Most beginning web designers can’t help but feel overwhelmed by the numerous possibilities when selecting a theme for their WordPress site. Each theme looks better than the previous one, and soon they start looking alike. What can you do?
First, you must know what to look for; and second, you need to limit yourself to a manageable number of choices.
We’ve done both.
What to check for:
- Look for an aesthetically pleasing and modern design in a theme; one that can be used for a long time.
- For most designers, it’s nearly impossible to check a theme’s source code for SEO friendliness. Many themes optimize their pages for SEO; and advise you accordingly.
- You can’t easily please clients if you’re using a theme that’s difficult to modify. Make sure your theme is easily customizable.
- A rapid response to your queries is the kind of support you want. One way to check, is to email a question to the company. Is it answered in minutes, in an hour or two, within 3-5 business days, or not at all?
- See what users say. A theme with a 4+ star rating and a large user base is almost always a good choice.
A Selection of Best 2017 WordPress Themes:
Shopkeeper was created with e-commerce functionality in mind. It’s a fully responsive theme; as you would expect from a theme dedicated to the design of online stores. This WP theme’s functionality goes well beyond simply setting up a shop and displaying its products however.
A Shopkeeper-designed e-commerce store enables you to sell both digital and shippable products. Payment collection and inventory management functionality is there also, as are features that enable you to use the site for cataloging purposes.
Thanks to Shopkeeper’s flexible framework and advanced theme options, its demos and pre-built page layouts are fully customizable. This translates into no need for coding, and tons of time saved. Web designers also appreciate the ability to adjust header styles to fit their needs, rather than having to choose from a selection of header options.
Last, but not least, is Shopkeeper’s documentation and dedicated, friendly, and reliable support. Regular updates and extended documentation are yours as well.
If you’ve been sifting through large numbers of WP themes in hopes of finding a premium, creative, e-commerce multipurpose theme, stop right here.
Kallyas, with its more than 20,000 users, is a top-selling ThemeForest WordPress theme that’s a joy to work with. Kallyas’ core is based on a Bootstrap 3 framework, a powerful front-end framework built for faster and easier web development.
One of the reasons for this theme’s popularity is its visual website builder.
You can build anything with this visual page builder, and the more than 150 design elements that accompany it. You get to do the creative part, while the Kallyas ensures your website’s infrastructure will be the proper one. Another plus is that only the resources a page needs are loaded. As a result, your website will be super-fast.
Kallyas is responsive, retina ready, and SEO ready.
While you can use Kleo to build anything, this multipurpose, #1 BuddyPress theme is definitely worth a closer look if you have a community-oriented e-commerce website in mind. Building a vibrant community of users tends to attract new users, and by keeping your users engaged, you’ll receive valuable feedback about your awesome shop and products.
You’ll likely want to incorporate a blog, and Kleo will help you do that as well. There’s even an e-Learning section, and a location-based business directory function.
Kleo is responsive, easy to use, no coding is required, and its concept demos can be imported with a single click. They are completely customizable, or you can create your own. Kleo comes with an assortment of useful plugins, shortcodes, and even functionality to create membership levels and access PayPal express.
Sometimes, there’s nothing better to get your creative juices flowing than a great design concept. Uncode provides you with a stunning selection of great concepts; all neatly categorized.
Uncode is noted for its flexibility, its unique adaptive grid and adaptive images system, and a souped-up version of Visual Composer. You’ll find plenty more to like about this premium WordPress theme.
Fast, friendly, and flexible is an apt description of The Core. This multipurpose WP theme requires no special technical skills or coding to build winning websites. Designed for professionals, The Core is an ideal design tool for beginners as well.
This theme’s 154,000+ users have many good things to say about it; but they’ll likely mention the Visual Page builder first, and the ways in which it speeds up the design.
With its more than 40 multipurpose design concepts, 150 demo pages, and 8 navigation settings and flexible page layouts, TheGem offers unlimited design possibilities.
TheGem is so flexible in the way it supports creative design that some refer to it as the Swiss Army Knife of WordPress themes. Coding is not required; nor are special technical skills. Special attention has been paid to the optimization needed to produce super-fast, SEO-friendly websites.
Onepage websites are increasing in popularity. It makes sense to choose a multipurpose onepage WordPress theme like Brando if you want an onepage site of your own, or if you have clients that want the same.
Brando is an award-winning theme that offers fresh and modern homepage demos and portfolio layouts, the Visual Composer editor, and a multiplicity of design elements and options. Brando is optimized for speed and SEO friendliness as well.
H-Code is a multipurpose theme you can use for any business niche or any website type or style. This highly flexible, responsive theme has the functionality you need to produce both onepage and multipage websites.
It comes with 200+ ready-made demos, a host of blog and portfolio layouts, and it’s WooCommerce ready. Plenty of shortcodes eliminate any need for coding, and H-Code is optimized for speed and SEO friendliness.
Your list of WordPress theme candidates was just reduced from “unmanageable” to eight. No matter what your design needs are, there is something here to satisfy those needs completely. Your choice now consists of picking the theme whose approach to website building is one you’re most comfortable with, given what your clients expect of you.