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Simple WordPress Themes

I’ve said it countless times before, simple WordPress themes take just as much talent as those with lots of bells and whistles.  You’ve heard about minimal WordPress themes before, but there’s a difference between minimal and simple WordPress themes.  Run a search on ThemeForest for the word “simple” and you’ll come up with 314 results.  Browsing the search results yields a different result, you’ll see some great themes mixed in with junk.  The following is a guide for identifying great simple WordPress themes among the thousands.  Afterwards, there is a list of some of Pingable’s favorite simple WordPress themes so you can see what we’re talking about.

Identifying Great Simple WordPress Themes

1. Simple WordPress themes are easy to use

It’s not just about style, great simple WordPress themes are really easy to use.  Look past navigation, towards clear directive design.  By this I mean the eye is naturally drawn to important elements on the page and not to useless graphics.  The user should naturally know how to progress through the site because they are drawn to the “next step”.  For some sites this is a “read more” link.  For others it is a “donate” button.

2. Simple WordPress themes are spartan

This doesn’t just mean they’re white or monochromatic.  Each component in a spartan theme has utility and purpose.  Some theme designers are baiting customers with a ridiculous number of theme variations.  This is helpful for some people but not for those looking for a simple theme.  A simple wordpress theme has no need for anything without a purpose toward either the content or user experience.

3. Simple WordPress themes are fast

Small file sizes, compressed and minimal images create fast themes.  Why have a simple theme with the speed of a complex one?  Look for the right image types and compression.  Also look at the load speed of the demo installation.  Even a dedicated server will load a bulky theme with a slight delay.  Look for tableless designs that rely almost entirely on CSS and image sprites.

4. Simple WordPress themes are smooth

A simple theme takes advantage of the natural flow of the eye and human intuition.  Jagged and blocky designs make the user work to find what they need.  Smooth designs have a flow that is almost imperceivable unless it is managed poorly.  Sites with many different contrasting colors and no logical layout work against a smooth user experience.  Consider these two examples.

This design is smooth. Despite the color contrast is has a clear message ("War Destroys Children's Lives") and a clear action step ("Donate").
This design is not smooth. Professional? Yes. But smooth? No. The user doesn't know where to go next, and has to work for the content.

Now that you are equipped with four steps for filtering out great simple WordPress themes from the junk, here are some examples using the methods we just identified.  These are both free and premium themes.  Thanks for reading, if you enjoyed this post, please share it!

Bueno (Free)

Gridlocked ($40)

The Style (Club membership $29)

 

11 Amazing Minimal WordPress Themes

Minimalism is all the rage, especially when it comes to minimal themes. The themes coming out recently demonstrate a truly exemplary eye for design. A good theme is both functional and simple. It tends to have one predominant color throughout the site and a simple navigation system. Back in July, we described a number of Simple WordPress Themes which can also be a resource if you’re looking for your next un-complicated design.

However, simple does not mean boring. Minimal themes let the user navigate effortlessly throughout the site while keeping the user roped into the content. More aspects of minimal themes are single-page designs and single-column layouts. Whatever your fancy, consider some of these amazing themes.

Premium and Free Minimal WordPress Themes

Minimal WordPress Themes

Minimal WordPress Themes

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The Morning After Minimal WordPress Theme (FREE!)

The Morning After Minimal WordPress Themes

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Clean & Minimal WordPress Theme

Clean & Minimal WordPress Themes

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Chapter 26 Minimal WordPress Theme

Chapter 26 Minimal WordPress Themes

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Concept Minimal WordPress Theme

Concept Minimal WordPress Themes

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Minimal Blog Minimal WordPress Theme

Minimal Blog Minimal WordPress Themes

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Repro Minimal WordPress Theme

Repro Minimal WordPress Themes

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Capture Minimal WordPress Theme

Capture Minimal WordPress Themes

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Manifest Minimal WordPress Theme (FREE!)

Manifest Minimal WordPress Themes

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Crisp Minimal WordPress Theme

Crisp Minimal WordPress Themes

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Skeptical Minimal WordPress Theme (FREE!)

Skeptical Minimal WordPress Themes

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Thank you for reading this post.  If you have your own Minimal WordPress Theme that you find helpful, please let us know about it by commenting below.  We sifted through quite a few themes to put together this list of the 11 best.  We thought we did pretty well, but it’s easy to miss some.  So we want to hear from you about other Minimal WordPress Themes!

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Wordpress Magazine Themes

I was looking for a free minimalist theme for a site I was working on, and I found a whole heap of great options, so I decided to make it into a post. Most are pretty minimalist, others are just simple designs. Hope you find them useful.

First some Premium themes

Modest

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SimplePress

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Equilibrium

Equilibrium

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Emptiness

Emptiness

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Fotofolio

fotofolio

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Enormous

enormous

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