One of the beauties of the website builder (opens in new tab) and web hosting (opens in new tab) solution that is WordPress (opens in new tab) is its customizability. With a little bit of code tweaking, you can make your site look however you like. But such power can be intimidating. Where do you start? How do you do it? How long would it take you?
Thankfully, many creators have done all the hard work for you: there are a plethora of themes you can apply to your site to transform it in seconds. With that in mind, we’ve looked at five of the best WordPress portfolio-styled themes aimed at making your creative business stand out.
We've also highlighted the best paid and free WordPress themes.
Angle (opens in new tab) was created by WPZoom, who have a wealth of themes to choose from. Angle offers a very clean look. As with nearly all themes, this one covers everything, from a main page, to individual posts, and there are enough customization possibilities to transform it into the ideal display for your work or business. Widgets are also available for further customization.
As you should expect from a modern theme, it is built to be responsive (i.e. it adapts itself to the screen it’s being viewed on - be it desktop, tablet or phone), and can manage the high “retina” resolution of modern portable devices.
The aim of Coastline (opens in new tab) is to put your photography front and center. The main menu is composed of large thumbnails, as examples of your work for each of your categories. The sidebar is placed on the left and we really liked that it’s anchored in position: no matter how far you scroll down, it’s always there ready to take your visitor to another page on your site (of course this doesn’t apply when viewed on a phone screen, but just shows how well this theme’s responsive design is).
Coastline offers various packages from a basic plan for this theme only for one year, but should you need support and updates beyond your first year, you’ll have to pay again for the privilege. The standard club plan grants you access to all of CSS Igniter’s themes (again for a year of updates and support). Alternatively, the Developer club plan includes access to all Elementor starter kits. If you’re the kind of person who’d rather pay once for a lifetime’s worth of support and updates, you can buy the lifetime club package.
If you’re familiar with Themify, the designers of the Elegant (opens in new tab) theme, you’ll know they include their ‘drag & drop builder’ with each purchase, meaning that it’s incredibly easy to customize their theme to suit your exact needs, by adding and moving modules anywhere you want on the page.
Elegant is the right name for this… elegant theme. It comes with its own typography, and even comes with filters that are triggered when you mouse over your photos. These include sepia, blur and grayscale. Various layout options are offered, along with the ability to customize the header for each page.
Nikkon (opens in new tab) is a simple theme, but it comes with an unbeatable advantage over the others on this list: it’s free. Now of course it won’t have all the bells and whistles the others offer, but if you’re starting out, you really can’t beat free. So what do you get for your money?
Ideal for photography enthusiasts, this theme’s main page offers a grid-based layout, so you can display your images clearly and with ease. You can anchor a sharing toolbar so it’s always available no matter how far a visitor scrolls down. The theme comes with several header styles to suit your needs, supports blogging, and also integrates with WooCommerce (opens in new tab) should you decide to sell your shots. As it stands, it’s ideal for starting out, and there’s also a Nikkon Pro option with additional feature when you’re ready to pay for them.
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