In this age, having a good standing with Google and the other search engines is really important, especially for people who have websites. While having a theme wasn’t always something that required careful consideration, the stringent standards set by search engines have increasingly made having a good theme very important.

Even without considering SEO, a great theme will reduce the number of modifications you have to make to a website, it also reduces the number of plugins you’d have to use, making your website faster. Let’s take a look at some of the best WordPress themes that won’t just reduce the number of plugins you’ll need but that also come with features that make search engines love your website.


This comes first on this list because it is one of the most popular themes around, and one of the most SEO friendly. Astra is SEO friendly, sporting lightweight code and working on just any type of website you want to build. It needs less than 30KB of resources and the many customizations make it unique. Astra is also known to be compatible with page builders like Thrive Architect, Divi, and Elemento.


Another theme I love is OceanWP. It’s free, SEO friendly, but with premium extensions which you’d need to buy if you want support for the many website features. Working well will major page builders, OceanWP makes building different types of websites a breeze. It’s responsive, great for eCommerce, comes with built-in SEO base, and its RTL ready.

Genesis Framework

Genesis makes modifications to your websites really easy as it comes with child themes which makes building of different types of websites a breeze. Genesis sports minimalistic designs, so you get to enjoy great performance and speed. Genesis is also responsive.

So, there you have three themes that are absolutely SEO friendly. There are a myriad others on the market. I started testing Avada in recent weeks and it’s been great. While these themes work great on websites and help to increase website load speeds, they won’t work well if your web host isn’t great.

So if you want to invest in a super SEO friendly theme, I’d also recommend that you invest in great hosting.