If you’re new to WordPress then you’re going to to have a hard time finding the perfect WordPress theme (or template). So I’m going to feature the Top 15 WordPress Theme Designers and 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.
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.
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.
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 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. I’m not that impressed with StudioPress support as I’ve to post my queries on their support forums to get help.
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.
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 installed here. 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 it costs $75 for a theme at Template Monster and it costs an additional $49 for installation.
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