7 Best Premium WordPress Themes for 2017

WordPress powers over 27% of all websites on the internet today. Most of those sites are built using some type of WordPress theme. The amount of themes to choose can be very overwhelming. I’ve put together short list of 7 of the top themes that you can’t go wrong with for 2017. I hope this list makes your search a little easier.

Here they are:

1. Salient

Salient is a favorite among designers. It’s known for its many built in design features that make creating a visually appealing website a more streamlined process. The theme has been around since March 2013 and it has over 55,000 downloads.

What to love about Salient:

Awesome design elements
Customized Visual Composer page builder
Over 475 short codes and configuration options
Narrated tutorial videos
Quick turnaround on support requests

2. Avada

Avada is one of the best selling WordPress themes of all time. It uses its own page builder called Fusion Builder, which was recently rebuilt from the ground up. The Fusion Builder is pretty straight forward but I still prefer Visual Composer as my WordPress drag and drop page builder.

The theme has been around since August 2012 and it has whopping 275,000 downloads.

What to love about Avada:

Awesome design elements
Customized Visual Composer
Over 475 short codes and configuration options
Narrated tutorial videos
Quick turnaround on support requests

3. Enfold

Enfold just might be my favorite theme that does not use Visual Composer. It has its own drag and drop page builder that is surprisingly easy to use. Enfold is the highest rated of all the best selling themes on Themeforest. Fusion Builder is pretty straight forward but I still prefer Visual Composer as my WordPress drag and drop page builder.

The theme has been around since April 2013 and has 114,572 downloads.

What to love about Salient:

Clean, Modern Design can be used for any type of website
Advanced Typography Options
Growing Video Tutorial Library
Unique Drag and Drop Template Builder, built only for this theme
Built on top of the fabulous Avia Framework and offers support for the WPML MULTI LANGUAGE plugin

4. Jupiter

Jupiter is an extremely versatile theme with a ton of demo templates. This theme is well coded and loads pretty fast. It offers a customized version of the Visual Composer with 100+ elements and 230+ styles. One of the nicest things about Jupiter is its support. The support staff typically responds within one business day. If you prefer to look for answers on your own, it has 240 pages of documentation and 20 narrative video tutorials.

The theme has been around since July 2013 and has 55,405 downloads.

What to love about Jupiter:

Includes over 50 Business website Templates designed for a variety of businesses.
100+ elements and 230+ Styles
18 Header styles
Free add-ons
Narrative Video Tutorials

5. Bridge

Bridge is a theme I fell in love with the first time I encountered it. It has some very beautiful design elements and allows you to build a visually appealing website quickly. It also offers a customized version of the Visual Composer to go along with 500+ shortcodes and customization options. Bridge is another theme that has very responsive support.The support staff usually responds to request in a friendly and timely manner.

The theme has been around since April 2014 and has over 64,613 downloads.

What to love about Bridge:

200+ Unique Demos
Video Tutorials
Beautiful design elements
Professional and fast support
24 Layout Concepts

6. X

X is theme that is jam packed with options and features. That aspect makes it an awesome theme, but also so offers a challenge. It’s like the Cheesecake Factory menu of themes. There are so many options and features it’s hard to chose which ones are right for your website. X is one of the few themes on this list that doesn’t just offer the Visual Composer. Instead, it utilizes both the Cornerstone page builder and Visual Cornerstone. The builder is relatively easy to use but I definitely prefer Visual Composer. Overall, X is great theme if you have strong idea of what you are looking to create.

The theme has been around since November 2013 and has over 139,858 downloads.

What to love about X:

Stack selection (Integrity, Renew, Icon, or Ethos)
Souped up version of the native WordPress Customizer
X customers can choose between Cornerstone, our incredible 100% front-end page builder or Visual Composer

7. Pillar

Pillar is one of my favorites and is the new kid on the block. It is the WordPress theme version of really great HTML template. I’ve used the Pillar HTML template plenty of times and was pleasantly surprised to find out that there was a WordPress version. Pillar design elements epitomize simple, clean, and crisp design. This theme is very new in comparison to the others and I am excited to see how it evolves as the author updates it.

The theme has been around since September 2016 and has over 947 downloads.

What to love about Pillar:

Simple, clean, and crisp design elements
26 homepage examples
140 unique blocks
Premium documentation
2 hours of video tutorials
Most premium WordPress themes share many of the same features and elements. What typically sets them apart are the page builder, code quality, and overall design style. You can build an amazing site with any of themes listed here. Happy hunting!

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