The WordPress Themes I Use and Trust
Here is my hand-selected list of Premium WordPress Theme (aff) providers that I trust both from a support and quality perspective what I use on my own sites.
Table of contents
- The WordPress Themes I Use and Trust
- The Kadence Theme 04.30.21
- Genesis Framework
- Recommended Premium WordPress Theme Shops
- SPECIAL MENTION for DIYers:
- Remember, when it comes to WordPress themes…
While even I can get my head turned by all the cool themes out there, I've found out the hard way to not go too far off the beaten path. I stick with the companies and developers that I have used and experience the results I need for my own sites.
These are theme devs that have already proven the test of time, including the fact they will still be around after I put all the work into integrating their theme and customizing it for my site.
You don't want to find out what it is like to put all that time and effort into integrating a new theme to discover down the road that the developer no longer updates their products. Or worse — has gone out of business.
Top Premium WordPress Themes
If you are not familiar with how WordPress and WordPress themes integrate, important boxes need to be checked before you make your final decision. We should discuss the features, layout, and structure of the theme to make sure it meets your site's goals, how you want your data to display, and your preferred user interface.
Being a theme is a downloadable product, as is standard and customary for downloadable products — all sales are final. That means, once you purchase, you own the theme whether you end up using it or not.
First, be sure to read my article on How to Choose the Right WordPress Premium Theme. This will help you be familiar with the important variables you need to consider when choosing your WordPress website's theme.
These are the Premium WordPress Themes I recommend due to their intuitive control panels, ease of use, and incredible support.
The Kadence Theme 04.30.21
Anyone who has worked with me has heard me talk about Genesis & StudioPress. This site is on the Genesis Framework with the AuthorPro Child theme. For now.
Recently I discovered a new theme framework (aff) that gave me that gut feeling that I had when I first discovered WordPress. I had the same gut feeling when I started using Revolution Themes back in the day that then grew to be StudioPress with the cutting-edge Genesis Framework.
Kadence doesn't require a child theme as all the customization is through the WordPress Appearance > Customize menus. Add to that Kadence has it's own set of built-in features, their own block plugin and a collection of other plugins that covers all the bases.
Included are demos that you can install and then make your own.
Included are all the bells and whistles that most site creators, including myself, are looking for. And the ability to customize on a level I've not seen before without having to install a bulky “builder” plugin.
When I have time, this site will move to Kadence too. Watch for my article on Kadence very soon.
What's cool about the Genesis Framework/Child Theme combo is once you purchase Genesis, you own it. Moving forward, if you want a new look, you only have to purchase a new child theme. The mechanics of the site remain unchanged.
Genesis and All StudioPress Themes are Included with WPEngine Hosting
The Genesis Framework, by StudioPress, with a child theme combo, is the best of both worlds. Solid secure coding and a child theme to customize and not have to worry about losing your changes in the next update.
Recommended Premium WordPress Theme Shops
For those who do not find what they envision with StudioPress, here are a few others I've worked with and can highly recommend that develop child themes for the Genesis Framework and Kadence too.
I have curated a collection of over 40 child themes for you to check out!
The ladies at Restored 316 create gorgeous feminine style Genesis child themes that use color and accents for a more feminine touch. Splendor, displayed above, is the latest example. WooCommerce integration too. Simply beautiful themes.
Check out their Kadence themes too.
ZigZag Press as a large (and growing) library of beautiful, flexible, and functional Genesis Child Themes for WordPress. ZigZag offers a layout complimentary for any data or navigational requirement.
Church Theme's mission is to help churches build attractive, full-featured websites to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you have a ministry, youth, or church group, these are the themes and the company for you.
SPECIAL MENTION for DIYers:
I know some want to build their own simple WordPress website and don't need the services I offer. While I'm not a fan of builders (you can read about that here), that doesn't mean that products like Divi don't fit the bill for some.
Elegant Themes offers Divi their flagship theme and visual page builder. I've worked with Elegant themes for well over a decade integrating their themes and unique plugins. Their focus is now exclusively on their theme/builder combo, which is great for folks who want to build their own websites.
You can count on Elegant backing their products with helpful support forums and are on top of any necessary updates.
The downside of Divi is that your site will be built entirely on Divi's shortcodes (and with that could come some performance issues).
For me, the primary concern is that If you ever want to use another theme, all those shortcodes will have to be stripped from every page/post.
If you decide to go with Divi, plan on learning all the best practices so that you can successfully use it for the long haul. You want to do your due diligence on all the pros and cons of using Divi before making that commitment.
Remember, when it comes to WordPress themes…
Each theme integrates WordPress core functionality in different ways. To make sure you have a theme with the functionality, navigational structure, and features you want, be sure to go through the offered theme demo with a fine-tooth comb.
Then, do so again, so you are confident you are getting the theme that works and displays your content the way you desire.
Read my article: Choosing the Right WordPress Premium Theme for what to consider when choosing your design.
I can personally guide you on what theme will visually meet your requirements and, more importantly, work the way you need it to so that your site is effective and successful. So let's make sure you make the right choice before you spend your hard-earned dollars.
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