Personal blogs are a great option to have your say. They instantly create a forum for creative people where they can share their work with anybody who cares to read. Whatever your interest, blogging about it serves as a perfect outlet for your passion. Your interest may extend to any area – business, beauty, lifestyle, travel, food, art, tattoos, embroidery, recipes, parenting, pets – well, as I said, anything.
Another advantage of personal blogs is the ease with which you can set it up. You can simply install WordPress and look for suitable themes to host your content and plugins to add functions. There are many free themes that you can adopt. In this post, I’ll cover some of the better themes that are available for free to start your personal blog. All the themes are responsive, meaning they adapt well to any screen size.
So here’s a list of 12 quality Responsive Personal WordPress themes that come for free,
If you want to display artwork, images, portraits, and similar stuff, Snaps is a good fit. It’s simple in design and gives you ample space to display your images in many different layouts varying from one to five columns. Using customization controls, you can change the background and text colors. The theme supports 6 kinds of post format – image, video, audio, quote, gallery and link.
Many areas on the screen are widgetized and you can pick the content you choose to display in them – text block, images, registration forms – almost anything you like. In the free version, you’re restricted to one font type, but you have more control over customization and free automatic updates in the paid version of the theme.
Elegant theme from WPExplorer comes in both the free and premium versions. It is well suited for freelancers who want to showcase a portfolio of their projects, portraits, images or similar collection. It bundles a few post format types, including portfolio and homepage slider, as well as a page template for portfolio.
Widgetized sidebar and footer, support for featured image and custom logo, and inclusion of custom Google fonts will all help in achieving the look you want for your posts and pages.
If you love travelling and blogging about it, check out Travelify. It includes a theme logo, favicon and many other features to make customization easy. To highlight your favorite destinations or experiences, you can use the featured slider, which also offers some animation effects.
It supports multiple layouts, retina display to show off your travel photos and a number of plugins that make navigation easy. With Travelify, it’s easy for you to keep your readers updated on your travel adventures.
If you’re intending to make some money with your hobbies or passions by selling your products online, consider eStore theme for your website. It is compatible with WooCommerce plugin, and so adding a store function to your blog is easy.
The free theme includes 14 widgets including widgets for product grids, product carousel and product slider to help display your products. And if you start attracting substantial traffic, you’ll find the advertisement widget useful.
Nisarg is a great theme that you can use creatively to blog about food, travel, portfolio or for any personal website. It works with the WordPress Customizer to help you with the appearance of your website. You can change many design elements in the theme – background image, color, header text video and color.
Nisarg integrates with Google fonts, so you’re sure that your blog is easy to read.
Zero is a blog style WordPress theme that includes all the features needed in a blog. At the same time, it manages to create a look for your blog that’s quite different from the usual. It’s a theme you’d like to use to create an online place to share your photos, opinions and thoughts.
The theme carves out a broad sidebar to the left where you can house your menu, social share buttons and a number of widgets. It supports post formats and that makes adding content like galleries and videos easier. Also, using the built-in WordPress theme Customizer, you can carry out simple customization, such as including a custom logo or changing background color. To reach out to readers in different languages, the theme is translation ready and supports RTL.
Virtue from Kadence Themes, combines a number of awesome features with tons of customization options so you can get a unique look for your blog, store or website. The options panel in Virtue allows you to control almost everything – layouts, slider, fonts and more – all without using any code.
You can use Virtue for any project that you want to showcase. Adding content to the homepage, or any other page is simple.
Poseidon has all the features you need for a clean blog. It supports a full screen slideshow which you can use to highlight your most important posts. It has an elegant design and offers a number of layout options for you to present content.
It’s easy to navigate and read with Poseidon. With a featured image header, fine typography, threaded comments, full width template and SEO optimized code, it makes a fine platform for your personal blog.
Activello is a minimalistic WordPress theme that’s perfect for bloggers and for displaying any compilation of portraits, projects, artwork or any creative work. And with WooCommerce support, you can open an online store quickly and put any collection up for sale.
Featured slider, unlimited colors, Font Awesome icons, custom widgets and a number of customization options will assist you in building your blog or website. You can style it to suit any kind of blog such as food, travel, fitness or photography. The theme is fast loading and search engine friendly.
Designers will love this simple blog theme that comes in both free and premium versions. It ships with some awesome features that help in aesthetic display of content. A fully responsive built-in slider, custom background images, custom background colors, responsive layouts and theme options – all help to build an impressive and image heavy portfolio that’s a pleasure for viewers.
Vertex is also cleanly coded and search engine friendly.
Hemingway is a two column blog style WordPress theme that puts the focus on your content. Besides being responsive, it’s also retina ready so your images will really stand out. With full-width header images, parallax scrolling effect, custom colors and logo, custom widgets and page templates, it gives you the tools and the layout to build a website that’s visually impressive.
With clean and elegant lines and ample white space for you to share your content, the theme options panel in Amadeus makes customization as easy as point and click. Other features included are a well designed menu for easy navigation and a specialized widget for video embedding.
Thanks to a social header that is totally customizable and functional, readers can instantly share content on your blog on social media.
Sharp images, advanced theme options for customization and a full width slider make Everal a perfect theme for starting an eye-catching blog.
The theme makes space for widget areas allowing you to add all sorts of functionalities to your website.
If you’re starting a blog, this list can help you start your search for a theme. And if you’re already blogging, you could let us know which theme you enjoy working with?