Individuals and company representatives who wish to build a minimal style WordPress-based website without stretching the budget should consider the Interactive theme. Its construction focuses on the creation of a platform that allows webmasters to communicate and bond with the site visitors by presenting the content in highly accessible and attractive ways. The Interactive WP theme was designed to do precisely what its name says by making it easy to set up a functional blog with enhanced features and clean style. Check out the live demo to explore all the options available and to get an idea of how your site should look. Remember that Interactive allows for full control over typography with integration with Google Fonts and an unlimited number of colors to choose from.

To increase the connectivity between content writer, webmaster and site audience, Interactive allows for complete multi-language translation for an international readership. Clean code keeps the site loading quickly and fully responsive style makes it easy to view at home on your computer and on the run with your smartphone. The menu collapses for ease of use. The Interactive WordPress theme allows you to quickly and easily build powerful blog website rife with special features and style.

 

Theme It

Underwood Personal Blog Theme

I bet the name Underwood wasn’t inspired by Carrie, the country singer.  I’m thinking it’s more like the old school typewriter.  No matter what, the Underwood WordPress theme is a simple, effective and strong entry into the personal, creative, lifestyle, recipe and travel blog market.

A masculine blog like Underwood is a great way to impress your visitors.  With the Underwood theme, which was created by ThemeShift by the way, you get a very reasonably priced template that can help you win over tons of new readers with it’s awesome style and ease of use.  Underwood could be ideal for all kinds of bloggers, from food bloggers, creative lifestyle bloggers, even travel and tourism.  The option is yours.  If you want a good looking theme that doesn’t use a bunch of plugins and addons that slow things down, Underwood is worth a look.

For more awesome personal blog themes, try this collection.

The front page banners give big impact, the audio and video options throughout the website do too.  Incorporate any sort of multimedia you want, audio and video posts and anything else you can imagine.  I really think Underwood could be a great theme for podcasts too!

Underwood has three front page layouts, nine amazing post formats, simple to use dashboard with live editor, full width front page post banner, a cool cascading style grid layout, social media links and icons, awesome Bootstrap code, hundreds of Google fonts and plenty more.

Well worth considering Underwood for all of you blogging needs.

Underwood minimalist video blog theme

Well, so that’s my brief overview of the Underwood theme.

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Funny, you don’t look like Walter White.

Skills and Experience? Blanco has both!

Here’s a look at the skills and experience chart-a-gram.  What would you call that?  An infographic, I suppose, but it’s sort of not at the same time?

Blanco WordPress blog and portfolio and resumé theme.

And the portfolio is full featured as well, looks great on all devices, all of that.  Pretty standard masonry grid look, but well executed.  A lot has to do with the images you choose for these demo sites.  Pick the wrong images, the site looks like crap.

Here’s the way the blog looks.  Prominent date, likes and comments images, though to be honest, at first glance, it’s somewhat confusing which set of icons is for which post.  I mean, you figure it out quick, but the very first glance could cause some confusion.

creative theme called Blanco, for WordPress

The theme’s developer, CreaBox Themes, has this to say about Blanco:

Blanco is a creative resume and portfolio template. It is based on Twitter Bootstrap and made to show your resume (education, work experience, skills, etc.), portfolio and blog in a wonderful way with an unique and beautiful piece of design. It use the amazing plugin Visual Composer to create the pages and the portfolio items. Enjoy this theme!

Okay, pretty standard stuff, it’s Bootstrap, which I like, it also leans heavily on Visual Composer, which I really, really don’t like.  Honestly, I don’t like page builder themes.  I think they’re a cheat, they’re lazy.  Sure, the flexibility is great but the design is flimsy, it’s built on a house of cards.  I.  Just.  Don’t.  Like.  Them.

But what do I know, everybody else goes nuts for the things.

Let’s take more of a look at CreaBox.  They have a collection of a handful of themes, none of which I’ve previously reviewed.  But they do get decent ratings for what they have done.  Mostly landing pages, app splash pages and vCard/resumé/portfolio themes like Blanco.

So, let’s peek at those features before we head for the hills.

  • Smooth, Clean, Responsive Design with Bootstrap 3
  • Creative, Minimalist, Clean, Simple, Modern and Unique Theme.
  • Visual Composer Included
  • Full-screen Image Slider Background
  • Full-screen Video Background
  • Multilingual ready with WPML
  • WordPress Theme Options, Powered by the Redux Framework
  • One Click Installation
  • 6 post formats: audio, video, quote, image, gallery and link
  • Amazing animations with animate.css
  • Two color schemes, light and dark versions
  • Contact Form 7 fully supported
  • Great support and strong, in-depth documentation

Okay, that’s it, there’s no more to tell about Blanco.  It’s simple, it’s clean, it’s minimalist.  If you want a vCard theme with a bit more style than some on our collection, this one might be the theme for you.

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Funny, you don’t look like Walter White.

Skills and Experience? Blanco has both!

Here’s a look at the skills and experience chart-a-gram.  What would you call that?  An infographic, I suppose, but it’s sort of not at the same time?

Blanco WordPress blog and portfolio and resumé theme.

And the portfolio is full featured as well, looks great on all devices, all of that.  Pretty standard masonry grid look, but well executed.  A lot has to do with the images you choose for these demo sites.  Pick the wrong images, the site looks like crap.

Here’s the way the blog looks.  Prominent date, likes and comments images, though to be honest, at first glance, it’s somewhat confusing which set of icons is for which post.  I mean, you figure it out quick, but the very first glance could cause some confusion.

creative theme called Blanco, for WordPress

The theme’s developer, CreaBox Themes, has this to say about Blanco:

Blanco is a creative resume and portfolio template. It is based on Twitter Bootstrap and made to show your resume (education, work experience, skills, etc.), portfolio and blog in a wonderful way with an unique and beautiful piece of design. It use the amazing plugin Visual Composer to create the pages and the portfolio items. Enjoy this theme!

Okay, pretty standard stuff, it’s Bootstrap, which I like, it also leans heavily on Visual Composer, which I really, really don’t like.  Honestly, I don’t like page builder themes.  I think they’re a cheat, they’re lazy.  Sure, the flexibility is great but the design is flimsy, it’s built on a house of cards.  I.  Just.  Don’t.  Like.  Them.

But what do I know, everybody else goes nuts for the things.

Let’s take more of a look at CreaBox.  They have a collection of a handful of themes, none of which I’ve previously reviewed.  But they do get decent ratings for what they have done.  Mostly landing pages, app splash pages and vCard/resumé/portfolio themes like Blanco.

So, let’s peek at those features before we head for the hills.

  • Smooth, Clean, Responsive Design with Bootstrap 3
  • Creative, Minimalist, Clean, Simple, Modern and Unique Theme.
  • Visual Composer Included
  • Full-screen Image Slider Background
  • Full-screen Video Background
  • Multilingual ready with WPML
  • WordPress Theme Options, Powered by the Redux Framework
  • One Click Installation
  • 6 post formats: audio, video, quote, image, gallery and link
  • Amazing animations with animate.css
  • Two color schemes, light and dark versions
  • Contact Form 7 fully supported
  • Great support and strong, in-depth documentation

Okay, that’s it, there’s no more to tell about Blanco.  It’s simple, it’s clean, it’s minimalist.  If you want a vCard theme with a bit more style than some on our collection, this one might be the theme for you.

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This is Tabor, an ultra simple, fast loading, classically minimalist WordPress blog theme from ThemeBeans. First glance shows you this is a theme that isn’t interested in a bunch of extra junk on the page, it’s about as stripped down as you can get.  It supports a lot of plugins and addons that people really love.  Stuff like Yoast SEO, Optin Monster, Medium, MailChimp, MonsterInsights and more.  That helps keep this theme from falling into the territory of ‘too bare bones to use’.

I’ll let the theme’s creator do the next part of the intro.

Tabor was built out of a real need. I needed a super-fast, highly-optimized, professional WordPress theme to help share my words and grow my audience. Unfortunately, those are few and far between.

That’s Rich Tabor of Theme Beans. He needed a new website, so he went and created this particular theme for his WordPress blog.  Now, you can have a straight up clone of it if you want to.  Pretty generous.  Or crazy, I’m not sure which.

Well, let’s see if he got what he wanted, is this theme really as fast as he claims?

gtmetrix.com-Latest Performance Report for https richtabor.com articles GTmetrix

Well, yeah, that’s really fast.  A tidy 30 requests, loads in around 2 seconds with a relatively small 1.5mb size.  Of course, all that depends on how you set your site up and what images you choose, but it does at least have the potential to be really, really fast.  Some themes can’t say that.

Here’s the front page.  So clickably flat, it’s ridiculous.

richtabor.com-Improving the Custom Logo WordPress Customizer Shortcut — Rich Tabor

Here’s another good look at a sample post. So damned simple, why didn’t I think of that!  Man, that’s a minimalist theme to be sure.  For more minimalist themes, check out our collection.

6 Bite-Size Takeaways from my Experience at PressNomics — Rich Tabor

So, it’s a very simple, fast loading blog.  They say this blog is strictly meant for writers, so it’s a blogger’s blog, basically.  What’s the catch?  Well, if you actually want more than one post style, you’re going to have to code that yourself.  Sure, they offer video post types.  Widgets?  Well, they’re handled a little differently in this theme.  I’ll let Rich Tabor explain again.

I don’t bundle widgets in the theme files. What if you decide to switch themes? Your widget data is gone. Poof. I have added custom styling for OptinMonster and MailChimp for WordPress. All default widgets look great. Add widgets to the single post sidebar widget area, and you’ll find a sidebar added to the page. The sidebar layout is not option-based, it’s contextual.

So maybe that’s not so bad.  But another issue, this bad boy is going to run you $69, at least at the time of this writing.  That’s an awful lot of money.  Then again, there’s zero bloat in this theme.  It really does load fast.  It does look good, as long as it suits your taste that is.

I guess I’m asking, is it too simple for some people?  I’d say the answer to that is, absolutely.

It’s not a theme that’s for everybody but for those who need the simplest, functional and fast loading theme they can find, this could be it.  A little bragging time here, our Silverbow theme loads damn fast too.  Check it out if you want another free option with a fast load time and minimal style.

Features

  • SEO Optimized
  • Schema Markup Ready
  • OptinMonster Support
  • MailChimp for WordPress Support
  • MonsterInsights Support
  • High Readability
  • Fine-tuned WYSIWYG WordPress writing experience
  • Showcase videos using the Video Post Format
  • Localization Support
  • Safe & Secure
  • Super Fast
  • Bloat Free
  • Built-in social sharing components
  • Built-in inline OptinMonster opt-in styling

That’s all for now.  Stay tuned for more great WordPress themes.

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milo wordpress minimalist theme

This is Milo, a simple minimalist WordPress theme for blogs and portfolios, it’s a professional grade theme with clean code, a beautiful left hand menu and great typography.  I think you’ll find it has enough features to keep you happily blogging for years, since the code is crystal clear, bug-free and it helps your site to load quickly, even if you have sizable images.  If you’d like to see more minimalist themes, check out our big collection.  You’re nearly guaranteed to find something you really like.

The Milo WordPress portfolio theme gives you a convenient, minimalist and simple WordPress framework, as well as an elegant layout, for either people or companies who want to create a simple, mdoern and easily accessible website to build a business.  This theme most definitely powerful for people that want to showcase a graphic work portfolio of their photographic work to shoppers or individuals, because the simple and minimal style doesn’t get in the way of the content.  That’s exactly as it should be.  No matter how sizable or little the completed website is, Milo gives the flexibility, utility and versatility to manage it.  Easily adjust any setting you can imagine, from colors to typography.  The flexibility is there to create the site you have in mind.

All aspects of this amazing, responsive theme concentrates on displaying skills and your outstanding skills and if you’re curious about starting a website that has the ability to sell products on-line, the WooCommerce integration gives you a massive headstart to doing just that.  WooCommerce is simple to set up and it’s practically infinitely extendable with a ton of add-on modules to help make it even more powerful.  Digital products, brick and mortal style products, it doesn’t matter.  Either will fly off the shelves with Milo.

The advanced functionality hides behind totally uncomplicated lay-out possibilities and also merely a tiny bit of quirky elegance, making it a dynamic package for any sort of content.

Milo studio wordpress theme for portfolios

That’s a look at the blog page, well organized and beautiful.  I love the typography, though the font choice is up to you, since the Milo theme has full Google font support, you can quickly and easily switch them out at will.

For additional blog themes, try this collection.

milo wordpress personal blogging theme

That’s the gallery page, big, bold images really look great with a simple, clean, modern framing that Milo affords your site.  Whatever subject, Milo looks fantastic and it’s easy to use as well.

 

milo woocommerce ready ecommerce shop theme

There’s a single product page, set up for use with WooCommerce, though you can easily use something like Easy Digital Downloads to make the sale.  For other WooCommerce ready themes, here’s a collection with a lot more great themes.

Finally, let’s take a look at a rundown of the features that Milo offers.

  • Responsive Page Layouts
  • WooCommerce Compatible
  • Thumbnail Galleries
  • Dynamic Image Scaling
  • Retina Ready Images
  • Image Captions
  • Social Media Icons, Twitter, Facebook and more
  • Left-Aligned Header Layout
  • Sidebar Widget Area
  • Basic Google Fonts Integration
  • Cascading Sub-Menus
  • HTML/Font Site Title
  • HiDPI Site Logo
  • Color Scheme Management
  • WordPress Blogging

Well, that about covers it.  I think you’ll find that Milo is a fantastic minimal  WordPress theme for blogs, portfolios and for selling products too.  Your content is the most important aspect of your website, so it’s critical to frame it in a beautiful way that gives the best impression, a professional style and strikes a strong note in your call to action.

Or, maybe you’re just in it as a personal blog and want a theme that looks beautiful, loads fast and has a simple, professional, sleek and modern design.  Either way, Milo is a definite winner.

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Looking for reviews of the other WordPress minimalist themes by MadeByMinimal?  Here they are: Eero.  Dorsey.  Eames.  Made.  Wright.

 

Theme It

Nerduck Masonry and Isotope Gallery Portfolio Theme

Nerduck is a modernistic portfolio-style theme with an emphasis on bold typography and a fine attention to detail.

This theme is called Nerduck, it’s a minimalist blog and portfolio theme that’s powerful and lightweight, so it loads up fast.  It’s also responsive, so it can help you achieve a really fast loading, SEO friendly website that ranks high and helps drive tons of traffic.

Nerduck is a modernistic portfolio-style theme with an emphasis on typography and attention to detail. Show off your latest photos and videos in all their glory with the responsive portfolio grid. Write blog posts with the beautiful, minimal blog.  You can have unlimited portfolios, each with it’s own categories and custom settings. You have two or three column types, with or without margins, filtering and a lot of useful features to make your website a perfect showcase of your amazing products!

Nerduck has just surpassed a total of 500 sales on ThemeForest, which is quite an achievement, and the 4.95 rating is a really big achievement.  That’s an amazing rating, really.  This theme was created on October 25th, 2015, which means it’s been downloaded practically every day it’s been on the market.  That’s popular!

I think the reason Nerduck has been so popular, the simple and clean design.  Ideal for professional and creative portfolios, agencies and individuals alike will absolutely love this template.  Visual Composer powers Nerduck, which means it’s highly flexible.  The documentation is thorough, it’s well supported by ClaPat, one of the elite authors on ThemeForest.  In terms of theme options, you’ve got a lot of great possibilities for customization.  Styling, footer and header options, sliders and blog options too.  Not to mention the portfolio options.   Nerduck really has a lot going for it, so you should definitely consider this theme for all kinds of portfolio and creative websites.

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When I was a kid, I had no clue how to pronounce the name Penelope.  I’d say PEN-uh-lope.  What was I thinking though?  I have no idea, it just didn’t dawn on my how you actually said the name.  I was sheltered.  Maybe dumb too. Whatever, I know how to pronounce it now.  pen-UH-lope.  Right?

Penelope WordPress Theme

Little of column A, little of column B, I’d say.

I’m much better now.

Anyway, Penelope isn’t just a name I used to struggle to pronounce, it’s a slick looking minimalist WordPress theme that I’m going to review today.  Brand new in November of 2017, Penelope has a big, bold and flavorful look, it’s flat, but it’s really cool to look at.  With large amounts of white space and big, daring images, it’s almost hard to call this theme ‘minimalist’ but I will anyway.   Great for creatives, whether you’re building your own personal portfolio or you run a small company.  Honestly, I doubt this works great for a large scale creative firm, but that’s okay.  It doesn’t have to do *everything*.

Penelope is anything but minimalist in terms of features though.

This one offers up four blog layouts, four hero sliders, a really cool creative design and it’s simple to customize.  With a clean, minimal design, fast support and a lot more.  Kick the designer a couple extra bucks and they’ll even install and customize this theme for you.  sweet deal, right?  Did I mention that Penelope is WooCommerce ready too?  No?  Well, it is.  That means you can set up a cool looking, simple and minimal online shop rapidly.

theme-preview.com-classic v2 – penelope

Based on the Underscores framework, Penelope is coded really well, which means it should do great in terms of the search engines.  Full responsiveness means it displays perfectly on all sorts of devices too.  Great for a portfolio and also great for a blog?  Yeah, I’d say so.

theme-preview.com-My account – penelope

Exceptional support

  • Customization services and Installation services Available

8 Home Pages Layout

  • Classic, List, List First Post Large
  • Masonry 2 col or Masonry 3 col
  • Chess, Chess First Post Large
  • Full Width
  • Logo in the Menu
  • Logo in the Header
  • Logo in the Footer

3 Layouts for Single Pages

  • Left Sidebar
  • Right Sidebar
  • Full-Width Post

4 Layouts for Hero Slider

  • One slide
  • Two slide
  • Three slide
  • Four slide

Main Features

  • Underscores Based Theme
  • WooCommerce Capabilities
  • FontAwesome icons
  • Sticky navigation
  • SEO Optimized, Compatible With All SEO Plugins
  • Slick, Owl slider
  • Clean and Elegant, Responsive and Modern Design
  • Custom Header Slider
  • Unlimited Color for most elements
  • Well Documented, Well Supported
  • Bootstrap 3x
  • Font Pair
  • Social Media Support
  • Cross Browser Support
  • Translation Ready
  • 3 Bold Promo Boxes
  • Fast Support

4 Sidebar Positions

  • Left Sidebar
  • Right Sidebar
  • No Sidebar
  • Pop-up Sidebar

Supported Post Formats

  • Standard Post, Gallery Post, Video Post, Audio Post and Full Width Posts

Custom Widgets

  • Plenelope: About Widget
  • Penelope: Social Widget
  • Penelope: Latest Posts Widget

So, that’s Penelope.  What do you think, yea or nay?  I like it.  it’s not overly exciting, but it is well designed.  I looked into the code a bit and I think it has a lot of potential to load fast, look good on all devices and for the right kind of blog, it could be a good fit.  Maybe lifestyle blogs?  Whatever you decide, please feel free to bookmark us and chefck back often, we’re constantly updating our collections and rating more awesome themes.

Quick update, I’ve just reviewed a very similar looking theme to Penelope, it’s called BrightFuture.  If Penelope wasn’t exactly what you were looking for, maybe BrightFuture is more your style?

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Theme It

Nouveau WordPress Clean and Modern Theme

Most modern companies, if they’ve got a level of taste,  are going to truly appreciate the flexibility and elegant sophistication or the minimal, modern, sleek and stylized Nouveau WordPress theme, which is one of the best designed simple theme we’ve seen in quite some time.  What makes it so great, you ask?  Well, the responsive, Retina display for graphics is a start, this theme looks incredible on each and every device we’ve tried it on.

Simply stunning in resolution, Nouveau is a really nice take on a traditional blog theme, with bold parallax style.  Simple enough that you get the point across, just enough style to look incredible to a wide audience.  This theme fits so many niches, activities, genres, industries and hobbies, it’s a wonderful solution to a wide range of problems.  With stylish retina-ready visual capabilities and a vast multitude of structured, well designed layouts, Nouveau can certainly be counted on to work for a wide variety of uses.  Creative professionals, from graphic artists to photographers and even interior designers or fashion designers will find a lot of utility in this theme.  It’s a fully responsive theme, page creation is snappy and fun, since the interface is totally intuitive. Have a header only layout, if that’s what you want.  Brixton, Creative Single Page Landing Page Theme

Or, put the menu on the left side for highlighting your content with a little bit of spice.  The structure of the individual pages can be rapidly edited and you don’t have to have a degree from ITT Tech to make that happen.  Thank goodness, right?  Non-developers rejoice!  The responsive design that Nouveau offers, the popular color schemes and layouts, the perfect looking theme, the high class features…these things and more are what set Nouveau apart and what makes it such a fantastic theme.  Create a website that defines you and defines your career.

Let’s peep some of these sweet, sweet features, shall we?

  • Slick, Scrolling Parallax Image/Video Slider
  • Fully Unlimited Header Layouts
  • Truly Unlimited Title Area Layouts
  • Ultra Customizable Mega Menu
  • Left Menu Location Version
  • Side Menu Location Version
  • Motion Graphic and Video Background Sections
  • Solid, Stable Fixed Header
  • Incredible Sticky Header
  • Normal and Sticky Header Logos Versions
  • Eminently Expandable Search Field
  • Fully Sticky Content Menu
  • Highly Customizable Footer
  • Smooth AJAX Page Transitions
  • Visual Composer Page Builder Plug In
  • Parallax Scrolling Sections
  • Full WooCommerce Integration
  • Powerful, Informative Interactive Infographics
  • Several Custom Post Formats
  • Dynamic Carousel Slider
  • Multiple Portfolio Types and Multiple Single Project Layouts
  • Multiple Blog Types and Single Blog Post Layouts
  • Masonry Blog Layout
  • Layer-Slider Fully Responsive WordPress Slider Plugin
  • Native Contact7 Plugin Integration
  • Retina Ready Display and Graphics
  • Custom Designed Sidebars
  • Powerful, Smart, Intuitive Admin Interface
  • Highly Customizable Design
  • 30+ Custom Shortcodes for Added Functionality
  • 600+ Google Fonts for Professional Typography
  • Font Awesome Icon Support
  • One-Click Demo Content Installation
  • WPML Plugin Integration
  • Translaion Ready, Any Language
  • SEO Optimized for Page-Load Speeds
  • WordPress Child Theme Ready

WordPress Gallery Themes, Image Galleries for Photos

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Theme It