Starting a blog is relatively easy, but generating quality traffic to it and most importantly keeping your visitors engaged requires most of all great design. In WordPress, you have access to dozens of theme designs for free and you can test each one to see, which works best for you. However, if you want to make your blog rather unique, you need to use premium template or create one yourself.
I did some research and came up with this list of WordPress themes 2012 specially selected for bloggers. Not all themes in the list are premium, I also included 3 free ones as a bonus.
Enigma WordPress Theme
This theme is suitable for anyone who wants to showcase visual content on his blog. It was designed in June and comes with 8 different presets to choose from. Additionally, the Engima WordPress Theme comes with great content slider, which you can use to showcase your best content. To see the theme in action, visit official Enigma Theme Demo.
Ionosphere WordPress Theme
Released in October, the Ionosphere WordPress Theme gives you full control over customization. The reason why it is included in this list is that to make your theme unique, you do not need to know coding at all. The featured slider of the Ionosphere WordPress Theme comes with integrated social sharing buttons, so you can increase the social interaction on your website. Below the featured slider, you can feature any kind of content for maximum exposure and also create image galleries. The Ionosphere WordPress Theme comes with the latest RokSprocket plugin, which allows you to create interactive content tabs all over your website. Check it out in action at the official Ionosphere Theme Demo.
Reflex WordPress Theme
The Reflex WordPress Theme was developed in February and it was the first theme to come with the new RokGallery plugin, which supports custom tags. The Reflex WordPress Theme is quite stylish and will definitely allow you to improve your visitor’s engagement. See how it looks in action at the Reflex Theme Demo.
Eleven40 WordPress Theme
The Eleven40 WordPress Theme is specially designed for bloggers. According to its creators it will “Wow your Audience”, but even if it doesn’t, you will still be able to showcase your best content on front page. The theme automatically adjusts the design based on the user’s device. To see it in action visit the Eleven40 Theme Demo.
Minimum WordPress theme
If you are looking for a rather simple theme, the Minimum WordPress Theme might be the right choice for you! With big featured content slider, you can instantly capture the attention of your visitors. Below the slider, all blog posts are located. To see simplicity in action visit the Minimum Theme Demo.
News WordPress Theme
For all those, who have blogs on multiple topics, the News WordPress Theme is the best choice. It allows you to give a whole new look to your blog and feature multiple categories in the slider. Additionally, the theme supports creating and publishing audio or video content! The theme comes with 7 different color styles to choose from and there 6 pre-made layout options. To see how it works visit the News Theme Demo.
Magazine WordPress Theme
If you want to make your blog look and feel like a leading online content source, you can go for the Magazine WordPress Theme. What makes it so special are the awesome featured content options, which allow you to create visually appealing slides with the latest content you have produced. For live preview visit the Magazine Theme Demo.
CoolRetro WordPress Theme
The CoolRetro WordPress Theme is a free theme for bloggers. It allows you to give a whole new look of your blog and also in the package, you have the original PSD files for editing! To see a demo of CoolRetro click here.
NuBlu WordPress Theme
The NuBlu WordPress Theme is one of the coolest free WordPress theme available online. It comes with configurable slider and also a Twitter bird, which displays all latest tweets from your account. Furthermore, the NuBlu WordPress theme comes with auto thumbnail generation, the only requirement is to have uploaded images for your post. For a demo of the NuBlu WordPress Theme click here.
Boo Gamex WordPress Theme
If you happen to have a technology blog, you will fall in love with the Boo Gamex WordPress Theme. The theme is available for free download and can easily be customized – No coding skills are required for this! To see a demo of theme, click here.