Where To Find The Best WordPress Themes

This tutorial shows you where to find many great free or premium WordPress themes for your online business, e-commerce store, website, or blog.


In a separate post, we provide a comprehensive overview of WordPress Themes.

If you haven’t yet discovered themes and what makes WordPress themes so attractive to web site owners, then go here to read the post: A Newbies’ Guide To Understanding WordPress Themes

In this article, you will learn where you can browse hundreds of free and paid themes for your WP site. You will also learn about the different types of WordPress theme resources and get tips on how to make sure that you get the right themes for your needs and avoid dealing with problems like lack of customer support and poorly-coded themes.

As explained in another post, a WordPress theme is a unique kind of web design template that is used on WordPress-driven blogs and designed specifically with the WP CMS platform in mind.

Many web designers and website development agencies create themes for WordPress. Consequently, WordPress users enjoy access to thousands of unique WP themes covering an extensive range of uses and applications.

Themes are designed for many purposes and needs.

Where To Find Responsive WordPress Themes: Your Time-Saving Guide

If you were to open up Google and search for key phrases like the following:

  • best free themes for WordPress
  • best responsive WordPress themes
  • best paid WordPress themes for churches (type in whatever your business, area of interest or website is about)

Chances are that you are going to get an overwhelming amount of junk to sort through in the search listings.

So, to help you save time and make things easier, let’s just cut through the clutter and make the process of finding great WordPress themes really simple.

WordPress.com vs WordPress.org Themes

Before we get started, you should know that WordPress offers both a hosted and a self-hosted version. We’ll cover these differences in a different article. To keep things simple, let’s just cover the topic of finding themes for the self-hosted version of WordPress (WordPress.org) in this article, as these give you more freedom, more options and more control over your site’s web design.

Free vs Paid WordPress Themes

Next, it’s important to know that typically, you’ll find both Free and Paid WP themes being made available. Free themes are generally distributed as Free Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License, or they can be listed as Premium (i.e. paid) themes.

WP Theme Marketplaces vs WordPress Theme Development Firms

There are mostly two kinds of places where themes can be found. The first is in theme marketplaces and theme directories. The second type of place are the commercial and independent WordPress theme development firms.

WordPress theme marketplaces and WordPress theme directories are large theme aggregators. WP theme developers (both commercial and independent) list their themes (both free and paid) in the marketplace or directory and buyers search for these just like they would if they were shopping for apps on an app store or software marketplace.

Some of the larger theme stores don’t just sell WordPress themes. They can also sell WordPress plugins and templates for other web applications (e.g. Joomla, Drupal, etc.)

Commercial and independent theme vendors can design both free and commercial WP themes, and can vary in size, from an individual theme designer or a small team of theme designer, to large web and theme design companies.

As you will see, most commercial or independent theme developers sell themes exclusively on their own web sites, but some will also list their themes in marketplaces and directories, or even create a free or “lite” version of their themes for free directories .

Let’s now show you where to find great WP themes for your blog.

Finding The Best Responsive Themes For Your Website Or Blog


WordPress.org - WP Themes Directory

(WordPress.org – Themes Directory)

The official WordPress.org theme directory is the biggest and best place to download free WP themes. In fact, it’s probably the only free WP theme directory you should use when looking for free WP themes. The reason for this, is because –as many free software users have learned– downloading free software, add-ons, apps, templates or themes from untrustworthy places can put your computer, digital presence … even your entire business at risk.

The WordPress theme directory is not only a trustworthy and reputable place to download themes for your website, but it also uses a review team comprised of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to review and make sure that each theme listed in the directory complies with their quality and security standards.

To browse thousands of great-looking FREE WordPress themes from the official WordPress Themes Directory, go here:


Useful Tip

Look For Free Themes Inside Your Own WP Dashboard

Useful Tip: You can easily browse through every WP theme in the WordPress.org theme directory and not only find a great theme for your website or blog, but also easily install and start using it directly from within your WordPress dashboard with only a few clicks.

Look For Free WP Themes Without Leaving Your Own WP Dashboard!

Use The Theme Filtering

WordPress has a built-in filtering function inside the dashboard area that lets you narrow down your search for themes based on criteria like Colors, Layout and Features …

Use Theme Filtering

This makes it easier to find what you are looking for. For example, you could search for themes with predominantly light color design, with a three-column layout and a full-width template, or themes that support custom menus, etc.

Note: in the post where we discuss the importance of choosing “responsive” WP themes, we explained how these allow your site to be viewed correctly across all devices (e.g. your computer, smartphone and tablet) …

Use WordPress Theme Feature Filters

It’s a good idea to use responsive themes, and the WordPress theme filtering option lets you search across its entire database of free themes …

Use The WP Theme Filters

… and bring up only themes that are “responsive” …

Use WP Theme Filters

Pros & Cons Of Using Free Themes

The obvious “pro” to using free themes is that there is no cost to download and use the theme. An added plus, is that many free themes are professionally designed and offer a number of customizable features, giving you great flexibility and choice in how you configure all of its various layout elements.

The ”cons” to using free themes are that your themes may not get updated as often with new features and bug fixes, and you shouldn’t expect the developer to provide dedicated support, especially if they are not getting paid. Most freely distributed themes ask for donations to help cover costs of providing support and updates, bug fixes, etc..

When downloading free themes, therefore, check to see when the theme was last updated. If it’s been well over one year since any change was made, then we advise you to think twice about using it, as the WordPress software changes quite often and these changes can result in conflicts and errors with older code.

If you’re just getting started and your website or blog is still quite new, it’s a good idea to start with a free theme until you have a better idea of the kind of site design that would work best for your site before spending any money on premium themes or even on custom web design. Who knows, the theme you downloaded for free could be exactly what works for your site and helps to convert your site visitors into customers.

Now that we’ve seen how to find free WordPress themes in the WordPress.org theme directory and how to narrow down your search for themes that meet your specific criteria, it’s time to turn our attention to premium WordPress themes.

Premium Themes

If you are looking for themes with stunning web design, or professional quality yet highly affordable WordPress web design themes with a distinctive look, unique customizable options and ongoing support, then search through the WordPress theme galleries of the “Premium” theme design agencies listed below:

Theme Directories



ThemeForest is one of the biggest and best-known theme marketplaces online.

ThemeForest allows many professional WordPress theme developers to showcase their designs through their online marketplace. There are well over 17,000 premium themes to choose from (some starting from as little as $3) …

ThemeForest - Premium WordPress Themes

(click on the above images to see more ThemeForest themes)

If you visit the ThemeForest theme directory, you will be able to browse for specific themes in various categories, such as:

  • Blog/Magazine – themes for personal blogs and administration sites, etc.
  • Corporate – themes suitable for corporate sites or advertising purposes.
  • Creative – themes suitable for creative work, cv and resume writing, etc.
  • Directory Listings – themes that suit sites about travel, classifieds, community resources, etc.
  • eCommerce – themes for online shopping, membership sites, etc.
  • Education – themes that suit sites related to teaching, etc.
  • Entertainment – themes for entertainment blogs, restaurants, etc.
  • Mobile – e.g. responsive themes.
  • NonProfit – themes for nonprofit organizations, charities, etc.
  • Real Estate – themes for real estate and real estate listings (e.g. home sales, etc.)
  • Retail – themes for shops, trades or professionals (plumbers, medical practitioners, etc.)
  • Technology – themes related to hosting, affiliate marketing, seo, product reviews, direct sales, etc.
  • Wedding – e.g. themes for wedding sites and marriage celebrant blogs
  • Miscellaneous – themes suitable for topics related to activism, green living sites or blogs … even themes you can use if your site is still under-construction!

Useful Tip

When you purchase WordPress themes from ThemeForest, you will receive email notifications when a new update is available for your theme …

ThemeForest emails you theme update notifications

(ThemeForest sends you theme update notifications)

Browse thousands of great premium themes in the ThemeForest directory here:

Creative Market

Creative Market - WordPress Theme Marketplace

(click on the images above to view all themes on Creative Market)

Creative Market is another leading WordPress theme marketplace where you can browse thousands of quality premium WP themes from independent theme creators.

As stated on their website …

“Creative Market is a platform for handcrafted, mousemade design content from independent creatives around the world.”

Creative Market doesn’t just sell WordPress themes in its marketplace, but you can easily go through all of their WP themes and narrow your search using theme categories (e.g. Portfolio or Wedding themes, etc.) from their dropdown “Themes” menu …

Creative Market theme directory

Browse through hundreds of great WordPress themes crafted by independent WP theme developers in the Creative Market theme directory here:

Mojo Themes

Mojo Themes - WP Themes Marketplace

(click on the images above to see more themes at Mojo.com)

Mojo is a directory for premium-quality WP themes where theme vendors are strongly encouraged to provide customers with lifetime support and upgrades.

According to their website …

“Mojo is a marketplace where anyone can find, rate and buy quality themes & templates in one trusted place.”

Like Envato and Creative Market, Mojo doesn’t focus exclusively on WP themes, but you can easily go through all of their themes for WordPress and search through their theme categories from the site’s dropdown “WordPress Themes” menu …

Mojo theme marketplace

Visit the site to find quality premium themes in the Mojo directory here:

Now that we have looked at WordPress theme marketplaces, let’s look at commercial WP theme development firms.

Commercial And Independent WordPress Theme Vendors


SoloStream provides WordPress users with a great selection of high quality WordPress themes and the option of accessing all themes through a WordPress theme membership.

Solostream Themes For WP

(click on above images to browse all SoloStream themes)

Woo Themes

Woo Themes creates stunning themes for WordPress that are very popular and highly sought after by website users and offer a membership option that allows members access to their entire theme portfolio.

WooThemes - WordPress Themes

(click on the images above to see all WooThemes themes)


StoreFront creates beautiful e-commerce themes for WordPress. StoreFront themes also integrate well with some of the most powerful e-commerce platforms and plugins available.

StoreFront Premium WordPress Themes

(click on the above images to view all StoreFront themes)


StudioPress provides WordPress themes based on a framework (called the “Genesis” framework) that allows users to quickly and easily build a professional and search optimized WordPress website, and provides an auto-updating design architecture, turn-key designs with beautiful frames for your content and unprecedented control of the framework.

Many website developers like the Genesis framework not only because it’s well-coded and well-supported (the development team at StudioPress keeps the framework frequently up-to-date to reflect best practices for coding and to ensure that themes are always compatible with the latest version of WordPress, but because you can update themes built using the Genesis framework without losing any customizations you have made to your theme.

This is because StudioPress themes use something called “child themes,” which are like a paint job that sits on top of the framework and gives your site its unique look and feel.

If this sounds way too technical, don’t worry about it. StudioPress themes are easy to work with, just like all other WordPress themes. The great thing about choosing themes from StudioPress is that you pay just one low price to receive unlimited support and updates, and you can install your themes on unlimited domains.

For more details, click here: StudioPress.

StudioPress Themes For WordPress

(click on the images above to see more StudioPress themes)

Theme-Checking Tools

Here are a few more useful WP theme-related tools worth knowing about:

What WP Theme Is That WP Theme Checker

What WordPress Theme Is That?

What WordPress Theme Is That is a free WordPress theme and plugin search tool that lets you easily detect what WP theme and plugins a website or blog uses (including parent and child WordPress themes).

This is a great resource if you have come across a WordPress site that you like and would like to know what WP theme the site uses.

Useful Tip

Tip: If you don’t know whether a site runs on WordPress or not, we have posted a a great tutorial that shows you how to tell if a website uses WordPress: The Easy Way To Tell If Your Website Was Built Using WordPress Software

Using this tool is very simple. Just enter the site’s domain name into the field and click the search icon or hit “Enter.” The tool will then not only confirm whether or not the site has been built using WordPress, but it will also list the WordPress theme being used and list any plugins detected.

Theme Authenticity Checker (TAC)


We suggested this before and it’s worth repeating again: When choosing FREE themes for your WordPress site, we highly recommend sticking with the reviewed and approved WordPress themes listed in the official WordPress theme directory.

A method that is commonly used by many hacking groups and syndicates that engage in cyber-crime is to put up websites offering “Free” themes for WordPress all over the web and distribute modified themes and plugins that contain malicious code. In fact, some of these sites even display on Google for search phrases like “free WordPress themes“, “best free themes for WordPress”” etc. It’s safer, therefore, to only download free WordPress themes from the official WordPress.org repository, or use established and trusted sites.

If you have any concerns about whether a WordPress theme installed on your site could be infected with potentially malicious or unwanted code, use a free WordPress plugin like Theme Authenticity Checker (TAC) to scan your theme files. The plugin searches the source files of every installed theme on your site for signs of suspicious code and outputs a report …

Theme Authenticity Checker (TAC) - WP Plugin

(TAC Report Page – Screenshot Source: WordPress.org Plugin)

I hope that you have found this information useful.


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