The Best Places To Find Premium WordPress Themes
WordPress has become one of the most popular content management systems around over the last few years – and rightly so; it’s extremely versatile and features an incredible range of plugins, widgets, features and access to all the HTML and CSS, making the whole system hugely customisable.
Not everyone is proficient enough at web design to put together their own WordPress theme however, and as a result the market for pre-made, premium WordPress themes has become hugely competitive. No matter what type of website you’re looking for (business, personal blog, portfolio, forum, etc), you’ll be able to find a premium WordPress theme online that gives you all the design elements and functionality you’re looking for.
Searching through the thousands of themes available isn’t always fun however, so to save you a potentially frustrating couple of hours, here are our favourite places for premium, high quality WordPress themes:
WooThemes has an incredible variety of free and paid themes, although the majority of the really good ones will require a paid download. For $125 you can gain access to all WordPress themes (this doesn’t include Joomla or Magento themes), or you can take advantage or their permanent 3-for-the-price-of-1 if you don’t have the budget to join the theme club.
The WooThemes backend editor is particularly strong, making the themes hugely customisable and very easy to use. Along with Templatic, the backend is one of the best I’ve come across.
Another particularly strong set of themes, the Templatic themes are excellent and of an extremely high quality. They’re some of the most visually appealing and professional themes I’ve come across, and the backend is particularly well set up.
The only downside to the Templatic themes is that they’re quite expensive – costing $299 for access to all their themes (more than double the price of WooThemes).
ElegantThemes contains a good range of themes for a variety of purposes, and they’re all designed by the same guy (who’s really good). ElegantThemes is one of the most affordable premium WordPress options I’ve come across, and is a great place to start for those with a smaller budget.
The downside to the ElegantThemes designs in the backend, which isn’t as easy-to-use as some of the previous options. As a result, customising the themes past a certain points gets a little tricky, but they’re great if you know what you’re doing.
ThemeForest don’t put together their own themes, but rather it’s a dedicated search engine for finding CMS themes (including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, etc). All the themes are generally well priced and they have an amazingly wide selection of themes and designers – a great place to start if you’re looking for an idea of the sort of themes available.