For the past few years, the Thesis theme for WordPress was hands down my personal favorite premium WordPress theme. Thesis provided all of the features and capabilities I required and it’s fast. But with the release of Thesis 2.0, I began to question their direction, and ultimately made the switch to the Genesis framework from StudioPress. Here are just a few of the premium theme options that I considered as I looked to move away from the Thesis framework for my sites and for my clients.
10/28/2013 – I originally published this article in 2011, and updated it based on some changes in the premium WordPress themes space, including my decision to move from the Thesis theme by DIYThemes to Genesis by StudioPress.
The Genesis framework is now my current WordPress premium theme of choice. While this site is sill Thesis based, all of my other sites and any new sites that I’ve built are running the Genesis framework with one of the Genesis child themes. I am also now recommending Genesis over Thesis to my clients as well
The Genesis framework provides a turn key framework for building optimized and professional looking sites. The Genesis framework is clean, optimized, easy to use and supports the latest and greatest technology standards including HTML5 and schema.org.
The Genesis framework has numerous Genesis child themes that are very professional looking, easy to customize, have advertising support built in, along with social media support, numerous widget locations, and often very unique features as well. My two favorites right now are Metro Pro and Eleven 40 Pro.
Genesis is the leading option for a WordPress premium theme, and well worth the money spent.
Headway, from Headway Themes, proclaims itself as the Drag and Drop WordPress theme. Based on my interactions with it, their claim really stacks up. Headway makes it incredibly easy to build a really great looking site without the need to write any custom code. Headway seems designed for the “non-programmer” and I would recommend it as the choice for those that want to visually layout their new site without ever having to leave the WordPress environment and for those with limited technical knowledge round CSS and HTML.
Headway is definitely a theme you should check out and have on your short list.
Canvas is a blank slate theme from Woo Themes, one of the most well known WordPress premium theme providers. While dull of the box, Canvas provides numerous options to very quickly and easily make a high quality and professional looking site using only the WordPress admin menu.
Canvas also has the bragging rights of being built on the Woo Framework, the same framework used by Woo for all of their themes. This provides a consistent way of configuring the theme, and the reliability and dependability of a proven framework. Canvas is certainly a premium theme to be considered, especially given the high quality track record Woo Themes has.
Which theme is right for you? As usually, there is no one right theme and bloggers and designers can be very passionate about their themes!
Spend time looking at the demos, reading about the features and factor in support and how much you may or may not need it. Also consider how often the themes are updated and whether the creators stay current with the latest web trends such as HTML5.
Purchase the premium theme that’s right for you. You really can’t go wrong with any of the themes mentioned above.