Best Free and Premium WordPress Themes for Mathematics and Science blogs

A template for Science or Mathematics web/blog must be clean, readable, print & formula friendly. This article enlist the most promising WordPress themes for Science & Mathematics education blogs. The list applies to both, free WordPress.com & self hosted WordPress.org blogs.

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For a mathematics website or blog, the very first requirement is nothing but excellent readability. Reader must be focused on the content all the time she spends on your site. Any extra gimmicks will lose her trust on your site. After being inspired from the designs of best of mathematics and science blogs, we have curated a small list of the best free WordPress themes for mathematics and science blogs. The following parameters were required to be fulfilled for WordPress themes to be listed as a good theme for math/science blog:

Readability:

Most important.

A mathematics blog should have clean design, bigger font sizes and better contrast, so that the reader don’t lose her focus from a post. Homepage is allowed to be a bit less readable, but there should not be unnecessary elements on the single article view.

Number of Columns

Medium importance.

The homepage may have more than two columns, but number of columns in single post templates must not exceed two. Each extra column makes site heavier to load and harder to concentrate on the content.

Print friendly

High importance.

Every one wants math/ education articles in print. Therefore, all single posts must be cleanly printable. This can be done by adding a print friendly style-sheet in theme. WordPress.com blog owners need to pay about 30 United States Dollars to do changes in CSS. So, nothing can be better for them if the theme natively includes a clutter-free and print friendly cascading style sheet. You’ll be surprised to know that 95% themes are not print-friendly.

Font selection : Sans-serif or Serif?

Low importance.

Readers prefer Sans-serif fonts for reading and serif fonts in print. There is no limitations to the type of fonts one should choose as theme’s default font-family on front-end. But it’s highly recommended to have serif fonts in print.

Responsiveness

Low importance.

Millions of readers prefer to visit websites using hand-held devices. It is best to have a mobile/tablet theme for the site. You can also chose a theme which is responsive and adapts the width of the device with which you’re accessing the site.

LaTeX/MathML Rendering

Medium importance.

90% of WordPress math blogs (including WordPress.com blogs) use WP LaTeX rendering system to display formulas on their site. Several themes, including Twenty Eleven , render LaTeX png formulas badly. 60% of WordPress themes have no support for WP LaTeX. There is nothing to worry about the rendering of MathML formulas, as they solely depend on javascript and are rendered by browser, not the theme.

Based on the above description of parameters, following WordPress themes will fit well on new or old math and science blogs:

Themes ideal for Math and Science Blogs

Responsive

‘Responsive’ is responsive, clean and eye-catchy WordPress theme. It’s suited best for science blogs and profile pages. It is available for self-hosted WordPress.org installations. WordPress.com version is not available and was retired couple of years ago.

Sciencex Lite

This is a flexible WordPress theme that has been designed for websites of research groups and Professors. There are several WordPress themes available for Science and Maths, but all of them do not fulfill the requirements of the personalized website of a researcher or a professor. However, ScienceX is a beautifully designed theme that is designed while keeping in mind the research and experimental perspectives. This WordPress theme helps you build a personal or professional blog on your website easily and provides a custom color feature that provides you with an elegant website. There is an ideal feature that allows you to add a logo with your website. Admin can set a custom navigation menu that is perfect to take control of the existing menu and get a user-friendly and accessible menu.

Features

  • Custom Widgets
  • Unlimited Text Color
  • 24/7 Customer support
  • Change background
  • Choose icons
  • Powerful theme options
  • Parallax effect

Eco-friendly Lite

This is a responsive WordPress theme that is contemporary and beautiful. It is suitable for nature, herbal, fresh, organic, and scientific websites. There are multipurpose templates and it is easy to use and feature-rich theme. This theme has fast-loading speed and great performance. You can build amazing web pages using Google fonts, Nivo slider, and footer widgets. This theme is SEO friendly and is compatible with WooCommerce. This theme has a green template that is dynamic. You can use WPML, qTranslate X, and Polylang plugins for multilingual websites or page builders like Elementor, Divi, visual composer, and live composer.

Features

  • Widget friendly sidebar
  • Responsive with mobile and tablet view
  • The theme can be customized
  • Is compatible with various devices like mobiles, PCs, laptops, tablets, and other HD resolution monitors. 
  • Easy to use and handle even by beginners
  • Compatible with WooCommerce 
  • Compatible with the latest WordPress version 

Tempo

Tempo’s design is modern and can be used for different types of websites like chemical, pharmaceutical, medicine, science, architecture, and more. With Tempo you will get an amazing blog view and header and it is one of the most powerful and flexible themes. Tempo is an SEO optimized theme that is modular and well-organized so you can build any layouts easily. Tempo offers a multi-location contact page, flexible design, infinite scroll blog, and portfolio pages, so now you get the liberty to build any layouts with Tempo. 

Features

  • SEO optimized
  • CSS3 animated
  • Highly responsive
  • Infinite scrolling
  • Ajax loading
  • Widgets available
  • SEO optimized
  • Demo data is available for import
  • Support through website
  • Detailed documentation

Cannyon

It is a flexible and creative WordPress theme that can be used for different types of websites like chemical, medicine, pharmaceutical, agriculture, and science. There are a flat design concept and responsive layout along with a minimalist theme for small businesses and startups. Cannyon has a widgetized footer, clean design, and full-width header. There are three photo gallery layouts and this theme is suitable for numerous types of devices like a notebook, desktop, iPhone, tablet, etc. This theme is easy to set up and customize and it is available with free support. 

Main features

  • Custom header
  • Parallax header
  • Custom logo
  • Header buttons
  • Custom copyright
  • Custom social links
  • Left and right sidebar
  • Full-width layout

Materialize

Materialize theme is a multipurpose theme for material design and with this theme you will get 14 homepages and 10 posting formats. This theme is minimalistic, classy, and clean. You will get 150 shortcodes and content blocks to customize your website. With Materialize you will get an innovative blog and portfolio layouts along with several accordion styles. This theme is flexible, and adaptable and provides a dynamic look. There are unlimited colors, 5 footers, and 11 headers to play with. This theme is specially crafted for chemical, medicine, science, agriculture, pharmaceutical, and more.  

Main features

  • Responsive layout
  • Custom header
  • Custom breadcrumbs setting
  • Frontpage layout
  • Customized background images and colors
  • General layout settings
  • Social links

Exclusive Mathematics WP themes

Imperion

This is a neat and stylish WordPress theme that is preferred by several companies and enterprises. They provide various types of business services. You will get access to numerous creative templates including vital sections and widgets. Imperion WP theme has numerous ready-to-use templates and has a classy and amazing layout. With this theme, you will get a clean template for your business with animated backgrounds, infographic blocks, and full-width slider. This theme is awesome for math, cryptocurrency and bitcoins business. Imperion WordPress theme has a user-friendly interface and will help create a perfect template. 

Main features 

  • Responsive admin panel
  • Search engine friendly
  • WPML ready
  • Sample data installer
  • Easy installation

Monstroid

This is a multi-purpose WP theme that offers more than 50 built-in skins to be used in different projects. They are easy to install and are completely flexible so that you can customize and change even the tiniest detail. This multipurpose theme includes pre-built designs and plugins that are fast and lightweight. With Monstroid you can build websites on various topics including Mathematics, photography, business, design, and food. You will save plenty of time while building a website on the Monstroid and all you have to do is replace the demo content with your own and make some changes. You have to pay only once and get new designs every month. The Monstroid theme is based on the Elementor builder with premium add-ons, which makes the editing process easier with drag-n-drop technologies.

Main features

  • Responsive theme
  • Admin Panel
  • Search Engine friendly
  • Retina ready
  • WPML ready
  • Long-term support
  • Sample data installer
  • Visual Editor
  • Easy Installation

Ascendio WordPress

This is a responsive theme that is suitable for corporates, companies, and businesses. It is a lightweight and customizable theme suitable for all business types. It uses semantic coding which makes it compatible with handheld devices. Ascendio provides great functionality for your fastest-growing needs. There are superior features and latest analytics in this theme and you can use the advanced admin panel and rich UI kit to get a unique look and feel. There are multiple layouts that help you modify and change to more than 25 content modules. 

Main Features

  • Responsive theme
  • Admin Panel
  • Search Engine friendly
  • Retina ready
  • WPML ready
  • Long-term support
  • Sample data installer
  • Visual Editor
  • Optimized Source Code
  • Easy Installation
  • Elementor Page builder. 

JohnnyGo

The template of this theme is multi-purpose and fits on various types of websites like mathematics or businesses. Using this theme, your website will look highly modern and will demonstrate all the possibilities and facilities. It offers flexible page builders, amazing layouts, powerful WP tools, and multiple pages. With JohnnyGo, you can showcase your projects in an appropriate manner and can sell the products using WooCommerce plugins. JohnnyGo is a smart page builder that uses drag and drop technology along with many add-ons. The design built with JohnnyGo looks amazing on all types of screens. You will have access to more than 20 custom pages and you can build a website within one-click. 

Main Features: 

  • Responsive theme
  • Admin Panel
  • Search Engine friendly
  • Retina ready
  • WPML ready
  • Long-term support
  • Sample data installer
  • Visual editor optimized
  • Easy installation

Online Tutor

This theme has a classic design and provides amazing functionality. It is a great theme for students and educators as learning tutorials and educational lectures can be placed online easily. There are many options for landing pages like blogs, biography, or professional publications. Online Tutor has been designed to support live classes, webinars, and sessions for students located worldwide. This theme provides complete eCommerce support along with payment support. 

Main features:

  • Sign-in bar on the header for admin
  • Free or premium Video Tag
  • Lead capture form that is customized
  • Pricing listing table
  • Multiple page sidebar selection

Vintage Themes

These themes are still available for download but do not comply with latest design standards. If you want to give your math or science blog a vintage look, you should try these.

Twenty Ten

Twenty Ten  theme
Twenty Ten theme (via WordPress.com)

This feature packed theme deserves praise for excellent readability, beautiful print styling and excellent LaTeX support. This theme is clean, widget ready and responsive. It should be the first choice for anyone starting a math blog.

[Use Twenty Ten theme on WordPress] [Use Twenty Ten theme on WordPress.com]

Tarski

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Used by renowned mathematicians around the globe, Tarski has everything a research blog-theme should have. If you are trying to build a research blog, go for Tarski.

[Download Tarski from WordPress theme repository]
Not available for WordPress.com [see foot-note]

Twenty Fourteen

2014’s default theme for WordPress , Twenty Fourteen is a mix of magazine and blog layout. Make it your own with just a little customizations as this theme already has brilliant readability, print friendly style sheet and several widgets areas. If you’re launching a science or nature based blog, give this theme a go. It’s available at both WordPress.org and WordPress.com.

Stargazer

Justin Tadlock’s awesome WordPress theme, Stargazer is less or more a supplement to Twenty Ten theme. It’s free to use on WordPress.org blogs.

Coraline

Looking to add more features in Twenty Ten theme? Start with Coraline. It has more widget areas, more custom options and it is as good as Twenty Ten. Download this theme for WordPress or WordPress.com blogs.

Chunk

Chunk is bold and light WordPress theme suitable for blogs with “less math, more philosophy” contents. It’s available for both WordPress.org and WordPress.com

Suits

Suits is suitable for blogs of any kind. So, why not math and science sites?

You can download suits for WordPress.org blogs or use it on WordPress.com.


Footnote: Tarski is retired from WordPress.com theme showcase and is available only to those blogs which used it at least once in past.

I wanted to add two more themes to the list, Kubrick and Rubric, but sadly they have been retired already and no longer being updated. Other themes worth trying are My Life,  Liquorice, Syntax and Twenty Thirteen , all available for both .org and .com sites.

This was all for now. If you want to add a theme to the list, which follows all the parameters very well, then please leave a comment and help us add that.

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7 comments add your comment

  1. You give a nice information and responsive blog. But I use Education Soul theme at vumath.com which is not responsive for mathematical equations. Is this theme is responsive for all type of math equations and formulas?

  2. You have a very rich and responsive blog here. Is It WordPress? You did not mention AccessPress as a good theme for science blog. It is an amazing theme. I am using AccessPress Root for my website www.thephysicist.me

  3. You have a very rich and responsive blog here. Is It WordPress? You did not mention AccessPress as a good theme for science blog. It is an amazing theme. I am using AccessPress Root for my website www.thephysicist.me

  4. I’d recommend the Ryu theme for math. Inline and centered equations are the best I’ve seen, and it doesn’t cut off many of the equations like Tarski does. Check out my blog link to see it in action. Thanks.

  5. I’d recommend the Ryu theme for math. Inline and centered equations are the best I’ve seen, and it doesn’t cut off many of the equations like Tarski does. Check out my blog link to see it in action. Thanks.

  6. Gaurav thank u so much u shear with us beautiful theme collection . i see all theme . its really awesome…

    thnks!!!!!

  7. Gaurav thank u so much u shear with us beautiful theme collection . i see all theme . its really awesome…

    thnks!!!!!

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