Clean and Simple WordPress Themes

At the Tucson Geek Meet for November 2007 we talked about good WordPress themes, especially ones that are clean and simply designed.

Here is a short list of WordPress themes that I like. Technical note: I haven’t checked the HTML/CSS source on all the themes, so while they may be visually appealing I can’t promise that they are well-built under the hood.

  • Cutline: From Chris Pearson, Cutline is an elegant design that works well for blogs and business sites. It’s available in two- and three-column versions. Pearson has three other great WordPress themes as well.
  • DePo: Designed by Derek Powazek, the DePo theme is minimal and graceful. The footer is a nice touch.
  • Hemingway: A long-time favorite on, this clean design is available in a light or dark flavor.
  • K2: Kubrick’s big brother — this is one theme that combines both clean design and a workhorse of a theme: sidebar modules, admin improvements, custom headers, live search, and more.
  • Simplicity: Very similar to Hemingway — simple, two-column design. (Site is in German, but English theme is available there for download).
  • And finally, for the very best in minimalist WordPress themes, check out’s The Best Minimalist WordPress Themes. I especially like Hemingway Reloaded.

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Lance Willett

My name is Lance, I am a blogger, product manager, software developer, and business executive creating high-quality, engaging, and customer-centered experiences for people online. México-born.

2 thoughts on “Clean and Simple WordPress Themes”

  1. Count me as a huge fan of Cutline. I use it on my blog, and it was super-easy to get installed and running. (BTW, this was the first time I ever flew solo on a WordPress installation. Woo-hoo!)


  2. Very informative post. Thanks for that. How would you like to discuss business related topics on the all new business forum. So many members could gain knowledge from your business experiences and advice.

    Please think it over.


    Cool 🙂


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