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Themes for writers to use with WordPress

October 5, 2017

Themes, themes and more themes. I’m once again on the hunt for a new theme, and this time it’s not a stall.
(BTW; deciding your website doesn’t look right is a great way to kill time while convincing yourself you’re accomplishing something. –The voice of experience.)

People have published hundreds of themes that claim to be for writers. But the god’s own truth is that any theme that let’s you post your content is a good theme.

All I can suggest is not to pay for one until you’re sure you’ll use it. –Writing for the web takes an amazing amount of time.

And don’t grab a theme that’s so colorfully busy, nobody but you can find your text. Those tend to load at the speed of glaciers.

A little more advice; regardless of what you choose, decide on a color palette and stick to it. This establishes constancy and a degree of brand recognition.

I’ve been using the Sitepoint Base Theme. But, I checked this morning, and while it looks good on my desktop, when I looked at it on an older smart phone it wasn’t right.


This is the desktop and it looks good.


But this is the scrunched version. The post title is all you can see, until you scroll down.

Now I begin the search for a better theme.

With thousands of possibilities, this could take a while. But, for the moment, I think I’m going with one of these.

The first theme I’m considering is Serenti. It’s clean, fast, and will force me to write better first lines.

Libretto is also fast and allows for a custom header, but it never looked right. I can’t even tell you what I don’t like about it.

Twenty Sixteen comes with WordPress.

And then we have Writer, which is a content only theme first done in 2010. Last updated Oct. 2016, with about 900 installs.
writer theme for WordPress

Okay. So, by this time tomorrow, I’ll have yet another layout that will last until I decide that there’s something wrong with it too.

In the meantime, if you have any suggestions, give me a holler.

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