11 Dec 10 Best SEO Optimized WordPress Themes
Search engine optimization (SEO) is an important factor to consider when trying to improve your website ranking on Google. Earlier this month, we wrote an article regarding how keyword research tools can help you identify useful keywords to include in your articles and get access to your competitors’ strategies for growing organic traffic. However, another important step to achieving a SEO optimized website is to choose a theme that is specifically coded to perform better on search engines due to their well designed layout and fast loading times.
I present to you the 10 Best SEO Optimized WordPress Themes from several different theme providers that all have their own unique style, so feel free to choose the best one for your website.
Olsen from CSSIgniter really grabbed my attention. Blogging themes like Olsen are one of the best examples of what WordPress is capable of. It also fits the needs of lifestyle and fashion bloggers. The biggest features are its typography and design. Typographically, it makes sure that the visitor reads the content without being distracted. The design is simplistic and creates the perfect SEO optimized WordPress theme.
Regarding SEO, it does well. It is well-coded and has the potential to rank higher on the Google search. Customization is also above par, with multiple layouts, a powerful admin panel, live editing, custom widgets, infinite style variations and post formats. The theme can also be rendered on any screen despite the display size. Overall, the theme is a great fit for your next project and is a perfect fit if you are a blogger.
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Interactive is a magazine type WordPress theme from MyThemeShop. They are always my favorite theme developers because of how they create a seamless experience for visitors and also offers a ton of functionality at an affordable price. To the buyers, the theme can be their best fit if they are looking to create a magazine/news/portal based website.
It offers multiple homepages for uniqueness and loads super fast, despite its complicated looking frontend. The backend is simplistic and offers enough options to customize the theme according to your requirements. The only downside is the lack of a drag and drop builder. Nowadays, almost all of the themes comes with one, which makes it easier for anyone to customize the front-end without entering any code.
Few key features of the theme are the social media integration, powerful theme panel, easy installation process, child theme support, etc.
For the viewpoint of SEO, it loads fast and is coded well. SEO is important for any niche, but for magazine/news website, the importance is at least doubled in many aspects.
GoodLife is yet another magazine theme that I am going to discuss. So, what made me choose the theme for the article other than its SEO friendliness? The goodies. The theme offers seven pre-build demos to get started, including Life, Sports, Game, Look, Tech, etc. All these demos enable you to get started with your niche as quickly as possible.
Niche, not in the list? Don’t worry, as the theme comes with visual composer — a drag and drop plugin. The theme is also great for SEO purposes as it comes with Rankie WordPress plugin. The SEO optimized plugin can track you and your competitor’s keywords inside the dashboard! Other free plugins included with the theme are Essential Grid, Maintenance Pro, and Viral Quiz Builder.
You can customize the theme according to their preference. You can choose from 5 article pages, 4 Gallery and video pages, and three different header styles. GoodLife is a great theme for anyone who is going to create a magazine website.
Soledad is a top-notch WordPress SEO theme. It is a classical approach to WordPress theme building with new technology and modern practices. The design of the theme is what makes it worth noticing. Soledad comes with 250 homepage demos! That’s HUGE. Not only that, you can customize the theme according to your needs, thanks to the powerful live customizer. The customizer comes with 250+ options. Any change that you do will be shown immediately — improving your customization speed and accuracy.
With so much to offer, you might question the SEO friendliness of Soledad. And, that’s fine. After testing Soledad, I found that the code is written extremely well with a focus on SEO and responsive design. The loading time is also quick, making Soledad a great theme for your next project.
The theme has already sold 1800+ copies with a rating of more than 4.75. Soledad can be used for multiple purposes including blog and magazine.
Extra from Elegant Themes is a powerful WordPress theme. It is SEO optimized, responsive and elegantly designed. Extra carries the awesomeness of Elegant Themes, one of the leading WordPress theme developers of the market. Extra brings the Divi builder and enables easy customization. Extra theme design is done well. It is modern, elegant, incredible, simple and most important user-friendly.
You can also use Divi builder to customize the front-end of the theme quickly. The theme panel is also powerful, letting you customize every single aspect of the theme. Just like Divi, you can create unlimited design layouts and express your creativity in an elegant way. There are multiple header types to choose from, making customization more fun.
Extra is a light weight theme compared to Divi and thus is more inclined towards SEO friendliness. I would recommend Extra theme to anyone who is looking to have unlimited customization in their hands. It also includes a mega menu for better navigability and improves the user experience. The extra theme can also be used by bloggers who are aiming to create a niche review website.
Tower from Code-less is a unique business WordPress theme with a multi-purpose outlook. Tower can be used for any business. The theme design makes Tower one of the appealing business WordPress themes. It also comes with 18 different demos that represent the unlimited possibilities available with the theme layout. The endless possibilities are made possible by the customization features offered by Tower. It comes with the Visual Composer, multiple page/post layouts, unlimited sidebars, 570+ Google Fonts, etc.
Tower comes with an extensive list of features. For example, the theme loads super fast, offers security, completely responsive, great design, WooCommerce ready, completely customizable and quick installation.
Magazine Pro is a premium Genesis theme. When it comes to Genesis framework, no one beats its SEO compatibility score. Genesis framework is famous for their SEO friendliness, and it is the best one for SEO purposes. Genesis framework is a lightweight, optimum, excellent WordPress framework created by StudioPress. Magazine Pro design is incredibly simple yet modern. The black and white theme goes a long way to capturing the attention of the visitor. Typography is well done within the theme. Overall, Magazine Pro is an excellent package for your next project. It is simplistic, ultra SEO optimized, responsive and meets the modern theme design.
To use the theme, you need to get the Genesis Framework. As all the Genesis themes are child themes, the requirement cannot be bypassed. But, before I suggest the theme to anyone, bear in mind the fact that Genesis themes such as Magazine Pro have limited customization options. Being limited is not bad at all. The limitation is highly beneficial for the SEO purposes. The Genesis themes are the best ones when it comes to SEO and fast loading time. So, if you are purely looking for SEO friendliness, choose Magazine Pro or any other Genesis theme, and then hire a Genesis developer to help you out with customization.
EasyNote from ThemeJunkie is a creative personal blog theme that aims to deliver the best of features to the buyer. It provides an excellent outlook on personal blog design with a simplistic, clean and typographical focused theme. EasyNote is a perfect theme for those who are aiming to start their online journey. It is SEO optimized, renders correctly on any screen size and comes with customization option.
Other Key features of the EasyNote include MegaMenu, Post Formats, Social media support, and easy installation.
Nexus is yet another WordPress theme from Elegant Themes. Elegant Themes are great WordPress developers with a unique look for design and development. The theme design captivates the visitor quickly. It is big, bold and downright excellent. With a magazine based design, it still manages to focus on the typography. Nexus is also a very good choice for creating a niche review website. On the SEO part, all the Elegant Themes are well-crafted and coded to meet the standard SEO requirement. It is also responsive and loads fast — adding all elements to create a seamless SEO compatible theme.
You can also customize Nexus according to your requirements, thanks to the homepage builder. It lets you easily arrange the website elements, remove or add new items. The admin theme options are also well laid out, providing you will every option to customize the theme.
If you are a professional entrepreneur or a photographer and want to get started online, Armada can be your best option. It is a well-put theme by an elite author on Themeforest. Armada is a perfect example of the right combination of design and functionality. Armada loads super fast and is an SEO optimized. Armada can be customized according to your preferences without much sweat. It comes with unlimited pages layouts, unique design elements, all of them can be configured using theme builder.
Thank you very much for reading today’s article. There are lots of awesome SEO optimized themes out there and we did our best to prepare a collection of some of the best ones, so you can choose and create a perfect website for your business. If you have any additional questions regarding this article, or need any help from us, please feel free to contact us below in comments, and we will do our best to help you as soon as possible.
*last updated 12/11/2018