Every year, we witness the launch of dozens of exciting and attractive WordPress themes. Whether you are creating a new WordPress site from scratch or just looking to re-design the one you already have, there are plenty of choices out there. There are also many WordPress themes for writers who want to focus their website around the textual component. 

Currently, there are more than 30,000 WordPress themes to choose from. Some of them are free, some paid, while some offer free basic versions with Pro features that are charged. In any case, it’s very hard to choose, because there are so many of them. This is why we have scanned the top choices among WordPress themes for writers for you and brought you this list: 

1. Hestia
Hestia is one of those WordPress themes that took over the Internet in just a couple of months after its launch. It’s used by a variety of businesses and publishers, but it’s especially appealing for writers because it can feature creativity and focus on your past projects.

Hestia WP theme’s design is fully responsive on all devices, so you can attract and retain readership from desktop, tablet and mobile just the same. It’s also compatible with Elementor, Beaver Builder and other drag-and-drop plugins, which will simplify your design process and help you achieve the exact look that you’re going for. 

2. ColorMag
ColorMag is a beautiful, dynamic theme that has been designed with publishers in mind. It works exceptionally well if you post content frequently and regularly. Then, you can make ColorMag work for you in a way that all new categories, posts and tags are featured seamlessly and automatically. 

ColorMag is perfect for online content creators who are prolific in work, but have trouble organizing their content. Even without diving in too deep into the theme’s customization features, you can set up a great-looking site in no time. 

ColorMag theme is perfect for upping your blogging and writing game, but it works best if you have loads of content. If you need help coming up with new stuff for your blog or revamping your existing content, you can use the following tools: TopEssayWriting (to hire professional writers to help you with content), ClassyEssay (work with fellow bloggers who can create new content for your site), SmallSEOTools (check the SEO score of your existing posts with tips on what to improve), Google’s Keyword Planner (to find ideas for new posts). 

3. OceanWP
OceanWP is another free WordPress theme that has become all the rage in 2020. It’s multipurpose, so you can use it for whatever you like: offering your writing services, featuring some of the work that you’re most proud of, running a blog…

OceanWP theme is SEO-friendly and designed to perform well in search engines, which can give you an extra visibility boost and help you get discovered by new audiences. There are also nifty features and widgets included in the theme, such as an attractive Featured Posts slider, Instagram feed and sticky footer areas. 

If you’re posting content in multiple languages, it’s also the perfect theme for translation-ready publishing. Many writers who create content in two or more languages have trouble finding a theme that will support this type of publishing well. They either have to resort to individual websites or installing multilingual WordPress plugins. OceanWP lets you post in more languages within the theme itself. 

4. Astra 
Astra is a bit different than some of the previous WordPress themes we have mentioned, but it’s very effective, beautiful, and will help you feature your writing. The design of the theme is elegant and sophisticated, but will not take too much attention off of your texts.

It’s actually mostly installed and actively used by bloggers and freelancers who are looking to feature their personal portfolio. It also has other useful features:

  • SEO-friendly code
  • compatibility with all major page builders (Elementor, Beaver Builder, etc.)
  • super-easy installation
  • unlimited customization options
  • multiple widget areas
  • social feeds and buttons/like and share buttons on blog posts

5. News Portal
If you’re a writer who wants to feature their work magazine-style, News Portal is the optimal theme for you. Don’t be fooled by the name – you won’t have to actually post news – but widgets and blocks that compose this theme will give your site the appeal of a news portal. 

It’s completely customizable in terms of design, colors and backgrounds, so what you see in the demo or templates doesn’t necessarily show the full possibilities of this theme. 

Just like ColorMag, this theme will work best when you already have a lot of written content at your disposal. So, either transfer your existing content from another site to News Portal or wait until you build up a richer archive of content to install and activate this theme. 

6. Zakra
Just like Astra and Hestia, Zakra is a super-lightweight WordPress theme that will enable your website to be launched and loaded in a matter of milliseconds. It’s used by a variety of businesses, including writers and bloggers. 

Zakra is page-builder friendly and you can use the theme together with any of the major drag-and-drop page builders available on WordPress. With more than 7 widget areas, you can customize your writing website to feature exactly the things you want to accentuate. 

It’s also one of the best SEO-friendly themes in 2020 which will help your content get seen and read by audiences coming from search engines. 

So there, those were our top picks for free WordPress themes for writers that have ruled in 2020. All of them have hundreds of thousands of active installations, active support forums and documentation and easy-to-use setup and customization. 

As a writer, you need to pay special attention to SEO and mobile-friendliness of your website. Not only will you attract new visitors, but you will also give your writing the best chances of getting discovered.

About the Author: Kristin Savage nourishes, sparks and empowers using the magic of a word. Along with pursuing her degree in Creative Writing, Kristin was gaining experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in marketing strategy for publishers and authors. Now she works as a freelance writer at Studyker, Kristin also does some editing work at ClassyEssay and Subjecto.

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