Since you’re searching for the premium themes, then it clearly means that you’re not making a personal blog. It’s about creating a professional blog, which will be monetized in coming future.
Did I get it right?
If yes, then we both are on the same page, as here I’m sharing the best WordPress themes for blogs (running blogs), and believe me, each of the themes in this compilation deserves your attention.
“Don’t procrastinate. If you want to blog, then blog.” ― Fritz Chery
Let’s check out the themes!
Out of the few known ways to stand out from the crowd, design is one of them. And The7 is one of those capable themes, which allows the webmaster to create any possible UI. It comes with Visual Composer, Design library and Design Wizard like tools, along with dedicated UI elements to help the customizations. There are over 630 total options available for the design itself. Moreover, it comes with ready to use Demos, which are, of course, one click away from setting up. And, using it is extremely easy for a person who has been around WordPress themes. However, proper documentation is also available.
- It comes with premium plugins like Slider Revolution, Go Pricing 3 and also supports WPML like features.
- It comes with dedicated support for creating portfolios or media albums and is also SEO ready.
- The theme is WooCommerce ready along with extended layout setups to help you quickly setup the online shop and sell the products.
- The theme comes with six different header layouts with innumerable variations and a lot of settings to play with.
Now, if you’re not looking for tons of options, rather aiming for simplicity and performance with top-notch security and an elegant UI, then StudioPress’s eleven40 Pro is the perfect theme to consider for a blog. I’ve been using it since few years, and it’s the best product out there for this specific requirement. It is powered by none other than Genesis framework which is known for its powers, simplicity, and top-notch security. The theme will cost you a little higher than the usual ones, but your investment will be worth for sure.
- It uses HTML5 to ensure being on the lesser side of the weighing machine and also stay extremely modern.
- It comes with dedicated Theme Options panel at the Dashboard, allowing the webmaster to bring quick possible customizations.
- The theme comes with widget areas, where the webmaster can put up specific content requiring major focus.
- It can also be used for creating a Landing page, thanks to the pre-made templates inside the package.
Schema is another theme I’ve personally used and can vouch for, and believe me, it’s the toughest challenger to beat, especially when it comes to SEO friendliness. The theme is made up using HTML5 and CSS3, is light weight and still powerful enough to stay fully functional. It is easy to setup and comes with built-in review system with support for Schema markups (rich snippets). The design is simple, elegant and pixel perfect. Don’t believe me? Check out its Demo!
- The theme can do wonders as it achieves the highest possible grades on the speed test comparisons.
- It comes with a very blog specific UI, with clear mentions of different areas.
- The theme is also friendly for running advertisements and monetize the traffic.
tagDiv is a known developer in WordPress real, and not because of hundreds of products, but, because of just two. Newspaper is one of those two themes and is loved by over 20 thousands of users so far. The product is perfect for running a magazine, covering multiple niches and is made up with HTML5 and CSS3, the modern web programming languages. It comes with dedicated support for initial months but free lifetime updates. Cool, right? Don’t worry about the features; it covers them all!
- It comes with extremely modern, blog-magazine specific, and lightweight UI, which grabs the attention.
- It comes with multiple layouts for blog posts and pages, offering you the options to make them look way cooler.
- It comes with smart content blocks and smart sidebars, where you can put different types of content, and make the site looks like a proper magazine.
- It further holds Visual Composer, which is a Drag & Drop page builder, bringing, even more, customizations to the table.
It’s the second product from StudioPress and just like the first one, this one too is simple to start with. The setup process comes perfectly integrated with the niche here, and there are hardly anything you need to go through, change or setup to begin the blog. It comes with all the right features and functionalities along with support for dozens of popular and useful WordPress plugins, supporting extensibility. The UI is stylish and fits the magazine niche perfectly. Moreover, the layout is responsive and fits the mobile devices at its best.
- It is backed up by Genesis framework, which ensures top-notch security, and faster page loads.
- It comes with built-in custom page templates, supporting not just blog, but also the landing page, or archives.
- The theme comes with four different color styles and six different layout options, along with custom header and custom Menus.
- The homepage area is customizable, thanks to the three widget areas.
These were the best options out of the hundreds available. If you’re still not impressed, then let me know the exact requirements and I’ll hand-pick couple of best options. Do let us know about your selection from the compilation and the reason behind the same. Good luck with the blog!