If you’re new to WordPress, I know just how hard it will be for you, to find your perfect WordPress theme (or template). I have featured here the Top 30 WordPress Theme Marketplaces to help you find your dream template.
Most of the WordPress Theme marketplaces featured here offer multiple options when buying. For example, you can buy a license for single-use, multiple use (developer version), or can even buy their entire collection of themes for a one-time/annual fee.
The Only WordPress Theme Collection You’ll Ever Need…
1. StudioPress (Genesis)
StudioPress Themes are powered by Genesis Framework and it’s an industry standard WordPress framework trusted by professional bloggers. This blog is also powered by Genesis Framework and is using the skin Focus by StudioPress.
StudioPress themes are search engine optimized and comes with unlimited support, updates, and usage. There’s no developer version and you can install the theme on any number of websites.
You can start a WordPress blog by purchasing the Genesis Framework for $59.95 with a 30-day money back guarantee. But you’ll need a child theme to give your blog a unique look. You can buy a child theme from here (designed by StudioPress) or here (designed by independent developers) or from any other theme directory/designer created exclusively for the Genesis Framework. If you already have the Genesis Framework then you can buy an additional child theme for less than $20.
The only problem with StudioPress is the support. I’m not that impressed with their support as I’ve to post my queries on their support forums to get help.
2. DIYthemes (Thesis)
DIYthemes are powered by the Thesis Framework and it’s another industry standard framework for WordPress. Thesis Framework is expensive when compared to the Genesis Framework. Genesis costs less than $80 for the framework and a child theme with unlimited support, updates, and usage while Thesis gives you 3 options to choose from: Basic ($87), Basic Plus ($164), & Professional ($197) with 30-day money back guarantee. Unless you purchase the Professional package you won’t get Unlimited upgrades or support. Again, you still have to spend more money to get a custom child theme for your Thesis framework. Also check out, Thesis Skins (for Premium Thesis Skins).
WooThemes have tons of WordPress themes powered by WooFramework designed by their own in-house team. They have a diversified theme portfolio so most probably you can find your dream template that matches your criteria.
ColorLabs Themes are powered by ColorLabs framework. They also have a variety of themes. My blog was once powered by ColorLabs and I later migrated to Genesis Framework. What I really like about ColorLabs is that their support is awesome. They do limited customizations, installations, fix errors, etc. at no cost.
ColorLabs’ technical support team will help all of their customers to start and make over their websites. So, if you want to have some minor customization, then their support team will help you with the CSS and template customization (as long as you don’t add new features).
ThemeForest is a marketplace for all your Content Management System (CMS) needs. They offer WordPress themes, Tumblr themes, HTML templates, PSD templates, images, plugins, etc. Since it’s an independent marketplace you can find tons of themes for your WordPress blog. But make sure that you get the required support from the theme developer as ThemeForest doesn’t make any themes themselves.
6. Mojo Themes
Mojo Themes is another popular marketplace for WordPress, Joomla, Tumblr, HTML, E-commerce, etc. They have some really professional themes and all are under $60 (most of them are $49 with unlimited support.
I must appreciate their support team because I bought their Cyber Bundle 2013 (14 Premium Themes for $29) and got my refund even though I didn’t qualify. I bought that package as I thought that it has One-page Premium Themes but I had to request the refund when I noticed that it didn’t have any. And they did offer a 100% refund, though I didn’t qualify, to make their customers happy.
PageLines offers drag & drop framework to build your professional looking WordPress site faster and easier. When you purchase you have 30 days to try the PageLines DMS system and if you are not happy within the 30 days they offer a full refund. Regarding technical support, they don’t offer one-to-one support for theme customization but their community forum is manned by real PageLines Moderators and their community members. When you purchase a theme you will get a copy of the content used in the demo theme so that you can reproduce any of the sections used in the demo. Also try, Ultimatum.
8. Obox Themes
Obox Design have both premium and free themes. I love them because of their free Tumblr style WordPress theme called Casual that I’ve once installed on one of my micr0-blog. The support team is also efficient since they responded quickly when I reported a bug.
Themify has got some unique and quality templates that are not readily available elsewhere. They have themes that mimics Windows 8, Pinterest, etc.
WPZOOM is powered by ZOOM Framework. I like WPZOOM themes because of their quality template designs.
ElegantThemes offers the best WordPress deal as you get access to their entire collection of 82 themes for just $39.
13. Template Monster
Template Monster is another popular marketplace for premium website templates. It’s a complete marketplace like Themeforest and has Flash templates, PSD templates, CMS templates (WordPress, Joomla, etc.), E-commerce templates, Facebook layouts, Design templates, etc.
It’s worth to mention that Template Monster themes are costlier than Themeforest. You can get an awesome theme for less than $50 at Themeforest, but at Template Monster it costs $75 for a theme and an additional $49 for installation.
14. Creative Market
17. Theme Junkie
21. Graph Paper Press
23. Organic Themes
24. WordPress Eden
28. Organized Themes
BONUS: Free WordPress Themes (But Looks Premium)
- Minimable (Freemium) — A minimal, scrollable, responsive, one-page theme.
- Hueman (Free) — An awesome magazine theme with premium features.
- Anew (Free) — A classic Tumblr style theme.
- Anders Norén (Free) — Nine fully responsive, retina ready themes.
- FabThemes (Free) — Offers a collection of premium WordPress themes for free.
- Just Good Themes (Free) — Handcrafted free and premium WordPress themes.
As you might have already noticed, this blog post was first published in January 2014 and had only 15 WordPress Marketplaces. Since then, I continued to curate more theme marketplaces in my Evernote, and so finally I am refreshing this blog post by adding another fifteen set of marketplaces.
Just in case an awesome wordpress theme marketplace is missing here, let me know as a comment below, and I’ll be glad to feature it!
Happy Theme Hunting!
First Published: January 10, 2014; Last Updated: Wednesday, November 19, 2014