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16 Excellent One Column WordPress Themes

Tumblr and Posterous aren’t popular only because they are easy to get a weblog up and running. They are popular with lots of users because the of the no nonsense layout. No distractions, no overload of content or other items you are tempted to add. A lot of people claim that a simple weblog platform and layout helps them focus on publishing better content.

For us who still like having control on our websites and weblogs and use WordPress I scoured the web for a one column WordPress theme, which does one thing: focus on the content. And not to mention that most one column themes are minimal too, the themes to my heart.

ZenLite

zenlite

A minimalistic single column theme with customizable header and background. Does not has the best font but if you have CSS knowledge this theme can easily be made much better just by using @font-face.

Zack 990

zack990

Zack 990 is inspired by the Boston Globe’s Big Picture, thus these theme should only be used for a photo or video weblog for best results.

Doc

doc

A perfect theme for long articles that take time to read, lots of white space and no distractions at all. Also the website of the theme maker kept me drooling, Theme Museum is one to watch.

Vostok

vostok

I fell in love with this theme, love the gray colors and while the little spaceship logo is not part of the theme it shows how a little well done graphic can enhance the theme and make it unique. Choosing your own bright colors for the links, like bright pink, will make it stand out right away.

Manji

manji

I always liked Khaled’s website, his design always stayed in my memory, so I was pleasantly surprised he has a WordPress theme. The theme has been available for quite some time already but I never came across it. I liked it so much I installed it on my WordPress test environment.

This theme is slick as an Apple device.

Rio

rio

Foliage Mod

foliage

RS16

rs16

Minimalia

minimalia

Satorii

satorii

Tiny

tiny

Bright Pixel

brightpixel

QuickPic

quickpic

Tiny Studio

tinystudio

Manifest

manifest

Slanted

slanted

This one is a commercial theme by Woo Themes. A single theme license costs $40 and is ideal for users who want an extensive theme admin and support from the makers.


  1. By Web Design Dispatch posted on July 3, 2010 at 9:14 pm
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    Nice showcase, I always loved simple one columns themes. There are some great premium themes out there as well.

  2. By HTML5Elite posted on July 5, 2010 at 2:07 am
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    Great inspiration – bookmarked for future use.

  3. By Trent @ 36design posted on July 7, 2010 at 7:06 pm
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    WordPress has really come a long way since it’s early days. The last update to 3.0 did do some damage to many blogs out there. Gotta love those updates!

  4. By Peter29 posted on July 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm
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    Thank you.Very good post.Really awesome.

  5. By Hetal posted on July 26, 2010 at 5:18 pm
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    Manifest is one of my fav. Thanks for the list

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