Premium WordPress Theme for Blogs: Where to buy them
So, you’re looking for a nice WordPress theme to go with your blog? Well then, I’m glad you’ve found this.
As always, I would’ve loved to have found a post like this when researching blog templates – what can I say? I’m just doing my bit, you guys. And, you know, good karma. Just saying. However, a lot of the articles I found featured a lot of ugly themes. I had to press the back button almost immediately on every single one. It’s a shame, really.
Nevertheless, I did manage to find some places that supply some premium WordPress templates (disclaimer: I’ve only bought a WordPress theme from one of these suppliers. Therefore, you’ll have to do your own research beforehand to find out whether these sources are reliable – Trustpilot is a good place to go for this. I’m just here to point you in a few directions.) FYI, I’ve included templates that you must buy to use and also some free templates at the bottom of this list. You’re welcome. ;D
Just something to consider beforehand: if you want to end up monetising your blog and having a more professional WordPress theme right off the bat, I would purchase a template. They come with more features and look more sophisticated. However, if you’re just blogging as a hobby, or you’re not looking to monetise just yet and want to start off slow, then I would go with a free template as there are plenty of good ones.
With that said, here are my suggestions:
Templates that must be bought –
Themeforest. This was one of the first suggestions that came up when I typed in ‘buy WordPress templates.’ It looked to have a lot on there that you could choose from, but despite the high score on TrustPilot, it received a whole first page full of one-star reviews, which made me nervous. For this reason, I gave the provider a skip. Although, it’s still worth taking a look!
Gattoweb. This site mainly provides custom website/blog design services, however, they also have premade blog templates that are cheaper (costing around £20-£30). Don’t let the cheaper price tag fool you, though! Their themes are very professional and they all have a clean and consistent look to them.
They don’t currently have any reviews on TrustPilot, however, I found them by clicking on an established Instagram blogger’s link, which was in her bio. From that, I’d gathered they aren’t a dodgy company, but if you’re unsure it’s always best to do your own research. Also, I don’t want to be the cause of you getting scammed in any way, so please be careful with where you go to buy!
Kotryna Bass. Another website with no Trustpilot reviews. However, their WordPress and Blogger themes are also beautiful and very professional in their appearance. I would say they’re more premium-looking that Gattoweb’s, and they have more features available, but that’s just my opinion. I also found this website through clicking onto an established Instagram blogger’s site. Again, make sure to do your research before making a purchase!
Etsy. There are literally hundreds of Etsy shops that sell beautiful WordPress/Blogger templates! Most of them I came across were so clean looking and had loads of cool features, such as being mobile responsive. Also, a lot of the shops had plenty of reviews to help you make your decision, which was nice to see. One thing that annoyed me though was that there were thousands of cheap designs (from as little as £10!) that were specifically designed for the Blogger platform, as opposed to WordPress. The themes designed for WordPress were significantly more expensive. Nevertheless, I would recommend you seeing if they have anything that you like.
Also, if you’re stuck on where to look, ‘17TH Avenue Designs’ is a more established Esty shop with over a thousand reviews; they’ve already sold thousands of templates. They sell both WordPress and Blogger themes for around £30-£60, and they’re really, really well-designed.
(NOTE: Although WordPress.com is linked, this is just to show you the site that’s used to host free blogs. WordPress.org is the platform used for themes that you purchase and implement on your own blog, NOT WordPress.com! For more information on the difference between the two, click here).
Pipdig. You know when I said that I’ve only purchased from one of these sources? Pipdig is it. I’ve seen a lot of bigger and smaller bloggers use Pipdig to source their blog templates. They provide themes for both WordPress and Blogger, and they’re by far the most professionally-designed that I’ve come across! Although they’re a little bit more expensive (around £40-£50) they’re well worth it. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I had no problems with making the purchase and installation. Also, they give you an instruction manual along with your theme, which tells you how to download and set up all the features that are included.
Self-hosted sites. A lot of the bigger hosting sites, such as Godaddy.com, allow you to build your own website/blog through either a WordPress.org or Blogger website builder. These website builders also include some free website and blog templates that you can use. So, if you’re on a tight budget then it’s worth having a look. They’re not actually that bad – I used a WordPress theme that was on the website builder via Godaddy, at first. It wasn’t as good as my current theme by a long shot, but it also wasn’t an eye-sore. (Note: Although the templates are free, you still have to pay for web hosting from these providers).
WordPress.com. If you want to start out on a free website, rather than a self-hosted one, WordPress.com has some nice free themes to use that are professional enough, and aren’t too simplistic. I used a few of them on my earlier blogs, and they’re easily customisable so you can get them to look how you want them to. This is the cheapest option available, as there is absolutely no cost at all to sign up and use them!
As a side note, if you want to know how to start a blog in depth, as well as the pros and cons to self-hosting vs having a free blog, click here.
Knowing whether or not you want to go self-hosted will really help you to decide where you want to buy your template from, as you can’t use a premium template with WordPress.com!
Those are my options for finding a premium WordPress theme. It’s up to you on where you go. There are plenty of other options out there that are just as good!
If you have any more resources, it would be appreciated if you could comment them below for everyone else to have a look at.
Thanks for reading! If you found this helpful, please share. It would mean a lot to me. Also, if you have one, what’s your favourite WordPress theme? Let me know!
Until next time,
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