Looking for the right WordPress theme can be a chore if this is your first attempt, or if you’re not exactly sure what you should be looking for. The economics are such, that premium themes are usually no more expensive than those having somewhat less to offer.
It’s worth noting that today’s typical user isn’t simply looking for a website. He or she is looking for an experience. That is what the following WordPress themes can help you achieve with your design efforts. Why we have listed them as the “Best for 2017”?
They have the following key characteristics in common:
– They feature aesthetically pleasing designs. That means they have staying power.
– They produce SEO friendly results. Your websites should get their fair share, or more, of traffic.
– They are easy to customize. You have the flexibility you want, and you’ll save heaps of time.
– They offer top-quality support; levels of support you have every right to expect.
14 Themes to Get 2017 Off to a Great Start
If you’re looking for a premium WP theme that’s loaded with features, easy to use, and capable of producing any website type or style, Be Theme fills the bill on all counts.
Be is popular, and it’s the biggest WP theme on the market. It’s packed with the features and capabilities you need to give your clients precisely what they want, and their customers the experiences they seek.
Highlights include the fast and efficient Muffin Builder 3 and Visual Composer page builders, plus an options panel, shortcode generator, and 200+ shortcodes that enable you to design to the minutest level without any need for coding. You’ll also have header, grid, and portfolio options galore to work with.
The feature that really defines Be, and accounts for much of its popularity, is the selection of 230+ pre-built websites. These professionally designed websites are modern, they are customizable, they contain the elements required to create an engaging, user-friendly UX, and they serve as concepts and starting points for you design activity.
The Core is also worth a very close look. The 154,000+ users of this multi-purpose theme have really taken to its Visual Page Builder, and how easy the thematic demos are to install and customize without any need for coding. The Core is Responsive and Retina ready, and it’s WooCommerce ready as well.
You don’t need to have any special technical skills to work with this WP theme; it’s that intuitive. You don’t even have to be a professional designer to turn out some sharp products. The Core is well supported with documentation, including more than 100 interesting and informative articles, and plenty of video tutorials.
Future thematic demo releases (referred to as WordPress websites), along with updates and premium support, are free, and you have three purchase plans to choose from.
Enfold is a super-flexible theme, it’s a time saver, it’s a ThemeForest best seller, and it is built for use at all skill levels. You can build a page based on a single demo, or combine elements from several demos.
Since every demo is customizable, your design options are limitless. Enfold’s selection of portfolio templates is another popular feature. You can save one or more templates you’ve customized to apply to other pages on future projects. Enfold’s selection of headers and menus has you covered as well.
The Content Importer gives you an easy way to set up a site. With a single click, you can get a preliminary site that closely matches the theme demo you’ve selected. There’s much more of course, but you’ll find this WP theme easy to use, and the level of support is wonderful. ThemeForest also offers a hosted version of this premium WP theme.
While most web designers get along fine using a multi-purpose WP theme, many look for specialty themes to fit a specific website type or niche.
Since Real estate is at present a very active niche, we’ve included Houzez, a super-flexible WordPress theme with everything you will need to meet the needs of a client representing a real estate agent or agency.
When a WP theme is as popular as Divi 3.0, there must be a reason. Divi has been an Elegant Theme top seller since it was first launched.
With the addition of the Divi Builder in version 3.0, sales went through the roof. This visual builder is ridiculously fast, and it lets you see what’s happening in real time. While there are plenty of excellent reasons to choose this theme, its page-building feature is reason enough.
Although Hestia PRO fully qualifies as a multipurpose theme, it’s strong suit is onepage website design.
Hestia PRO is also a top-rated WordPress Material Design theme. It makes a great choice for startups in need of an attention-getting and engaging websites. It’s Responsive and WooCommerce ready, and you’ll receive dedicated support. Hestia PRO comes with a money-back guarantee.
Creative designs, smart tools, high performance, WooCommerce ready, and the best SEO combine to make TheGem the ultimate toolbox for building impressive, highly-performing websites of any type in minutes.
A large number of gallery options and portfolio layouts is at your fingertips. If you’d rather spend your time designing, instead of coding or attending to other technical details, TheGem would make a great choice.
Ultra is the most powerful and flexible theme created by Themify to date.
It gives you full control of your design activities from header to footer, it comes with a bonus theme, a nice selection of Builder addons, and one year of support and updates; plus you can use it for an unlimited number of sites. The design skins feature alone is something worth having if you would like your websites to have a truly unique look.
KLEO is a community-focused theme. It features special sets of tools that enable you to incorporate various community activities such as Facebook Login, a Profile Search, forums, messaging, events, and activity streams.
It even features a Geo Directory, plus with rtMedia, you can add photos and audio/video. KLEO is fast, easy to use, and quite simply the best choice for building a community site.
Uncode offers more than layouts or templates. It offers concepts.
Concepts are really what you need to get off to a smooth start on a design project. There are several concept categories and a subset within each category. You won’t have any problem finding one that will get your project off to a quick start.
Uncode’s Advanced Grid System, the Enhanced Visual Composer, and its Adaptive Images system, ensure smooth sailing from start to finish.
Kalium could best be described as a clean, minimalist WordPress theme. It’s exactly what you want if your goal is to produce clean, minimalist, and high-performing websites. This is a theme for professionals that is also more than suitable for beginners as well.
Its features include Visual Composer, WooCommerce, and several other popular plugins. Shortcodes and unlimited options offer great flexibility without any need for coding. Several valuable bonus elements have been added as freebies.
TheFox is a WP theme creation of ThemeForest’s best-selling PSD author. TheFox is smart; having been expertly designed down to the minutest detail.
It will be a perfect solution for your business, agency, or e-commerce store needs, and for your portfolio or blog needs as well. There are more than enough pre-built homepage designs and design details to let you unleash your creative energy, and impress your clients.
The best way to learn about Impreza is to test drive it. Submitting your e-mail address is all that’s necessary.
Impreza has all the features you would expect in a multipurpose WP theme, including the Header Builder, a visual builder that places no limits on header design. Impreza is frequently updated and improved, and the latest version (3.9.1) is minimal, clean as a whistle, and the ideal solution for your business, blog, and portfolio needs.
If designing e-commerce websites is your thing, it would be a shame to bypass XStore as your theme of choice. If any WordPress theme is ideally suited for creating an online store that features a pleasing and engaging UX, it’s XStore.
This user-friendly theme has been fashioned for web designers who want a comfortable tool, and one that features a wealth of demos, plus the plugins you need to build the perfect online shop.
As you may have noticed, the selection of premium multipurpose websites has some great choices. Our best of 2017 WP themes listing also features several multipurpose themes that are oriented toward a specialized website. And, if you have one or more clients representing the real estate industry, you’ve hit the jackpot. The same is true of e-commerce websites is your specialty.
If you feel we’ve left something out, please let us know.