12 Retro WordPress Themes Compared - 2020
Last modified: January 13, 2020
- MH Retromag-Free Blog/Magazine Theme
- Retro Portfolio-One Page Theme
- Extinct-Vintage Design
- Vintage Immersed-Responsive Retro Theme
- Monaco-Multi Concept Theme
- Wild Book-Creative Theme
- Nostalgia-Portfolio WP Theme
- Borderland-MultiConcept WP Theme
- 90s Retro-Free Retro Theme
- Hipster-Responsive Retro Theme
- Redwoods-Retro Theme
There are so many different kinds of WordPress themes it is almost impossible to discuss them all. There are themes specific to online shops and eCommerce and there are themes for writers, themes for portfolios, themes for businesses and events, etc. the list is endless. WordPress themes are great because they all come with tons of tools and features to help you get your one of a kind website up and running.
An incredibly beneficial part of WordPress themes is that, for most of them, any body that can use a computer can effectively use a theme to build a site on their own. You do not need to be a tech wiz or have taken coding classes or have coding knowledge to use them. The themes are built with the intention to be used by basically anyone that wants to build a website, whatever the purpose may be. Today we are discussing different themes that all have one thing common, they are retro WordPress themes. They all have a vintage, retro, old school look to give your site personality.
Retro WordPress Themes Can Give Your Site a Unique Look
Many sites today are all about looking sleek, and modern but this is not necessarily a good look or the right look for every single new website. For example, if you are a small mom and pop store having a modern looking layout for your site might not best represent your company. Having a retro theme can show the personality of yourself, if your site for personal use, or your business. So if you are looking to have your site stand out and give it a look that will make it unique you should definitely consider using one of these retro WordPress themes to use to create your one of a kind site.
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MH Retromag-Free Blog/Magazine Theme
We are getting our Retro WordPress Themes list started with the MH Retromag theme. This is a free blog, magazine, and news WP theme that is a great choice to use for creating retro magazines and vintage websites. This theme is translation ready so if you would like to translate your site into another language you will have the option to do so.
By doing this you can also help widen your audience and increase traffic to your site. There is RTL (right to left) language support as well so you can also translate your site to languages like Arabic or Hebrew. The MH Retromag theme also has a premium version available should you ever need or want to upgrade and get extra features to use.
More Features of the MH Retromag Theme Include:
- Theme options
- Threaded comments
- Custom header
- Customer background
Retro Portfolio-One Page Theme
Next up we have the Retro Portfolio theme. This is a one page vintage WordPress theme so instead of having your site be made up of several pages it can just be one continuous page. This theme is totally responsive and it has retina integration for logo and banner. With Retro Portfolio you also get several home page customization choices that you can play with and easily make your own by adding, removing or rearranging sections on the page.
And there are several color options, thanks to the new color picker, to customize the many sections, pages or blog posts of your site as well. This theme is also entirely translatable so whatever your translating needs are, Retro Portfolio can handle it. This will allow people all over the world to read your site in their native language, leading to more users for you.
More Features of Retro Portfolio Are:
- New and responsive slider
- Portfolio gallery
- More CSS, less images
- Integration with Google fonts
- Anti-spam filter on the contact form
VintWood is a vintage style WordPress theme that is geared towards multiple business types. This theme’s design is fully responsive which means that your site will be able to format to fit various different screen sizes no matter how big or small they may be. It is WooCommerce ready as well which means that should you need or ever want to have an online shopping aspect on your site you will be able to do so.
The VintWood theme is also translation ready to allow you to translate your site into other languages. This theme is also Contact Form 7 ready which is great because this means you will have a way of staying in touch and connected with the subscribers of your site. VintWood was coded with SEO in mind so your site will show up higher in relevant online search results.
More Features of VintWood Are:
- FontAwesome included
- One click demo import
- Multiple custom widgets
- Retina ready
- Revolution slider
Next up we have a WP theme with a very appropriate name, Extinct. This is a portfolio theme so if you are looking for a theme to help you build a site to show off your images if you have found the right theme. It can be used by creative agencies and other similar businesses. It has a vintage design and a set of unique elements to make your site unique to you. Extinct uses the SiteOrigin page builder that will allow you to customize your site any way you want.
This theme has a responsive design that is also retina ready so all of the content on your site will be able to format to fit different size screens no matter how big or small they may be. The Extinct theme is translation ready as well so you can have your site translated into almost any language you could possibly need or want. And it has Contact Form 7 so you will have a way of staying in touch with you site’s users.
Other Features of the Extinct Theme Include:
- More than 500 Google fonts
- Unlimited sidebars
- Ajax loading portfolio
- Works with WPML
Vintage Immersed-Responsive Retro Theme
And we have arrived at number five of our Retro WordPress Themes with the Vintage Immersed theme. This is a multi purpose theme so it can be used to create different kinds of websites but it is designed to be used for sites that will post a lot of images like portfolios or a photo gallery.
It has a resposnive design as well so your site will look great on all different devices no matter their screen size, from desktop to mobile. There is localization support for several languages such as: French, Russian, and German should you ever want or need to translate your website. The Vintage Immersed theme also has some shortcodes so you do not need to have any real coding knowledge in order to build your website the way you want to.
Other Features of the Vintage Immersed Theme Are:
- 6 custom widgets
- Exclusive color themes
- Logo and favicon uploader
- Cross browser compatible
Monaco-Multi Concept Theme
We move on to the Monaco WP theme and it recently had an update so it is better than ever. This is a multi purpose and multi concept theme that has a vintage style. It comes with the Visual Composer page builder plugin which will give you all of he tools you need to easily build and customize your site the way you want. It has a drag and drop tool which means that all you have to do to build your pages is move items around and just drop them where you want.
There is WooCommerce integration as well so your site will be able to manage a retail aspect should you want t include an online shop. The Monaco theme also comes with Contact Form 7 which will give you the ability to stay in touch and connected with your site’s subscribers. This is also a fully responsive and retina ready theme so your site will look great on any device.
More Features of Monaco Are:
- One click sample data
- CSS3 animations
- Powerful admin interface
- Blog layouts
- Search engine optimization
Wild Book-Creative Theme
The Wild Book theme is a vintage and creative theme that is perfect for a creative writer looking to build a site with a vintage feel. It is based on a split page layout and is an excellent choice for a personal blog or an online portfolio. This WordPress theme is also fully responsive and it is retina ready so both your written content as well as any images will be displayed clearly and in high quality on all devices. The Wild Book theme is search engine optimized as well to help bring more traffic and views to your site. It is also multi language ready with over a dozen different languages including some RTL (right to left) languages as well. Wild Book is a flexible and customizable theme so you can easily make your own personal touches to your site so it is unique to you.
More Features of The Wild Book Theme Include:
- Social profiles and share buttons
- Sticky menu
- Custom header image and logo
- Gutenberg optimized
Nostalgia-Portfolio WP Theme
Next up we have another theme with an incredibly fitting name, and that is the Nostalgia theme. This is a minimal portfolio theme that can be used for either personal or corporate uses to create a online portfolio. This theme comes with a working contact form as well which you can use to stay connected and keep in contact with your site’ subscribers.
The Nostalgia theme is cross browser compatible as well which means it can work on most popular web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc. This theme’s layout is responsive so no matter what kind of device your user is using to access your site it will always look great.
Other Features of the Nostalgia Theme Are:
Borderland-MultiConcept WP Theme
The Borderland WordPress theme is another multi concept theme of our retro WordPress themes. It also comes with WooCommerce shop so you can either use it to build an eCommerce or you can just have an online shop section on your website. This theme has a powerful admin panel which will help you to easily build your website from the ground up.
Borderland is translation ready like many of our other themes so you will be able to translate your site into other languages which can increase your site’s audience. The Visual Composer page builder comes with this theme as well so you will be able to create your site exactly the way you imagine it. The layout is resposnive and retina ready so all of your content will always look great. Borderland can also help you to create a one page (instead of multi page) website if you prefer that design.
More Features of the Borderland Theme Are:
- Vertical split screens slider
- Testimonials shortcode
- Ajax page transition animations
- One click demo import
90s Retro-Free Retro Theme
Number ten of our retro WordPress themes takes the idea of giving your site a retro design very literally. This is a free WordPress theme that is geared towards creating blog websites. This theme’s design was created to give your site the look of an old website, like ones from the 90s (hence this theme’s name).
It has pixel fonts as well as neon colors, background music and animated GIFs. 90s Retro is a great theme choice for gamers, guilds, collectors, video game reviews, etc. This is a translation ready WP theme so you have the ability to translate your website into almost any language you could possible want or need. This will help to widen your site’s potential audience and drive up traffic.
More Features of the WP 90s Retro Theme Are:
- Threaded comments
- Custom background
- Theme options
- Sticky post
Hipster-Responsive Retro Theme
The Hipster WP theme can be used for either personal use or business. It has a resposnive design that is also retina ready so all elements of your site, even images, will be able to format to fit any size screen from large desktops to tiny mobile phones and anything in between. This theme can support WooCommerce which you can choose to use if you want have a retail aspect on your website.
Hipster is also a translation ready theme so you will have the ability to translate your site into almost any language you could possible want or need. It is a cross browser compatible theme so your users can access your site on most popular web browsers such as Internet Explorer or Safari or Firefox. Hipster has a working contact form as well so you can stay in touch with your site’s subscribers.
More Features of the Hipster WordPress Theme Are:
- Instagram feed
- 404 page
- More than 150 Google fonts
- Theme options panel
- Fancy Box responsive Lightbox
And last but not least of our Retro WordPress themes we have the Redwoods WordPress theme. This is a responsive theme that is retina ready as well so your text as well as images will look great no matter what kind of device your user is using to access your site or how big the screen is.
The Redwoods theme has a contact form as well as a newsletter subscription so you will have many ways of staying in touch with your subscribers and keeping them up to date on your site’s activities. It also has the MotoPress Editor plugin which will allow you to easily build and edit your site, thanks to the handy dandy drag and drop elements. And it is WPML ready so should you ever need or want to translate your site you will be able to do so.
More Features of the Redwoods Theme Include:
- Cherry Framework 4
- MotoPress slider
- Social options
So after reading through this post have you decided that having an old school look may work for your design? These retro WordPress themes are all different and depending on what kind of site you are looking to build, like a portfolio or an eCommerce, will determine which theme you choose to use in the end. So know what kind of site you want to make before you choose a retro theme to use.