Best Simple WordPress Themes (Compared)


Best Simple WordPress Themes (Compared)
Best Simple WordPress Themes (Compared)

Many WordPress themes come with a lot of options that make them difficult to set up and use, and to make it easier to get started, beginners may prefer a simple and flexible theme. In this post, we have handpicked some of the best minimalist themes that are clean, neat and easy to use.

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Once you've signed up for web hosting, the next step is to install WordPress, after which you can pick a theme from this list of our recommendations.

1. Essence Pro

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Essence is built on top of the Genesis theme framework, which is a minimalist, refreshing WordPress theme for health, wellness, lifestyle and other areas, with a page layout that can be loaded with widgets, very easy to use and set up.

StudioPress is now part of the most popular WordPress dedicated hosting company WP Engine, and if you sign up for their web hosting to build a website, you will get this theme for free, along with all the other 35+ premium themes.

2. Astra

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Astra is a colorful yet simple and useful WordPress theme that comes with a number of ready-made demo sites for blogging, diet, fitness, and lifestyle, plus multiple page layouts, several custom widgets, and unlimited color options. The theme is easy to set up and can be customized with customization features.

With the built-in drag-and-drop page editor, you can quickly create unique pages that are deeply optimized for speed and performance.

3. Didi

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In the field of WordPress minimalist themes, Didi is one of the most representative examples with an elegant and minimalist design with several homepage layouts, page templates, widget areas and other preset content, all options can be adjusted in the live editor and are very easy to set up.

With full support for page editors, WooCommerce, and multilingual sites, Didi will help you enter the WordPress world with minimal effort thanks to easier setup and simpler design.

4. Hestia

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This is a free multifunctional WordPress theme that comes with an included plugin to add testimonials, services and home page sections to your website. Easy to set up using the live theme editor, Hestia is compatible with popular free page editors and offers out-of-the-box support for WooCommerce.

5. OceanWP

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This is an elegant and simple WordPress theme designed for blogs, magazines, restaurants, online stores, and fitness websites, offering multiple flexible layouts, powerful advanced extensions, several custom widgets, and multiple post formats. oceanWP supports custom logos, social sharing buttons, and navigation menus, and WooCommerce is ready to go, so you can easily add e-commerce features to your WordPress website.

6. Atmosphere Pro

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Built on the Genesis theme framework, Atmosphere is suitable for corporate, portfolio, personal blogs and other sites with an easy to set up widget-filled homepage, custom landing pages, and two column layout templates. The whole site is easy to design and doesn't take a lot of time thanks to the clean live theme customization tool.

7. Beautiful Pro

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This is a simple and stylish WordPress theme from StudioPress with lots of useful widgets, a total of 4 widget areas for the homepage, plus multiple templates for blogs, homepages, archives, and landing pages. beautiful is designed to beautifully showcase your Featured Posts, optimized for speed and performance, and very easy to set up.

8. True North

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True North is a simple, flexible WordPress theme with quality coding and beautiful design, the homepage features a sophisticated grid layout and beautiful image display, plus multiple page layout options and a built-in portfolio feature. In addition, this theme also supports custom backgrounds, custom page headers, and multiple custom widgets for social networking and content discovery features.

9. Magazine

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Combining clean design and powerful functionality, this is the perfect implementation of Magazine. The theme includes a built-in selection of content sliders (with multiple styles) and up to 42+ site layouts in order to get you up and running quickly. There are also multiple blog layouts, page templates and homepage designs, and it allows you to tweak all the theme options using the live editor.

10. Divi

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Powerful and simple, suitable for all kinds of websites, it can also be used as a page editor to create unique designs.Divi has a distraction-free writing environment designed for bloggers and professional writers, allowing you to create content full of visual effects through simple drag-and-drop operations.With this theme, you just click on the screen and enter your text.

Flexible design allows you to customize every element on your site, organize content into columns and rows, responsive editing, and more, and the theme comes with plenty of pre-defined content elements to make your job easier than ever before.

11. Corner

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This is a minimal WordPress theme for personal, blog, and portfolio sites, with built-in features dedicated to portfolios, but also great for personal blogs, journals and magazines, etc. Corner supports unlimited color variations and comes with plenty of customization options.

12. Gema

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Most minimalist themes are suitable for blog and magazine sites, and so is Gema - with large images, beautiful layouts, unique menu styles, and nice page layouts. The site is very easy to set up when all options are neatly organized in the customization tool, and the default options are sufficient for most people even without any tweaking.

13. Tusant

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This is a beautiful and simple WordPress theme built specifically for podcast, music, and video sites, designed to help you create engaging content using images and videos. With multiple page layouts and customizable content widgets, you can create attractive and beautiful animations with Tusant, in addition, this theme allows you to set full-width custom background images and supports online media such as audio streaming and video streaming.

14. Writee

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This is a free WordPress theme for bloggers and columnists with beautiful fonts and an elegant layout with a responsive design that makes it look great on all devices. Inside the theme, you'll find a Featured Content slider that allows you to showcase the most important content at the top of your site.

15. Presence

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Presence is a great choice for minimalist WordPress business themes, you will have access to many useful features in order to easily build any kind of business website, especially for web design, real estate, bands, hotels, and other service providers. This theme comes with 10 pre-defined demo sites that you can easily import and then just replace your own content to launch a brand new website quickly.

16. Roxima

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Suitable for corporate, blog and portfolio websites, Roxima looks gorgeous without being overly fancy. This WordPress theme comes with an easy to set up drag-and-drop page editor, and a custom content module that includes multiple columns and layout variants.

17. Breakthrough Pro

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If you're looking for a distraction-free writing partner for your WordPress blog, you won't be disappointed with Breakthrough, a sleek, modern, minimalist theme for bloggers, advertisers and marketing agencies that focuses primarily on beautiful fonts and unique image presentation.

For a small amount of time, Breakthrough can help you launch a unique website so that you can focus primarily on creating great content.

18. Enterprise

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As you can see from the name, this is a minimalist WordPress theme focused on business websites, with built-in portfolio and services features, a beautiful image gallery, and a custom slider for the homepage of your website. In addition, you get FAQs, pricing tables, custom backgrounds, and plenty of flexible customization options.

19. Libretto

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If you need a beautiful (and free) blogging theme and also want a distraction-free writing experience, then Libretto is a good choice, with its main features being a unique color scheme and a gorgeous typography style. Designed with a traditional classic blog layout, this theme is perfect for photography, long-form content and personal websites.

20. Elegant

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Elegant is a WordPress blog and portfolio theme with several beautiful layout options (including grid), the ability to place logos, navigation menus, and social sharing icons at the top of the site. In terms of features, you will get built-in portfolio post types, several custom widgets, multiple color schemes, and an easy-to-use theme customization panel.

21. Coastline

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This is a simple WordPress photography and portfolio theme with a nice grid and layout options that you can use together with several custom widgets, page templates and sidebar navigation menus.Coastline offers a custom portfolio post type and perfect support for Jetpack to add powerful features to the site.

22. Paperbag

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As a simple WordPress blog theme, Paperbag comes with more than 20 color and typography schemes, as well as a number of different layout styles, plus several custom widgets built in for features like social sharing integration and content discovery. You can place a selection of content rotation components on your site's homepage and also use the customizer with plenty of flexible options to tweak all the options of the theme.

23. Neve

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Neve is a simple and free WordPress blog theme with a navigation menu at the top and a search button that can be set next to it. In addition, you get built-in social sharing buttons, a Featured Content slider, and an About Us area on the homepage. The theme is very easy to customize and fully compatible with WooCommerce, so you'll be able to launch an eCommerce site at zero cost.

24. Float

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Simple and stylish, yet powerful, inside the Float theme you'll find several layout options, a homepage slider, Google Fonts integration, social sharing options, and parallax scrolling effects. The theme has a refreshing design, allows you to use the theme editor for complete customization, and also supports an out-of-the-box eCommerce plugin - WooCommerce.

25. Mont Blanc

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Mont Blanc is a versatile theme for almost all types of WordPress websites, well coded, flexible in design, and includes a lot of customization options, multiple page layouts, and several homepage styles. You can easily use it for magazines or one-page websites, with portfolio functionality built in, a photo gallery available, and a slider component with multiple display options.

26. Maxwell

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Simple and easy-to-use free WordPress theme for magazines and blogs, Maxwell uses a selection of images, custom summaries, beautiful typography to create an engaging browsing experience for visitors, plus a built-in featured content slider and two navigation menus, and allows you to tweak all of the theme options using the live customization tool.

27. Igloo

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Looking for a clean and simple restaurant theme? Igloo would be the perfect choice, with a built-in menu management system and a testimonials section that can be used to showcase the positive reviews left by customers. There is also a photo album feature that can be used to list the most popular food dishes. The theme has a truly unique layout and offers a variety of color schemes and typography options.

28. Baskerville

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This is another free WordPress theme that comes with some nice page layouts and useful feature options. You will be able to set up full-width header images, waterfall-style post listings, and also use nice thumbnails for videos, text, and other post formats.

29. Responz

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Easy to use, fresh and modern, focused on news and editorial blogs, Responz features a 3 column layout, social network integration, beautiful page layout, multiple color schemes, a selection of article sections, 2 navigation menus, multiple ad spaces, a rotating slider, multiple sidebars and much more. The setup process is very easy and you can adjust all the theme options through the live editing process.

30. Brittany

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Well-designed and sleek looking, Brittany's homepage features an introduction section at the top, followed by your most important content. The theme comes with several layout templates and typography options, and you'll also get several custom widgets to easily implement features like social sharing integration and content discovery.

31. Futurio

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If you are looking for a lightweight and fast WordPress theme, then Futurio is a great choice, unique in that it does not display Featured/Rotated images on the front page, thus making the site load faster. Designed for bloggers, this theme supports custom logos, page headers, backgrounds and welcome messages, comes with front page content descriptions, displays featured content beautifully, and is great for long format content.

32. Peak

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A modern WordPress blog theme, Peak is suitable for photography, portfolio and personal blog sites. The theme supports mega menus, includes multiple content styles, color schemes, built-in sliders, and a waterfall style page layout, and the e-commerce features are ready to go.

33. Mesmerize

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Suitable for blogs, magazines, and photography sites, and completely free, Mesmerize comes with a custom header background, WooCommerce support, a homepage module, and a top navigation menu. The theme's setup process is very easy in order to let you launch a professional online website in less time.

34. Nozama

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Inspired by Amazon, the design is clean and sleek with a focus on elegant page layout and beautiful image display to make your content more engaging. nozama comes with a header category menu, a curated category area, multiple layout options, infinite scrolling lists and more, the theme is easy to adjust and offers a setup wizard to help you get started.

35. OnePress

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OnePress is a free WordPress theme that looks sophisticated and minimalistic, with a homepage layout using stylish parallax effects and featured content blocks. The theme offers perfect support for WooCommerce and has a beautiful font that looks great on all devices.

36. Daily Dish Pro

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The look and feel is very professional, with the most notable features being clear fonts and beautiful image displays.Daily Dish has a widgetized homepage layout that allows for easy and quick setup, plus multiple page templates, custom page headers and full WooCommerce support.

37. Beatrix

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Suitable for selling arts and crafts, this beautiful and versatile WordPress theme offers full support for WooCommerce and features a gorgeous homepage layout to showcase your products.

38. Ultra

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Designed to be streamlined and easy to use, Ultra can be used to create almost any type of WordPress website with a variety of built-in typography, flexible plugins, smart layout options, custom fonts, unlimited colors, and more. All layouts offer specific content modules, such as portfolios, online services, team members, partners, and more. In addition, this theme supports content area-based scrolling, mega menus, archiving layouts and animation effects.

39. Consulting

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A free multifunctional WordPress theme for bloggers, with three custom featured modules on the homepage, parallax slider support, multiple page templates, unlimited color options, custom archive pages and more.Consulting is designed to help you launch a professional blog quickly, the theme setup is both quick and easy, and looks amazing even on smaller screens.

40. Benson

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Benson is an elegant and clean WordPress blog theme for photographers, offering giant screen, full-width and list layouts for your photos with features like author profiles, social sharing, content discovery, video slideshows, multiple image layouts, custom widgets and more. The theme supports unlimited colors, left/right sidebars, custom logos, page headers and backgrounds. The live theme editor allows you to easily make settings to quickly launch a brand new photoblog.

41. Landing

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Sophisticated looking and versatile, but best used to create a minimalist website, Landing features beautiful fonts, custom backgrounds, and pre-built layouts that look great on all devices and screen sizes. You can create new pages and add unique features with Themify Builder, and also get custom header templates, portfolio post types, event post types, and perfect support for WooCommerce online stores.

42. Allegiant

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Available for e-commerce, business, magazine or photography sites, Allegiant comes with flexible configuration options that allow you to adjust the page layout to your liking. This theme includes unlimited color options, custom widgets, Google fonts, full support for WooCommerce, and other features designed to help you quickly launch a WordPress site with minimal cost.

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