10 Excellent Sources for WordPress Design Inspiration

CSS galleries and collections of inspirational designs are nothing new to designers, but sometimes you may be looking specifically for examples of great WordPress themes. Whether you’re working on a theme to distribute to others or if you’re building a custom theme for your own site, it can sometimes help to look at examples of what others have been able to do with WordPress.

If you like getting design inspiration by looking at excellent blog designs, you’ll love our new gallery site Blog Design Heroes.

We Love WP

The best, most up-to-date gallery for WordPress sites and blogs. We Love WP has been around for over a year and they have a ton of designs for your inspiration (in June they passed 1,000). And of course, you can also subscribe to their feed.

We Love Wp

WPCandy Gallery

WPCandy is a popular blog about WordPress that includes a gallery of excellent WordPress-powered sites.


Unmatched Style WordPress Tag

Unmatched Style is one of my favorite galleries, and fortunately they include a tag for WordPress sites so you can easily separate them from the rest of the gallery.

Unmatched Style

CSS Bloom WordPress Category

CSS Bloom is another gallery that distinguishes WordPress sites/blogs. With well over 100 designs in the WordPress category, CSS Bloom is worth a look.

CSS Bloom

CSS Glance WordPress Category

With over 300 designs in the WordPress category, CSS Glance is certainly an excellent place for inspiration. Also, CSS Glance is up-to-date and regularly adding new designs.

CSS Glance

I Heart Blogs

I Heart Blogs is a pretty cool site with a lot of potential. Too bad it hasn’t been updated in several months. It’s a gallery especially for blogs (variety of platforms). Even though it hasn’t been updated recently, the archives can still provide some inspiration.

I Heart Blogs


WPcube is another WordPress-specific gallery. It hasn’t been updated in few weeks, but hopefully more will be coming, because the site already has a nice archive.



LoopPress is a showcase of beautiful WordPress websites, blogs and themes. Decent archives, but not updated very frequently.


Best CSS Gallery, WordPress Tag

Best CSS Gallery is a fairly small gallery in comparison to some of the most popular ones, but they do have a tag for WordPress sites.

Best CSS Gallery

45 Excellent Blog Designs from Smashing Magazine

I’m sure you’re familiar with Smashing Magazine’s inspiration posts. They have several that showcase excellent blogs, and one of them separates the blogs on display according to their platform. This list Includes almost 30 that are powered by WordPress.

Smashing Magazine

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  • Mehmet, August 4, 2008

    Great resources. Thanks for the list. There are a couple of sites that i didn’t see before.

  • Fatih, August 4, 2008

    Great. Thanks

  • Tracey Grady, August 4, 2008

    It’s galleries like these that raise the bar for anyone designing WordPress sites. You’ve put together a great collection.

  • Mubs, August 4, 2008

    Thanks for the plug even though I Heart Blogs hadn’t been updated in a while. You’ve given me the kick I needed, and will be updating more often now.

  • stew, August 4, 2008

    NIce wordpress theme here http://www.my-webmagazine.com

  • United Voices, August 4, 2008

    Nice collection of wordpress theme inspirations. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Sangesh, August 4, 2008

    well i think you are missing out one of the greatest blog designer, Nick-La.

    I’ve used his blog theme at my site too. You can check it out at http://sangesh.com.np/blog

  • 工控, August 4, 2008

    It’s galleries like these that raise the bar for anyone designing WordPress sites. You’ve put together a great collection.

  • supernetuser, August 4, 2008

    I like blogging don’t get me wrong, but I use the Internet too much.

  • Andy Cheng, August 4, 2008

    This website is using wordpress http://yaymonday.com

    The only reason I bring it up us because the guy who made it did something really creative with categories and tags. Check it out.

  • Susan, August 4, 2008

    I love CSSglance – it’s one of my favorite sites to visit.

  • CSS.watBUZZ | aSKer, August 4, 2008

    Very nice list of resources! I didn’t know all of them…

  • Shivanand Sharma, August 5, 2008

    Now that’s something to think about. Why would one want to subscribe to all those sites’ RSS when we have you bringing the best of all those :)

    Thanks for this good collection.


  • Southampton Letting Agent, August 6, 2008

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Ian Blackford, August 9, 2008

    Wow, what a great resource. I have bookmarked your page and from that I have hundreds of links to surf off.

    Well done,

  • call center representative, August 12, 2008

    This is absolutely a great resource for wordpress theme..thanks for sharing!

  • Web Design Beach, August 18, 2008

    Great galleries!

    I will have to post our blog there. I hope we will get listed :)

  • riant, August 24, 2008

    Thanks for your work, I have translated it to Chinese ( maybe you can view it to my blog: 10个优秀的WordPress设计陈列网站—— http://www.lo5e.com/archives/10-excellent-sources-for-wordpress-design-inspiration/)


  • Knoxville Website Design, August 25, 2008

    If you don’t get inspired by browsing through the listed sites then you need to go see a doctor ;-)

  • ohwillieJokes, September 24, 2008

    cooolll… i love these themes..
    especially the wp_cube.
    thanks for sharing boss..

  • Website Traffic Dennis, December 9, 2008

    Even more reasons to love the wordpress. Thanks for the info!

  • Tauren, December 21, 2008


  • Websites That Succeed, March 20, 2009

    Thanks for the information. I am always looking for new ideas especial for my website.

  • Websites That Succeed, March 21, 2009

    Thanks for the information. There seems to be a never ending about of information on the net. I love learning new stuff, especial if it will help my website.

  • 5NAV3LY, May 25, 2009

    Really great stuff. Thanks for sharing.

  • Terrance(OXP), June 28, 2009

    Great list. Thanks for the information. It’s always great to see new beautiful site being built.

  • Nits, August 18, 2009

    Now no where to go for the themes. we can search from here. Almost contain site best list.

  • Even more reasons to love the wordpress. Thanks for the info!

  • Jerome, January 12, 2010

    I just launched a BuddyPress inspiration site http://www.bpinspire.com for all the BuddyPress fans.

  • neel, April 20, 2010

    Great List. i will try to submit my blog on these sites.

  • Website Design, May 11, 2010

    great list!

    smashingmagazine.com also has some great resources for top quality free templates

    …I’ll in the middle of adding lots of free custom designed wordpress sites! have a look…

  • cam mozaik, May 24, 2010

    Thanks a lot! I am just learning Information.
    Php and this was very easy to follow and helped a lot.
    You really took time to explain every little bit.
    Thanks again..

  • Aafrin, July 14, 2010

    Good list of resource.. i know css glance but others are new to me…

  • Rachel Baker, August 12, 2010

    Still a great resource. WordPress websites just keep getting better and better.

  • Best Website Gallery, January 19, 2011

    Design Gems is a pretty good gallery site (www.DesignGems.co.tv) and if you type wordpress in the search box comes up with a list of wordpress themes. :)

  • WordPress Designer, February 20, 2012

    We love WeloveWP.com.
    We have some designs on there, and it is a GREAT place for inspiration.

  • Xavier, January 2, 2013

    Smashing Magazine is the best source for any Design Inspiration related post..

  • Roger campos, January 31, 2013

    Very nice collection of galleries, Love it!!!

  • Troy Wilson, July 23, 2013

    Nice collection of WordPress themes.