WordPress themes come in all shapes and sizes, and there are hundreds, if not thousands, of vendors out there, all vying for your attention and trying to get you to give their designs a try.
There are also thousands of free themes floating around out there on the web, but sometimes these freebies just do not quite cut it. But how do you sort through and find the best possible themes for your business? In this article we will break it down to five premium WordPress vendors that you should seriously consider.
First out of the gate is StudioPress. Many bloggers are huge fans of StudioPress because of what is known as the Genesis theme framework, which all of their themes are built. Each theme is known as a child theme of Genesis.
Genesis is popular for many reasons. First, it is built with search engine optimization in mind, and it makes it easy for the search engines to find all of your content, something that not all other themes do. Obviously, this is of vital importance if you want to get visitors to you blog from Google and the other search engines. It is also designed to automatically update, a nice feature if you have ever had to go in and manually update a theme on an existing site.
There is also a wide array of different designs built on the Genesis framework – 38 at the time of this writing. You can probably find one that suits your particular blog and that looks great.
At the time of this article, buying a child theme cost $79.95, and buying all of the themes plus future themes cost $299.95. Either of these packages comes with unlimited updates for any of the themes that you buy.
Elegant Themes has a wide variety of WordPress templates put together by Nick Roach, a popular theme designer. All of the themes at Elegant Themes have a certain feel to them since Roach put them all together. However, despite the fact that they have similar elements, they are all quit e unique.
At the time of this article, Nick has a total of 66 themes designed on his site. Each theme comes with a customized back end in WordPress that helps the user to set up all the features of the theme without needing to know how to customize a theme and without knowing any code.
Elegant Themes also has a thriving community built around it, as you can see on the forums. Users can quickly and easily get their questions answered by Nick or by one of the many moderators on the forums that are willing to help out for free. I have personally used the forums to get assistance and have found them to be responsive and helpful.
Another attractive component of Elegant Themes is the price. At the time this article was written, you could get access to all of the 66 themes on the site for $39 per year. That is less than $1 per theme and is an excellent deal.
Woo Themes has become increasingly popular over the years due to just the sheer numbers of premium themes that they offer on their site plus their awesome support.
They currently have over 120 themes for sale on the site at the time of this article, and they have designed many of them for specific uses. For example, they have a number of templates that were built with news sites in mind that have room for multiple stories and multimedia elements on the front page of the site.
Similar to Elegant Themes, they also have a customized back end that makes setting up the WordPress theme very simple without a significant amount of technical knowhow. They are also known for their superior support and for their active support forums, where users can get quick and straightforward answers to their questions.
Pricing for Woo Themes at the time of this writing is $70 per template, or they have a monthly subscription program that allows you access to all of their templates for $125 up front plus $15 monthly after that. They’re more expensive than Elegant Themes, but have a lot more selection as well.
Templatic has a selection of over 65 WordPress themes for you to choose from at the time of this article, and they release two or more new ones every month, meaning you will have access to new fresh templates on a regular basis.
Their themes are designed with very specific niches in mind. For example, they have a theme built just for musicians. They also have themes built with events lawyers, and even article directories in mind. These are great for sites that fit any of these very specific niches, as you would be ready to roll without much addition or customization to the site.
At the time of this writing, each individual WordPress theme on Templatic is available for $65, or for $299 plus $15 per month, you can get access to all of their themes plus all the future themes. A little pricier than some of the other options, but a good choice if you find one that fits your exact niche.
Theme Forest is more of a marketplace for WordPress themes, and it has over 4,000 templates to choose from. If you cannot find something on Theme Forest that suits your needs, it might not exist!
Since these themes are done by all different designers, you can find an extremely wide range of looks and feels on the site. Themes are organized by different types of templates – business, portfolio, etc., and they can also be sorted by popularity, giving you an idea of what people seem to be going for these days.
At the time of this writing. themes start at $1 and go up from there. Designers can decide how much they want to charge for a theme.
If you take a close look at these five premium WordPress themes vendors, I bet you can find one, if not several, themes that you will love!