Press75 is known for their media themes – video, photos, even audio. They are very reasonably priced at $75 for all their themes, yet they currently only have 9 responsive themes. Their designs are bold and often heavy. This unabashed approach may leave you both loving and hating parts of the same theme.
Graph Paper Press offers a beautiful range of themes tailored for photographers, videographers, artists and other creative types wanting to showcase their work. The designs make your content the focus, allowing for big, bold header images, full-screen sliders and video.
Founder Thad Allender has built a solid, niche business and certainly knows his clientele, having worked as a professional photographer. However, it would be great to see more themes that showcase modern design trends. While the designs are clean and minimalist, there are none that feature parallax or colorful, flat design.
StudioPress themes are said to be structurally sound, secure, and good for SEO. The designs are clean; however, there aren’t many that are going to jump out at you make you step back. But not everyone wants that, of course. There also seems to be a relatively large community that you can become a part of when you get a Genesis framework from StudioPress. There are community-built plugins and child themes built especially to run on the framework.
WooThemes has become a household name in the WordPress community, known for its large collection of themes, its flagship product Canvas and its free eCommerce plugin, WooCommerce.
While the themes are feature-rich, functional and highly customizable, they lack a modern touch and fail to push the boundaries of design trends.
If you’re after a theme that can handle a content-heavy site and allows you to customize to your heart’s content, WooThemes is for you. But if you’re after beautiful design you might want to look elsewhere.
If you’re into the style of themes that WPZoom offers, then there should be little to hold you back other than price. Their themes are clean and well-organized, giving you opportunities to fit lots of content into a tight space.
WPZoom shines with magazine style themes. They also have a nice recipe style theme and a nice restaurant style theme. That said, they are a little expensive, especially for developers, who can expect to pay about $200 up front and then over $200 a year for on-going support.
Organic Themes offers a beautiful collection of customizable, functional and (mostly) responsive designs that are on trend with modern design. While the themes are pricey, you are paying for quality designs, updates and support.
Logging into your account and downloading your themes is a piece of cake, though setting up new themes can take a bit of work. The support staff are helpful and while they work to set US hours they still respond outside of official work hours.
Overall, Milone and Morgan have built a solid business with a strong selection of designs suitable for every need.
When it comes to commercial WordPress themes, you’re going to be hard-pressed to beat the value offered by ThemesKingdom.
They offer both high quality themes and plugins for a very affordable membership price of $50/year. Their designs keep pace with modern trends and they release a minimum of two new themes every month. The theme options panel is not overly-complicated and everything related to your account is easily accessible on their website. It’s all about the product.
Overall, ThemesKingdom is awesome value for a developer who needs themes for a variety of different websites.
For those who want to easily control the layout of their pages (i.e. where widgets go, the position of navigation menus, where the header appears, etc.), the iThemes “Builder” framework is hard to beat. It gives you an enormous amount of control. You also have easy control over fonts, borders, and colors.
That said, apart from a few exceptions, the out-of-the-box themes seem relatively plain. Some seem somewhat dated. Out of the 180 themes advertised, I found a (growing) list of 33 that were responsive; however, at least more than 10 in that list were different colored versions of another theme.
With more than 86 themes available, Elegant Themes offers a beautiful and large collection of quality designs at affordable prices. The themes are clean with a minimalist aesthetic and are ideal for a wide range of applications, from casual bloggers to eCommerce businesses looking to sell products online.
While the theme seller has been around for a long time, there is still plenty of room to grow. It would be great to see support staff answer questions much more quickly in the forums and for older themes to be updated with features like responsive design.
There are hundreds of WordPress theme sellers – about 1001 to be exact – so choosing just one that offers the designs and features you want at a decent price can be frustrating.
We’ve put together a series of comprehensive reviews of 12 of the most popular theme sellers – Elegant Themes, WooThemes, Graph Paper Press, Organic Themes, Themes Kingdom, Theme Trust, ThemeZilla, Obox Designs, iThemes, Press75, StudioPress and WPZoom.
For each theme company, we’ve investigated their features, aesthetics, usability, speed and reliability, cost and support to help you decide which theme seller would work best for you.