“Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit experience and the last effort of genius.” – George Sand
This need for minimalist isn’t new and have been around for centuries. But, not everyone understands its importance.
In the current century, driven by the Internet, having a clutter-free website is the very first and simple approach one can follow to achieve higher conversions and better credibility.
And, to help you get there, I’m writing this compilation of best minimalist WordPress themes. All these are hand-picked and I can assure that you’ll end up liking, at least, two of them.
Our quest to find the best minimal WP themes.
A magazine website is the one filled mostly with the clutter but you can still have a minimal approach, thanks to the themes like SimpleMag. It looks impressive and elegant for sure but still manages to keep itself away from heavy elements. Moreover, the design is totally responsive and comes with an easy to use Drag & Drop page builder with dozens of options to configure when needed. The theme covers most of the modern elements like Mega Menu, Off-canvas mobile menu, smart footer, SEO optimization, etc.
- The theme is having AJAX powered Mega Menu which is even divided among columns for even better user experience.
- It comes with compatibility for WooCommerce and bbPress to help you sell products online, and run a community, respectively.
- The theme comes with Schema.org compatibility, ensuring higher CTR and slightly better SERP rankings.
- It comes with more than half-a-dozen built-in custom widgets.
Gonzo is another recommendation for running a magazine website and it comes with all the required features and functionalities. The theme is responsive and works on smartphones, tablets, laptops and traditional desktops, and looks gorgeous on Retina display devices. Also, the theme is built using semantic HTML5 and CSS3, ensuring modern amenities with top-notch performance.
- The theme comes with built-in review system with both percentage and star ratings.
- It comes with two different blog layout which both are responsive and are available to pick easily.
- It comes with support for four different post formats and multiple GUI Shortcodes.
If you’re running an agency or having a client with that requirement, then Nobel can be your perfect choice as it can be used to create a digital profile or also a portfolio. In either case, the minimalistic approach helps a lot, and the elegant UI makes things even better. Explaining how it looks can spoil the fun which you might get checking its demo (hint?).
- The theme comes with Visual Composer’s Drag & Drop page builder available behind-the-scene.
- It comes with four different portfolio layouts powered by ISOTOPE Premium Grid Builder plugin, which otherwise costs $25.
- The design part is so unique that you’ll find it tough to have a similar experience elsewhere.
This particular theme is for creative artists and can help you achieve one of the best looking online portfolios. It comes with specially designed layouts for bloggers, architectures, freelancer, photographer, and can even be used to run a website for an agency or sell products via the e-commerce platform. The theme is both popular and currently trending at ThemeForest.
- It comes with Visual Composer, LayerSlider, and Revolution Slider plugins included.
- It’s totally compatible with WPML, ensuring proper and fast language translations.
- The theme comes with multiple portfolio types and different hover and transition effects.
Inez is my next recommendation for artists, creatives, photographers, etc., for running a stunning looking portfolio or digital profile. The theme packs every design element and functionality which this specific niche requires, and is minimal enough to load faster and look elegant.
- It supports multiple aspect ratios for images and galleries which are available to pick with a single click.
- It comes with customizable and combinable single project elements. It includes 700+ Google fonts.
- It is built using Bootstrap 3 for faster performance and top-notch security.
If you also believe in the fact that design is the thing, where rest of the thing starts, then consider checking Profi theme from Iondigital developer at ThemeForest. It comes with five different looking homepage layouts, which all looks gorgeous and are clutter free. The theme is optimized for performance and is also compatible with SEO norms. It also packs a bunch of cool CSS3 animation to further woo the visitors.
- It comes with powerful Theme Options panel, available behind the scenes.
- It comes with unlimited color schemes and hundreds of fonts to choose.
- The theme supports RTL and active translation and comes wth proper documentation.
Finally, I’m sharing a masterpiece which I can assure that will be hard to ignore. It comprises of a super cool user interface, design elements, and follows the minimalist approach from deep within. It comes with dozens of homepage variations to choose and also holds a Drag & Drop page builder to help you achieve further customizations.
- It comes with 100% responsive and Retina ready design and includes one-click installation facility.
- The theme includes multiple portfolio layouts along with Raven, which is known in the industry.
- The theme is WooCommerce ready, making sure you can sell products online.
The best way to describe Flex Mag is that it is simple but trendy. It packs a whole lot of different options for your users. Some of the highlights include:
- It employs auto-loading posts. Once you scroll to the bottom of one article, the next article will automatically load.
- The theme offers users the option to choose from several homepage posts. You can choose the featured posts, the most recent posts, or the most popular posts.
- There are multiple layouts offered for the homepage and any post pages.
- There are also several skins from which you can choose.
- It offers custom fly-out navigation for all devices.
Some other features include the ability to add an ecommerce store using WooCommerce and the ability to add a user forum by way of bbPress.
Herald was a difficult WordPress theme to build but one that is super easy to use. Some of its options include:
- It offers speed.
- There are more than 500 layouts to present your articles
- It offers many different options for customizing your photos and headers.
- There are easy-to-place ads with plenty of single article layouts are offered as well.
- It is WooCommerce and bbPress compatible so you can offer an online store and build a forum for your users.
- Lastly, it offers a simple rating system so that your users can communicate with you.
A few other highlights are active translation, sticky sidebars, different fonts, and unlimited colors from which to choose.
Soledad is a fairly popular WordPress theme for news sites and seems to be fairly easy-to-use as well. These are some of the things it offers:
- There are over 400 different demos for homepages.
- It offers 3 sidebar layout styles, 5 article layout styles, 6 portfolio layouts, and 2 mega menu styles
- It gives you the ability to provide videos as background options.
- It is compatible with WooCommerce.
This theme also comes with 100 percent immediate capability for mobile users. This makes it super easy for you to be ready to meet the needs of all of your readers right up front.
Compass is another well-designed WordPress theme and is a theme that attracts both website designers and readers alike due to its modern look and high response capabilities. Some of the outstanding features for this theme include:
- Compass offers fully customizable widgets, and you can actually have a website dominated by widgets.
- It allows for you to customize images easily and will translate these images to other devices without skipping a beat.
- You can use a slider to showcase several images.
- It is compatible with all the major web browsers.
- It provides RTL capabilities as well.
- Compass is completely responsive with all devices.
- They provide an outstanding support system in case you or your user needs help.
- They also offer plenty of visibility with search engines.
Compass of course also offers all of the basic features such as widgets, icons, different colored skins, and different font styles. One of the unique things it also offers is the ability to showcase your reviews in a rather unique way. By doing so, this will help to drive traffic to your site.
In order to make these themes modern and still fall under the minimalist category, developers usually offer dozens of customization options under-the-hood. You need to keep the maximum of them, turned off, in order to achieve a proper minimal look and enjoy the benefits of simplicity.
Let me know how you like the themes and if you’re still looking for options, I can recommend few more. Share your concerns in the discussion section below. Peace!