One of the most crucial things your blog needs is a great theme. While good content is important and the #1 reason people will keep visiting your blog (that, or to hate-read you), I think design is king. It’s the first thing that will grab people’s attention, after all.
Honestly speaking, I cannot stand bad design. Even if the content is interesting, I’m bound to stop reading because it’s just not a pleasant experience. A good theme is clean, organized, and readable. It also has to be responsive because a lot of people read blogs on their mobiles or tablets. Fortunately, the majority of themes these days are optimized for different screens (though my theme’s carousel is wonky on wide screens like the iMac SADFACE).
Finding a theme for your WordPress blog can be overwhelming because there are so many nice ones out there, so I thought I’d round up my current favorites. A lot of these are premium themes but I included three that are free. Please note that these are all for self-hosted WordPress blogs, meaning you need your own hosting and it won’t work on a wordpress.com site.
8. FREE: Sugar and Spice | Live Demo
ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THEMES I HAVE EVER SEEN.
I think it’s totally worth shelling out money on a premium theme because they’re easily customizable and are constantly updated. You also get customer and tech support from the theme maker/s, so you don’t have to keep googling if you have questions, are clueless with certain things, or if something suddenly stops working.
*Photos without Bibi the cat were taken from CreativeMarket or the theme designers themselves.