Why is it so hard?
The indie gaming community is great, but it’s so hard to get people to find and buy your game. If you’re going to stand a chance, you need to start promoting the day you start coding. One of the best ways to do that is to publish a developer blog and frequently update it and your social channels.
If you’re using WordPress, there are tens of thousands of themes available. The right theme can make your work look great and your game easy to follow. The themes below are well-designed for acquiring readership and posting graphics from your games.
If you’re ready to create your site with WP, check out the five themes for game development below.
WordPress game developer themes
Every theme listed below works with the latest version of WordPress and is fully responsive. That means they look great on desktop computers and mobile devices.
Use any of these themes to start a dev blog, build a community, and promote your indie game studio.
1. Ruby by Webdoone (Themeforest)
Ruby is a gorgeous theme with an aesthetic that matches the gaming industry well. Use it for an all-in-one site where you feature your games and publish news on a dev blog.
Ruby features a large, responsive images slider for promoting new and upcoming games. Below the slider is a more traditional blog layout. You can keep subscribers up-to-date with new game developments and use the sidebar to share social profiles and your newsletter.
The Ruby game developer theme includes nine homepage layouts and a variety of customizations in the live customizer. With AdSense support and WooCommerce integration, it’s easy to monetize your site with multiple revenue streams.
2. Typer by Playne Themes (Themeforest)
Typer opens up with a fullscreen cover image and page title. It’s a beautiful way to showcase game art or a graphic for your upcoming game. Below that, Typer transitions to a minimalist personal blogging layout.
Due to its simple design, Typer is a good choice for a game development blog. There’s a great balance between text content and placement of images and video.
While other themes on this list have a huge range of features, Typer keeps it simple. A smaller feature set might not be ideal if you want to use your site for more than blogging and basic game promotion, but it’s very easy to setup. Customization options allow you to change the text, color, and images for all cover images and add links to your social profiles.
3. Vlog by meks (Themeforest)
Vlog is a video blogging theme with an incredibly clean and professional look. The clean design uses plenty of whitespace and focuses visitor attention on the videos.
Vlog would be a cool choice for a developer who prefers creating video content over traditional blogging. If you hate writing, why not do quick video updates on your games? When you have a trailer or gameplay to share, the videos will naturally and easily fit in with the site.
The Vlog theme works with Youtube, Vimeo, and Twitch (plus a few more). Videos can be grouped into playlists and thumbnails are automatically detected and used as Featured Images. Add in hundreds of layout combinations, and Vlog is an amazingly well-designed and customizable video blog theme.
4. Norway by Major Themes (Themeforest)
Norway is a minimalist theme for blogging. It’s an obvious choice for the developer who wants to run a simple dev blog.
The primary menu can link to your games or even post categories based on each game. Norway would work particularly well for a solo indie game developer. The clean blogging theme also comes with custom colors, hundreds of fonts sourced from Google Fonts, and shortcodes for special content.
Whether you’re publishing mobile games or steam games, Norway will give you a strong web presence to promote your work.
5. WP Portal by Dannci (Themeforest)
If you have a large existing game library or a lot of gaming new and updates to publish, WP Portal may be your best bet.
WP Portal has a magazine-style layout and aesthetic, so it can handle large volumes of content. Besides using it for a blog, this theme would also work well for a webmaster who wants to publish gaming industry news or updates on other games outside their studio.
WP Portal has a drag-and-drop layout builder, color customizations, and font selection. It’s also WooCommerce compatible, so you can sell product straight from your site.
Which game dev theme is right for you?
The themes listed above have an emphasis on blogging, but some can support much more content. Decide on the goals for your site and the content you’ll need first before choosing a theme. Then picking the right theme will be much easier.
Have any questions about these themes or setting up a WordPress site? Leave a comment below.