Recently, several designers messaged me on Linkedin to get a recommendation for the best clean, ultra-minimalist WordPress themes that they could implement on their client’s websites next year.
Of course, I recommended GeneratePress, my favourite WordPress theme (and the one I’m using on this blog right now). I believe that GeneratePress is a solid theme with great support and perfect integration with Gutenberg. However, I wanted to give options to people who did not want to pay to get all the features of GP. Premium
Disclaimer: I’m not being paid to promote any of these themes, these are just the ones I’ve tested and believe work well with the ultra-minimalist aesthetic.
I did some research and narrowed down my list to three ultra-minimalist WordPress themes to take them into 2021: GeneratePress, Hello Elementor theme and TWENTY TWENTY-ONE.
GeneratePress is a clean & ultra-minimalist WordPress theme that comes with the essential features for a modern 2021 website or blog. GeneratePress boasts clean code, excellent support and guaranteed high-speed scores on Google Page Insights and GT Metrix.
Pair GeneratePress with Gutenberg and Generateblocks to extend its functionality according to your needs. Arguably one of the greatest WordPress themes of all time, GeneratePress has stood the test of time and shows no signs of slowing down.
Hello Theme was created by the Elementor developers to be as light and bare-bones as possible so Elementor users won’t have to fight with the theme when using the plugin. The theme comes with barely any styling and serves as an ultra-minimalist base for your custom design.
While the Elementor team was behind the creation of this theme, you are not limited to only using Eelementor. Hello Theme works with other popular page builders like Gutenberg and Beaver builder.
TWENTY TWENTY ONE
The WordPress team is hard at work developing the default for 2021 that will come prepacked in the WordPress core. The default themes are usually clean and lightweight, but the approach for twenty twenty-one appears to be ultra-minimalist and pastels.
Twenty Twenty-One theme is almost ready for production sites, but you can download it from the WordPress GitHub repository. Keep your eyes on this one, Gutenberg blocks are the future and twenty twenty-one will put the block editor front and centre.
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