If you are new to blogging, or just need to give a face lift to your current blog, the theme, dahling, is everything! The theme you choose for your blog is literally your welcome mat, and it determines whether your readers choose to come inside and keep reading, or move on. It is important to select a theme that is aesthetically pleasing, but also easy for your readers to navigate. I have visited many blogs and quickly left due to the main page being overly cluttered and poorly designed, or it was hard to find the information I was looking for. If you want to work with brands, it is important to come across as professional and an uncluttered, well designed theme can help you to do that!
One of my favorite blog theme designers is Designer Blogs, a blog design studio that creates gorgeous themes; various a la carte add-ons (post signatures, custom fonts, watermarks, and post dividers); business cards; media kits; and logo design. You name it; they do it, and do it beautifully! They also offer basic troubleshooting and support and services including installation and complete website design!
I’ve rounded up some of my favorite WordPress themes that will maximize the beauty of your content and engage your readers! *You can view demos of each site by clicking the links!*
Vivienne is bold and dramatic, and the perfect WordPress theme for fashion and lifestyle bloggers who want to make an impact and feature their posts on the main page! I love the color background of the header (which is totally customizable!) and how it naturally draws the readers eye.
Delores is clean, modern, and the perfect WordPress theme for fashion and lifestyle bloggers who need a highly versatile design. Delores has 3 vertical widget areas that can be customized and filled with different content. I love the large featured picture concept of the headline!
I love the chic simplicity of this design. Maeve is perfect for minimalists who don’t want a lot of clutter on their main page. Maeve features photo icons that act as menus (love this) and blog posts can be linked to in the main headline display carousel, or linked to as a menu option.
Annabelle is a gorgeous and oh so feminine premium theme! I love the gold foil design accents, the placement of the sidebar features, and that blog posts are featured using photos!
How cute are Marissa’s floral accents??!!! This is such a pretty WordPress theme that is perfect for the blogger who wants their blog posts featured on the main page.
Much like Delores, Vanessa is a chic and simple design. I love the splash of color behind the blog name in the header, and I love that the blog posts and front and center, and easily accessed by readers!
I love the delicate, girly feel of Ariel! The large script font headline immediately draws the eye, and the menu options right under the headline are easy to see and functional!
This super cute theme is perfect for the blogger who needs to display a gallery or a recipe index! I love Lillian’s soft color scheme, the confetti like dots, and the fact that your About Me section is right at the top!
These WordPress themes require you to be self-hosted, which means you are not running your blog through WordPress.com, but are instead using the WordPress.org platform. I highly recommend Bluehost! Plans start at just $3.95 per month, and include 24/7 support to assist you with any questions; site transfers; and troubleshooting. Bluehost is a fast and secure server, which translates to a better experience for all your readers!
What’s most important is that you choose WordPress themes that best suit your personal style and aesthetic while being functional and showing off your blog posts! Happy blogging!
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