Who doesn’t love WordPress? It is one of the most customization-friendly content management systems online. One of the main attractions of it is the many themes that you can opt for to create your own online presence. Here we showcase 12 Best WordPress Blog Themes for 2013 – perhaps you’ll find just the right one for your blogging adventures this year!
The Simply Colorful Theme fits all things that a perfect blog theme should. First, the customization options are endless – you can change colors to your heart’s content. It’s simple yet very clean and professional. One huge plus to this theme is in its coding – it is made to be very fast and responsive, which means it is great for the search engines; which we all know the faster your site loads – the better! This equates to a proverbial feather in your hat when it come to rankings; if all other things in between your site and a competitor’s is equal but yours is faster, you will be on top. Who doesn’t love that?
2 – FlipBlog
FlipBlog is touted as having it all. We’re not going to argue! This brilliant blog theme is not only WordPress 3 compliant, it is BUILT for WP3, and will transission flawlessly when WP 3.5 comes out of beta. The blog features full user control via the dashboard, allowing you to customize everything that you have always wanted to but couldn’t in lesser blog themes. Of course with all of this customization being possible, you may get a little overwhelmed. Never fear – there are plenty of training videos to help you through!
3 – Varnish Highly Customizable WordPress Theme
Speaking of customizable, Varnish brings it! You get 23 built in color schemes to play with to begin with, and if you want to dig deep and really show your true colors, you can customize your own designs in admin. The theme is perfect for those wanting to tell the world about themselves, with its unique three column layout that focuses on you; your life, your online exploits, just generally showing yourself off to the world from one convenient home page. Out of the box you have Twitter, Flickr, Subscribe to Comments, and much more.
The WooFramework is well known in the WordPress as being stable, functional, and of course the rock solid base for many people’s favorite themes of all – WooThemes. The Hustle theme is one workhorse of a great theme that is straight business; straight out of the box. You want to blog? Done. You want to showcase products for sale? Done. Want a full-fledged eCommerce web design that will rock your world? Got that too! There’s even a promotional module and a place to tell your visitors anything you want to welcome them. Coolness.
Simplic is for those who love their online social lives and love to give their readers a way to connect in the easiest way possible. You get Twitter, Digg, and of course Facebook share and like built in with shortcodes to simplify your life. There’s also slideshows, tabs, FAQ, and more. The documentation is well documented for this theme so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck – you won’t have to search far to get answers! Oh and did I mention it comes in light and dark versions? Yup – sure does…
6 – Fast Blog
One thing about blogging is that sometimes you really stuck with the same boring post types…over and over and over. Not so with Fast Blog. There are 6 post types here to choose from: articles, images, links, audios, videos, and quotes; & of course you can still do the regular posts and pages if you want to. The theme WooTumBlog ready (it comes with it) – so you have that as well, although it is up to you whether you want to use it or not – the theme works perfectly fine without it. You also can enjoy adding Twitter and Flickr as much as you want without fear or repercussions, as the theme also has the all-important buffering to avoid request limit issues. Blog on!
7 – The Blog
The Blog. As this is a list of the best blog themes around, how could we leave this one off? Seriously though this is one heavy contender. This theme packs two great features summed up in five words – feature rich but user-friendly. It doesn’t get much better than that, as this makes it fitting for everyone from the blogging novice to the experienced and self proclaimed geek. You get categorized styles that are easily customizable, custom fonts, widgets, and headers, full translation support, SEO built in, and much, much more. If you do happen to get lost, this blog theme is fully supported by the authors as well.
Sometimes you don’t need all of the bells and whistles. Sometimes, in today’s fast paced and hectic world, it’s nice to slow down and not be bombarded with crazy fonts and garrish color arrangements. Sometimes, simpler is better and all that is needed. The Quattro Theme, which runs on the Genesis Framework, is just that. But don’t mistake simple with anything less than perfection. It is still a whopper of a theme with all of the current functionality you crave, like social media integration. And being built on Genesis, you know the ability to customize, SEO, help, and anything else you need is there for you – right out of the box.
9 – Black Aperture
Technically this theme is hailed as a video review theme, but it has some really cool features that we couldn’t help but to include. For instance, out of the box there is dynamic image re-sizing. Upload your image once, and see it in the size you want, where you want. You’ve got a built in slider for features posts, as well as a unique featured posts area, so you can choose which fits your style the best. And of course if you do video reviews… well, that’s easy too!
This theme has everything you want in a blog theme. It is great for those who want a news, magazine, or professional site. It features three news blocks on the home page and a gallery page with two layout options; default and Fancybox. You can create unlimited sidebars for each post or page with the sidebar generator, and the theme even has its own banner system. There are a lot of options for this theme, so get it and dig in!
Maverick Premium Blog Theme is great for pretty much any type of blog you would like to create, be it a review site, portfolio, media portal, or even business. It is a fixed layout theme that is easy to set up and easy to run. Some of the theme options include unlimited color schemes, the ability to show off your best posts through the featured post option, shortcodes to help save you time, and custom heading fonts. You also get 12 custom widgets and an awesome admin panel. Want a rocking site? Go Maverick!
12 – Pinboard
Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard of Pinterest. It has taken the online world by storm and some say it’s the best thing since Facebook. It’s rapid rise is based largely on its super-unique design, which is billboard-like in essence and infinitely scrolls. Of course, everyone wants a theme like it now to ride on thier heels to internet stardom. That’s where Pinboard comes in. This theme not only looks like Pinterest, but responds just as it does. It is fluid, ever-changing, features infinite scrolling, sharing options, and more. And anyone who has ever used Pinterest will instantly recognize its user-friendly system, which is great for retention!