The best WordPress themes for designers

The 10 best WordPress themes for designers

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When you’re setting up your designer website, there are an endless number of WordPress themes to sort through. It can feel overwhelming to scroll through the options and try to decide which theme is best for your site. For designers, it’s essential to have a theme that is customizable, is aesthetically pleasing, and that reflects your own personal style.

To help you narrow down your options and simplify the decision-making process, I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favorite WordPress themes for designers.

  1. Adios
  2. Divi
  3. Calafate
  4. Werkstatt
  5. Verko
  6. Jevelin
  7. Oxygen
  8. Mint
  9. Uncode
  10. Monstroid 2

1. Adios

If you’re looking to showcase your work with a creative portfolio, Adios is an excellent choice. This theme is stylish and professional but also easy to use and is suited for both individual designers and agencies. This theme has a drag-and-drop page builder that requires no coding skills whatsoever. You can choose from a variety of demo websites and then customize the theme to match your personal brand. If you’re looking for a modern, sophisticated, design that is also user-friendly, Adios is a theme you should consider.

Price: $59

2. Divi

Divi is an extremely popular theme for designers, and for good reason. It’s an all-in-one theme that lets you build nearly any type of design for a totally unique website that reflects your personal style. Divi features a visual drag-and-drop page builder and comes with 20 pre-made layouts to help you get started. With all of Divi’s options and features, it’s likely the only theme you’ll ever need. Divi is definitely a theme to keep in mind as you consider your options.

Price: $89/year

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3. Calafate

Calafate is a vibrant and artistic theme created with designers in mind. You can use it to build a beautiful website or portfolio quickly and easily, and no coding is required. The theme has an attractive grid layout, with plenty of room for you to express your creativity. It also includes a WooCommerce platform that allows you to promote your products or design services, set up checkout pages and process payments all in one place. Calafate is ideal for designers who want to showcase their work and market their services.

Price: $79

4. Werkstatt

A preview of the Werkstatt WordPress theme

Werkstatt is a gorgeous creative portfolio theme that is specifically geared toward designers and design agencies. The theme includes a large library of website demos and 15 portfolio designs for you to choose from. Werkstatt has an array of templates for your homepage and portfolio, and also has templates for about pages, contact pages, blogs, and articles. In addition to displaying your work, you can easily incorporate a blog with your Werkstatt site if you choose. The theme is drag and drop and is easy to customize to suit your personal style.

Price: $59

5. Verko

A preview of the Verko WordPress theme

The Verko theme has a minimalist look and you don’t need any coding knowledge to build a website with it. There are unlimited options for designing your online portfolio, landing pages, blog, newsletter, and much more! Verko is a stunning theme that gives designers an edge when it comes to growing their freelance business or agency. If you are looking to market your design services or products, consider giving Verko a try.

Price: $35

6. Jevelin

A preview of the Jevelin WordPress theme

Jevelin is an attractive, multi-purpose theme perfect for designers who want to build a stylish, high-quality website. It has a bundled page-building feature that makes it easy to customize the theme to meet your needs. There are a variety of different demos geared toward designers, such as the Portfolio, Creative, and Photography demos. Jevelin has many options to offer designers whether they are looking to build a striking online portfolio or a business website.

Price: $59

7. Oxygen

A preview of the Oxygen WordPress theme

Oxygen is an extremely flexible theme that offers tons of options for designers. There are endless layout options for everything from blog posts to product pages, advanced visual features, and a wide variety of website builder elements. Oxygen is also highly compatible with plugins, including those for eCommerce and form building. This theme is an excellent option for building a sleek, attractive, and highly responsive design website.

Price: $129 for Basic plan

8. Mint

A preview of the Mint WordPress theme

If you are looking to set up a design blog, portfolio, or eCommerce website, Mint is a theme to keep in mind. It features eight high-quality demos, five blog layouts, and four feature slider layouts that you can customize as needed. As an added bonus, no coding is required, so you can create an amazing designer site with just a few clicks of your mouse.

Price: $49

9. Uncode

A preview of the Uncode WordPress theme

Uncode is a sleek, modern WordPress theme with many demos geared directly to designers and other creatives. There are a huge number of layout options, an extensive media library, and even adaptive images that automatically re-scale to fit your visitors’ screen sizes. Uncode is perfect for designing a stunning, pixel-perfect site that will wow your visitors.

Price: $59

10. Monstroid 2

Monstroid 2 is a powerful WordPress theme from Monster Themes. It uses the Elementor page builder, making it easy for you to design your dream site with no coding required. With menu options, tons of documentation, and technical support, it’s a great option for designers!

Price: $95

These WordPress themes are excellent choices for designers looking to showcase their portfolio and market their products and services. Have you tried any of these themes before? Are there others you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

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Comments ( 3 )

  1. DevPaw

    December 20, 2018

    I just wanted throw in my two cents.First I should mention, I am in no way affiliated with the company and get no perks for the following lengthy review. I am paying customer who loves the product.

    I am always surprised that more people don't bring up or discuss the innovative work being done over at Themco. X Theme, their flagship product was already an amazing product I chose over Diivi about 4 years ago.

    All while they worked heavily on making X Theme an amazing all in one theme, however, they were focused on the development of PRO. The team was heavily involved in making a new and unique theme. With a great deal of passion, work and determination, they launched, PRO. It is hands down the best theme I've used for design in regards to the work they've done to build a very powerful Page Builder.

    I place PRO in a different category than I do say for example, that of the product put out by StudioPress. The two themes can't even be compared. Why? Well, because Genesis and X theme/Pro serve two different purposes. I put PRO in the category of page builder themes. It is meant for the designer rather than a developer.

    When I need to have a theme and the project is focused on more customization features I need to code; I want a solid and streamlined code base already optimised directly into the theme for great performance and reliability. StudioPress is truly leading the industry in those regards. Their themes are a perfect choice from a developers standpoint.

    I don't want to say Themco doesn't use best practices and that their theme isn't optimized and well structured because it is. I'm merely pointing out that it still utilizes a powerful page builder. My personal opinion is that it is the most powerful builder I've worked with, but my more to the point, themes with this kind of power can't avoid leveraging their full fledged customization without bloated code.

    With all that in mind, PRO has some amazing features for the price point.

    Features, like:

    -A header and footer builder
    -font and color management
    -great third party plugin partnership and support,
    -one of a kind templating system that lets you save every piece of design from an entire page of content down to the smallest element you can imagine.
    You can even save global elements that when edited, can change sitewide.
    -Everything can be exported for use in any future project.

    Essentially , one can easily collect enough content blocks to create a design blueprint with a designer's unique design features and have a starting design framework ready to import into their next project.

    Aside from the product they build. Their support team and the community is committed to supporting all of the various issues that come up, answering and tracking issues as quickly as possible.

    While the team is truly committed to assisting and resolving customer issues, the team is far more than engaged with their community then most Premium theme
    companies. They bring a lot more to the table than just standing by their product with free support.

    Themco is constantly keeping their community base abreast of the product development roadmap. They are a relatively small team that give us glimpses into their personal life. They share their frustrations and struggles typically associated with smaller companies forced to scale sometimes at a speed they aren't quite ready for.

    I don't just love their theme, though. Coming from the perspective of young enthusiastic new developer; truthfully, Their team of developers inspire me to hoan my skills to the same standards and level of expertise they push themselves toward.

    I strongly encourage you to take a closer look at their product. I say this because there is a small list of innovative developers and companies I look up to and follow closely for inspiration. Flywheel and Themco are at the top of my list for sure.

    The work you have done here and the growth and resources your company have given back to the WordPress community has been invaluable. I see a lot of the same work ethics from both your companies. More than that, your companies have shown us what you re doing isn't merely for profit; it is a labor of love.

    Passion, commitment, drive and integrity are traits that will always impress me more than any other and this is because Technology will be our downfall if there isn't some sense of humanity behind our work and innovation.

    Lonnie Bruhn

  2. Andrew

    November 28, 2018

    Hi Tara,

    I'm curious what your opinion is of the Astra theme. I have had several friends who run agencies switch to using it in conjunction with Elementor. I see it didn't make your list, and am wondering if there are some significant issues with the theme. Thanks!

    • Louise Findlay

      August 29, 2019

      I thought this too. I love Astra and use it in conjunction with Beaver Builder.

  3. Mike Salem

    November 28, 2018

    Divi is an amazing theme for designers. The built-in design options, modules, and community surrounding Divi make it one of the best all-around WordPress themes in general. With their new theme builder coming soon, it's really going to set the bar high.

    If it were up to me, Flywheel and Divi would partner up some how. The two go hand-in-hand.

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