Something that didn’t exist many years ago were pre-made WordPress blog themes for bloggers. Some of us would cringe to go back to what our sites used to look like. But today, there’s a plethora of options that are not only beautiful, but also affordable. This makes starting a blog these days super quick and easy (and beautiful!). With so many options though it can be difficult to choose which is best. TBS gets many applications coming in and we see a ton of blog templates and designs. We have found that having a cohesive design that’s reader friendly and also well built on the backend is key to success.
Since there’s thousands of options and brands to choose from, we rounded up 7 of our personal favorite pre-made WordPress blog themes for bloggers. From great templates for fashion bloggers, to food bloggers to those who may also have services to offer. Here’s what we’re loving lately.
The Best Pre-Made Blog Templates To Buy
It was hard to land on one favorite from 17th Avenue Designs, but the Harper Theme is definitely a great option for bloggers. We love the focus on content and the intersertials throughout the home page. Giving you options to have readers subscribe to your newsletter, or check out season-specific content.
Designed by the popular blog designers, Victoria McGinley Studio and Elembee, these themes are much more editorial style. They have several amazing themes that are great for fashion and lifestyle bloggers. In addition to their themes, they also have a few plugins that we’re big fans of. Their shop the post plugin is a great way to add more ways to shop your blog posts whether while reading the post, or browsing through the archives. And their Link In Profile plugin will replace those Linktree apps that we do not recommend. This keeps your readers on your blog when they come over from Instagram. Their latest release, Barton, is great for displaying your content, shopping finds and more!
The prettiest themes for bloggers that feel elevated and special. We love the Harlowe theme for its unique layout and beautiful sidebar (ever seen a beautiful sidebar before? exactly!). There are several themes from Pix & Hue to choose from and you won’t go wrong with any of them!
We see Pipdig templates a lot in our inbox from applications. They’re super customizable and allow you to feature your posts and affiliates throughout the home page. However, we do find bloggers tend to turn all the options on which can result in a busy site to digest. Our recommendation is the Etoile WordPress pre-made template, it’s our personal favorite!
If you’re a food blogger this is your template! Although any of these would work regardless of your content, we find food bloggers tend to use a lot of tags for ingredients and organize their content in a more advanced way. This template includes a Recipe Plugin that helps to organize your tags (ingredients, cuisine etc) in an easy to search way.
These themes are beautiful and have several different functionalities within the themes. Many of them are great for those who may also offer a service and need a more general landing home page in addition to a blog. Either way, these are gorgeous and affordable!
A light and airy theme that is simple with no sidebar and to the point. We love that it has a section on the home page to include your affiliate widgets. This is a great opportunity to include your latest finds, or feature a roundup of seasonal favorites to drive additional affiliate clicks.
Tips To Installing A Pre-Made Blog Theme
Now that you’ve ordered a theme and are ready to install, there’s a few things to keep in mind. Installing a theme for your blog can take a few hours of tweaking. Definitely plan to spend some time on a weekend or at night with a checklist of things you need to do and images ready to go. You’ll want to make sure you keep in mind the following!
Have Your Brand Colors Ready To Go
Write down all your brand colors so you can easily pop them into a theme’s setting. Decide on which colors you want to be the dominant color and which to be the accent.
Have your headshot, any logos and branded images, ready to go. You’ll be using these throughout your theme and pages when updating your website.
Check All Your Links
Once you install your new WordPress theme, go through your site and click on everything. All the links, all the navigation, make sure everything is working and has a link associated with it. You want to make sure you catch any hiccups before fully going live!