Choosing the right WordPress theme can make it so much easier to make a polished site. Finding the right theme, however, can be daunting. But with ThemeForest now offering almost 8,000 premium WordPress themes, you have many amazing styles to choose from. If you're putting together a site to show off your art or creative talent, this article gives 26 great options.
In case you're just getting started with your first WordPress site, I'll quickly explain what I'm talking about. To customize WordPress, you can apply one theme and as many plugins as you need. Plugins add extra functions—for instance, WooCommerce allows your site to incorporate an online shop, and Visual Composer adds a drag-and-drop tool for designing pages.
Themes can change how WordPress displays information on your site, ultimately dictating the design and layout. Premium themes tend to come bundled with plugins, some enhancing the overall look and functionality. Look out for themes which offer popular plugin integration; this way, they fit seamlessly into the design you choose.
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Multi-Purpose WordPress Themes
A common choice when choosing a theme is the multi-purpose theme, the Swiss Army knife of WordPress. These themes are completely suitable for a creative site, a corporate site, or anything in between. They aim to be as customisable as possible, without you having to delve into the raw PHP, HTML, and CSS that WordPress is built upon.
These themes tend to be the most popular over on ThemeForest, as they can be used for almost anything. Choosing a popular theme can even be a good thing, as it means it's been extensively tested by real-world users so it should be bug-free. And if you do have a problem, a quick search will likely find a number of solutions.
We'll take a look at five of the most popular multi-purpose themes.
Avada - Demos
Overall best seller on ThemeForest with over 260,000 purchases!
Powerful drag-and-drop visual page builder, "Fusion Builder."
Extensively customisable from Admin Panel.
Dedicated customer support team included in the price.
Responsive design, so it adapts to any screen size.
Several different portfolio layouts available.
X - Demos
Front end page builder "Cornerstone" (shows how the site will look as you build it rather than having to preview).
X also comes with a suite of extensions—essentially plugins incorporated into the theme, allowing the toggling of some functionality on and off.
Four "stacks," includes sub-themes with unique designs, each with their own set of demos.
Over 125,000 sales make this one of ThemeForest's biggest sellers!
Enfold - Demos
Flexible drag-and-drop visual page builder.
Powerful customization from the Admin Panel.
Excellent customer support team.
Over 100,000 sales on this product alone!
Creative Focused Themes
Next we'll take a quick look at some multi-purpose themes with more of a creative/designer look. Whilst they might not be quite as configurable, they make up for it with clean, modern designs and a focus on features such as portfolios, allowing you to quickly get something stylish up and running.
Salient - Demos
Version of Visual Composer tailored into the theme.
Clean design with one-click demo installation.
No prior coding knowledge needed.
Built with responsive styling.
Multiple styles available for blogging and so much more.
Bridge - Demos
Over 200 demos with clean, modern designs.
A top seller in ThemeForest's Creative Category.
Instant theme setup with 24/7 support.
Unlimited header and menu layouts.
Step-by-step video tutorials included for your convenience.
Brooklyn - Demos
Modern designs, featuring 20+ ready-to-use demos.
Slightly cheaper than most competitors at $49 versus the $59-69 range.
Powerful Admin Panel that is highly customizable and easy to use.
Comes with a built-in pricing table manager to create tables quickly and easily.
Fully translation-ready to unite your content with the world.
Uncode - Demos
A variety of portfolio layouts and concepts helps you tailor your personal brand to the audience you want.
Great customization options and reliable customer support.
Includes adaptive images to adapt to your visitor's individual screen.
Also enhanced with an impressive media library for any media you desire.
Ronneby - Demos
40+ amazingly stylish demos available.
Unbelievably easy to use, with a powerful, endless options panel.
Devoted customer support network with fast responses to any of your WordPress needs.
Suitable and recommended for beginners with video tutorials, documentation, and even a Facebook support community included.
Stockholm - Demos
4.7 out of 5 star rating.
Fully customizable with 40+ stylish demos.
Comes with many free compatible plugins.
Easily integrate a shop with WooCommerce to sell your products right now.
Impreza - Demos
Super convenient drag-and-drop interface.
Test drive the theme for free before purchase.
Comes bundled with three popular plugins from CodeCanyon.
Professional pre-built page layouts that are high customizable.
Translation ready with eight languages included.
Oshine - Demos
Rated one of the best Portfolio and Photography themes from many top blogs.
Comes with 27 unique demos with irresistible designs.
Packed with hundreds of features to build the site of your dreams.
Over 10,000 happy customers with a 4.8 out of 5 star rating.
Photography Focused Themes
The very flexibility of multi-purpose themes can work against us at times, and sometimes it's better to get something specialized towards our particular discipline. Such focused themes are tailored by a web designer to look just right, then we just need to add our own content.
So why have I focused on photography? Well, you can find themes for more specific disciplines, but creatives tend to want to show off what they've created in a visual way, something that photography-focused themes are generally good at.
KingSize - Demo
The #1 top-selling Photography WordPress theme.
Unlimited portfolio choices that support a multitude of different media.
WooCommerce ready, perfectly integrated with full features.
Highly customizable with help documentation and video tutorials available.
Core - Demo
Well established ThemeForest author with over five years of experience.
Built with several homepage and portfolio styles to choose from.
Includes three gallery templates and a full-screen slideshow.
A responsive design with over 300 Google web fonts supported.
Invictus - Demo
One of the top-selling Photography themes of all time.
Dozens of amazing portfolio styles to choose from.
Includes a powerful options panel with dedicated customer support.
Fully responsive design, sure to look great on all devices and screens.
Photolux - Demo
Powerfully elegant theme best suited for photographers and creatives alike.
Includes a flexible and unique AJAX gallery with lots of options available.
Many styles currently available, from three base skins to 34 different background patterns.
Adobe Lightroom integration allows you to export photos to WordPress and keep them synchronized.
Extensive help documentation includes a beginner's section with additional helpful links.
Tripod - Demos
Includes an easy-to-use drag-and-drop template builder.
Multiple blog layout options available, with the ability to add your own custom background images to your individual posts.
Enable Facebook comments for user convenience.
Overall, a responsive premium theme intended to power professionals with champion gallery options.
Now let's focus on themes designed with a particular web design trend in mind. The One-Page, or "scrolling design," eschews the traditional notion of a hierarchical set of pages to click through and, instead, offers a single scrolling page with more of a narrative structure.
Only recently has this been feasible, with changes in web technologies resulting in it becoming a more popular approach. This could even offer a guided path through the highlights of a portfolio. In its purest form, this would be the entire website, but can also serve as a landing page with more traditional pages for deeper exploration.
Jarvis - Demo
Rated the best One Page Parallax WordPress theme of all time.
Perfect for a corporate agency, freelancer, or general business.
Endless style possibilities with advanced customization options available.
Comes with MailChimp support to provide a super convenient subscription form for your followers.
907 - Demos
The only theme available with mouse-over videos to show your content off in style.
Unlimited portfolios and blogs, even on the same page!
Integrate a shop easily to expand your business with WooCommerce.
One-click demo importer to get started immediately.
SCRN - Demo
A One-Page responsive WordPress theme that's perfect for the budding entrepreneur.
Compatible with all devices, while also supporting videos in portfolios.
Now includes a layout builder integrated within to easily create homepage elements.
Extensive help documentation, making WordPress a breeze to learn.
Patti - Demo
A One-Page WordPress theme built for all your creative or business needs.
Carefully crafted with a clean, versatile design.
Includes $79 worth of premium plugin goodies.
Packed with five different layouts and a powerful options panel for additional customization.
OneUp - Demos
A fully responsive, HTML5 retina-enabled One-Page WordPress theme.
Features an advanced page builder to create effortless layouts.
Create your own shop with the fully supported WooCommerce plugin.
Organize your galleries easily with the drag-and-drop gallery feature.
Includes a dedicated support forum with fully comprehensive support documentation.
Finally, let's take a look at some less mature themes that have been new on the market in the last year or so. Though these come with the risk of uncertainty, I've stuck to more proven examples with good reviews.
TheGem - Demos
A gorgeous, modern design that was made for high performance.
Satisfies any creative purpose, from design portfolios to online shops and more.
Perfectly SEO-friendly code that is guaranteed to result in a high Google ranking.
Fully responsive with over 150 pre-made demos and even more style options available.
HyperX - Demos
A 100% fully responsive and retina-ready WordPress theme.
Created with a clean, modern design that allows for almost any kind of portfolio or blog.
Live preview changes in real time with WordPress Customizer.
Ideal for all creatives alike, from entrepreneurs to photographers and designers.
Comes with 24/6 highly rated customer support with additional online documentation available.
Complete with a resounding 5 out of 5 star rating!
Pillar - Demos
A pixel-perfect layout that is fully responsive and retina ready.
One-Page layout design that includes room for many traditional site sections.
Create a second featured image that changes the default image to display a second one on hover.
Created, tested, and validated with clean code using WordPress's best practices.
Heli - Demos
A beautiful black and white dedicated WordPress theme.
Over 36 stunning pre-made homepages available with brand new demos and features.
A multipurpose theme that features a trendy style ideal for any creative or business.
Fast loading speed for optimal site performance.
Also includes a lifetime of updates for no extra fees!
Grand Portfolio - Demos
A portfolio focused theme specifically designed for the creative professional.
Let your work shine with unique gallery and portfolio options, including a full-screen gallery for the avid photographer.
The infinite scroll allows for endless scrolling that automatically loads new items.
Also built to support additional options like an online shop with $34 of premium plugins included.
This list is packed with exciting resources for anyone looking to create a website and showcase their career as a creative professional, online entrepreneur, and so much more. If you need additional
help modifying these templates, enlist the skills of a talented
professional by choosing one of the amazing designers from Envato Studio.
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