I have wanted to do this post for a long time. There are lots of premium WordPress theme designers and I love browsing the good ones. But has anyone put together a comprehensive list of them all? I have seen some short lists, but nothing that covers everyone. This is the beginning of what I hope will be an all-inclusive list of premium WordPress theme designers. I need your help to find other providers though. If you have a favorite, leave it as a comment below. If they’re good, I will move them up to the main section of this post.
The first place I go to look for a new theme, hence it’s place in this list. There are so many designers selling on the ThemeForest marketplace, you get a really eclectic selection of premium themes. Some are junk, but most are vetted by their editors and therefore are of very high quality. Support for these themes is up to the individual developers so read reviews and comments before buying.
A relatively new (?) player to the premium theme game, Organic Themes has done a great job developing a core of high quality themes. They are fresh (as their tagline suggests) and professional themes for multiple purposes.
I have been a member for years. So long ago, I have a much less expensive grandfathered price. These themes are not updated as frequently as others, but are very high quality and have lots of built-in features. And for some reason, they have a different “feel” than other themes. I can spot an Elegant Theme a mile away, even if I’ve never seen it before.
Besides have a very clever logo, they produce some very nice minimalist themes. GPP knows how to do WordPress themes right. These themes are great for media folks like photographers and videographers because the themes are light and fast.
A good old standby, WooThemes has been around a long time. Just check out how many themes they produce! You’ll see a new one each month consistently. They have also gone into the framework business, producing their own ecommerce framework.
These are by far the most tricked-out themes I have ever seen. When new technologies emerge for theme designers, they tend to show up in YooTheme stuff first. Just browse their themes, there are features incorporated that the other players haven’t even begun to use yet.
I am a recovering Joomla! user. Back in my J! days, I used Rockettheme consistently. They produce really high quality themes for Drupal and Joomla! A couple years back, they wised up and started created stuff for WordPress. The rest, is history.
Premise (by CopyBlogger)
A themeshop with a very specific purpose: to create a versatile landing page theme. They achieved this goal. Is it an ethical way to clutter up the interweb? Not so much. But lots of people are making lots of money with themes like this.
WPShower, although an odd name, produces some of the nicest minimalist themes I have seen in a long time. And they do so consistently and dependably. Nice, clean style.
The copyblogger theme shop, StudioPress makes some pretty good stuff. Some good real estate themes and other specific function themes come out of here. No designs are “knock-your-socks-off” good. But many are worth the price.
They’re famous for one theme which is arguably a million themes in one. The Thesis Framework was designed by DIY themes. Lots of people swear by this theme with allegedly amazing SEO. Personally I think they reached fame and fortune with an aggressive affiliate program.
Templatic specializes in specialty themes. Each one is designed with a specific purpose. This is great for real estate professionals, wiki admins and shop owners.
Simple, functional themes with nice styling. Press75 designs great themes for professional media moguls -er- producers. Photographers and artists rejoice!
Minimal themes with lifetime support. WPZoom has some really nice stuff.
Who did we miss? Either leave a comment or drop us a line with your favorite premium WordPress theme developer.