A personal blog says a lot about you, and depending on your career it can be a deciding factor of where you’re going. It’s no longer the year 2004 where having a blog was enough; now we must trick them out with themes that are flashy, modern and by no means basic. Is you blog ‘basic’?
Many are. But then, downloading blog templates and installing them can be time consuming, not to mention expensive right? I recall laughing my head off when I seen the prices that some developers are charging for mediocre themes!
Below are five of my favourite free WordPress blog templates that won’t cost you a single cent.
This theme is really attractive mostly because of that giant notebook-style posting area. The scrappy style is continued on to the left with a “˜Post It’ lookalike categories list. The background and the oddly placed RSS feed button just make it even better. Greys, reds and little features such as the tape that appears to hold up the posting area are nice touches.
This theme would suite your blog if you have a good following and blog about informal yet popular topics such as art, music, technology and the woes of life!
The Modicus theme is a little more plain than the last but it is by no means basic. It keeps the same artsy feel as the theme above but leaves more to the imagination. There is no colour at all with this theme, just a stark contrast between black and white. The amount of plug-ins and features that look good to the right-hand side of this theme is amazing – such as that ‘sign in‘ facility for your readers.
I recommend this blog for the more formal of bloggers out there such as those who see their blog as more of a regular column.
An individual looking theme that looks like old parchment and worn manuscripts. It’s basically comprised of many different diluted shades of brown that make for a very attractive blog. Again, the posts go to the left with tags with the calendar and recent comments going to the right along with the categories. This theme is also available to download as a “˜Blogger’ version on the BlogSpot.for those of you who use
I think this theme would suit the more factual blogs that tend to discuss subjects within a niche. It wouldn’t do so well for a personal blog as the “˜manuscript style’ points to something entirely different.
This theme has curved corners with straight edges ““ one of my favourite styles for business/professional blogs. It looks good but doesn’t over-sell itself with artwork or over design. It has some good features such as a search bar and good navigation buttons along the top to direct the user to various contact and “˜About’ pages which are essential for a business blog.
The deep blue with the white, as I said, doesn’t jump out at you and do a song and dance like the other themes because they’re separated by different tones and shades of blue. The content sells itself. A professional and practical theme for a company’s site.
To end out list we have an elegant theme that has minimalistic design in mind. The baby blue background and the blue text work well together in this theme. The menu bar across the top is good for simple navigation and it separates the headers from the main attraction: your personal posts.
Given its simplicity yet attractiveness, I would recommend this theme for a personal blog. It has the necessary few buttons such as “˜Contact’ and “˜Subscribe’ with the posts being the centre of attention. It’s wide and as such it’s good for big photographs and screenshots that we all post on our personal blogs.
So, what do the MUO readers think of these free WordPress blog templates and what themes do you recommend for small-medium blogs?