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20 High Quality WordPress Themes for Web Designers and Their Clients in 2016

Posted on March 9, 2016 by in Resources | 72 comments

20 High Quality WordPress Themes for Web Designers and Their Clients in 2016

There are thousands of WordPress themes available for pretty much any kind of website. So many in fact, that sorting through all of them to find the perfect one for yourself or your clients becomes nearly impossible. This leads designers to end up picking the most popular ones on occasion just to save time.

Sometimes these themes may offer exactly what you’re looking for and sometimes you’ll have to look beyond the big names in order to find a hidden gem. This could mean checking out recently published themes, which could offer you unexpected advantages such as more dedicated support or lower prices.

In order to make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best designed themes from the last few years (and some even younger) for you to build beautiful websites with. Let’s start with some heavy hitters before moving onto some up-and-comers.

1. Divi (Multipurpose)

A screenshot of the Divi theme.

If you’re not quite sure where to start looking, you should check out Divi. Our own multipurpose theme includes several advanced features such as a unique drag-and-drop page builder, is fully responsive, comes with premium support, and 18 premade layouts.

All of Divi’s premade layouts and building blocks were designed following best practices, look elegant and are highly engaging. The theme is well-suited for sites ranging from simple blogs, to portfolios, e-commerce sites, creative galleries, and pretty much anything else you can think of.


  • Divi drag-and-drop builder.
  • Fully responsive ready.
  • 18 premade layouts.
  • Advanced design customization options.
  • Multiple headers options right out of the box.
  • Fully translated into over 32 languages.

2. Avada (Multipurpose)

A screenshot of the Avada theme.

Avada bills itself as the number one selling WordPress theme of all time and takes pride in including such intuitive design tools that coding knowledge isn’t necessary to set up a website using their product.

From a design standpoint, Avada is incredibly flexible. It offers in-depth customization options for all its components such as various header and menu options, customizable content layouts, over ten custom widgets, and more than 40 shortcodes with hundreds of options between them.

Their premade layouts are modern looking, with an emphasis on clean lines, good use of whitespace and great use of color. It’s perfect for portfolios and blogs.


  • Fusion drag-and-drop builder.
  • Support for WooCommerce integration.
  • In-depth design customization options.
  • Fully responsive right out of the box.
  • Includes multiple premium sliders with the purchase of the main theme.
  • Optimized for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) following best practices.

3. X (Multipurpose)

A screenshot of the X theme.

X offers its users four different design styles within their premade demos, Integrity, Renew, Icon, and Ethos. The developers refer to each of these as a Stack, and combined, they offer 32 designs ready for you to choose from and use right away.

On top of that, the theme also offers something called Expanded Demos, which are simply put, fully made websites for several specific niches which can be easily customized and be ready to go live incredibly quickly.


  • Offers several designs styles for users to choose from.
  • Includes its own set of extensions, which are essentially plugins within the theme itself for specific features.
  • Comes with Photoshop Document (PSD) files for designers.
  • It’s optimized for SEO following the latest best practices.

4. Enfold (Multipurpose)

A screenshot of the Enfold theme.

Enfold prides itself on being the most user-friendly WordPress theme ever made (in their own words). They offer multiple demos or premade layouts which are designed for miscellaneous use cases. If you’re looking to set up a good-looking WordPress site quickly, this could be right up your alley.

Some use cases are pretty generic, but there are several niche-specific designs such as for photography portfolio sites, or for restaurants. The design here is very elegant and upscale-looking, with bold fonts, and subtle contrasts.


  • Good choice if you’re looking to set up a site in a short amount of time.
  • All layouts are fully responsive.
  • Dedicated support team.
  • Powerful customization options included in the admin panel.
  • Has fantastic documentation including video tutorials.

5. Soledad (Blogs and Magazines)

A screenshot of the Soledad theme.

Soledad is a great theme for blogs and magazines, which offers a surprising amount of customization options. If you want to see it in action, they’ve gone above and beyond by offering a demo page which features over 250 layout combinations to show you how much can be accomplished with the theme.

Since it’s mainly a blog and magazine theme, the design here is focused on clean layouts, good use of whitespace and an emphasis on thumbnails, featured images, and titles.


  • Over 250 customization options and an instant preview feature.
  • Multiple slider combinations.
  • Three sidebars and five article layouts.
  • Six different portfolio styles.

6. Impreza (Multipurpose)

A screenshot of the Impreza theme.

Impreza is a flexible theme with a team who’s made an emphasis on every element of web design. Every placement, color, and animation included in their layouts were carefully chosen and they all look stunning.

Although this theme could work for all kinds of websites, it’s especially well suited for creative agencies, portfolios, blogs, and landing pages.


  • Ready for integration with WooCommerce and other popular plugins such as WPML, Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7, and bbPress.
  • One-click demo imports.
  • Drag-and-drop page builder.
  • Designed with best usability practices in mind.
  • Makes great use of CSS3 animations.

7. KLEO (Multipurpose)

A screenshot of the Kleo theme.

Although KLEO is a multipurpose theme, we’ve got to put emphasis on its outstanding support for community-based websites and tools like BuddyPress and bbPress. As far as design goes, it’s got a very clean and simple look which is perfectly suited for business, corporate, and learning websites.


  • Intuitive admin panel optimized for faster previews.
  • Comes with the Sensei plugin for designing online courses.
  • Supports AJAX live notifications.
  • Includes support for Facebook login right out of the box.

8. The Voux (Magazines)

A screenshot of the Voux theme.

The name itself, Voux, sounds like a fashion magazine, which is exactly what this theme is going for. It’s stylish but clean looking and perfect for magazine sites with a heavy emphasis on gorgeous imagery.


  • Infinite scrolling so that your visitors will remain immersed in the visual experience.
  • User-friendly headers with customizable menus.
  • Easy to navigate full screen galleries.
  • Includes custom Sidekick tutorials.

9. Legenda (Multipurpose)

A screenshot of the Legenda theme.

Legenda is a flexible theme with pre-designed layouts for over 11 business niches ranging from restaurants to e-commerce sites and even a couple of surprising choices, such as toy and car stores. It’s designed so that users may be able to set up these layouts with a single click.

The included layouts are very modern and efficient, with in-depth customization but little frills. Perfect for clients who want a serious look and feel for their websites.


  • Almost a dozen premade layouts available with a single-click installation option.
  • Includes over 50 PSD files for all kinds of subpages, which can be easily edited.
  • Bootstrap based design makes for perfectly responsive sites.

10. CitiLights (Real Estate)

A screenshot of the Citilights theme.

Now for a truly unique niche theme, CitiLights was custom built for real estate websites. To this effect, it enables agents to create their own profiles and list properties under them using an intuitive dashboard. Properties are shown using simple sliders, with an easy to peruse list of features and a great search function.

As far as design goes this theme is all about usability and a clean, uncluttered look, which makes it great for clients to look through.


  • Fully responsive theme.
  • Designed with usability in mind.
  • Advanced search functions including Google Maps integration.

11. Redwood (Blogs)

A screenshot of the Redwood theme.

Redwood is a theme made for blogs with classic design features. It’s perfect for clients who want a simply elegant look and yet contains enough customization options to give designers a lot of room to make each site unique.


  • Multiple slider and promo boxes.
  • Five different blog layouts.
  • Enables you to include a full-width Instagram feed in the footer.

12. Oshine (Multipurpose)

A screenshot of the Oshine theme.

Oshine is a multipurpose theme with almost 20 unique layouts available. Although it’s flexible enough to fit all kinds of websites (including e-commerce), its emphasis on stunning imagery makes it especially well suited for portfolio and blog sites.


  • Custom drag-and-drop page builder.
  • Built with modern design aesthetics in mind, with an emphasis on functionality and typography.
  • Includes the Master Slider premium plugin.

13. Flow (Blogs)

A screenshot of the Flow theme.

This aptly named theme is designed to help you create blog sites, which well, flow on and on. To this effect, it includes three flow options: the classic masonry layout, a combination of vertical menus with the same masonry effect and finally a more toned-down look accompanied by a sidebar and transition animations.


  • Fully responsive and retina ready.
  • Custom-designed posts ranging from the usual blog updates to audio, video, and galleries.
  • One-click setup for demo sites.

14. Mega (Multipurpose)

A screenshot of the Mega theme.

This newly-published theme is already making some waves. It was one of January’s best sellers on ThemeForest and has accrued a lot of good reviews in the nearly two months since it was launched.

As far as design goes, Mega doesn’t break the mold with its giant sliders and abundant use of white space, but what it does, it does well. This no-nonsense theme is perfect for sites without too many frills.


  • Custom page builder with an intuitive interface.
  • Includes over 29 design elements with hundreds of combined options.
  • Optimized for fast loading speeds and keeping up with the latest SEO best practices.

15. Pitch (Freelancers and Agencies)

A screenshot of the Pitch theme.

Pitch is a theme built with freelancers in mind. Not only is it perfect for portfolio websites, but it also includes some great case study templates, making it easy to guide customers through your creative process and woo them into hiring you for their future projects.


  • Highly customizable design options.
  • Intuitive admin panel.
  • Comes with support for SVG graphics and SVG line drawing animations using the Select Slider.

16. Kalium (Creative Professionals)

A screenshot of the Kalium theme.

Kalium is a simple to use theme built with creative professionals in mind. It’s especially great for portfolio or showcase sites, as well as blogs and it’s got plenty of layout designs to make your life easier, on top of an intuitive builder.


  • Custom drag-and-drop builder.
  • Includes custom Sidekick tutorials.
  • Eight unique demos which can be set up in a matter of minutes.

17. Kedavra (Multipurpose)

A screenshot of the Kedavra theme.

Sadly, no, this isn’t a theme for Harry Potter websites. Kedavra was designed with professional websites in mind, using very clean and easy to navigate layouts as well as great menus.


  • Comes integrated with the SiteOrigin Page Builder module.
  • Optimized live preview for easier customization.
  • Includes over 600 Google Fonts.
  • Thorough documentation to make your life easier.

18. Bloc (Minimalistic Portfolios)

A screenshot of the Bloc theme.

Bloc takes inspiration from minimalistic Swiss design, so if you’re looking to stand out among other portfolio sites, look no further. It’s also fully compatible with WooCommerce, so if a client wants to set up a minimalistic store, you know just where to look.


  • In-depth customization options.
  • Intuitive admin interface.
  • Drag-and-drop galleries.
  • Comes with over 900 gorgeous icons to customize your posts.

19. Notio (Portfolios and E-commerce)

A screenshot of the Notio theme.

We already covered the minimalistic, so why not take a look at something on the other end of the spectrum for the most eclectic among you? Notio doesn’t feature a gigantic amount of demos like many other themes. Instead, they’ve opted for ten wildly diverse showcases which feature unique designs and animations designed to work across all devices.


  • On top of its ten portfolio layouts, it also includes eight showcase details pages which can be used for case studies.
  • Includes several animations which were designed to perform smoothly on all kinds of devices.

20. Brixton (Blogs)

A screenshot of the Brixto theme.

Brixton is all about blogging, which means it’s all about storytelling with a nice visual component to keep readers interested (that’s why we include so many shiny images!). It came in a respectable third in 2015 among all the blog themes on ThemeForest as far as sales went and it’s also garnered some great reviews during that time.

As far as design goes there’s a clear emphasis on whitespace, typography, and great use of contrast, which makes it great for readers and gives the demo pages a very authoritative look.


  • Easy to customize and built for readability.
  • SEO optimized following the latest best practices.
  • Great documentation to make your life simpler.


Finding the right theme isn’t going to solve all of your problems, but it can certainly make you life easier as a designer by providing a foundation upon which you can improve using your skills.

Through the course of this list, we’ve gone over which themes would be better suited to which kind of site depending on their needs. However, it’s up to you to find the perfect fit for your clients and provide them with a design which meets their requirements and exceeds their expectations.

Article thumbnail image by David Darko / shutterstock.com

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  1. I’m sure some of those themes are pretty good, but the only theme we provide our customers on our platform is Divi, because it’s the only theme you really need 🙂

    • Tom Ewer

      We hear you, WP Propeller! Thanks for your comment!

  2. With Divi you not need more. 🙂

  3. thanks for sharing good templates

    • Tom Ewer

      Glad you enjoyed it Naveed!

  4. outside of some CSS a lot of themes just look the same…

  5. Just a warning… “X” Theme WAS great, but I have experience HEINOUS, TIME-CONSUMING (and therefore costly) issues with their page builder Cornerstone over the last few months on at least 4 different client sites.

    Cornerstone breaks like an egg for various reasons…its very frustrating.


    • If you have 319,000 customers, why is Avada more popular with only 185,000 customers?

    • Tom Ewer

      Nice formula, Andre 😉 Thanks for your support!

  6. Using Divi for now but would really like to see Elegant Themes add the theme “Soundboard” which is specially created for the musician/band community.

    • Tom Ewer

      Well Mark, we’re obviously a little partial to Divi here, but if there are things in that particular theme you’d like to create with Divi, then you can always discuss it on our forums 🙂

  7. Thanks for the article – very familiar with many however since we started using Divi, we find it’s pretty much all that we need as well since.

    • Tom Ewer

      No problem Lori – thanks for your kind words!

  8. i wonder how Extra should be regarded?

    Extra looks like it has a really great menu, especially as far as submenus are concerned and I see that you can use the builder with this theme.

    What do you think?

    • EXTRA is a bit of a hot mes….. It looks great, but the standard DIVI modules can not go on the front page without some unofficial help that for some people has been to much of a hassle to get looking right.

    • Tom Ewer

      To each their own, Martin, but there’s no doubt we love Extra too 🙂 You can check out a live demo here!

  9. I have tried AVADA and it is a HUGE resource hog and causes sites to be extremely slow. I would stay away from it.

    That said, I wish Divi had the header options that Avada has.

  10. Everything that is based on the visual composer framework is junk. I do hate the visual composer and I think that Divi is giving it a run for its money. I’ve had clients migrate from visual composer based themes to Divi after I’ve given them a 10 minute demo in the backend and they were like “oh, that’s SO MUCH EASIER?!”.

    So a lot of themeforest’s usual suspects are a no-go for me. I’m intrigued by some of the themes you listed, so it’s a very helpful article, but I’m with most of the other folks here and prefer Divi when in doubt. 😉

    • Yes you are right, i have exactly the same experience with those builders, and i can’ t describe how happy i am that i migrated several sites to Divi!

    • You are correct! X is a great theme and has so much flexibility, but at the end of the day – clients learn Divi much easier. Even me! X is awesome its just too much stuff. Divi is user friendly AND easier for a designer to use.

  11. Slightly puzzled by complete omission of anything StudioPress/Genesis. Do you really not rate them?

    • I wonder if the omission is because the StudioPress/Genesis combo works more as a framework than a theme itself? (Though there are templates available)

      If we’re just talking about Genesis, and not it’s many templates, I would guess the themes above are much more “user friendly” from someone who wants to build quick sites for their clients.

      Huge fan of both Divi and Genesis over here so I was a little surprised at first as well.

    • I wonder if that omission is because it’s not simply a theme – I found it so complex compared to Divi and the 7-8 top ThemeForest / Visual Composer themes. I don’t think it would be fair to send readers to use Genesis, when they might assume using Genesis themes are like others. In my experience they are NOT! Such a learning curve. I backed away from Genesis because I didn’t want to get trapped or boxed into in such a platform-specific framework. I had purchased a lifetime license – but at the time I was leaving the iThemes Builder product for the same reason. I’d used it for years – but after my first experience with Avada & Enfold — I felt like a little girl skipping around at her own birthday party! SO easy to use and SO flexible! Now I mostly use & love Divi. But I think Genesis makes you work SO hard & for no gain that I could see.

  12. Although I agree with all the comments about Divi…I still think it’s great that ET took the time to write this article. It was a well-written piece that shows class, while still functioning as a subtle reminder that they are well aware of what the competition has to offer.

    • Tom Ewer

      Thanks Scott for your kind words! You can’t make improvements without knowing your competition 🙂

  13. I’m looking for a site that will allow me to upload video and audio tracks simply.

  14. Divi is the best theme ever.
    Elegant Themes is the best team with the best support.

    Some day Automattic will buy Elegant Themes, as they did with WooThemes… 😉


    • Tom Ewer

      We’re glad you enjoy Divi UNOCOMA!

  15. Avada and Enfold are great to be honest and have some great features, but Divi I would suggest is better if you know your css as it gives you the option to add your own styling and not just from a short code option box.

    • Tom Ewer

      Thanks YZ DESIGNS. We think that Divi is suitable for a wide-range of users, from beginners to experts, and we’re glad you rate it so highly!

  16. I realize this is a Divi love fest … and I too am falling more deeply in love every day. But, I have a lot of client base on The7 theme in addition to Avada and X. It seems if you are listing Avada and X, The7 would be a natural in this group.

    For us, the difference between a good theme and a great theme is flexibility. We don’t want the sites we build to look the same from project to project, but efficient workflow requires using themes we have experience with so we can truly customize for a unique design. This was the reason we built so many sites on The7.

    • The7 is great, and i believe it should be added to this list. I recently used it in one of my projects and was/am super happy with the results.

      • The7 is a great squad, are among the few that include (Visual Composer) without modifying it is nice and with DIVI are the top two issues on the market.

  17. Do not forget : the total theme from themeforest ! Great theme with the best customizer !!

  18. I love divi and want to include a link to my copywriting portfolio — any suggestions on how best to use the theme to do this or is there another Elegant theme I can use? The visual aspect is important but I also need a storytelling aspect and a place for people to be able to read the copy on my print ads as well as a way for them to play videos. .

    • Nathan B. Weller

      I’m not sure what you mean by “want to include a link to my copywriting portfolio”. This should be pretty straightforward. I think I’ll need more information as to why you have not been able to do this so far.

  19. I look for a tutorial on how to build a learning management system by using divi. Can anybody help me?

    • Nathan B. Weller

      This is actually something in the works here. I don’t have a hard timeline on it but I hope to release a thorough Divi/LMS case-study in the coming months.

      • Yes!! I would love to see this as well. Looking forward to seeing the case-study when it’s ready.

      • Do you mean that technically, it’s already possible?

        • Nathan B. Weller

          Oh yeah, it is absolutely possible. You can check out DigitalStrategySchool.com for a great example.

      • DIVI + LMS that could be an AWESOME thing!! Maybe something like Extra do, an specific layouts for LMS.
        I am not impatient to see the greatness of ET team.

    • You might look into Namaste LMS and their plugins. There should be no reason why you can’t use it with Divi for the framework of the website. I had a client where I used it to create a Learning Management System (LMS) with their pro version as the engine.. They were CLE credits for lawyers and the site needed to be approved by the State Supreme court. It was a complex site but very functional and the owner received approval.

  20. I walked away from theme forest a while back and have been using mythemeshop for quick-build websites. Anyone else using them?

  21. Yes, this was great of ET to show all these other themes, almost ALL of which are sold through Envato and are priced at $2 to $3K each if you want to actually use them for clients and/or to sell things. Really? Are all of you shelling out that kind of dough?

    Divi works great for me. Although I’m STILL trying to get answers as to how it can work with ANY theme (ET Sales Copy) and not wind up making every theme look like Divi. Why would one want to use another theme with the Divi Builder if one couldn’t get avisual twist on what is standard Divi?

    But, thanks for the look-see.

    • Nathan B. Weller

      Hey Randy, glad you’re still using and enjoying Divi!

      Just wanted to take a moment and address your “makes every theme look like Divi” concern of the builder plugin. I think we’ve had this conversation in other comment threads. I’d love to help you out with that. Or, at the very least, get a good idea of what you mean if I’ve misunderstood you in the past.

      Basically, when using the Divi Builder Plugin with other themes you’re swapping out Divi’s page templates for their page templates (and associated CSS) as well as any theme specific styles, functions, or widgets.

      Aside from those differences I’m not sure how it would even be possible for us (or anyone else) to provide a different look and feel to the DBP or it’s elements based on whatever theme someone is using it with.

      That said, the purpose of the DBP is to make design customizations easy for anyone. So it’s possible to simply alter your designs further from their default settings to achieve a “non-Divi look and feel”. Something many people in the various Divi facebook groups have focused on for their client work.

      Does this make sense? Or am I still not addressing your issue?

  22. Tried so many themes but found the flexible one.
    When you meet DIVI…..get into DIVI…..Love DIVI…..that’s it and that’s all.
    Build any theme you want and need for your clients.

    • Tom Ewer

      Thanks Aat. We’re feeling the Divi love too!

  23. Hi, I think that BeTheme from Themeforest left out from your theme list.
    Benefits of this theme is a 180+ premade layouts. I see that themes are “Trending” on Themeforest, which give a one click installable DEMO Layouts.

    I like DIVI, but direction of development are:

    1) create stunning one click importable DEMO-s for different professions (wellness, restaurant, kindergarten, dentist and other doctors…)

    2) We need more varied headers

    3) The category layout editor is very good in EXTRA, itt will be nice in DIVI too 😉

    Best regards

    • Nathan B. Weller

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Tibor! The good news is that all of those things are on our radar and in our development queue. As per usual, I can’t give you a specific development timeline but those are all things we’re planning to provide in future Divi updates 🙂

  24. I am using Avada.
    This is good wordpress theme

  25. Great collection of themes. I have been using Redwood for last few months. I really like the design and loading speed of the theme. Thanks for the awesome share.

    • Tom Ewer

      Thanks a lot for your kind words, Lakhyajyoti!

  26. Yeah im a proud user of the DiviTheme, But maybe design a Esport type theme, now that esport is becoming a big thing all around the world? 🙂

    • Nathan B. Weller

      Hey Alex! Thanks for sharing your request. I’m sure it would be possible to create a killer esport website with Divi as it currently exists. That said though, we may be able to provide some layout packs or a child theme that will make getting it up and running much quicker.

  27. Nice collection. I will use Divi for now. But for new projects i maybe switch. You always see in seconds that a website is made with Divi (Header, Navigation, Modules, Icons). Hope for completly new designs in the future. Extra is great but very special.

  28. Great looking templates, thank you for sharing.

    • Tom Ewer

      Thanks for your comments, Tom!

  29. Divi >>> ALL


  30. I myself tested DIVI & Enfold. I am very unhappy with Enfold. Not even used in single project till now. But DIVI already counting 10+. I vote for extra too. Avada is good too.

  31. Some of these are very good others are so so. Divi so far has been my go to platform since its release for these reasons:

    1. Velocity of Technical Adaptation – Responsive Design
    2. User Community Support
    3. ET’s Commitment to developers

    This team listens!

    Improving the header / logo design customization area is the only short term opportunity along with perhaps some custom menu styling options. Other than that, there has yet to be a website where I needed to do a makeover whereby I could not enhance both the aesthetics and the performance using Divi along with plugins like Monarch, Bloom & ET Theme Updater. More and more I have been installing them as a standard package along with the Child Theme Configuration.

  32. Very interesting post. Even though I almost always use Genesis (StudioPress), it’s great to keep up with some of these other interesting themes.

    I’m surprised (pleasantly) to see you publicizing themes from other outfits (not Elegant Themes). I think that’s a good thing, and you (and Elegant) deserve credit for that.

  33. I use Divi on my site. I’m loving Divi.

    • Tom Ewer

      We’re thrilled that you’re loving Divi! Thanks for your kind words!

  34. Tbh. most of above themes shouldn’t be on a list for *2016* as they are established a couple of years already.

    Great runner ups are Ronneby, TheFox,…

    However they all can’t compete with Divi in one thing: pricing.
    Divi just got the best license model of all.

  35. Hello,
    A good list of superb themes
    thanks for the post

  36. What are the system requirements for Divi?

    • Nathan B. Weller

      Hi Erik,

      I’m not sure I understand what you mean so if my answer is off just let me know.

      If you mean WordPress version, we encourage everyone to keep both WordPress and Divi up-to-date. But you don’t have to be running the latest version of WordPress for Divi to work.

      If by system you mean your computer/operating system–again, there is no requirement. Whatever allows you to access the web and use WordPress/Divi in your browser.

      Hope this helps.



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