When it comes to your niche site, having a good looking UI is essential for your success, even as much as having great content on it.
A good theme for WordPress loads fast, it’s SEO ready, responsive and it’s very safe to use. While you want to have it visually appealing as well, don’t forget about the fact that usability is more important than design.
Having a simple design with all the features it needs, it’s much more productive than having a great design that slows down the loading.
Why premium themes?
With thousands of free themes available for WordPress, you might ask why to buy a premium template. There are a couple of good reasons to do that.
As in everything, you get what you pay for.
First, you have a much better quality of the template and design. The premium themes look better and load faster than free ones. They are also improved for SEO at the most professional level.
You have support for premium themes, something that you don’t get at the free ones. If something crashes with a free theme, you are only one that must fix it.
Premium themes are also easy to customize, as the creators of it include intuitive panels that help you easily change colors and make adjustments to it. Free themes usually require you to know CSS and PHP to make the changes you want.
Security is also an important thing to consider. Premium WordPress templates have regular updates that ensure your website is secure with the latest technology, something that is not possible with a free theme.
And last but not least, premium themes are much more unique, and it makes your website special. The free ones are overused, and that is a bad sign for your visitors and SEO as well.
When you have a stable business and you don’t want to waste time learning CSS and PHP, you should pick a premium theme. This gives you safety, reliability and a template that load fast and looks awesome.
Here is the list of best WordPress theme providers that most of the affiliate site owners use frequently:
1. Genesis themes by StudioPress
Genesis framework is one of the most popular and professional WordPress frameworks. A WordPress framework is simply the foundation on which you can build themes, that will make sure that you won’t lose your design if some new update comes along.
This framework enables you to build amazing websites with WordPress quickly. No matter if you’re a novice or an advanced developer, Genesis is secure, SEO friendly, and gives you a WordPress experience like no other.
The price of buying the Genesis Framework is $59.95. The most popular themes build for Genesis Framework are Aspire Pro and Studio Pro. They come at the price of $99.95 and $129.95 respectively, and when you purchase them you have the Genesis Framework included.
This framework alongside the professional themes, is the most lightweight, secure and SEO improved option for your WordPress niche site.
2. Thrive themes
Thrive Themes is a business toolbox that is all-in-one for WordPress users that are looking to create websites that are great at converting.
With Thrive Themes, you get access to multiple tools, such as Thrive Leads, Thrive Landing Pages, Headline Optimizer, Thrive Ovation (for testimonials) and more.
Thrive Themes starts at the price of 49$ for a single site. They also have a membership starting at 19$ per month that gives access to all their tools and themes.
The most popular Thrive Theme for niche sites is Focus Blog, which I use in most of my niche sites.
Mythemeshop is a collection of premium themes and plugins for WordPress, that take your website to another level. You can purchase items individually, or you can pay for a membership at $9 per month. This gives you access to more than 100 premium WordPress Themes and all premium WordPress Plugins.
One of the most popular themes, that is also the fastest, is Schema. You can buy it for $45 for a single website. The theme is responsive, speed optimized and SEO ready.
4. Generate press
Generate press is a WordPress theme that is available in both free and premium versions. This theme brags about being super lightweight (with less than 30kb in size), secure, stable and SEO ready.
The premium version costs $49.95 and it gives access to premium modules, Site Library, usage for unlimited websites, and 1 year of updates and support. The modules and Site Library help to customize your website in a matter of minutes with the latest technologies.
The premium version also helps you with premade templates that you can use to make your theme suitable for your project.
5. Elegant Themes
Elegant Themes is a professional WordPress theme provider with over 576,000 customers. Their membership is simple and easy.
You either pay per year $89 or once in a lifetime $249. With a membership, you get access to all their themes, plugins and support for an unlimited number of websites.
One of the most popular themes from Elegant Themes is Divi, which also includes a visual drag and drop Divi page builder.
WPAstra is a beautiful theme which is fast, lightweight and is very customizable. You can access pre-built websites, it has the best speed possible, and it works great with popular page builders.
The Pro version costs $59, and it gives access to a lot of premium benefits and one on one support. The benefits include having better designing options, removing the Astra credits from the website and more.
ThemeForest is different from other websites we described. This website is a marketplace where various developers and designers are selling their HTML and CMS templates.
Don’t get tricked by the sound of it. This is one of the biggest marketplaces there is, with popular themes that have been sold 500,000+ times.
The best-selling WordPress theme at ThemeForest is Avada, a responsive multi-purpose theme that costs $60. When you buy it, you get lifetime future updates, 48 pre-made websites, over 1000 options for customization and Fusion Builder.
And this was just one theme example. There are over 11,000 themes for WordPress, which you can use in any website and niche.
There are so many awesome themes that will be hard to choose one.
Themify is a premium WordPress theme provider that offers premium themes for $59 per theme. You can also buy a membership for $89 which gives you access to 42 premium themes and 12 premium plugins.
The most popular theme from Themify is Ultra, which is a fast multi-purpose theme that can be used for anything.
9. Your own theme or from a friend
If you want to learn how to design WordPress themes, you can do that with various tutorials that you can find online for free. This takes more time, but you can create something unique for your niche site.
This is also the case if you have a friend that can design WordPress themes.
You can achieve this by coding existing themes, using blank templates, or more simply, using page builders. Page builders are made to help people design themes without having any coding knowledge.
Page builders have intuitive user interfaces, and usually, have drag and drop features that help you build any design at easy. The most popular page builders are Thrive Architect, Beaver Builder, Divi, Elementor, Visual Composer Website Builder, and Themify Page Builder.
These are premium builders that cost money. A free option is using Page Builder by SiteOrigin. This is a free plugin that offers page building.
How to detect the theme of a website?
If you ever wondered how you can detect the theme that one of your competitors is using, these tools are the right thing to do it.
WP Theme Detector
Go to wpthemedetector.com, insert the website you want to inspect, and press the button. Now you should have the theme that the specific WordPress site is using.
You might also get information about the plugins that the website has.
Go to scanwp.net and enter the website that you want to scan. You’ll get the theme that it’s used for that WordPress site, alongside with a list of different websites that use the same theme.
You can also get results from the plugins they are using.
If you scroll down the page, you’ll see the top themes and plugins that are detected on websites. This will give you a general idea of what is used more often by webmasters.
Go to codeinwp.com/find-out-what-wordpress-theme-is-that/, insert the address of the website you want to scan and wait for the software to show you which theme is used.
It seems to be much slower than the other two options.
You want to find a reliable WordPress theme that will give you the speed and security that you need for your niche site to be successful.
If you want to do it on your own and have the time to design or build your own theme, you can do that too. But if you want something professional and worry-free, premium themes are the way to go.
Premium WordPress themes are lightweight, SEO friendly, responsive, and they are protected against malicious attacks. You also get updates when new changes come from the developer, things that you don’t get from free themes.
So why are you doing late to buy a premium WordPress theme for your niche site? Also, let me know which is your favorite WordPress theme in the comment section below.
Great list. GeneratePress is my favorite theme. Thanks