Proven WordPress Themes

by | Feb 9, 2021 | Web Design, WordPress

WordPress themes that we approve for your next website build.

Following on from our previous blog on building a WordPress website, we look at the types of WordPress themes you can use. There are a variety of website themes that are great for different styles of websites.

We will examine the five best free WordPress themes for one-page and e-commerce websites. Additionally, we will look at three of the best paid-for theme builders used by web designers and web design teams.

5 Top One-Page Website Themes (Free)

1 – Sydney

A popular WordPress theme that has been around for a while, Sydney allows users to customise the website easily.  

This theme allows the use of Google Fonts, users to use an array of colours, easily change the layout, customise the logo, and much more. 

The Sydney theme also provides easy to use blocks to create an engaging web page.

Pros: Responsive layout, theme options, Google fonts, translation ready, social media integration.

Cons: The plugins Sydney toolbox and the page builder by Site Origin, which are added during install, do not work well with the theme.

Free WordPress Theme - Sydney

2 – Hestia

The Hestia theme provides a responsive and simple one-page design that is great for startups, small companies, and charities. This theme also features WooCommerce integration making it easy to sell products online. 

Pros: Clean and neat presentation, drag and drop editor, live editing

Cons: Text editors could be improved

3 – One Page Express

The One Page Express WordPress theme is (as its name suggests) a one-page responsive theme. Similar to other free theme’s this theme incorporates a drag and drop builder. 

Pros: Drag & drop editor, well-designed blog, customise your logo, the design looks and feels like a paid-for theme.   

Cons: Users have experienced issues when customising text elements.

4 – Freddo

A one page WordPress theme, Freddo makes it easy to create your one-page website easily. The area above the fold (what you see when the website first loads) allows the addition of text to describe a start-up, small business, or charity, along with a call to action. 

It’s easy to customise the theme and change your colours, fonts and add your logo. This theme is easy to customise, and users can easily change colors, fonts and allow a logo to be uploaded. The Freddo theme is also tablet and mobile responsive and translation ready.

Pros: Easy to customise and logo, responsive, links with Gutenburg (block editor)

Cons: Reported issues with Gutenburg support

5 – Business One Page

A clear and concise one-page theme, Business One Page provides design elements to help you design an elegant website. Additional features included a custom portfolio section and social media buttons. A website theme that is both simple and has excellent functionality too.

Pros: Clear and concise design, social media integration, custom portfolio

Cons: None reported

Recommended Paid-For Theme Builders

Theme builders are slightly different from themes as they can either utilise a WordPress theme to create a website or work within their own theme and templates to make a website build.  

1 – Divi

The Divi theme allows the creation of all types of websites within WordPress. If you are new to web design and building, Divi provides various templates to get you started. For those with a bit more experience and knowledge, the Divi theme has an easy drop and drag builder to create a great looking website with fantastic features from scratch.

Pros: Multi-purpose theme for all levels of users, great choice of templates, lots of support documentation and videos, regular updates, chat support available

Cons: Takes time to master the theme, can be too much for some users, no email support

The Divi theme costs $89 (Approx. £64) for a yearly subscription or $249 (Approx. £180.00) for a lifetime subscription.

WordPress Theme - Divi

2 – Elementor

The Elementor theme works with other WordPress themes to create a unique website. Like Divi. Elementor is a drag and drop website builder that allows a great deal of customisation to suit the user. It comes with various templates, allows custom header and footer creations, and options for website responsiveness.

Pros: Drag & drop front end editor, various templates, ease of use, good value.

Cons: Support, some common issues with 3rd party plugins.

The fee for one website is $49 per year. No lifetime subscription available. 

3 – Beaver Builder

Another paid website worth a mention is Beaver Builder. This theme is known for being user-friendly, having regular updates, being clean (which improves website speed), and good support. 

As with Divi and Elementor, Beaver Builder is an excellent front end website builder known for its reliability and design features.

Pros: Front end web builder, templates available, reliable, recommended for agencies.

Cons: Feels slow when compared with other builders, 3rd party add ons can cost extra, cost.

The fee for the pro version is $199, with 40% off renewals. No lifetime subscription available. 

4 – Astra Theme

A late edition to our recommended themes, the Astra theme has been available since May 2017. It has a free version, but you’ll see why we’ve included this theme under the paid themes.

With over 1 million installations, and boasting a 5-star rating on WordPress, the Astra theme is a lightweight theme, that not only allows users to build beautiful websites but also goes a long way to improving site speed (and with Google’s forthcoming May 2021 update) and SEO. The agency bundles provide access to over 150 templates, which can be used with other builders including Elementor, Beaver Builders, and Guttenburg.

Check out this blog from WPCity.Com comparing the Pro vs Astra Agency bundles.

Pros: Speed, great for SEO, design, 100% money back guarantee.

Cons: You need the Astra pro version to access the real features of the theme, which requires an annual subscription (from $59) or alternatively you can purchase the theme for lifetime (from $249). But it’s worth it like all paid themes, it’s worth paying the extra.

At Elev8 Web Design we use Divi for most of our web designs, we have also use the Sydney free theme as well. We find Divi builder easy to use and customise the website builds starting from scratch.

If you need any help with website design or builds feel free to contact us.

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