January has been a rocking month in the world of WordPress themes. With everyone kicking off their blogs for 2014, we’ve seen a gaggle of pure blogging themes released this month. If you’ve neglected your blog, it’s not too late to get started. You haven’t missed the boat. Find a new theme that inspires you and go to town. The themes listed here have been hand-selected to be the best of those that were released in January. Check out a few of our favorites and grab some inspiration for blogging in the new year.
Syntax is a beautiful, clean blogging theme from Automattic, originally created for WordPress.com. It features a centered content column with a non-obtrusive menu that slides out from the side of the page.
Fullby is a theme that we recently featured on the Tavern. It was inspired by Twenty Fourteen and built with Bootstrap. The theme’s fluid, modular grid style for displaying posts offers a big visual impact.
StanleyWP is a free theme built on Bootstrap. It doubles as a personal branding and blogging theme. Stanley includes portfolio post types, multiple page templates and all the UI goodies that come with Bootstrap.
Progeny MMXIV is a beautiful child theme for Twenty Fourteen with a focus on the music industry, featuring customized page layouts for music, videos, and gigs. It includes built-in support for featured music or videos in the top content grid or slider.
Opus is a free theme from wordpress.org that we recently featured on the Tavern. It was built with a mobile first approach and sports a flat design with big visual elements.
Kirumo is a new free theme on WordPress.org. It is a simple, mobile-friendly blogging theme with support for all post formats. Kirumo also comes with a full-width page template that supports a horizontal row of three widgets below.
Blogly Lite is a free theme, courtesy of the folks at WPLift. It includes support for FontAwesome icons and post formats. All of the options for this theme are found in WordPress’ native customizer.