Who said you had to bring out the big bucks to have a beautiful blog? Having a site that visitors will want to camp out on for a while truly comes down to the template you use, and how you populate it. There’s no shortage of options out there and if you’re a beginner, it can be quite daunting.
That being said, we polled our community of expert creators, bloggers, influencers, and entrepreneurs for a starter list of website templates that are not only free but so beautiful, people will think you paid a designer to build it from scratch.
When it comes to beautiful templates at low cost, Hello You is the top tier. According to SHE Media Partner Network member Randa Nutrition, it’s her go-to. “They give you an upscale look at a low price and they’re easy to configure. I had one on my site before I started using a custom theme.”
Another great choice: Wix, especially if it’s your free blogging platform of choice. SHE Media Partner Network’s Katrina Julia of FIT Life Creation swears by them: “super easy to use and SEO friendly.”
For Caitlin of The Country Jumper, Sydney Templates is her go-to for a high-quality look and feel: “it’s clean and easy to use. It works well with Elementor (my favorite page builder) and YouTube is filled with videos on how to put it together. Plus there are lots in its free version.”
While Sydney Templates are built for WordPress, WordPress itself has an entire collection of awesome free themes of their own, according to Anna Bruder of Fitpire. “They have a large library of amazing themes.”
Many of our SMPN members concurred, citing WordPress as a go-to source for beginners looking to not break the bank on a blogging template.
LaToi Storr of ToiTime Blog swears by the Hemingway theme on WordPress. “It was my go-to when I was first starting out!” Jen Cowan of And Hattie Makes Three loves the Ashe Theme.
Blossom Themes hosts hundreds of free templates for WordPress users to choose from. Sabika Hassan of Women Health Hub can’t recommend Blossom enough. “I’d highly recommend any free template by Blossom Themes. Their designs are feminine, plus it’s super easy to implement.”
Though the content of your blog is arguably more important than overall aesthetic, a beautiful page and eye-catching posts will be what keep visitors on your site. While you don’t need to invest big bucks into creating a stunning site, think of your time and research as your currency. Invest in investigating what works best for you, your content, and your reader before settling on one theme or another.
Poke around and let us know what you think. And of course, if you have any killer free theme suggestions our community NEEDS to try, let us know in the comments.