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.

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.


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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.


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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).


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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.


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WooThemes Review: Feature-Rich Themes that are Pricey and Boring

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.


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WPZoom Review: Clean, Well-Organized Designs, Yet Slightly Pricey

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.


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Organic Themes Review: Modern Designs and Friendly Support Ain’t Cheap

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.

Organic Themes

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