What is it about Medium.com that makes all other WordPress themes for writers jealous?
Is it the elegant typography, simple lines, uncluttered spacing or responsive scrolling?
It’s gotta be the the relaxed styling and ease of use, right?
Whatever it is, scrolling through stories on Medium is reminiscent of paging through a word-rich magazine.
There’s one purpose.
To keep the reader focused on the unique thoughts and ideas of the author, without a lot of clutter.
It’s no wonder theme developers try to mimic the minimalistic features of Medium.
Medium has set the bar high for modern websites.
If you’re a writer, blogger, or online publisher, why not capture Medium’s beauty and simplicity in your own WordPress theme!
Here are 13 clean and responsive themes that will showcase your written masterpieces in a Medium-styled format worthy of your amazing work.
Premium medium styled WordPress themes
If you’re ready to pay for an excellent WordPress theme, and you want the stylishness of Medium all to yourself, check this list of our favorite paid themes.
Real is offered and supported by BWSM. This is a highly customizable, mobile ready theme.
You get unlimited fonts through Google Fonts and FontAwesome. Not to mention, unlimited colors, multiple widget areas, and it’s a translation ready site. Choose from two header layouts (hide menu or show menu).
With Real, you’ll get a website that looks and feels the closest to Medium’s styling. Both in the typography and the way it scrolls. Great for anyone looking for a modern-looking minimalistic theme.
Created by UpThemes, Journalistic is unique looking and powered by the Aesop Story Engine Plugin.
The Aesop plugin turns your stories into an interactive experience for visitors. Add audio, video, chapter layouts, timelines, and parallax scrolling images to your work. These features can add depth and emotion to your stories.
Journalistic also has a unique layout. A static page-high scroll bar of featured posts sits on left while visitors scroll through other content, top to bottom, on the right side of the page. This theme comes with Typekit fonts and clean space to display your work.
Price: $125 (free if you have hosting with UpThemes for $20/month)
Maker Pro by StudioPress is a 3rd-party theme created and supported by JT Grauke.
This theme gives you 3 layout types, column left, column right, and full page. It also comes with the standard customizable page templates for default, archives, blog, and landing pages. What makes this theme worthy of this list is the typography and layout.
Maker comes with large sans serif headline fonts and beautiful serif fonts for the body to make your words easy to read. And it has a designable footer widget area and a simple menu bar. Maker Pro is great for displaying your stories and images in an uncluttered format.
Tell your story with Ink by Codestag. This appealing theme allows you to display homescreen content with featured images. When you hover over each image, the title, tags, and a read time display lights up. Similar to Medium.
The the menu icon hides other content and sits at the top right corner to create an uncluttered look. You can also customize widgets throughout your site.
This is the only theme ready for the Restrict Content Pro plugin. Restrict Pro allows you to create a membership database that gives exclusive access to your stories. Great if you want to use this platform to sell your writing.
Simplr by Creative Market is supported by 42 Layers. It’s a minimalist theme for bloggers and has all the Medium styling to showcase your work.
Customize your website with unlimited color and font choices. Choose from 7 post format layouts for video, audio, link and image posts. And use the scrolling parallax effect with images. For posts without images, the area is clean and unobstructed. The ever-present menu shadow displays logo or name. And the expandable menu icon is the only other thing on the reading page.
This clean, minimalistic theme is an excellent choice for personal blogs.
Brought to you by Codestag, Blink is an image-centered theme. It’s quite elegant.
Blink comes with live customizer, multiple post grid layouts, and is child theme and translation ready. You also get personalized one-on-one support free for one year.
This theme is readable and user-friendly. Unless you use images within a post, nothing else will stand in the way of your words. The simple menu disappears when scrolling to give visitors seamless reading.
This highly-recommended theme is perfect if you have images and stories to share. Instead of a list of titles, readers are greeted with visuals.
Literatum by Themeforest is a different type of minimalistic theme. It is no longer supported by its maker, but we include it here because of its beautiful simplicity and unique layout.
The most appealing feature is the live-action video on the homepage. It immediately gets your attention. From there, your posts can be displayed in an image gallery format on the homepage, below the fold.
This theme comes with AJAX navigation, featured images, post video covers, category templates, and a read-time display. It also has a seamless design for links to social networks. Literatum is beautiful, user-friendly and perfect for writers and online journalists.
First up is Wanderer. Created by Press75, this paid theme is a beautiful example of minimalism. Reminiscent of an essay layout but it’s anything but boring.
As visitors scroll through the homepage, featured images for each post will light up behind it. After clicking on a title, readers get treated to a one-column layout of posts with a full-width feature image at the top. There is an ever-present menu icon that stays tucked neatly away until the visitor needs it.
Design your site with your favorite fonts, colors, and images. Theme support is by Press 75 and it comes with helpful staff and tutorial documentation.
Price: $69 (free if you have hosting with Press75 for $29/month)
Free medium styled WordPress themes
Paid themes always get you better features and support but you don’t have to shell out cash to get a good looking, mobile responsive WordPress theme.
Here’s a list of our favorite free Medium-styled WordPress themes from WordPress.org.
Casper is created by Gojukebox. The last update was October 2015. This theme was designed based off the Ghost blogging platform. An open source software project that has a simple, easy-to-use design.
This theme is easy to use and highly customizable. You can’t go wrong with a mobile responsive website that you can customize with your favorite colors and font. It’s perfect to display your stories and publications while on a budget.
Independent Publisher was developed by Raam Dev and last updated in May 2016.
Independent has a clean and responsive layout that comes with Schema.org to make it easier for search engines to index your content. This is great for SEO.
It’s also HTML5 ready and supports all post format types. The homepage layout has a left sidebar with customizable widgets and visitors can scroll through title content to the right.
This is a fully customizable, easy-to-use theme perfect for bloggers and online publishers.
This one is a step up from the other free themes, Bushwick is from Automatic on the WordPress.org website and was last updated in May 2016.
The beautiful homepage comes with a static one-third sized image that sits on the left and has a simple home button at the top. Visitors are able to scroll through your content titles on the right. There is an option for a sticky post at the top of the homepage, and you can set images anywhere you want on a post page. Refresh the default colors and fonts to match your brand.
This theme is designed for photo bloggers, visual design bloggers, and publishers.
You won’t believe this theme is free. Writr is created by Automatic for WordPress.org. It was last updated in July 2016.
This theme comes with 6 color schemes (turquoise, blue, green, gray, purple, and red), but you can customize just about everything else. Fix up your fonts, backgrounds, and content layouts to your liking. This theme supports all WordPress post formats, just like the other free themes on this list. Connect social media accounts and display owner/author Gravatar picture right on the menu.
This theme is perfect for personal blogs and reader-centered publications.
Highwind is a highly rated, lightweight theme. It was created by James Koster and was last updated on December 2014.
This is a good looking website with customizable header, background, color, and typography. By default you get a sticky post area and Gravatar header but you can change it to your liking. This theme comes complete with customizable widget areas, beautiful typography, and 3 layout options (full width, sidebar left, sidebar right).
Highwind is perfect to showcase your written work and visual presentations. It’s perfect for bloggers and authors.
Now it’s your turn
You put countless hours into creating written content. As a writer, blogger, or publisher, your words are everything.
Now, it’s time to choose a WordPress theme that shows off what you do best.