Sifting through all the WordPress themes being marketed today can be a time-consuming task, so is reading the reviews that come with. Once you decide on a particular theme however, you can only hope that you chose the right one. The purpose of this list of 14 top-rated WordPress themes is to assist you in making that right choice.
Our list features top-rated multipurpose themes, those oriented toward building e-Commerce websites, and several themes that offer solutions for more specialized needs. Any one of these themes will enable you to complete your 2016 projects faster and with less effort. Let’s take a look.
Enfold is a ThemeForest best-rated top seller. As one of the top Themeforest best-sellers, this high-quality multi-purpose WordPress theme is probably the one theme you will need for your work. It’s updated frequently, and the support staff is second to none. As many of its more than 75,000 customers will verify, this theme’s menus are extremely well thought out, the advanced page editing features perform flawlessly, and the shortcode editor and shortcodes allow you to create highly detailed pages with a minimal amount of effort.
It takes a single click to install an Enfold theme demo; you can pick and choose different features from different demos as you start building. Enfold is responsive and retina ready. iPhone, iPad, and Android device displays are precise, complete and crystal clear. The WooCommerce integration and WPML and SEO ready features make this theme an excellent choice for creating e-Commerce websites. You can use Enfold with any language.
Be Theme is the biggest WordPress theme on the market. The main attraction is the 160+, and counting, pre-built website layouts to help you get your projects off to a rapid start. A majority of these pre-built websites feature multiple pages to make the design process painless.
Be features two of the best page builders/ editors you will find anywhere – Muffin Builder 3 and Visual Composer. You can use either or bot, or start a website or webpage from scratch. Just select a grid, layout configuration, and header style and you are off to a running start. No matter how you start, Be’s 40 core features will ensure your project will run smoothly.
If a WordPress theme’s sales momentum is a meaningful factor in choosing a multipurpose theme, you don’t have to look beyond X Theme. X is ThemeForest’s fastest selling product. Every time a major new version is released the sales figures increase dramatically. With Version 3.0 it was the addition of over a dozen free Themeco plugins. Version 4.0 introduced the innovative, state-of-the-art Cornerstone page builder.
X Theme’s authors promise a host of surprises for its users in 2016, so this would be a good time to get on board. This versatile theme is an especially good choice for anyone wanting to create an online shop, and would like to do so in a short amount of time. Whatever you have in mind in the way of website building, you will be more than satisfied with what this theme has to offer.
If setting up your own online store is your objective, taking a few minutes to see what Shopkeeper has to offer would make a great deal of sense. This WordPress theme is not just WooCommerce compatible. It was specifically designed for use with the WooCommerce plugin. It has everything needed to build a website and all the functionality needed to set up shop and start selling online.
Shopkeeper is one of three themes Get Bowtied offers specifically for e-Commerce use, so you can expect dedicated support from its authors.
The Core has a demo to match virtually any website topic you might have in mind. You can use it as a general purpose theme, or a theme that easily supports building a website within a specific category. The Core features 10 built-in themes with more on the way.
Its WooCommerce ready and features a Visual Builder, an advanced drag-and-drop page builder. The Core’s Elite Author has included an abundance of layouts, shortcodes and animations, plus a very nice selection of portfolio showcases.
Uncode is barely 2 months old and already a ThemeForest top seller. This creative multi-use theme is characterized by tremendous attention to detail in the design of its layouts.
You’ll appreciate its enhanced version of Visual Composer, its innovative grid system and many module variations, and its pixel-perfect results. Users also love the attention Uncode has devoted to its portfolio and blog templates.
Mr. Tailor is a SEO-optimized and -ready e-Commerce theme that was destined early on to make its way into Best WordPress Themes listings. It has sold nearly 4,000 copies since its introduction, and the just-released Version 2.0 was nearly a year in design and development.
User and shopkeeper feedback played a major role in the design of v2.0. Users particularly like to use this this theme as a framework for extremely rapid website creation. The authors have provided an abundance of video guides and documentation that will benefit beginners and experienced web builders alike.
The fact that you can download the premium version of Despacho for free is reason enough to give this WordPress WooCommerce theme a try. However, that’s not why Despacho made this list. This theme has a great deal going for it.
It has the best e-Commerce features for shops you’re likely to find anywhere, and for blogs as well. Features include product layouts, contact forms, slider layouts, blog layouts, skins, shortcodes, and much more.
There’s no shortage of SEO-ready WordPress themes. SEO WP is SEO ready as well, but with a decided difference. This ThemeForest theme was specifically designed for use in the digital marketplace. It was designed to create the levels of customer traffic that are critical to companies and digital marketing agencies that rely heavily on SEO websites, and levels of traffic that are important to their clients as well.
SEO WP not only features ready-to-edit SEO content, but SEO images as well. Just customize the content to suit your needs and your online shop will be up and ready for business.
Kallyas enjoys worldwide popularity. Version 4.0 makes it better than ever, with new features including the frontend Live page builder, multiple portfolio and blog layouts, and an excellent selection of custom unique and combined pages.
Kallyas is an e-Commerce oriented theme that is well suited for use by large companies, startups, and entrepreneurs who plan to open an online shop. This WordPress theme is complete in every sense of the word. It is definitely worth a closer look.
Kleo is another WP theme that is an ideal choice for anyone intending to build a business-related website. Whether you want to showcase your business or product portfolio, build an awesome online shop, or build a community or membership website, this extremely flexible and fully customizable theme makes it all possible.
It is the #1 Buddypress theme of 2015. Before you select any other theme in this list, consider giving Kleo a good, hard look.
You can create a great website using Hipsta. The primary purpose of this affordable WP theme however is to provide a tool that can be used to create stunning portfolios quickly and easily.
Features include Visual Composer with custom shortcodes added, the ability to incorporate slideshows and video on a portfolio page, multi-column masonry portfolio layouts, and plenty of online user documentation and videos. The authors recommend you check out the documentation before you buy, which is always a good idea – even when the price is very reasonable.
Royal Theme’s emphasis is on creating e-Commerce and corporate solutions. Given its many features it could qualify as a multipurpose theme, but its strong suit is its collection of corporate and e-Commerce single-page and landing-page variants.
Landing page variants are especially useful for providing product pre-release information or highlighting services that are about to be implemented. Royal Theme’s free add-ons include Visual Composer, Essential Grid, Live Chat and Sliders. If an e-Commerce oriented theme is on your shopping list, make it a point to check this one out.
Lecco is a good choice for anyone interested in creating stunning single-page websites. One page websites serve many purposes including to showcase products, display portfolios, and publish blogs.
Since the four layouts included are fully customizable, Lecco provides an unlimited number of ways to perfectly showcase your business or your talents on PC’s mobile devices, and tablets. Lecco is the perfect theme for readers, creatives and designers alike.
Putting together a list of best themes takes work. The hoped for payoff is success – your success. Whether it’s an all-purpose premium WordPress theme, one specifically designed to create an online shop, a portfolio, or one-page website, you should find it here. We hope you have, and we wish you the best for 2016. Let us know if you feel something is missing.
Editor’s note: This guest post is written for Hongkiat.com by Kate Dagli. Kate enjoys writing roundups for web dev and technology websites. She is currently a staff member of the-webdesigner.co.