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48 Best WordPress Themes and Templates – January 2018

A new year, a new you – or, at least, a new theme for your WordPress website. Whether you’re looking for a theme for a brand new website or want to refresh your current design, our theme marketplace has just the theme you’re looking for.

There are so many stunning options available that choosing just one is a tricky decision for the discerning site owner. So much so that it’s easy to spend hours searching online for the perfect theme.

So, we’ve done the hard work for you with this round-up of the best trending, multipurpose, niche, portfolio and blog WordPress themes to look out for in January.

Using insights from our content specialists, data from our online marketplace, and reviews from creatives around the world, this list brings together the best of the best WordPress themes and the latest trends in web design.

Scroll through the list below and don’t forget to bookmark your favorites.

Trending Themes

This beautiful eco-friendly theme has been designed with environmental organizations and charitable groups in mind. It comes with an easy to set up donations features so you can raise funds for your projects and even fun several fundraising campaigns at the same time. There’s also built-in events functionality so you can publish the details of meetings, conferences and other important events.

As cryptocurrencies have gained in popularity over the past 12 months, we’re seeing more themes that support digital currencies appearing in our marketplace. Crypto was designed and built for cryptocurrency blogs and magazines and is based on the powerful ThemeREX framework. It’s compatible with the Cryptocurrency All-in-One plugin so you can display the latest prices and exchange rates, calculators and charts, and accept payments and donations.

With 8 ready-to-use homepage designs, this theme is perfect for musicians, bands, radio shows, clubs, DJs and music-related websites. It comes with a stack of features including functionality for events, discography, galleries, blogging and online shopping.

Multipurpose Themes

This image-driven theme is ideal for sites that feature lots of photography, such as creative agencies, photographers and artists. There are lots of awesome features like WooCommerce integration, portfolio and blog templates, plus it’s retina-ready.

This bold theme comes with so many colorful homepage design choices it’s hard to choose just one! This theme can be easily customized to suit the look and feel of your branding using a combination of the powerful admin interface and WPBakery Page Builder. There are lots of portfolio variations and styles included.

Gullu offers a fresh and professional vibe that’s perfect for businesses looking to make their mark online. It comes with 19+ pages and 3 homepage variations. All the PSD files are included so you can make the most of the cute graphics and colors that really make this theme pop.

There’s a lot to love about Zyra. With its soft pastel look and large typography, it’s a modern winner. But when you look under the bonnet there’s so much creative choice – 15 homepage designs, 6 header layouts, plus lots of blog, portfolio, team and testimonial styles.

If you run a creative business and you want to present your work in an interesting way, Veso could be for you. It features a horizontal design, 12 homepage layouts you can install in one click, and hundreds of theme options so you can customize it ‘til your heart’s content.

Niche WordPress Themes

Bauhaus is a fantastic theme worth checking out for architecture and interior design firms. Its minimal approach to design is impressive, to say the least. Plus, there are lots of great design treatments, including pre-built pages, and light and dark styles.

It’s the small details that really make this theme – the squiggles, underlined typography and splashes of color. Blush is a great option if you’re looking for a theme to build out an online makeup or fashion store. It’s WooCommerce compatible, and comes with lots of eCommerce goodies, including tons of shortcodes for customizing how your store operates.

A solid theme for factory and industrial-type businesses that want to establish their presence online. If you like the look of this theme, you can get started right away with one-click install and then tweak the content using drag and drop.

This theme is better experienced live. The screenshot just doesn’t do it justice. When you hover over the images, they animate, adding color and movement to the design. It’s really cool. There’s a lot more to like about this theme – the ridiculous number of homepage designs (34 in total), the different navigation and blog styles, not to mention the fact it’s fast-loading.

Portfolio and Creative Themes

We’ve featured this theme before, but here it is again because it’s so well-designed. There are 17 different homepage designs to choose from, whether you’re looking for something for your portfolio, agency or service-based website. It’s also infinitely customizable and there’s one-click import so you can get started right away tailoring your favorite demo.

I’m a big fan of Fusion and its subtle animation. The “Freelancer” demo features an animated background, adding depth to the page. When you scroll through the portfolio, the images light up as you hover over them, indicating that you can click through to see more. When you reach the bottom, the primary CTA lights up on hover, encouraging users to take action and get in touch.

This straight up portfolio theme covers the basics well. There’s a nice amount of space up top to describe yourself and your mission statement, a sortable masonry grid layout for your work, and easy drag and drop customization.

From it’s classy color scheme to its sortable masonry grid portfolio design and bold header, this theme is as solid as they come if you’re looking for a portfolio design to showcase your work. There are also lots of lovely small details, such as animations and microinteractions that help take this theme to another level.

Featuring 12 stunning homepage styles, this WordPress theme is made specifically for designers and architects. It has a strong focus on bringing high quality images to the forefront. Using Ambient’s set of predesigned, easily customizable homepage layouts, you’ll launch your website in no time. 

Blog Themes

This theme features a thoughtful design that includes all the elements you’d want in a sidebar without feeling cluttered. Plus, this theme is fully customizable so you can pick and choose what you want in your sidebar.

Here’s an elegant choice for the lifestyle bloggers out there. Alder features a gorgeous minimalist layout and all the features you need for a successful blog, including social media integration, big imagery and modern typography.

The understated feel of Bjorn sets the perfect tone for thoughtful content that informs and entertains your followers. This theme makes great use of images, especially in the sliding header, and looks fantastic on any device, especially mobiles.

I love how sassy this GIF-friendly theme is. There’s so much going on, and at the same time it’s so well-designed and laid out that it’s not at all confusing. There are various gradient backgrounds you can choose from and multiple blog post designs. It’s also compatible with WooCommerce if you plan on setting up an online store.

This beautiful blog theme is absolutely ideal for lifestyle bloggers who want an elegant look. The typography is stunning, the images crisp, and all the little details like social media icons, comments and author profiles are just gorgeous.

Conclusion

This list is just a very small collection of what you’ll find in our theme marketplace. There are plenty more beautiful and functional WordPress themes to choose from if you didn’t find a theme you liked in the list above. Don’t forget to check out our collection of tutorials to learn more about working with WordPress.


Jenni McKinnon

About the Author Jenni McKinnon

A long-time web developer, writer, consultant and WordPress instructor, Jenni McKinnon is a Co-Founder at Words By Birds, a copywriting agency for busy web businesses. A WordPress nerd, she names her test sites after references from The Simpsons.