9 Best WordPress Themes for a Client on a Budget

Posted on November 7, 2015 by in Resources | 34 comments

9 Best WordPress Themes for a Client on a Budget

With so many WordPress themes on offer, narrowing down the one that will give your client the most bang for their buck can be a challenge.

With versatility, functionality, and cost in mind we’ve assembled a list of the best WordPress themes available which provide high-quality design and affordability within a single purchase.

In this article we’ll discuss some multi-purpose, versatile designs and e-commerce WordPress themes that can work great for any type of project and are jampacked with tons of features.

Read on to learn about some awesome themes that will stretch your client’s dollar to the max!

Multi-Purpose WordPress Themes

Multi-purpose themes can be used for any project and offer flexibility in design so you can create a website to suit any industry. Whether your client works in the music industry, owns a bike shop or runs a technology firm, a multi-purpose WordPress theme will help you create a stunning website that your client will be proud to own.

1.  Startuply

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Overview

Startuply is a multi-purpose startup theme built with Bootstrap 3.1.1 which allows you to build a one-page website for any business in just one click and customize from there. Choose from trendy, ready-to-go demo content to put together a website in minutes, and make content customizations with the popular built-in Visual Composer drag-and-drop page builder.

Extras include plugins Visual Composer ($30 value), Slider Revolution ($19 value), Templatera ($12 value), and CSS Animator ($15 value).

Choose from stylish, pre-built pages and demo content with 3 coming soon pages, 5 fast signup pages, 3 lead generation pages, and 2 member registration pages. Check out Startuply’s 6 demo sites here.

Features

Pricing

Startuply is $49 with service packages ranging from $10 per month to $99 per month that include weekly and daily backups.

2.  Divi

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Overview

Your search is over – you’ve found the best theme on this list. We would say that since we made Divi, but it’s true 😉

Divi is a modern and stylish theme that has pre-built templates and a drag-and-drop page builder for quick assembly of any kind of website imaginable. Whether you’re needing to create a web store or a portfolio blog, you can acheive this with Divi very quickly.

Choose from 20 pre-built layouts including splash pages, corporate pages, landing pages, a coming soon page, 2 gallery layouts, 4 project page layouts, and much more. You can check out Divi’s 6 demo sites here.

Features

  • Responsive.
  • Advanced drag and drop page builder.
  • 40 content modules.
  • Stylish pre-built layouts.
  • Customizable modules.
  • Custom CSS and advanced design modules.
  • Translation ready.
  • WooCommerce compatible.

Pricing

Divi can be purchased as part of the Elegant Themes membership package which includes all 87 themes for $69 or $89 per year or $249 one-time purchase, as part of Elegant Themes’ lifetime access package. The latter 2 packages include access to all of their plugins.

3.  Avada

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Overview

Avada is a best-selling multipurpose WordPress theme that includes gorgeous professionally-designed demos suitable for any industry and importable with one click. Endless customization options with custom background capability, multiple elements, and layouts for portfolio and blog pages.

Avada is fairly turn-key when it comes to building a website that will fit about any industry. Choose importable demo content for fashion, travel, agency, law, architecture, hosting, lifestyle, and more. You can check out Avada’s demos here.

Features

  • Fusion Builder drag-and-drop page builder.
  • Retina ready.
  • Responsive.
  • More than 50 design elements.
  • Parallax effects.
  • Translation & RTL ready, WPML & Polylang compatible.
  • Premium sliders, lightboxes.
  • Font Awesome, Google Fonts included.
  • WooCommerce.
  • Forums by bbPress.

Pricing

Avada can be purchased for $59 that includes 6 months of theme support with an option to add 6 more months for $17.70.

Versatile Design WordPress Themes

For those preferring to control over every aspect of the design,  versatile design WordPress themes allow you to create any website imaginable. Get inspired by using importable demo content while enjoying highly customizable designs. Pre-built templates and layouts guide your creativity along and speed up the site-building process.

4.  Oshine

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Overview

Oshine is a creative multipurpose portfolio WordPress theme built in Bootstrap that has ready-to-go demo content tailored for multiple industries from restaurant businesses to online shops. Choose from 18 stylish demos of which you can use for your own content and have a website up in no time. Customizations can be made with the Page Builder. Added bonuses are the included ECommerce shop and translation-ready WPML compatible plugin.

There are 18 attractive demos suitable for photography, portfolio, shop, agency, digital agency, architecture, corporate, freelancer, scroll parallax, restaurant, app landing page, and much more. You can check out Oshine’s demos here.

Features

  • Fully responsive.
  • Page Builder.
  • Retina Ready.
  • CSS3 Effects/Animations.
  • Single parallax site style.
  • Video backgrounds.
  • Carousels and sliders, including Master Slider plugin ($19).
  • Google Web Fonts and Font Awesome.
  • Grid galleries for Instagram / Dribbble / Flickr.
  • Child Theme support.
  • WooCommerce / ECommerce shop included.
  • WPML Plugin compatible.

Pricing

Oshine is $59 and includes 6 months of support with an add-on for 12 months of support discounted at $17.70.

5.  Parallax

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Overview

Parallax is a trendy, scrolling, one-page WordPress theme that allows customizations to nearly every aspect to create a suitable design for any kind of site desired. Included is a stylish portfolio showcase with ability to open content within the page and a great option when used for single-page website.

Check out the Parallax demos here.

Features

  • Responsive.
  • Themify framework.
  • Drag and drop page builder.
  • Stylish scrolling one-page design option.
  • Portfolio showcasing.
  • Hook content.
  • Google Fonts.
  • SEO optimized.
  • WPML compatible.
  • WooCommerce ready.

Pricing

Parallax is $49 for the standard package and $69 for the developer package that includes Photoshop files. Either package includes unlimited sites and 1 year of support.

6.  X Theme

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Overview

X Theme is a top-rated WordPress theme that has 4 stacks that can be selected for a change in layout in just a click. Each stack has demo content that can be imported for use as a guide to make customizations to as needed. The style of each stack is completely unique with uncountable options to change the look ranging from a modern-looking product website to a magazine-style blog.

The X Theme comes with Cornerstone, which is an intuitive drag-and-drop page builder with tons of features including pricing tables and stylish accordion drop-down menus.

Choose from 4 unique stacks including Ethos, Icon, Integrity, and Renew.

Check out all 42 X Theme demos here.

Features

  • Fully responsive.
  • Retina ready.
  • Cornerstone Page Builder.
  • Megamenus.
  • Google Fonts.
  • Video backgrounds.
  • Bbpress ready.
  • BuddyPress ready.
  • PSD files.
  • SEO optimization.

Pricing

X Theme is $64 and includes 6 months of support with a support add-on for 6 additional months for $19.20.

ECommerce WordPress Themes

Modern ECommerce WordPress themes bring artistic and creative versatility to what might typically be a fixed design. With the right ECommerce WordPress theme, you can create a web store to showcase any product, or get creative and produce an attractive consumable product or food menu display. You can even use an ECommerce theme for an artistic way to display portfolio work.

7.  Atelier

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Overview

Atelier is a flexible multipurpose ECommerce WordPress theme with over 15 shop layouts to choose from, as well as 7 product pages. Demo content is importable and customizable.

Choose from 3 custom shopping cart styles including a stylish slider shop. There are endless features included with this theme and a layout to fit the style of any product on the market. Check out Atelier’s demos here.

Features

  • Page Builder.
  • Built with HTML5.
  • SEO optimized.
  • Visual Composer.
  • Font Awesome, IconMind and custom-made Atelier icons.
  • CSS3 animations.
  • Retina ready.
  • Premium sliders.
  • Translation ready.
  • iLightbox.
  • Built-in megamenu.
  • Global banner.

Pricing

Atelier is $64 and includes 6 months of support with an add-on option for 6 additional months for $19.20.

8.  The Look

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Overview

The Look is a highly stylish, sophisticated WooCommerce theme with modern design that includes importable demo content with tons of layout options and pre-designed pages. Easily create product lookbooks and galleries that include product attribute swatches and cloud zoom.

Although this theme is often used for fashion commerce sites, it’s clean, modern style will suit any product site you’d like to create. WooCommerce email transaction support is also included.

Check out The Look’s 6 stylish demos here.

Features

  • Responsive.
  • Site Origin Page Builder.
  • Retina ready.
  • Lookbook plugin included.
  • Product zoom.
  • Custom email with MailChimp support.
  • Importable demo content.
  • WooCommerce.
  • Price filter for product listings.
  • Child theme support.
  • MailChimp custom styling.
  • Contact Form 7 integration and custom styling.
  • YITH WooCommerce Newsletter Popup custom styling.
  • MetaSlider custom styling.
  • Instagram Feed custom styling.

Pricing

The Look is $59 and includes 6 months of support with an option to add on 6 additional months for $17.70.

9.  Shopkeeper

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Overview

Shopkeeper is a flexible WordPress ECommerce theme that has a stylish, professional design. Choose from the many fully customizable, pre-built layouts to create the perfect product site. This theme is so flexible you can use it to create just about any kind of website.

Choose from tons of pre-built pages, over 27 elements, and much more. You can check out the Shopkeeper demo here.

Features

  • Responsive.
  • Completely flexible and customizable.
  • WooCommerce ready.
  • Pre-built layouts.
  • Revolution Slider.
  • Lookbook included.

Pricing

Shopkeeper is $59 and includes 6 months of support with an option to add on 6 addition months for $17.70.

Conclusion

We’ve discussed several WordPress themes above that include advanced features, premium plugins, and extreme flexibility with developers working on a limited budget in mind.

Many of the themes we’ve chosen include an ECommerce option and have integrated some of the most in-demand plugins and features including page builders, premium sliders, enhanced fonts, language translation, social media and email support, theme support, and much more.

It’s possible to find a WordPress theme that includes high-quality design and enhanced support without putting out a fortune. Sometimes you just have to look a little harder but we hope we’ve made the process easier for you.

Do you have any favorite WordPress themes that pack a lot of value for a nominal price? If so, we’d love for you to share your thoughts.

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34 Comments

  1. I appreciate that you’re trying to be unbiased and offer other themes as an option, but really Divi is the only theme any client will ever need, whether you’re on a budget or not. Not only is Divi extremely affordable, but it can literally create any site imaginable. So maybe I’m the one that’s biased… Or I’m just a big fan of an excellent product 🙂

    • Haha! Exactly what I was thinking… bla bla bla… ah there’s Divi… bla bla bla… Ok not bla bla, a lot of time and energy was spent writing this article, and I don’t want to be rude. Divi rules though!

    • I agree. I’ve tried a few out, even others from Elegant Themes and none are as flexible as Divi. All 10 of my latest sites are quite different, but all based on the divi theme and builder.

  2. Might want to fix the link to the Divi demos 😉

    • Yep.

      • Yes, still pointing to the Avada theme.

    • you missed out “wp-prosperity” I believe. It is one of the best WordPress theme.
      Ravi

  3. Is Divi translation ready?? I didn’t see that feature in your description

  4. The startuply demo link contains malware.

    • What? 😀

  5. Yes, please fix the link to the Divi Demo 🙂

  6. The startuply demo link contains malware. (2)

  7. The list should contain Divi and that’s it 😉 Even with the Divi builder no other theme can even compete.

  8. How can someone (ie: me) get a glimpse into how fast a theme is – like a comparison of how lean the themes are?

  9. One that is most definitely worth mentioning alongside Divi is Beaver Builder. I love it’s simplicity.

  10. “Do you have any favorite WordPress themes that pack a lot of value for a nominal price?”

    One that we recommend for clients on a low to zero budget is Customizr from the WP Repository — the ‘nominal price’ is zero, but it has a ton of customization potential, and the support for a free theme is phenomenal.

    There is a Pro version available, but the free version is amazing. Of course, if they can afford it, we always use Divi! 🙂

  11. Recently moved to Divi on dev license as I wanted something versatile for my many websites. No matter the niche now purpose I am still astounded this theme has more to give. I bought, I’m glad and I’m staying.

  12. My favorite wp theme: Divi. The only thing I dont understand: Why are not all modules CSS animations?

  13. Divi is the best i believe.

  14. Avada is really a great theme as well as Divi. I am looking for great wp theme and may go for one of them.
    This is a great list of wp themes. Thanks

    • Yes, Avada is not doubt one of awesome themes available for wordpress, packed with lot of options, you ever imagine.

  15. Hi I really liked the Divi WordPress theme, but I have doubt is this theme compatible with SSL/HTTPS ? Or will it throw an error like browser warnings ?

    Waiting for your response
    Jake

  16. I am confused here. I was expecting you (Elegant Themes) to display YOUR best themes for someone on a startup budget, or show divi versions that you had put together. It’s nice that you share the love, but when you promote the fact that other people have better or equal options to divi, it makes me wonder why I purchased it (and the lifetime option). Surely this should be more about how by using divi or existing themes people who have paid for your product could get some ideas to use or enhance existing Elegant Themes options for that purpose. Your top choice here actually costs less than yours. So the lesson here could be about how to drive people to buy competitors products before your own! It was nice to see that Startuply uses Visual Composer instead of Divi page builder…

    • And I thought you guys were the experts at marketing….

  17. Thanks for sharing this collection. Parallax has this nice one-page-portfolio feature. If something like that could be included in DIVI?

    But for me, there’s no doubt – despite al the features and “tralala” the concurrence is showing up with: DIVI IS THE BEST !!!

  18. OK, so I’m an ET customer but Divi will do almost everything almost any client will ever need for website design.

  19. Beware that many of the themes above are sold by Envato. They have a strict policy (and enforce it) that themes that are used in websites where not all pages are freely accessible need a Extended License which is 50x more expensive (for details see: http://themeforest.net/licenses/terms/extended). In our case we are building a LMS where people have to pay for the courses, hence the pages holding the course are only accessible after you pay the fee. We had a discussion with Envato support but there is no excuse, this needs a Extended License because the “end product” (being the webpages with the course) are sold. We refuse to pay $2500-$3000 for a theme!

    • And the top theme here uses Visual Composer which is an almost weekly update. That’s why I chose Divi, because it doesn’t require an almost weekly update, buy once use many times (unlike V.C. AND the theme) so if you are going to write about what the best of something is (and I was caught out with this with WP Courseware) where someone recommended it as the top LMS, the tech support was garbage and the plugin did not meet half of my needs (finding that out after I purchased it). So buyers beware of people who provide the best answer to something without REALLY getting into the nuts and bolts.

  20. am i missing something? . . . if i have a client on budget, which is all of my clients, why wouldn’t i utilize a free wordpress theme. . . just saying

  21. Lovely, but the speed at which the theme called betheme is climbing is much more than most of the theme listed here. Betheme devs did one thing well and repeat it over and over….and that is creating new template (2 every 10days) from the theme’s page builder known as muffin page builder!

  22. Hey guys,

    Thanks for the mention, however the Cornerstone link goes to the wrong place. Info on our page builder can be found here. That plugin on the WordPress repository came out shortly before our plugin did but is not ours or a page builder. Just wanted to pass that along so the link could be updated and to avoid any confusion.

    Cheers!

  23. “Do you have any favorite WordPress themes that pack a lot of value for a nominal price?”
    One that we recommend for clients on a low to zero budget is Customizr from the WP Repository — the ‘nominal price’ is zero, but it has a ton of customization potential, and the support for a free theme is phenomenal.
    But really these are also good themes

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