Great WordPress Themes

The following are sources of excellent WordPress Themes – including paid Premium Themes, and free WordPress Themes.

Premium WordPress Themes

Premium Themes I Use

These are providers of high-quality, Premium Themes which I personally use or have used, and which I have been very happy with.

  • Studio Press (great for high-quality, gorgeous blogs or small business websites with excellent graphics and a very professional appearance)
  • Woo Themes (some themes are free – individual themes have lots of layout options, coloring choices, and special features)
  • Theme Hybrid (themes are free, support is currently $25 per year.  Hybrid themes have a strong framework, numerous possibilities, lots of widget areas, and special page templates which you can’t find anywhere else.)
  • Theme Forest – as the name implies, you can find an enormous variety of excellent themes at this site!  They also have great search functions to help you find exactly what you are looking for.  This is a good place to go if you have a certain layout or motif in mind and “just can’t seem to find the right one.”  I recently purchased a theme from here for only $25, after searching elsewhere for days in attempt to find a theme with the specific type of layout and design which I wanted.

More Premium WordPress Themes

Some of these themes have excellent reputations and are used by the most successful bloggers. I haven’t personally used them (though I may in the future) because I found other themes to suit my specific needs. What you need is not necessarily the same thing as what I need, so these themes are listed here as well 🙂

The following is my “full list” where I will list premium themes I have seen, used, or heard good things about:

Highly Customizable WordPress Themes

Affiliate and Product Review Themes

Blogging Themes

WordPress Theme Clubs and Theme Stores

  • Elegant Themes
  • Gorilla Themes
  • iThemes – Home Page
  • iThemes Themes Store
  • Theme Wars
  • Studio Press – Excellent quality and highly professional themes which can be used for blogs or for CMS websites in many genres.
  • Woo Themes (some themes are free) – This is one of my favorites! I have purchased several themes from Woo and have been very happy with their versatility and support. Most themes come with a wide variety of coloring choices, layout options, and special features which are not only very useful but a lot of fun as well.
  • Theme Forest – Lots of excellent themes at this site!  They also have great search functions to help you find exactly what you are looking for.  This is a good place to go if you have a certain layout or motif in mind and “just can’t seem to find the right one.”  You also get your own account with a profile, admin panel, affiliate area, download area, etc.

Theme and WordPress Tutorials

iThemes Free WordPress Tutorials (These are not themes but WordPress tutorials which this theme developer provides for free).

Free WordPress Themes

The following are sources of free WordPress Themes. Some of these sources also provide paid Premium Themes as well as free themes, so they may have been listed above as well.

Note: When using free WordPress Themes, remember to use a plugin like Theme Authenticity Checker to check for malicious code.  And make sure there are no links in the theme that you wouldn’t want – such as links to questionable or disrelated sites.  These might appear in the footer area but they might also be more hidden.

  • Theme Hybrid (The themes are free, support is currently $25 per year) This is one of my all-time favorite sets of themes, and includes the theme that is used on this blog.
  • WordPress Theme Designer
  • Arthemia Free WordPress Magazine Theme
  • Blog OH Blog
  • WordPress Templates WordPress Themes
  • Premium WordPress Themes. For Free. These premium themes are free to download, although you can pay for a membership which gives you access to support as well as other benefits.

More Later!

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Thanks for reading, and I hope this page helps you find the perfect theme for your blog!

12 Responses to “Great WordPress Themes”

  1. Holly
    May 12, 2009 at 8:38 pm #

    Thanks Anna – my favorite right now is your Hybrid Theme! Awesome resources!!!

  2. Anna
    May 12, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    Glad you like it! 🙂 And thank you for inspiring me to write this page!

  3. Forest
    May 13, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    Great list, I love Theme Hybrid, used it on my blog TheRandomForest.com.

    Arthemia is awesome too.

  4. Anna
    May 13, 2009 at 8:45 pm #

    Yep – the Random Forest looks great!

  5. Mark Sierra at MeAndMyDrum.com
    May 27, 2009 at 11:56 pm #

    Never heard of Theme Hybrid, but glad I do now. I’m seeing more of this model: low payment for unlimited number of high quality themes or support. I signed up with Elegant Themes earlier this year. The themes there are nice and have a lot of features.

  6. Anna
    May 29, 2009 at 3:55 pm #

    @Mark Yes, Theme Hybrid was a great surprise for me. There are also several other related themes. They have solved a lot for me and they are very very versatile. They also have more specialized page templates than any other theme I have come across – authors, tags, categories, archives, links, and even login/registration pages. Was a great find. The support forum is also very useful and educational.

    Elegant Themes look very nice as well and give a nice diversity of design which I like.

  7. dave@uk web hosting
    June 9, 2009 at 11:30 am #

    Theme Hybrid and WooThemes are both really great (I’ve used them both). There are tons of free WP themes available, and some of them are really great looking. However, you have to be a little careful with free themes — they may look great, but some of them have really flawed code. It’s best to read reviews from people have used them before trying them on your site. The nice thing about premium themes is that at least they offer support.

  8. Anna
    June 10, 2009 at 2:38 pm #

    Thank you for your input Dave – you make a good point. Free non-premium themes can have dubious code and it makes a big difference in the long run. I think free themes make it easier for people to start out with WordPress, but after a while it comes time to upgrade. I’m switching all of my blogs to Premium themes, though some are free and some aren’t.

    There is also a good plugin which I’ve sometimes use to check free themes for invalid or malicious code, before using them. It can be found at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tac/

  9. SNV
    June 12, 2009 at 5:40 am #

    I like this topic ‘WordPress Themes’,specially Premium WordPress Themes is really great.

  10. Mary@Windows Dedicated Hosting
    October 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    Thanks for the link to the premium templates. It’s good to keep a whole bunch of those because I never know when I’ll need a new design for an upcoming niche market.

    Take Care
    Mary

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