Top 5 Wordpress Themes

Saturday, April 25, 2020
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WordPress is the most popular website builder around. For most people looking to build a website, they won’t get far without WordPress entering the conversation. This article will look at one of the foundations of the WordPress platform - themes. Below, we will cover some of the top themes available. Read on to find out which one suits your needs the best.

What are WordPress Themes?

Within Wordpress, a theme is the styling and layout of your website. A theme is composed of multiple templates and stylesheets, each of them outlining how your website looks.

The beauty of WordPress, because it’s an open source platform, it has input from a worldwide community. From the community, there are thousands of themes to choose from. They can each be changed, managed, and included on your site through the admin section of your dashboard. Simply go to Appearance and then Themes to see what is on offer.

There are both free themes and ones that have to be brought to use. Every theme has a unique combination of features, layout and design. You need to find one that matches the functionality needs of your website as well as looking in a way that you like. Some themes are specifically built for different purposes, such as a blog or portfolio site.

Each theme can be customised, to make it match your requirements even more. This can be done in a couple of different ways, the first is by adding plugins. These are packages of code that can be installed onto your site which give it a particular function, for instance letting you optimise pages for SEO.

Another way to adapt a theme is by adding bespoke code within the functions.php file. The third way a theme can be updated is to create a child theme, this means the original theme remains unedited and can always be reverted back to if needed.

Alongside images and javascript files, there are usually three parts of a WordPress theme. The first is the style.css file, the second is the WordPress template files, and the third is an optional functions.php file - this allows changes to be made to the theme. Each theme will have a unique style.css file, this is the code that tells web browsers how the website should look when loading it.

The Top 5 WordPress Themes

There are more than 10,000 WordPress themes to choose from. For anyone building a site, whether a beginner or expert, that’s a lot of options to filter through. It also makes it difficult to find the best one for your needs. To help with this, we’ve put together a short list of the top 5 WordPress themes available. They are a combination of paid and free options.

Divi


Divi is a very popular choice of theme and one of the most widely used. Using Divi gives your  website a drag and drop functionality as well, this lets you create whatever layout you’d like. However, if you’d prefer, there are pre-made designs which can be selected.


Spencer

If you’re looking for a theme that offers a stylish, modern aesthetic, Spencer can be used on a variety of different business websites and blogs. The homepage can be built simply by dragging and dropping widgets and multiple page templates are available.

Astra


Astra is one of the most frequently used WordPress themes. It has a fast load time and can be applied onto websites of multiple different functions. There is a free version that includes all the features a basic website could need to get started. Then, if there are additional needs, purchasing Astra Pro will give a variety of options to enhance your site.

Ultra


Ultra has been created by the team at Themify. Utilising the drag and drop builder that’s included, you can create a very versatile and powerful site. There are a number of predefined layouts to choose from or you can start from the ground up.


Parallax


Parallax makes use of one of the most popular new website design features of the last few years - parallax scrolling. It creates a modern look that is extremely engaging. The theme also comes with a page builder, portfolio section and multiple layout options.

There are so many WordPress themes to choose from, it can sometimes feel a bit daunting when trying to find the right one for your website. When deciding on what’s best, you need to understand how you want your site to look, what functionality it must have, and how much you are willing to pay for it. Understanding this will help narrow down your search.