Fifteen Basic Themes for Designing the Perfect Website

Building a website or blog shouldn’t be a difficult process. In fact, with, it’s possible to get your site up and running in less than 24 hours.

One of the first things that you’ll need to do when building your site is choose a theme. Below are descriptions of fifteen free and basic themes that can be used to design any type of site.

Choosing from the basic themes that are available for free can help you design the perfect website.

15 basic themes updates its default theme each year to highlight some of its newest features. Twenty Seventeen is the latest addition to the line of default themes, and features a business-oriented design that includes some easy-to-use features sure to wow your visitors.

Although it’s almost two years old, the previous default theme, Twenty Fifteen, is still a favorite among new bloggers. With a focus on typography, Twenty Fifteen is a clean, content-focused option.

Radcliffe 2 is a beginner-focused theme that is perfect for entrepreneurs or small business owners. It has some simple but robust business-friendly features like a call-to-action button and prominent contact information. The theme page also contains four instructional videos to help you get the most out of its features.

AltoFocus is geared towards artists, photo bloggers, and other creative types. It has built-in features to help you write about your creative adventures, including an elegant, dynamic grid system that showcases posts on your home page, prominent ways to present your posts’ featured images, and a responsive image gallery.

As the theme description states, “Sela is not your typical business theme.” Sela is a responsive, vibrant, and clean theme that makes a perfect canvas for telling your story. Sela offers a pre-built front page template containing a featured image, three image widgets, and a testimonial area.

Independent Publisher 2 is a great theme for bloggers, as it’s clean and minimalistic. Some of its benefits include a light color scheme, bold typography, and support for full-width images. This theme was created with a focus on readability, so the content looks crisp and is easy on the eyes.

If you’re building a portfolio, Snaps is the perfect theme for you. While the theme is designed to showcase portrait-oriented photographs, illustrations, and other works of art, it can just as easily be used to showcase your digital portfolio.

Blask is another perfect theme for displaying a portfolio. Its bold grid design highlights specific projects and scales to fit any screen size.

Many individuals and freelancers use to showcase their work, so it’s no surprise that another portfolio theme makes the list. Sketch is perfect for showcasing creativity with its clean, light design.

If you’re looking for something different, consider Cyanotype. Cyanotype is a monochromatic theme with a bold, simple look that will set your blog apart from others. Be careful though — some readers may not be prepared for a bright red blog!

If you are building a blog that’s related to the underwater world (or you just like fish and ocean themes) then Something Fishy is right up your alley. Something Fishy is a fun, fanciful, animated theme. You can watch fish swim and bubbles float while scrolling down the page and encounter a few hidden sea creatures that appear as you scroll.

Ryu is a simple, uncluttered theme. Perfect for personal blogs, it’s readable and features a large font size and support for displaying full size images in each post. Ryu also has a special treatment for the image post format — the background color will change to match the image chosen for that post.

Satellite is another clean, modern theme, but has a strong focus on content. Your blog menu and social media icons will be delegated to the sidebar of your site so that your visitors can focus on reading your posts. Satellite’s Social Links Custom Menu supports all the major social networks, from CodePen to YouTube, making it the perfect blogging theme for everyone.

If you’re a writer and you want to share your content with the world, you can’t go wrong with Penscratch 2. No matter what type of content you create (from analytical essays to long-form fiction), this theme makes for pleasant reading and writing experiences all around.

Blogging is becoming a popular way to showcase wedding preparations or other significant events, and Libretto is great for these purposes. Its classic style and responsive single column is suited to showcase long-form writing that includes beautiful images or inspiring quotes, the perfect way to showcase your special day.

Build a beautiful site with themes

So, there you have it: fifteen basic themes for almost any style of website. Choosing a theme is as easy as selecting the one that feels like the best fit, applying it to your site, and adding your content.

The great thing about using a theme is that if you decide it doesn’t fit, switching it out for a new one is just a click away.

Now go out there and create something special with your site!

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