With its simplicity, ease of use and speed of publishing, WordPress retains its title as the world’s most popular content management system.
Once it has been built by a web-developer, a WordPress website can easily be updated by the client. This has led to many businesses and individuals requesting a WordPress website from their web-designers. However, having a WordPress site built from scratch can be very expensive and is often out of the reach of smaller businesses and individuals. An alternative is to opt for a premium WordPress theme, which will generally cost in the region of $40 (£27). A theme is a pre-built template, which allows easy customisation, even by individuals with limited web-development skills.
Lets take a look at five of the best premium WordPress themes.
- 1. Karma –
Karma is a particularly sleek, clean looking theme with almost unlimited customisable features. Using the logo-builder, 3-D Sliders and one of the 20 colour schemes, it is easy for anyone to get a fully functional, professional looking website for $45. Karma also allows users to easily add a shop area to their site using the WooCommerce plugin.
Additionally Karma has been built with a “help” feature that enables you to access detailed tutorials. This feature makes Karma one of my favourite WordPress templates, because it is accessible to people who have next to no experience in web design!
Karma is suited to corporate businesses, but perhaps doesn’t have the style for a portfolio, which is something that our next theme has by the bucket load.
- 2. U-Design
U-Design is one of the best-selling WordPress themes available, due its clean, simple layout – which is evident in the screenshot above! With a responsive design, 7 slider options and excellent user-support, it is the ideal choice for both general business websites and portfolio-based websites.
If SEO is something that goes right over your head then you will be pleased to hear that this theme has been designed with SEO in mind. By putting the main content block before the sidebar in the code, the “important” bits of your site will be crawled first by search engines. Heading tags are also automatically added to page/post titles, which makes the finished website SEO friendly.
U-Design has excellent user-support and you can discuss any issues you have with the theme, directly with the developers.
- 3. SmartStart WP – Responsive HTML5
One of the leading responsive premium WordPress themes is SmartStart. Designed using HTML5 and CSS3, it transforms to fit any screen size perfectly, whilst maintaining its style and readability. This is a great choice if you anticipate that users will be browsing your site on smart-phones, tablets and PCs alike.
The only downside to this theme is that it is a relatively simple design, and I think some businesses may find it lacks that ‘wow’ factor.
- 4. In-Focus
In-focus features an elegant design, thirty-four shortcodes and excellent social media integration. Utilising three light-box galleries, this theme is ideal for designers, photographers and artists who need to exhibit their skills with an extensive portfolio!
With an easy-to-use form builder and over 100 short codes, it doesn’t take long to create a great looking website using the in-Focus theme
- 5. PowerMag
PowerMag is a template designed as an online magazine website, which is ideal for posting news, articles and reviews. With a built in option to add ‘star ratings’ to each post, it would make an extremely cool looking gaming or movie review site.
I have found it a little trickier than the other four themes to customise, and may not suit buyers with absolutely no background in web-design.
With so many premium WordPress themes to choose from it is difficult to pick the five best. With this in mind it is a good idea to browse the web to find a theme that really suits your particular business. Themeforest is a great place to start, where you can find hundreds of themes and make use of the live-preview function to explore the themes. The five premium WordPress themes that I have chosen are definitely a good starting point, but there really are limitless possibilities…