Hemingway Review

Hemingway is a popular free WordPress theme. As the name suggests, the design is minimalist and focused on words. This two-column responsive theme is ideal for bloggers looking for a modern yet simple theme free of distractions. Find out more about its features in our Hemingway review.

Hemingway Review

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About Hemingway

Hemingway is one of the most popular and highly rated free themes in the WordPress.org directory. It was designed specifically for bloggers, by designer and developer Anders Norén. Norén has designed and developed 14 free WordPress themes which have been downloaded over 1 million times in total.

Features of Hemingway

Hemingway is a very basic theme that’s easy to set up and use. Here are the most important features:

Quick and Easy Setup

There’s no need to spend hours configuring settings, colors, sliders, galleries, or content — just click “activate” and your site looks good and is ready to go.

Responsive and Retina Ready

Hemingway is fully responsive and Retina ready, designed to look good on any size screen from tiny mobile devices to large monitors.

Custom Colors

From the Appearance » Customize menu, you can configure your options to change the look of your site if you choose.

You can click on the Colors menu option to choose a background color and accent color for your site. The accent color is used for links and is the hover effect color on buttons.

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You can also upload a background image and set your menus from here.

Custom Header Image

Under Appearance » Customize » Header Image, you can change the large header image that appears above the menu and behind your site title.

The recommended header image size is 1280 x 416 pixels.

You can also choose several images and set them to display randomly.

Special Post Format Support

Just like the default Twenty Sixteen theme, Hemingway supports special styles for some WordPress post formats:

  • standard format (featured image above the post)
  • video format (includes a featured video above the post)
  • aside format for short updates without a title
  • quote format

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Widget Areas

There are four different widget areas: one for the sidebar, and three for the footer. The footer widget areas are displayed in three columns.

Documentation and Support

Hemingway is a free theme created in the spare time of the developer, so it doesn’t have the documentation and support a commercial theme would.

There is no theme-specific documentation, but the theme is very simple to use and the general WordPress tutorials and documentation should suffice.

For basic support, you can post in the WordPress.org support forums. The community is somewhat active in helping out and you may be able to find the answers you need there.

Our Score

Hemingway is a great basic theme for bloggers with a nice looking design. It’s easy to use and won’t overwhelm beginners with too many options, or complicated setup. You can just install and activate, and it’s ready to go.

Those looking for more features or support will probably want to invest in a premium theme. Check out our top rated WordPress theme reviews for more options.

We give Hemingway 3 out of 5 stars. Here is the breakdown of our review scores:


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Editorial Team at IsItWp is a team of WordPress experts led by Syed Balkhi.