The theme plays an important role on look and feel of any website/ blog. WordPress themes have an easily customizable appearance with an array of choices for a website/ blog owner to choose from. Regarding free themes, I feel the best provider is Free WordPress themes directory. However, the paid theme providers have more features, better support, cleaner code and regular updates (after all you are paying for it!!!). Let’s have a look at the top 20 WordPress theme providers.
It ranks top in terms of built-in content optimization, security and wide availability of designs. The themes have options available on the basis of color, category, features, layout and type. Genesis is the website framework providing good frames for your content; themes usage allowed on multiple sites and blogs.
Apart from providing 3000 plus WordPress themes, it provides CMS themes, PSD templates, muse templates, forum templates etc ; is very transparent in mentioning which are the top WordPress themes in terms of sales (the website actually provides details of per week sales of the themes) and what is the price along with details like compatible browsers, widget availability, high- resolution etc at one glance.
The best thing about WordPress themes-they are free of cost! More than 2000 themes to choose from with above 26,000 built-in plugins makes it very convenient. A very good option for a start-up website/ blog.
The huge portfolio covers most niches. Apart from offering theme packages (customizable theme with plugins), it provides an option of WooTheme club where the member gets access to the huge back catalog of WordPress themes, 2 new released themes each month, basic theme implementation support and similar services.
It provides flexibility to the user in terms of designing the site and customizing. Its features like “Boxes”, “Skins” and “Site Tools” allows the user to customize designs and layouts and helps in optimizing the website with better search ranks.
One of the striking factor of this provider is the pricing of the themes. They offer a package of 86 themes at a reasonable price. Other features include theme options, Shortcodes, Page templates etc.
Somehow I feel that this provider is directly competing against Elegant Themes, in terms of pricing. It is funny to see that they offer access to 34 of their themes at the same price offered by Elegant Themes for 86 themes. Wide options of interesting themes for various categories are available.
Five themes- SAHIFA, REMAL, SOKAR, QAMAR and JARIDA are classified under this. Providing variety of magazine, news and blog template, options of post formats with video, featured image, slider, sound cloud and alike, it is a delight to check the features of the themes.
Easy to use customized and optimized themes with extensive functionality sums up MyThemeShop. I like the competitive price at which they offer premium membership club offer and allow access to all the themes.
Visual editor/ Headway grid is one of the best features providing unlimited layout opportunities, customization, navigation blocks and widgetized areas. Other features include Search engine optimization, design editor etc.
One of the good features of Solostream is the offer of free wordpress themes, though no support is provided for them (obviously!). The premium themes membership is offered at a reasonable price where the user gets unlimited use rights to all the premium wordpress themes along with free theme updates and free theme support.
The themes are made keeping marketing and sales conversion in mind. Live editor system, theme and plug-in formats integrated with WordPress CMS, more than 30 templates and 40 custom elements- OptimizePress also offers 30 day money back guarantee.
Themes are categorized as Business, Magazine, Video, Portfolio and Responsive. Search engine optimized themes with good framework along with professional support are the key points.
“Drag and Drop” design management system is their selling point. It constantly upgrades framework for the themes.
Their themes are free but they offer paid versions as well where one can get standard license or developer license depending upon the need. Themes are classified as general/blog, news/magazine and business/portfolio.
The wordpress themes are classified as Responsive (thankfully free of cost) and paid themes- Responsive Pro, i feature Pro, Business Pro and similar themes. The paid themes include customization features like typography option, color skins, plug in support etc at a very reasonable price.
Some of the WordPress theme are widgetized and all the details are provided on template requirements and file structure. The best thing I like about the website is that they give excellent tutorials.
Only 3 WordPress magazine themes are available- Broadway, Boulevard and Avenue. The themes are applicable for any niche with various customization features available.
Like many small theme providers, they have tied with ThemeForest to sell their themes. They have a broad catalog of the WordPress themes created by them with various features.
‘Themify Builder’-the drag and drop builder is a prominent feature of their themes. To promote themselves, they are offering “buy one, get one” themes.