Nulis: A Free Minimalist WordPress Theme with a Unique Twist

Nulis is one of the most unique designs to land in the WordPress Themes Directory this year. At first glance, you might think the theme is rather plain. The screenshot on the theme’s description page doesn’t indicate anything interesting going on under the hood, but something about it intrigued me enough to put it up on a test site.


Nulis includes several options built into the native customizer for adding your own header image, background, a custom logo, the ability to change the header text color, and more. Once customized, the theme looks quite a bit less plain than its screenshot.


The icon on the top right spins when clicked and fades in a search bar. The icon at the top left of the theme also spins and opens a hidden panel with your logo, bio, navigation menu, social links, and any custom widgets you wish to add. Everything included in the hidden panel can be added via the customizer.


Nulis is the Javanese word for ‘writing,’ and the theme does an excellent job of highlighting your content, especially if you are fond of post formats. Each post format has its own unique styling to set it apart from the others. The one-column theme surrounds your content with ample white space and showcases large, full-width featured images. The theme is also responsive and looks fantastic on mobile devices.


Check out the live demo to see the theme in action, and make sure to try the interactive icons at the top while you’re there. It’s a fun addition for toggling the hidden panel and search box.

Nulis was created by web developer Denny Kuswantoro. It’s his first submission to the themes directory and his account will be one to watch in the future. You can download Nulis from or install it on your site via the admin themes browser.


  1. Its interesting. I like small headers and search bars always take up too much valuable space. I like his implementation. Well spotted. I like the minimalism of WP Tav as well.


  2. Hi Sarah
    “…but something about it intrigued me enough to put it up on a test site.”
    Whatever intrigued you, I’m glad it did.

    Might help if the screen thumbnail gave us a better impression of the final look of the theme when customised.

    Hard to believe that a theme of this sophistication is free.


    1. Yes, something wrong with it. I previewed it in WordPress dot org instead. Love it!


  3. I would like to try the demo, but my company’s network blocked it, saying it is a phishing site. Strange.


  4. Thanks for the reports on the broken live demo link, I’ve updated the link to point to the WordPress Theme Directory preview.


  5. I’m really diggin this trend towards WordPress themes for writers. I hope it continues to develop and mature into a distinct sub-genre separate from “themes for professional bloggers”.

    Where as this theme would be perfect for someone publishing thoughts, stories, etc. I probably wouldn’t want to use it for a blog aimed at generating revenue via the traditional blogging revenue streams (affiliate marketing, information products, etc.).

    Not that it couldn’t be done of course, it’s just doesn’t strike me as being as well suited for it as say a more “traditional looking” theme for bloggers (like this

    But maybe that’s just me being stuck in my current mode of thinking…


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