10 Free WordPress Themes Perfect For Freelance Writers

If you are a freelance writer, you probably thought of getting yourself a WordPress website showcasing your works as a kind of a portfolio. To help you make your site look amazing, here are ten free themes you can use.

  1. Hoffman

Hoffman has a responsive and flat design with jetpack integration and custom colors and background. It is retina ready and has slideshow photo galleries allowing you to display beautiful imagery on your website to go along with the text. There are two page templates and three custom widgets in whole but they are really more than enough if you are not too picky. Besides, this theme supports post editor styles.

All through the article, we will be mentioning different tools and services you can use as a writer. Grammarly, for example, is a free online tool that checks your grammar, spelling, and punctuation. In addition to that, it also checks the clarity of the phrases you use.

  1. Lovecraft

Just like Hoffman, Lovecraft is retina ready and quite responsive. It sports jetpack support and a customizable layout which gives you a bit more flexibility. The title, body, and image captions have great typography and the interface is modern and elegant which is very pleasant to the eye. This theme also has three custom widgets and editor styles, but it also has a full-width template layout which makes it different from many usual themes. Overall, Lovecraft feels very authentic and gives you enough options to choose from.

  1. Verbosa

Unlike the previous two themes, Verbosa is highly customizable and is perfect for anyone who likes having things their own way. It is very responsive as well as fast and lightweight which is a huge plus for all your site visitors with slow Internet connections. This theme is very SEO friendly and supports Google fonts making the formatting process very pleasant. Moreover, Verbosa has over one hundred social icons and many typography options. It is also translation ready which can be handy if you ever decide to reach out to new audiences.

Hemingway Editor is another great web tool to check your text for different errors. It highlights adverbs, passive voice, complicated sentences, difficult words, and so on. Then, the tool asks you to get rid of them so your text becomes more readable.

  1. Zillah

Just like Verbosa, Zillah is translation ready and optimized for speed and SEO. It looks minimalistic but not as minimal as Hoffman. There are a featured slider and a live customizer both of which are practically absent in most themes. Zillah comes with a responsive design and a widgetized footer making it a perfect choice for those who don’t like placing widgets elsewhere on their website. Similarly, Zillah has a social menu which is yet another feature no other theme has.

  1. Amadeus

As the name suggests, Amadeus is very well suited for musicians, but it is perfect for writers as well. This theme has a minimalist layout with elegant typography making it visually pleasing to nearly anyone. It is SEO friendly and has a parallax header as well as a social header. Amadeus has a video embedding widget which is a nice feature, but not every writer will be using it (unless, of course, you have a video presentation about yourself). And just like most themes in this list, Amadeus sports a responsive design.

If you are tired of writing your content, you can use Grab My Essay to do it for you. It is a great online writing service with professionals working there to provide you with the best pieces of writing you could find.

  1. Pepper

Pepper is responsive and retina ready. If you have a funky style, then this theme is definitely for you. Pepper has modular functionality and is Google fonts integrated. It also has magazine-like typography with a front-end editor you can use all the time. The modern interface with parallax ribbons make it accessible and the three blog layouts give you a bit of variety. Moreover, this theme supports contact form plugins which can be used on your contact page.

  1. Underwood

Underwood supports various post styles and allows you to customize colors and fonts. It has a responsive design with three homepage versions to choose from. At its core, Underwood is a treasure with its WooCommerce support, but you don’t necessarily have to use this feature. There are also parallax ribbons and a featured slider you could take advantage of.

If you are used to Microsoft Office Word, using Google Docs will not be a problem for you. It is basically an online equivalent of the former with all the editing and formatting features you could ask for. You can also share and edit word documents with others in real-time.

  1. Author

You could probably choose Author just for the sake of its name but wait until you hear about all the features it has. Author has a minimalist look and a content-first interface which is a huge plus for any writer looking to display their work. It is mobile friendly and lets you add a custom logo and avatar. This theme has a black-and-white color scheme with excerpt controls which doesn’t prevent it from having social media icons too. The left sidebar with a menu is also included.

  1. Lavander

Lavander is not spelled like lavender, but it sure feels like a tender flower. This theme has a minimalist, responsive design with multiple post format support. It has a one-column layout with pre-built page templates and elegant typography you will fall in love with. There is also a modern sidebar with Facebook and Instagram integration to put yourself on the display while still seeming modest.

Lastly, use Plagiarism Checker to check the originality of your text. The tool finds information online and compares your content to it. Then, it gives you a report saying whether or not your text is unique and not plagiarized.

  1. Davis

Davis is probably the most minimalist of all the minimalist themes on this list. It has a responsive yet fast and lightweight design which also has a dark mode you can use if you are feeling special (or simply want to save your eyesight). Just like Author, it is focused on content and looks very clean. The typography is modern and easy to read and the one-column layout makes everything seem even more organized.

Final Thoughts

To sum up, as long as you find a theme that reflects your personality and working style, your site will look awesome and convey the right message to your potential employer. Choose one of these free themes and you will be good to go.


Diana Nadim is a writer and editor who has a Master degree in Marketing. She combines her passion for writing with her interest in research and creates thought-provoking content in various fields. Besides working as a contributor writer for Studicus, Diana also runs her own 3to5Marketing blog. What inspires her the most in her writing is traveling and meeting new people. Follow her on Twitter.

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  • Aiden
    Posted at 03:58h, 21 August Reply

    Cool and useful list. It’ll be perfect if you could add some screenshots from the themes. Thank you for sharing.

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