Explore WordPress themes…
WordPress is the world’s leading open source blogging tool and content management system and is available for free. It is currently the most popular blogging system on the Internet today powering over 60 million websites globally. There are many themes, plug-ins, widgets and other features available including multi-user, multi-blogging and a mobile application. There have been several different versions since its birth in 2003, the most current version being 3.6 which has already been downloaded over 18 million times in the first two months of being available. WordPress offers many themes allowing users to install and switch between them changing the look, the functions and the installation of a website without changing the content or the structure of the site. The themes can be installed using the WordPress appearance administration tool with coding added or edited for providing enhanced features. There are thousands of WordPress themes on offer, some are free and some are premium templates, but deciding on a theme really is a matter of personal taste and knowing which theme would be suitable for your needs. Here are ten of the best and most popular WordPress themes with various different facilities and features available on each. They vary in price, but they all provide a valuable service for WordPress users and they are all listed together below with useful links eliminating the need to search.
1. Elegant Themes – http://www.elegantthemes.com/
Elegant themes have over 85 different WordPress themes to choose from for only $39. There is a plug-in for mobile phones and a drag and drop page builder plug-in along with features such as shortcuts, ad management, SEO control, social media integration and full technical support. The site has a blog containing useful tips and advice and offers an affiliates programme paying 50% commission.
2. Theme Forest – http://themeforest.net
Theme Forest has nearly 10,000 templates starting from as little as $3 with the most popular themes advertised. Many new items are on offer for templates, themes, e-commerce, blogging, forums and marketing with information and advice given in categories for WordPress and Tumblr. An extensive search facility is offered and payment gateways, newsletters, coupons, live chat and audio players are among the plug-ins available. There is also a special section on the site with suggestions for monetising your site.
3. App Themes – http://www.appthemes.com/
App themes are loved by more than 20,000 customers around the world since there have easy to manage features and you don’t need to be technically minded. Themes start from $99, but membership to the ‘theme club’ allows access to all themes. App themes are offered at the App themes marketplace with many plug-ins being available. Hosting is also offered if required and full details can be found on the site.
4. Mojo Themes – http://www.mojo-themes.com
Mojo themes can be chosen for WordPress, Magento, Joomla, Tumblr and HTML/CSS. The average theme costs $49 and the most popular are highlighted. Site templates available are blog, business, e-commerce, landing pages, resume, under construction, photography and magazine to name a few with a buyers and sellers guide offering advice. Tips and troubleshooting are discussed in the forum and blog and an FAQ and support is offered on the site.
5. Colorlabs Themes – http://colorlabsproject.com/themes/
Colorlabs offer a range of premium WordPress themes which can be selected by genre. The average theme price is $79, but many themes are available for free. A list of recommended plug-ins can be chosen by category and some of the features are SEO management, easy framework update, short-codes, threaded comments, thumbnail resizing and social network integration. Packages or theme bundles as they are named are offered from $99 with support, updates, installation and bonuses included and sometimes special deals are available for limited periods so checking back to the site regularly for news is recommended.
6. iThemes – http://ithemes.com
iThemes is not available yet, but it promises to be a very popular addition for e-commerce websites. It’s a free WordPress plug-in to help sell digital goods online that has been some time in the making, but should be available in the summer. Signing-up for beta-roller is advised to receive the latest news and updates about iThemes and a useful link is provided to do this so you can be one of the first to have a theme from iThemes.
7. Studiopress Themes – http://my.studiopress.com/themes/
When you sign-up for a Studiopress theme, apart from getting codes, design architecture and an array of beautiful themes, you also receive unlimited access to the support team and unlimited theme updates. Themes can be chosen by category, layout or features with the average price being $79.95, but with the pro plus pack you can buy all the themes for $850. Help is available for choosing and there are web tools and tutorials to view which give further information.
8. Magazine3 – http://magazine3.com/themes/#all
Magazine3 has 22 different WordPress themes to choose from with a demonstration video and details about each of them. Prices range from $49 to $129 for multiple themes suitable for large companies with features including support, updates, tutorials, free installation, multiple site usage and removable footer link. Further information can be found in the blog and an FAQ and full contact details are available on the site.
9. WPZoom – http://www.wpzoom.com/
WP Zoom advertises WordPress themes for everyone with themes from sections called new, business, magazine, video and portfolio. The themes are easy to use and come with lifetime support. Prices start from $9 per month, but a package offering a one-time fee of $149 is available. You can choose from an impressive list of themes in the showcase and further information can be found in the blog.
10. Themify – http://themify.me/
The WordPress themes from Themify come with a framework, custom widgets, short-codes and documentation for customisation without coding. Prices start from $39 for a one-time offer which includes unlimited website use and lifetime access to the forum and updates. There’s a vast amount of themes to choose from in the showcase and the support section contains many forums offering advice and tips.