30 Serious Alternatives to Custom WordPress Themes

August 10, 2013 · 46 comments

by Sonny M. Day

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Generally, a custom made WordPress theme is more attractive than a pre-designed template because it is designed exactly to meet the needs of the user. Obviously, the preferences of the client are all taken into account by the designer down to the last detail. From the color scheme to the font, to the slideshow mechanism, to the navigation and social media buttons, all these things are agreed upon by the client and the designer. Needless to say, clients get all what they truly want with custom WordPress themes. There is, however, a serious drawback from using a custom WordPress theme. It is more expensive and time consuming. Hiring a web designer to code the website from scratch is far more expensive than buying a pre-designed theme. That is why, custom WordPress themes are not a practical solution if you are working on a tight budget, and if you want to start your small business website as soon as possible.

Fortunately, you can get immensely powerful and extraordinarily flexible WordPress themes. These are the themes that you can modify in a number of ways. The foremost themes in this category are those themes with built-in front end layout builders. On the admin panel of these themes, you can create your own layout, choose your color scheme, and select buttons and navigation elements, all in a drag and drop interface. Yes. You can change the look and the layout of your web page, even without touching the CSS and PHP codes. Also, next in line to this kind of themes, are those that do not have a template builder, but they are loaded with lots of features that can meet common layout demands and perhaps some specific needs of users. Basically, they are packed with skins, layout variations, widgets, navigation and much more.

So here, we have some of the themes that can be considered as serious alternatives to custom WordPress themes. If you like this article, please share this to your friends. We will also be happy to hear your additions and suggestion of the comment section below. Enjoy!


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Nimble — Multipurpose WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Nimble is powerful multi-purpose theme that will help you to build practically any business site, from big corporate sites with catalog of products to studio sites with portfolio, photo albums and video gallery. It is responsive and retina-ready meaning, you do not need to choose between responsive and beautiful! Nimble also have 6 slider and a revolutionary layout builder.

Avada Responsive Multi-Purpose Theme – DEMO

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The Avada theme is clean, very flexible and has a fully responsive design. It is packed with options, and has powerful customization options plus lots of awesome features, amazing layer slider, awesome flex slider plugin, unlimited colors, unlimited sidebars, custom post types, 500+google fonts, 11 custom widgets, tons of short codes, 4 post types, multiple portfolio and blog layout options, ratings system, SEO optimized, and is translation ready. The clean, modern design can be used for any type of website; business, corporate, portfolio, products, etc. It also comes with free support.

U-Design WordPress Theme – DEMO

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This theme is a real best seller at Themeforet. U-Design will easily help you to set any color to elements such as backgrounds, links, text, menu links, etc. The good thing is that it empowers you to completely change the look and feel quite easy and in no time. It’s a powerful theme which suits both, users with no programming background as well as advanced developers. There is a lot of great features and you can choose from over 200 fonts, including Google Font Directory and Cufón fonts. An important factor is SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and SEO actually has been made a priority when designing this theme.

MetroStyle – Responsive All Purpose WordPress Theme – DEMO

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This theme can be applied to any business needs and give your website a fresh new look. The theme has lots of customization features. Easy color and image selection with many design settings can help you transform MetroStyle into a unique business selling tool. The MetroStyle theme is SEO optimized and uses only CSS for fast loading.

Inspired Responsive Business WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Inspired is a responsive WordPress theme that comes packed with twenty flexible skins suited for your business website! It has a user friendly admin panel which comes with 500+ options. The developers have put their effort into the blog, portfolio, and post types, giving you TONS of options, so you are in full control of your posts.

Karma – Clean and Modern WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Karma is a Premium WordPress Theme built on a highly intelligent framework. It’s the only theme on Themeforest to feature the amazing new CU3ER v1 3D slider. Whether your a wordpress pro or just a beginner, you’ll have absolutely no problems at all working with this theme.

Centum – Responsive WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Centum is a premium responsive WordPress theme created for corporate and portfolio websites. It features a very clean and minimal design that is perfect for showcasing your work. It’s easy to customize with awesome features like Revolution Slider, unbranded OptionsTree panel for settings and new amazing WordPress Customizer.

Modernize – Flexibility of WordPress – DEMO

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Modernize is a new era of wordpress theme. You can discover many new awesome features in this theme. For example ‘Page Builder’, it allow you to create page easily by drag-drop module. Moreover, it comes with many options on that. Also, to change color elements, it won’t be a big deal anymore, with our new admin panel, you can access to almost of all elements color. Admin panel in this theme is a real feature rich. You can also create unlimited sidebar, choosing over 350 fonts or if you want to use your own, we provide a cufon uploader. Modernize has 15 predefined background pattern but if you want to use your own background, again, we have a custom background uploader. You can also translate each elements to your language via this admin panel.

Sahifa – Responsive WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Sahifa is a Clean Responsive Magazine, News and Blog Template. It is powered by TiePanel, has a drag & drop home page builder, build in review system and much more.

Sterling – Responsive WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Sterling is a fully Responsive WordPress Theme built on a highly intelligent framework. It’s the perfect theme for everyone in need of a professional online presence. Whether your a wordpress pro or just a beginner, you’ll have absolutely no problems at all working with this theme.

Cardamon WP — Multipurpose WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Need a great multipurpose WordPress theme with beautiful design, lots of features and ability to customize every aspect of its layout and appearance? And do all of that in only a couple of clicks? Then Cardamon WP is a good choice! Cardamon WP is a powerful theme that will help you to build practically any site: from big corporate sites with catalog of products to studio sites with portfolio, photo albums and video gallery; business, kids, beauty, medical… tattoo studio. Almost anything that you can imagine!

Prime Time – Responsive WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Prime Time is built on top of the Theme Blvd framework. Use the layout builder to accomplish just about anything you can think of. Use the slider manager to create as many sliders as you want. Use the widget area manager to create as many widget areas and sidebars as you want. With just the right amount of theme options and flexibility, the power is all in your hands. And with a sleek, responsive HTML5 design, you’ll be sure no one will miss out on your new website built with Prime Time.

Swagger – Responsive WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Swagger is built on top of the all-new version 2 of the Theme Blvd framework. Use the layout builder to accomplish just about anything you could ever think of. Use the slider manager to create as many sliders as you want. Use the widget area manager to create as many widget areas and sidebars as you want. With just the right amount of theme options and flexibility, the power is all in your hands. And with a sleek, responsive HTML5 design, you’ll be sure no one will miss out on your new website built with Swagger.

The Builder – Multipurpose WordPress Theme – DEMO

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The Builder is a Premium WordPress theme that comes with massive and flexible features. Focused on bringing easiest system for user to build and modify their own site, both on content and layout/design! With homepage manager, you can have any layout type for your homepage. Use single Fullwidth, single sidebar-content, single content-sidebar or mix them into random layout structure. Lots of modules available to use to filled up your content.

Shoutbox Magazine – WordPress theme with Template Builder – DEMO

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Shoutbox is a minimal Magazine and Blog Theme, that uses a very elegant Featured Slider for news presentation. Built on one of the most flexible WordPress Themes on Themeforest, it is equipped with a dynamic Template Builder that allows you to create stunning page layouts without any knowledge of coding . It also has a unique built in slideshow manager (no plugins needed), that supports both self hosted videos as well as vimeo, youtube, etc and comes with a content importer for faster setup.

Velvet – Minimal Business Theme – DEMO

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Velvet is a minimal business and portfolio Theme, that uses a very elegant Ken Burns Slider for image presentation. Like the uPscale, it is built on one of the most flexible WordPress Themes on Themeforest. It also has dynamic Template Builder where you can create stunning page layouts without any coding knowledge. Yet if you are a developer eager to create your own PHP files the theme supports you as well with a very structured folder and file system. It has a unique built in slideshow manager (no plugins needed), supports both self hosted videos as well as vimeo, youtube, etc and comes with a content importer for faster setup.

Coalition – One Page WordPress Portfolio – DEMO

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Coalition is a minimal business and portfolio Theme that is created to be used as a One Page Template. With the help of a Template Builder you can create a single page which holds all your content. The theme can of course also be used as a “normal” WordPress theme. In that case Coalition will behave like any other WordPress theme with a blog, posts, pages etc.

Bangkok Press – Responsive, News & Editorial Theme – DEMO

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Bangkok Press is the most awesome News and Editorial WordPress Theme. With this theme that comes with Responsive Action, your readers can easily read your article everywhere, on there mobile or tablet. There’re more than 10 of blog option for your alternative. Moreover, you can change almost every elements color easily via admin panel. Page items are managed very easily via our awesome tool, ‘Page Builder’. Admin panel in this theme is a real feature rich.

Angular – Responsive Portfolio – DEMO

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Angular comes with a plethora of options so you can modify layout, styling, colors and fonts directly from within the backend. 28 predefined skins (which are easy to modify from your backend), font and color options as well as dynamic template builder will help you create the Website you need in no time.

Propulsion – responsive business & eCommerce – DEMO

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Propulsion is built on top of the fabulous woocommerce shop plugin as well as the bbPress Forum plugin. It comes with a plethora of options so you can modify layout, styling, colors and fonts directly from within the backend. 3 Slideshows, 21 predefined skins (which are easy to modify from your backend), font and color options as well as dynamic template builder will help you create the Website you need quickly.

Breakout – Responsive WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Breakout is built on top of the all-new version two of the Theme Blvd framework. Like Prime time, Breakout has a layout builder that lets you accomplish just about anything you could ever think of. You can use the slider manager to create as many sliders as you want. Use the widget area manager to create as many widget areas and sidebars as you want. With just the right amount of theme options and flexibility, the power is all in your hands. And with a sleek, responsive HTML5 design, you’ll be sure no one will miss out on your new website built with Breakout.

ECOBIZ – Modern Business WordPress Theme – DEMO

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ECOBIZ is clean,elegant and modern corporate and business WordPress theme that can be switched as eco/green business and portfolio theme. There’s many page templates available,6 pre-defined skins, unlimited colors, 3 slideshow types, Portfolio and Product post type with categories filter, User friendly shortcodes and more. Please explore demo site or follow below features.

Striking – Custom WordPress Themes – DEMO

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Striking is an extremely powerful and flexible wordpress theme – actually a “Super Premium” theme as it has extraordinary features and coding that are not found in the normal premium WP theme. It is the theme you buy when you want to create a website in every way you imagined possible. The superb flexibility of its framework allows it to be tailored to a Blog, Portfolio, Creative, Business or almost any other kind of website one can imagine. You will not find a more comprehensive admin interface – easy enough for a beginner to grasp immediately (and includes both online and written help documentation) but with every design element of Striking fully controllable so that if you are an experienced designer you can manipulate the design in any manner you see fit – Striking includes a child theme layout for the wp professionals.

Mingle – Multi-purpose WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Mingle is an amazing WordPress theme and it’s BuddyPress ready! If you’re not familiar with BuddyPress, it’s a social network plugin for WordPress allowing your website to become a fully functional community portal. BuddyPress lets your users interact through groups, forums, friends, status updates, private messaging and a lot more. It includes administration features giving you complete control of your website’s layout and design. The unique and easy to manage design ensures your site will stand out and be remembered.

King Size – full screen background Custom WordPress Themes – DEMO

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King Size WP is a WordPress version of the top-selling HTML template. It’s a great Custom WordPress Theme for variety of purposes, although focused towards Photographers and those using Portfolios to display their past and present work collections. It’s another great example of photography website templates.

Continuum – Magazine WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Continuum is best used for newspaper and magazine blogs, but it has a good number of custom widgets, short codes, page templates, unique sidebars, and custom menus, so it can be molded into whatever kind of site you want, like a portfolio site for example. Continuum features an extensive Feed Framework which intuitively groups and displays your posts, and lets the user sort the posts several ways depending on which part of the site they are on. Continuum fully supports and was designed specifically for WordPress 3.0+

Village – An Awesome Full screen Custom WordPress Themes – DEMO

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If you love photography or general creativeness and want new interesting ways to display your work then this could be the theme for you. They have WordPress video tutorials that can guide you through how to create everything you need. The theme also has helpful hints throughout to let you know what everything does. If you want to create a unique look you will like that they have included many different modules that are unique to Themeforest, like the interactive query wall, and the floating slideshow navigation with automatic scroll.

Folioway – Premium Portfolio WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Folioway is a cool WordPress simple  theme, not only its clean and elegant, it also comes with lots of features like amazing slider, unlimited colors, etc.

Duotive Three – – Complete Custom WordPress Themes – DEMO

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Duotive has a lot of features that you can choose from on its admin panel. The Custom sidebar manager helps you create custom sidebars and assign them to any page or post on your website. It is great to be used in portfolio or as a blog theme of your website.

Dandelion – Powerful Elegant WordPress Theme – DEMO

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Dandelion theme has very powerful admin settings included, so that it can satisfy all different needs without having to change any code. You can very easily change between page layouts, theme styles, sliders and set the theme content.

Author : Sonny Day

Sonny M. Day is a passionate SEO and web design enthusiast who loves photography, mountain climbing, snorkeling and dirt bike riding.

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