Round Up: The best WordPress Themes of 2011
WordPress has been the most popular CMS for quite a while now and the number of WordPress themes that are released is rising each year. It is not easy to find the best possible WordPress Theme for your needs. I am constantly in search for the best WordPress Themes out there and that is why I started writing a column WordPress Theme of the Week, in which I write short reviews. Below is a roundup of all the Themes I reviewed in 2011.
Efolio is clean,minimalist and elegant business wordpress theme and will definitely attratc the eye of your potential customers. There are 4 types of slideshows available, 6 predefined skins for a fast implemention with limitless background patterns and colors. With eFolio you will have a corporate website set up in no time.
StoreMerce is a premium WordPress Theme that utilizes one of the best WordPress Plugins for ecommerce, Cart66. It uses both versions (lite and pro). Theme is designed in an ecommerce style so your visitors will never even notice that it is actually a WordPress Theme.
ShapeShifter is a responsive and adaptive premium WordPress Theme from one of the Themeforest’s best authors, Epicera. It is a comprehensive framework that is fully adaptible and fits perfectly at any resolution (even at mobile resolutions). Markup is clear with simple semantic class names that everyone will understand straight away. It is based on the popular 960.gs grid which follows all the latest design trends.
Duotive is a theme that “droped my jaw” when I first saw it. It has been a while since I saw a WordPress theme that is so unique and functional at the same time. Duotive Fortune combines all the latest trends and functionalities and implements them with a fresh approach.
BuddyPress is an extensible package to bring people together. It implements a social networkthat you can build for your company, school, sports team or any other community that is based on interaction of users. It is based on WordPress and is free and open source just as WordPress. Combination of both powerful platforms brings you a complete social networking website completely free and user friendly.
RT business teme has an amazing design of the website layout. It is creative and fresh with great visual hierarchy. The first thing a visitor notices is a clear sidebar menu on the left and a slideshow with portfolio beneath on the right. All the crucial informations are instantly visible which is great and will allow your visitors to grasp the idea behind your site instantly.
Ammon is a creative and stylish theme with a unique design approach and a lot of cool features. It is an all around theme and is appropriate for many uses like corporate, personal or blogging.
PixelPower is a fully responsive HTML5/CSS3 Theme with a clean, modern, powerful WordPress tumblog-style design. It is best suited for bloggers and simple design portfolios. Probably the best feature of the theme is it’s amazing resolution adaptability.
Reaction is a WordPress theme with rugged design that is fully responsive (try it at different resolutions). Theme follows all modern standards and is organized extremely well so you will have no problems editing it.
Super Skeleton is a premium WordPress Theme that follows today’s modern standards and brings them to another level. It is a comprehensive HTML5 framework that also implements a full templating system. It is based on the 960.gs grid which makes it simple to use.
Theme starts with a light grey menu with a subtle red hover effect. I just love the color combination. It is clean and really friendly to the eyes. It comes in dark and light skin, ten different backgrounds to choose from and ten different color schemes. I think the default setting of the Theme is actually the best (light skin, white background with the default color scheme) but it is nice to have other options to meet various customers demand.
Flashlight is another among fullscreen WordPress background portfolios which have been wildly popular lately. Kriesi is one of the top authors on Themeforest and he has done an execellent job once more.
Sideshow is a funky theme with a built-in Tumblr style blogging system. It is simple and does exactly what a portfolio should do, showcase your products with little distraction. If you love clean and simple then this is the theme for you. With two color variations (dark and light) theme is suitable for most.
Black Label features a video that plays in the background in the full screen mode. It is certainly a novelty in web design and there are already several templates available that follows the trend. There are several options of how home page can look. If you do not want a vide background you can simply switch to a more common slideshow that rolls full screen images in the background.
Studeo is a WordPress Theme made for creative agencies or any other business looking for an attractive, professional Website template. This template follows Orman Clark’s well known minimalistic design that can be seen in all hisWordPress Themes.
King Size WordPress Photography templte allows you to add unlimited number of background images for every page, post & portfolio items. The best feature of this amazing template is the navigation menu that is designed to fit perfectly with the overall design and functionality.
If you are a photographer or just want a special website to display your photos then this is the theme for you. Full screen background images that roll in the background are very popular among photography websites these days.
InFocus is the best selling Theme on Themeforest of all times. So far it has racked up 6631 sales and still counting. Theme has recently seen a major upgrade so it is up to date with all the latest features. Almost unlimited amount of skins is what inFocuse excells at. You can choose between several hundreds different skins so you can make this theme into a unique site for your business.
Crea is a creative WordPress template that is specificly designed for presentation of creative portfolios and photography. We can see some stunning transitions between pages that are made with HTML 5.
Suerte is a creative WordPress template that is specificly designed for presentation of creative portfolios and photography. We can see a fresh approach in designing with some irregular shapes that fit perfectly in overall design of the page.
Udesign was the best selling WordPress Theme in 2011 on Themeforest. Everything in this theme is top notch. It starts with a clean well made logo and amazingly clean upper menu. Font used is just perfect. Animation for submenus is very clean and subtle and it makes navigation smooth.
It’s clean cut and minimalistic design is what makes this theme stand out from the others. If you want to present your portfolio in a creative way then this is a theme for you. Front page is dedicated to presenting your popular items.