The Rankings: 90 Most Popular Premium WordPress Theme Designers


Below is a list of ninety of the most popular premium WordPress theme shops. The rankings are based on their Alexa rankings (the lower the better). This may not be the best way to compile such a list; however, short of having access to each shop’s books and statistics, it seems to be one of the more objective ways.

With so many WordPress theme designers these days, I’m sure some that should have been included here were missed. And so if you don’t see a site that should be on the list, let us know in the comments.

* Note: Designers that sell through ThemeForest and the like were not included here. They are already conveniently organized at ThemeForest or other such sites.

1. Elegant Themes – 969


2. WooThemes – 1,212


3. Studio Press – 1,564


4. Rocket Theme – 1,786


5. Yoo Theme – 2,307


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6. DIY Themes – 2,659


7. Templatic – 2,733


8. WPMU Dev – 3,752


9. App Themes – 4,725


10. WPZoom – 4,836


11.  Mojo Themes – 5,039


12. PageLines – 5,225


13. Premium Press – 5,863


14. iThemes – 6,442


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15. Theme Junkie – 6,496


16. ThemeFuse – 7,221


17.  Headway Themes – 7,444


18. Gabfire Themes – 7,764


19. Solostream – 9,195


20. WPShower – 10,208


21. Graph Paper Press – 11,242

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22. Press75 – 11,558


23. Themify – 11,899


24. Organic Themes – 12,231


25. Ink Themes – 12,680


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26. Bavotasan – 13,247


27. Theme Hybrid – 14,645


28. Catalyst Themes – 14,995


29. Gorilla Themes – 15,414


30. Obox Design – 16,175


31. DailyWP – 17,560


32. Gantry Framework – 20,720


33. Tokokoo – 20,827


34.  Theme Trust – 21,464


35. Magazine3 – 22,422


36. Theme Foundry – 22,821

Theme Foundry

37. PriMO Themes – 23,452


38.  ThemeShift – 27,476


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39.  UpThemes – 32,084


40. Photocrati – 33,373


41.  CyberChimps – 34,566


42. Themes Kingdom – 38,653


43. ViVA Themes – 41,873

ViVA Themes

44. FlexiThemes – 42,408

FlexiThemes

45. NattyWP – 45,804


46. Dev4Press – 46,363


47. Panda Themes – 46,455


48. Pro Theme Design – 46,476


49.  Crowd Favorite – 49,767


50. Storefront Themes – 51,126


51. DevPress – 55,322


52. RichWP – 56,935


53.  WPNow – 56,957


54. WP Remix – 60,999


55. BuddyBoss – 65,069


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56. Der Prinz – 69,433


57. KreativeThemes – 74,335


58. ThemeWarrior – 78,093


59.  PressWork – 78,826


60. Standard Theme – 78,958


61. Press Junkie – 85,277


62. Chimera Themes – 89,209


63.  Aloha Themes – 90,969


64.  Organized Themes – 91,337


65. WPArcade – 92,213


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66. BuddyDress – 92,317

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67.  Mint Themes – 98,312


68.  WP Ninja – 102,504


69.  Press Coders – 108,354


70.  WP Bundle – 110,915


71.   Xtreme Theme – 114,711


72.  Okay Themes – 118,116


73.  ComicPress – 122,691


74.  Acosmin – 123,301


75.  WPCharity – 136,427


76.  Antisocial Medialilc – 139,561


77.  Zidalgo – 242,433


78. Ashford – Turtle Interactive – 244,626


79.  Band Themer – 272,424


80.  Rockable Themes – 299,831

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81.  ThemeJam – 305,911


82.  Theme Weaver – 338,355


83.  Wobzy – 345,909


84.  Theme Wars – 389,687


85. RoloPress – 413,814


86.  Win with WP – 437,929


87.  WP Yuzu – 482,327


88.  ThemeBaker – 498,001


89.  Legend Themes – 532,630


90.  Neue Themes – 694,995

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Comments (50)

  1. Nice list but you missed a few, including mine!

    We are not the biggest but with Global Rank of 150,728 and US of 136,822, I make that 75-80 ish? I’m sure there are others who make it a round 100.

    http://themeloom.com/

    We have also been featured a couple of times here on WPMU, so feeling all dejected not to have made your list :-( !!

  2. Great post!

    I can’t believe how fast this page loaded as lengthy as it was. =)

    I’ll have to check some of these out. I didn’t know about several of them.

    ~ Corey

  3. Also… while I get the difficulty in compiling good statistics, I’m guessing you didn’t filter for “just” wordpress related links… meaning shops like RocketTheme gain a lot of perceived market share on this list from all the Joomla/Drupal stuff they do as well…

    Also I’m shocked by Elegant themes top ranking… pretty themes (I personally hate that ePanel crap though), just never thought they were that popular on the same scale as StudioPress & Woo.

    • Yeah, I went ahead and included a few shops that obviously get a lot of their traffic from Joomla/Drupal. Most are purely WordPress, however. Also, while it’s interesting to see where each currently stands, I was hoping for the list to be a resource as much as a competition.

      I was also surprised to see Elegant come ahead of StudioPress & Woo. But I also remember the very first time I ever came across Elegant. I thought, “Wow! This is a deal!” … It looks as if I wasn’t the only one who thought that.

    • Marcus – Designers that sell through ThemeForest weren’t included here. The idea was to get independent shops/designers that sell through their own sites. Places like ThemeForest already conveniently bring many designers together, so we know where to find them. Though it’s set up as a competition of sorts, the real value behind the list is that hopefully it will bring together some of the better designers in one place.

  4. Hi Joe,
    I wanted to read more about Headway’s ranking so I clicked on the Show More link, but it just took me to the top of this post. Is there a way to read more about some of the listings?
    Thx,
    Kim

    • Hi Kim – The images don’t go anywhere else, I’m afraid. The main links go to the designers’ sites, of course. If you wanted to look at more info on Alexa, you could simple go to Alexa.com and then type in the site name.

  5. I would be VERY careful with this list. Let me make my point…

    Elegantthemes.com. Placed at number 1 due to Alexa ratings. I’m not sure exactly what Alexa ratings mean or how they are compiled but It surely doesn’t have ANYTHING to do with the quality of the site.

    Case in point:

    I recently registered and paid to join Elegant themes. They have some really pretty themes and all but…and a BIG but… The member forum is void ANY real help. When I say ‘void’ I mean ‘void’. I’ve had a couple of issues and there have been NO responses over the last 2 weeks. Oh, I’ve had 1 or 2 questions answered, but even the simplest questions such as, “Is it possible to have a blog type view in cat view and not have the blog on the frontpage”…this question has been looked at 4 times in 2 weeks and no answer.

    I clicked ‘unanswered posts’ and got over 175 posts in 7days.

    Be very cautious when looking at this list and take it for what it’s based on…Alexa…whatever that ‘really’ is. Popular means page visits. It doesn’t mean “popular because people like it and use it”.

    Unfortunately with Elegant Themes you can’t see the forum unless you join them. I think this is why I waited so long to join and I have to say I’m having buyers remorse.

    • Sorry if you have had a bad experience in the forums. We do our best to answer all non-customization related questions. We get hundreds of new threads per day, so those 175 unanswered tickets were probably from the past 12 hours or so and will be answered within the next day. We have a no-questions-asked refund policy, so feel free to send me an email if you don’t think that ET is right for you.

      • Email sent. I don’t want my money back. I like your themes. What I don’t like is the communication.

        Sorry, I don’t mean to hijack the post although this is the only place Nick seems to reply to. Sorry to say that Nick but this is the 3rd email and no reply.

  6. Funny that I cannot find Themekraft on the list. Alexa Ranking is 45.612 – with 170.000+ downloads, we have one of the most downloaded BuddyPress themes. Custom Community Pro has been in the top 10 in the WP repository for quite some time.

    So please forgive me, but I do not think that this list actually paints a realistic picture. I would like to know more what the inclusion criteria were for the big sample. Also I agree that Alexa ranking DOES NOT equal popular.

  7. This is a huge list! Tons of great resources no doubt.

    Why did you post links 70 thru 90? Almost every site was a clone with a dupe link to the same e-junkie account. I even noticed a site selling the “Easy Blogger” plug-in! I know for a fact the first 30 links are reputable though.

    Thanks for the community share!

  8. Hi, thanks for sharing this listings.
    I bet there’s really a lot of good themes, I am someone new to WordPress so this list will be helpful for me.

    Michelle

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