My Favorite WordPress Theme Shops for 2014


Sinoun Chea

I love WordPressDo you like my cheesy heart for WordPress? I can’t help it. I’ve been an avid WordPress user for over 5 years now and it was love at first site in the very beginning. Well my love for WordPress is still going strong and I would not be where I am if it weren’t for this brilliant software. Through the years of WordPress, I have really learned a lot and I refuse to stop continuing to learn. One of my biggest passions is sharing what I’ve learned to WordPress beginners. I love contributing to the world where I can make their life easier and more fun. By showing people the beauty of WordPress, I’m doing just that. Below you will find the best WordPress marketplaces and shops that I have had experiences with. Premium themes atfre usually the way to go if you want a well built WordPress website.

How do I find a good theme?
A good theme is responsive, widgetized, and valid code. A good theme also has browser compatibility, good support, and gets updated when needed. Many marketplaces with many different sellers like ThemeForest and Mojo Themes will have ratings from other people who have purchased the theme. I always pay attention to the ratings. From my experience, they are about 95% accurate.

Here are companies that sell and develop themes that I absolutely trust and feel comfortable sharing with you!

Genesis Framework for WordPressStudioPress
I’ve used many of their themes (sometimes multiple times) from StudioPress. These guys are the most trusted WordPress developers in the community and rightfully so. Their themes are incredibly well built and powerful, and backed by a great support team and community. I even wrote a post on why I love the Genesis Framework, which is what you will use when you choose their themes. Their themes may be slightly on the pricey side, but it’s especially worth it if you are a developer or if you need to make multiple sites. You can buy the themes individually so don’t let the developer price scare you! I bought the developer membership a few years ago and it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made. The themes are so flexible and easy to use. Their support is also top-notch!

This is a marketplace where you can choose a theme from many talented developers and designers. Because of the variety offered, I have purchased more themes here than anywhere else! I love Envato, which are the creators of ThemeForest because not only do they offer a crazy awesome shop of themes, but you can buy stock photos, plugins, graphics, audio, video files, and more! Themeforest provides a wide range of choices of beautifully designed themes at very reasonable and affordable prices. Tip: make sure to choose a theme with a high rating. If you do, you will most likely get a well developed theme with good support.

handcrafted-chalkCreative Market
One of my new favorite shops not just for themes, but also for graphics, photos, sexy fonts, and add-ons. Just like Themeforest, it is marketplace with different sellers. You’ll find the styles and designs in this shop exceptionally crafty and creative enough for today’s hipster. Sometimes I wish I had time to work on more projects just so I can use some of the beautiful offerings in this site! Highly recommended as a one-stop shop for everything you need on your next web project or small business venture.

Elegant Themes
Another reputable and highly praised source for premium WordPress themes. It is not a marketplace so you’re only getting high-quality themes that are made by Nick Roach and his team. I’ve been a member for a few years now, and I feel like I’m stealing from this guy. Of course I’m not, but at $69 a year with access to a HUGE range of wonderful themes (over 80 of them), you would feel like you’re stealing, too. I’ve watched this company blow up and grow into a very successful company. They have earned every penny! I’ve only had great experiences from this company. They guarantee you’ll be 100% satisfied or they’ll give you your money back! You really have nothing to lose here.

Mojo ThemesMojo Themes
Another popular theme marketplace that has a ton of themes from different developers. You’ll find quality themes from talented designers with fantastic customer support. Just like Themeforest, you’ll find plenty of themes to choose from for other platforms other than WordPress as well. If you’re like me and you like options, you’ll love this shop. Definitely worth checking out!

Organic Themes
Here, you’ll find a handful of beautifully made themes by a trusted resource that has been around for awhile now. The designs are fresh, modern, and mobile friendly.

You get helpful support and regular updates for the themes. I’ve had great experiences with this company and I highly recommend them.

What are some of your favorite shops? Let me know where you like to find themes!

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