WordPress Themes

Along with Plugins, WordPress Themes is one of our more popular categories. While we often do posts alerting readers to great free themes, we’ll also cover premium themes as well. (No, we don’t chock them full of affiliate links as many do. We don’t do affiliate links.) In addition, we’ll also do posts such as Why You Should Never Search for Free WordPress Themes in Google and Comprehensive Review of 7 of the Most Popular WordPress Premium Theme Frameworks. Some of our “collection posts” include 120 Free Premium WordPress Themes, The 40 Best Free WordPress Magazine Themes, 35 Free Simple & Clean WordPress Themes, and 7 Free Twitter Bootstrap Themes for WordPress.

WordPress TwentyFourteen Theme: A Flawed Beauty

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, WordPress default themes are important.They get automatically installed on every upgraded and new WordPress site, gaining massive exposure.

For 2014, WordPress have broken away from previous defaults to produce a theme for a specific use, namely magazines. And not just any magazine theme but a “beautiful magazine theme”.

And it certainly is beautiful. But if you want to use the theme you’re also going to have to contend with its flaws.

Screenshot of a TwentyFourteen home page

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15 Gorgeous Fullscreen Video WordPress Themes

If you’re a creative type, there’s no better way to show off your work than with a video theme.

Once a page is loaded and a video has started to play, there’s an incentive there for visitors to stick around and explore your site further because they’ve already invested some of their time watching your clip.

Videos draw in your visitors, allowing you to easily showcase your work with minimal effort on your visitors’ behalf. If you’re a business owner, videos allow you to quickly and effectively get your message in front of users to your site.

Darth Vader fullscreen video themes

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35 Awesome WordPress Slider Themes

Strong images are a must for any website, but even more so if you run a business and have a commercial need to promote your work or sell a product online.

Do you remember the last time you visited a restaurant’s website and didn’t see a photo of a tasty dish? Or have you ever seen a real estate site missing images of homes for sale?

Sliders provide an ideal way to display multiple images fluidly and in an eye-catching way that grabs your visitors’ attention when they land on your site.

Mineral feature image

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Free Medium-Inspired WordPress Themes

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If you haven’t heard of it yet, Medium is a blog publishing platform started by Blogger and Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone.

Williams describes Medium like this:
It’s designed for little stories that make your day better and manifestos that change the world. It’s used by everyone from professional journalists to amateur cooks. It’s simple, beautiful, collaborative, and it helps you find the right audience for whatever you have to say.

medium-logo

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ThemeZilla Review: Elegant Designs and Not-So-Friendly Support

ThemeZilla offers a clean, modern and elegant collection of themes that are fast and easy to use. While the themes are relatively cheap, they are good for one use only – you can’t use these themes on multiple domains.

Customer support is timely but not all that personable, plus you need to check the support forums regularly to see if there has been a response to your support query as there’s no email alert when the support crew answers your questions.

ThemeZilla

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Obox Review: Lots of Control but Occasionally Complex

Obox gives you lots of options in the back end to control the look of your theme. While not drag-and-drop, you get a number of different templates and VERY granular control of things such as color. You can leave the colors alone, but other options can’t be left alone, and some of them may take a little while to figure out. While they only have 12 responsive themes at this time, a number of them appear to be ecommerce ready (with WooCommerce).

obox

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Theme Trust Review: Clean Designs and Slow Support at Competitive Prices

Theme Trust offers a beautiful collection of clean, minimalist designs at a competitive low price. While the services available are basic (slow support, no account area), the themes are easy to use and alter to your needs.

Despite starting the business in 2010, founder Henry Jones remains an enigma. It would be great to at least have an About page on the company’s site so users can get a feel for who they’re buying from.

If you’re new to WordPress or just looking for a simple design with features you can customize, it’s worth giving Theme Trust a go.

Theme Trust

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Graph Paper Press Review: Understated Themes for Creative Types

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.

Graph Paper Press

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StudioPress Review: Clean, Sober, Secure

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.

studiopress

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