We here at WPLift love creating lists of the top WordPress themes in the industry. I myself am a fan of clean, minimalistic themes which focus on readability. This article is dedicated to the core blogger/writer/poet in all of us. Some of the themes mentioned below are popular free ones, which is great if you’re looking to change the look & feel of your blog. So let’s get started.

Frank

Frank is a super lightweight WordPress theme, featured on Smashing Mag, developed by P.J. Onori. It goes very easy on the server and uses plenty of whitespace.

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Price: Free

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Mi

Mi is a full-width, single column, responsive theme which is powered by the UpThemes framework, which includes custom layouts, a free TypeCase plugin which allows you to modify the theme’s fonts.

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Price: 39 USD

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WP-Scribley

WP-Scribley is a dark, clean, single-column theme with bold typography with quite a few page templates, an author page and a custom 404 page.

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Price: 59 USD (single theme) or 99 USD (theme package)

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Hipster

Hispster is a Retina Ready, responsive WordPress theme with localization and touch-theme support.

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Price: 49 USD

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Personality

Personality is a fluid-width, responsive, Retina Ready, three-column WordPress blogging theme with multiple layouts and a focus on readability. It is also powered by the UpThemes Framework.

Personality-Clean-Minimal-WordPress-Theme

Price: 39 USD

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Modernist

Modernist is a clean, free and minimal WordPress theme with a good combination of colors. It was featured on Smashing Mag as a result of which, it got great exposure.

Modernist-Clean-Minimal-WordPress-Theme

Price: Free

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MetroVibes

MetroVibes is a clean, creative portfolio type theme, which supports auto image resizing, dynamic sidebar widget creation and the JQuery image/video lightbox.

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Price: 59 USD (standard license) and 89 USD (developer edition)

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Typominia

Typominia, as the name suggests is a clean, typography based WordPress theme which uses plenty of white space. It is a single column theme, built to focus on readability. Being a free theme, its got a nifty list of features.

Typomania-Clean-Minimal-WordPress-Theme

Price: Free

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Galao

Galao is a clean, Retina Ready, responsive blogging/portfolio theme with support for multiple post formats including a testimonial post type. It also includes localization support and custom widgets.

Galao

Price: 49 USD

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Pinzolo

Developed by WP-Themes, Pinzolo is a free, responsive WordPress theme focusing on readability.

Pinzolo

Price: Free

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Read WP

Read WP is one of the best, premium responsive WordPress themes focusing on typography. On a personal note, this theme here is a personal favourite. Its packed with a buck load of features such as self hosted video support, SoundCloud integration, responsive galleries and self hosted HTML5 audio.

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Price: 35 USD

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Genesis Framework 2.0

This here is the default theme of the new Genesis 2.0 framework. Designed by StudioPress, the Genesis framework is the industry standard of WordPress theme frameworks. This theme uses large fonts, and minimal color combination, and creates a impact on the viewer’s mind.

Genesis 2.0

Price: 59.95 USD (single theme + framework) or 345.95 USD (pro-plus package)

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Minimum 2.0

Minimum is one of the most popular Genesis Framework themes. It focuses largely on typography and uses minimalism.

Minimum 2

Price: 79.95 USD (single theme + framework) or 345.95 USD (pro-plus package)

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Balance

Balance is a minimalistic WordPress theme based on the Genesis Framework. Notably, its one of the best-selling themes of StudioPress.

Balance

Price: 79.95 USD (single theme + framework) or 345.95 USD (pro-plus package)

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Apparition

Apparition is a single column photojournalism type WordPress theme based on the Genesis Framework.

Apparition

Price: 79.95 USD (single theme + framework) or 345.95 USD (pro-plus package)

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District

District is a clean, responsive corporate/business portfolio type WordPress theme which focuses on typography and full width, touch/swipe sliders.

District

Price: 40 USD

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Focused

Focused is a clean, free WordPress theme from Site5 and comes with a detailed documentation and a support forum. Talk about product promotion!

Focused

Price: Free

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Pocket

Pocket is a responsive, single-column WordPress theme with a boxed layout – something which I’m a fan of. Its perfect for photoblogging and personal blogs.

Pocket

Price: 35 USD

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Journal

Another brilliant example of a photoblogging theme. Noticeable features include the timeline and photo gallery and shortcodes.

Journal

Price: 35 USD

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Thumb

Thumb is a Retina Ready, responsive theme with a boxed, mixed column layout. It comes in two versions – light and dark. The theme is bundled with a Visual Composer plugin with a value of 25 USD and a great list of shortcodes.

Thumb-Dark

Price: 45 USD

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Landscape

Landscape is my favourite black and white WordPress theme. Its a free theme with a full width layout, focusing on readability.

Landscape

Price: Free

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Creolio

Creolio is another out of the box theme which uses a dual tone color combination and a large number of widgets. It packs an impressive number of features, most noticeably the elements.

Creolio

The blog layout is what impresses me. The use of buttons everywhere brings our the bold nature of the theme.

Price: 45 USD

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ThemeMin

ThemeMin is a minimal typographic theme with plenty of white space. It focuses on a black and white layout which improves the readability factor.

ThemeMin

Price: 39 USD

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Dashio

Dashio is one of my favourite creative portfolio themes. Its short, metro UI influenced layout and bold typography used in the blog impresses me the most.

Dashio

The blog layout – bold, black and white, single column layout.

Dashio - Blog

Price: 50 USD

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Nina

Nina is another example of a minimal, typography based, corporate/business theme.

Nina

Price: 40 USD

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Less

Don’t be fooled by the name. Less is a beautifully designed, free responsive WordPress theme which focuses on grabbing the reader’s attention on what matters most – the content.

Less

Price: Free

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Scruvely

Scruvely is a premium, responsive, typography influenced WordPress theme with a standard list of features. Its center aligned which makes a great tablet/mobile layout.

Scruvely WordPress Theme

Price: 35 USD

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Profile

Profile is one of those stylish, portfolio type WordPress theme – center aligned and minimal elements – all of which adds to a great reading experience.

Profile

Price: 69 USD (single theme) or 249 USD (theme package)

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Molly

Molly is a clean, minimalistic, single column theme from CSSIgniter. It has a responsive layout, coupled with an audio player and a iFrame video embedding.

Molly

Price: 39 USD per year (entire CSSIgniter theme package)

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Magnifique

Magnifique is an excellent free theme from CSSIgniter. It is a single column theme, perfect for personal/photobloggers. Large fonts and a clean layout makes it a great choice for clean theme lovers.

Magnifique

Price: Free

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Wordsmith

Wordsmith is a clean responsive theme from a new theme company – Authentic Themes. This theme focuses mainly on typography, with lavish spacing between the lines, large font size and infinite scrolling. Its a perfect choice for poets and writers.

Wordsmith

Price: 40 USD per year (entire Authentic Themes theme package)

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Minim

Minim comes from the Authentic Themes – which focuses on clean typography and minimalism. A great feature of this theme is the drop-down menu, as opposed to the traditional menu system.

Minim

Price: 40 USD per year (entire Authentic Themes theme package)

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Lefty

Lefty is a clean, responsive 2 column WordPress theme, perfect for journals, photobloggers and regular bloggers.

Lefty

Price: Free

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Manifest

Manifest is free, single column, minimalistic theme which purely focuses on the content and nothing else. It supports image galleries, featured images.

Manifest

Price: Free

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Ryu

Ryu is a clutter-free theme for personal bloggers designed by Automattic. It has a great readability with a large font size, and the one-column layout is perfect for displaying large images.

Ryu

Price: Free

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12 Comments

  1. Some awesome minimal designs in this list that are pretty inspirational!

  2. Very nice of the type. Am I the only one who’s tired of all the collections of boring minimalistic themes and who would like to see some gorgeous ones? How about themes that can look however you want without coding? I used to use Atahualpa for this purpose, but it’s not responsive. Now I’m looking at iTheme2 for maximum flexibility.

    • You see Jane, the minimalistic themes are mostly design limited – so as to preserve the minimalism. Too many elements defeat the main purpose don’t you think?

      Thanks for the suggestions. I personally used Montezuma (theme made by the same folks who made Atahualpa) for my first blog!

      Anyway, take care mate! Thanks for dropping by.

  3. I love it too. I use theme named “Less”. It’s perfect… thanks

  4. Hello all, here evey peron is sharing theese kinds of knowledge, therefore it’s nice
    to read this blog, and I used to pay a visit this web site everyday.

  5. Douglas Hallor

    Good choice of minimalistic themes. Modernist and Read are two best wp themes – minimal. I also write about WP themes: http://www.underwp.com

  6. Thanks for the tips… I installed the Ryu theme just a little bit ago… looks good….

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