For anyone who has made the decision to build their website using WordPress, they are also confronted with the decision to build the site from scratch using a developer team (we can help you with that, get in touch), or choosing to use one of a variety of ready-made themes. With over 10,000 WordPress themes currently available, this can prove to be quite intimidating, especially as themes are produced by a variety of different providers, and are designed to cater to blog and portfolio sites, as well as business sites such as agencies, restaurants, gyms, and ecommerce stores.
As we at WP Bees strive to find efficient, elegant, and durable solutions we’ve gone through our favourites and whittled the list down to produce our picks of the best WordPress themes for 2020.
Astra is a highly popular WordPress theme with over 500,000 users. It also offers a wide range of features and is highly customizable. The visual theme customizer allows you to make your site look exactly how you want, and you can easily adjust aspects such as layout settings, header options, colours and fonts, and blog and archive pages.
You can also easily change the design using the WordPress Customizer without needing any coding knowledge, and you can also simplify your website design process by using ready to use website demos on hand in the provided site library. Astra’s codebase architecture is also set up to help you easily maximise your SEO practices, and comes with the necessary Schema.org markup already included. The theme has also been designed to work with popular page builders like with Beaver Builder, Elementor, Site Origin, and Divi, and it also seamlessly integrates with Yoast and WooCommerce.
2. Hestia Pro
Hestia Pro is a stylish, minimalist theme that can be used start-ups, agencies, and a range of businesses, as well as for magazines, portfolios, blogs, and ecommerce stores. This WordPress theme is a one-page parallax layout that comes with high performance and helps to make your content stand out.
This theme can be finely tuned using Hestia Pro’s live customizer, and you can easily make changes and view the results take place in real-time. Aspects such as fonts, colours, headers, and other layout features can also be changed to suit your requirements. To make things even easier, you can also import a ready-made starter site and just make your own changes and add your content as desired. Hestia Pro incorporates WooCommerce, and is fully compatible with page builders such as Elementor, Brizy, Beaver Builder, Visual Composer, SiteOrigin and Divi Builder.
Divi is created by Elegant Themes, a leading WordPress theme shop, and is one of the most popular WordPress themes currently available with over 600,000 users. This theme is a great responsive, multipurpose choice and offers a vast range of customization features and superior functionality.
The Divi Layout Builder allows you to change all aspects of your layout; including fonts, colours, icons, and page/post formats. This can all be done without writing any code and the layout builder also uses a drag & drop interface which makes things even easier. There are also close to 20 pre-made layouts which can be installed allowing you to begin uploading content in under an hour. By using Divi, you can save your custom layouts in the Divi library, and re-use at a later date whenever necessary.
Avada is another highly popular WordPress theme, and is the top selling theme of all time on the Themeforest marketplace. Avada has been used by over 550,000 people to create a range of business, and creative sites, and this theme powers blogs, portfolios, news, restaurant, and agency sites all over the globe.
Despite its popularity, you don’t need to worry about your site being generic or looking like anyone else’s as it can be customized using the layout builder, which is easy to use and allows you to achieve your desired layout in just hours. The Avada Live Visual Design Editor is fully functional and allows you to view your changes in real time, and you can also choose from premium sliders, individual page/post options, and different header designs. Avada also integrates seamlessly with ecommerce plugins such as WooCommerce, and is a great responsive and fully customizable multi-purpose choice. It also comes with a dedicated support centre to help you navigate any issues.
Flatsome is another popular WordPress theme on Themeforest, and is a responsive and multi-purpose theme. Despite being multi-purpose it integrates very well with WooCommerce to enable ecommerce sites, and is actually the best selling WooCommerce theme on Themeforest.
The custom page builder allows for almost unlimited changes and the Flatsome studio provides an online library of pre-defined layouts and sections/elements that can be easily inserted into your site. Additional features include unlimited headers, a drag & drop header feature, a built in slider & banner system, and mobile responsiveness. Flatsome also comes translated in more than 12 different languages making it easy to add a global touch to your site.
6. One Page
As expected, this is a single-page WordPress theme that keeps everything on one page. This allows visitors to your site to quickly access all of your most important features and information from your homepage. One Page is minimalistic and responsive and also includes a drag & drop homepage layout feature.
This theme is packed with widgets and handy functions, and is fully customizable with a variety of theme options, and blog layouts, OnePage loads fast and is fully responsive and adapts to the device viewing your webpage, and has also been optimized for SEO. In addition, a Twitter feed feature, siding services section, and one click install make this a solid choice for anyone needing a minimalist and clutter-free site that provides an efficient user experience for your visitors.
Created by Themify, Ultra is a powerful and highly flexible multi-purpose WordPress theme. Ultra can be used to create a wide range of one page websites, and comes with a visual drag & drop page builder alongside a selection of easily addable content modules. As a result Ultra can be used by any business and also comes with ready-made templates for agencies, galleries, restaurants, gyms, salons, law firms, and ecommerce stores.
Ultra comes with 60 predesigned layouts, and smart layout options including 17 header/page styles, 6 header background options, 6 footer layouts, 5 single post layouts, 6 archive layouts, preset typography, and section scrolling. There are also 10 bonus add-ons including a progress bar, pricing table, and countdown widget. Ultra allows you to get started quickly, and makes creating a WordPress website an easier task with its page builder and content modules, menus, and widgets.
Webify is another of the most popular WordPress themes available on Themeforest. It is a multi-functional responsive theme that can be used by bloggers, agencies, firms, freelancers, online stores, and more. As expected, it comes with a customizer and page builder which facilitates making quick and easy changes and viewing all your updates in real time.
Webify acts as a flexible site skin and comes with twenty modern and well designed demos, in addition, it includes 60 shortcodes that allow you to build a wide range of layouts, and you can also choose from 14 predefined skin templates. For anyone looking to tinker, you can modify colours, fonts, layout, and styling from within the backend. This theme is also compatibility with WooCommerce and WPML for translation and mega menu, and provides a solid amount of documentation and support for anyone who chooses to build a site using Webify.
9. Read WP
For anyone looking for a simple yet responsive WordPress theme designed specifically for bloggers, Read WP is a great option. The theme is already perfectly designed and you can simply begin to create content after installing the theme and editing the headers and sections as you desire.
Read WP is SEO optimized out of the box, mobile optimized, translation ready, and comes with 3 blog layout options, and over 20 social media icons. This theme is a complete blog system which supports all post formats, and video embedding in various aspect ratios. It also allows you to self host html5 audio/video and uses one .mp4 file for all browsers. This theme is best for anyone aiming to produce content that doesn’t require any distractions, and is a great choice for bloggers and writers. In addition, Read WP comes with a portfolio template that comes in handy for photographers, designers and other creatives.
Newspaper is another WordPress theme aimed at writers and bloggers. It allows you to easily create and design layouts for blogs and online magazines, and comes with over 50 pre-built demos. Newspaper is also SEO friendly and mobile optimized which allows your site to perform efficiently on mobile devices.
The theme can be modified using the tagDiv Composer page builder, and is integrated with bbPress Forum, BuddyPress, Instagram, and WooCommerce. Newspaper also supports Google Ads/AdSense and YouTube videos, and can be used to produce articles and guides based around a wide range of sectors including business, fashion, food, health, marketing, technology, and travel.
All of the themes covered in our list are great choices and provide a wide range of functionality whilst also being highly customizable. This allows anyone to have access to a great theme for their site regardless of the industry they’re in. When choosing a WordPress theme factors such as usability, performance, responsiveness, and flexibility are all important and it’s key to find a theme that provides the mix of features and functions that you are happy with.
However, as great as these themes are, the best results are often only achieved by hiring a professional web developer or designer. This allows you to stay on top of other aspects of your business while the developer focuses on what they do best which is creating the site which best matches your unique vision. The team at WordPress Bees have over a decade’s experience of building top notch WordPress sites, so get in touch with us to see how we can help you realize your vision and build your dream site!