Best Premium WordPress Themes (Updated July 2014)

What are the qualities that are essential for premium WordPress themes. In order to understand that in a better way, it is imperative that we have a clear understanding of what WordPress can achieve when it comes to designing and website creation.

WordPress is a highly customizable Content Management System (CMS) which was created first to address the requirements of blogger but with the passage of time it soon matured into a platform which can integrate design widgets and plugins to improve and enhance functionality as well as aesthetics of a website. There are countless Premium WordPress Themes available on many web design markets but this abundance of choice sometimes makes it difficult to hunt down the exact premium WordPress theme that meets the requirements of the user in an exact way. This is even more difficult when technology is improving every day and new themes spring up to cater to ever changing customer requirements.

Taking an example consider the times when desktops were the only devices on which websites were viewed but now there are many other portable and mobile gadgets (tablets and smartphones etc) on which websites are viewed and interacted with. If a website is not able to adjust its display according to the screen size of a gadget, the user will be forced to consider that the website lacks in quality even if the website is rich in quality content.

As regards the content, it is not desirable now to populate website with non-thematic pictures or a wall of text. In order to engage and attract more traffic, links, quotes, multimedia content like audio and video have to be part of the website content. The presentation of text on the website has also gained a lot of importance. More succinct text is on the website, more it is likely to engage a user’s interest.

Additionally, the importance attached to the design of a website has skyrocketed. Gone are the days when websites were only static because now is the age of highly configurable, flexible and dynamic website. It is better for the user and the site if the design elements like layout and each and every element like color etc is customizble.

Keeping in view the above factors, given below is our hand picked selection of 10 of the best premium WordPress themes for 2014. These themes are considered best with reference to their category and are given the premium status because these are not just free for all (Looking for free themes, check out our earlier post on best free wordpress themes). These are paid and in order to use these legally you have to buy their license.

NOTE: Click on the Theme Images to see their live demos.

[Updated: July 9, 2014]

1 Karma Responsive WordPress Theme

Karma theme can be counted among the best because it is a parallax enabled premium wp theme and has excellent and unique features like Isotope Gallery with Fancybox which is excellent for sites featuring video and image content like from Instagram or YouTube. It has a vertical timeline which has its own beautiful set of icons, queries and set of media. This lives fully up to the name given to it. It can arguably be termed as the best of the many wordpress theme out and more than 21,000 buyers on Themeforest vouch for its excellence.



2.Wiksi Premium WordPress Theme

If you are in search of a fully responsive and sleek theme with strong foundation on HTML5 and CSS3, then Wiksi should be your choice. The sites designed with this theme are equally appealing on desktops, tablets and smartphones. The themes comes with a shortcode generator and empowers the user with endless customization possibilities. It supports all major browsers and has a built in revolution slider.



3 Nexus Modern Magazine Premium Theme

This is a unique and versatile magazine theme with beautiful content modules and styles and shortcodes which empower the site owner with full control of the front and backend of the website. With Nexus theme, it is not longer a hassle to create and update a magazine style website with large amount of content in many styles. Nexus is a top magazine style theme with its responsiveness, grid layout and huge set of features.



4 TastyFood Premium WordPress Theme

A visually non appealing website can spoil even the best  cooked and freshest images of food. The TastyFood theme is a theme of choice for those who are looking for building a website related to food and beverage industry. It is ideal because of its excellent visual engagement appeal.

The rating and review feature of the theme allows the site owner to qualify and quantify all food and beverage items, recips and other catering events. An engaging and visually mouth watering gallery can also be created very quickly and with 6 advertisement slots, you can also earn from your website.



5  Photocrati

Photocratic is an excellent WordPress theme platform with focus on themes built for photography niche. It has a built in gallery system, options panel for photography and a lot more. It is highly customizable and is ideal choice for photographers. photocratic-theme


6 I Love Rockband

The visual appeal of I Love Rockbank theme is very hard to resist for those who are musically inclines for those WordPress developers who are making websites for music industry. The theme is more targeted towards rock music, but its design is open and can be easily used for solo performers, promotional music events, orchestral symphonies and complete bands without any additional plugins etc. This music theme got the status of one of the best WordPress themes in 2013 and continues to be the leader in 2014 as well.

It is a fully responsive theme and has a multi-level dropdown menu. It is cross browser compatible and can be viewed equally good on all major browsers.



7 Bazar Shop

Bazar Shop is a theme that is powered by Woo Commerce which is neat but powerful at the same time. With this theme, you can focus on the product listing of your products without worrying about the backend issues. The theme offers powerful administration options for creating an online shop by using a custom builder and with unlimited styles. This theme was a hit on the Themeforest WordPress themes market in 2013 and will also be all rage in 2014 as well.



8 Foodie

The Foodie wordpress theme is a perfect theme for you if you are a food critic, a master chef or anyone who likes to share information related to food on website. The food can be shown to best possible visual taste because of the huge post images and the actual magic of cooking can be conveyed excellently by using video embeds. Its own ingredients and recipe builder builds visually appealing recipes for your blog by simply entering the ingredients of your dishes.



9 BlogNews

The core of every content rich website is a blog. The weblogs have evolved from the original personal opinion places to  varied content and fashionable formats. BlogNews is counted among the best WordPress themes you will find. It is a big candidate for prime slot in the news/blog/magazine category. The theme gets the special status because of it offering two layouts for the home page – either magazine style or blog style. You are free to select any of the 6 color schemes and countless font styles options. The theme creates automatic thumbnails to keep your home page visually appealing with images. There are 74 different options available on the theme settings panel.



10 Divi – Multipurpose WordPress Theme

Divi can be classified as a multi-purpose premium WordPress theme, but still it is mainly recommended for events like wedding sites or sites related to parenting, pregnancy tips and advice. It is also a great theme for products and services promotion using its many post types that can be customized. The theme has multi-page templates and offers two homepage layout options.





11. GoMedia

This is a very recently released premium theme from Theme Junkie and we have all the praise for it. This is an excellent full page, responsive theme with very nice typography and beautiful design. It is easy to use and comes with greater control on where the widgets will display. One of our current favorites and likely to remain one for a long time.


Best WordPress Themes (FREE) 2014

WordPress is not an ordinary blogging platform of previous years. With an age of almost one decade and thousands of developers working to improve it everyday, it has turned out to be the most popular way of creating websites. This immense interest has made WordPress rise from the humble beginnings and now thousands of people every day leverage WordPress to create and establish their business and personal websites on internet.

However, few people understand that their WordPress theme is an actual reflection of their own business and their own self. Although everyone understands that he or she can have the freedom to reflect their own aesthetics in the design of their website, but it is important that you should properly reflect the industry or the audience of your website in the design of it. There are different themes and they vary in coding and fonts, widgets, page templates, responsiveness of designs and layout builders that can modify and tailor the design according to your personal choice.

To put it in simple words, themes are a very easy way to make a website according to your own wishes and to make your website stand out among the rest of the crowd of websites. But this gets a bit tough because choosing one theme out of thousands of WordPress themes is not an easy task.

To make things easier for you, give below is our pick of the best WordPress themes that are available. All of these are free WordPress themes and you get these absolutely free. Some of these themes are good for business sites and professional blogger and some are good for photo enthusiasts and something for everyone. While checking these, you can also explore WordPress full theme directory where an even larger listing of additional themes is available. You can also have a look at the best WordPress plugins for supercharging your website.

Free WordPress Themes

Responsive ( Download theme)

Responsive is the most popular WordPress theme as of this date having more than 750,000 downloads from the time when it was initially released and has a grid system which is fluid and remains appealing irrespective of whether you see it on mobile devices or desktops. The theme comes with 11 widget ares, 9 page templates, four menu positions and 6 template layouts. The theme has a reputation for its minimalism and perfect reliability which makes is the a simple theme which everyone admires.


Customizr ( Download theme)

Customizr is an excellent free WordPress theme built on Twitter Bootstrap framework and CSS3 and HTML5. The theme from Nikeo has some excellent features and design elements which among others include logos, individual skins, sliders, social profiles, many layout designs and featured home blocks. This is a responsive and clean theme having a responsive slider generator as well and a very prominent call-to-action button to gain attention of users to click on it. All these features are easily customizable with the built-in WordPress theme customizer which can be easily used by beginners as well.


Attitude ( Download theme)

Attitude is a theme that stands for elegance and simplicity in the list of best wordpress themes. This is a flagship theme from Themehorse and has a highly-customizable page builder with other features like five page templates, five widget areas, two layouts for site and a lot many other features which provide the ideal starting point when start building your site. The theme supports almost all plugins like (Breadcrumb NavXT or WP-PageNavi etc.) This is a retina optimized theme which means that it give excellent display on high resolution mobile devices and tablets.


Swift Basic ( Download theme)

Swift Basic is a theme that has been praised in many circles over and over again for its excellent page loading times by assigning priority to important sections on a page for loading first. This theme’s design is a bit magazine-heavy with eight widget areas, many side bar options and feature post slider but still many design aspects and meta info is customizable by using the simple drag and drop interface. All standard features of WordPress like post types, menus, post formats etc are available in this with the design optimized for SEO and speed.


Lensa ( Download theme)

A proper theme is that gives a professional look to your website. Lensa is one of those best wordhpress themes that has  a full-screen gallery with many slideshow effects, five gallery templates, custom shortcodes. A widget sidebar manager is also available in the admin panel. The theme is based on HTML5 and CSS3 which means that it is compatible with modern mobile devices and browsers. It also has multilingual support. A simple minimization button can showcase your background image and hide content.


Eclipse ( Download theme)

The eclipse theme from CyberChimps is the leader when it comes to drag-and-drop and perfect responsiveness. It has many drag and drop elements like feature slider, post or page content and portfolios. There are many other additional options too which include different layouts and sidebars to customize the each and every aspect of your website according to your actual desires. This offers a high degree of customization and is a polished theme. But since it offers a high degree of customization options, it could appear at first a bit difficult for those who are not that tech-savvy.


Spun ( Download theme)

This is a theme that is quite different from other best wordpress themes and has an emphasis on featured images which represent your posts. The layout is responsive which still keeps the design as distinctive irrespective of whether you see it on a desktop, smartphone or an iPad. Many sections like footer withe widgets and additional information remain grayed out and become active only when the mouse is hovered over them which makes the content pop in an eye catching fashion.


Fizz ( Download theme)

There are not  a lot of things to say about Fizz but it is not a thing that should set you off at all. This is a theme that is a gorgeous creation by Site5 and offers just about sufficient features for the beginners and wordpress experts alike. This theme has widget support, two page layouts and threaded comments and featured posts with vertical sliding features and there are 8 built-in color themes (blue, brown, black, red, green, white and pink). This theme also supports Google Web Fonts and custom typography. It also has stats codes and out of the bx pagination but the simple to use admin panel makes using all of these features really easy.


Boldr Lite ( Download theme)

The lite version of Boldr does not as many features as those available in the pro version of the theme but it still has enough customization tools and settings which are based on Icefit framework. The unique layout builder offers many layout schemes with a rich selection of more than 600 fonts and unlimited number of sidebars. There are many shortcodes which can be used with the visual content editor. Just like most of the recommended themes, this one is also responsive which means best viewing without any effect due to change of screen size.


Pinboard ( Download theme)

It can be clearly said that Pinboard theme was designed keeping in view the multimedia content because it offers so many layout options and custom designs. The theme is based on a very flexible and advanced  grid system which easily adapts to screen size. Custom portfolio sections and landing pages are a plus in this theme. The users can also change post formats, thumbnails, embed video or audio which they can feature alongside normal design elements and text. The theme has excellent speed times and is easy to quickly navigate. It is an ideal theme with advanced customization options which are easy even for novice users.