So youve started your journey into the wonderful world of WordPress, and maybe youre wondering Whats next?
The beauty of the full WordPress platform is the infinite possibilities for customization and designing a professional website without having to be an expert web developer, thanks to the power of premium WordPress themes and templates.
However, with literally thousands of themes to choose from, it can be quite overwhelming.
Youre probably asking yourself:
Lucky for you, Ive been professionally developing WordPress websites and blogs for YEARS and have purchased and tested pretty much all the most popular WordPress themes and templates out there.
Purchasing and installing a premium WordPress theme or template is the FIRST thing I do on any new WordPress installation because the theme controls the overall design of your website and makes by far the biggest difference in any website.
One important note is that the themes Im about to share with you are actually more than just themes, theyre actually considered Frameworks.
Question:What is a Framework?
Answer:A framework differs from a theme in the sense that itchanges how you are able to edityour website. Many of these frameworks allow you to edit your website VISUALLY through Drag-and-Drop. (Yes!)
For ANYONE whos tried customizing a free theme, you KNOW that WordPress is not drag-and-drop. By default, WordPress is a BLOGGING platform so it isnt tailored for creating business websites with fancy homepages and multiple featured sections, images, sliders, etc.
With all that being said, its time for me to share with you the absolute BEST WordPress themes and frameworks for your new website.
(Disclaimer: I have personally tested ALL of these themes through personal and client websites throughout the years. Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. This commission helps to keep How2MakeWebsite FREE and provide the highest quality video tutorials on the web!)
Number of Users (Elegant Themes): 385,236
Divi 3.0 (made by Elegant Themes) is one of the most beloved WordPress themes due to the ability to edit your website visually through theirDrag and Drop visual page builder.
With Divi installed, even the most novice WordPress beginner can start creating beautifully professional web pages perfect for anyone from businesses to blogs.
Divis visual page builder allows you to add all sorts of elements such as Buttons, Image Galleries and Slideshows, Testimonial boxes, and SO much more.
Aside from elements, you can customize theColor and Font of ANYTHINGon your page, quickly and easily from the visual builder.
Best part of all? You wont ever need to touch a line of code.
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Number of Users (StudioPress): 201,344
Genesis seems to be the go-to favorite for all the top bloggers, and its easy to see why.
Offering dozens of beautiful Pro themes, Genesis can give your blog an amazing touch almost instantly.
Genesis is also technically a framework, which allows you to edit your website by arranging containers of content.
Unlike Divi, I wouldnt call Genesis a Drag and Drop page builder, but it does allow for far more customization than the regular WordPress themes.
The Genesis framework + a child theme called Foodie Pro are linked below, and this is one of the best-selling combinations for aspiring bloggers.
OptimizePress is one of my personal favorites, and is an all-around great choice for someone who wants a Drag and Drop visual page builder (like Divi 3.0) but is more focused on internet marketing and selling products or services.
OptimizePress is absolutely made for internet marketers in mind, with a TON of included templates for beautiful Landing Pages, Opt-in and Squeeze pages, Webinar signups, Online Courses, Membership Websites, and much more.
The beauty of OptimizePress is its no-fuss visual page builder that allows you to easily create any website you can think of.
Like Divi 3.0, OptimizePress has a list of elements such as buttons, images with text, video player, featured section, image slideshow, and much more. You can incorporate any of these elements to your web pages and customize them as well by changing the fonts and colors of the text, background, and more.
If you do ANYTHING with online business or internet marketing, go ahead and click that button below to get started!
That wraps up our top WordPress themes and templates!
I hope you found this information useful, and Im confident that if you decide to upgrade to one of these premium themes, then editing and designing your WordPress website is going to be a LOT easier and more intuitive.
If you guys enjoyed reading this article and learning about these popular themes, please leave a comment below or simply purchase the theme through any of the links above to support How2MakeWebsite!
Can you create capture pages to get the name tel and email address of a prospect with Optimizepress? Or is this what you call a landing page?
Yes! OptimizePress comes with various Landing Page layouts you can choose from, then easily edit from there. (PS. You are correct, that style of website page is calling a Landing Page)
Im your opinion, which option would be best for building a website for a medical spa? I think its between 1 & 3 just not sure which one to go with.
This article is very informative and insightful. I really want to thank you for this. I would like to suggest one more theme that is Bloggers Lite which suits for all type of bloggers. Check out:
I am not seeing a lot of emphasis on using WP for building a business web site. For example, product and services catalog with links to detailed info about the product or service. Also, buttons that provide prospective customer with email template relevant to a product (e.g., T Shirt requires attaching image to print, selecting color and size). Is WP not used for this kind of site?
Hi Ed, you are referring to E-commerce, please check out the Plugin/Theme called WooCommerce.
Thanks for your beautiful themes and plugins, i really appreciate your work. I tried your themes and it works best.
Hi. I designed a FrontPage website for this company years ago and have continued to manage the website by updating information. I now work in a different profession. My marketing background comes in handy but Im behind on the technology and his Earthlink host will be dropping FrontPage extensions April 27, 2018. All this to say, I have to build a new website quickly and choose wisely as he ranks fairly high in the search engines. So far, I have decided to use HostGator and build the site in WordPress. I was impressed with the accessibility of the tech support at HostGator, as I NEED it! I watched your video, which was very helpful to get started. Can you tell me how to make the heading picture change (like a gallery or what I would have used in the past as a Flash file)? Is it a plug-in or does WordPress have that capability? Also Im open to any suggestions!!! Thank you!!!
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