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Want to sell more tickets to your speaking engagements?
A blog can help you build your audience and increase your profile as a speaker.
The themes selected below are mainly designed for blogging, but also have effective layouts for promoting the personal brands of talented speakers.
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Free themes for speakers
Only highly-rated WordPress themes have made the list. They’re all responsive and up-to-date with the latest version of WordPress too.Here are my top picks for best speaker WordPress themes for 2020.
1. Author by Compete Themes
Why use Author for your website as a professional speaker? There are a few reasons.
First, the free Author WordPress theme includes a place for your site title and an avatar at the top of the sidebar. One of the simplest and most powerful ways to build your personal brand is to simply include photos of yourself on your site. The sidebar is immediately visible and stays visible on every page as visitors scroll through your content.
This simple theme is perfect for blogging and content marketing. You can publish as many posts as you want and they’ll display beautifully across all devices including iPhones and Android phones. There are a handful of practical customization options included too.
Change the number of words in automatic post excerpts or write out a click-enticing excerpt for every post you publish. Display excerpts or the full post content on the homepage of your site with just one-click. You can add links to any social networks you’re on too and the icons will be displayed prominently in the sidebar above your main menu.
2. Challenger by Compete Themes
If you’re interested in building a following with your site, Challenger may be the best choice.
The stand out feature of this blogging WordPress theme is the lead generation header. It’s fully customizable including the colors, text, button URL, and background image. Plus, it adapts perfectly to mobile devices so you can always collect a new email address. Building an email list will allow you to notify your fans easily when you have a new speaking gig or product to offer.
Challenger has a one-column layout so it’s best for making a simple blog. Content marketers who put special care and attention into their writing will appreciate this no-distractions minimalism. There is also a Challenger Pro plugin that adds a ton more customization tools to the site so you can fully personalize each element of the design.
3. Blossom Coach by Blossom Themes
The Blossom Coach theme has a clean and professional design that might be perfect for your needs as a speaker.
This modern theme includes a built-in homepage builder which you can see in action on the live demo. While there are quite a few beautiful sections included, the pro version gives you access to even more, plus the option to reorder them.
Blossom Coach has some great marketing tools included too. The bar along the top of the site can help you build an email list on every page of your site. It’s eye-catching without being overly intrusive.
Thanks to the versatile design, you can use this responsive theme for virtually any niche. Create a gorgeous website as a speaker focusing on health and fitness, marketing, event planning, social media, or any other industry you can imagine.
4. Shift by Compete Themes
Shift is fully compatible with the new Gutenberg post editor. Publish media-rich posts with ease using this cutting edge publishing tech. It also works with popular page builder plugins like Elementor which enables a huge amount of customization potential. Use Elementor to make an entirely custom homepage design instead of featuring your latest posts.
On top of the other plugin integrations, Shift is also a WooCommerce-compatible theme so you can add an entire eCommerce store to your site. The online shop can be added to your menu and run alongside your blog and any other pages you publish.
5. Starter Blog by Fahim Murshed
Starter Blog has a minimalist aesthetic with a few splashes of color to liven up each page. As a speaker, you’ll likely appreciate the placement of the avatar at the top center of the header. Including your photo in the header of every page should go a long ways towards strengthening your brand.
As a speaker, you’ll likely want to blog about the same topics you speak on. The content-centric design of this theme will help you get more readers who may then pay to attend one of your talks.
While the demo mainly shows of the blog layout, Blog Starter is compatible with a handful of page builder plugins and Gutenberg. The page builder integrations mean you can create more advanced templates and layouts without needing to change themes. Use it to cover any niche you want; travel, fashion, business, you name it.
Which free theme for speakers is best?
Author is my first recommendation as its a natural fit for writers, authors, and anyone else looking to build their brand.
Challenger is best for email list building, and Blossom Coach is an even better choice if you want to make a larger site with a more advanced homepage layout.
Do you have any questions about these free WordPress themes for speakers? Post in the comments section below.
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