One thing I’ve discovered in my three years of blogging is that I’m addicted to blog design. While I am not a designer (at all!), I do love finding and testing new themes on this blog (and other blogs I’ve had). It’s hard for me to settle on one design, which is why I’m trying to launch my own WordPress “implementation” (not design!) business where I help people set up new self-hosted WordPress blogs. (I’m looking to build my portfolio, so if you’d like some free help, just contact me!)
But, I digress. What I meant to say was that in my WordPress theme addiction (I tend to lean toward feminine themes, in case you couldn’t tell), I have found a great deal of themes that are feminine…and best of all, free! Note that none of these themes is on the Genesis platform (what I currently use), because all of those themes cost money. And I want to provide as many free resources as I can for those just starting out!
(Oh, and because Google has lowered the boom on non-responsive website designs [designs that work with all devices, mobile and desktop] you can rest assured that they are all Google friendly.)
Sugar & Spice
Sugar & Spice is available on the WordPress marketplace. While it was originally designed with weddings in mind, it is a great theme for any feminine blog with its script fonts, pastel colors (customizable), and backgrounds (customizable).
Bluchic is well known for their feminine WordPress themes, but they normally cost $79. However, for a Facebook Like or a Tweet, you can get Felice for free! To me, this design screams elegance, without seeming overly feminine. It even comes with a newsletter signup form as well as a progress bar to show people how long it will take for you to finish building your website.
Do you detect a pattern? I really love clean design, and the free version of Mary Kate from AngieMakes offers just that. This design also comes with its own button designs and widgets for a cohesive look and feel. It’s even designed to directly integrate with Pinterest, so if you have a large Pinterest following, then this may be an ideal design for you. Note that there is a paid version of this theme, with more offerings and customization. But the free version is plenty for you to get started on your blog design.
The spacious layout and serif fonts lend this design a feminine feel, without going overboard or being cheesy (I hate cheesy). It comes with its own set of plugins as well as customizable theme settings.
There is a relatively new design trend for websites/blogs, where the first thing people see is a huge featured photo or set of photos rather than blog content. It’s a great way to feature content or products that you want to draw your readers to first. With the pastel colors and clean layout, it’s a good theme for women who want a business website, but with a more feminine feel to it.
Did I miss any? Please share in the comments below!