When it comes to SEO then theme always plays an important role, as it is the front face of the site and the end-user connects with your site using the layout of the theme and I listed the top 5 best WordPress Blog themes for 2020.
These themes are faster responsive, SEO friendly and rated among the top 10 lists.
Blog website could be of different types like few are the general blog, another news blog, few more having affiliate sites, and other comparisons or niche websites.
Hence the below collection of the best WordPress blog themes will be answering all your queries which are available in their free as well as paid versions.
And I will also reveal the theme, I have been using on my site for a long time.
While choosing the WordPress theme make sure you identify the one which is responsive to both mobile and desktop versions and should load within a seconds.
Do you know more than 11,000 WordPress themes are circulating in the market and not every theme is perfect for your blog but the few I am listing below will be your one end solution for any type of blog.
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If you are keen to know then below listed are my best findings.
Below listed themes are multipurpose themes and with doing little to none twists can be converted into any type of need and the best part with every theme is the collection of their free site library.
Let me get you each one of them and highlight the focus area of every theme so you can find the best WordPress blog theme.
Divi - Theme Cum Page Builder
Divi is the latest theme from Elegant themes and among the most popular theme in the WordPress blog industry as this is not just a theme but having an inbuilt page builder using which you can design your site front page.
The best part with Divi is you will get rid of the default WordPress editor and will get drag and drop superior visual editor to design webpages or posts.
Divi offers 40+ website elements to design your website in the way you want.
They offer a collection of 800+ Pre-made design templates and 100+ full website packs to import and use instantly related to any niche type of blog you want.
Divi offers two separate products.
- All in one Divi theme with a visual editor
- Divi Plugin for the page builder to use with any third party theme site.
Divi is rated among the most popular WordPress theme with over 6,49000 customers and they offer a 30-day money-back guarantee so the joining and test with Divi will be totally risk-free.
The other part I want to highlight with Divi is their pricing plan as they offering this under $89/year for unlimited website usage and if willing to pay one time then the best deal would be $249/Lifetime.
Astra - Most Responsive Ever Green Theme
Astra is among the most popular and the lightweight fastest growing theme. This is not like a Divi page builder but this is just a theme.
This theme is compatible with any page builder and well suited for any types of site.I have used it's inbuilt template for my ecommerce site,business blogs and many other websites.
It is evergreen and best fit theme and you won't regret once you have plenty of inbuilt templates by Astra.
More than 6ooK people build their site using the Astra and it smoothly integrate with any type of page builder like Thrive architect,Elementor or Divi.
Astra is well known for its fastest loading speed and they claim their theme loading speed is below 500 ms.
Astra offers seamless WooCommerce integration to convert your wordpress blog into an E-commerce store which is unbelievable.
Astra is Free to use but has certain limitations in terms of the customization of the navigation menu,WooCommerce integration,font color and size etc.
Hence you have two choices to buy.
- Astra Free
- Astra Pro
But as a beginner you can start using the Astra Free version and can explore the fastest page loading speed and light performance.
Astra offers a collection of more than 20+ free starter sites library to import and use instantly under their Astra Pro plan and around 8 free starter site libraries under Astra Free plan.
If willing to buy Astra Pro then they offer
- Astra Pro for $59/year for unlimited website usage.
- Astra Pro for $249/Lifetime access for unlimited website usage.
In addition they also have a few mini and business bundle plans which you can explore on their pricing model.
OceanWP - Light weight fastest theme
If you are looking for another alternative of Astra which is lightweight and fastest and bit cheaper as compared to Astra then OceanWP would be the best choice.
OceanWp is the best fit e-commerce store oriented theme, hence many of the wordpress ecommerce store sites are using OceanWP as their primary choice .
I have used this theme in the past and I found this as one of the fastest and lightweight themes as you scroll the page and it's running like a slider.
OceanWP offer their advanced features like native cart popup to grab the reader's attention when they add any item in the shopping cart or floating add to cart bar or quick view etc.
At present OceanWP has recorded 2,199,000 downloads and a large user base is actively using OceanWP on their site and keep growing.
It integrates with page builders like Elementor ,Divi and Thrive architects very easily hence among the best wordpress blog theme for ecommerce site.
OceanWP also offers free and pro demos with one click import option to apply on your site within a minute.
OceanWP is available in both free and Pro plans.
Like others free plans will have certain restrictions with White label,typography,color,header navigation etc.
Their basic plan is well fit for a single site and available for both annual and lifetime updates.
- OceanWP Personal plan for $39/Year has limitations with single site usage.
- OceanWP Personal plan for $159/Lifetime has limitations with single site usage.
As a beginner you can start with their free plan and experience the site loading speed and if found best fit then you can purchase their license key.
GeneratePress - Most popular Blog theme
I love GeneratePress as it fits in almost everyone's budget. This theme is the perfect choice for every beginner as it is easy to customize without any technical hassle.
I have been using GeneratePress on three sites and even the blog you are reading on Bloggingos is using GeneratePress.
This theme is a highly responsive and perfect lightweight theme for wordpress blog and it has more than 2,413,000+ downloads.
The overall size of the theme is less than 30 Kb and easily compatible with page builders like Divi,Thrive Architect and Elementor.
Under their site library they offer free and Pro ready made templates for one click installations to activate the site instantly.
Generatepress is available in both Free and Pro plans and like other themes the free plans will have certain restrictions like typography,font colors etc.
When coming to the pricing plan Generatepress offer only a single plan of $49.95 to use on unlimited sites for an year with 30 day risk free money back guarantee.
If willing to renew, they offer a 40% renewal discount.Under premium plan you will have access to all the premium modules with full access to the library.
NewsPaper - For News,Magazine or Lifestyle Blog
News Paper is the most popular highly responsive theme for news oriented blogs and created by tagDiv.
This theme could be the perfect and the best suggested theme if you having a blog where you are publishing daily news as the layout and inbuilt templates are good to start your site with one click.
You can use primarily for news,newspaper,magazine,publishing or review sites.This theme is AMP and mobile friendly.
NewsPaper and News Mag are the most appreciated news related themes and if you are not aware then site like Uber,Bitcoin etc are using News paper theme.
But with little twist you can use this, if you have food,lifestyle,personal or travelling blogs.As the layout looks very attractive.
NewsPaper offer 23 Free PRO demos to build your website in just a miniute and they have over 89,000 happy customers.
Pricing for NewsPaper theme will be around $59 with 90+ one click unique demos.
Genesis Framwork StudioPress - SEOand Fastest Theme
Genesis framework powered wordpress themes are exceptions themes over others and they have inbuilt SEO,reliability and many other features.
If you are not aware then let me get you one surprising note that Genesis is recommended by the founder of the WordPress Matt Mullenweg.
Genesis Framework is created by StudioPress but at present StudioPress is acquired by WPEngine.
Genesis is a parent theme which has its many child themes but the best part is with a certain twist you can use the child theme available in the Studiopress theme shop without customizing from scratch. Which is not the case with other themes.
Genesis theme frameworks are mobile friendly and best optimized for SEO and also support Schema.org code which means high chances to convert content into rich snippets.
Hence all the themes available in studiopress theme shop are optimized by the SEO experts and all are mobile responsive.
StudioPress has built a Genesis plugin and Genesis also connects with Woocommerce site and due to light code this theme loads faster.
Genesis framework bundle you can buy for $59.95 with instant access of 1 year updates and support.
Hestia - Easy to Use Free/Pro Theme
Hestia is a free theme available in the wordpress theme library and i have started my first blog using the Hestia theme.
This theme will be the perfect choice for beginners if you are not willing to invest a single penny.
Customization using Hestia will be very easy and features provided in the Astra like parallax feature of the homepage can give advance look for your website.
Under their free plan they have certain limitations such as typography,font colors,white label etc but under their pro plan you can explore a lot.
Hestia Pro plan also offers woocommerce integration and all done within the customizer and free demo templates with one click installation.
Their basic pricing plan is starts with:
1 year subscription of $69/year for single site
Lifetime access of $199 for single site
Well my advice is, if you are planning to use a free theme then Hestia would be the best choice but for Pro i recommend the use above suggested other themes.
Wrap up on Best WordPress Blog Theme
Above listed all the themes are among the most recommended best wordpress blog theme.
In summary if you have an ecommerce site start with OceanWP and just have a general blog then not technical sharp then go with Generatepress.
If you have some budget then explore the Astra and need a lightweight clean and SEO optimized perfect theme without much of a design pattern then go with Generatepress.
Let me know which theme you love the most and willing to use on your blog.