Best Fresh WordPress Templates for an Upgrade in 2019
Remember when you first built your business website and were mega-excited about how it looked? Sadly, that thrill doesn't last long. As new web design trends and functionality come along, your website can start to look a bit dated.
But if you're using the world's most popular content management system, WordPress, to run your business website, it couldn't be simpler to get a new look for your site. That's because all you have to do is find a new WordPress template. In this guide, we'll show you:
- Where to find WordPress themes
- What you should look for in a theme
- Five themes to help you refresh your site
Where to Find a Fresh WordPress Template
Searching the web for WordPress templates often results in a series of endless list posts, and it's still not easy to decide which WordPress theme to choose.
You can make it easier by going direct to the source: WordPress theme marketplaces. Here are a few we recommend:
- WordPress Theme Directory, where you'll find tens of thousands of themes, including many free themes
- Theme Forest, one of the best known theme marketplaces
- Mojo Marketplace, Bluehost's theme marketplace
- Elegant Themes, a premium theme provider
- StudioPress, another premium theme provider
Start with any of these to find well coded, popular WordPress templates that are up to date and well-supported.
What to Look For in a WordPress Template
So, what should you look for when picking out a theme? In addition to making sure the design and typography work for you and your audience, here are a few tips.
First, find a WordPress template that's updated regularly so you know it will play nicely with the latest version of WordPress. It will ensure your site won't break every time there's an update.
Next, look for some social proof. The best themes should have plenty of downloads or purchases. Look for reviews, too, to ensure that people find the theme easy to install and customize.
Speaking of customization, an internal admin panel that lets you edit your site without coding is a must for most people. And under the hood, you'll want a theme that's responsive (so it looks good on every device) and fast-loading, so you don't lose your audience while they're waiting for pages to load.
Finally, look into what support is available — you'll need someone to check in with if there's an issue you can't solve yourself.
Five WordPress Themes We Recommend
Want a head start on getting a new WordPress template? Whether you're running a B2B, creative, or service website, we've picked out a popular theme from each of the marketplaces we mentioned earlier. Take them for a test run and see if they work for you.
Divi's creators, Elegant Themes, call it “the ultimate WordPress theme", mainly because it's considered so easy to use.
It has a visual page builder and every change you make updates in real time, so you can immediately see the impact of design tweaks. Every page element is customizable so no two Divi sites need look alike.
Elegant Themes also provides pre-made layouts as starting points for your own design.
You'll need an Elegant Theme membership at $89 to get access to Divi, but this also gives you access to all their other WordPress themes and plug-ins.
Avada is one of ThemeForest's best-selling WordPress themes, racking up more than 470,000 sales. It boasts that you won't need to code — change your website simply by using the included options and demos. So whether you want a corporate, sales or portfolio site, this theme will help you achieve it.
The built-in options include everything from sliders to testimonial boxes to social icons, enabling you to give your WordPress site a fresh, new look fast. Avada is available for $60.
One of the best-selling WordPress templates on MOJO Marketplace is the Highend drag and drop WordPress theme. This responsive WordPress theme works for everything from your blog to a portfolio or business website.
It includes more than 16 demo templates you can use to revamp your site fast. Or you can start from scratch for a truly custom look and feel. Highend also includes grid, slider, and layout plug-ins to make your website refresh even easier. And it integrates with WooCommerce to help you make sales. The Highend WordPress theme costs $59.
Genesis isn't a theme but a theme framework. A theme framework is a parent theme with all the essential code to make it work as designed. Customizations are usually kept in a child theme so you don't lose them when you update core functionality. So you have to install Genesis plus a child theme to make design tweaks. That makes it more pricey than the rest at $129.95, but once you have the framework, then theme prices are in line with other providers.
Genesis is responsive, SEO-friendly, regularly updated, secure and fast. And there are dozens of themes — by StudioPress and third-party designers — to update your site in any way you want. As well as being highly customizable, it's recommended by people like WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg and the SEO experts at Yoast.
Want to refresh your site with a free WordPress template? According to web developer Isabel Castillo's database, which collates reviews from the WordPress theme directory in an easily digestible form, the OceanWP theme has a 5 star rating on the WordPress theme directory, based on more than 200,000 active installs. It's responsive, fast loading, SEO-friendly, and has a WooCommerce integration. However,if you want to import demo content and layouts to make your own design process faster, you'll have to pay, with the cheapest bundle at $39.
With these five WordPress themes, it won't take long to refresh your site. For more designs, check out the theme marketplaces we listed earlier to get a fresh start with WordPress in 2019.