Purchasing a WordPress theme tends to be a time-consuming chore that at times can be overwhelming.
To cut down time, you need to establish a series of criteria. Having done that, go down our list of 14 WordPress themes that we believe are the best on the market as we go into 2017.
Core criteria to consider:
- An Aesthetically Pleasing Design. You want a modern, pleasing design with staying power.
- SEO Friendliness. It’s mandatory to choose a theme that has this feature if you expect your websites to see a lot of traffic.
- Easy Customization. This feature will give you the flexibility you need, and save you a ton of time.
- Quality Support. Choose a theme that promises a rapid response. You shouldn’t have to wait 2-3 business days, or even that many hours.
Be Theme is a premium multi-purpose WordPress, it’s big, and it’s popular. It is, in fact, the biggest theme of its type on the market. Be has many highlights, but the one most users talk about is its 230+ pre-built websites. Each is professionally designed, each is fully customizable, and all of them are modern and attractive.
These pre-built websites serve as ideal starting points for your web design efforts, plus they provide a solid base from which to create a user-friendly, engaging UX.
Be offers a pair of page-building options, Muffin Builder 3, and Visual Composer. When coupled with the option-rich admin panel, a shortcode generator with 200+ shortcodes, plus plenty of header and grid options, the net result is that you can build virtually whatever you want without having to resort to any coding at all.
Other features include unlimited color choices, Responsive, Retina ready, WPML ready, and SEO ready; to name but a few. Be’s customer support is, as you would expect in a premium theme, top notch.
Another multi-purpose WordPress theme well deserving of your consideration is The Core. Its users will point to its Visual Builder as a definite highlight, but there is much more to like about this theme; notably, the 20+ thematic demos.
These demos, which you can install with a single click, have been exquisitely crafted to match the most common website types and client’s businesses. One demo, The Core Main, is a multi-purpose demo you should find highly useful.
Thanks to the Visual Builder, and a solid selection of shortcodes, coding is never necessary. The Core is WooCommerce ready, it is Retina ready, and it is Responsive. More than 20 WordPress websites are included, and future releases will be yours for free. Three purchase plans are available, including a lifetime plan that would be the best buy for many users.
When you purchase the Enfold WP theme, you’re getting a ThemeForest best-rated tops seller; so, you know you’re getting the very best. Enfold is extremely versatile, and comes with an excellent selection of high-quality demos.
Any demo can be imported with one click, plus you can combine elements from different demos if you wish. This, combined with the customizability of each demo, gives you an unlimited number of design options. The versatile Enfold default demo is a popular choice with many users. If you use it, you’re still able to borrow from other demos.
Enfold offers the kind of top-quality support you would expect from a popular, premium theme. You’ll get the help you need, and your questions answered, in good time. You might also want to check with ThemeForest about their hosted version of Enfold.
Divi has, since its inception, been one of Elegant Theme’s top sellers. When the latest version, Divi 3.0 was released, sales soared. This was due in part to past popularity, but the main reason was the introduction of Divi Builder, its visual and insanely fast, front-end page builder.
Other reasons to consider Divi 3.0 would include the 20+ pre-made layouts, responsive editing, and design elements for every occasion.
Hestia PRO is a multipurpose WP theme, but it might be your best buy if designing onepage websites is what you like to do best. It’s the number one Material Design WordPress theme, and it’s an excellent choice for designing websites for startups. Hesta PRO is WooCommerce ready and Responsive. Hesta PRO comes with free updates, dedicated support, and a money-back guarantee.
If your web design efforts are generally directed toward a specific niche, a WordPress theme like Houzez might be your best choice. In this case, the niche in question is real estate, specifically real estate agents and agencies. Houzez has the features most sought after in this line of work, and its internal pages have been designed to meet the needs of a real estate agency.
Ultra, Themify’s powerful and flexible WordPress theme, gives you full control of your web building activities. Of special note is the new design skins feature. The skins can give a website a truly unique look. Ultra’s pre-made demo sites are impressive, as are its 60+ pre-designed layouts. Also included is a selection of Builder addons, which include a counter, progress bar, maps, a pricing table, and WooCommerce, and more.
You can build any type of community website with KLEO. Include member profiles, activity streams, messaging, and active user groups. The bbPress feature allows you to add forums, while with rtMedia, you can incorporate albums, photos, audio/video, and more. This community focused theme’s features also include Facebook Login, a Geo Directory, and Profile Search. KLEO is easy to use, and it’s fast.
Most premium WP themes offer similar features, yet each often has at least one worth highlighting. A selection of concepts is where Uncode really shines. Uncode offers several categories of concepts with a subset making up each category. Uncode’s Enhanced Visual Composer, Advanced Grid System, and Adaptive Images system are there to help you put a concept, such as a portfolio, shop, or website theme, to great practical use.
TheGem is yet another multi-purpose WordPress theme. Its numerous demos are easy to import, and they are highly customizable. TheGem’s layouts, design elements and layout styles can be freely combined; the result being an extremely diverse range of design options. Of note is the large number of portfolio layout and gallery options available. TheGem is WooCommerce ready, and ready for about everything else you might need.
TheFox is known as one of the smartest of ThemeForest’s WordPress themes. There’s a good reason for this, as it has been designed down to the minutest of details. This multi-purpose theme has all the essential features, including 30+ design demos, a hefty selection of design details, premium plugins, and Visual Composer. Check out Business and/or the Trending demo to get a better idea of what TheFox could do for you.
If building headers gives you headaches, Impreza offers a cool solution – its visual Header Builder. Other Impreza features include its drag and drop page builder, one-click demo import, unlimited colors, Retina ready and Responsive, and SEO optimized. You also get 1300+ icons, advanced typography options, CSS3 animations, onepage sites, Google maps, WooCommerce compatibility, and a bunch more. If in doubt, you’re invited to test drive Impreza for free.
Consider making XStore your number one choice if your search is for a tool that makes building an e-commerce site a piece of cake. XStore’s specialty is online shops, and its overriding goal is to help you build online shops that are professional in appearance, and designed to gain user trust. This is a user-friendly theme that has been designed to help you design one user-friendly UX after another.
Kalium’s clean, minimalist design should to appeal to any minimalist leanings you may have. The hallmark feature of this creative theme for professionals is, in fact, its modern appearing, minimalist demos. Kalium has all the other features you need to build, including Visual Composer and several other popular plugins, including WooCommerce, shortcodes, unlimited options, and a nice selection of valuable bonus elements that have been thrown in for free.
Whether you’re in the market for a do-anything-and-everything multi-purpose WordPress theme, or one that is focused more on a given specialty, you should find it here. Along with the multi-purpose theme selections, we’ve listed themes that focus on onepage sites, portfolios, and e-commerce websites, plus one dedicated to the real estate industry.
These are some of the best for 2017, so expect quality in both product and service. Should you find otherwise, which is unlikely, be sure to let us know.