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Tracks is a unique theme with a bold and beautiful style that may be exactly what you need for your blog.

It is perfect for personal blogs, magazines and photography websites.

A logo uploader, 50+ social media icons, comment display controls search bar, and premium layouts are all included in the package.

It comes with 3 different design styles (dark, simple and minimalist design), giving you different options on how your blog would look with the click of a button.

You can use it to build your store with its WooCommerce integration.

It is fully compatible with Gutenberg post editor as well.

18. Minimalist Blogger

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Created by the team at Superb Themes, Minimalist Blogger is a superb theme that helps you build your beautiful WordPress website within a few minutes.

You can customize the header background color and change the header to be either logo or text.

The free version is a little bit limited in this theme which may be a huge downside compared to other fremium themes like GeneratePress and Astra.

It may be what you need to get started, but you will need to upgrade to the premium version to get access to more customization features, including access to all their child themes.

19. Hemingway

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Created by Andres Nored, Hemingway is a clean theme with a lot of white space that provides a simple and elegant reading experience for everyone visiting your blog. That is why it is perfect for bloggers.

It is fully responsive and fully compatible with the Gutenberg editor.

The full-width header image comes with parallax scrolling effect, which adds a cool look to your theme.

You can customize the accent color, upload a custom logo, and more.

20. Illdy

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Ilidy comes with an aesthetically pleasing look that is modern and elegant. It is built on the bootstrap frontend framework, which means it is fully responsive and mobile friendly.

It can be used for different purposes including a landing page, portfolio, or any other creative business.

The theme can be fully customized in the WordPress customizer, so you can see changes live as you do them in real-time.

21. Poseidon

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Poseidon is an elegant theme with a different look. It comes with a splendid fullscreen image slideshow so you can show different posts or pages on your site.

It comes with a lot of white space and a clean typography to make the content and the story you are sharing the main focus of your site. You can use it for your personal blog or for magazine-like blogs.

22. Lovecraft

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Lovecraft is a beautiful two-column theme that is perfect for bloggers. It comes with a cool, responsive design and great typography, so you get the premium look on your themes.

It supports the Gutenberg editor. It comes with a full-width header image that can be used to display custom post thumbnail.

You can also customize the accent color with ease. It also comes with custom logo support, recent posts widget, recent comments widgets, and more.

You can also use it as a full-width template if you don’t like the two-column style.

23. Baskerville

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Baskerville is a beautiful mansory theme that helps you showcase your content in a cool way. You can use it to showcase your posts, videos, images, galleries, quotes and links.

It is a responsive theme with retina-ready assets. It comes with a full-width header image, 4-page templates, and custom logo upload.

It is compatible with the Gutenberg editor.

24. Bento

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Bento is a user-friendly theme that is free that has a premium look and comes with awesome premium features.

It is responsive and retina-ready.

It is optimized for speed, so it loads fast. It also comes optimized for search engines to help you rank higher on search engines.

It is also flexible as you can customize it through the WP customizer and then see in real time the changes you make.

It comes with built-in layouts, and a one-page template is included as well.

500+ high-quality vector icons are included, with advanced typography based on Google fonts.

It also comes with advanced WooCommerce integration to help you create your store with ease. It comes with page templates, widgets and a full checkout funnel styling.

It has cool features like native infinite scroll, fixed menu options and individual page settings.

25. Ribosome

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Created by the team at Galusso themes, Ribosome comes with a neat traditional design that may just be exactly what you need for your blog.

It is Gutenberg ready and easy to customize.

You can easily add a header image and/or logo. You can also choose between 5 different colors: blue, green, orange, pink, or red.

You have other customization options like sidebar position, what to show on the homepage, main menu position, rounded or squared thumbnails, custom background, and more.

26. SiteOrigin Unwind

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Unwind is a simple modern theme created for creators by the team at SiteOrigin.

It is integrated with a cool looking posts slider.

It comes with a lot of white space and crisp typography to make your content the focus of your site.

It comes with complete WooCommerce integration, so you can easily create your store and sell your product.

It comes with 4 header layouts and 5 blog layouts, so you can customize the look to suit your brand identity. A smooth back to the top button is available as well.

It is fully responsive and mobile-ready.

27. Balanced Blog

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Created by Head Themes, Balanced Blog comes with a unique layout to help you display your posts in a cool way.

It comes with a clean layout that is responsive and mobile-ready.

The theme supports custom header, logo or background.

It is SEO friendly and translation ready.

28. Blog Way

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Blog Way is a minimal blog design that helps you make your content the focus of your site.

Although the typography is not the best, it may still be a good fit for your brand.

You can use it for travel blogs or informative and lifestyles coach blogs.

You can easily change the color of the entire site. Author profile widget with social links is available to help showcase your authority and build your social media following.

It supports WooCommerce to help you build your eCommerce store.

29. Sparker

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Sparker is a simple and elegant modern theme that you can use for your blog. It is great for magazine-style blogs as well.

It is responsive and mobile-ready. It is SEO friendly as well.

It comes with a beautiful slider section, featured post column, different sidebar options, footer options, and different layout settings.

It is based on the default customizer, meaning that you can edit the theme and see changes live as you edit them.

Different custom widgets are added, like author information and advertisement to help establish your credibility and make revenue along the way.

30. Wisteria

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Wisteria comes with a minimal magazine-like look for your WordPress blog. It comes with a responsive layout and a clean design, as its focus is on the content.

It can be used for different websites including business, agency, corporate, marketing, fashion, photography, portfolio, food, ecommerce, fitness, and more.

31. The Writers Blog

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The Writers blog is a versatile theme that is packed with different features to help you customize the blog.

The theme can be used as a blog, portfolio or landing page by non-profits and other niches. It is created essentially for writers and bloggers, which is apparent from the name.

It is responsive and cross-browser compatible.

A slider is available to showcase your content on the homepage.

It supports different post formats.

You can change the color as you want with different options. Social media icons are there as well.

It is optimized for SEO.

32. Blogger Era

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Blogger Era is a simple, free WordPress theme that comes with a clean layout and is compatible with most devices. It is perfect for blogging.

It comes with a minimal and responsive design that can be used by professional bloggers, publishers, entrepreneurs, companies, and others.

It can be used for magazine-style blogs as well.

33. Maxwell

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Maxwell is a minimalist and elegantly-designed WordPress theme created by the team at ThemeZee.

It comes with an ultra-clean layout, as they call it, that can be used as a magazine website. It combines with cool typography to make the focus on the content.

It comes with different post layouts and featured posts slideshow to help showcase different content on your site.

34. Admiral

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Admiral is another theme created by the team at ThemeZee that is completely opposite of previous theme.

It is a more stylish magazine theme that comes with a responsive 2-sidebar layout.

It comes with a featured posts slideshow as well. It comes also with a magazine homepage template, a widgetized header area, support for infinite scroll and 2 different post layouts.

35. Garfunkel

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Another beautiful and unique theme created by the amazing Anders Noren.

It comes with a unique masonry layout that is a pinterest-like style. It is 100% responsive and retina-ready.

It supports 6 post formats including a gallery slideshow.

It is compatible with the Gutenberg editor.

It comes with six custom widgets, 2-page templates, infinite scroll support and more.

A cool theme that may be exactly what you need for a unique look in your niche.

36. Natural Lite

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Natural Lite comes from the team at Organic Themes. It is a multi-purpose theme that comes with a natural and earthy design, as they describe it.

It is perfect for some industries including craftsmen, retailers, makers of natural products, and more.

It suits brands that are focused on promoting a green lifestyle.

It integrates with the Gutenberg editor as well.

37. Vogue

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Vogue is more of a personal brand theme that is perfect for feminine bloggers. You can use it to build different types of blogs, portfolio, business website, WooCommerce store, and more.

It is built with search engines in mind and optimized to help you rank in Google.

It is responsive and loads fast.

It comes with different header layouts, footer layouts, blog layouts, and extra layout customization, and more.

It comes with a custom WooCommerce design.

You can also edit the color settings from the WordPress customizer and see changes live.

It integrates with popular page builders as Elementor, Beaver Builder, Divi, and others.

38. Magbook

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Magbook is a magazine-style theme built for newspaper, magazine, review websites, and other related sites.

It is fully responsive with a 1-click demo import.

It comes with different layout options, smart sticky navigation and integration with popular plugins including WooCommerce.

39. Panoramic

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Panoramic comes with a beautifully designed and clean layout.

It comes with a homepage slider that is easy to customize.

You can use it to create a blog and a fully functional online eCommerce store thanks to its WooCommerce integration. You can use it with the SiteOrigin’s drag-and-drop page builder to build beautiful page layouts with ease.

You can use it to create different blogs in different niches including, food, decor, lifestyle, and more.

40. Conica

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Conica comes with a modern look. It is mainly focused on helping you create your ecommerce store.

It comes with a cool featured header.

It is built with the WordPress customizer, so you can edit the look, layout and other settings with ease and see changes live as you do them.

Conclusion

Choosing a high-quality theme shouldn’t be an overwhelming task anymore.

And if you are looking for my top free themes that are not full of low-quality codes and malware and that are perfect for blogging, then this post should give you a jumpstart.

You will see different designs with different customization options, so you don’t need to look all over the internet for the perfect theme for your blog.

See the one that suits your brand and get started with it.

And let us know in the comments below which one you went with and why.

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2 thoughts on “40 Best FREE WordPress Themes For Blogging (2020)”

  1. Hi Istiak,
    Like you said, Picking a theme is an overwhelming task for new bloggers. However, it’s not so easy to choose the right theme because of the too much availability of themes.

    I already guess Astra would take the first spot, I was right any way.

    I will advice anyone to go for Astra as it’s very user-friendly.
    Nice article, I enjoyed reading it.

    Cheers, Folajomi

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