How to Create a Beautiful Blog Using Free WordPress Themes

How To Create A Beautiful Blog Using Free WordPress Themes

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Last Updated on October 26, 2020 by Yovana

Anyone can create a blog with WordPress. The reason WordPress has rose to it’s status of usability is how easy it is to create a website or blog for someone who has no website development experience what-so-ever. WordPress is also a free platform that includes free WordPress themes that form the look and feel of your site or blog. To get started today with your own blog, check out How To Create A Self Hosted WordPress Blog.

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WordPress is composed of multiple .php files into a theme and that creates the front end user experience for readers that visit your blog. It has a wide variety of themes they offer for free in their resource library. Like most people starting out with their blog, you probably don’t want to fork over 100+ dollars for someone else to design, develop and set up your theme for you. You are looking for an easy and free way to set this all up, am I right? Well good thing because you came to the right place.

I am not bashing on premium themes, either. If you have the money to make the investment in a premium theme, do so. There are some incredible premium themes out there. But be careful and try to test out a premium theme as much as possible or contact the company’s support group. Companies and sites such as Elegant Themes, iThemes and StudioPress have support groups that will work more closely with you on what type of theme would be best for your site or blog vision. If you have some big plans for your blog, I recommend looking into getting Genesis or Divi, as these are the TOP premium theme frameworks for maximum customization out there!

Be careful if you are not purchasing themes from any of the above trusted premium theme sources. There are some premium themes out there that are a complete waste of money and are just trying to get you to buy the theme that basically sucks and will make you purchase additional services just to get it up and running correctly. So you have been warned. Make sure to plan it all out (some of my biggest beginner blogging mistakes are because I didn’t plan).

When you first start your self hosted WordPress with Bluehost, you are going to need to pick a free theme, purchase a premium theme, or design and create your own theme (if your’e into that).

Here are some free blogging resources that have helped me on my blogging journey. Maybe they can help you too?

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You might be asking – But where do I go to add themes and customize them in WordPress?

Here is how you can play around with themes.

First you must navigate to the dashboard area for themes. Look at your left sidebar with dashboard options and select ‘Appearance’->’Themes’.Screenshot of WordPress with the Appearance section highlighted

Next, you need to select ‘Add New’.

Screenshot of "Themes" section on WordPress Home Page

Once you are on the next page, select ‘Upload’.

Screenshot of "Add Themes" section in WordPress

Upload your theme and select ‘Install’. After it is installed, click on the theme to customize and active!

Obviously you came to this post because you want a free theme so I will cut to the chase.

Picture Titled" How to Create a Beautiful Blog Using Free WordPress Themes" with a phone, candles, and scissors with thread in the background of titleCheck out the best clean and free WordPress themes.

These are even better than some premium themes I have come across.

Whiteish Lite

Screenshot of Whitish Website

Whitish lite is a clean and graceful WordPress theme meant for blogs, eStores and portfolios. It includes a customized API with real time settings. This makes the setup process much easier and faster than other themes. Whitish lite can be modified to suite any website really, which is why I highly recommend this free theme.


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Screenshot of Blogera Home Page

Blogera is a minimalist, clean WordPress theme with a modern look and feel. It is perfect for any type of blog, and will suit a variety of subjects. It is multilingual ready and SEO friendly to help you to achieve the highest positions on Google fast. This is another one of the top free WordPress themes I recommend in starting your blog with!


Screenshot of Website Edge Home Screen

Edge is a wonderful free theme that also has a clean, minimal and premium feel. This theme has great customization elements and also makes me feel quite calm when looking at it. It is important to have a theme you enjoy, and that others will enjoy as well. You don;t want to drive your readers away with mismatched colors and a loud hectic design! Edge is perfect for a simple and clean look along with adding some customization to your posts and pages.


Screenshot of Astrid Home Page on Smartphone, Computer, and Tablet

Hey all you entrepreneurs, this theme is perfect for you and also a steal! Astrid can help you to quickly create a business website for free yet has the look and feel of a premium website. All the features you need are waiting for you in this free and useful business theme. The features include color options, fonts, full width header image, custom widgets, blog options and many other interesting and useful options.

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Screenshot of Illey Website Home Page

Illdy is a stunning multipurpose theme built based on Bootstrap frontend framework. The Bootstrap based framework makes it fully responsive and mobile friendly. This theme is perfect for businesses, landing pages, portfolios or any other creative websites or blogs. This is one of the most flexible free WordPress themes out there. Your website will look better than ever thanks to the one page setup and multiple sections that you can tweak for maximum customization!

Mary Kate

Screenshot of Homepage of Mary Kate website on computer, tablet and smartphone

Mary Kate is a beautifully done theme from, which is a wonderful resource for premium graphics and themes. This theme is one of my favorite feminine themes since it is also highly customize-able (I have noticed a lot of feminine themes lack the ability to fully customize every aspect). It is perfectly responsive and performs beautifully across all devices. Did I mention it is free!? There is also a premium version of it as well at if you want to extend the possibilities with this theme!


Screenshot of website of Felice Home Page on a computer, tablet and smartphone accompanied with pink pencils, pink flowers in a gold vase and a pink box

This theme is perfect for someone just starting their blog. Felice is a one page theme for when your blog is under construction and nearing the point of launch. It has a strong focus on visual elements and a progress bar to show percentage done until the upcoming blog launch. This layout will keep your audience anxious for updates, along with allowing them to connect with you through social media and your mailing list until your blog is ready to launch.

If you aren’t too impressed by these free WordPress themes and none of these  are working out for you, you might need to look into premium themes. Premium themes add more customization and functionality. They are also more user friendly and are much faster since you are paying for that extra quality.
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No, not all premium themes are super expensive either! Check out these top theme resources for the best premium themes out there!

I have had personal experience with both Genesis and Divi to tell you that they are literally going to blow your mind with how much you can do with your blog or site with those frameworks implemented. The amount of customization you get out of these frameworks are literally endless, which you will be so thankful for as you design, build and grow your blog.

What other amazing themes have you come across? I would love to hear more from you!

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Blogging resources that I love:

Here are some blogging resources I use to get from where I was when I started in April 2017, to now.

Bluehost: When you are first starting your blog, you don’t want to spend a fortune on hosting and neither did I. Hosting your blog on Bluehost gives you a free domain, free site builders, free 1-click WordPress install, 24/7 support and all for only $2.95 a month.

Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing Course: When I first started this blog I was confused with how people made money on their blogs, scratching my head wondering why money wasn’t piling into my Amazon affiliate account. Then I found this course that is helping me to make almost $1000 a month, and my blog isn’t even a year old. If you invest in any courses for your blog, this is the one to invest in!

Creative Market: I love using Creative Market to find cute graphics, stock photos, fonts, plugins and themes to incorporate into my blog. I also love the periodic freebies they send straight to my inbox. There is something for everyone on Creative Market, for as low as $0 in some cases!

Affiliate Window: A number of the affiliates I promote throughout my blog come through Affiliate Window or AWIN. Affiliate Window is a great and easy to use affiliate network to help boost your blog earnings.

Grammarly: Without this tool, every other sentence you read on this blog would be completely butchered. Grammarly is an extension I installed onto my Chrome browser and automatically spell-checks and grammar-checks ANYTHING I type. I love it.

Picmonkey: I use PicMonkey and Canva for editing all the images, graphics, pinnable images and featured images on my blog. I switch between the two to keep the cost low ;).

Tailwind: I use Tailwind for scheduling all of my pins to Pinterest, managing my Pinterest and participating in Tailwind tribes. Tailwind is a great way to manage your Pinterest, monitor profile performance, see board and website insights, inspect pins and use tons of more features to help you be as successful as possible on Pinterest. When you use my link to sign up, you will get a free month of Tailwind to try it out!

79 thoughts on “How To Create A Beautiful Blog Using Free WordPress Themes”

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  2. I started out with a free WordPress blog,and I have to agree with you. There are so many options and ways to customize if you’re willing and creative. Great post, lots of good information here.

  3. I am having a problem with my free theme, all of the sudden the sidebar menu is at the bottom of every post.

    This is a nice collection of themes, I really like Edge. I may have to switch after I get above problem solved.

  4. Hey thats a nice collection of themes. I went nuts when I started searching for a Perfect Free Theme. But it took a long time and mental health to find one. If I could customise one myself, it could have been awesome.

  5. Thank you for creating such a jam-packed post full of useful content. I really wish I would have had a resource like this as reference before I started my blog!

  6. Other day My friend’s sister was asking me how I started my blog and what challenges I faced. This post would be perfect for her. You have covered every detail perfectly. Awesome post.

  7. We’re thinking about switching themes and upgrading, so the advise at the beginning on reputable companies was priceless. Thank you so much for pulling all this great content together.

  8. I think there’s a lot of pressure on newer bloggers to start out with expensive premium themes and self hosted sites. The free themes can look just as beautiful and personalised as these though.

  9. Really like the topic, as I’m a WordPress user as well. My theme is Gateway, and I couldn’t be happier with it. I chose it because it allows me to embed videos on the Home page, thus transitioning seamlessly towards my Youtube channel.

  10. I am so freaking glad this post landed on that thread. I have been wanting to play around with the WordPress theme i have for ages, hopefully i can find inspiration for what i have in mind through some of the sites you mentioned. Thanks!

  11. There are so many great free themes to choose from if you know where to look. Of course, I didn’t know that when I made the switch from Blogger years ago, lol

  12. I didn’t knew about so many themes when I chose to start my travel blog. Nut now with so many options I will surely take a look at your recommendation for my next blog website. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  13. It’s definitely okay to use free themes and it’s even better because you don’t have to pay for a good template. You just have to learn how to modify it to your liking. Great tips!

  14. WordPress offers some free themes that are really nice. I am currently using one and not planning to change that in the near future.

  15. These are great tips! Starting a blog can get expensive if you aren’t able to do things on your own. These are great ways to get started without spending.

  16. misty nelson dawn

    Wow, this is absolutely an informative post and I love this post it’s really helpful especially for the new bloggers, Glad that you share this with us

  17. Great post and you’re right there are so many beautiful free themes. I have been meaning to get a new layout for my blog recently so I need to check out what WordPress have x

  18. This was very useful information. I use blogspot and I’m able to create my own background and style. I do like some of these themes. I love how easy it is to create your own blog style. Each blog is unique and deserves their own theme.

  19. The way you described the process it seems like a piece of cake πŸ™‚ I wish I came across this post earlier so I wouldn`t ask other people to do that for me.

  20. I am not using WordPress currently. It’s good to see so many different themes available for our benefit. Bookmarking the post for future reference.

  21. Freya Farrington

    I love the look of edge! I personally use blogger but have considered changing to WordPress…

  22. This is a great resource especially for newbie bloggers. When I set up my blog years ago, I think it took me weeks to choose which theme would work for my niche! Nowadays it seems everything is just so easy!

  23. What a wonderful tutorial on themes! I remember when I was getting started, it all seemed so overwhelming. I’ve used a few in the past, although the one I have now I paid quite a bit for. Mostly because it came with amazing customer service!

  24. When I put my blog together, it took me forever to weed through themes! It was the hardest part – choosing which one I loved! This is awesome that there are so many free themes!

  25. Loved this resource. I am in the process of designing my blog and was considering to buy a WordPress theme. But now I am thinking of trying out with the free themes. Keep up the good work!

  26. WordPress themes are so helpful especially when you are starting out. Designing a blog can take time and sometimes you can get so bogged down trying to figure out how it should look you miss out on writing great content.

  27. These all look so great! I love searching for really nice themes. I actually tend to get obsessed while looking. i fell in love with my current one and have no plans to change for a while!

  28. I have always used blogger and although I’ve thought about switching, I just couldn’t decide. I have a wordpress account though. I like the free themes that wordpress has and it’s definitely something that you can customize to your liking, it’s even easier to play around with to be honest.

  29. I think it’s great that you put up this guide. WordPress isn’t exactly cheap and it’s good to take advantage of the free stuff especially if you’re just starting out.

    1. WordPress is not expensive at all…it is actually free…. what you pay for with a wordpress self hosted blog is the hosting and any other elements like branding, design and theme dev if you choose to do that. Or you can chose the basic startup plan with Siteground and only pay about 3 bucks a month WITH a free SSL cert. The best deal out there.

  30. There are a lot of beautiful free WordPress themes out there to use. They are especially great for beginners because you never know if you will make this a business or not. I still have a free theme for now until I decided to upgrade to a paid one in a few months probably.

  31. I’m currently using WordPress and still find it a bit challenging at times. Wish I would have stumbled on this article when I first started. Good tips!

  32. With havin a lot written content do you sometimes run into any issues of copyright violation? My site has a lot of exclusive material I’ve authored myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the internet without my agreement. Do you know any ways to help protect against content from being stolen? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

    1. Copyright it and add a terms of use to your site and content so it is protected. I am currently working on a terms of use since I have yet to include that on my blog.

  33. I have been using the WordPress free theme for my blog and find it quite pleasant. It took me a while to read over the tutorial, many times, to understand the html add ons, but I am quite happy with the outcome. MY only issue is that WordPress seems to have organised the customisation menus very awkwardly, it’s quite frustrating that common sense was not included in these menus, and I can no longer find where to add my meta data or page info.

  34. I absolutely LOVED this post. As someone who is currently trying to revamp the look and feel of my blog, this was really insightful. Didn’t know WordPress offered such clean, minimal, premium-looking themes! Thanks!

  35. Very informative post. Themes are a great contributor to the popularity of a website that has a great layout with many flexible options to share good content.

  36. Wow there really is a lot of beautiful themes that you can get on WordPress for free. I paid a lot of money for mine from Etsy but I do like it so it is worth it x

  37. Several years ago I was thinking about switching my blog to word press but it was all foreign to me and I got frustrated very fast. In the end I decided to stay with blogger. But I know a lot of people will appreciate this information because word press is very popular .

  38. Thank you! I have saved this article. This is a great resource for people who don’t have a lot of upfront investment money.

  39. Some of these themes look so crisp! I ended up changing themes recently because the previous one just wasn’t working the way I wanted it too. We purchased both but it seems like there are some awesome free wordpress themes.

  40. Wish I had this post when I was just starting out, girl! Your instructions take the fear out of the process. I actually JUST paid someone to personalize my blog’s theme, but for years I used the free versions. With blogging its good to prioritize what you want, whats your budget and take it step by step. πŸ™‚

  41. You make it sound so easy πŸ™‚ I remember when I made the switch from Blogger to WordPress almost 7 years ago, I almost blew up the whole internet LOL.

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