Simple and minimal WordPress themes are great for starting up more or less any type of website. In many cases it is a great plan to go for a minimalistic website design as a simple look and fell helps visitors focus on what is important and it is also great for navigation. In additions a simple WordPress theme is a good starting point if you want to build a design with more visual caviar. Many WordPress themes have extensive customization options build in and allow heavy design rework without coding.
Minimalistic design is a popular trend right now and it is to some extent driven by the need for making user interfaces look great and offer good usability on mobile devices. This means that many new websites make use of a flat color design pattern inspired by the Microsoft Metro interface. I like this trend myself and I am sure you will find this article useful and inspiring.
I have made a large collection of the best simple and minimal WordPress themes to kick start your next website project. Please do not hesitate to leave a comment or share the article with people you work with.
ProMotion is a responsive WordPress theme with a minimalistic and simple design. It is aimed for business and service or product promotion.
Gonzo is built with semantic HTML5/CSS3 and is completely responsive. Not only is it responsive but it also keeps that magazine feel right down to mobile screen sizes. Practically every typographic element has been endlessly tweaked for different screen sizes to make sure it looks great no matter what the device.
Purity is a Clean and Minimal WordPress Theme with a ‘BOLD’ feel that can be easily used as a personal portfolio or a business website. With an extensive documentation and a demo content you won’t have any problems setting your page up.
Splash is a blogger’s best friend. With Splash, you can review and rate products or services, all using the built-in review feature. It’s built to stand out with a sleek design, and it adapts to any situation you use it for. The fluid grid means that device type or browser size is never an issue.
CleanGold is a HTML5+CSS3 fully responsive WordPress theme with a minimal and clean design. Highly optimized with mobile first technique, this theme can be used for personal portfolios, art and creative studios, but can be customized for any business.
U-Design is a very powerful theme which suits both, users with no programming background as well as advanced developers. It will help you build your site in no time to your liking with minimal effort. It empowers you to set any color to elements such as backgrounds, links, text, menu links, etc. You can completely change the look and feel of your site in seconds. You can also choose from over 500 fonts, including Google Font Directory and Cufón fonts.
Trim is a simple and well balanced theme suited to a variety of different websites.
Extensio is a clean, modern and Powerful Professional Premium WordPress Theme suitable for any kind of corporate / business website. It comes with an impressive jQuery homepage slider with unlimited possibilities and options. Extensio also comes with 18 page layouts showcasing all the design flexibility your theme has to offer, including Columns, Tabs, Toggle Box, Button Styles, multiple Div layouts and much more.
UniSphere Minim is a WordPress theme designed with corporate businesses in mind. It has a custom CMS integrated into the WordPress administration area that allows you to build a fully functional professional website in minutes. The theme is also well suited for online portfolios and blogs.
Modest is an elegant design that doesn’t sacrifice elegant or style. All extraneous details were stripped down to make the theme lightweight.
Choices is a responsive WordPress Theme suited for business websites and users who want to showcase their work on a neat portfolio site. The Theme is built on top of the fabulous Avia Framework and offers support for theWPML MULTI LANGUAGE plugin, just in case you need it. It comes with a plethora of options so you can modify layout, styling, colors and fonts directly from within the backend. Build your own skin or use one of 14 predefined skins right out from your WordPress Admin Panel. Font, background and color options as well as the dynamic template builder will help you create the Website you need in no time. In addition to the global options you can set unique styling options for each entry as seen in the theme demo.
A minimal design WordPress template packed with a lot of features which includes custom fading tagline, large home promos, custom admin page 2 custom widgets and 4 sidebar options.
A new versatile responsive portfolio and blog theme.It is fully responsive and retina ready, adapting to almost all browsers width and screen resolutions.
Origami is a minimalist premium WP theme created by Satori Studio. Inspired by the paper-folding art from the Land of the Rising Sun, our aim was to develop a clean and aesthetically pleasing, yet stable, powerful, and highly customizable theme to use for personal websites/blogs or creative/portfolio websites. Origami is a responsive theme, which means it adapts to the screen resolution of the viewing device: your website will be equally usable and good-looking on large monitors, laptops, tablet devices, and smartphones.
Powerful WP Theme designed in a clean and minimalistic style. This theme is very flexible, easy for customizing and well documented, approaches for personal and professional use. BUILDER has been coded in HTML5 & CSS3 and jQuery. It has a solid flexible responsive layout that scales from 320px to 1260px width allBootstrap features.
Coraline is the perfect theme for the creative agency, freelancer or general business. It has a lot of modules are ready for homepage, it’s simple-to-use, customize and install.
Gala is smart and sophisticated theme designed for any business/agency that wants to show of their services, testimonials, portfolio and more. With the ability to have unlimited layouts by utilising widgets, you’ll have no problem creating a site that is unique to your company. You can choose from 3 different skins which include a light, dark and a minimal or blank skin. The blank skin is a great starting point if you wish to heavily modify your theme.
REWORK is a responsive HTML5 / CSS3 theme for business, software or blog sites. This is a flexible, multipurpose, modern and sleek WordPress theme, suited for any situation. With a responsive design, it will look stunning on any device – from a widescreen monitor to a mobile phone.
Surplus is a minimally designed yet very powerful premium WordPress theme for multi-purposes created by WPExplorer. With built-in post types for your portfolio, services, staff, FAQs, testimonials and sliders adding content is easier then ever. Plus, with the built-in page template drop-down options you can select any category from your post types to display on a page. This means you can have unlimited portfolios, service pages, testimonial pages. Surplus has a responsive layout, which means it will resize to fit the size of your screen, from your desktop all the way down to your iPhone. This is ideal for being able to provide all your visitors with a functional website.
Classica is a beautifully minimalistic portfolio theme, free from gimmick and trend, making your talent the focal point of your portfolio – the way it should be. Present your work in a professional manner with a timeless design. Classica is perfect for artists from any discipline, web, graphic, motion, print, art and anyone who needs a showcase.
ShapeShifter 2 for WordPress is responsive. That means that it will flex to fit massive screens, iPhone screens and everything in between. Touch gestures even work on the slider. ShapeShifter 2 is the third of my “Super Skeleton” themes, which feature an incredibly powerful responsive framework, capable of doing layout gymnastics without the need for you to think hard about it. Add your content the way you normally would to a kick-ass WordPress theme, the theme will do the rest for you.
Angular is a responsive WordPress Theme, suited for users who want to showcase their work on a neat portfolio site. The Theme is built on top of the fabulous Avia Framework and comes with support for the bbPress Forum plugin, just in case you need it.
Deadline is a premium responsive WordPress theme created for news and magazine websites. Its clean and professional design allows your images, video and writing to stand out.
A minimalistic WordPress theme powered by the Pexeto panel. It features 3 sliders and portfolio templates, unlimited set of skins and can be easily customized for advanced users.
Folioway is a perfect pixel WordPress theme, not only its clean and elegant, it also comes with tons of features like amazing slider and unlimited colors. It is incredibly powerful, flexible and easy to use. It is just the best WordPress theme for your or your company’s work presentation.
Zito is a minimal, clean and responsive Portfolio/Blog WordPress Theme suited for the creative artists or agencies. Zito uses a timeless design to present your work. It comes with several options for customize colors, layout, styling, and much more. There are also plenty of shortcodes to set up the different pages. These options will help you to build the Website you want.
Super Spark is a super awesome WordPress theme. It’s designed especially for creative business industry and also it can give a corporative feeling. With admin panel in this theme, you can discover many features and various options that you can play with the theme. Also Page Builder will give the most flexibility to handle your content.
This theme is great for those who need a convenient way to publish and showcase a self managed Gallery of Photos, Artworks or Designs. The theme features modern yet minimalistic style so that your work will be guaranteed to be on focus.
Propulsion is a responsive WordPress Theme, suited for users who want to create a business, portfolio or eCommerce site. The Theme is built on top of the fabulous woocommerce shop plugin as well as the bbPress Forum plugin. It comes with a plethora of options so you can modify layout, styling, colors and fonts directly from within the backend. 3 Slideshows, 21 predefined skins (which are easy to modify from your backend), font and color options as well as dynamic template builder will help you create the Website you need in no time.
Flexible is a sleek and minimal portfolio theme packed full of some awesome features. The theme puts your work first, keeping the design elements to a minimum while still maintaining a definitive modern style. With its filterable, ajax-powered multi-media gallery, Flexible is perhaps our most feature-rich gallery theme yet.
El Toro is a responsive theme. It uses a framework that permits the site to be accessed on all mobile devices, including iPad and Android powered tablets. Mobile-phone layout is also included. You can now view your site even on display resolutions as 320×480 wide.
Aware is an interactive, responsive portfolio theme perfect for freelancers, web designers, photographers and videographers alike. Its user interactive interface delightfully enhances your most loved portfolio pieces. Now, you can take your portfolio with you, in your pocket.
Garnish is a clean-cut, straight to the point, simple to use portfolio theme. The uncluttered, one-page, ajax-powered portfolio is perfect for placing your most important work directly in front of your potential clients. Support for post formats means you can jazz up your blog with your own self-hosted video, audio, images, galleries, asides, links, quotes and of course good old standard posts.
Nova is a sharp, simplistic design that makes for an intuitive user experience. Nova’s biggest strength is its homepage, which allows you to organize your content into two areas. The Featured Slider is perhaps the most versatile slider built, and comes with multiple slider variations that breath new life into the design.
Bookcase is a unique interactive portfolio theme perfect for freelancers, web designers, photographers and videographers alike. Its user interactive interface delightfully enhances your most loved portfolio pieces.
Inovado is an ultra responsive, retina-ready WordPress Theme that everybody wants. It’s an incredible premium theme with powerful customization settings that helps you transform Inovado into your unique business tool. Inovado is very intuitive to use and completely ready to operate out of the box.
Rawa is a clean, minimal and responsive HTML5 / CSS3 template. It looks fantastic on mobile devices such as iPhones/Smartphones or Tablet-Pc’s. This is the perfect way to show your works/posts.
Centum is a premium responsive WordPress theme created for corporate and portfolio websites. It features a very clean and minimal design that is perfect for showcasing your work. It’s easy to customize with awesome features like Revolution Slider, unbranded OptionsTree panel for settings and new amazing WordPress Customizer.
Hypermind is an incredibly easy to use WordPress portfolio theme. Quick to setup and easy to customize, thanks to the powerful admin panel, the detailed manual, and the carefully structured code, HyperMind is the perfect theme for showcasing your most important work directly in front of your visitors.
B:LIV (pronounced Believe) is a minimalist fully responsive WordPress theme inspired by Swiss design principles. Bold, clean typography along with fine touches of design elements will make your content stand out.Keeping with the minimalist, bold design approach the front and portfolio pages have a strong emphasis on images and large titles. Everything is kept as simple as possible, relying on spacing to give structure to the layouts.
80/20 is a simple, bold, news theme for WordPress. The design and layout is simple and subtle enough to be a fine fit whether you have a personal blog, a digital magazine, or a community news site.
The Clean Creative is a Powerful Premium WordPress Theme designed in a clean and minimalistic style. This theme provides all the main functionality you will need to present your products, work and yourself in an elegant and professional style. Clean Creative easy for customizing and well documented. The theme is best suited for any portfolio, business and photography.
Edge is a WordPress theme designed with corporate businesses in mind. The theme is also well suited for online portfolios and blogs.
Powerful WP Theme designed in a clean and minimalistic style. This theme is very flexible, easy for customizing and well documented, approaches for personal and professional use. COMMANDER has been coded in HTML5 & CSS3 and jQuery. It has a solid flexible responsive layout that scales from 320px to 1260px width all Bootstrap features.
Minimal Desire is clean modern WordPress portfolio theme, designed to be easy to use. Perfect for portfolio/showcase site.
Minim is a very clean and professional portfolio and small business theme. The focus is on the portfolio content which allows you to easily showcase your work online in an elegant fashion. You can upload portfolio items via custom post types, create unlimited portfolio categories and of course choose between the 6 different portfolio item styles (default, slider, video, gallery, full images and plain). The portfolio template comes with a drop-down where users can choose what category to browse and pagination support. Since the portfolio template isn’t paginated you can get full SEO benefits from showcasing the static category pages.
Slate adapts to your style as well as the device it’s viewed on. Featuring a responsive design, you can scale Slate all the way down to iPhone size and still have a beautiful, full-featured site in the palm of your hand.
Aries is a full featured WordPress theme great for businesses. Includes a drag and drop page builder, 5 sliders, shortcodes a pricing table and a whole lot more.
Hybrid is a user-friendly, search-engine optimized parent theme, featuring several custom page templates and multiple widget-ready areas, allowing you to create any type of site you want.