You are in the process of creating a blog or website you hosted with WordPress and you are on the lookout for the best place to purchase a theme for your new website or even get it for free. A theme is also referred to as a ‘template’ and installing one is vital to publishing pages and ultimately, setting up your e-commerce website, blog, or any WordPress powered website in general. In lieu of building your website from the ground up (a time and money consuming process), you can opt for already made the themes to help drive the design and functionality of your website(s).
Since there are tons of great themes developers and platforms to get these themes from, choosing the best marketplace for WordPress themes and templates out of the numerous available ones can be overwhelming. So, to answer many WordPress beginners ”Where can I find the best WordPress themes?” question, we list seven of the best theme marketplaces to shop for the best WordPress templates.
7 Best Marketplaces for WordPress Themes and Templates
1. WordPress.org Theme Directory
As a beginner tinkering with your WordPress website, you might want to experiment by testing the waters with a couple of themes and templates at ZERO cost before settling for a paid premium template. WordPress.org has the largest collection of free WordPress themes and templates (up to 5,000). Given that majority of templates on this platform are free, you should not expect the high-end features that come with paid templates.
Nevertheless, WordPress.org is one of the best go-to marketplaces for cool WordPress themes.
2. ThemeForest (Envato Market)
ThemeForest is another theme marketplace worthy of mention. Founded about 10 years ago (2008), ThemeForest has grown to become one of the most renowned platform for WordPress developers to upload their themes and website owners to purchase these themes. Unlike WordPress.org Theme Directory with large collection of free themes, majority of the themes on ThemeForest requires a certain amount to be paid before having access to them.
ThemeForest also has a large collection of affordable WordPress templates that are carefully screened to ensure they are up to par before uploading and selling them to qualified buyers. Buyers can easily access the large pool of templates through a simple keyword or category search. You can also search templates on the basis of price, trending themes, best sellers, best rated etc.
Other features of ThemeForest include ‘live preview of templates. With live preview, you can see and test — first-hand — how the theme will look on a live website, play with some of the there’s customization settings, test colors, backgrounds, layout, etc.
3. MOJO Marketplace
Like ForestTheme, if you are in search of top quality themes for your website, MOJO is another great marketplace to look. With thousands of WordPress themes in their collection, you can easily search, find and purchase themes by different categories (restaurant, e-commerce, landing page etc), price, release date, popular items and more.
Pricing is very competitive on MOJO and there is also Live Preview which allows users test the theme and it’s features on a pre-configured website. Another standout feature of MOJO is its free after-sales support where you can contact the author/creator of the template if you encounter any issues while using the theme. MOJO also offer theme (and WordPress) installation services.
4. Elegant Themes
Elegant Themes is yet another popular household name in the WordPress theme and plugins industry. Elegant has been in the ‘game’ for close to a decade and boasts of over 500,000 clients. Unlike some marketplace that is dependent on authors/developers for themes, or others that connect theme sellers to buyers, Elegant Themes makes and develops the themes it sells.
With only 87 premium WordPress in its collection at the moment, Elegant Themes possesses one of the most flexible plans and pricing in the industry. With only $89, you can have access to ALL of Elegant’s themes, updates, and support for a year only. Should you want to use their themes and future products for many more years or forever, you can purchase the “Lifetime Access” license for a one-time payment of $249 only.
ThemeJunkie is another provider of premium high-quality themes for attractively low prices and plans. Themes from ThemeJunkie are well built, SEO friendly and compatible with almost all types of plugins. Support is also impressive, though many users gave have complained about not being able to get support in weekends.
ThemeJunkie also operates a “Lifetime Package” that hands users access to all of its current and upcoming (future) themes for $99 only. Basic plan that gets you access only one theme for a year starts at $39 only.
WooThemes (now WooCommerce) is one of the leading provider of themes for WordPress powered e-commerce stores and websites across the globe. WooCommerce boasts of 51 million downloads of its themes and is being used by thousands of small and large businesses and companies in the world. Need to build an online store? Check out WooCommerce for high-quality, top-of-the-line themes. WooCommerce is also generally easy to set-up on WordPress as it comes with a drag-and-drop feature that allows users easily create their preferred layout and pages.
StudioPress is a WordPress-focused website builder and of the best providers of impressive SEO and mobile friendly themes. StudioPress boasts of about 200,000 users and is renowned for using ‘clean and lightweight’ code in their themes that makes websites run faster and more secure. Clean code also translates to less technical issues.
However, StudioPress themes can be quite pricey and expensive for a beginner. Also, they come with are less built-in features leaving users to rely on plugins to get some things done.