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25+ Best WordPress Themes for Writers and Authors (2021) - Webhostat

25+ Best WordPress Themes for Writers and Authors (2021)

There is no shortage of professional WordPress themes for making a website in 2021, for every niche imaginable!

While you can use almost any theme for your writer’s website, there are some text-based WordPress themes out there that are better suited for anyone who wants to showcase their writing skills.

Whether you’re a writer trying to break out into the world of freelancing, an established author looking to create a platform to promote and sell your ebooks, or a pro blogger ready to take your website to the next level and grow your audience; your website should have a professional design with features focused on highlighting the written word.

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WordPress theme  with professional features made for writers and authors.

What to Look for in Great Writing Themes in 2021?

When you set out to find the best WordPress book author theme in 2021 for your online writing platform, consider the following features:

  • Clean and Optimized Typography: A WP theme with strong typographic features will ensure your content is always legible no matter which device your visitors are using.
  • Responsive and Minimal Design: Consider foregoing flashy design elements in favor of a minimalistic design to allow your content to shine.
  • Portfolio/Gallery Support: If you’re looking to attract new clients, a portfolio or gallery support is a must to present your content in a visually appealing way.
  • WooCommerce Support: WooCommerce will allow you to create a beautiful shop where you can sell your ebooks. If that’s one of your goals, make sure your chosen theme includes support for WooCommerce.

In today’s post, we bring you a curated selection of the best WordPress writer themes for authors, journalists, and pro bloggers, which are available on ThemeForest in 2021:

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Find the best WordPress themes for writers for 2021, available for sale on ThemeForest.

With a great WordPress authors theme, you can make your online presence stand out, so your home base online is easy to find, navigate, and promote your writing. 

A great writer website can help you land more gigs if you’re a blogger, showcase your best writing as a journalist, or sell your books and promote your profile as an author. 

Now let’s jump into the best author web templates from ThemeForest. 

Best WordPress Themes for Writers, Authors, and Pro Bloggers (2021)

It’s time to make the most of WordPress for writers and authors. Here are over 25 WordPress book author themes for 2021, designed especially for promoting your professional writing:

1. Foreal – Director, Writer WordPress Theme

Let’s kick off our list with Foreal. This author WordPress theme is filled with well-designed pages and elements that make designing easier. You don’t need to know how to code to set up your site thanks to the Visual Composer plugin. You’ll also get other premium plugins when you buy Foreal.

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Foreal – Director, Writer WordPress Theme

2. Crator – Content Writer WordPress Theme

If you’re looking for the best WordPress themes for writers, you should learn about Crator. Its minimal design does a great job of focusing attention on your content. There are two demo home pages included that you can work with. You can also customize the author website template with the included Elementor page builder.

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Crator – Content Writer WordPress Theme

3. Hallie – WordPress Theme for Writers

Fully responsive and customizable, Hallie is one of the top WordPress themes for writers on ThemeForest. Its simplicity makes it easy for you to display your work, and easy for visitors to navigate. It has a modern full-width post slider and search bar that adds to the aesthetic. Hallie is perfect for fans of toned-down author web templates that emphasizes imagery.

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Hallie – WordPress Theme for Writers

4. Typology – Minimalist Blog & Text Based Theme for WordPress

If you’re looking for an author WordPress theme suited to showcasing your writing, then Typology is a strong contender. Its slick, modern blog theme is unique as it’s completely text-based. This is a beautiful authors theme that doesn’t rely on photos to get your message across.

The Typology author WordPress theme includes awesome features such as:

  • wide range of fonts
  • ultra-responsiveness
  • flexible shortcodes
  • one-click demo installs
  • built-in translation
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Typology – Minimalist Blog & Text Based Theme for WordPress

5. Narratium – Simplicity for Authors

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Narratium – Simplicity for Authors

Narratium is another elegant author WordPress theme that’s packed with features. For example, this theme has dynamic AJAX navigation for a slick browsing experience for visitors. You can also create video covers for posts displayed on your website. With Narratium, you can create a powerful writer website that has a lot of visual appeal.

6. Hooray—Blog WordPress Theme for Professional Writers

The Hooray theme is one of the more stylish WordPress themes for writers that’ll impress visitors. It’s stylish, clean and professional. This is an author website template that inspires confidence and trust.

The new version of the Hooray Blog Theme has responsive design and a wide range of options with the ability to customize and edit a blog easily and professionally. There’s no need to have any knowledge of programming.

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Hooray—Blog WordPress theme for Professional Writers

7. Odrin—Book Selling WordPress Theme for Writers

For writers and authors creating physical or downloadable books, an interesting authors theme is Odrin. It’s an author website template accommodating single book authors, multiple authors of books, landing pages for upcoming books and more. And, of course, it’s fully responsive.

Odrin is a modern and beautifully crafted WordPress theme for book authors and writers. It incorporates an elegant page flipping effect, WooCommerce support, many shortcodes and prebuilt templates specifically created toward book writers and authors. It’s the perfect authors theme for selling and presenting your book.

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Odrin—Book Selling WordPress Theme for Writers

8. Danni—Minimalist WordPress Blog Theme

For a striking yet modern WordPress theme for writers, take a look at Danni. This author website template is easy to work with and produces a modern look with emphasis on typography and a minimalist design philosophy.

For any writer wishing to showcase their work, the Danni author WordPress theme features  a posts slider, a two-column layout and popular posts with other customization available for this author web template.

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Danni—Minimalist WordPress Blog Theme

9. ChapterOne – Bookstore and Publisher Theme 

ChapterOne is one of the most creative WordPress themes for authors and writers out there. Its visual design is different, original, and even a bit eclectic, making it the perfect WordPress theme for writers and authors who want to make their personality shine.

ChapterOne comes with a variety of different pages, including one for sharing your audiobooks or audio samples directly on your website (shown in the screenshot below). Stunning, simple, quite different from most other author web templates, yet a supremely elegant way of presenting your writing.

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ChapterOne – Bookstore and Publisher Theme

10. Auteur – WordPress Theme for Authors, Reviewers and Publishers

In the words of its makers, Auteur is “a gracefully crafted WordPress theme”, which you’ll no doubt agree with from the screenshot below. It comes with a variety of home page concepts, including one for book reviews, one for a book store, another for introducing a book, and one more which focuses on the author. 

Auteur has ten different blog layouts, various online store layouts, sliders, page builder features, and lots more. This author website template will put your books, and writing, front and center in a professional way.

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Auteur WordPress Book Author Theme

11. Gutentype | 100% Gutenberg WordPress Theme for Modern Blog

The introduction of the Gutenberg editor to WordPress 5.0 has made a big impact to the way content creators use WordPress. Some have warmly welcomed it, others have been less enthusiastic. Either way, it’s important that your chosen author website template has taken Gutenberg into account, and Gutentype promises just that. 

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Gutentype Author Website Template

Coming in a range of flavors, this WordPress book author theme is open, clean, and minimal. It includes enhanced block styles, and several custom shortcodes specifically for use with Gutenberg. Learn more about Gutenberg on Tuts+:

12. WordPress Author Theme Blog for Writers – With Bookstore

This author WordPress theme has a modern and functional design. It can easily be installed with one click to cut down on setup time. You can choose between three different homepage layouts which can also be edited with the help of Visual Composer. 

The best part about this WordPress theme for book authors is the integration with WooCommerce, which makes this theme a great choice for anyone who wants to sell their ebooks through their website. On top of that, Revolution Slider allows you to create beautiful slideshows to highlight your most popular articles. 

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Writers and Journalists Blog

Use this WordPress book author theme to make your new author site in 2021 and start selling your ebooks. Learn how to quickly setup and customize this theme: 

13. Katelyn | Creative Gutenberg Blog WordPress Theme 

Katelyn is one of the best WordPress themes for writers for two reasons. First, there is the visual design, which is clean and minimal, giving it an updated and fresh look and feel. The designers of Katelyn truly put the focus on the experience of the theme’s visitor and reader with its visual design.

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Katelyn | Creative Gutenberg Blog WordPress Theme

The second reason that Katelyn is one of the best WordPress themes for writers is all the features that come with it. This includes 100% Gutenberg integration, 30+ design blocks exclusive to publishing, an intuitive and user-friendly drag and drop design integration, optimized loading speed, and screen size image optimization to name a few.

14. The Issue – Versatile Magazine WordPress Theme 

The Issue is a very light, simple, and stylish WordPress theme for writers and authors. Don’t let the retro design fool you; it’s a well-loved theme that’s been awarded only 5-star reviews since March 2019 on ThemeForest. The Issue is regularly kept up to date and has a fast customer support response time too.

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The Issue – Versatile Magazine WordPress Theme

Of course, you’re free to customize The Issue as much as you’d like. It comes with an incredible selection of layouts, including various widgets such as ones for social integrations. 

The sky is the limit here since The Issue comes with over 8,000 (you read that right) layout variations and a vast selection of features. Some of those features include custom advertising slots, GDPR compliance, infinite article loading, WooCommerce integration, improved image loading for page loading speed, and even an integration for sponsored posts.

15. Overflow – Contemporary Blog & Magazine WordPress Theme 

Overflow is an absolutely beautiful WordPress theme for writers looking to make an amazing impression on their readers in 2021. Overflow’s design features large images, elegant typography, and generous white space. It comes with a great selection of layouts to choose from. 

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Overflow – Contemporary Blog & Magazine WordPress Theme

Additionally, it comes with AMP support; a Google technology for accelerated page creation that allows for mobile optimization and dynamic content. AMP is a wonderful way to take your writer’s WordPress site over the edge in 2021.

16. Squaretype – Modern Blog WordPress Theme 

What makes Squaretype one of the best WordPress themes for writers? There are many factors to consider, such as its heavy focus on the content. It’s also been one of Envato’s Hand-Picked themes. 

It comes with a variety of different concepts to better suit your specific niche audience needs or reading styles. More so, it embodies an easily customizable hero section, sidebar, background, and typography. You can even integrate a YouYube video as your background–with or without the controls.

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Squaretype – Modern Blog WordPress Theme

Squaretype has a very light and reading friendly design that’s filled with small, little design details that make it a highly professional WordPress theme for writers. You can create your own shop to sell your books along with running your blog or online magazine. Squaretype just about has it all.

17. Leona – WordPress Theme for Book Writers and Authors 

Leona is an exclusive WordPress theme for authors and book writers, making it a fantastic theme to use as a writer’s profile, a blog, or to share book samples. Leona’s feature set was also developed specifically for authors and writers. This includes a portfolio showcase, upcoming event announcements, the ability to sell books directly on your website, and offer samples. 

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Leona – WordPress Theme for Book Writers and Authors

You can display your detailed writer portfolio or author profile while running a blog and promoting online workshops. Leona is easy to install and customize (as all WordPress themes should be) and it comes with a large selection of shortcodes as well as a drag and drop design interface. Try Leona if you’ve been looking for stylish author web templates.

18. Nord – Minimal WP Blog Theme With Great Readability

Consider the Nord theme if you’re on the lookout for a simple text based WordPress theme for authors with a high focus on readability. The minimal design allows you to present your writing in the best possible way in 2021, along with bold featured images and a clean layout. 

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It has several page templates as well as support for various post formats. You can easily customize the fonts, colors, backgrounds, and more. Nord is fully responsive and cross-browser compatible. The clean design allows your writing to stand out on its own merit—distraction free.

19. Johannes – Multi-concept Personal Blog & Magazine WordPress theme 

Johannes is a powerful and well-praised WordPress theme for authors. It’s one of the highest-rated writer themes on ThemeForest, racking up a 4.85-star rating. Johannes comes with a large and wonderful list of features that will help you customize this theme to fit your needs perfectly. 

You can take advantage of the built-in translation integration, RTL support, or anyone of their included custom widgets.

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Johannes – Multi-concept Personal Blog & Magazine WordPress theme

“I love that it has related posts and sticky sidebar. They keep the bounce rate low as what I’ve experienced when I started using this theme. The homepage is to die for. You can put a welcome section (where you indicate what your site is all about). I also love that the design is so flexible. As you can see in the demo, there are several ways to make it look different. The layout is perfect perfect perfect. And most importantly, my google page score is high (90). It loads fast!”

Johannes is also responsive and GDPR compatible, for those with audiences in Europe. It comes with easily integrated banner ads for those of you interested in further monetizing your website.

20. Soledad – Multi-Concept Blog Magazine WordPress Theme 

If you’re looking for an absolutely massive theme, then look no further than Soledad. It comes with over 6,880 homepage demos that can be reused throughout your whole WordPress site to suit your needs. 

It’s one of the biggest WordPress themes for blogs and online magazines out there. This specific theme has been around on ThemeForest since late 2015 and is updated regularly and highly praised by many satisfied customers.

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Soledad – Multi-Concept Blog Magazine WordPress Theme

Soleded complies with GDPR policy and is compatible with AMP, BBPress, BuddyPress, and WooCommerce. It comes with a detailed installation guide and documentation, as well as video tutorials. It has just about every feature imaginable to go along with its giant list of blocks, elements, and demo pages.

21. SmartBlog – Minimalist WordPress Theme for Blog Writers

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Consider the SmartBlog writer theme if you want a variety of homepage layouts and plenty of customization options. It’s quite a bit more professional than even the best free WordPress themes for writers. 

This simple author WordPress theme also includes various page templates, post galleries to feature your work, advanced typography controls, and several archive layouts to easily organize your content. Sharing counters are also included which encourage your visitors to share your content on social media networks.

22. Carrino – An Exciting Gutenberg Blog Theme 

Up next we have Carrino; a bold and vibrant theme that’s full of color and energy. It features creative imagery and wonderful typography that’s easily customizable to your needs. 

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Carrino – An Exciting Gutenberg Blog Theme

It’s a beautiful WordPress theme for writers looking to create an exciting website with a blog or an online store to go along with it.

“I have to say that I am really enjoying this theme so far. It’s probably my favorite that I’ve tried so far. It’s got the looks and the speed. Also the customer support is top notch thanks to Steve.”

23. Thype | Personal Blog WordPress 

Thype is a great WordPress theme for writers and authors, so it has to be featured on this list. It’s well-documented and includes a good variety of pre-built demo pages (over 20) to start you off on the right foot. Additionally, it comes with over 50 standalone content blocks and an further 25 headers and footers. 

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Thype | Personal Blog WordPress

The awesome thing about the Thype theme is that it’s fully responsive and comes with a large selection of free and premium plugins. 

Since it includes Visual Composer, it’s easy to edit or create pages for anyone who doesn’t know how to, or simply doesn’t want to code a WordPress website. One of its coolest features is the adaptive images that resize images automatically for better optimization on various devices such as laptops, tablets, or phones.

24. Evoke – Photo Stories WordPress Blog Theme

You won’t run out of demo options with the Evoke author WordPress theme. There are more than ten premade layouts included that you can work with and customize. It’s a great way to present your writing in an organized fashion along with the ability to highlight certain posts to make them stand out. 

This WordPress theme for authors and free writers is fully responsive for mobile and tablet browsing. Evoke is also built with SEO in mind so you can reach a broader audience. 

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Evoke – Photo Stories WordPress Blog Theme

25. Belletrist – Blog Theme for Writers

Belletrist’s tagline is “where every story is worth reading”, and it couldn’t be more true. This author website template does a great job of framing your content in beautiful page layouts. Whether you like large photos, split pages, or dark backgrounds, there’s something for you in Belletrist. It’s also fully compatible with Elementor, which lets you experiment with page design without any coding knowledge necessary!

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Belletrist – Blog Theme for Writers

26. Gorgo – Community BuddyPress Theme for Writers & Readers

Are you trying to connect with like-minded writers and readers? Then you’ll like this final author WordPress theme. Gorgo works with the popular BuddyPress plugin for WordPress. It lets you and other writers make advanced author pages to share with the community. There’s also an advanced search function that can help visitors find the content they’re after easily.

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Gorgo – Community BuddyPress Theme for Writers & Readers

Free WordPress Themes for Writers From ThemeForest

We just went through more than 25 of the best WordPress themes for writers. While the best choice, we understand premium options don’t always fit the budget. But you don’t have to compromise on quality with free author WordPress themes found online. Just head to ThemeForest.

Each month, ThemeForest makes a selection of premium WordPress themes free to download. That means fully-featured themes can be had without needing to grab your credit card.

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Check out the free WordPress themes that are available this month on ThemeForest.

New themes are available every month, so keep checking back! Do you want to know what free WordPress themes you can download today? Follow any link in this section to find out.

Even More Creative WordPress Themes

Are you building more than one website in different niches? Do you want some inspiration for customizing your WordPress book author theme? Then these resources are for you. Our Envato Tuts+ instructors have gathered the best WordPress themes in just about every industry. Here are just a few to get you started:

How to Promote Your Writer’s Website in 2021

Setting up your website with a gorgeous theme is only the beginning. If you want your work to get noticed, you’ll have to put in some work to grow your blog and promote your work. Here are four tips to get you started in the right direction.

1.  Build Up Your Social Media Profiles

Increase the visibility of your brand by creating social media profiles and make sure to fill them out completely as well as provide a link back to your website. Share your content regularly but also share content that’s related to your niche that your audience will find valuable. 

For best results, take advantage of a theme such as SmartBlog to include social sharing buttons and social media icons on your website. Notice the persistent social media buttons showcased in the theme’s menu (shown highlighted below):

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SmartBlog WordPress writer theme with simple social media integration.

2. Join Industry Related Facebook, LinkedIn Groups, and Writing Communities

Participate in industry related groups and take advantage of LinkedIn’s publishing platform to drive traffic to your website. The same applies to Facebook groups where you can offer valuable advice, share opinions, and position yourself as an expert. 

Offline writing communities are also another place to build connections and cross-promote your work and website with others. They give you access to new audiences and help grow traffic to your site.

3. Use the Power of Guest Posting

Guest posting is one of the best ways to increase your visibility and draw new audiences to your website. In most cases, you’ll get a chance to include your author bio which should link to your website where interested readers can check out more of your work. You can link to your portfolio page such as that included in Hooray. replace me

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The Hooray author WordPress theme comes with multiple portfolio pages that you can link to in guest posts.

4. Use Calls to Action

Use a theme such as Leona or Squaretype to include calls to action throughout your website to drive traffic to other pages on your site, such as your online store or your portfolio. Learn more about creating effective calls to action in this quick Tuts+ course.

5. Collaborate With Others

Instead of seeing other writers as your competition, consider teaming up with them and creating a joint webinar or a workshop to share valuable knowledge and increase your audience as well as your website traffic.

Create Your Writer Website in WordPress

Creating a website to promote your writing is necessary if you want to land new clients or increase the sales of your books and ebooks alike in 2021. Learn about how to make your writer’s portfolio website in WordPress: 

With a carefully selected WordPress theme and a little bit of clever promotion, you’ll be well on your way to creating a successful writing career. Also, if you’re on a budget, you can still get a premium website design with one of our free WordPress themes.

Editorial Note: This post has been updated with contributions from Nathan Umoh. Nathan is a staff writer with Envato Tuts+.

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