30 Best Free Magazine WordPress Themes

WordPress is undoubtedly the largest content management platform. I’ve built plenty of websites for all sorts of clients and purposes and sometimes a particular platform standout as the ultimate best for achieving a specific purpose; perhaps Magento for a scaled online business, Joomla for a portal website, or Weebly for a simple and neat brochure site. However, WordPress is easily the most popular CMS that’s equally loved by users as well as web designers and developers.

There are plenty of things that make WordPress popular, such as ease of use, flexibility, cost effectiveness, a huge worldwide support base, a smooth learning curve, and SEO friendliness, among others.

Endless Theme Selection

One important way that the huge WordPress support base is contributing to the popularity of the platform is through the creation of free and commercial themes. We’re talking thousands of themes and still counting. Free themes are easy to find and are a great way to start a simple blog when you don’t have the money to invest in a custom-built site or a premium theme.

Some free themes may require you to credit the designer by putting a link back to their website or through any other method of their choice, but the majority of free themes will cost you nothing.

That being said, it’s at the premium end of the market that things get a little more exciting. Some premium themes work like Web design kits of their own and they make it easy for you to build professional websites without doing any coding.

Still, free themes are handy when you’re just beginning with WordPress and want to test out a few things.

In this post, I’ve selected some of the best Magazine WordPress themes you can get free of charge. Not only will you save money but also learn something new as you setup your first WordPress site.



Appliance features a clean and minimalist design with a series of panels across the page for your posts rather than a list. It is perfect for a magazine-style blog where each post will feature a prominent image.

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Yegor is a  completely free WordPress theme ideal for magazine blogs. Built on the Bootstrap 3 framework, Yegor comes with a featured post slider as well as a featured image carousal on the homepage, among other features.

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Magazine Style


With Magazine Style, you can create a personal blog or a full-fledged magazine website. It offers countless customization options and is completely free.

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With countless style settings, yo can customize Xerxes anyway you want such as the color scheme, link, and hover colors. Make your magazine blog look just the way you want.

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Sentoz is perfect for personal blogs but it’s just fine for a magazine with the correct customization. It needs a few plugins to work properly though.
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Highlight your best stories using Vangard’s large featured image slide. It’s all free to download and use.

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Django gives you lots of premium quality features free of charge. Use it for a magazine, business or personal blog.

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Zenith is an elegant magazine style theme with unlimited options to customize your site. Get it for free from its official download site.

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PolarMedia is ideal for busy magazines or blogs that heavily rely on pictures. Note that only the starter edition is free.

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This clean and elegant theme is what your new online magazine needs, and it’s completely free.

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Although Grid is a totally free theme, it’s design shows that a lot of thought went into its creation and this makes it premium quality. The responsive version, however, is not free.

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GoMag is a simple magazine theme with a clean unfussy layout for a truly modern magazine blog. The free version offers limited features though.

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From the same creators of GoMag comes DoMag, a magazine theme that is also available as a free or paid version. Predictably, the free version only offers basic features to setup a working blog.

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Alexander features a modern style and a modular design that allows for easy creation of powerful websites. However, the free version can only offer so much in terms of features.

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Preus oozes class and simplicity. It has gorgeous icons and a clean interface that’s easy on the eye especially since visitors are going to spend a while reading news and magazine entries there.

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iMag Mag


iMag Mag offers generous spaces to use as you please. You can prominently display social icons or category layout on the side bar area or anywhere on the page as you wish.

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The free version of NetPress offers just enough features to get your magazine blog off the ground. The premium version offers flexibility and unlimited features.

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Malawak is a blog theme that can also work as a magazine site. It is simple, elegant, and straight to the point.

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Finale is a multipurpose WordPress theme that you can use for just about anything, be it a personal blog, portfolio website, or magazine.

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Surfarama is a bold magazine theme that features the mason layout style to highlight your best stories with prominent pictures.

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Ribbon is a classic wide display post theme ideal for news or magazine sites. It has a dual color scheme for food contrast and is perfect for both niche or general topics.

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Apollo keeps things simple and classy but that doesn’t mean it lacks the sophistication to make your magazine blog a powerful content hub.

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Fashionista is a simple and elegant magazine-style theme available for free.

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Hephaestus is an elegant magazine and news portal theme that’s also lightweight. It offers plenty of customization options to create a truly unique magazine blog.

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InkZine features a lean and modern layout perfect for a high quality magazine blog. It’s packed with a ton of features to help you style your blog just the way you want.

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Hiero is a basic magazine theme with just enough features to get you started with a simple magazine website. It features stunning fonts and a neat layout.

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Ubergrid is a fully responsive and SEO friendly WordPress magazine theme that offers a lot more features than you need for a magazine blog. It’s a multipurpose theme that can be used for a business website, a personal blog, or any other type of site.

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Pinboard borrows its layout from Pinterest’s style. It offers unlimited color schemes and backgrounds.

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Diary is a 100% free pixel perfect magazine theme designed to be easy to customize and update so that you keep your readers interested.

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Gadgetry features a neat and modern layout and is best suited to a stylish tech magazine or gadget blog.

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12+ Best WordPress eCommerce Themes

A great WordPress theme to go with your online shop is one of the best ways to wow potential customers. Beyond aesthetics, the ideal eCommerce WordPress theme should have solid eCommerce functionality, security, and all features needed to support online selling.

The beauty of WordPress is that there are plenty of eCommerce plugins that can work with just about any WordPress theme to power a full-featured eCommerce site.

You can turn any WordPress website into an online store by installing an appropriate eCommerce plugin.

Which eCommerce Plugin Is The Best Fit For Your Website?

WordPress eCommerce plugins are among the most popular and most downloaded WordPress plugins. They’re also a big source of confusion for new online merchants who choose WordPress as the eCommerce platform for their online stores.

Just to name one, for instance, WP e-Commerce – the first ever WordPress eCommerce plugin – has been downloaded more than 2 million times to date.

The other top eCommerce plugins for WordPress include WooCommerce, MarketPress, Cart66, and Jigoshop. All these plugins seem to offer more or less everything a full-featured eCommerce store would need.

There are of course slight differences between the plugins especially regarding usability, handling of payments, shipping, and tax, as well as inventory management.

WooCommerce appears to be the most popular WordPress eCommerce plugin at the moment, perhaps due to the larger base of developers building themes and extensions specifically for it. The result is a phenomenal number of WooCommerce themes and extensions, some created by highly reputed WordPress developers.

Jigoshop is equally as good and both Cart66 and MarketPress can do a solid job as well. Perhaps MarketPress deserves special mention; while it has fewer options when it comes to extensions, it is the only eCommerce plugin built with WordPress Multisite, a powerful functionality that allows you to create multiple sites off the main WordPress website. So in the case of a big eCommerce business, multisite allows you to create a network of stores based on your brand.

Although Jigoshop has an extension (Product Vendor) that enables other users to sell products on your eCommerce site, it is not as elaborate as the multisite solution.

Overall, the plugin you choose will depend on the type and size of online store you want to create, along with personal preference.

Alternative Solutions

When it comes to setting up an online store, it is a good thing to consider all available options for an eCommerce platform on which to build your store. If you already have a WordPress website, you’ll probably just think of installing a suitable eCommerce plugin and start selling products online. However, when your store grows and you start processing a large number of orders per day, the weaknesses a WordPress-hosted eCommerce site start to become apparent.

For instance, if your store receives a large number of orders within a particular timeframe, the server hosting your store may be overwhelmed trying to process a large number of scripts concurrently. You’re dealing with people’s money here and the consequences can be dire for your business if orders are not processed or messed up and customers don’t receive their purchases.

There is no doubt that WordPress will allow you to take advantage of its superior content management functionality to draw potential customers to your website, but you should seriously consider other options if you don’t want to be severely limited in future when your business is bigger.

This brings us to another popular eCommerce platform – Magento. If you have big future plans for your online business or if you’re starting out with a large inventory, Magento is probably your best option.

Without getting into a lot of details about the functionality of Magento, you have to remember that it is primarily an eCommerce platform compared to eCommerce plugins for WordPress. So if you are going to be more heavily focused on selling, Magento is the way to go.

That being said, WordPress still offers a hassle-free way to sell a few products online. Setting up your online store on WordPress will also cost you much less compared to other platforms, say Magento.

If you’re going with WordPress, here is a collection of premium eCommerce themes to start with.

GoodStore – WooCommerce Responsive Theme


GoodStoore is a WooCommerce theme compatible with WordPress 3.6 and above. It also comes with support for several plugins that will make life easy for you when selling whichever products you choose to sell.

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Stylo – Multi-Purpose WooCommerce Theme


Stylo is a feature-rich WooCommerce theme that’s fully responsive and retina ready. It’s perfect for apparel and accessories stores.

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Mr. Tailor – Retina Responsive WooCommerce Theme


Mr.Tailor is a WooCommerce compatible theme that offers complete eCommerce functionality and more, including store management, order tracking, customer rating system, product filtering function, a coupon system, and so forth.

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Emona – Multi-Purpose WooCommerce Theme


Emona is a one-page theme with a clean and simple layout that can also be used as a multi-page site. It comes with a visual composer for easy customization.

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Highlander – Multipurpose eCommerce Theme


Highlander has a clean and modern layout with the revolutionary slider on the home page to prominently display your best products. It’s WooCommerce ready and comes with an advanced theme options module.

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Vegas – Responsive WordPress Theme


Vegas is a responsive WooCommerce-ready theme that comes with all the features that make for an easy setup and deployment of your online store. With countless layout options, your store will certainly look unique with the right customization.

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Une Boutique – Advanced WooCommerce Theme

Une Boutique

Une Boutique is an advanced WooCommerce-ready theme with a powerful page builder and a visual composer. It’s one of the most complete eCommerce themes you can use for your store.

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Pets & Vets – WordPress & WooCommerce


Use Pets & Vets WooCommerce theme to promote your vet clinic, pet store, or dog training classes with super-easy customizable settings.

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Webmarket – WordPress Theme for Online Shops


Webmarket is a multipurpose WooCommerce theme for any type of online store. It comes with lots of built-in store functionality, notably the advanced shop filters feature that will wow your customers.

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Restaurant – Responsive WooCommerce Theme


Restaurant is a WordPress theme for food delivery services, restaurants, and hotels. It is well structured and easy to customize. Take your food delivery business to the next level using Restaurant.

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Stored – Ecommerce WordPress Theme for Cart66


Stored is a WordPress theme built to work with the Cart66 plugin. It’s an awesome theme and makes it easy for you to get out your products and start selling. Stored works with all versions of the Cart66 plugin.
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Kassyopea All In One: Ecommerce + Corporate


Kassyopea is a multipurpose WordPress theme that you can use as a corporate, portfolio, or blog website as well as an eCommerce store. Use Kassyopea to sell a few products alongside your portfolio blog or business website.
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WordPress vs. Magento for E-Commerce: What Is the Best Solution?

When choosing an e-commerce solution, many people are torn between Magento and WordPress. There are many other options worth considering, but WordPress and Magento are the titans. Fact is the two platforms offer lots of advantages that would help you grow your online business. However, they have limitations too.

Both platforms are very good and both are highly revered by their respective backers (owners, developers, and users).

WordPress has its unique benefits and is targeted towards a particular kind of website with a specific functionality, and so is Magento. But unlike Magento which is built from the ground up for only one functionality, WordPress tends to be a jack of all trades. As we’ll see later on in the post, this can be advantageous in some ways but can also bring a set of risks when running an e-commerce platform.

Before we get in to the details, I’d like to stress that this is not a simple story of which platform is the outright winner in the e-commerce battle. Rather, it is a detailed comparison of the e-commerce features and support offered by the two. There are definitely a couple of basic things to keep in mind when faced with a choice between Magento and WordPress.

Important Facts

Although currently the functionality of the two platforms is pretty similar, each one has a different background. Whether or not this affects your final decision is up to you, but it’s important to understand how and why each of the platforms were created.

WordPress was initially developed as a purely blogging platform. At the time of its creation in 2003, it was mainly regarded as a fairly simple but promising CMS. Gradually, it became bigger and popular, offering a varied range of features and functionality beyond simple blogging.


It’s arguably the most popular and largest content creation platform currently. This is basically to say that more blog posts are written on WordPress than any other platform on the web.

The huge WordPress developer base has been responsible for turning a previously simple blogging platform into a versatile CMS with e-commerce capabilities through the use of powerful plugins.

On the other hand, Magento started out as an e-commerce platform. It started as a relatively easy to launch, open-source platform and gradually morphed into a powerful standalone e-commerce solution for any type and size of online store. Eventually, it became part of the eBay empire at the time when the amount of money being spent on Magento-based websites surpassed that spent on the e-commerce giant Amazon.


To sum it up WordPress started out as a blogging platform and gradually integrated e-commerce whereas Magento is the exact opposite, it started as an e-commerce solution and gradually added blogging functionality through third party extensions.

The Similarities

Regardless of which platform you finally choose, you are guaranteed to reap the benefits of an open-source platform. Both Magento and WordPress have blogging functionality, allowing users to seamlessly integrate and manage content related to their business, which is a big boost for search engine optimization and organic traffic.

Also, with the right plugin, you can add e-commerce functionality to WordPress as well as all the features that make an e-commerce website operational, such as adding products, managing orders, payments, shipments and so forth.

Magento offers e-commerce functionality out-of-the-box,  so once it’s properly setup, you’re good to go. Custom extensions can greatly enhance the functionality of your Magento store and provide more flexibility and ease of use.

Both platforms also have a plethora of themes to choose from for the front-end, both free and premium.

In all, both platforms give you more or less the same e-commerce functionality you’d need for an online store, although you may need to do a bit more work with WordPress. The core e-commerce functionality can even be enhanced or extended using commercially available plugins (extensions for Magento) or even custom-built ones.

The Differences

As I’ve already noted, the two platforms offer all the essential features necessary for selling products online. However, the implementation isn’t the same and the differences in structure and setup will definitely impact on the cost of setting up your online store.

The setup for WordPress is fairly easy. In fact, all you need is a theme, a suitable e-commerce plugin, and a hosting package. If you’re savvy enough, you can do it all by yourself in less than an hour at most. Even if you need technical assistance integrating the e-commerce plugin, you’ll probably not spend more than $200 for a small to medium-sized store.


On the other hand, setting up Magento almost always requires a competent Magento developer, which means you could spend at least $500 to get your store online. Your costs might shoot up if you need more customization. In the same regard, Magento themes tend to cost slightly more than WordPress themes, but that is not to say that all Magento themes are more expensive.

Magento Admin

Another major difference is that you can use your WordPress site for other purposes. For instance, it could be your company website where you offer some products for sale. Magento, on the other hand, does not have that flexibility to create other online applications as it is strictly an e-commerce solution and the themes are built for that. In other words, your Magento website is primarily an e-commerce store and nothing else; you cannot set it up as a corporate or content-rich website as easily as you could with WordPress.

WordPress does not offer the scalability you get with Magento, where there is no limit to the number of products you can add to your catalog. With WordPress, your website may develop performance issues as the product catalog grows. There are other differences in terms of underlying structure and how each platform operates at the system level, but these really don’t matter as much to end users.

Which Is the Better Platform for E-Commerce?

Of course there is no straight and easy answer to this as there is no single perfect solution for anything. However, understanding this background should make things clearer and therefore easier to make a decision.

Magento is a supremely robust platform ideal for businesses that are purely focusing on selling products online. It offers extensive e-commerce functionality that’s perfect for large stores with complex product setups. Simply put, it is a complete heavy-duty e-commerce system.

WordPress on the other hand is great for smaller merchants who want a small store that looks good and works seamlessly.


Organic Themes Review: Fresh Themes With Minimal Designs

Organic Themes is yet another premium theme developer that mostly caters to business owners, bloggers, and artists. They have a beautiful – albeit small – collection of premium themes and their service is pretty impressive. All their themes look professional but cater to highly specialized niches. While this is a good thing in some ways, it doesn’t really work for some developers who prefer a varied selection of themes in a range of niches.

Here is the low down on the service.

Theme Pricing

Their pricing model is similar to that of other top theme developers. You can buy individual themes at $69 each, which entitles you to theme updates, support, and account access for one year.

The other alternative is to purchase lifetime membership for a one-off fee of $249, which gives you access to all the 23 themes in their collection as well as all future themes that the company will make available. Of course, lifetime membership also gives you access to design files, theme updates, and access to support forums.

On average, theme updates come every other month or so and since there are currently 23 themes in their collection, the price per theme is approximately $11, which is a lot higher than that of Elegant Themes ($0.79 per theme), for instance.

Then again, you have lifetime access to future releases and it might just turn out to be a great deal over the long term.

Organic Themes also runs a hosting service, which is pretty handy if you want to avoid the hassle of finding a host for your WordPress website.

Theme Quality

Perhaps one of the company’s biggest strengths is the quality of their themes. The themes are named according to their niche or usage, for instance, ‘Photographer Theme’, ‘Music Theme’, ‘Studio Theme’, and so forth. Evidently, these are niche areas aimed at specific buyers mostly artists and designers. You will not find as many generic themes in their collection, which can be a good thing on the one hand and a drawback on the other.

Natural Theme from Organic Themes

Natural Theme

Customization Options

Organic Themes offers all the options you can expect from a premium WordPress theme: header and footer customization, custom menu design using special options, featured video and image, widgets, color modifications and many other ‘standard’ options.

If you need more specialized customization that goes beyond the scope of the tools provided, Organic Themes can provide that for you through a partnership with a company called WerkPress. You simply fill out a form on the Organic Themes website and state your customization needs. Fees vary depending on your exact needs, but expect to pay up to $500.


Organic Themes provides full documentation for their themes, in addition to a dedicated support forum, email ticketing system, social media groups and an updates blog.

However, customer support via the ticketing system is only available during US working hours, which is inconvenient for users outside US time zones. That being said, support responses are pretty fast and you will get email responses on weekends too.

The Verdict

Organic Themes offers high quality premium WordPress themes for highly specialized niches. Their themes look very professional and offer all the ‘standard’ customization options as well as specialized customization at a fee.

However, the company does not offer a lot of variety in terms of theme genres, especially in areas other than photography, blogging, art, and business.

There’s no doubt that if Organic Themes expands in the future, their price per theme will definitely drop. But as it stands now, $11 per theme is somewhat high compared to what their closest competitors offer. That said, if you’re looking for high quality niche themes, Organic Themes may be your perfect match.


StudioPress Review: Premium WordPress Themes Built For Developers

As a web developer dealing mostly with WordPress, I cannot over emphasize the importance of choosing the right theme provider. Fact is most decent premium themes make it easier to configure various website options even for lay users, but there are a whole load of themes that are simply mediocre. These are the ones you want to avoid.

In that regard, I’ve been carrying out my own assessment of premium WordPress themes I use on different client projects and having used themes from various theme makers, I believe I’ve formed some solid opinion on what makes some theme makers thrive and where they need to improve.

This is my first StudioPress review of 2014.

Perhaps better known for their pioneering Genesis Framework, StudioPress is a giant in the WordPress community and is up there with the best theme developers in the market. In essence, StudioPress created only one theme – Genesis – upon which multiple child themes can be added.

Theme Pricing

Pricing for the Genesis Framework starts at $59.95 and if you want an additional child theme, you will have to part with $20 more.

However, if you want full access to all current and future child themes, the Pro Plus All-Theme Package is what you should consider. It costs a one-time fee of $399.95 and considering you become a lifetime member of StudioPress, it couldn’t come cheaper than that. This package is essentially for developers and web designers.

Pro Plus

If you’re a business owner and just want to use the Genesis framework on one or two business sites, the Framework plus single child theme package will suit you. It costs $79.95 and there is no limit on the number of sites on which you can use that theme.

If you can design WordPress themes and don’t want to purchase the lifetime membership, you can go for the basic Genesis framework for $59.95 and use your own child themes. Even then, you can always buy child themes if you choose to without having to buy the framework again.

The Positives

There’s no doubt that the Genesis Framework created by StudioPress is a major game changer in the WordPress theme market. Out of the box, Genesis offers a clean and elegant design along with a plethora of features such as advanced security, built-in SEO, widget ready designs, instant updates, and plenty of other theme options. Even with the default design, it looks decent enough to be used on a professional website.

The one-time membership fee includes a lifetime of updates and support. There is no restriction on how you use the themes, which is really amazing.

Support is impressive too and is offered through a forum and they also provide a fairly comprehensive tutorial system in addition to a FAQ. There is ticketed email support as well and although you’re told to wait up to 24 hours for a reply during the week, all replies to the tickets I’ve submitted came back in less than 5 hours. It really seems StudioPress is serious about client support.

The Negatives

Almost all the designs for StudioPress themes are bland. If you’re just into content presentation and don’t care so much about design, then they do work perfectly. However, I find that their themes lack the ‘wow’ factor in terms of design.

I think StudioPress can do better to make their themes more flexible in terms of customization. In most cases, there are limited options to modify the default look as well as the color scheme unless you’re ready to do some heavy CSS manipulations.

The Bottom Line

StudioPress offers solid themes structurally and they cover all the bases pretty well. The designs are neat and simple, but that’s all there is about them; you will hardly find one that will make you gaze in awe.

If you want a highly customized look, be ready to fork out a few extra dollars to hire a designer to do it for you. However, if you’re comfortable with some basic design and functionality, most StudioPress themes will suffice out of the box. Their themes are a great starting point for developers to build from.


Elegant Themes Review: Beautiful Designs at Affordable Prices

Elegant Themes is a revered WordPress theme and plug-in company. Created by Nick Roach back in 2008, Elegant Themes has grown into one of the leading theme developers on the Internet, with more than 230,000 customers currently. It caters to a wide range of clients mostly developers, designers, and small business owners.

I’ve been using themes from Elegant Themes for a while now and they are doing along of things very well, however there are some areas they could improve on.

Here is a summary of their strengths and what I believe are their major shortcomings where Nick and his team need to put a little focus on this year.

The Strengths

  • Very affordable: Elegant Themes offers three membership plans for their themes – a Personal plan at $69 per year, a Developer plan at $89 per year, and a Lifetime Access plan offered for a one-time fee of $249. All plans give you full access to all the themes in the company’s collection so long as your membership is active. This breaks down to $0.79 per theme on the personal plan, which is basically a steal and very hard to beat.
  • Variety: Over the past five years since Nick setup Elegant Themes, the company has built an impressive catalog of beautiful themes comprising 87 themes in total as of this writing. There is a theme for every genre and you can customize them to suit a variety of uses. Genres include e-commerce, magazine, blog, multimedia, blog, personal, business, and many others. The themes are all well-designed and there are a couple of real standouts. Some themes may require a lot of customization to get the look and functionality you want.

Their latest release is a theme called Divi, released in January 2014. The claim on their website is that it is the most powerful, flexible, and smartest theme they’ve developed to date. I will do a hands-on of Divi and post a full review soon.


  • Good Support: I know every customer’s experience is different, but I’m generally pleased with the support I get from Elegant Themes. The contact page on their website offers full documentation for every theme as well as a detailed installation guide.

In my experience, all installations I’ve done for clients have gone smoothly. If you need more specialized technical assistance, there is a dedicated support forum where you can post your queries. The support forum is pretty elaborate but easy to use, with several categories representing theme genres so that it is easier for members to submit queries for the right type of theme and duly follow up.

The only issue I have with the support forum is that they can be slow at times.

The Weaknesses

  • Accessing my account to download themes can sometimes be a pain as I get timed out frequently and need to keep logging back in. I’m sure many other members have experienced this many times too.
  • Some themes have sluggish page load speeds due to large page images that have not been properly compressed or not compressed at all to be at par with Google PageSpeed guidelines.

The Verdict

With a theme collection currently standing at 87 themes, Elegant Themes offers a wide range of beautiful themes of exceptional quality. Nick has always favored simplicity and flexibility and this is a constant in all the themes his team has built.

I’ve used many themes of theirs and I’m pretty impressed so far. I like the minimalist approach when it comes to aesthetics and this is the philosophy they use at Elegant Themes.

They’ve been around for 5 years now and many other theme companies have come up within the same time to try and compete. But I think Elegant Themes has plenty of room to grow. They just need to polish up a few areas in support, the user experience for registered members, and perhaps work on some of their older themes to bring them up to date with responsive features.