When you get an idea for a new blog, it’s tempting to pick a theme in a hurry and toss something up as fast as you can. I mean, you’re passionate about your idea and want to get it off the ground before you lose steam. And while I’m all for having vision and wanting to get started right this second, might I recommend a slightly more measured approach? And this collection of the best premium WordPress themes for blogs can help you in that regard.
All I’m saying, is you might benefit from doing a little research about what themes are out there, making a shortlist, and weighing the pros and cons of each before making your selection. I realize that sounds like a lot of steps but let me assure you that it won’t take very long at all if you know what you’re looking for (and you know where to look).
While I can’t really help you with the first part, I definitely can help with the second. Here’s a collection of over 30 premium blogging WordPress themes that look great, function great, and–for what it’s worth–have our seal of approval. And DannyCat’s. Let’s not underplay his role in theme selection.
Top Premium WordPress Themes for Blogs
The Nexus theme is useful for sites that need to aggregate content into an easily navigated format. With its responsive layout, Nexus will fit almost any screen resolution without suffering from content stretching. It’s ideal for magazines and blogs that require a lot of categories. It comes jam-packed with custom widgets and content modules for restructuring your pages however you see fit.
This theme from Elegant Themes provides a grid layout for maintaining structure and a pre-established typographical hierarchy for easy identification and organization. The code here is secure and W3C compliant and the theme is also cross-browser compatible, includes complete localization, updates, and support.
Other features include advertisement areas, custom widgets, unlimited colors, theme options, shortcodes, page templates, and a homepage builder.
Journey is a lovely blog theme that, as its name suggests, is designed to take readers on a journey. What that journey involves is up to you, but this theme is marketed as useful for bloggers, photographers, foodies, and travel writers and surely works for anyone who has a story to tell.
Designed by Indieground, Journey possesses an Instagram quality that makes people want to stick around and enjoy your point of view for a while. It includes many features we’ve become accustomed to for premium themes like a responsive layout, retina-ready design, and a custom post slider. This theme also allows for serious customization thanks to the inclusion of Visual Composer, 11 blog layouts, video backgrounds, and an unlimited sticky bar.
Other features include WPML compatibility, translation-readiness, advanced search, and Disqus Comments. Journey is an overall clean theme that encapsulates a certain minimalistic style that suits the inner hipster and secret dreamer in all of us.
Journey costs $44.
If you’re looking for a premium personal blog theme that offers the perfect layout for showcasing stories, Snowbird is a great choice. This responsive theme is surprisingly simple but makes really smart choices about layout, whitespace, and the tools that are included, making for an intuitive experience for bloggers of all kinds.
Customization is not a problem here, as this theme comes with two different layouts for listing posts, four layouts for single posts, a custom layout for author post lists, custom logo and header image, full or narrow content options for posts and pages, a full-width image option, custom menus, footer widgets, unlimited colors, a colors editor, and more.
Snowbird is also retina-ready and comes with a lightbox for gallery and image links, responsive video and audio, and a live customizer so you can see what your changes look like as you make them. The code is well-commented, it’s Schema.org supported, translation-ready, supports child themes, includes demo content, and social icon support.
Snowbird costs $39 at ThemeForest.
Another premium blogging theme worth checking out is Lucid by Elegant Themes. While technically a magazine theme, it’s ideal for blogs that publish a lot of content, too. It offers a clean design that doesn’t get in the way of your content. The layout is responsive and it comes with all the features and perks you’d expect of an Elegant Themes membership, including secure code, updates, localization, and support.
This theme is also cross-browser compatible, includes five color schemes, a robust theme options panel, a multitude of shortcodes, several page templates, a homepage slider, video support, list post widgets, footer widgets, and more.
You can get Lucid as a part of an Elegant Themes membership for $69/year.
Looking for a stylish premium blog theme that’s best suited for writers and photographers? Titanblog is an excellent choice. This theme not only makes a great platform for long-form content, but it also provides numerous opportunities to highlight featured photography in exciting ways. This theme includes featured content space for displaying sticky posts, recent posts, or posts of a specific category.
You can also select from three different primary layouts (standard, list, and grid) and you have the option of using a right sidebar, left sidebar, or none. It also comes with numerous widgets including About me, Category, Latest Posts, Popular Posts, Banner, MailChimp, and several social feed widgets. Titanblog comes with a related posts space, next and previous posts buttons, custom templates, Google Fonts, custom colors, shortcode support, post formats, demo content, documentation, and support. It’s also compatible with Contact Form 7.
Titanblog costs $39.
Untold Stories is a stylish theme by CSSIgniter that offers all the features you need to create a stunning blog in any industry or niche that prioritizes beautiful lifestyle imagery. This theme comes with 10 different layouts, over 100 customizer options, full color control, custom widgets, social media integration, post format support, and more.
You can also create a custom post greeting, utilize sticky navigation, and enjoy the benefits of Schema.org support. This theme is responsive, retina-ready, and includes numerous typography and color options for building a truly custom look. It comes with an author box, related posts, and special styling for Instagram integration. This blog theme is translation-ready and comes with demo content, documentation, and full support.
Untold Stories is $49 at ThemeForest.
Sometimes all you need is a simple blog. Something that calls back to older days on the web while still maintaining modern design sensibilities and functions. If that sounds like something you’d want, check out Memoir. Another offering from Elegant Themes, this blogging theme is precisely that: a blog theme. No more, no less. But it executes these basics with such style, it’s a total top contender.
Memoir comes with the cache of ET features like browser compatibility, documentation, and support, as well as four color schemes, shortcodes, and a theme options panel. It also comes with numerous page templates for galleries, contact pages, sitemaps, and blog posts.
Memoir is available with an Elegant Themes membership for $69/year.
Provide an immersive and focused reading experience for your site visitors with the Maple theme by ThemeRuby. This theme offers the perfect combination of photography, text, and graphical details to engage readers and encourage them to stick around for awhile. This personal blog theme can be used for a multitude of purposes and creates atmosphere for any kind of story you wish to tell.
It comes with 15 different blog layouts, light and dark skins, a responsive and retina-ready design, a parallax header background, support for multiple sidebars, and responsive ads for easy monetization. This theme comes with a full theme options panel, is translation-ready, features clean code, and comes with thorough support. Other features include sticky navigation, a featured post area, post format support, sticky sidebar, page templates, and so much more.
Maple is $44 at ThemeForest.
Still another premium blogging theme from Elegant Themes well worth considering is Fable. This theme is gorgeous and ideal for traditional blogging and long-form storytelling. It offers plenty of post variation to keep the page layout interesting and engaging and punctuates text with bold graphical components. It’s the perfect marriage of text and images, allowing your content to stand front and center.
Posts feature a fullscreen layout and the theme itself includes unlimited colors, a responsive design, theme options, shortcodes, and page templates. Image galleries surprise with interesting shapes and social integration is seamless. You can’t ask for a better visitor experience than that which is offered through Fable.
You can get this theme with an Elegant Themes subscription for $69.
Canary is a simply elegant blogging theme from mondotheme that unites simplicity with class for beautiful presentation. This theme is responsive and provides four layouts to choose from when setting up your site. It also uses a featured posts slider, delightfully organized pages and posts, and a media feed that’s perfect for displaying your Instagram feed, dribbble shots, or images you upload directly to your site.
This theme uses the Redux Framework for full customizer support, unlimited brand color options, and allows for a custom logo, and background patterns. It also comes with numerous custom widgets for related posts, about the author, recent posts, categories, Instagram, Facebook, dribbble, and Flickr. This theme also includes translation support, is retina-ready, and works with Contact Form 7.
Canary is $44 from ThemeForest.
Origin is a blogging theme from Elegant Themes that offers a grid layout for a unique look. The homepage is populated with images of your choosing (the featured images from your posts). Upon hover, these image reveal the post title and excerpt. So, your site acts as a twofold story–the first relayed in images, the second in your words.
This theme is responsive and provides a great way to photoblog or to present traditional blog content in an original way. It comes with all the typical ET bells and whistles like updates, support, and unlimited colors, and also comes with a theme options panel, shortcodes support, and page templates.
Get Origin with an Elegant Themes subscription for $69.
If you’re aim is to create a truly professional-looking blog, SugarBlog is a good choice. This theme is responsive and modern, offering unlimited styles support and numerous customization options to keep your designing heart happy. It comes with 11 blog layouts, an Ajax popup subscribe page, a custom login page, 4 header styles, 6 featured area sliders, and a built-in categorized image gallery.
It also comes with full social media support, continual updates, theme options, a widget manager, customer support, and full support for WPML. It also includes 9 post formats and support for WooCommerce. Build a style blog, a fashion shop, a travel site. Create anything you want with this innately stylish theme.
SugarBlog costs $44 at ThemeForest.