15 Best SEO Friendly WordPress Themes 2021

In this collection of the best SEO friendly WordPress themes, you’ll find options for creating almost any type of website.

From multipurpose themes such as the popular Divi that can be used to build many types of websites to more focused options such as MH Magazine and the Eventum theme for creating events and conference websites, whatever type of project you’re working on, you’re sure to find a suitable option here.

One thing these themes all have in common, though, is that they have been built to be as search engine friendly as possible. This means that when it comes to getting your website and its content to rank well in search engines such as Google, you won’t have to worry about your theme letting you down.

Of course, you’ll still need to ensure that your content is search engine optimized, too. However, with some reputable free SEO WordPress plugins out there, you can quickly get some help with this.

Regardless of which item you choose from this collection, you’ll be getting access to a high-quality SEO friendly theme for WordPress.

1. Divi

Divi is a best-selling WordPress theme that has been built with SEO in mind.

If you want to ensure that your website has every chance of being found in search engines like Google, and you’re also looking for a theme that’s packed with features and pre-built content, then Divi from Elegant Themes is hard to beat. As this theme is regularly updated, you can be sure that the design of your website will be optimized for search engines according to the latest SEO trends and guidelines.

As well as working with all the most popular WordPress SEO plugins, Divi also comes with a growing selection of pre-built website packs that cover almost every type of site imaginable. If you choose Divi for your website, you can browse the available website packs and the individual content templates from inside your WordPress dashboard. Then, when you find one you want to use, you can import it into your site in just a few clicks.

In addition to being an SEO-friendly WordPress theme, Divi does also include some website templates that would work well for creating sites that can help you promote your search engine optimization services online. With lots of sales and marketing focused templates to choose from, Divi is a great choice for anyone who wants to grow their business.

If you need to customize the design of your site, the powerful Divi Builder tool is integrated into this theme. Thanks to this, you can open up any of the Divi layouts and edit them through an intuitive visual interface. You can just as easily create your own custom page designs from scratch, including the ability to insert a wide range of customizable modules and elements into your content.

With pre-built templates that cover all types of projects, there’s a good chance you’ll find a suitable design with Divi.

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2. MH Magazine

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MH Magazine is a WordPress theme that’s perfect for websites that publish lots of content on a regular basis. There are 12 demos available where you can see the flexibility of this theme; no matter what you’re blogging about, with MH Magazine you can create professional, well-organized layouts for your website.

Thanks to the optimization of this theme for the search engines, your target audience will have a greater chance of finding your content when they are searching the internet for the topics you’ve written about. Then, when those visitors do start arriving at your website, they won’t have any problems finding their way around, thanks to the multiple navigational aids that make up the MH Magazine theme.

To help ensure your visitors stay on your site for as long as possible and consume more of your content, you can use the custom menu feature and bespoke widget selection to give your readers plenty of opportunities to view the other articles on your website.

MH Magazine also has great support for anyone who wants to monetize their website with adverts. This theme provides plenty of ad locations for displaying these adverts, as well as additional options to display ads within your content and on archives.

The SEO-friendliness of this theme and its navigational aids combine to help you get more traffic and then make the most of that traffic when it arrives.

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3. SEO Crawler

SEO Crawler is a highly customizable search engine friendly WordPress theme with a professional design.

After installing this theme, you can choose from three fully featured website demos, each of which can be imported into your site in just a few clicks. Next, you can either add your own content to the pre-built templates or use the GoodLayers drag-and-drop page builder tool to customize the demo content and give your site a unique look.

Thanks to the features of the GoodLayers page builder tool, you can quickly create custom designs for your content. The tool also includes a useful selection of modules and elements that can be inserted into your designs and customized to fit in with the rest of your site.

SEO Crawler has lots of other features to help you create a custom SEO friendly website including 19 unique header designs, a detailed set of theme settings and options, Google Fonts integration, and nine different portfolio layouts. Thanks to this, you can create a bespoke website without having to edit any code or even use the drag-and-drop page builder if you don’t want to.

To ensure SEO Crawler deserves its place in this collection of the best SEO friendly WordPress themes, your website should load as quickly as possible with this theme. Your site will also be fully mobile response to accommodate smartphone and tablet users, while also pleasing Google at the same time. SEO Crawler is compatible with Yoast SEO, the leading search engine optimization plugin for WordPress, helping you to do all you can to ensure your website is well ranked in the results page.

SEO Crawler has a highly attractive design but this theme has much more to offer than just good looks.

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4. TheGem

TheGem has been designed with SEO in mind and delivering everything needed to help your website rank in the search engines.

With a focus on fast loading times, mobile friendliness, and secure code, TheGem certainly checks all the boxes when it comes to laying the foundations of an SEO friendly website. The fact that your website will integrate with leading search engine optimization plugins like Yoast SEO if you choose TheGem, is another plus point this theme has going for it.

Sometimes choosing a highly SEO friendly WordPress theme means making sacrifices in other areas, such as feature lists or design choices. However, that definitely isn’t the case with TheGem. The fact that this is one of the most popular premium WordPress themes available today should give you some idea of how competitive this product is.

With over 100 website demos that are ready to be imported into your WordPress site in just a few clicks, TheGem is ideal for a range of projects. From blogs and business homepages to ecommerce stores and hotel booking websites, the pre-built website content from TheGem is ready for any challenge. The impressive selection of customization options and settings, not to mention premium web design plugins like Visual Composer, makes it easy to add some of your personality and branding to TheGem demos.

If you’re looking for an SEO friendly WordPress theme that isn’t lacking in features, the best-selling TheGem is worth a closer look.

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5. Pofo

Pofo is a search engine optimization friendly WordPress theme with a stunning design.

Created for building almost any type of website with WordPress, the 210 pre-built site demos of Pofo make it one of the most versatile SEO friendly WordPress themes available today. Due to this large number of design options, regardless of what type of website you want to create, it’s highly recommended that you check out the Pofo demos. With designs covering portfolios, blogs, agencies, ecommerce stores, and more, Pofo is a true multi-purpose WordPress theme.

Although the pre-built content of Pofo works equally well for a range of projects from creative sites to those that require a more corporate design, if you can’t find the perfect option for your website, you’ll be pleased to learn that this theme includes a powerful drag-and-drop page builder tool. Thanks to the premium WPBakery Page Builder plugin – previously known as Visual Composer – you can easily adjust the pre-built demo content or create your own unique homepage and inner page designs from scratch, all through a front-end drag-and-drop user interface.

Pofo has also been built to take full advantage of the WordPress Customizer interface, giving you full control over the visual settings for your website. Now you can adjust the global settings that cover properties like the fonts, colors, layouts, and other options for your site at the touch of a button. Other useful features of the Pofo WordPress theme include great social media integration options, custom sidebars and widgets, as well as under construction and maintenance modes that can be used while you work on your new website design.

As you’d expect from one of the most popular SEO friendly WordPress themes, Pofo works with all the best search engine optimization plugins.

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6. Schema

Schema ticks all the boxes when it comes to shopping for an ultra-SEO friendly WordPress theme. As site speed is so important for leveraging SEO to get a good ranking in the search engines, it’s great to know that Schema was one of the quickest loading options in our recent test to find the fastest WordPress themes of 2014.

Other credentials that make Schema one of the most SEO-friendly themes out there include full support for rich snippets that help make it clear to search engines what topics your content covers and where they should rank it. As well as this, you will also find the ability to display reviews and ratings information in the search engine results pages, and of course clean and quality code.

On top of all that, with the Schema theme you also get a great looking design that works just as well on a large screen desktop monitor as it does on a smartphone display. The built-in review system, lots of customization options, and a library of shortcodes ready for use all help to make this a very impressive theme.

With two main configurations to choose from, Schema reais a versatile WordPress theme that takes care of all your SEO-related worries, helping you to get more traffic to your website.

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7. Genesis

Genesis must be the most well-known WordPress theme framework out there and for good reason. The large number of high quality child themes available for the framework have helped make it a great success, but for those in the market for an especially SEO-friendly WordPress theme, it has lots of attributes that help make it a top choice.

Thanks to its fast loading times, clean and responsive code, and simple but user friendly page layouts, a website built upon this framework stands a great chance of ranking well in the search engines and offering a positive user experience to your visitors.

While you won’t be overwhelmed by a huge feature list as is the case with some other WordPress themes, with the Genesis Framework you get all the essentials in one easy to use package.

There are many reasons to choose the Genesis Framework and its SEO-capabilities are just one of them.

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8. X

X has become a hugely popular theme since its release last year. During the time it’s been available, this multipurpose WordPress theme has been constantly updated, improved, and refined to help it become one of the best-selling WordPress themes at the popular ThemeForest marketplace.

With new features and capabilities for 2016, the X theme has gotten off to a great start this year. The new updated package now includes over a dozen premium WordPress plugins created by the X team to ensure they work seamlessly with your website.

As you can choose which of these additional features to activate on your website, you can be sure there is no unnecessary code running to slow your site down. This helps improve those all-important loading times for a greater overall SEO-score and better search engine rankings.

Other SEO requirements X checks off the list include clean code, the use of semantic HTML5 markup, and lots of features and elements for improved click through rates and a reduced bounce rate.

If you want a truly multipurpose WordPress theme that is packed with features and possibilities, without harming the SEO-friendliness of your website, X is a great choice that is only getting better with time.

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9. Astra

Astra is another SEO-friendly WordPress theme that can be used to create almost any type of website.

Thanks to compatibility with some of the leading page builder plugins for WordPress, as well as being built to make full use of the new WordPress editor, Astra is a highly customizable theme that really can be used to launch almost any type of website. In fact, after checking out the library of Astra templates, it’s hard to think of a type of website that you couldn’t build with WordPress and this theme.

The templates that you get access to when you purchase Astra have been created to work with the Beaver Builder, Brizy, and Elementor page builder plugins. Due to this, you can open those templates up for editing through the visual interfaces of these tools. So while the pre-built templates do look good, they can all be easily changed to suit your branding or website goals.

The type of Astra license that you decide to purchase will dictate which templates you get access to. However, even the lowest-priced option provides you with lots of templates to choose from for your website. Among the available options are designs for creating ecommerce stores, online course platforms, and school websites, plus many other more common projects such as creative portfolios, business sites, and a wide range of blogs.

As well as using the supported page builders to customize your website, you can also make many changes to the appearance of your site using the theme settings and options. So if you don’t want to edit the individual templates directly, but would still like to ensure that your website has the right overall look for your business or personal style, almost everything can be adjusted when using this theme.

Astra is a highly versatile theme that’s been built following the latest SEO standards and recommendations.

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10. The7

The7 is another feature packed multipurpose WordPress theme that still manages to deliver fast web page loading times for increased SEO-friendliness.

With The7 you get two main design modes to choose from to apply to the appearance of your website. Both options are high quality and combined with the in-depth customization options, give you plenty of choice when it comes to personalising the way this theme is used on your website.

As well as the impressive and flexible design, The7 includes many of the most popular features and tools available in web design today. This includes integration with the Visual Composer page builder tool, two premium content slider plugins to make use of, translation and multilingual readiness, and a large number of pre-built page layout arrangements to choose from when setting up your website.

All these great features and options, combined with a fluid and 100% responsive layout, help to give you access to very SEO-friendly theme without missing out on any of the latest trends in WordPress web design.

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11. Eventum

Eventum is an SEO-friendly WordPress theme for creating events and conference websites.

This theme comes with eight different homepage layouts to help you find the right look for your event or conference website. Whether you need to build a website to promote a business conference, a social event, or a music festival, you’ll find a homepage layout and set of templates that should work well for your project.

The structure of the theme and templates in the Eventum package have all been optimized for search engines such as Google to help increase the visibility of your content when people are searching for related terms. You’ll still need to ensure that your content is SEO-friendly, but if you choose Eventum, you won’t need to worry about your choice of theme negatively impacting your ability to rank well for the keywords that are relevant to your event or conference.

Eventum is a feature-rich WordPress theme, and regardless of what type of conference or event you want to launch, you should find everything you need in this package. For example, if you want to build anticipation for your event, you can use the countdown timers to show your visitors when tickets will go on sale or when the event will start. You can also easily publish the schedules of your events, including multi-day events. If you’re offering multiple ticket options, then the pricing tables feature gives you a quick and effective way to display the different packages to your potential attendees.

Event registration can be enabled on your website when using Eventum, along with the ability to collect payments from your guests. As Eventum has been built to fully integrate with the Event Espresso plugin, you can let this powerful tool take care of the registration and ticketing needs of your event.

Eventum is a stylish and highly customizable SEO-friendly event and conferences WordPress theme.

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12. GeneratePress

GeneratePress is a popular option when it comes to general-purpose themes that are SEO-friendly.

One way that this theme can make your website more SEO-friendly is its small footprint. Thanks to its clean and minimal codebase, GeneratePress should load very quickly in its default state. As site speed is one factor used by search engines when determining where to rank your content, this is sure to help. For extra SEO points, the HTML of GeneratePress has been validated and everything is accessibility-ready.

Those aren’t the only reasons to choose GeneratePress, though. For those looking for a set of attractive templates that can help them speed up the process of launching their new website, GeneratePress definitely isn’t lacking in this area. You can view the library of editable templates on the GeneratePress website, but to give you an idea of the types of sites you can build with this theme and its ready-made content, some examples include freelancer portfolios, business homepages, and online stores.

The templates can be edited with the Beaver Builder and Elementor tools, both of which are available in free versions, albeit with limited features compared to their paid versions. As well as customizing your site at the page level with these plugins, you can also personalize its overall appearance. Through the settings, changing the fonts, colors, and layout structure of your site is very straightforward.

GeneratePress and its templates are highly mobile-friendly, too, helping to earn you extra SEO compatibility while also delivering a positive user experience for your visitors. As part of this functionality, you can quickly create a separate mobile header for your website that makes your site easier to browse on smartphones as well as disabling specific elements that might be a hindrance to those accessing your site on smaller screen devices.

GeneratePress is a great example of a lightweight SEO-friendly theme that’s packed with features.

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13. SociallyViral

SociallyViral is an impressive looking theme that has been built to help your website and its content get as many social shares as possible.

As search engines like Google are said to use the popularity of a website on the social networks to determine where to rank that site in their listings, deploying a fast loading theme that can increase social shares is a great way to improve the overall SEO-rating of your website.

While some websites that aim to go viral by leveraging social media sacrifice good design for the chance of improved social shares, this won’t be the case for your project if you choose the SociallyViral WordPress theme for your website.

With a clean layout that focusses on content presentation, alongside the inclusion of attractive share buttons, you can easily let the search engines know how popular your website is thanks to all the social shares it generates. The handy ‘you may also like’ section displayed at the end of each post will help keep your readers on your site for as long as possible, decreasing bounce rates and improving time on site metrics.

SociallyViral is a fast loading lightweight theme that is ideal for frequent posters looking to leverage the social networks for maximum exposure and all the SEO benefits that delivers.

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14. Essence Pro

Essence Pro is a theme for WordPress websites covering health, wellness, and lifestyle topics.

The default design of the Essence Pro homepage layout has lots of space for you to display inspiring images to your visitors. If you’re a health, wellness, or lifestyle blogger, then there’s a good chance that you’ll find the image sections of the default homepage layout ideal for sharing content that will help you connect with your target audience.

The other sections of the homepage layout include the panels that enable you to promote your featured blog posts on the front page of your site. The featured images from blog posts are displayed to give them more visual appeal, hopefully increasing the chances of your visitors clicking through to check out your content.

The large and unmissable email opt-in form can be used to persuade your visitors to join your newsletter and subscribe for regular updates. There’s also a homepage section for promoting a selection of the key pages from your website, complete with clickable images that take the visitors to the linked content.

As well as the stylish homepage layout, Essence Pro also comes with lots of other templates for the rest of your website. This includes a landing page template to help you promote an offer to your audience as well as numerous different blog and page layouts. As this theme from StudioPress was built to take full advantage of the latest version of the WordPress editor, you can use the blocks of the new interface to add a range of layout and content elements to your posts and pages. While Essence Pro doesn’t come with a drag-and-drop page builder plugin, it does work with all the best tools of this type to help you customize your website and its content.

Thanks to its SEO-friendly code and design, Essence Pro won’t get in the way of your online marketing efforts.

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15. Lebe

Lebe is a multipurpose WooCommerce theme that can help you build many types of SEO-friendly ecommerce stores.

With 12 homepage layouts in the Lebe package, you should find that this theme is suitable for creating online shops for selling electronic devices, furniture stores, and clothing, to name just a few. As well as the focused demos, Lebe also has more general-purpose options that can be used to sell almost any type of project. As this theme has full ecommerce support, creating online shops of all varieties is very straightforward with Lebe.

To help your online store stand out from the crowd, Lebe has some interesting features to enhance the user experience. One of those features lets you apply the popular infinite scroll to your pages. With this effect enabled, your visitors can scroll down the page, with a continuous feed of products being displayed. As your shoppers won’t need to load a new page to continue viewing your products, with infinite scroll, there’s a greater chance of them seeing more of your inventory, and hopefully finding something they want to buy.

There are multiple product templates and displays in the Lebe theme package too. Thanks to this, you should be able to find the right layouts to present your products to your visitors. You can also use the different templates to mix things up and keep the design of your store interesting. The other templates in the Lebe package give you lots of options for the product category feeds, the shopping cart, and checkout sections of your store, as well as the blog section, should you wish to add one to your ecommerce store.

As Lebe has been built around the powerful WPBakery Page Builder plugin, you can edit all of the templates with this tool.

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