Affordable themes for WordPress comes down to either free or premium options.With free themes, they can be okay for a basic site with little functionality – a first attempt – but to be taken seriously, a premium theme is needed. Free themes tend to be launched, quickly forgotten, rarely updated and far from bug-free.
By contrast, a premium theme demonstrates that the site owner has put some money behind the design of the site. Also, with a premium theme, typically it is updated much more frequently to add new features, resolve any design bugs and stay compatible with new WordPress releases.
Premium themes can be bought at affordable prices like $35-45 for each theme or from sites that charge yearly prices ranging from $40-80 but that includes a package of themes (20+) for that one single price. Elegant Themes is an example of a site that offers a package of themes for a single price, so the price per theme is very affordable for the quality of design available with these themes.
Evolution provides a simple, even elegant look to its theme design. Plenty of white space, subtle shading, a plain text navigation menu and an attractive slider. Recent work can be highlighted with thumbnails & galleries, blog posts are shown in an attractive manner and there are widgets to insert wherever so desired.
The MyCuisine food blog design has been lovingly created with special pages and features for the culinary industry. The simple navigation and full width slider can present food items in a powerful way that gets one salivating. Location maps and customer testimonials can help potential customers want to find where the business is located.
The Corporation is a business related theme that can be used from many different types of business websites. The features include the usual elements like home page, blog page, contact us, etc. The design comes in a choice of six colors which helps to match the color scheme to a company logo. The ePanel provides access to shortcodes, page selection and further customizations.
Lulu is a minimalist, WordPress theme with a nice slider, basic menu and attractive icons. Responsive for mobile devices, with easy shortcodes, the powerful FlexSlider for cool slide-shows and both Flickr & Twitter widgets for the latest social updates.
Elogix is a highly responsive theme that scales all the way down to a small iPhone 4 and right up to the HD wide-screen cinema displays. Social buttons, full width slider, CSS3 lightbox integration and notification bar are some of the features to be recommended.
Radius combines a spartan header, with Retina-ready icons and attractive typography. Swipe support is built-in for pictures and video, with the theme being responsive for different size screens & resolutions. Localization is also supported.
Good Space is designed for creative businesses like design studios and creative agencies. There is a convenient drag and drop page builder tool to make your own page designs. 6 footer layouts, 4 blog layouts and 15 background options can be used to model the theme layout until it looks just right. There are also over 450 Google Web Fonts to customize the typography too.
Loook is focused primarily on photography. Navigation can be placed in one of two different positions. Dynamic sidebars, automatic photo resizing and a tile based display that can be customized from the theme panel, make this an extremely adaptable theme too. Built-in sliders and SEO support.
Sentence has been designed for blogs and portfolio sites. The theme comes with 15 pre-defined skins and you can create your own too. The Prettyphoto lightbox and part of the iconsweets icon library were added to the theme feature set. Mobile optimized slide shows with swipe support bring the site to life. Most notably, unique sidebars for every page or category are also possible.
Pilcrow is a classic blog theme with AJAX powered fluid updates. There are already three color schemes ready to use, but one can also create more. AJAX validated content forms are present. Responsive for all sizes of computing device and beautifully animated.
This is a one page design most suitable for personal sites and creatives. There are three skins: standard, dark and light. There is an About Us section, a Team section with social & contact icon links, and an attractive Portfolio section with large 700×450 thumbnails. The home page supports drag and drop changes to alter the layout. And the popular FontAwesome icon pack is included too.
Sartana is an excellent Portfolio and Photography theme. Navigation normally runs down the left side, which leaves a wide column to place the content tiles. Alternatively, the FlexSlider can be incorporated too. There is a blog page, several Portfolio page styles and over 389 icons included with this responsive design.
The Alfa theme is a responsive one page design with a full screen slider and fast parallax scrolling. The design alters considerably when viewed on smaller screens like a smartphone or tablet. The SpyroPress Drag and Drop Page Builder is also included so that one can reposition elements and add new ones. There is also a lovely IsoTope gallery combined with the Fancybox lightbox plug-in.
Cacoon was built using the flexible Twitter Bootstrap framework. Due to this, the design is completely adaptable for smaller screen sizes. A drag and drop Page Builder is also included so individual page layouts can be made as and when they are needed. An option exists to upload a separate Retina-ready logo to support iPad users and the theme is also localization ready too.
Oldcar relies on big use of color to make elements distinct from one another. There is a fluid grid or a normal layout option for blog posts. Unlimited colors, Google Web Fonts integration and five post formats (including Tumblr style) can all be used. Fully responsive and Retina-ready.