One of the great things about WordPress is the range of professionally designed templates that are available online for you to use, rebrand with your own logo / colours and of course add your own content. Many small businesses simply do not need to spend hundreds or thousands of pounds on having a website designed from scratch.
Picking from thousands of available starting templates and then configuring and customising that template allows us to offer you an amazing range of choice at a great low price. In this article we've listed some of the best sources we know for free and paid templates. Of course you're not limited in any way, and if you already have your eye on another template from somewhere else we can work with that too.
We're more than happy to talk you through how to search these sites, what to look for, and how to pick the perfect design for your business.
From the home of WordPress itself. The WordPress website lists over 2,000 completely free themes that are easy to browse. You can preview the theme by clicking on it and then clicking on the "Preview" button in the right hand column. This is by far the most popular source of themes on the internet, and unfortunatley many less reputable web companies will be using these themes anyway, while still charging you hundreds of pounds for design work.
If you can't find a free template to suit your website then we can also look at a range of thousands of paid template designs. There are many sites that offer paid templates but we encourage you to look at the options below first. This is because we have worked regularly with these sites and we know they offer a consistent level of quality and professional design. If you choose a template from one of the sites below we can often purchase it on your behalf for less than the list price due to our volume discounts. Any savings we make will be passed directly to you.
Template Monster: http://www.templatemonster.com/
Template Monster are one of the biggest paid template sites in the world. They have over 50,000 templates to choose from. The templates are categorised so you can drill down on your business sector to quickly see the kind of templates that have been designed for that market. Best of all these templates are of the highest build quality, working great across mobiles, and really easy to update.
Theme Forest: http://themeforest.net/
Another great site with tens of thousands of templates available for great low prices. Again the site features a great categorisation system so you can quickly drill down into the type of templates you're interested in. You do need to click through to each template to see how it looks which can make searching on this site a bit slower than Template Monster, but a bit of time invested here can turn up some really fantastic designs.
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