Early Theme Adopters: Isola

In our Early Theme Adopters series, we focus on bloggers creating great sites with recent additions to the Theme Showcase. A month after its release, we revisit Isola, a free minimalist theme.

Whether you’re a personal blogger, a designer, or an artist, Isola gives you a bright, clean space to showcase your work. Its minimalist design stays crisp across devices and screens of all sizes, with generous white space to keep the focus on your content.

Isola, a free theme, comes with numerous customization options, from featured images and custom header images to sleek post formats. Let’s take a look at three sites that are already using it to great effect.


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Leon Scott, who writes thoughtful posts on design and technology on his aptly-named blog, makes the most of Isola‘s out-of-the-box look. He kept the layout simple and clean; all the widgets are tucked into a panel off screen.

Many of Leon’s posts — like the one shown above — include featured images, which establish their tone and also add a welcome burst of color.

Beyond the Black Mountain

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The environmentally-conscious blogger who writes at Beyond the Black Mountain focuses on the intersection between fashion and eco-friendly living. Her site’s vibe echoes her approach elsewhere, with a stylish, spare look. A moody custom header image coupled with a retro serif font (Ambroise, which is available with the Custom Design upgrade) personalize Isola even further.

a dimpleate blog

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The blogger behind a dimpleate, based in Northern Virginia, has created a photo-heavy lifestyle blog that still maintains an airy, clean feel. She uses Isola‘s image and gallery post formats to highlight the beautiful images, linking them to her Flickr galleries for visitors who wish to explore more of her work.

Have you also customized Isola? Is there another theme you’d like to see featured here? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. thomasoutt

    And we all want to be the Tesla of bloggers. We want to be the Tesla of everything. Guess I can be the Tesla of #HappyDonut eaters!

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Wayne Kirton

    Just switched to this theme. Love it!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. A.J.

    Beautiful themes! I guess it’s time to think about some changes in my blog’s appearance.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. ultraistgut

    Me too – love it !

    Liked by 1 person

  5. mtaggartwriter

    Excellent theme.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. smokeychef

    Very nice theme! The only thing I would change is the size or placement of the custom header. I found it a bit awkward that the header can be so wide but the page contents so much thinner.

    Liked by 2 people

  7. shainasabarwal

    The theme is good, but it will be good to have better font. Or is there any feature, I can change the font?

    Liked by 2 people

  8. GreyB

    The theme looks good.


  9. lostlifefound

    I love this theme! I just switched yesterday. custom features are cool too. I have been unhappy with some of the free themes of late. They never look anything like the ones advertised even after you try to customise them yourself. This one just took a few clicks and it was done. Beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. scorephotos

    Just got started and I want to change my theme already!


  11. John Wake

    Great stuff.


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