Creating a blog from scratch can be challenging and tedious, especially if we have never done any graphic design because we’re web developers and not designers. Most of us cannot create appealing visuals, and often that leads to not-so-eye-catching websites.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way…
If the project’s budget is not big enough and we can’t buy a custom website design from a professional web designer, we can purchase a template.
The downside of any template is that we use something that has been sold to hundreds if not thousands of other people. The good news? The templates’ quality could be more than satisfying, and with something beautiful in our hands, we can apply various customizations to make it unique.
So using next js blog templates is a good deal after all…
In the next few lines, I will present a curated list of next js templates suitable for creating personal websites and blogs.
Some are free…
And some are paid…
Let’s start the list with a free one…
DevInception is not “unheard beauty”. That was not my goal when I was creating it. It’s a well-structured “marketing machine.”
All the different parts – the site structure, the texts, the images… You can use them as examples of how yours must look and feel, so they appeal to your readers.
Your blog is not only code and articles! It’s an exciting journey that will lead you to explore many different and funny things. It will evolve you into a t-shaped developer with rich experience and many wanted skills.
So I congratulate you on your decision to do it!
Fjord is a beautiful, minimal blog template.
It has two columns. The left column is fixed and holds the site’s navigation. That part transitions to a header with a hamburger menu on smaller screens. It has a cool background that sets the tone for the whole website.
The content resides in the right column. There’s a lot of white space around the post snippets, which puts the focus on the featured images and the titles. It looks very cool, especially when the first photo depicts a cute fox.
I like the notion of simplicity Fjord provokes in me. So if you need something simple but elegant – that’s your template.
Pantera is a premium template that will give your blog a “magazine look” although it’s not too stuffed with columns and images.
I think the design still “talks” about a live person and not a soulless brand, so you definitely can use the template for your needs. One drawback of this type of rich templates is that you need many articles before you can show your website because there’s a lot of empty space you need to fill up.
Anyway, I like Pantera. And the best of it is the big header slider that puts the lights on the latest posts.
Folio is much like DevInception in that it’s not just a blog template but a portfolio next js template.
Its creators target UI/UX designers and marketing professionals as potential buyers. Still, you can easily repurpose it for any hobby or market niche because there aren’t any specific components that are suitable for that kind of specialists only.
What I like most is the choice among the many different home designs this template offers.
TailwindBlog is an ultra-simple, focused-on-the-content blog template.
It’s a black text on a white background, yet it’s structured in a way that makes that fact appealing. Maybe it’s just me and my love for simplicity, but I really like this almost imageless next js template.
TailwindBlog has a dark mode too…
I hope you’ve found the next js template for your new project, and it’s one of the listed here. I spent some time finding all the items, and there aren’t many of them for personal blogs. I will continue to look out for new items to add to the list so you can bookmark this article and revisit it from time to time.