The best, most affordable, premium wordpress themes

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We have searched through a wide range of premium wordpress themes, trying to find the best, and most affordable ones available. In the end we came up with the ones listed below for the following reason;

  • Excellent Design. In the end, your website is the most important piece of marketing you can own, and it must look good. It should also obey the rules of aesthetics and landing page design, this means premium real estate for the logo and the offer, concise use of page layout, customisable widget areas.
  • WordPress 3 Compatible. WordPress 3 is out, and has thrown a few curve balls as far as navigation menus go, so these themes have had to keep up.
  • Affordable. All of these themes are available for $40 or less. Most cost less than $30.
  • Strong back end/customisable. You should be able to make many changes to a template without spending too much time sweating over the code. You should also be able to do most of that through the admin section of the website. Also, almost all of these themes have PSD templates for more complete customisation.
  • SEO friendly. We were looking for themes that are best optimised for seo, that meant no flash, good used of H1 tags, css menus etc
  • Image slider/portfolio. A large number of our clients are now looking for an affordable way to impliment an image slider or a portfolio. WordPress with jquery allows you to do just that, without having to pay huge design fees
  • Support. All these themes are well supported by their designers or the community they come from. They are also all very well documented.
  • Theme Forest. All of these themes are available from theme forest, one of the best, most creative wordpress and file sharing website available.
  • Accessibility. All themes should work with most modern browsers and have W3C valid code.

Twicet Business Theme


Key features of the template:

  • Valid XHTM Strict1.0 and CSS 2 .1, tableless Design
  • jQuery Support:
    • Fading Portfolio/Item slider
    • jQuery 100% unobtrusive wich degrades gracefully if javascript is turned off
    • Gallery Page with lightbox
    • Working ajax/php contact form
  • All PSD files I used are included
  • MANY Backend options to customize the Theme:
    • 5 Option Pages: general options, mainpage, portfolio, contact, blog
    • Highly flexible: for example the 3 content columns on the mainpage could be a mix of pages, posts and widgets, all administrated through the backend
      Same goes for portfolio footer

Centita

Concise

  • Jquery Featured Showcase Slider
  • Dropdown for Categories and children pages
  • stylish headers without seo loss – cufon
  • option for image logo or stylish dynamic text logo
  • automatic post lengths for main page
  • Tableless code
  • Cross Browser Compatible
  • theme options page for any customizing you would like

Complexity

  • 12 unique styles
  • 12 conveniant shortcodes
  • Full lightbox integration in pages and posts, including  shortcode
  • WordPress 3 navigation menus supported
  • 6 Page Templates
    • Standard Page
    • Full Width Page
    • Blog Roll Page
    • Contact Page
    • 2nd Homepage Option
    • Services Page
  • 18 PSD source files are included for easy customization (including a full PSD layout for each style)

Vulcan

  • 5 Theme Color Scheme (blue, orange, green, purple,grey)
  • Portfolio page with Pop up Light (support for image and Video Source)
  • Valid XHTML
  • Auto Image Resizing
  • Poweful Admin Theme Options
  • XML sample data included
  • PSD Files included

View

  • 10 Dynamic widget area on homepage , index, single ,page and contact form page
  • Gravatar support
  • Threaded comment support
  • Tested and compatible with major browser (Firefox, Opera, Safari/Chrome, IE)

Awake

  • Versatile jQuery Slider
    – Populate with WordPress Categories or Custom Defined Images
    – Accepts Html & shortcode
    – Two transition effects – Fading or tabbed
    – 5 Different Stage Layouts all easily manageable through admin area
    – Drag and Drop Interface to Reorder Images
    – Image Preloader
    – Option to display on every page
  • Multiple Style Variations – Select from over 30 Custom CSS style variations from Admin Area
  • 70+ Content ShortCodes
    – Style your Post or Page content easily
    – ShortCodes include, Image Gallery, jQuery Tabs & Toggles, infinitely nest-able column layouts and many more
    – Easy to insert from WordPress Wysiwyg Editor
  • Related and popular post modules
  • Nested comments
  • Font Replacement (cufon)
  • Huge Tabbed Admin Area
    – See SCREENSHOTS
  • Layered PSDs are included for easy modification

Alpha

  • 2 Column Fixed Layout
  • jquery cycle slider
  • 2 color skins, white and dark skins
  • Color Switching from wp admin options page
  • Jquery Superfish Multi level drop down menu

Colosseum

  • CSS3 and jQuery powered billboard
  • 10 color options
  • Huge admin interface
  • Featured services with animated CSS3 tooltips
  • Robust, animated portfolio
  • 5 custom widgets (gmaps, slideshow, contact ,ads, twitter)
  • Social bookmarks
  • 20 shortcodes with shortcode manager
  • Versatile jQuery Slider
    – Populate with WordPress Categories or Custom Defined Images
    – Accepts Html & shortcode
    – Two transition effects – Fading or tabbed
    – 5 Different Stage Layouts all easily manageable through admin area
    – Drag and Drop Interface to Reorder Images
    – Image Preloader
    – Option to display on every page
  • WordPress 3.0 Ready
    – Includes full support for WordPress’s new Navigation Menus
  • Multiple Style Variations – Select from over 30 Custom CSS style variations from Admin Area
  • 70+ Content ShortCodes
    – Style your Post or Page content easily
    – ShortCodes include, Image Gallery, jQuery Tabs & Toggles, infinitely nest-able column layouts and many more
    – Easy to insert from WordPress Wysiwyg Editor
  • Custom Sidebars
    – Create as many custom sidebars as you like
    – Can be applied on Post or Pages
  • Custom Widgets
    – 7 Custom Widgets (Flickr feed, Twitter feed, Popular & Recent posts, SubPage navigation Contact Us & Contact Form)
    – All widgets support multiple instances
  • Ajax Contact Form – Add contact form to any Page, Sidebar or Footer, just enter you email address
  • Social Bookmarking
    – Built in support for Social Bookmaking on Blog Posts – Bit.ly API support for URL shorting
  • Breadcrumbs Navigation
  • About Author Box on Posts
  • Related and popular post modules
  • Nested comments
  • jQuery Drop-down menu
  • Font Replacement (cufon)
  • Huge Tabbed Admin Area
    – See SCREENSHOTS
  • Layered PSDs are included for easy modification
  • Extensive Documentation Included
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One Response to “The best, most affordable, premium wordpress themes”

  1. Aldo Berdugo 8 July 2010 at 12:31 am #

    Thanks so much for the cool collection of templates, I’ve been looking for a long time and these templates are what I want to use one my new blog.


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