A frequently updated list of great looking WordPress themes to create your own web services. The kind of web apps which would have cost tens of thousands of dollars to create a few years ago can now be built using WordPress themes. But it’s not easy to find the best ones on the market. I’ve decided to share with you my findings as I’m coming across gorgeous themes on a daily basis while browsing the web.
Create a business directory with WordPress
This theme by Engine Themes isn’t the cheapest you will find on the market ($89) but it’s packed with cool features. Have a look at the demo.
With a theme like that, you can easily create a design hotels directory or a local business directory. Engine Themes offers a series of extensions, for instance to accept payments for listings. The Directory Engines also looks great on mobile, truly responsive.
You can add events to each place, filter your search within a specific radius, accept reviews for the listed places,…
Create a forum service with WordPress
Besides the Directory Engine, Engine Themes has a few other gorgeous themes, like a forum engine for instance, which can serve as a community hub complementing your existing website. It is also perfectly responsive on tablets & smartphones. It is a bit cheaper than the Directory Engine, $49.
Create a Q&A service with WordPress
Once again I will refer here an Engine Themes template, called Q&A Engine, which enables you to start a powerful Q&A service around any type of subject. Users can easily post questions, give their own replies, discuss & vote. A gorgeous UI.
Create a Job Board with WordPress
With the same type of UI as for their Q&A Engine, Engine Themes offers a slick job board theme, which you can use to create a job marketplace or for your own recruiting needs.
Create an e-commerce site with WordPress
The theme from ThemeFyre which we bought on Creative Market to build our blog, Camyno, can also be used to create an impressive e-commerce website, via a Woo Commerce plugin integration.
Create a crowdfunding service with WordPress
A few weeks ago, I installed Backer from KrownThemes, integrated with the plugin Ignition Deck Commerce to create a crowdfunding platform. I even tweaked the theme to adapt it to a pre-order use case (a sort of Tilt.com) where the cash objective is hidden and the amount of backers is replaced by a quantity of orders, with a treshold (tilt) determined by the value needed to launch the production. I was pretty proud of what I could achieve as a non-coder using this setup which cost me $53 for Backer and $149 for Ignition Deck (I could buy the enterprise version of the plugin at $449 if I want to build a service open to third-party project creators).
Create an Event service with WordPress
I’ve just discovered this gorgeous theme by ThemesDojo (they have apparently a bunch of themes). It enables you to create an event presentation / registration website, incl. Paypal & Stripe payments. Check it out. It’s a very slick way to give your business event (or event your concert / festival) the presence it deserves. And you will spare a few % on the usual transaction fee charged by event marketplaces since you will only pay the Paypal & Stripe fees (even if it might be worth getting some organic attention on Eventbrite & alikes).
Create your magazine with WordPress
To create an online magazine is probably the first thing many writers would think about when it comes to using a WordPress theme.
Did you know for instance that QZ.com is based on WordPress (they’re hosted on the WordPress.com VIP service). They are the living proof that you can attract a large audience on a WP platform (they’ve just reached the top 1500 in the Alexa rankings).
There are plenty of WordPress themes to create your online magazine, I will list a few of them in my article, as I’m coming across quality ones.
Here is a nice example, with gorgeous visual effects on the home page and a true responsive rendering: Valenti, which you can download on ThemeForest.
I also came across this one, Presso by Envirra, superb & lightweight. Check it out on ThemeForest.
If you like Google’s Material Design, you will love this vibrant theme distributed via ThemeForest, called Rare. Looks gorgeous on mobile.
Create your knowledge base / wiki with WordPress
If you want to create any type of knowledge base, you should give a try to this gorgeous theme called FLATBASE from the guys at NiceThemes. I would just like them to fix the length of the results lines on smartphones and their responsive rendering would be perfect! It’s pretty cheap and very versatile. I’m going to use it for a forthcoming project.
I will add new themes on a daily basis. If you have themes to suggest, please do with the comment section.