Picking a WordPress theme is an essential step you need to take when creating a website with Elementor. You can’t create a WordPress site without a theme as it’s one of the required components of the WordPress platform. A brand new WordPress installation comes with three themes: Twenty Nineteen, Twenty Seventeen, and Twenty Twenty.
You can actually use Elementor on any WordPress theme, but for certain reasons, you might want to use a theme of your choice instead of the default themes offered by WordPress.
Two crucial things to notice when looking for a WordPress theme for Elementor:
Although your WordPress site is created with Elementor, the theme you use still plays a vital role in terms of performance. The load time of your site is affected by the theme you use. For this reason, you need to use a WordPress theme that offers decent performance.
- The ability to control the single post layout components
If you use Elementor Pro, you will be able to create a custom template for the single post layout (the differences between Elementor Free vs Elementor Pro). However, not everything can be controlled by Elementor. Elementor offers no option to control the typography settings of the heading elements and comment column. You only be able to set the typography settings of the main body text.
The ability to control the components of the single post layout is crucial enough especially if you use Elementor for blogging or creating an online magazine.
Here is the list of the best free WordPress themes for Elementor.
Best free WordPress themes for Elementor
Hello is a free WordPress theme developed by the Elementor team. It’s a very simple, sidebarless theme. When you go to the theme customizer (Appearance -> Customize), you will even only find very limited options. You will only find options to set your site identity (logo and favicon), homepage, and menu. No other options are offered. This theme is designed specifically for Elementor Pro where you can create all parts (the header, footer, single post layout, search results page, and so on) yourself.
Layers is another theme owned by Elementor. The theme was bought by Elementor in early 2019. Layers is not available on the WordPress theme directory. You can download the theme on its official site. Layers is also a simple enough theme, but it offers more options than Hello. First, it offers a sidebar just like most WordPress themes. Second, it offers more styling options. For instance, Layers allows you to set a font family for both the body and the heading of the single post layout, which is great if you want to create a dynamic website with Elementor Pro. There are also options to enable/disable meta info components like date and author.
Kava is a theme developed by Crocoblock, the developer of premium Elementor add-ons like JetMenu, JetEngine, JetPopup, and JetWooBuilder. This theme is designed specifically for blogging and built to fully compatible with Elementor. Same as Layers, Kava isn’t available on the WordPress theme directory. You can download Kava on its official site.
As a blogging theme, Kava offers 10 different single post layout options. Plus, you can set the typography of all components on the single post layout, including the heading elements (heading 1 to heading 6), body text, and submit button. You can also set the color scheme of your theme. Some parts you can set the colors of are:
- Accent color
- Primary text
- Secondary text
- Site link
- Link hover
- Headings (heading 1 to heading 6)
Features like breadcrumbs, back to top button, the ability to enable/disable meta info components are also available. Best of all, Kava allows you to disable themes’ styles if you want to create a website with Elementor Pro.
The stats of about Kava performance (based on Pingdom.com).
- Performance grade: 96%
- Load time: 617 ms
- Page size: 202.7kb
- Requests: 14
4. Agency Plus
Agency Plus is not a popular theme, but it is great enough for Elementor. It is a simple theme that offers limited setting options, which something tempting if you want to create a website Elementor. Agency Plus is especially a great theme if you use Elementor Pro. It offers no feature to control the typography of the single post layout, but if you have a little CSS knowledge, you can do so by editing its CSS file. Agency Plus is available on the official plugin directory of WordPress.
Hestia is a theme developed by ThemeIsle, a well-known WordPress theme developer company. You can also use this theme to create a WordPress theme with Elementor. Hestia is released as a freemium theme with the free version is available on the WordPress theme directory. The free version is enough if you want to create a WordPress theme with Elementor as most core features are available on the free version. With Hestia Free, you will be able to control the typography of the single post layout, including the heading and body text.
Features like back to top button, social media sharing button, the ability to select blog layout, and so on are also available.
GeneratePress is a popular enough WordPress theme with over 300,000 active installations according to a stat on WordPress.org. Same as Hestia, this theme is also released as a freemium theme. GeneratePress is well-known for its lightness. Your page will approximately size about 30kb with this GeneratePress.
While the pro version offers more features, the free version is enough if you use Elementor Pro as the the majority of its core features are also available on the free version. One of which is the ability to set the typography of the heading elements on the single post layout (heading 1 to heading 3). You can even set the line height when customizing the typography. Other options offered by this theme is the ability to set the colors of the following components:
- Main body text
- Site link
- Hover link
- Link visited
- Blog post title
OceanWP is another feature-rich WordPress theme that is available as a freemium theme. Meaning there is an option to use it for free. It comes with a theme panel where you can make some settings like customizing the header, footer, single post layout, 404 page, and so on. OceapWP is a great theme whether you use Elementor Free or Pro. It is fully compatible with Elementor. It even has native integration with Elementor. When customizing the 404 page and footer, for instance, you can select from an Elementor template.
If you want to use OceanWP with Elementor Pro and curious if this theme allows you to control the typography of the single post layout, yes you can. You can even customize every single detail of single post layout components. From the typography of the heading elements, comment box (typography and text area), and the submit button. The options to set the site link color, body text color, and colors of the theme parts are also available. OceanWP also comes with features like breadcrumbs and back to top.
Zakra is another feature-rich WordPress theme that is released as a freemium theme. The basic features of this theme are available on the free version. If you use Elementor Pro, it’s not necessary to use the pro version of Zakra. Most pro features of Zakra already covered by Elementor:
- Sticky header
- Transparent header
- Related products for WooCommerce
- Grid blog layout
- Masonry blog layout
- Related Posts
- Post Autor Bio
Zakra offers options to customize the components of the single post layout on your site, including the typography of the headings (H 1 to H 6), the submit button, and so on. Zakra has a performance grade of A (98%) according to Pingdom.
Neve is another theme developed by ThemeIsle, other than Hestia. It has a great performance grade with a page size of about 28kb for the default configuration. Same as Hestia, ThemeIsle also releases Neve as a freemium theme. Neve comes with a header and footer builder. From this builder, you can add five elements: button, HTML, menu icon, search icon, secondary menu. Unfortunately, the free version doesn’t offer options to enable a sticky header or transparent header. If you use Elementor Pro, it doesn’t matter as Elementor allows you to create a sticky header.
The free version of Neve offers three blog layouts and three single post layouts. You can also hide/show meta info components. Furthermore, if you use Elementor Pro and want to create a custom single post template, you can also set the typography of the heading elements via theme customizer. You can also customize the submit button. The free version of Neve has no scroll to top feature.
If you are looking for a free WordPress theme that offers a sticky header feature, you can give Sydney a try. Sydney is a WordPress theme developed by aThemes, another popular WordPress theme developer company. You can use Sydney for free with an option to upgrade to pro to unlock more features. If you use Elementor Pro then the free version of Sydney is more than enough.
Sydney offers more options to customize your site header. In addition to the option to enable/disable the sticky header, you can also add an image or video slider to the header. Also, you can set the menu on the left side or on the center. Sydney also allows you to customize the typography of the heading elements of the single post layout.
Whether you want to create a blog, portfolio site, company profile size, e-commerce, or even an online magazine with Elementor, Customify is the theme you can try. It is also a feature-rich theme that offers a bunch of customization options. Customify comes with a header and footer builder (with a drag and drop interface) where you can add native WordPress widgets. If you want to create a sidebarless website, there are also options to disable sidebars on all areas. From single post layout, blog layout, single page layout, and so on.
Customify also allows you to fully customize the single post layout on your site. While you can create a custom single post template and use the Post Content widget to customize the font of the body text, you can customize the typography of the heading elements (as well as the text color) via WordPress theme customizer as Customify offers options to do so. If you need features like a sticky header, transparent header, and mega menu, you can update to the pro version. Alternatively, you can use Elementor Pro.
Flexia is a product of WPDeveloper, the developer of Essential Addons, the most popular premium Elementor add-ons. So, if you use Essential Addons on your Elementor-powered site, Flexia is a great theme you can switch to. Flexia is also a feature-rich theme which is released as a freemium product. Even so, you don’t need to use the pro version especially if you use Elementor Pro as most of its basic features are already available on the free version. The features available on the free version of Flexia include sticky header, the ability to fully customize the single post layout, breadcrumbs (which you can customize as well), the ability to customize site colors, and so on.
If you love a full-screen search box, it also a plus point as Flexia offers it. You can customize the overlay color.
Astra is one of the popular free WordPress themes with over 1 million active installs according to WordPress.org. It is also a great theme to create a WordPress site with Elementor. Astra even offers Elementor templates to streamline your site creation workflow (you need to install an additional plugin to import the templates). Astra itself is a feature-rich theme. Features like mega menu, sticky header, spacing control, and WooCommerce designer are offered by Astra. However, you need to use the pro version to use all of the offered features. Again, if you use Elementor Pro, upgrading to Astra Pro is not necessary.
With the free version of Astra, you will be able to fully customize the single post layout of you site just like most themes above.
14. Page Builder Framework
Page Builder Framework is a WordPress theme that is designed specifically for page builder plugins. So, if you want to create a WordPress site with Elementor, it is a great theme you can use. It has a 99% performance grade on Pingdom. Page Builder Framework is also a feature-rich theme that comes with the following features:
- Sticky and transparent header
- Mega menu and off-canvas menu
- White label
- Advanced WooCommerce integration
- Advanced typography
One thing. All of the features above are only available on the pro version of Page Builder Framework. You don’t need to upgrade to the pro version if you already use Elementor Pro as all features above are already covered by Elementor Pro. The free version of Page Builder Framework allows you to fully customize the single post layout. You can set the typography of the heading elements, customize the submit button, and so on.
You can also try Phlox to create a WordPress site with Elementor. The theme, which is released as a freemium theme, also offers plenty of features. Especially if you use Elementor Pro. The features offered by Phlox are more than enough. It also allows you to fully customize the single post layout of your WordPress site by setting the typography of the heading elements and submit button.
The bottom line
Being the most popular page builder plugin, Elementor offers a very intuitive editor to make site creating far way more fun than ever before. With Elementor, the WordPress theme you use doesn’t matter too much anymore as you can create custom theme parts yourself using its Theme Builder feature. However, not everything can be covered by Elementor. So far, one of Elementor’s downsides is its inability to fully customize the single post template.
There are a bunch of free WordPress themes out there you can use to create a WordPress site with Elementor. To save you time in conducting research, we have narrowed down the choices by collecting the most-used themes for Elementor. Depending on your purpose. If you want to create a relatively static site (such as company profile and portfolio site), Hello is a great option as it is very light. Conversely, if you want to create a more dynamic site with the ability to fully customize the single post layout, Kava, GeneratePress, OceanWP, and Zakra are worth trying.