SEO Friendly WordPress Themes for Bloggers and Businesses

Published: Nov 14, 2015

One of the great things about WordPress as a blogging platform is how you can customize your blog with themes, whether it’s a default theme, a custom one made by other designers, or your very own from scratch. While it’s easy to install and select your desired theme, not all themes are equal. For instance, not all themes are SEO friendly, which is a concern that many bloggers have.

At this point, SEO is more or less a necessity for blogs, at least if search engine visibility is desired.

Whether you’re in a company in need of revamping its website or a simple blogger who’s undecided about how you want your blog to look like, using a theme that works well with the website’s SEO is something you should seriously consider in order to have the potential to grow further.

For those who are looking for some of the best SEO friendly WordPress themes out there, here are 10 of the best looking and most powerful ones out there. Each are suitable for a whole range of purposes, so your choice is mostly up to personal preference. With the power of WordPress, it shouldn’t be too hard to make use of your chosen theme.

Divi by Elegant Themes

This elegant-looking theme from the appropriately named Elegant Themes combine stylish minimalism with functionality that’s perfect for online portfolios, e-commerce storefronts, and business websites. Divi is described as Elegant Themes’ smartest and most flexible theme, supporting multiple languages and tons of header options.

1 Divi by Elegant themes

Theme Highlights (Theme Version 2.5)

  • Divi theme builder
  • Pre-made layouts
  • Responsive design
  • 40 Content modules
  • 32 Supported languages
  • RTL (Right-to-Left) Support

..and much more

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PemBrooke and Florence by GT3 Themes

The former is fitting for a personal blog, while the latter is more for wedding photography. Whichever you feel is best for you, GT3 Themes offers these clean and modern looking blog themes for people to tell their stories and show their creativity and passion for life. Each theme has multiple layouts and typography options, full width sliders, different post formats, and are Retina Ready.

2 Pembrook

Pembrooke Theme Highlights ($44)

  • Responsive design
  • Pre-made layouts
  • Retina ready
  • HTML5 & CSS Code
  • SEO Friendly
  • High Speed & Optimized

..and much more

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Florence Theme Highlights ($49)

2.1 Florence

  • Drag & Drop GT3 Theme
  • Custom page template
  • Responsive design
  • Retina ready
  • Grid Gallery
  • SEO Friendly

..and much more

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Koala by EckoThemes

This theme is for those who want to have their own multi-author online magazine blog. It’s fully compatible with default WordPress widgets and it includes 12 custom widgets and a responsive layout that looks good even in 4K resolution displays. With over 100 customization options available, Koala is a pretty good all-around theme for WordPress.

3 Koala

Koala Theme Highlights ($49)

  • Developer friendly
  • Retina ready
  • Speed optimized
  • Theme customize
  • 12 custom widget
  • Translation ready

..and much more

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Flex Mag by MVP Themes

Another online magazine theme, Flex Mag is great for those who know nothing about web coding knowledge as it gives a great deal of flexibility without any need for editing even a slight bit of code. It combines high design quality and customizability with visual simplicity, featuring a clean interface that can be spruced up with 8 different article templates and 700+ Google fonts.

4 Flex mag

Flex Mag Theme Highlights ($59)

  • Auto-loading post
  • 9 Featured post layout
  • 8 Article layout
  • 4 pre-set skins
  • Custom fly navigation
  • WooComerce & Bbpress ready

..and much more

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Church Suite by Webnus

If you’re planning to put up a religious blog, then Church Suite is the best one for that. not only is it a solid blog theme, but it also has a specially designed events manager for church events, as well as advanced sermons, causes, and donations managers for recording all church activities.

5 Church Suit

Church Suite Theme Highlights ($59)

  • Event list / grid
  • Sermon manager
  • Responsive and retina ready
  • 1 click demo install
  • Visual composer
  • Translation ready

..and much more

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Merchant by PixelGrapes

It may sound like an e-commerce storefront theme, but Merchant is a multi-purpose theme with an easy layout creator, lots of color options, splash intros, and so on. It’s beautifully responsive and perfect for different purposes, whether you’re creating a portfolio, a fashion blog, an online shop, or so on.

6 Merchant by PixelGrapes

Merchant Theme Highlights ($59)

  • Easy layout creator
  • Splash intro
  • Responsive design
  • Revolution slider
  • Flatfolio plugin
  • Translation ready

..and many more

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Karma by TrueThemes

This one boasts being an SEO optimized theme with stunning design while still being beginner friendly. It’s great for most purposes, with 30 color schemes, unique shortcodes, and a visual composer for frontend editing, layout control, and editing inline elements. It has good balance across the board and supports 13 languages, just in case you’re creating a non-English website.

7 Karma

Karma Theme Highlights ($59)

  • 30 Color schemes
  • Visual Composer
  • 13 language support
  • WooComerce ready
  • RTL (Right-to-Left) support
  • Unlimited sidebars

..and many more

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The Retailer by Get Bowtied

This one is exactly what it sounds like—a theme designed for e-commerce. It’s one of the best of its kind available online today, boasting reliability like no other. It’s easy to install and set up, which is something for anything related to setting up an e-commerce website. With this theme, you can potentially sell anything online, whether it’s physical goods or digital downloads. It also supports customer reviews and has a solid cart and payment system.

8 The Retailer

The Retailer Theme Highlights ($59)

  • WooComerce
  • Digital download support (e-books, photography, music)
  • Customer reviews
  • Catalog mode (support for mobile devices)
  • Visual composer (drag and drop)
  • 650+ google font to choose from

..and much more

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Porto by SW-Themes

For those who want a more professional and corporate look, Porto is a no-nonsense theme that’s good for company websites and e-commerce storefronts. It has unlimited header layouts, fully customizable color scheme, tons of layout variations, mega menus, very well organized source code, and so on. Porto Theme Highlights ($59)

9 Porto

  • 22 Unique homepage
  • Unlimited header layout
  • Fully optimized product detail
  • Mega menu
  • Customizable shop category
  • Boxed and Wide layout

..and many more

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Impreza by UpSolution

Very much like the other all-around themes on this list, Impreza has a built-in drag-and-drop visual composer, advanced layout options, unlimited color styles, multiple language support, and the rest of the works. It’s also Retina Ready and fully responsive, so it looks good no matter what device you view it with.

10 Impreza

Impreza Theme Highlights ($59)

  • Improve page loading speed
  • Improve Google maps
  • Fully customizable
  • Responsive and retina ready
  • Built-in drop and drag page builder
  • Extensive style option and unlimited color selection

..and many more

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Benefits of Using Responsive Theme Design?

The most obvious advantage with responsive themes is that it works for a wide range of devices, so there are equally no problems viewing your website on a smartphone and a desktop. That also happens to be good for your SEO since users and Google itself both love websites that have responsive design. In turn, having a responsive theme can potentially increase your web traffic and make users want to return to your website due to its usability.

About the author: Jay Manangan is a tech enthusiast who loves to experiment on gadgets. He works at as a marketing specialist. He’s also trying to contribute something to the world wide web.