Finding the right premium WordPress theme can be a time-consuming process. There are dozens of premium theme development companies and countless independent designers. By my estimate, there are more than 2,000 premium-quality WordPress themes on the market today and that number increases daily. The good news is that there are many themes out there that can meet your needs. Equally good news is that thanks to up-and-coming premium WordPress theme search engines, you won’t have to spend hours scouring through the websites of so many different sellers.
So what exactly is a premium WordPress theme search engine? Let’s start with what it is not. It is not a blog that posts the details of a new theme every couple of days. Those sites can be interesting to follow but they generally lack useful search capabilities. My definition of a premium WordPress theme search engine is a website that focuses exclusively on indexing premium WordPress themes from multiple sellers/designers in order to provide a way for users to quickly and easily locate themes that match specific criteria (category, color, features, price, etc.).
The following are websites that make it easy for you to find WordPress themes from the best sellers/designers.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links (at no extra cost to you). I recommend that you do your own independent research before purchasing any product or service. This article is not a guideline, a recommendation or endorsement of specific products.
WP-Mojo – Having over 900 premium themes from more than 30 sellers indexed, WP-Mojo is the most mature premium WordPress theme search engine. It has a good clean design and is very user-friendly with the ability to search for themes by color, category, style and layout. The “Mojo Picks” are a nice touch.
ThemeGarden – This site could eventually mean trouble for ThemeForest’s WordPress category. ThemeGarden is an up-and-coming marketplace for independent premium WordPress theme developers. They provide a place for the most talented designers to sell their WordPress themes. They have been joined by 17 professional designers in just a few months and more are sure to follow.
ThemeSorter – This is the newest kid on the block with 220+ themes indexed and plans to have 1,000+ before summer is over. Themes can be found by any combination of category, color, style, features, layout, price and user rating. Every color scheme for each theme is indexed and coupons/deals are tracked as well.
Theme Finder – This is a unique project by WPCandy that provides a visual search tool for premium WordPress themes from over 30 companies and designers. Screenshots are filtered on your screen in real-time when you choose a color, price or layout at the top. Clicking a screenshot takes you directly to the detail page on the seller’s website.
WPExplorer -WPExplorer features over 800 premium WordPress themes that can be searched for in 20+ categories. Keyword search is also available.
BestPlaceOn.NET – Their index is built by adding hand-picked themes one at a time from the major sellers. They have about 130 themes indexed. Many are free but not low quality. They are free themes offered by premium theme developers. It’s easy to browse themes by category on this site.
WordPress Premium Themes Directory – This is a popular directory of premium themes. It’s not the most sophisticated in terms of search criteria but it gets the job done and they have more than 600 themes indexed.
WordPressThemes.com – This beautiful site has 280+ premium WordPress themes indexed with full descriptions and user ratings/comments. You can search for themes by category (Business/CMS, Gallery/Photo, Magazine/News and Personal/Blog) or find more precise matches by using the search box.
ThemeForest (WordPress Category) – This makes the cut because it is old and large. It’s a good site but not exclusively focused on WordPress themes, so categories and search capabilities are not as powerful as the sites farther up on this list. Nonetheless, it is still a very useful site for finding premium WordPress themes.
Most of these sites are young, but growing. They will become even more useful as they index more themes. Others will likely come onto the scene this year as well. Just as the premium WordPress theme market has matured, so will the premium WordPress theme search engines.
(Disclosure: I am the creator of ThemeSorter)