I guess one day I might get back into it.
But for now I’m kinda digging web development.
Thing is, there aren’t really that many great WordPress themes for writers.
Flashiness often sells in this industry.
Poorly coded themes that have 87 sliders and 184 different fonts on top of 12 selections of light box effects and 28 color options… these often carry the day.
But for a writing theme, really what I want to see is simple. Clean. Unobtrusive.
It took me a while to find a few really good WordPress themes for writers, or would be writers like me, who appreciate more emphasis on the typography and less emphasis on photos and animations (sliders, lightboxes, etc). I figured I’d go ahead and share the really good ones I’ve stumbled upon.
So, if you’re looking for some really good WordPress themes for writers, make sure you check out this list. And make sure to share any others you come across, if you find any really good ones.
Some Great WordPress Themes for Writers
The ever-talented Jared Erickson released this free WordPress theme through his Atlanta-based design studio, Less Made. It’s brilliantly minimalistic and beautiful, and the price is unbeatable. If you’re looking for a writer looking for a WordPress theme, make sure you check this one out.
Oita by Elma Studio
This is a WordPress themes company I found out about in Dec of 2013. They are based in Germany and they have a lot of really well designed themes. The code is solid too. Fast, lightweight, clean. This is another theme company to check out, for sure, if you’re looking for typography-based WordPress themes.
This is one of my favorite WordPress themes and has been for some time. It’s clean, the typography and text styling is exceptional, and overall it’s just a great theme. The sticker price is high, but Theme Foundry designs exceptional themes that are fast, secure, and follow all the best practices for WordPress. They’re also known to push the WordPress boundaries a bit, something they’ve received accolades for a few years back with their Shelf theme, as well as more recently with Collections. Definitely keep an eye on these guys. They’re talented, and they make several good themes for writers.
Tru by Spyr Media (aff link)
Like me, Spyr Media develops primarily on the Genesis Framework for WordPress (Aff link). Although I don’t like how difficult it is to customize the theme (it’s a child theme of Genesis, and you can only have one child theme; all of your customizations have to go in an external CSS file with a plugin, like Jetpack or the Genesis Extender for example, which is just not as efficient; if you use this and want to make a lot of customizations, make sure you look into Genesis Simple Hooks and try enqueuing your styles). Despite my gripes at how difficult it is to customize this theme, the reality is it’s just a beautiful WordPress theme that gets the heck out of the way and lets your users focus on the content… definitely one to pay attention to.