There is a reason why WordPress is the most popular CMS on the Internet today: it’s just so accessible!
Even if you’ve never coded a thing in your life, you can still put together beautiful websites with relative ease, and without breaking the bank.
This is because of the huge number of themes available for the WordPress platform, which are responsible for shaping the basic design of your website, as well as supporting the general functions – you can add plugins, too, for more specific functionality.
Although there are free themes available – check out the WordPress repository – I’ve always found them to be rather limited in terms of functions and customization capabilities. With this in mind, I would always recommend taking the plunge and investing in a premium theme.
Premium themes are still hugely affordable, and provide you with a solid base from which to launch a profitable website – what other business could you start for under 100 bucks?
Today I want help you find the perfect theme for your website by introducing you to, in my opinion, the best places to buy WordPress themes.
If you’re looking for the website with the largest variety of themes, there is one clear winner: ThemeForest.
ThemeForest is the world’s largest WordPress theme marketplace, with a whopping 4,806 themes available at the time of writing. These include the impressively versatile multi-purpose themes – of which X Theme, Salient, and Jupiter are fantastic examples – all the way down to highly specialist themes, like for nightclubs, music festivals, and soccer blogs.
The ThemeForest website is easy to use: the themes are neatly organized into categories, and there is also a search function to help you find what you are looking for. You can filter the themes based on price, overall rating, and total sales to help you narrow down the huge volume of themes available.
With so many themes competing for visibility, many theme developers build an impressive range of functionality into their themes, plus many will support a nearly unlimited number of customization options – from a buyer’s perspective, this is great news as the themes are capable of building almost any style of website you can imagine.
If you want to see what a theme looks like on a live website, each theme includes a Live Preview for you to view. From here you can test out all the different layout, color, backgrounds, and any other customization options the theme supports – testing the features you like will give you a better idea of how the theme will look on your website.
ThemeForest themes are competitively priced, with WordPress themes available for between $28 and $63. However, in my experience, the better themes are priced at the top end of this price bracket, so expect to pay $40+ for a top theme.
Arguably the most popular of all the WordPress clubs, Elegant Themes has been specialising in beautiful, yet affordable, themes for several years now.
Full access to the club’s themes – currently up to a whopping 87 – can be gained for as little as $69 for one year. As the Elegant Themes website is eager to point out, that’s just $0.79 per theme and represents outstanding value.
If you want access to the club’s five plugins, full access is available for $89 per year. Included in these plugins is a drag-and-drop page builder plugin, giving you complete control over the layout of any post or page on your website.
Elegant Themes has long been known for the simplicity and high quality of its themes, and there are distinct minimalist design elements in many of their themes.
However it was undoubtedly the release of Divi 2.0 that captured the headlines this year, by far the most powerful and versatile theme in the collection, and already a bestseller.
I’m a huge fan of the multi-purpose theme, which includes the impressive “Divi Builder”, an intuitive page builder that supports a wide range of modules, including sliders, testimonials, and animated counters. Throw in a near-unlimited number of customization options and you have one of the best themes released in 2014, and the focal point of the Elegant Themes collection.
There’s a reason Elegant Themes already has more than a quarter of a million customers – simply put, it’s one of the best WordPress clubs around.
MOJO Themes is a WordPress theme marketplace, similar to ThemeForest but much smaller in size – there are currently 1,008 themes available.
However, any website with over one thousand themes is still substantial, and there are plenty of great themes to be found over at MOJO.
The themes are organized into categories which makes the website easy to navigate, plus there’s a handy search function to help you find what you’re looking for. You can also sort the themes by total number of sales, by date, or by price. If you want to see what the theme is capable of, including testing out the numerous customization options supported, you can do so by clicking the Live Preview option for each theme.
MOJO Themes has plenty of multi-purpose, super versatile themes available, with an emphasis on wide-ranging functionality and customization galore – I particularly like Aegaeus, Creativo 5.0, and Highend. However, if you have more specialist needs there are also some niche/industry-specific themes, including themes for dental clinics (Dental Clinic), lawyers (Attorneys), and cafes (CafeHouse).
WordPress themes at MOJO are priced between $16 and $59 – comparable to ThemeForest. However, I found that the best themes are unsurprisingly at the top end of this price range, with the really good themes setting you back from $49 to $59. All themes include free ongoing support, updates, and documentation.
A great theme marketplace, ideal for those of you looking for something different to ThemeForest.
If you care about flexibility and unlimited customization capabilities, look no further than Themify.
Every Themify theme includes a WYSIWYG drag and drop editor, allowing you to endlessly adjust the style and layout of your website to get it exactly to your liking – you can preview your changes in real-time using the live preview function.
Themify currently has 45 themes on its website. You can buy each one individually for $49, or you can access them all by becoming a member of the Themify Club. A one year membership is available from $79 per year, which includes any new themes added to the range, updates, and support – you can continue using the themes after the membership has expired, but your access to the support team will cease.
The Themify themes all look fantastic and are exceptionally well coded.
Themes are built using the Themify framework, which allows you to customize your website to your heart’s content, while remaining simple enough for WordPress novices to use – an extensive styling panel included with each theme gives you complete control over the appearance of your website. Each theme is WooCommerce compatible, and supports a wide range of shortcodes out-the-box, too.
ThemeFuse is another impressive WordPress club – with just 31 themes it’s a little on the smaller side, but it more than makes up for this with the overall quality of themes on the site.
All themes are beautiful and responsive, with many of them coming with an impressive list of functions and customization capabilities. Included in the 31 themes are a number of versatile blogging themes, but the real gems are the specialist themes – I particularly like the Home Quest and Voyage themes, suitable for estate and travel agents respectively. As well as this there are some great corporate, restaurant, and children theme offerings.
Individual themes are available for between $45 and $99, with a one-year membership setting you back $195 – membership gives you access to every theme.
Arguably the most impressive thing about ThemeFuse is their TestLabs service: they will install the theme of your choice on a mock-up domain free of charge.
With most WordPress theme shops simply providing a demo site to show off their themes, ThemeFuse should be applauded for this helpful and innovative idea. Not only does this allow you to explore a theme’s features for yourself, but you can also test out the back-end to judge its usability – this is especially useful for less experienced WordPress users.
To see the best of what’s on offer at ThemeFuse, it’s well worth heading over to view their portfolio.
If you want a different style of marketplace, I highly recommend Creative Market – this is a marketplace populated by independent creatives, so expect handcrafted designs and a more personal touch.
You can get all sorts of digital design content here, including graphics, fonts, photographs, and themes.
There are 1,422 WordPress themes currently available at Creative Market, and the quality is very high. With the emphasis being on creativity and individuality, designers are given more freedom when creating their online shop, and this is reflected in the wider range of prices – themes cost between $2 and $199. However, most themes are priced in-line with MOJO and ThemeForest, with almost 1,000 themes priced between $35 and $60.
There are fewer categories to organize the themes than seen elsewhere, and this does make it slightly more difficult to find a theme you like – you can sort themes by date and popularity, and filter based on price ranges.
Each theme comes with its own Live Preview which lets you view the theme in action on a live site – you can also play around with any customization options supported by using this feature.
With themes developed by creatives – there’s less of a “mass-market” mentality here – most are built with a particular in purpose in mind. This means you’ll find a lot of narrow, niche-specific themes at Creative Market. There is also more of an emphasis towards style and design over excessive functionality and customizability – many themes do just one thing, but do it very well.
Creative Market is well worth checking out, particularly if you prioritize style and design quality.
If you want a WordPress club that specialises in clean, stylish design, I’d highly recommend TeslaThemes.
TeslaThemes are built with simplicity in mind, and are designed to be as user-friendly as possible. There is extensive documentation provided with each theme, including step-by-step photos, to help you get up and running quickly.
However, don’t let the simple, minimalist design styles that dominate most of the themes fool you: the themes boast some impressive functionality and customization options, thanks to the Tesla Framework each theme is built from – because of this, most of the themes are described as “multi-purpose” and have a wide range of uses.
Individual themes are available for $49, with a one-year subscription to all the themes – 31 themes to date, added to at a rate of one to two per month – costing just $10 more at $59. You can also invest in a lifetime subscription for $345.
Because of the high quality of themes available, Tesla Themes has been building up a good amount of traction lately – you have probably already heard of them as a result of this. If you want to see some of the best TeslaThemes has to offer, my personal favorites are the Display, Sportify, and Hotelia themes.
Last up we have the CSSigniter WordPress club. With an impressive 68 themes available for $49 per year, CSSIgniter is one of the best value WordPress clubs around – you can also buy individual themes for $39 each.
The themes in the collection are built with usability in mind, with an easy setup and a useful support forum helping members around the clock.
In an age when many developers are focused on cramming as many functions as possible into multi-purpose themes, it’s refreshing to see CSS taking a different approach: themes built for one purpose, and doing it exceptionally well. You will find no excessive functionality and customization options just for the sake of it, with CSSIgniter taking a streamlined approach to theme building.
However, this approach doesn’t feel restrictive: with 68 themes currently available, there’s plenty of variety, with photography, restaurants, and hotel themes available – there are also more versatile ones for bloggers.
The themes themselves look stunning, and are really well designed and coded. The number of style choices is impressive, with some themes employing a striking designs, while others go the subtle, minimalist way. In other words, there is something for everyone.
So there you have it: eight of the best websites for you to buy WordPress themes.
And, with a combined collection of 7,498 themes – trust me, I’ve done the math! – you shouldn’t need to look anywhere else to find a beautiful theme for your website, no matter how specific or seemingly obscure your niche is.
Just remember: before buying a theme, be sure to check out the live demos provided to test out the functions and customization options each theme supports – you’ll get a better feel for what the theme is capable of, and how it fits in with the overall image of you want your website to be.
What is your favorite place for buying WordPress themes? Let us know in the comments section below!