When looking for a theme or plugin, WordPress users are spoiled for choice. With the official WordPress repository, dedicated marketplaces, and various WordPress shops, there are thousands of options – so many, that it can be difficult to make a choice.
Making the right choice is critical to your site’s success, as its theme will determine the design displayed to your visitors, and your plugins will add most of its functionalities,
To help make an informed decision, here are ten of the best places to buy WordPress themes and plugins.
Every WordPress installation comes with two plugins pre-installed, one of which is Akismet, although it is not activated by default, and extra steps have to be taken to activate it.
Akismet is a comment spam filtering service, which catches blog comment and pingback spam using their algorithms. This algorithm learns from its mistakes and from the actions taken by participating websites. For example, when a number of websites start reporting similar looking content as spam, then Akismet will learn to identify that kind of content as spam in the future. On popular websites, the amount of spam comments could get as high as 85%. This means out of every 100 comments only 15 are legitimate. Comment moderation is a time consuming task, and Akismet can save you hours. Akismet will catch spam comments before it lands in your moderation queue as pending. This allows you to focus your energy on moderating comments by real users.
Genesis is a basic WordPress framework that you then style with a Genesis child theme (of which, there are a variety). The Genesis Framework basically sits on top of WordPress’ core code and creates a secure, search engine optimised base upon which you can build your WordPress site – in essence it is a foundation enhancement. Genesis child themes are then added to the framework to provide aesthetics. The core benefits of Genesis are optimised, developer friendly code, affordability and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation ) features. The developers, StudioPress, currently sells 60 child themes through its official store, and you can also find plenty of third-party child themes.
Thrive Themes produce conversion focused themes and plugins for WordPress. Their aim is to provide an ‘all-in-one’ toolbox that lets you build a website and start converting visitors into subscribers and customers. Each theme and plugin is available to buy individually, or you can join the Thrive Membership Scheme and get access to all of their themes and plugins. There are currently ten WordPress themes in the range, all of which are built for speed, readability and clarity. Thrive places more emphasis on conversion elements rather than design aesthetics. Some themes are geared towards magazine-style blogs while others are more suitable for selling products and services. There are themes to suit both individuals and organisations.
Thrive has included a few standard features in all their themes that are worth highlighting: these include Focus Areas which show offers most relevant to your visitors, so you get more clicks and more sales; Landing Page Template which is a page that removes header navigation links, sidebars, footer widgets and anything else that could distract a visitor; Built-In Plugins, which include social sharing buttons, related posts, optimised image galleries, a font manager and more; and Easy Page Generator, which enables the user to create sample sales pages, opt-in pages, legal pages and more, with just a few clicks.
Elegant Themes, offers unlimited access to more than 85 premium WordPress themes, and every theme that is released for the next year, for a one-off price of less than US $100. Each theme comes with tools for customisation, SEO optimisation and extensive WordPress functionality. In terms of features, Elegant Themes allows users to change colour schemes, the layout of their blog, control featured content, add banner ads to their site, and much more. Themes are fully optimized and compatible with all the SEO plugins, such as WordPress SEO by Yoast and All-in-one SEO. There is also a wide range of enhanced functionality tools and options available.
Theme Junkie are famous for their low prices, and stylish designs that are supported by a team that are very professional. They offer user friendliness and functionality, and their themes are easy to download and install. Theme Junkie have a wide range of themes, ranging from e-commerce, to different businesses like tech, art or medical. Most of their themes are fresh and modern looking, and they keep their fonts and graphics clean and versatile.
ThemeForest is the world’s most popular WordPress theme marketplace, part of the Envato Markets family which also includes the well-known WordPress plugin marketplace, CodeCanyon. ThemeForest lists over an impressive 10,000 WordPress themes, priced between $13 and $199 — giving it a wider range of pricing than most other large theme marketplaces.
Given this range of themes from which to choose, ThemeForest comes equipped with a number of features to help you find your perfect theme. For a start, ThemeForest supports a useful search function, allowing you to find themes based on your preferred keywords. Themes are also split across 14 top-level categories (corporate themes, blogging themes, e-commerce themes, etc.), which should help you find something suitable.
After you have performed your initial search (or category selection), ThemeForest will return a long list of relevant themes. To help you narrow your search further, you are then able to sort these based on six criteria – best match, newest items, trending items, best sellers, price (low to high), price (high to low).
The MyThemeShop collection consists of 99 themes to date — 83 premium themes, and 16 free ones. MyThemeShop themes are designed with usability in mind, and each theme ships with a market-leading theme options panel from which you can control the theme’s settings, import dummy content (to have your website looking like the demo you saw when you bought the theme), or explore its many customisation options.
Every theme has support for unlimited colours and the entire catalogue of Google web fonts — more than 600, and all offer unlimited background options: these include a variety of built-in background patterns, unlimited colours, and the option to upload a custom background image. The themes are also feature-rich. There is built in ad management, stylish and lightweight social-sharing buttons, and contact form functionality included with every theme. All themes also come with support for the entire collection of MyThemeShop short codes, allowing you to add eye-catching design elements to your site with ease.
Underneath all of this is a clean, lightweight, and robust code. To ensure your site is as visitor-friendly as possible, all themes boast a fully mobile responsive design, lightning-quick load times, and cross-browser compatibility.
CSS Igniter is a WordPress theme club that has 60 premium themes on offer. Their themes are available on an individual basis, along with the option of joining their club for access to all their current themes and any new items which are added during your membership term. The range of themes include those targeting creative professional, business websites, bloggers, e-commerce online stores, mobile app showcases, and many more.
While the individual themes have features specific to the purpose they were built for, there is a common set of features amongst the themes, including a custom theme settings panel, a selection of post formats, a library of short codes, colour scheme variations, and custom widgets.
Theme Trust offers 19 themes in five categories – business, e-commerce, magazine, portfolio and responsive. The themes come with features like home page slideshows, page templates, video support and custom widgets, along with button short codes, browser compatibility and translation support. Each theme also comes with basic theme options, which allow you to upload a logo, apply custom CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), change your theme’s colours and fonts, and manage slideshows, posts and footers. When you buy any Theme Trust theme you get lifetime support.
The themes are clean and minimalist, and include modern layouts like Hayden, the theme seller’s most recent theme. Hayden features a flat design and a huge, full-screen header/slider.
TeslaThemes is a premium theme shop for WordPress users. At the time of are writing there are 18 themes available at the TeslaThemes shop. They can be purchased on an individual basis, or access can be granted to all of them by joining their theme club. The themes themselves span a number of categories, making them suitable for a range of different types of site. However, as with most WordPress themes, many of them can be used on sites with a different purpose to what the theme was originally intended for.
TeslaThemes have some really visually appealing WordPress templates in their collection. The designs are up to date and in line with the latest trends in theme development. The themes all have strong homepage layouts making them ideal for use on sites that are more than just a blog. However, in addition to this, the themes have provisions for those who either want to use them for a pure blog site or add blog functionality to a business website or e-commerce store.