Explore a collection of Medium inspired modern WordPress themes in this post.
With recent updates to Medium, we lately looked at different ways you can integrate WordPress and Medium.
One of the major problems with such integration, however, is that many of us might not be comfortable publishing our content on both WordPress and Medium. Issues such as how re-posting might affect SEO of the blogs can be a major concern.
Also, opting for Medium, you don't want to build your content house on rented land, right?
So, instead of publishing your content to Medium, what if you could make your WordPress blog look like Medium?
Of course, Medium is much more than design, but if you are attracted to Medium just because of its clean design, Medium inspired WordPress themes might be of help to you.
I have researched around theme marketplaces and the WordPress theme directory to find the top Medium inspired WordPress themes for you.
All these WordPress themes try to bring the Medium look and experience for WordPress. You can also follow few other tutorials to tweak your own theme and add some plugins to add the Medium experience to your theme.
You can also take these themes as clean, and modern blogging themes mainly focused on typography and showcasing your content.
Table of Contents
- Free Medium WordPress Themes
- 1. Independent Publisher WordPress Theme
- 2. Casper WordPress Theme
- 3. Fastr WordPress Theme By Kanishk Kunal
- 4. Bushwick Blogging Theme By Automattic
- 5. Writr WordPress Theme
- 6. Highwind WordPress Theme
- 7. Publish WordPress Theme
- 8. Rams WordPress Theme
- 9. Graphy WordPress Theme
- 10. Landline WordPress Theme
- 11. Coffee Time WordPress Theme
- 12. Readr WordPress Theme
- 13. Wilson WordPress Theme
- 14. MediumPress WordPress Theme
- 15. SimplyReadable WordPress Theme
- 16. Surfagility WordPress Theme
- 17. Big Pix WordPress Theme
Free Medium WordPress Themes
This is a list of free Medium inspired WordPress themes. Of course, several premium themes can have more extensive features to imitate Medium but these basic themes can do the job.
1. Independent Publisher WordPress Theme
Independent Publisher is a clean and beautiful WordPress theme focused on content and loosely inspired by Medium’s design.
The theme has several other features including full support for post formats, support for a multi-author blog, and compatibility with schema rich markup.
True to its name, the author recommends the theme for independent publishers and other creators, makers, and believers in the open source movement.
The theme is rated five out of five stars on WordPress themes directory and is downloaded by more than 50,000 users. You can also download the theme, report bugs and suggest new features from Github page of the theme.
Independent Publisher is a really well-maintained theme with frequent updates.
I have also seen the theme used on few popular blogs. You can also see few of the websites using this theme listed on their website.
2. Casper WordPress Theme
Casper WordPress theme claims to be inspired by Ghost, another blogging platform similar to WordPress, which carries a similar aesthetic as of Medium.
The theme is frequently updated and has all the modern features. You will find lots of customization options (configure from WordPress Customizer, of course!). It is also responsive and mobile optimised for faster loading.
The theme is really beautiful, clean and modern. The typography looks appealing.
Along with its beautiful outlook, the theme features Markdown for writing, thus making it easier to write content. While few of such Markdown features are part of the code, you will need to use the Jetpack Markdown plugin for parsing.
Casper also comes with Child Theme that you can use in case you want to make any changes to the theme.
The theme is available to download for free from WordPress themes repository, and contribution for its development is welcome on Github.
3. Fastr WordPress Theme By Kanishk Kunal
Fastr By Kanishk Kunal is another highly rated WordPress theme that resembles the Medium design. Fastr’s fonts selection and modern look make it one of the best Medium inspired themes.
Fastr is available to download for free from the WordPress theme directory.
4. Bushwick Blogging Theme By Automattic
Bushwick is a high-quality WordPress theme from Automattic. The theme is fully responsive and is designed to be a blogging theme.
The theme has a fixed sidebar on left with a featured image, and the content is displayed on the right. The theme also has a modern menu that appears on top of the page.
Downloaded by more than 35k users, the theme is rated 5 out of 5 by five users on the official WordPress theme directory.
5. Writr WordPress Theme
Writr is another high-quality free WordPress theme from Automattic. The theme puts its focus on content and is mainly targeted for personal blogs.
Writr is suitable for long form content writers. It has a beautiful typography and comes with several customization options including 6, different colour schemes – turquoise (default), blue, green, grey, purple, and red.
The theme also has different post format options to suit your different types of posts such as images, quotes, etc. You can further customise the background colour of the page and make the content area wider.
Writr is a really popular theme downloaded by more than 100K+ from the WordPress repository. The theme is also available for WordPress.com users.
6. Highwind WordPress Theme
Highwind is a popular WordPress theme from James Koster designed to showcase your content. It is a clean, lightweight theme with a strong focus on typography.
Highwind comes with a detailed documentation and customization guidelines. The theme has several features to add a unique touch to your website.
The theme boasts other popular users from the WordPress community on its homepage. It is also available for WordPress.com users.
Highwind is also a developer friendly theme and has a child theme designed mainly for blogging and readability. It also supports WooCommerce if you are looking to sell something from your website.
7. Publish WordPress Theme
Publish WordPress Theme by Konstantin Kovshenin is another clean and minimal theme available to download for free. The theme puts your content in focus and is mainly ideal for single author blogs.
Publish WordPress Theme supports navigation menus, has a sidebar for your widgets, implements threaded comments, has support for various post formats and the sticky post.
8. Rams WordPress Theme
One of the recent WordPress themes, Rams is a clean and responsive theme with minimalist design targeted mainly for bloggers.
The theme has no sidebars or sliders, thus focusing on simplicity. You can, however, choose the accent colour of the content to suit your preference. Rams is a responsive and retina ready theme with support for multiple post formats.
9. Graphy WordPress Theme
Graphy is another recent WordPress theme with focus on beautiful typography and the theme makes your content stand out on both desktop and mobile devices.
Graphy is a blog oriented WordPress theme featuring a clean and responsive design. The theme comes with customisation options including Colors, Logo, and Header Image.
10. Landline WordPress Theme
A theme by Design 311, Landline features a large background image and quality fonts.
The demo doesn’t look that great, but you can make your design look good with a nice background image. You can assign background image and featured image for each page in your settings.
11. Coffee Time WordPress Theme
The preview of this theme should convince you of its Medium appeal. Coffee is a responsive WordPress theme featuring an image background to your left.
The theme is mainly suitable for creative personal blogs and bloggers with long form content.
Coffee WordPress theme, however, has not been updated in past two years at the time of writing this and so you might want to be aware of that.
12. Readr WordPress Theme
Readr is another focused content theme with nice typography. This minimal responsive theme has a left aligned sidebar that is fixed with scrolling content on the right.
Readr WordPress theme has also not been updated for over two years.
13. Wilson WordPress Theme
Wilson is a clean and simple WordPress theme with a left sidebar and content area on your right. You can add several widgets to your left sidebar. The theme features responsive design and is retina ready.
Wilson supports custom colors, custom widgets and comes with custom logo options. The theme is translation ready and comes with few translations including Swedish/Svenska, German/Deutsch.
14. MediumPress WordPress Theme
As its name suggests, MediumPress is a WordPress theme inspired by Medium.com. The theme has tried to copy several features of Medium.
The theme is available to download from Github, and it seems there are no updates since December 2013. A better alternative if you like this theme would be SimplyReadable (a theme even the author of MediumPress seems to be inspired from).
15. SimplyReadable WordPress Theme
SimplyReadable is another Medium inspired WordPress theme that makes it easy to read your content. The theme is responsive to different layouts and is available to download for free from Github.
The theme author has also written a detailed tutorial on design process to make it look like Medium. The theme, however, isn’t easy to configure and might require you to edit some template files for configuration.
16. Surfagility WordPress Theme
Surfagility is another Medium inspired WordPress theme with several modern features. The theme is fully responsive and based on Bootstrap (3.0.0) design.
Surfagility also makes use of few plugins for extended functionality and so, make sure you read their instructions on how to make your design exactly like the author intends to.
You can view the demo of the theme on author’s website.
17. Big Pix WordPress Theme
Big Pix WordPress Themes boasts a style popularised by Medium with full featured size image.
The theme allows you to easily upload your own logo and site icon, and change the default colour scheme of your choice.
I hope the above collection of free Medium inspired WordPress themes help you find the ideal theme you are looking for!
Just to remind you again, please be extra careful in using the themes that haven't been updated in past two years. You should see a notification for such themes in the WordPress themes repository.
Also, as Medium always keeps on changing, most of these themes might also look slightly outdated.
Please note that these are FREE themes and so most of them aren't regularly updated to keep up with Medium's constantly changing design. There're so many premium themes that keep on adapting Medium style changes and I will shortly cover such premium themes in another post.
Which theme do you think adds that Medium look and experience to WordPress? I would love to hear your views in the comments below.