Tumblr-hosted websites have a distinctive look that many people enjoy. However, you don’t need to sign up to that service to create a blog that looks like a Tumblr site. Thanks to the options in this collection of the best Tumblr-style WordPress themes, you can take advantage of the powerful functionality of WordPress, while applying a design to your website that closely resembles Tumblr.
One of the advantages of taking this approach is that you get access to all of the customization options and settings of WordPress that will enable you to take full control of the design of your site as well the ability to install any of the thousands of plugins available for WordPress that make it easy to add many new features to your website. Self-hosting your website and using WordPress, rather than signing up to the Tumblr platform, also gives you complete ownership of your site and its content, rather than being at the whims of a hosted platform, their terms of service, and their ability to stay in business and avoid shutting down.
Whether you want to create a blog, start a portfolio, or just share interesting content you’ve found online, the best Tumblr-style WordPress themes will provide you with a stylish design and some useful features for your project.
Anew is a well-established Tumblr-style WordPress theme with nicely designed post formats for a range of content types.
This theme would work really well for bloggers who’d like to publish different types of content on their website, in a similar style to how content is presented on Tumblr. The 10 post type templates that you get access to with Anew provide you with different layouts that are optimized for videos, audio, and photo sliders, to name just a few. Therefore, each time you add a new piece of content to your Tumblr-style WordPress blog, you can choose which option from the available templates would work best.
When setting up other aspects of your blog, you get a good range of options too with Anew. For example, you can choose how many columns the footer of your website is divided up into. You can then insert a range of widgets into those columns, such as a featured posts widget, a list of trending posts, and a profile widget. You can also choose whether or not to display a widgetized sidebar on your Tumblr-style blog, and if so, which side to display it on. As Anew comes with a few custom widgets, you get a lot of options for inserting content into these areas, including using the widgets from any third-party plugins you’ve installed.
Other areas and properties of your website that you can customize with Anew include setting the width of your blog, changing the colors in use on the different parts of your site, and replacing the default fonts with your own preferences. Your choice of social media icons can also be added to your blog header, with links to your profiles on the various networks.
Although Anew has been available for a while now, it’s been regularly updated to maintain a modern design and feature list.
Aside is a portfolio WordPress theme that will help you to display your work in a Tumblr-style format.
This theme comes in six different varieties that you can import into your WordPress website to help you get started. Whether you want to use this theme for your portfolio, or just to share content you’ve found elsewhere or produced yourself, Aside works well for either type of project. Thanks to the various layouts, you can decide to display lots of your content on the homepage of your website, in a range of formats, or use the slideshow mode to display one item at a time, using the slider interface.
If you’d like the content you publish to take center stage on your website, this Tumblr-style WordPress theme, with its minimal design, is a good choice. Depending on which demo you use, your site could include no branding nor any of the other elements typically found on a website, such as the header, footer, or sidebar, and just focus on presenting your content in a distraction-free environment.
However, not all of the different layouts and versions of Aside take this minimal approach to web design. Some options have fixed sidebar layouts to ensure your visitors can easily find the other parts of your website. However, if you like the idea of a stripped-back user interface on your portfolio or blog, then Aside definitely has layouts for that type of project.
If you want to adapt the templates that makeup Aside, it’s not a problem. Thanks to the page builder tool that’s integrated into this theme, you can open up all of the pre-built layouts for editing. Making your own custom layouts is an option too. Some of the other interesting features of Aside include the WooCommerce plugin support for accepting payments through your website, support for the WPML plugin to help you translate your content and publish it in multiple languages, and the ad management tool that can enable you to monetize your website.
Aside is a stylish option for launching a new WordPress website with a Tumblr-inspired design.
You did it! You've made it to the last Tumblr style WordPress theme on the list. As a reward for being so awesome, I wanted to wrap things up with a bang.
The last theme on the list is, OldCar, a creative and bold WordPress theme was just too captivating to not mention. I'm not going to lie; this one is my favorite!
The theme has a sidebar on the right and allows for an unlimited choice in regards to color. It also supports Google Fonts so that you can make your blog really stand out.
It is 100% responsive and comes with two layouts which include the fluid grid that you see pictured above, and a normal layout – just in case you'd like to dial it down a bit.
The theme also includes shortcodes and a nice masonry styled portfolio that really stands out.
All and all, this theme was my favorite, but my hope is that you found a Tumblr inspired theme that suits your needs.