Over the last decade or so, WordPress has grown in a huge way, and with it the variety of WordPress themes in the market. Nowadays. You can get a WordPress theme almost everywhere you look, be it theme marketplaces, independent theme shops and even hosts who provide themes as part of their packages.
This large number of themes makes it incredibly difficult to choose the perfect fit for your WordPress-based website.
But sweat not, we bring you 20 of the most popular WordPress themes of all time, to inspire you and hopefully hook you up with a theme that will drive you towards your goals.
There’s just so much to say about the number #1 best-selling multi-purpose WordPress theme on Themeforest. However, I will let the theme speak for itself.
With a sparkling rating of 4.78/5.00 and over 259k sales (yeah, you read that right), Avada offers you a multi-faceted, responsive and SEO-friendly engine to power any site imaginable.
Features include unlimited modern designs, WPMU-ready, compatibility with major plugins, awesome support and a whole lot of customization options. You have to give the demo a test run.
How appropriate a title for a theme appearing in position numero dos. And this has nothing to do with the alphabet if you get my drift.
Bridge could have easily scooped position one, or any other position for that matter, because the order here doesn’t really matter when all you have is a huge collection of great WordPress themes.
But Bridge is not just great. It is one of the greatest, what with more features than you will ever need to quench your thirst, managed WordPress hosting on Amazon AWS, backups, instant theme setup, 24/7 support and I could go on. Or I could just drop the fact that this multi-purpose WordPress theme spots something in the estimates of 50k in terms of sales and a shiny rating of 4.79/5.00.
You can scoop the above deal, plus your own special copy of the theme for $19 bucks per month. Alternatively, if you just need the theme, you will pay a one-time fee of $59 at Themeforest.
One-pagers too are stunners, as evinced by Brooklyn, a well-crafted one-page WordPress theme that’s ideal for any number of websites.
If you’re all about awesome user experience (and who isn’t?), Brooklyn is the tool you’ve been looking for. By the way, if you didn’t know, the theme (and even plugins) you choose influences user experience on your site, either positively or negatively. This is exactly why you need to be careful the themes and plugins you install on your site.
Brought to you by United Themes, and with a gallant rating of 4.65/5.00, Brooklyn packs some serious heat in the name of parallax, plenty of demos, multiple shortcodes, 100% responsive layouts, and a SEO-ready rig among other sweet features.
Oh by the way, it’s the most popular one-page theme on Themeforest, you know, just to keep in line with our topic. What else? Oh the price? Brooklyn is selling like hotcakes at just $49.
Leave it to Nick Roach and Co. to surprise you when you least expect. Ladies and gents, I present Divi, a one of a kind WordPress theme from the Elegant Themes stable.
First and foremost, you get the Divi Builder that lets you create the website of your dreams drag-and-drop style. Yes, you’re spared the murky waters of the code world. That, and everything you build is 100% responsive, so yay!
And to think we are just getting started. With over 18 pre-made and fully customizable designs, 45+ content modules, advanced design settings and custom CSS, the only thing holding you back is technically yourself.
Folk at Elegant Themes are quite the generous type. They will let you keep Divi and about 87 other themes for about $69 per year. You get regular updates and every other theme they release thereafter. Interesting.
Price: $89/year (includes several plugins & extra themes)
X – The Theme
It was just a matter of time before I ran into X – The Theme. The title might sound simple, but this X will give it to you hard what with a host of some of the coolest features, a stellar rating of 4.73/5.00 and over 125k sales.
The testimonials too are overwhelming, with people pouring their hearts out just to show this theme some love. Apparently, nobody seems eager to find another WordPress theme once the X bug bites them.
The most popular new product and fastest selling theme of all time, X – The Theme comes with features such as the Cornerstone Page Builder, the best of content elements, unique designs known as “stacks”, responsive design, shortcodes and so much more. Seriously, you might want to sit down to read the extensive list of features. $64 is the damage, and it’s worth every dime.
Oh, here comes a theme with a title that rhymes with a name I’m all too familiar with, but that’s not the point. Frexy is the most exciting WordPress theme for your amazing site, according to the author.
Yet it just doesn’t have the numbers. So, how did it find its way on this list? Pure awesomeness, my friend. Pure awesomeness. It’s not popular yet, but it’s one of those items you feel will become popular if and when enough people find them.
Some call Frexy technological proficiency redefined. But most people are going gaga about the “…vast and expansive, ambitious and powerfully pliable, functionally rich and flexible…” multipurpose WordPress theme. Guess we have to stick with that for the time being.
You have to try Frexy and find out if it’s really worth the awesome rating of 4.55/5.00.
I honestly wish more people found Total, an all-in-one solution from the ever-awesome guys over at WPExplorer.
You needn’t tinker with complex WordPress themes anymore, this powerhouse packs all the juice you need to craft websites that are out of this, or any other, world. Oh yeah, we are talking about bringing into being dazzling websites without touching a line of code. You know, like a boss. Nope, you will never get your hands dirty.
With all the basics tied down well, this WordPress theme introduces you to a whole new side of building revolutionary websites. Plus, the support is super-awesome, if you’ll ever need help with this easy to use multi-purpose theme.
Total is made by a power elite author, has an outstanding rating of 4.82/5.00 and over 19k sales. I swear, it was just 12k sales the other day. This one theme you need in your toolkit.
Then we have SociallyViral from the good guys at My Theme Shop. A reputable name in WordPress circles, My Theme Shop’s products are nothing short of pure inspiration. See how you talk to somebody, read a book, watch a film or listen to some music and you feel alive again? Inspired? Well, this WordPress theme (alongside My Theme Shop’s other products) will give you the same exact feeling.
If it seems like I’m overpromising, how about we talk to Scotty of ViralNova? Perhaps he will tell you about some of My Theme Shop’s themes he used as he built a $100 million dollar empire. That’s right, he built a multi-dollar blog in six months, and here we are showing you a theme you can use to replicate his success. Check out SociallyViral, and perhaps you’ll come back with a story of your own. We sincerely hope that you do J.
This theme has a superb rating of 4.5/5.00 and comes with a free version as well that lets you test the waters risk free.
Oh the beauty of full-color that’s the epitome of full-screen imagery. The main con, of course, is the challenge of adapting the full-color experience for mobile devices. Many WordPress themes can’t seem to pull this off. Not this theme.
Fully responsive design means Oshine scales gracefully without losing the visual appeal irrespective of the screen size. Number two, this theme ships with a ton of useful features specifically engineered to blow away your mind.
Parallax in its full glory, sophisticated templates, gorgeous sliders, all manner of layouts, and a dozen of ready-to-go demos among other features make building any website under the sun not only a reality, but also incredibly easy.
My dear friend, meet Oshine by BrandExponents.
Y’all know list posts reserve the tenth position for one last great product before the sh*t show that’s number 11 to 20. Of course, I’m messing with you, and the foregoing statement is as true as an old bearded man climbing down the chimney on Christmas Eve. It’s entirely untrue. For instance, our numbers 11 to 20 comprises of some of the best WordPress themes you’ll ever come across.
But before that, who takes our revered tenth spot today? Yeah that’s right, just another awesome product. Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for uDesign.
A fully responsive design will have you started on the right footing. Throw in some SEO magic and take that a notch higher with a couple of social icons among other features and you too could probably enjoy a little bit of fame. You know, like this theme does.
I wouldn’t risk dragging you through the long list of features. It’s one of those things somebody does on their own.
There are over 6.5k WordPress themes at Themeforest. We all know the WordPress theme repository sees the addition of WordPress themes on a continuous basis, and we haven’t said a thing about independently-owned theme shops. What you can easily derive from all this is there’s a huge number of WordPress themes out there. From this huge number, only a couple of themes can pull the number of sales Enfold gets on the regular.
See, I told you our second part of the post will have great WordPress themes as well. With 104k sales, a superb rating of 4.85/5.00, and some of the coolest features under the sun, Kriesi’s Enfold is a gift from the gods. As you ponder on that, I will leave you with:
“Not only is this a great theme, but when they say the support is outstanding, they mean it. The support is second to none. These guys offer fast and friendly help. Little wonder they are rated so highly. Top product, top service. 5 stars is just isn’t enough.” PPCHound
Need I say more?
Now, if you’ll indulge me, let’s talk about Salient, a trendsetting WordPress theme by ThemeNectar, who also happens to be a power elite author with the green badge, which just is my way of letting you know their guys have sold more than a million worth of products on Envato Market. Damn, these guys are surely on fire, more so if Salient is anything to go by.
The top-selling creative theme of all time, Salient comes with cool features including (but not limited to) responsive and retina-ready design, advanced theme options, the Salient Visual Composer, SEO-ready, WooCommerce support, and much more. You don’t expect over 46k happy buyers to pine over 5 or 10 features, now do you? On top of that, Salient has an outstanding rating of 4.81/5.00.
Wesley Snipes? I know right. I’m a huge fan too, so when I saw the term “Blade”, I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check it out. To be completely honest though, all I had in mind when I read that term is real blades, or at least big colorful images of the same. Excuse me, I will take a light saber sword anytime. Damn, I knew I shouldn’t have watched a lot of those movies.
So Margaret, apart from the title, what else earned Blade a nice cozy spot on this list?
It’s really simple. How about the fact Blade spots an unbelievable buyer rating of 4.98/5.00? It also happens to be the simplest and cleanest of multipurpose WordPress themes to use. What I mean is, unlike many other WordPress themes, Blade comes without the clutter; it ships with only the features you need to remain focused and sharp.
With Blade, you will feel like you really have that light saber sword in hand, to use as you will digital ninja.
Don’t you need to make a coffee run? Come on, after reading through all that corpus, you sure as hell are running dry. To the uninitiated, corpus is a body of written text, usually the collective works of one author. Does a list of 13 WordPress themes qualify as a body of written text? Story for another day.
Corpus the theme, embodies not text, but something entirely different. Something quite exciting. We all know of – but can’t put a finger on – that extra quality that makes one thing awesome and another…well…not so much.
Corpus, with its expanding cache of features, is the ideal theme for your corporate website. Again, the theme is quite versatile in design and function making it suitable for any kind of website. It’s responsive (of course), SEO-friendly and comes with a whole list of goodies as well as outstanding support.
Would you believe me if I told you Corpus has a splendid rating of 4.94/5.00? Yeah I know. You would quickly dismiss me with a well-placed “get outta here”.
Here’s a theme with a title you’d swear was derived straight out of the periodic table. That’s a joke, but tell me my friend, what comes to mind when you find out the author of this auspicious theme goes by the username Laborator?
Well, let’s just say these guys hold their business down pretty well, what with the effervescent Kalium theme boasting of 9k+ sales and a cool rating of 4.90/5.00 based on 731 ratings.
This is the best theme for creative people thanks to a slew of exciting features such as pre-made demos, award-winning design, shortcodes, premium sliders, Visual Composer page builder, 30+ portfolio types, and advanced theme options just to scratch the surface.
Number 16 goes to Jupiter just because of the sheer number of moon features it has. If you took 16 and multiplied it by 2,171, you’d have the approximate number of sales this theme pulled in a span of just 36 months. Jupiter has a splendid rating of 4.74/5.00 and retails at $59 bucks only.
Away with the math lesson, Jupiter offers you some nice features such as super-fast page speeds, 72+ templates to start with, an intuitive admin panel with a million and one options, Edge Slideshow, 100+ elements, 230+ styles, 1800 icons, 14 custom widgets…apparently the math doesn’t end with this theme. To put it in a better way, you get plenty of tools to create the WordPress multi-purpose website of your dreams.
Multi-purpose WordPress themes seem to win big at being popular. Perhaps it’s the many features such themes come with. Perhaps it’s the fact that many multi-purpose WordPress themes, such as The7, let you achieve exactly what you set out to accomplish. Perhaps it’s the great support that ends in great ratings, such at the 4.81/5.00 rating The7 spots.
The most customizable theme in the market, The7 is suitable for freelancers, agencies, and huge enterprises thanks to features such as 630+ theme options, a rich design library with ready to use demos, a design wizard for your custom designs, Visual Composer page builder for that drag-and-drop we’ve all come to love, customizable backgrounds, logos, unlimited colors, fonts, SEO-friendly code and so much more.
Now you can build any website you desired in style, and without trying too hard.
Brought to you by the Muffin group, a power elite author, BeTheme is one of those rare WordPress themes that do exactly what they were meant for. This theme makes it easy for you to just be you.
It’s the biggest theme ever seeing it ships with more than 200 pre-made layouts all for your pleasure. If that doesn’t feel as orgasmic as you’d hope, perhaps you’re one of those people who love creating stuff from scratch. If this is you, you will not let go of the thoroughly stimulating Muffin Builder 3 that gives you infinite opportunities. By the way, the design process is all drag and drop in case you’re wondering.
Other features include 4 different responsive grids, a layout generator, unlimited menus, unlimited colors, multiple headers, a couple of well-designed elements and Revolution Slider among others.
A trending item at the time of writing, Flatsome by UX-Themes is a popular theme made specifically for your WooCommerce-based shop.
With a great rating of 4.81/5.00 based on 2540 reviews, and features such as free lifetime updates, a drag-and-drop page builder, WooCommerce-optimized, WPML support, SEO-ready, demo content, extensive documentation, responsive design, parallax banners, Google Fonts, unlimited sidebars, and widget areas among others, there is simply nothing you can’t do with this baby.
Sell in style this season with the truly awesome Flatsome theme. Join a tribe of a little over 26k happy customers as well for as little as $59 bucks.
Last but not least is Zerif Lite, a free WordPress theme that swims with the big sharks.
I mean, the WordPress theme repository is full of amazing WordPress themes. The best part is they are all free – thousands of them. But if we only ever recommend premium themes, does that mean free WordPress themes are no good? How about you be the judge of that? Taking the stand now is Zerif Lite, your honor.
This is the number 1 free one-page WordPress theme with more than 100k active installs as we speak. Quite the popular free WordPress theme don’t you think?
It has an amazing rating of 4.2/5.0 and ships with features such as clean and validated code, full localization support, an advanced theme options panel, responsive design, beautiful contact forms, and portfolio sections among others. ThemeIsle offers a premium version should you need more power.
Choosing the perfect fit for your business among the many WordPress themes out there can be a daunting task for just about anybody, experienced or not. For instance, how do you determine which theme is best for your business?
Personally, I go for clean code, a responsive grid, a reasonable number of features that I will actually use, SEO, great looks and of course, great page load speeds.