After my very successful postings about my favorite plugins I finally made it to list my favorite themes for you. As you will see, 99% of my recommendations are Premium Themes. Yes, they cost a few bucks, but bring a lot of additional functionalities with them. When you have a special requirement or functionality in mind – don’t start with free themes… most free themes are just reduced versions of a premium theme but only basic features without special templates are supported.
By the way, most themes are now technically “Gutenberg ready”, but some developers have done special efforts to integrate on a deeper level with the new editor. If this is the case, you can find this information in the description of the respective theme
But now, without any longer digressions: This is my list of the absolute WordPress themes! The Top 13 Premium WordPress Themes 2019:
1. Divi Theme
The Divi Theme is a very stylish and flexible WordPress theme, with which you can realize almost any website. It has its own Visual Page Builder integrated. The so-called Divi Builder is of course compatible with Gutenberg, the new WordPress editor since version 5.0.
I also think, that the pricing of Elegant Themes, the makers of the Divi-Themes, is very fair. For a 89 $ fee, you can use all themes and plugins including widgets and even for unlimited customer projects. The support is really good and Divi offers templates for every page type and content type. In my opinion, Divi is especially suitable for users who don’t want to program themselves, but still want to completely customize the look of your WordPress sites. And — the other themes at Elegant are worth a look.
2. Avada | Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme
Avada is by far, the best-selling WordPress theme of all time on Themeforest for reason! An unbelievable 500,000 copies of the theme have already been sold. Nevertheless, the developer doesn’t rest on his laurels, but constantly develops the theme further.
With 19 variants for the start page alone and 5 different free sliders, it is probably the most flexible and comprehensive theme you can buy today. I think the structure, the code, the typography and the options are very good and I really enjoy working with Avada.
3. The7 — Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme
The7 Theme was recommended to me by some readers and I have now used it several times for building websites. It has a very simple installation process and offers almost infinite possibilities for custom layouts and customizations. Of course everything is responsive and includes Page Builder.
What’s really cool: The The7 Theme already comes with several premium plugins like Visual Composer page builder, Ultimate Addons, Slider Revolution, Layer Slider, Go Pricing Tables and ConvertPlug. Of course it is also compatible with WooCommerce, WPML, Yoast SEO, All in One WP Migration, W3 Total Cache, etc.
4. Jupiter X — Multi-Purpose Responsive Theme
Jupiter X is the latest addition to the top 13 best themes of 2019 and the latest version of Jupiter, an all-in-one platform for creating pixel accurate websites. With Elementor Page Builder, the world’s leading WordPress page builder, you can quickly and easily create any layout you want. Of course, Jupiter X can be fully customized with the WordPress Customizer. The integrated shop customizer helps to customize every aspect of an online shop on a WooCommerce basis, including checkout process and shopping cart. In addition, visual editors allow you to easily create your own headers and footers. Of course, Jupiter X also offers extensive options for customizing your blog and portfolio pages.
If you like it easy, simply choose from a huge selection of more than 150 ready-made website templates. The whole thing comes with a very competent technical support, a live chat and hundreds of detailed tutorials and videos. So really no wish remains unfulfilled.
5. Flatsome | Multi-Purpose Responsive WooCommerce Theme
The Flatsome theme was also suggested in the comments on my german blog. It is the bestselling WooCommerce & Business theme and already exceeding 100,000 sales on Themeforest!
Flatsome is very stylish and has a lot of features. The design of the theme was especially emphasized on the user experience, so it is very fast, easy to use and looks very modern and contemporary. It is also very suitable for shops. I will soon be setting up a project with it for testing, because I really like the look and the theme is continuously being further developed. All future updates are included by the way.
6. GeneratePress — Lightweight Theme
GeneratePress is a fast, lightweight (< 1 MB size, packed), mobile adapted, responsive WordPress theme, designed for speed, SEO and usability. It is ideal for beginners and can be tried out for free with the Freemium model.
In the premium version, it offers more functions and customization options. The best thing is, that GeneratePress works with every Page-Builder! I would recommend WP Beaver Builder or Elementor, the WordPress Page Builder #1. In terms of SEO, all schema.org microdata are already integrated and available in over 20 languages. Especially great: GeneratePress has already been integrated on a deeper level with the new Gutenberg editor. So don’t worry about using Gutenberg!
7. Extra Drag & Drop Magazine WordPress Theme
Extra is a very stylish magazine WordPress Theme, which is run by the Divi Builder of Elegant Themes. For the Extra Theme it has been extended by categories with a new set of post-based modules. Storytelling is made much easier with the Divi Builder’s drag & drop interface. Naturally responsive, WooCommerce compatible and with built-in rating and review system.
Schema is a chic, extremely PageSpeed-optimized and very SEO-friendly WordPress theme from MyThemeShop. Of course, it comes with the usual functions such as a responsive layout, a comprehensive configuration panel, shortcodes and widgets. On the basis of schema, various page concepts can be realized, so of course there is also WooCommerce support and the built-in possibility for the labelling of structured data and rich snippets at Google.
9. Revolution Pro Theme
Revolution Pro is a StudioPress theme with a very minimal design that provides a perfect stage for photos and text. The white space allows the entire content to shine and the stylish use of Playfair fonts draws attention to headlines and block quotations. The theme is based on the very successful and SEO-friendly Genesis framework. On this basis many different types of websites can be built upon, with almost no limits to creativity.
There are five stylish homepage examples on the Theme page: Agency, Lifestyle, Personal Branding, Photographer and Small Business. Each of which represents a unique use case for the theme and shows well how flexible the theme is. As with Elegant Themes, you can recommend any StudioPress theme, so it’s worth taking a look at the other themes.
10. The Genesis Framework
This recommendation is not a single theme, but a huge collection of great themes based on the Genesis framework of StudioPress. The Genesis Framework allows you to quickly and easily create great websites with WordPress. No matter if you are a beginner or an advanced user, Genesis offers a really professional and search engine optimized basis for successful websites.
All themes have also been extensively tested with the Gutenberg editor and are 100% compatible with the new Gutenberg editor. The new editor uses block-based elements to make it even easier and more flexible to create really great pages and posts.
11. Enfold — Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme
Enfold is a very good theme from Kriesi, a very successful WordPress developer from Austria. With it you can create almost any kind of website and it offers a lot of additional functions and layout variants.
The settings of the theme in the admin area are really well thought through, which makes it a lot easier to use for beginners. The online documentation is very extensive and offers additional downloads, videos, tutorials, etc.. The theme is regularly updated and offers German support for customers.
12. X | The Theme — Version 4
I used to use the X-Theme on search-one.de. With the 4 stacks, you basically have 4 themes for the price of one. Since the first version there have been a lot of updates and improvements. The theme has been sold already almost 200.000 times! Especially for agency sites or other sales sites I find the theme with its many shortcodes and conversion elements quite successful.
If you don’t want to work with widgets or shortcodes, you can also use a drag’n’drop editor, because the Cornerstone PageBuilder is also included. All in all a very round package.
13. The Retailer — Responsive WordPress Theme for Online Shops and E Commerce Sites
The theme is really ingenious for WooCommerce shops, affiliate sites, agency sites, portfolio, blog or private websites. I like the design, the structure, the typography and the functions very much. In the demo you will also find many variants for the homepage and other page elements. I am currently building a new project based on this theme. There are frequent updates and the theme is constantly being further developed.
Bonus: Themes from JetPack
In addition to more than 100 free starter themes, JetPack also offers more than 200 premium themes with Jetpack Professional from the creators of WordPress.com. These are fully optimized for WordPress and mobile use. Of course, all themes are fully compatible with all Jetpack features!
Finding the right WordPress theme
Well, I’ll go with that: Either you have desire, time and the possibility with a very flexible theme to create the sides after your conceptions, thus with a Sitebuilder to build or from existing Shortcodes together to tinker, then you should use a very powerful theme, as for example Divi -> https://kai.im/divi
Alternatively, you can search ThemeForest for the theme of your future website, for example ‘health blog’, if you want to create a blog-style health page like I did here for you: https://1.envato.market/ej4jz and then select a theme there that is already very close to your ideas. Of course, I would also pay attention to the ratings and number of sales and watch the live demos closely.
IN ANY CASE: DON’T GET DISCOURAGED! SOMETIMES I HAVE TO BUY TWO, THREE, SOMETIMES EVEN FIVE THEMES UNTIL I HAVE FOUND THE RIGHT ONE FOR MY PROJECT!
If you are still looking for the right hosting for your WordPress website, have a look at my article The best WordPress Hosting — WP-Hoster in comparison.