5 Free SEO WordPress Themes for a High-Ranking Website
If you are running a website, making it easy for people to find you must be very important to you. And SEO – or Search Engine Optimization – is just that: actions you can take to make your website more visible.
WordPress being by far the most popular content management system, it’s no surprise that there is no shortage of free SEO WordPress themes. Picking a WordPress theme can be daunting, especially for a beginner, since there are just so many to choose from. Still, if you want to focus on being easy to find and not spending a lot of money on a theme with all the bells and whistles, we’ve got your back.
Remember that some SEO techniques are sometimes frowned upon by search engine developers, so you really need all the help you can get if you want your website to use all the best practices. Here’s our pick of themes which are free, for various reasons, very SEO friendly, and easy to use even by people without a strong technological background:
We begin with the theme aptly named SEO. This minimalist theme uses its pared-down design to its advantage, being light, fast-loading, and responsive – built to look good an any device. This template will only get you the very basics – what better proving ground for a beginner? Also, it has something of the blank slate quality to it, giving you something to cut your teeth on.
The basic package comes with a few customization options, allowing you to modify the background, colours, and menus, but not much else. This simple a theme does mean it is very fast to load and its site map is easily navigable by indexing crawlers. If you’re looking for a simple solution for a one-page website, you may want to start with this.
Why SEO may be the theme you need:
- Loading Speed
- Blank Slate
- Great for Beginners
Seofication offers you a clean and simple single-page layout for a professional-looking presentation. The developers peg Seofication as a template designed for business and corporate websites, but we feel it is better suited for a small business or even a design portfolio, given the spectrum of its features. It does provide you with a neat and professional one-page website. With well-selected graphics, it’s certainly going to turn some heads your way.
This lightweight template is fully responsive, meaning that it looks good regardless of which device your visitors are using. Another interesting feature is the animated grid, showcasing the services you offer or whichever visuals you want. If you’re looking for something clean and functional, be sure to spare a look at Seofication.
Why Seofication may be the theme you need:
- Fully Responsive
- Clean Design
- Full-Width Header
Ocean SEO provides you with yet another simple, fast-loading template for a professional presentation, be it for a business or a personal website or portfolio. This WordPress theme is fully responsive, adapting to any device’s display, and sports two customizable sidebars and a footer. Also of interest are the typography options, also customizable. Some of the basic functionalities available are ordered lists, tables, buttons, check boxes and forms.
The main asset, though, we feel, is WooCommerce compatibility, with the premier commercial plugin’s own options, such as the WooCommerce Wishlist and a call-to-action button.
Why Ocean SEO may be the theme you need:
- WooCommerce Compatible
- Fully Responsive
- SEO Optimized Page Structure
If a modern, elegant design is what you’re looking for in your WordPress template, take a look at Digital Agency Lite. It is made for digital agencies, but can be modified to suit a wide gamut of needs, from small business presentation to design portfolios. Its minimal yet functional design gives you enough of space to really express yourself and show off your work in the best possible light.
Apart from the header and footer, this theme also offers the basic functionalities such as tables, lists, headings and so on. Also of importance may be that the theme is fully responsive, looking good on desktop and mobile devices, and also translation-ready. Bear in mind though, that this template is only very recent and still very much a work in progress, so updates are under weigh.
Why Digital Agency Lite may be the theme you need:
- RTL (Right To Left) Language Support
- Multiple Column Layouts
- Colour Options
Finally, we give you Digital Marketing Lite, another recent addition to the pool of SEO-friendly free WordPress themes. This one we found a perfect fit for freelancers looking to establish an online presence and offer their services to prospective employers. First of all, this theme is fully responsive, e-commerce ready (if you’re looking to sell digital goods) and social media-ready.
As far as the nuts and bolts are concerned, this template comes with the basic functionalities, including lists and tables, radio buttons and check boxes, and a fully functional footer and full-width header. Its customizable background will let you really make the most of whatever graphics you feel might work for you. This theme also comes equipped with an animated grid for you to convey some detail on the services you offer.
Why Digital Marketing Lite may be the theme you need:
- Social Media-Ready
- Multiple Layout Options
Well, that’s all, folks! Five free SEO WordPress themes, what else do you need?
In all seriousness, WordPress has a well-deserved reputation for being very accessible to people without a strong technical background. The selling point is that more or less anyone can make their own website within minutes. And it is true, in a sense – but there is no substitute for professional design. Still, a small business or a freelancer cannot always afford an expensive website. With these free SEO WordPress themes, you are well equipped to start off on your own, with no cost for website design itself other than your own time. And ranking a little bit higher on those searches is surely not going to hurt you, right?