In my last guest post, I wrote about picking the right theme for your blog, and in this one I’m going to show you some of my favorite sites for downloading premium themes that you can use. Before jumping into my favorite premium themes directories, I also wanted to cover the differences between the different types of WordPress themes out there.
Free WordPress Themes
There are literally millions of WordPress themes out there for you to choose from, and many of them are free. The reason there are so many free themes out there is because they are mostly used for building backlinks. By this I mean you will find a link at the bottom footer of the theme that usually says something like “Theme designed by”, and it will link to their sites. Some sites will offer just about any kind of theme, even responsive themes, just to get links backs, mentions and free publicity. Either way, if you aren’t too concerned about your wordpress theme and just want to throw a free one up on your site, there are millions of them out there to choose from. Just make sure you know the important facts about free WordPress themes first.
Premium WordPress Themes
With a premium theme you are starting to get serious and are demanding the visual attention of your audience. Premium themes aren’t free, but they are usually under $100. Some of the best sites online are based off premium themes, it’s just a matter of finding the right design and feel for your site and content. Once you purchase your premium theme, you can contact a WordPress designer to customize the look and feel to make it even more original.
Custom WordPress Themes
The most expensive option, but also the best… a full custom WordPress design is what every blogger dreams of. Depending on who you go with, the pricing can heavily vary. I always wanted to make a lasting impression with my blog at ZacJohnson.com, so I always went with a custom design. The current design is made by the team at StudioPress Themes (aff), and would probably run a few thousand dollars for something similar. Depending on the complexities of your design and who you go with, you can get a custom theme for your blog for a few hundred of a few thousand dollars.
Top Sites for Premium WordPress Themes
Now it’s time to list some of my favorite sites for access to premium WordPress themes. Many of these sites offer monthly or annual memberships which allow you to access all of their themes for one low price, which is always a great option.
What’s Your Favorite Premium Themes Site?
No matter what type of niche or blog theme you decide to go with, don’t forget that the real value lies in the quality of your blog content. As long as you are providing a valuable experience to your readers and blogging on a consistent basis, they will keep coming back for more as you build up your blog and brand for many years to come.