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Top 5 WordPress Themes for Blogging in 2018

WordPress was originally created to be a blogging platform. Now, it does more than that. It powers over 30% of the internet and at it’s core, WordPress is the by far the best platform for blogging. If you go to 10 blogs today, there’s a very high chance that 7-8 out of them run on WordPress.

Million dollar brands such as New York Observer, New York Post, TED, Thought Catalog, Williams, USA Today, CNN, Fortune.com, TIME.com, National Post, Spotify, TechCrunch, CBS Local, NBC all make use of WordPress. 

What makes WordPress one of the best platforms to run your blog is the ease of creating and publishing content, the user-friendliness of the dashboard and the crazy amount of plugins and themes available that can make your “little blog” look like a million dollar blog with little or no upfront investment.

I hope from the way am talking, you can already tell that this blog you are on is powered by WordPress. I even have the WordPress app on my phone that allows me to keep track of things, publish posts on the go or correct blunders I might have made when writing my posts on my PC.

If you are like me and you care about the look and beauty of your blog, then picking the right WordPress blogging theme is paramount. Before I launched ThePresidentialHustle.com, I wasn’t only concerned about how to create content but also how my blog looks, how it makes visitors feel and how things flow.

People will instantly judge your blog by it’s look, no matter how great the content on your blog is – if the layout is poor and looks too busy – it will make your reader(s) bounce off. So, it is important to pick the right theme for blogging.

I have been designing websites for brands and businesses for over 5years now, I have a very high taste in design, I don’t settle for less. I believe in first impressions. So, these 5 WordPress Blogging Themes that made this list all meet my most important criteria:

  • Clean, Modern, Intuitive and Beautiful
  • Mobile responsive and retina ready
  • Beautiful front page and post layouts
  • Quality and not hype or amount of sales
  • Good reviews and comments.

Top 5 WordPress Themes for Blogging in 2018

#5. Elono – WordPress Blog Magazine Theme

Elono - WordPress Blog Magazine Theme for blogging

The Elono WordPress theme is both clean, modern looking and a responsive blogging theme. It comes packed with over 12 Homepage style demos to pick from. The homepage of a blog is very very very important as much as the post page.

I really love the demo homepages that the people at Elono created for this theme. I love the block feel and how it makes the blog look and feel minilastic, yet clean and beautiful. The font system used for the headings and body text is clean as well, I like it. If I wasn’t making use of the theme I currently have, I would definitely opt-in for this theme.

You can easily fine-tune the theme with your own preferred colours and also create unlimited sidebars for your blog. One thing I don’t like in the theme is the share feature on the post page, I think it shoul dbe more prominent. Maybe in the back-end there is a settings to do so, I don’t know since I didn’t test run the  theme. Besides that, this is a good theme – I really like the Demo 2 homepage layout.

Pros

  • Up to 12 homepage demo layouts and 4 inner posts layout templates
  • Supports all major plugins
  • Full width and full screen sliders
  • Sticky widget sidebar
  • One click demo import
  • Masonry Post layouts
  • “Love Post” feature and also post views count feature.
  • Modern, Clean, Responsive & Intuitive design
  • Optimized for SEO
  • Different beautifully laid out post formats (video, audio, gallery, quote, standard)
  • Fancy Headers & Footers style
  • Compatible with Woo Commerce
  • Regular updates


#4. Expertly – WordPress Blog & Magazine Theme for Professionals.

Expertly - WordPress Blog & Magazine Theme for Professionals for blogging

If you are looking at positioning yourself and your blog as an expert within your field or niche, you should consider getting the Expertly WordPress theme. Even though it is for “professionals”, it is a very beautiful theme with lots of features that will encourage your readers to share, like and engage with every post you publish.

Whether you are trying to build a following for yourself as an entrepreneur, Cryptocurrency expert, Sport expert or just a personal blog, you can make use of this one theme to create up to 12 niched blog and gain street cred fast (of course if your content is of high quality).

I really love ho the theme puts reader acquisition and customer acquisition at the fore-front of the theme with beautiful eye-catching Hero sections that allows you to display eye-catching tittle and a short descriptions of your blog to start a conversation with your visitors and a a call to to action button, subscription or search form to your hero sections.

SEO and stickiness is also one thing the Expertly blogging them focuses on, you can easily display table of contents and in-line related posts within your post to increase engagement and page views of your website.

I would strongly consider using this plugin if I ever decide to switch from my current one. It has everything! Post view counts, AMP support, automatic image size reduction, Multiple page layouts, mega menu and more!

Pros

  • Up to 12 demo imports
  • Supports all major plugins
  • Guest Authors and Multi-Authors Posts with Co-Authors Plus Support
  • Built in beautiful customizable share buttons
  • Sticky sidebar
  • Table of content and numbered headings
  • Super fast clean Mega Menu
  • One click demo import and demo switcher
  • Social media integration and live embeds
  • Beautiful justified galleries
  • Paginated posts
  • Post view counts and reading time of post.
  • Supports Woo Commerce
  • Modern, Clean, Responsive & Intuitive design
  • Optimized for SEO
  • Beginner friendly
  • Fancy Headers & Footers style
  • Comes with premium plugins
  • Advanced dashboard and theme settings


#3. JNews – WordPress Newspaper Magazine Blog AMP Theme.

JNews - WordPress Newspaper Magazine Blog AMP Theme for blogging

This is one of the few Blog themes that has the front end live editor that allows you to edit font, colours, background and more in real time. Termed as the “all-in-one” solution for publishing great content that looks good on all devices and sticks users/visitors in, the JNews blogging theme is one to consider.

With over 120+ homepage demos, this theme is suitable for creating Magazine sites, Blog sites, Editorial sites and for all kind of publishing website needs. Speed is also one of the things the JNews theme has going for them, it comes packed wit the AMP google support and Facebook instant articles support to ensure  that your website loads super fast and gets on the generous sides of Google and Facebook.

Besides being able to import their beautifully designed homepage and page demos, the theme comes packed with Visual composer (front-end) and Elementor that allows you to alter and customize the layouts according to your own taste. You have the power to design your own footer  and header layouts or make use of the pre-defined ones provided by the theme.

This is a Fast & High Performance Theme that is SEO optimized for both Mobile and larger screens. I love the front end submission feature that allows you to run a blog where visitors or users can submit their own content (blogpost) from the front end in a clean and easy to use interface, you can even create a source of income by leveraging their Pay-To-Submit feature.

This is a theme that will instantly make your blog look like a million dollar blog with all the next-level features and functionalities it comes with for free!

Pros

  • Up to 120 Demos
  • Multi-Page Article on One Single Post
  • Supports all major plugins
  • Built with mobile in mind
  • Responsive Design. Tested on Google Mobile Friendly
  • Unlimited Header and Footer designs
  • One click demo import
  • Optimized for Google Page Speed as SEO Signal
  • Google AMP Support
  • Supports Woo Commerce
  • Modern, Clean, Responsive & Intuitive design
  • Optimized for SEO
  • Easy integration with Google Ads and Responsive Advertisement for both Image & Google ads
  • Collection of wide social network Share with social proof
  • Fancy Headers & Footers style
  • Infinite Scroll for more convenient reading
  • View Counter and Popular Post (Dummy number of view counter, share, and like)
  • Very intuitive Live preview option panel (Customizer)
  • Regular Updates


#2. Newspaper WordPress Theme.

Newspaper wordpress theme for blogging

I tried as much as possible to create this list of the best wordpress themes for blogging based on sales or hype, the Newspaper wordpress theme is the best selling blog theme of all time with over 66,000 sales and counting. Tens and thousands of people cannot be all wrong if they are using this theme right? Yes! The theme is a great theme and I use it to run about 4 of my other blogs.

Its super easy to setup, configure and get the ball rolling without biting around the bush. The Newspaper theme is super fast, simple, and easy to use for almost any niche such as cryptocurrency, fashion, food, lifestyle, modern, personal, travel, luxury, viral, minimal, minimalist blogs and more, the sky is the limit on this one.

With the Google AMP support, your blog will load 5x faster than other blogs on the internet, giving you more retained visitors and higher page views. One other thing I love about this theme is the vast amount of post layouts available, you can pick between 13+ layouts depending on how you want your posts to be shown.

This theme will give your visitors the best first impression they need to stick and grow with you as you grown in your blogging career. The Newspaper theme comes packed with all the features you need to flex on other blogs and slick start your blog with all the industry leading functionalities a professional blog should have.

Pros

  • Up to 50+ Custom Demos
  • Modern and Trendsetting design
  • Blazing Fast Loading Speed
  • Supports all major plugins
  • Blazing Fast Loading Speed
  • Responsive Google AdSense and Ad support
  • Custom widgets
  • Light, Fast and Stunning
  • One click demo import
  • Modern Post Layouts
  • Supports Woo Commerce
  • Modern, Clean, Responsive & Intuitive design
  • Optimized for SEO
  • Free premium plugins
  • Multiple header and footer types
  • Fancy Headers & Footers style
  • Comes with premium plugins
  • Mobile responsive and retina ready


#1. INNOVATION: Multi-Concept News, Magazine & Blog Theme.

INNOVATION Multi-Concept News, Magazine & Blog Theme for blogging

This the theme my blog currently runs on and obviously, it would make the list because I am in love with theme. It doesn’t have all the fancy features and functionalities the other themes has but it does the job. Its modern, clean, intuitive and lays out your content in a very professional manner.

INNOVATION is a multi-concept News, Magazine & Blog WordPress theme best suited for blogs that deliver news about Technology, Fashion, Sport, Travel, Personal, Entertainment, Recipe etc. With elegant and intuitive design, you can easily create a website that will put your best work first.

I really love the simplicity of the theme coupled with the advanced features contained in the back-end. I also love the fact that it comes with about 8 different posts layout with each of them looking very clean on both mobile and larger screens. This theme takes social media sharing to another level, from the top to the bottom to the sidebar, your readers are encouraged to share your post.

Come to think of it, after creating this post, I am thinking of changing my theme and I have a feeling I will be changing to either #3 or #4, till then…I am loving this theme!

Pros

  • One Click To Import All 11 Demos
  • Retina Support, Sharp High Resolution Graphics
  • Supports all major plugins
  • Responsive Google Ads
  • Top, Bottom and Aside Share Bar In Single
  • Fullwidth And Boxed Layout
  • One click demo import
  • Multiple posts layouts
  • Modern, Clean, Responsive & Intuitive design
  • Optimized for SEO
  • Infinite Custom Typography. You Can Change Font Size, Style, Subset for almost elements…
  • Unlimited and Sticky Sidebar
  • Fancy Headers & Footers styles
  • Random Specify Post Views Value
  • Mobile responsive and retina ready

I hope you found these list of the top 5 WordPress Themes for Blogging in 2018 helpful, which one would you be using for your blog? Comment below 🙂

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Daniel Damilola Nejo

The author Daniel Damilola Nejo

Daniel Damilola Nejo is a Nigerian born, London based Creative Designer and Content Creator with love for the hustle and community. He has a Masters in Business Information Systems Management and is Endorsed by the UK Government as a "World Leading Exceptional Talent in Digital Technology" . He is a true hustler and a forward thinking individual who uses his knowledge and skill to add value to lives around the world. He works with startups, businesses and individuals around the world as a digital designer and brand developer. Founder of some Digital startups and brands.
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