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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.