If you’re a writer or a poet like me and are blogging on the greatest blogging platform online WordPress, you must be looking for a nice theme for the long-form content. In this post I am listing 5 must have plugins and 5 best themes for the long-form writers.
5 Must Have Plugins for Long-Form Content Writers
- Co-Authors Plus: With this plugin, co-authored by Automattic, you can add multiple authors to a post, page or a custom post type. It allows all the co-authors associated with a post to edit that post. It also allows to add guest byline to your post, if the writer is not an author on your blog.
- Press75 Long Form Story Builder: This plugin allows you to create long stories using pages post type that are interactive as well as feature rich.
- You can choose from various fonts and colors using the What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor.
- Add header images, full width image with text on it.
- Callout buttons, separate navigation, with colored background or an image as background.
- Choose from two column or three column layout
- Storyform: This is another that lets you create feature-rich stories. You can create full screen horizontal-flipping magazine like layout for your posts. Difference between Storyform and Press75 Story builder is that Storyform allows you to create stories out of posts also. Moreover, in the free version of Storyform, it allows only one story a month and is not white-labeled.
- Rating-Widget – Star Review System: This customizable, cross-browser plugin allows you to add thumb and star ratings in your posts, pages, custom post types, WooCommerce products, BuddyPress and bbPress content. It also comes with a ‘Top Rated’ widget where you can show your most popular articles. In free version it supports 1M/month page views and is not white brand.
- Editorial Calendar: Lets you manage your published posts, scheduled posts and allows you to manage your entire blog using drag and drop feature.
5 Great Themes For Writers
For long-form content, the themes must be responsive with enhanced readability features and focus on typography. Here are 5 such themes, two of them designed by me.
Intemporel (French for Timeless) is a free responsive WordPress theme. Intemporel is a modern theme with a clean layout and standard typography. It has colors inspired by Google’s material design and can be customized however you want. Intemporel is designed for blogs and magazines in mind. It’s based on Underscores framework by Automattic.
Amidst Sky is a free, premium quality, responsive WordPress theme with a minimal layout and beautiful typography. Amidst Sky is designed for personal blogs and magazines with long-form content.
Resonar is one of the best themes for your personal blog featuring long-form content like stories and poetry. It gives your content a high quality space with serif like Libre Baskerville and Playfair Display making it more elegant. You can download Resonar from WordPress repository for free.
Coherent is another minimal and responsive theme for long-form content. Coherent is a simple, structured theme with fullscreen featured images and a sliding panel sidebar. The theme supports custom background, custom headers and is also a great theme for Photoblogging. Download Coherent theme.
Designed by Automattic, Scrawl is a free, clean and responsive WordPress theme. Designed especially for long-form writing, with bold featured images, fancy image captions and pull quotes, and plenty of space for your content to shine. Theme also features a slide-out sidebar provides ready access to all your secondary content, including social links, custom menu, and widgets. Download Scrawl.
Not just these, but there are plenty of other great themes for long form writing like Coherent and Satellite that you can try according to your needs. If you think I missed some great (free) plugin or theme, just add in the comments.