This post was originally published on my old site “The Blue Jeans VA” in February of 2011. But a lot has changed! It was time for an update.
Here in Part 3 we cover my favorite – Premium Themes.
A Premium Theme is one where you pay for a theme that has been thoroughly tested and usually comes with great support not only from the developer but from the community that has been built around it. When I have a question, many times I can search the support forum and find an answer without needing to post a question. Looking for inspiration on the options and things you could do with the theme? The community is the place to check in with.
My favorite theme companies are:
StudioPress – http://StudioPress.com*
iThemes – http://iThemes.com
There are more great companies out there, but I have not worked with them as much. They have solid reputations and have a loyal fan base as well, such as:
Woo Themes – http://WooThemes.com
Thesis Themes – http://DIYThemes.com
While Thesis is a great theme, with a ton of capability, I have a hard time recommending this theme those who are new to WordPress. Yes it has a ton of customization right out of the box, as long as you don’t mind your website looking like a ton of others out there also using Thesis. There are very few times I land on a website using Thesis and NOT know it is a Thesis theme.
It works extremely well, it is a very solid theme, comes at a great price and has loyal community support. For me, I want my websites to look a little different and not have the Thesis look and feel. To get that custom look means getting comfortable with the back end of your website and not everyone has the time or desire to take that extra step.
Here is a new one that I have been hearing tons about and I just picked up one for myself to play with and use on an upcoming membership site that I hope to be launching in the next month or two.
Optimize Press – http://OptimizePress
This is a full featured theme that offers you the ability to do sales pages, video sales pages, membership sites, launch funnels, squeeze pages and more. I’m going to be starting the tutorials soon and can give you a better report later. The demos I have seen and the feedback I have heard from others is very positive.
When it comes to a WordPress theme, I am a firm believer in, “You get what you pay for”. That doesn’t mean you need to spend $100s of dollars on a theme, most of the themes I use from the links above range in price from $70 – $97. That is a great investment in your website and web presence. For the price you get a quality, well built WordPress theme that is easily customized, built for SEO and has a community of support in place so if you do have a question, you have a place to get an answer.
I hope this gives you some food for thought and ideas on where to go to check out the resources that can help you and your business.