Looking for the best minimal WordPress theme compatible with Gutenberg? Here’s Koji. Developed by Anders Norén, Koji is a stunning light-weight theme that focuses on content. The Koji theme promises a pleasant browsing/scrolling experience also.
Note: This is not a promotion. I genuinely love this theme, and I’d recommend this to anyone.
Visit kaijudigital.org to view the demo of Koji. My Kaiju Digital project is based on this Gutenberg-friendly WordPress theme.
Koji is ideal for freelancers and bloggers who embrace minimalism. The theme emphasizes your content and loads blazing fast on modern browsers and all devices.
Why I use Koji
I was in search of a Gutenberg compatible theme that’s minimal. I love GeneratePress (which is minimal and compatible with Gutenberg as well), but I wanted something even light-weight and easy to use. I didn’t need a lot of options and customizations GeneratePress offered. Koji looked ideal for me.
I do recommend GeneratePress if you prefer to make money from blogging. It’s a great framework. I will review GeneratePress in detail some other time.
Koji is ideal for small personal websites like mine with lots of images and text-based content.
Clean Design, Speed & Typography
As you can see, Koji renders your system font stack which makes the website load faster on all devices. The smooth animations also promise a better experience for your readers. This feature makes Koji the best fit for photography based blogs and portfolio websites.
It’s clear that the developer has built Koji with the new WordPress Gutenberg editor in mind. The theme has full support for blocks and editor styles. It also supports the classic editor.
What I’ve Done With Koji
I’ve edited Koji’s stylesheet a bit to fit my needs. I’ve also replaced some png files with Base64 strings. My site’s sidebar area and headings are styled to render Sofia Pro font. I’m not using the social icons that came with Koji theme. I use Lightweight Social Icons developed by Thomas Usborne.
PageSpeed Insights & Pingdom Website Speed Test Result
Keep in mind that mighil.com is based on CentOS 7.5, NGINX, MySQL, & PHP, and the server is optimized for better load time. I use Autoptimize plugin developed by Frank Goossens (futtta) to reduce the file requests and compress other stuff.
Here’s the Pingdom Website Speed Test Result:
Take a look at the Pingdom Page Performance Grades:
So, if you are looking to install a best minimal Gutenberg compatible WordPress theme, go ahead and get Koji for free from the WordPress theme directory, or install it through your WordPress administration panel at Appearance → Themes → Add New.
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