21 of the best WordPress theme companies

21 of the best WordPress theme companies

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When you’re building a client’s site, not only do you want a flawless theme, but you want a theme company that’ll have your back. Someone who will be there for you when you have questions or need some quick tech support. As a designer, you know it isn’t just about the HTML and CSS – it’s about the entire experience, from the live demo to the launch.

Reliable companies can sometimes be hard to find, so we’ve created a list to help you stop searching in Google and get back to designing sites. Here are 20 of the best WordPress theme companies.

1. Layers

layers

 

2. Organic Themes

Organic-Themes

3. Fruit Themes

FruitThemes

4. Elegant Themes

ElegantThemes

5. WP Theming

WPTheming

6. SoloStream

Solostream

7. Themify

Themify

8. Graph Paper Press

GraphPaperPress

9. StudioPress

StudioPress

10. Themes Kingdom

ThemesKingdom

11. Themeum

Themeum

12. WPCocktail

WPCocktail

13. Theme of the Crop

ThemeOfTheCrop

14. Elma Studio

ElmaStudio

15. Kopa Theme

KopaTheme

16. Catch Themes

CatchThemes

17. CSS Igniter

CSSIgniter

18. ThemeFuse

ThemeFuse

19. UPThemes

UPThemes

20. Klasik Themes

KlasikThemes

21. Press75

press75

Want to help us grow our list of the best WordPress theme companies? We’d love to hear what other companies you turn to for your theme needs! Tell us in the comments below who else deserves an honorable mention.

Comments ( 18 )

  1. Scott Bishop

    May 5, 2015

    If we're not building our own custom WordPress themes for clients we always go with ThemeForest. They have a wonderful selection of wordpress themes. They are also beginning to expand with other services such as a stock photo library, videos, graphic design and more. I highly suggest you check them out at www.themeforest.net

    • James Dudley

      May 7, 2015

      Wow, really Scott? You guys use ThemeForest themes for your clients?!

      BEWARE of themes on ThemeForest. You have to be super careful selecting your themes there. Do a thorough code review for each one, they are usually riddled with bugs and unneeded bloat. If you find a reputable coder that produces themes and sells them on ThemeForest, there are some good ones out there. But we've learned our lesson the hard way too many times from clients who have chosen themes from themeforest (or similar "cheap" theme sites) and when we try to customize the theme to fit their needs, we always find bad bad code.

      Just because a theme may LOOK nice does not mean it's a good theme!

      • Zoe

        February 23, 2017

        I'm looking for something quite specific in my new theme for my new website, but I can't find any information to help me find it. (Unbelievable, but true, I promise!) I was wondering whether someone on this site, perhaps James Dudley can help me out!

        James mentioned that themes on Themeforest are often bloated with code and poorly written. I was wondering how you can tell this, from looking at the demo themes.

        My old website uses Flothemes, but has become very bloated with plug ins and has 27 JavaScript files, mostly related to the theme name and 18 CSS files. I have a huge number of plugins too, which I felt necessary because the website did not have the functionality I wanted.

        I'm now about to leave my old website behind and go for something light, fresh, lots of white space and little content except a few well chosen optimized images.

        I was wondering if anyone knew a good, modern theme company that makes themes for specifically for photographers and others in a highly visual field, provides good quality long term support concerning any modifications I'd like to make, and actually cares about their customers instead of fobbing them off with a 1-line reply by email. I don't mind paying upwards of $500 or so for this.

        I would like one of those 'well built' websites - fast, responsive, well designed, well coded - but everyone just seems to charge like $50 and provide a crap one.

    • Dan Knauss

      May 7, 2015

      Envato has had all those services for quite some time. ThemeForest has a rather bad reputation in professional WordPress circles, however. Theme and plugin code there is often extremely poor with a tendency toward bloat, baked in "sliders" that become security issues, and custom content types also baked into the theme rather than separated as plugins so your content is not as locked into the theme. For further background on this take a look here: https://managewp.com/theme-framework

      I am sorry to see Theme Foundry has not made the list; they're first rate and produced Twenty Twelve, one of the best default themes for WP in recent years and the first that treated WP as a CMS. Their "Make" theme is excellent, but Layers is going to give it stiff competition.

  2. James Dudley

    May 7, 2015

    We almost exclusively use WooThemes for our clients, big & small (http://www.woothemes.com). Especially the "Canvas" theme, which can be customized to be almost whatever you need it to be. As theme developers, we find the Woo framework incredibly easy to use. And most importantly, all their themes integrate perfectly every time with WooCommerce, the #2 ecommerce package on the internet (after Magento).

    Stick with WooThemes. Or Genesis (fastest WP framework ever!). You won't go wrong.

    • Dan Knauss

      May 7, 2015

      Canvas has had its ups and downs. I still use it, but I think the main benefit there may be if Woo consistently supports their theme shop since they're a pretty solid company, whatever else might be said about them. Longevity and support matters, I just wish the thing could be child themed without so much !important. Take a look at Layers and Make though.

      Genesis is more of a traditional "real" framework for developers that is accessible and friendly for designers. It will be interesting to see how it holds up as these "Builder Themes" take off. I have a different set of love/hate feelings about Genesis. I wish they'd have made the framework a plugin and left child themes to you for your own customization of their parent themes.

  3. Lynn Nichols

    May 7, 2015

    Great list of reliable WP Theme companies. I've purchased and used themes from a number of these companies. I would like to add one more companies to your list, namely, Sketchthemes. They are a small theme shop that produces excellent WP themes -- some of their themes have received high recognition.

    For example, Forbes Magazine online article selected their Convac Lite theme as one of the best free themes (http://www.forbes.com/sites/allbusiness/2014/11/14/the-10-best-free-wordpress-themes-of-2014/5/). Similarly, their Invert premium theme was named as one of the top 50 business WP themes by WPBranch.com (http://wpbranch.com/best-free-premium-wordpress-business-themes/).

    Sketch Themes consistently produce high quality and feature rich themes. I really appreciate their theme support which always goes the extra mile to help with theme customization.

  4. luke reyes

    May 8, 2015

    Mythemeshop was not included in the list, I bought a theme from them and it is very fast, the customer service is excellent.

  5. Marcus Tibesar

    May 12, 2015

    I chose Themehybrid's Stargazer for our archives which require a stable no nonsense foundation. Over the years, I have gotten to know Justin Tadlock's approach to WordPress, themes, plugins, etc. He's a very down to earth Alabama farm kid who has solid roots. In other words I trust him for the long haul.

    Themehybrid.com themes are not sexy by any stretch of the imagination. But if WP Tavern uses Stargazer and, they have a whole lot more visitors than my little archive; then I believe we made a sound choice.

  6. pakar seo

    May 15, 2015

    good la

  7. Rex

    May 21, 2015

    Has anybody had any experience with the X Theme from ThemeForest?

  8. Andre

    August 9, 2015

    I'm be curious how you arrived at the decision of the listed theme shops here?

  9. emily johns

    January 13, 2016

    Hi Morgan,

    Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing piece of information. This listing is of a high standard with awesome wordpress theme Companies. Now the choice is so wide for the customers.

    If it measures up to your high standard, consider adding Wordsuccor Ltd. (http://www.wordsuccor.com/) to this list.

  10. Dinesh

    February 29, 2016

    Nice list Morgan! but, now a days I love Thrive-themes because it has great suite of WordPress themes & page builder plugin. These themes are idle for anyone who wants to create a blog for personal branding. But I also have used Elegant theme in past, elegant themes are the best option when we need to set up multiple blogs with different design .

    • Morgan Smith

      February 29, 2016

      Great additions, Dinesh! Thrive Themes and Elegant Themes are definitely great companies to use.

  11. Troy

    April 6, 2016

    Thank you for sharing this amazing list. I would like to suggest one more theme which is Biznetic. It's an amazing theme for all business related websites. It is one page them and you can build whatever you want.
    It has lots of unique features like:
    -- Responsive Design
    -- Browser Compatible
    -- Translation Ready
    -- Contact Form 7 plugin support
    -- Includes $12 Avartan Slider Pro
    -- 5 In-built Custom Widget And more...
    I hope you like it.

  12. Rakib Hossin

    September 4, 2016

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  13. Christian

    November 18, 2016

    You're missing the best one: Array Themes (arraythemes.com). Mike is the best Wordpress theme designer I ever seen on the net :P

  14. Ran David

    July 18, 2017

    Hi,

    Had a great experience with http://www.segurotechnologies.com for my business theme development and plugin customization. Recommended

  15. Mahbub Osmane

    October 4, 2017

    Hi Morgan,

    Thanks a lot for sharing this amazing piece of information. This listing is of a high standard with awesome WordPress theme Companies. Now the choice is so wide for the customers.

    If it measures up to your high standard, consider adding Theme Innovation. ( https://themeinnovation.com/ ) to this list.

  16. Imran Topu Sardar

    October 15, 2017

    Hey Morgan,

    Thanks a lot for introducing some fantastic theme companies. I have checked most of them, and they are really awesome in most of the cases.

    Admittedly, it will help us to choose the best theme for WordPress. Writing this type of researched article reduce the time to find them. :)

    Thanks again and appreciate

  17. Mallu

    January 23, 2018

    I've checked your first two / three links. But i don't like those websites. Maybe you need to reorder the items based on quality.

  18. Mix

    February 27, 2019

    Hi,Morgan

    Thanks for this list.I think Penci can be added to it,because the're awesome.

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