This article explains why I choose my top 3 WordPress themes providers to create a professional blog. Ideally, this will help you select a very professional premium theme that suits your new website in order to achieve the best design.
If you thought buying your host, domain and installing WordPress on them to start blogging was enough, you’re WRONG! This is barely the beginning of a great journey. Choosing the perfect theme for your website can take many days, while you’re trying and moving between all the hundreds or thousands of themes out there, not to include the millions of free WordPress themes you can find by doing a quick search at Google.
You may ask yourself: why do I need a premium theme on my blog? It’s true that WordPress as an open platform has many free themes out there, but going premium should be better for many people building a professional blog, whether you’re offering a service, showing off your skills or just blogging about your favorite topics. Take a minute and answer these questions:
- Are you creating a website to deliver a service or a Product?
- Do you want your website to be professional and attract more readers?
- Do you want your website to stand out from the rest of all?
- Are you Blogging just for a personal hobby to talk about how was the food at Starbucks? or do you really want to offer a better perspective of a niche topic?
Basically, if you answered Yes on 2 or more, or if you’re not just blogging to post pics about your latest weekend pool party, you should consider going for a Premium Theme. But even there, you’ll find a lot of enterprises offering different premium themes and packages for them. In this article, I’ll share with you my top 3 favorite WordPress themes enterprises, which are the ones I’m using on my different niche blogs, or at least, I’ve used them in the past with satisfactory results.
Let’s get straight to the list!
WPZOOM is probably the best WordPress theme provider I have tested in the last 2 years. I personally like it because of 2 things:
- Reasonable Price (see pricing page)
- WPZOOM Framework integrated on their themes
- I find it the best to create multimedia websites that include lots of photos, videos and featured sliders. (Example: Videozoom Theme)
That said, I could prefer another provider depending on the topic of my website, but really, WPZOOM fits 70% of them. You can get a standard membership for $9 a month, or simply buy 3 themes for $149. This also includes tutorials and documents, or even the Photoshop Layered archives if you want to modify the design of them; all this applies for their more than 40 premium themes (see gallery) and believe me when I say their Framework works great and gives you a lot of control directly on your WordPress Dashboard.
StudioPress is probably the second WordPress theme provider I’d use on my websites. Actually, I would call it a tie between StudioPress and WPZOOM just because I’d choose them depending on the topic of my website. Stream SEO runs under the Genesis Framework from Studiopress and I can see some major advantages when using StudioPress:
- Search Engine Optimized: Before using StudioPress, I’d just use different SEO plugins in order to take advantage of SEO on my websites. With StudioPress, I feel comfortable enough and so I can focus on writing my articles instead of focusing on SEO.
- The Genesis Framework: Using parent and child themes, the Genesis Framework allows you to install different themes using the same framework, meaning you can keep your SEO and website settings every time you try a new theme. This one also improves SEO and security. Learn more about the Genesis Framework here.
- Additional Plugins: StudioPress offers some additional plugins exclusively for the Genesis Framework Themes.
- Great Support at Forum: With a big forum powered by users and coders. You get great support depending on your purchased theme.
With more than 40 themes, you have a lot of options to create a website, especially if you’re trying to create a website for an enterprise or a service provider; StudioPress just fits great on those.
You can usually get a Theme with the Genesis Framework for $79.99, but if you’ve already purchased the Genesis Framework, you can simply purchase the child theme for around $24.99 (great deal for such an impressive work). Otherwise, you can pay $349.99 (once) and get access to all the themes, which means you’d be saving more than $800.
With StudioPress there are no developer’s pricing or memberships, which means you receive everything and pay once. I can’t really complain about this.
Elegant Themes is another WordPress Themes provider to consider, especially if you’re looking for a low budget/well-designed theme. While Elegant Themes isn’t as robust as the competitors, the installation is quite simple and you get fair options in your Dashboard for SEO, Banners, and content.
Elegant Themes has prepared more than 70 premium themes, and their design seems to be more artistic than others. However, the main reason I can recommend elegant themes after using it on a pair of sites is because of its lower price. For $39, you get access to all of their themes and future access to new themes. They’ve also got great support due to its community and usually update the themes once a month.
If you’re on a low budget but still want to get a premium theme, you can’t really go wrong with Elegant Themes.
So there you have it! If you’re building a professional website, you can’t really go wrong with any of my options. Depending on what you need, you should be able to find something that fits from those 3 WordPress themes providers. They all offer very good options at the Dashboard and SEO, Banners options in case you want to improve traffic and monetize your website, no matter if you’ve got a small budget or if you’re aiming to build a website for your enterprise.