Articles tagged as ‘WordPress’

10 of the Leading WordPress E-Commerce Plugins

In the past we’ve published a post that showcased many of the best WordPress e-commerce themes. If you’ve been thinking about using WordPress for an e-commerce website you may be wondering which e-commerce plugin is the best fit for your needs. There are several different options available, and in this article we’ll look at 10 of […]

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How to Choose a WordPress Theme Framework

If you design and develop WordPress themes you may have considered using a WordPress theme framework rather than creating themes from scratch.

Frameworks offer significant benefits to developers and users, but for those who have not used frameworks in the past the thought can be a little intimidating and confusing. In this article we’ll take a detailed look at theme frameworks: what they are, why you might want to use one, the different types of frameworks, and the leading options…

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Comparison of WordPress Theme Clubs

In recent years the popularity of premium/commercial WordPress themes has steadily increased. With the huge number of websites using WordPress as a CMS and with the demand for quality themes constantly increasing, the market for quality themes includes a large selection for buyers. Many designers/developers have an interest in WordPress theme clubs that provide access to a selection of themes rather than paying for each individual theme that they need. Likewise, many people who own several websites also prefer theme clubs as a way to get quality themes for all of their websites.

While there are a number of good options, things can get a little confusing when you are trying to decide which theme club to join. This article takes a look at the specifics of 11 different theme clubs with the goal of helping you to compare the options. You’ll also find a table at the end that shows the details in a summarized manner for easy comparison.

Before we start looking at the different theme clubs, let’s talk about that factors you’ll want to consider, and what you should expect from any theme club. For starters, any theme club should provide customers with…

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45 Clean and Minimal WordPress Themes

Although there are thousands of different WordPress themes available, finding the right one can be a challenge. Sometimes the best choice is a theme that features a clean design without unneeded design elements and distractions.

WordPress themes with a clean or minimalist design and layout are often easier to customize and use as a starting point, and they can also look great on their own without the need for customizations.

In this post we’ll showcase 45 different WordPress themes that avoid excess in terms of design and style. Some are very minimal, and others use clean layouts…

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The Best WordPress Wedding Themes

In recent years as it has become easier and less costly for people to set up their own websites, more and more websites have been used for providing information about weddings. Because WordPress is free and simple for anyone to set up with most web hosts, it is naturally a popular choice for engaged couples wanting to provide information regarding their wedding.

Wedding websites typically include many of the same features and content types, including bios of the couple, engagement photos, directions to the wedding and reception, hotel information, and sometimes the option to RSVP through the website. Sites are also used in some cases to showcase wedding photos after the big day to share them with attendees and those who were unable to attend.

With WordPress, setting up a basic website to provide this type of information is pretty simple, and a number of themes have been developed specifically with weddings in mind. These themes often include some enhanced functionality, and they typically feature a design that fits well with wedding websites…

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9 Leading Options for Managed WordPress Hosting

As WordPress has continued to increase in popularity, a number of companies have found ways to meet the hosting needs of WordPress users by offering managed WordPress hosting. While most web hosts offer an easy WordPress installation, they don’t usually provide support for WordPress, themes, and plugins. This new breed of hosts that specifically target WordPress users often provide support for WordPress related issues. Additionally, and equally important, their servers are configured for the best WordPress performance.

This article will provide some basic information on 9 of the leading providers of managed WordPress hosting, and at the end I’ll share some of my own thoughts.

Synthesis

Synthesis is the hosting division of Copyblogger Media, the parent company of Copyblogger and leading WordPress theme shop StudioPress. The hosting division started after they had great success and better performance hosting their own websites. With thousands of customers using the StudioPress themes and their Genesis framework, offering hosting makes sense.

The primary selling features of Synthesis are performance and security, which are concerns of just about every website owner using WordPress. They offer migration services (for a fee) for customers who want to move to Synthesis. The $90 migration fee also includes things like file cleanup and permissions lockdown. You will get the best performance if you’re using their Genesis framework.

Pricing starts at $27 per month for a single-website plan that is intended to serve 2,500 daily unique visitors. Other plans are priced at $97, $147, and $300 per month, intended to support from 20,000 to 300,000 daily unique visitors.

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55+ Outstanding WordPress Developer Tools & Resources for Developing Themes and Plugins

WordPress is the most popular content management system, and there are countless designers and developers that are making a living working with WordPress. WordPress’s popularity provides plenty of options for working with clients as well as for creating and selling themes and plugins.

In this post, we’ll showcase more than 55 different Wordpress developer tools that can help you in one way or another. If you’re creating themes or plugins for WordPress, regardless of whether it is for clients or to sell, you’ll benefit by incorporating these resources into your workflow…

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30+ Beautiful and Minimal WordPress Themes

Finding the right WordPress theme for your website or for a client’s website is not an easy task. Even with the huge selection that is available, if you have some specific things in mind for your site you may find that it’s very difficult to locate a theme that would be a perfect match. In these situations, you may be better off to start with a theme framework or a minimal theme and customize it through the use of a child theme to meet your needs.

In this post we’ll highlight over 30 minimal WordPress themes that are worth a look. The themes showcased here are not necessarily bare-bones minimal, but rather they are minimalist in style which often makes it easier to use as a starting point…

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35+ of the Best WordPress eCommerce Themes

While there are plenty of options available when choosing an eCommerce platform, the possibility of using WordPress for eCommerce has become more enticing in recent years due to continued development of plugins and themes. Today there is no shortage of quality themes that can be purchased, or in some cases downloaded for free, to use WordPress for powering an eCommerce website.

One of the main benefits of having WordPress as an eCommerce option is that so many users and developers are already familiar with WordPress, so the learning curve can in some cases be shorter than with another platform. Another advantage is that WordPress is free to use and can be hosted anywhere. Many of the leading eCommerce options require your site to be hosted with them, which can be a good thing, but it’s not what every user wants.

Having a custom theme designed and developed is always an option, but the improving quality of available premium themes makes it possible to start a professional-looking eCommerce site with very little upfront investment. In this post we’ll showcase more than 40 of the best WordPress eCommerce themes, and every one of them sells for less than $100…

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Best WordPress Hotel Themes of 2014 (so far)

If you’re looking for a solution for a quality hotel website the options can sometimes be underwhelming. Whether you are looking for a website for your own business or working on a client project for a hotel, inn, or bed and breakfast, WordPress presents some attractive options. There are an increasing number of quality WordPress themes that are created specifically for hotels. Most of these themes have attractive designs, custom features, and can be purchased at a reasonable price…

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65 Amazing WordPress Photography Themes on the Market This Month

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WordPress is an excellent content management system for photographers, in part because there are so many outstanding themes available, both free and premium. With so many quality themes/templates available either for free or for less than $100, most photographers can get a site that meets their needs without hiring a designer to create a custom theme. Whether you are looking for a minimalist theme that will allow your photos to stand out, a theme with a full-screen background photo to wow visitors, or a responsive theme that will provide a good user experience on any device, you’ll have some options when it comes to choosing a WordPress theme.

In this post we’ll showcase 65 themes created specifically for photographers that are the best of the best…

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Showcase of the Best WordPress Magazine Themes

Best Wordpress Magazine Themes

If you run a news-style blog that publishes high volumes of content, a magazine-style design or theme may be the most appropriate. WordPress users have loads of great magazine and news themes to choose from, and in this post we’ll showcase some of the best ones we’ve found this year. A quality theme can make your blog or online magazine look professional, and the good news is that there are plenty of quality themes available for under $100. You won’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get a custom design if you’re working with a limited budget.

Here you’ll find more than 40 magazine themes that can make your WordPress-powered blog look amazing at an affordable price…

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Who Offers the Best WordPress Hosting?

For any business or website, choosing the right host is an important decision. However, when you’re using WordPress to power your website there are some additional decisions that need to be made, including whether managed WordPress hosting is the best option for you. In this article we’ll look at some of the things you need to consider when choosing a host for a WordPress-based site, as well as some basic categories of hosts.

Whenever you’re looking at different hosts and comparing various plans, it’s important to remember that no hosting environment is perfect for every website. Different types of sites have different needs, and the budgets also will vary. So keep in mind the specifics of your site in order to find the best option for you.

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50+ Business and Corporate WordPress Themes

As WordPress has improved and evolved over the past several years it has become a more viable option as a CMS for corporate websites. It’s no longer just an option for bloggers, as it is capable of doing everything that is needed by most business websites.

Part of the reason that WordPress has become a more popular option for powering corporate websites is the quantity and quality of available themes that have been created specifically for corporate websites. In this article we’ll showcase more than 50 themes that present great options for businesses that want to quickly have a professional-looking website at an affordable price.

Ultra Responsive Multipurpose Theme – $45

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Choosing WordPress Hosting

Choosing the right host for a website can be a difficult decision, but it’s critical to the performance and stability of the site. When it comes to sites that are powered by WordPress, sometimes a few additional factors play into the decision of which host to choose. In this article we’ll take a look at some of the hosting options for WordPress-powered websites and blogs, and we’ll also look at some things to consider when you’re deciding which host would be right for you.

Basic Hosting Options

To start with, let’s take a look at the different options that are available when you’re looking for WordPress hosting.

Regular Hosting

WordPress can be used on just about any server with just about any host, so your options are quite vast. Using WordPress for your website doesn’t require you to choose a host that specifically serves the WordPress community.

Most hosts include Fantistico, Softaculous, or some other similar tool for easily installing CMSs and scripts on your server. This means that with most hosts you can easily install WordPress in a matter of just a few minutes without touching any code or doing any manual setup.

Two of the most popular companies for low-cost shared hosting are Bluehost and HostGator. Both offer easy WordPress installation and are good options if you are looking for low-cost shared hosting.

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Technical Details to Consider Before Starting a Membership Website

Membership websites are often considered one of the best approaches for making money online. The recurring revenue generated by a successful membership website is an obvious reason that these sites are so desirable, but the truth is that running a membership website is not easy. Many customers are hesitant to sign up for on-going payments, so you’ll need to offer something that makes the recurring fee a worthwhile expense for your members. And in order to keep members you’ll need to work to add new, and valuable, content on a regular basis.

While getting and keeping members is certainly a challenges, it’s the technical aspects of setting up a membership site that present the biggest problems for most entrepreneurs who are looking to go this route.

A membership website needs to be able to do a few key things:

  • Allow new members to sign up
  • Process payments at the time of sign up and any recurring payments
  • Integrate the member accounts with the appropriate payments
  • Restrict access to protected content for anyone other than active logged in members
  • Provide active logged in members with the appropriate access to protected content

There are obviously other functions as well, but these are the basics. So if you want to start a membership website, how do you go about getting this set up? Of course, you could use a custom solution, but that would be very costly and/or time consuming. For the vast majority of people setting up membership websites the best option is to use an existing script or plugin that provides all of the needed functionality.

Finding the right option to power your membership website can be a challenge, but the good news is that there are more quality options than there were just a few years ago. Here are some of the leading options:

aMember Pro – aMember is a powerful, feature-rich solution that can integrate with a wide variety of content management systems. It’s probably the most popular option, in large part because it can be used with WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento, phpBB, vBulletin, and much more. The down side of aMember is that it can be a little complicated to set up and it can be much more than is needed for some projects. The current cost for aMember is $179.95 for lifetime access with 6 months of free updates.

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30 New Themes for WordPress Users and Designers

WordPress users know that there is no shortage of themes available to use for your own websites and for client websites. With new themes being released on a daily basis it can become a real challenge to stay up-to-date and to know what is available. Our goal with this post is to showcase a number of recent theme releases that may be of interest to you.

Whether you are looking for a theme for your own website, looking for a theme to use on a client’s website, or just interesting in seeing what new themes have been released, you should be able to find something of interest in this collection of themes. You’ll find 30 different themes here, along with pricing information and where you can find them.

Evangelist
Price: $59
Available at: ThemeFuse

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Free Resources for Creating a Flat Design

Flat designs are taking over quite quickly it seems. I doubt anyone could argue against it being the latest and greatest for (fairly) new trends on the web, in mobile devices, and even in print. The simple description for a flat style of design is one that lacks 3D effects, such as bevels or drop shadows.

The stylistic details of a flat design can vary somewhat, just as with most design styles. Usually, though, a flat design is quite minimalist with primary-ish colors and lots of “white space”. The font is usually thin without too much flare. Boxes and buttons are, of course, without strokes or 3D effects. Some flat designs do contain shadows, but these are usually flat-ish as well.

Whether you are new to flat design or simply need some fresh, new resources for your next project, most should be able to find a few items below to help. The list below is divided into 5 categories: UI kits, icons, templates, WordPress themes, and tutorials. The best part? All are free. The ones that specifically mention “free for commercial use” are noted as well. Have fun browsing and be sure to let us know of any other amazingly free flat resources.

UI Kits

A UI kit is a user interface collection that comes with all the parts and pieces you need to design your own website. Usually they are PSD but sometimes will come with other components as well. While you can use the color scheme in the file, you can create your own color scheme. They also come with patterns, brushes, and much more. Hence, UI kits save a web designer a lot of time, improving workflow and decreasing time spent on projects.

DesignModo Flat UI

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How to Delete A WordPress Post Using AJAX

AJAX is an extremely powerful tool for bridging the gap between your server side code and your client-side code. It enables you to not only make better interfaces and more useful tools, but to lower your bandwidth usage and optimize your code while you’re at it.

While AJAX can be implemented freely anywhere, WordPress has built-in support for it, and there is a standard way to use it in your themes and plugins. Let’s take a look at the steps necessary to get going with AJAX.

The AJAX Flow

As you may well know, to create something useful using AJAX you’ll need a few things:

  • An action which triggers the call
  • An AJAX call
  • Server side code which is executed
  • Javascript code which processes the result

Not all these steps are required all the time, but in general this is how it goes. Let’s continue by thinking up a scenario where AJAX would be useful.

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Top 10 Tutorials for Developing WordPress Themes

Being able to design custom WordPress themes is almost a must for today’s web designers. The fun thing with WordPress is that there’s always something new that you can learn to make the platform work better for you and your clients. These 10 tutorials will teach basic WordPress theming as well as some more advanced skills.

Designing for WordPress

Chris Coyier of CSS-Tricks has a three-part video series for downloading and installing WordPress, all the way through everything else involved with designing a custom theme. The example theme that is built through the series is a personalized homepage theme.

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33 New WordPress Themes for Your Websites and Client Projects

WordPress users benefit from a huge selection of themes that just keeps growing. New themes are released every day. If you are a WordPress user yourself or if you are a designer/developer that uses WordPress for client websites, there are probably times where you need to find an existing theme that will meet your needs rather than taking the time and going to the expense of creating a custom theme from scratch.

In this post we’ll showcase a collection of more than 30 new themes that are worth your attention. These themes may be a good fit for a project you’re working on right now, or they may prove to be useful at some point in the future. These themes come from a variety of different designers/developers. Many are available at marketplaces like ThemeForest and Mojo Themes, and others are sold at the theme shops of the designer/developer. Let us know what you think about these in the comments below!

Hayden
Price: $49
Available at: Theme Trust

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How To Internationalize WordPress Themes

If implemented from the start of a project, making your themes translatable is so easy, there’s just no excuse not to do it! As the owner of a theme workshop I can tell you that one of the top questions we get is “is this theme translatable” so internationalization is far from being a trivial matter.

The Basics Of Internationalization

In a nutshell all you are doing is replacing your hard-coded strings with functions. ‘Hello World’ becomes __( 'Hello World', 'mytranslations' ) and that’s it. This function checks if a translation exists for the first parameter; if it does, the translation is used – if it doesn’t, the first parameter is output as is.

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25 WordPress Themes with a Flat Design Style

The flat style of design is obviously a popular trend right now (see our post 33 Examples of the Flat Web Design Trend). If you’re interested in having a site or blog with this trendy look getting a custom design isn’t the only option. There are a number of WordPress themes that feature a flat design style, and more are being released frequently. In this post we’ll showcase 25 different WordPress themes that use a flat style of design.

Venture

Venture is a stylish and responsive business theme from WPZoom. This theme includes features like a built-in portfolio, a full-width slideshow, custom widgets, menu management, unlimited colors, shortcodes, a theme options panel, and more. Venture can be purchased for $69 and currently includes 1 free bonus theme.

Venture

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30 New and Fresh WordPress Themes

New WordPress themes are released every single day. Those who use WordPress to power their websites and blogs can benefit from the enormous community that has grown around the popular open source content management system. You can find a quality theme to use WordPress for just about any type of website. The huge demand and high competition means that theme developers have to put a great deal of emphasis on the quality of their themes if they want to be successful, and this obviously benefits users of those themes.

In this post we’ll showcase 30 recent theme releases that are worthy of a little attention. You’ll find themes from several different theme shops, as well as others from marketplaces like ThemeForest and Mojo Themes.

Hayden
Price: $49
Available at: Theme Trust

Hayden

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27 WordPress News and Blog Themes

Although WordPress‘s massive popularity has led to all kinds of specialty themes and the possibility to use the CMS for just about any type of website, there are still tons of great themes for powering a blog or a news-based website. With thousands of WordPress themes available, finding the right one for your blog can be a challenge. In this post we’ll showcase 27 different themes that are perfect for blogs and news sites, and if you are in need of a theme hopefully you will find something here that can meet your needs.

Lifestyle

Lifestyle, from ThemeFuse, is a beautiful theme that will give your blog a great colorful look. Lifestyle includes features like shortcodes, dynamic sidebar widgets creation, jQuery lightboxes, an admin dashboard panel, and more. You can purchase Lifestyle for $59.

Lifestyle

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27 Specialty Themes for WordPress

WordPress is an incredibly popular CMS for a number of reasons. It’s free, open source, powerful, and it can be used for a wide variety of different purposes aside from a traditional blog or corporate website. One of the best ways to see that potential for flexibility is to take a look at the different types of themes that are available. You can find quality themes for all kinds of different purposes, which makes WordPress even more useful.

In this article we’ll showcase 27 examples of specialty WordPress themes. Here you’ll find themes for question and answer websites, job boards, crowdfunding sites, directories, deal sites, and much more. Hopefully it gives you some ideas of what is possible.

Explorable

Explorable, from Elegant Themes, is a location-based theme that pins your posts on a map. It is a great option for travel blogs, travel guides, and local business directories. It uses a responsive design and also includes functionality for user star ratings. You can get access to Explorable with a $39 membership to Elegant Themes (also includes access to more than 80 other themes).

Explorable

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Comment Systems and Options for WordPress Users

There are a lot of different factors that help to make a blog successful, and reader engagement is one of those factors. A blog that has a high level of reader engagement is likely to receive a lot of quality comments from readers, and a blog that gets a lot of comments is likely to benefit from that high level of engagement.

The commenting functionality was a key issue in the rise to popularity for blogging several years ago. Visitors who were accustomed to reading static pages with no option to leave their own feedback typically appreciated the opportunity to interact with the blogger and other readers. Over the past few years it seems like more of this discussion has shifted to sites like Twitter and Facebook as many blogs have seen a decrease in comment activity. However, the opportunity is still there for blogs to benefit greatly from an active comment area.

In this article we’ll take a look at the different commenting options that are available to bloggers who are using self-hosted WordPress to power their blogs. Most of these options are also available for other blogging platforms as well.

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A Comprehensive Guide to Becoming a WordPress Developer

Since WordPress is one of the leading content management systems out there it spurs countless people to become developers themselves. Some of the best I know in the industry emerged from these “DIY developers” – people who started looking at code as a hobby.

WordPress is a good medium to start out in because its functions are clear, the coding style is extremely transparent and easy to understand and the documentation is phenomenal (not to mention the huge community). With this article I hope I can give you a quick primer on where to start your long but – hopefully – fun journey!

Note to developers: There are quite a few instances where what I explain is not the full story. This is what Terry Pratchett calls “Lies to children”. It is difficult to explain programming concepts to beginners by going into maximum detail. When you learn acceleration in school you are not told that this is actually integral calculus, the sum of the area under a graph. You simply learn the result (speed over time). The idea is the same here :)

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40 New WordPress Themes Released in May, 2013

Each month we like to publish a roundup of new WordPress themes, and today we have a collection that showcases some of the most notable themes released in May. You’ll find a wide variety of themes, everything from blog and news themes, to portfolio themes, to corporate themes, and even some specialties like a wedding theme. You can see live demos of any of themes themes from the source (click on the links to go to the source, and from there you can preview a live demo).

Metro Vibes
Price: $59
Available at: ThemeFuse

Metro Vibes

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The Best WordPress Plugins for Growing Your Mailing List

If you’re looking to build any top of business online, growing a mailing list should be a priority. However, with so much spam and unwanted email in most inboxes it can be a challenge to convince your website visitors to subscribe to your list. Fortunately, there are some really effective tools that can make your list building efforts exponentially more effective.

If you’re a WordPress user there are a number of quality plugins available that have been created specifically to help with building a mailing list. In this article we’ll take a look at some of the best plugins that can turn your list building frustrations into success.

PopUp Domination

PopUp Domination

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27 WordPress Mobile Themes

Responsive web design gets plenty of attention, and rightfully so, but in some situations you may prefer to use a separate theme specifically for mobile visitors rather than going with a responsive design. WordPress users have a number of themes available that have been specifically created with mobile visitors in mind.

These themes will not replace your desktop theme, instead the mobile theme will only be seen by visitors on mobile devices. This setup typically includes a plugin to determine what device the visitor is using, and then it will display the appropriate theme. In this post we’ll showcase 27 different options for mobile sites on WordPress. Most are themes, but some are plugins.

Handheld

Handheld is a plugin from ElegantThemes that will display a mobile-friendly version of your site to visitors on mobile devices. Visitors who are not on mobile devices will see your regular theme. It is available to ElegantThemes members with a Developer membership level. The cost of that Developer membership level is $89 per year, and it also includes more than 80 themes in addition to the Handheld plugin.

Handheld

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35 WordPress Themes for Personal Websites

WordPress is a good CMS option for anyone who wants to maintain a personal website or blog. It’s free, easy to setup with most hosting accounts, offers all the functionality needed for a personal website, and there are plenty of quality themes available. In this post we’ll showcase 35 WordPress themes that are excellent options for personal websites. Most of them are premium and must be purchased, but a few are free to download and use.

Memoir – $39

Memoir

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The Best WordPress Themes for Churches

Many churches in need of a quality website at an affordable price are turning to WordPress. One of the main reasons for this is the number of themes that have been designed and created with the needs of churches in mind. Common features of church themes include things like support for sermon audio and/or video, and event calendar management, which are both important for almost every church website.

WordPress also makes it easy for church staff or volunteers to manage the content of the website, and with features like custom post types, customizable navigation menus, and widgets, WordPress is a practical option for most churches.

Of course, budget is always a factor with churches and other non-profit organizations. WordPress is free to use as a content management system, and some free church themes are also available. Most of the themes designed specifically for churches must be purchased, but with prices ranging from about $40 – $80, the cost is much lower than most other options for church websites.

In this post we’ll take a look at the best free and premium WordPress themes for churches, including some of our own free church themes.

Looking for hosting? WPEngine offers secure managed WordPress hosting. You’ll get expert WordPress support, automatic backups, and caching for fast page loads. Visit WPEngine.

Free WordPress Themes for Churches:

Zion Theme for Churches

Zion is a feature-rich theme for churches that can be downloaded and used for free. It features an adaptive layout, so your visitors will experience a usable site on smartphone and tablets, in addition to desktops. Zion comes with 4 different color schemes. It also includes features like a customizable homepage slider, support for sermon audio and video, an upcoming events list, and a homepage template that can be customized using WordPress widgets. Zion also includes a staff page template.

Zion Theme for Churches

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