Radcliffe: A Free Image-Heavy WordPress Theme for Writers

Designer and developer Anders Norén has been making a name for himself with his beautifully minimalist WordPress themes. Norén strives for simplicity on the page and in his code, and his five free themes collectively have nearly 130,000 downloads on WordPress.org.

Radcliffe is the newest of his creations, designed specifically for writers. Ordinarily, themes for writers tend to focus primarily on the typography, but Radcliffe is different in that Norén places images front and center.


The theme showcases full-screen featured images along with your writing. Radcliffe is responsive with retina-ready assets, which means that it will respond nicely to devices large and small.

Single posts feature beautiful typography along with a full width header image, making your writing easy to read without distractions.


Check out a live demo of the theme along with Norén’s other themes and his current works in progress on his website.

Radcliffe customization options include support for uploading your own logo, changing the accent color, and three widget areas in the footer. All of the options are built into WordPress’ native customizer.

Radcliffe is a unique writer-focused theme in that it presents images as an equal part alongside the text-based content. It could also easily be used as a photoblog or a photo-heavy personal blog. You can download Radcliffe for free from WordPress.org or install it directly within your admin theme browser.

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