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WordPress Templates Vs Custom Themes – What To Choose

Friday, 17 March, 2017

Whether you’ve just started using your WordPress website and are searching for the right design or you already have one and simply want to update its looks, finding the right WordPress theme can be a tricky business.

Choosing between custom themes and ready-made templates may boil down to a number of available resources, but the cost difference is hardly the only issue. It’s important to look beyond than just the price and focus on all factors that should shape the final decision.

It’s more than a simple price issue!

Granted, the price is a rather important aspect to most people. Custom designs or custom themes can end up costing thousands of dollars, while premium themes cost way less, with the price ranging from $50 to a couple hundred dollars. Costs are simply what they are, costs. What about those in a position to afford custom themes but aren’t completely sure whether it’s worth it? If that’s the case, then you need to consider the following factors before you start making your decision: experience, support, and updates.

  • Experience refers to any practical experience the author of the theme has had in the past. Make sure to check for any previous work, as well as any reviews and always choose the most reputable authors. That said, there’s nothing wrong with being new to the scene, but most people are reluctant to work with someone without any previous experience.
  • Support offered by the author is important in case something breaks or you want to further tweak and customize the theme.
  • Finally, always make sure you’re getting a theme which is regularly updated, or else you risk the theme eventually “running its course”, which could lead to security issues.


When you’re deciding on a custom WordPress theme, it’s important to properly evaluate the authors’ experience. This means going through portfolios and references, as well as talking directly to the author about the costs, process and the general timeline. An experienced designer should easy provide you with the information regarding the methods and standards they’re using, theme’s plugin compatibility as well as any ongoing costs. With custom designers, their experience should be apparent and any and all issues addressed and publically documented.

Another excellent experience indicator is the status in the WordPress theme community. Customer rosters, as well as comments and reviews, should also be considered. The same standards should be held for WordPress templates. Just because it’s free doesn’t mean that it should be held to a lower standard. If you really like a free theme but aren’t able to verify the author’s experience in any way mention above, then it might be best to look for a different WordPress theme.


What if you want to change your theme and let’s say use a different font? Or perhaps your theme has crashed after playing around with the code. Or you simply want to add some functionality and don’t know whether the theme supports it? This is where support becomes a factor. Fortunately, most custom theme designers and theme vendors offer lengthy documentation for all their themes, as well as a help center or a discussion forum available for members only. All this support should and often does dome free with the theme you’ve purchased. This is the type of service you should normally expect from investing in a custom or premium theme.

On the other hand, free themes represent a large gray area regarding support. If you’re getting your theme from the official WordPress theme directory, make sure to check whether the author is responding to questions in the support section.  Although most providers of free WordPress themes monitor and track any support requests they get, you should verify it before investing. Support for custom themes generally depends on the provider, however, there’s a good likelihood that you’ve had to spend additional funds on support in the future.


Finally, the last thing you should consider is how often do designers update their themes in order to keep up with the latest instance of WordPress. Failing to do so can lead to some serious consequences including loss of your website’s functionality, as well as various security threats. When it comes to custom themes, you should consider discussing with the designer whether the initial investment includes ongoing updates. If not, that is an additional cost you need to worry about. Free themes and templates, however, may or may not receive updates so make sure you’ve verified whether a particular theme you’d like to use is up to date before actually using it.

The bottom line

Whether you’ll focus your efforts on finding the best free theme or you’d rather fork out the cash for a custom web design, it’s more than just price when it comes to making that choice. Consider the pros and cons of both when it comes to the experience of the author, ongoing support and future updates. If it all fits the bill, then go with the custom theme. If you are satisfied with what the free theme has to offer, verify it and enjoy. Yes, money does matter, but in the end, all that matters is that your theme is supported, updated and above else, secure.

This guest article was written by, Sam Cyrus who is the CEO and co-founder of GWM Sydney SEO Services, a Digital Marketing agency from Australia. Sam is also a creative writer and likes to share his insights on entrepreneurship, business, online marketing, SEO and social media. He currently collaborates with Nirmal Web Design Sydney.


10 Best Responsive WordPress Themes for 2016

Thursday, 14 January, 2016

Planning on developing a new WordPress website? Well, you probably be looking for a theme that best suits your website requirements and needs. As a matter of fact, WordPress has proven to be the most popular and most preferred content management system since its inception in 2003. Nearly 24% of websites are powered by WordPress today and the number is still growing. With the popularity of WordPress being growing with the passage of each day, new themes are being developed by WP contributors and volunteers around the world.

Therefore we have pulled together some of the best responsive WordPress themes to help you develop an attractive and fully-functional websites.


Make your website sparkle with this modern, stylish and sophisticated WordPress theme. Sparkling theme is developed using latest bootstrap technology. The theme boasts of responsive design layout and makes your website device-friendly. The theme also features a handful of outstanding features such as full-screen slider. Sparkling comes loaded with many amazing plugins like W3 Total Cache, SEO by Yoast, Gravity Forms, contact form 7 etc.


Moesia is a powerful WordPress theme that has a beautiful design and impressive features. It is a business theme which helps you build an attractive website. The theme features a parallax background color and image amalgamated with animated effects. Additional features include Google Fonts, animations and much more.


Activello is a versatile, stylish and modern WordPress blog theme ideal for photography blogs, travel blogs, personal blogs, fashion blogs, food blog and other magazine style sites. The theme is developed based on the latest bootstrap frontend framework. Activello features a responsive layout and highly customizable design. The theme supports various popular plugins including Jetpack, W3 Total Cache, SEO By Yoast, Gravity Forms, Contact Form and much more.


Unite is an impressive WordPress theme that has fully responsive design layout. The theme is developed using the latest bootstrap 3 and offers user-friendly and minimalist framework for the website. The theme has highly customizable layout and allows you to customize certain aspects such as fonts, navigation bar, footer and much more.


Vantage is a stylish, minimalist and modern responsive ecommerce WordPress theme ideal for developing business websites. The theme boasts of outstanding features that can be found only in premium themes. The theme comes with drag and drop page builder that helps you create webpages easily and conveniently. Vantage also comes integrated with WooCommerce to help you develop online store for your business.


Semicolon is an impressive and beautifully designed WordPress theme. The theme has magazine styled design which makes it ideal for create different types of blogs. Semicolon has a responsive and highly customizable layout. It supports 2 menus – a social menu and a primary navigation menu.

Opulus Theme

Opulus Theme is a versatile, modern and responsive WordPress theme that adapts to different screen size. The theme is built using bootstrap front-end framework. The theme comes with theme options that let you customize certain aspects of the theme including design, colors, fonts and much more.


A1 is a fabulous WordPress theme with one-click installation feature. The theme has been downloaded more than 14,000 times. The theme is extremely lightweight and has ultra fast loading speeds. A1 is SEO-friendly, user-friendly, responsive and highly customizable theme. The theme comes loaded with many SEO friendly plugins and supports other popular plugins. Additional features include 6 pre-defined color schemes, preferred Google fonts and much more.


Mystile is a clean, modern and responsive e-commerce WordPress website that is available absolutely free of cost. Mystile is a Woocommerce integrated theme, which is designed with unique layout idea for developing business websites and ecommerce sites. Additional features include custom widgets, threaded comments, custom page templates, several color schemes, custom homepage and much more.


Wootique is a stylish and minimalist Woocommerce integrated WordPress theme. The theme is developed by WooThemes. The theme boasts of a responsive design layout and makes the website look presentable on all devices. The theme also features CSS3/jQuery featured content slider.

These are some of the most popular WordPress themes. Choose a theme as per your requirements and needs and make the most of WordPress.

This guest article was written by, Emma Watson who is a passionate WordPress developer who likes sharing her knowledge about latest advancements in the world of web development. She has more than 5 years of experience in the field and is currently working at Wordsuccor Ltd. – a reputed WordPress Web Development Services. If you’re looking to hire WordPress developer, then Emma can prove to be an intelligent choice.

11 Ravishing and bold wordpress themes for you

Sunday, 8 September, 2013

Looking for a dynamic and winsome WordPress theme? Bored of all the trash that they put in the name of interesting and compelling templates for your WordPress sites or blog? You may have stumbled at the right place as below we are going to discuss about some of the actually most brilliantly designed and functionally bulletproof WordPress themes. If you are freelancer, an active blogger, a design professional, or a corporate business owner or agency, you should definitely follow the post. Who knows, you might actually be looking at a brand new theme for your blog or website.

Here we have collected more than 10 Exceedingly Bold and Ravishing WordPress Themes for you to download. All these themes are linked to its original source. All these themes have its own copyright terms of usage, please read this terms and conditions before you download these themes for personal and professional use.

1. Jade by Restored 316

Jade carries a perfect mix of simplicity and style and allows the users to own an intriguing website or blog seamlessly. The theme is completely responsive and works perfectly well with a number of mobile and handheld devices and conventional desktops and laptops. It contains 6 different options for layout and 7 different color scheme options, and provides a lot of options for the users to experiment and customize the same.
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2. DW Argo

DW Argo by Design Wall is a bewitching and fully responsive theme available for design professionals and owners of online magazines. It is a compelling WordPress theme which allows the online magazines to shine out in terms of content display and aesthetics. The theme has a herd of interesting features like off canvas navigation, sticky header, easy digital downloads and a lot more.
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3. Ajeeban

Ajeeban boasts of a par excellent responsive excellence and is the best fit for your blog or website. The theme in itself is mesmerizing of the sorts and breath taking, besides there are various options available for the users to fully customize the aesthetics. Its responsiveness allows it cast a beautiful visual spell on various handheld devices, and it comes in three different color schemes, to allows the users to play with the aesthetics. Lastly, it contains all the powerful features prerequisite for the modern day theme, such as masonry and jQuery powered grid systems, custom menus and sliders, message boxes and a lot more.
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4. Frame

A photographer’s delight, Frame is a photography WP theme and encompasses amazing features for image galleries, efficient and self guided administration, color management and extended documentation etc. The theme is powered by HTML 5 and CSS 3, and comes with complete platform responsiveness and retina ready display. It includes various other features like Ajax contact forms, masonry style galleries or portfolio pages and advanced grid systems etc.
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5. Craft WP Theme

One of the preferred choice for design and creative agencies, Craft is fully responsive and retina ready WordPress theme ideal for graphic designers, freelancers, various design professionals amongst others. The theme is built by the combined power of CSS 3 and HTML 5 and entails all the modern day features like graphics with high resolution, advanced option panel, masonry style of blogging, Ajax pagination and portfolio pages and a lot more.
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6. Big Gallery Photograph – Portfolio WP Theme

As already being indicated in the name, this is a brilliant choice of WordPress theme to highlight and showcase the images and pictures on a grand scale, which has been made possible with the creative and well though after use of JavaScript and CSS3. The theme is cut out for photographers and those who wish to highlight their work via images and pictures, as the theme takes care of the same and allows different sliders for the website owners to choose from, and ensure that the theme isn’t cut short or stretched etc. Users can also auto adjust the images, if they so shall desire. And since we are talking about your desires here, you have complete liberty to play the slideshow, play music or switch it off, as per your likings.
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7. Nocturnal

Nocturnal is one of the renowned names in the audio or music category of WordPress themes, and is a much preferred choice of various music bands, Disc Jockeys and nightclubs etc. The theme renders full support to custom font library of Google, offers a unique slide out widget panel and comes with up – Down – Right – Left arrow key support. Besides, we have the sturdy Ajax functionality to take care of the pagination and full screen image in the background.
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8. Origin

Origin is a fun to visit and engaging theme for our WordPress users. It is able to engage the users and inspire them to unravel the depths of the website, based on its grid based imagery system. Also, the theme is entirely responsive and functions smoothly on various smart phones and handheld devices. The best feature of the theme is that the multiple images which it displays can be used actually tell a story and increase the engagement and excitement levels of the users in the myriad endeavors of the business. The theme is best suited to meet the requirements of artists and photographers who needs to showcase their work, or for the bloggers and those involved in communication etc, in order to improve the engagement levels of the users.
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9. Agency Pro

A stunningly beautiful theme for WordPress websites, Agency Pro allows the users to amply showcase their multifaceted attributes and skills, team and other hobbies. The minimal and focused design is the best strength of this website, and it gives a professionally cut out and focused appeal to the business. Besides, the theme is laced with various other significant features like a slick and feature rich full width slider, a 100% percent responsive outlook giving it maximum exposure on smart phones, tablets, desktops and other handhelds, and a lot more.
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10. Jarvis

Jarvis is a brilliant responsive and one page parallax theme which is an ideal match for building a strong and bold cooperate identity and brand image. Interestingly, it is quite a favorite of corporate agencies, self assured freelancers and nonprofit organization. Besides, this astonishing theme is also jam packed with various essential features such as – 12 different homepage styles, six different styles of navigation, total background support for videos and a subscription support for Mail Chimp.
And lastly, the BONUS that you have been waiting for:
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11. Mila

And well, who does not like a bit of a bonus, a supplementary addition to the list? And actually, although our list was previously complete, the moment we laid our eyes on this petite little beautiful WordPress theme, we just could not stop ourselves from including the same. Mila is a well optimized masonry based WordPress theme, which has gained a lot of acclaim for providing excellent user experience. This fully responsive theme allows the website owners to fully broadcast several pages, and also give them enough liberty to deactivate the same at any point. The theme options allow the website owners to opt for a different page layout each time they desire.
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And End Note
So now we have done our bit and the ball is in your court. Do let us know your thoughts and perceptions about these themes that we share, and perhaps share with us your experience in using the same, in the comments section below. We shall wait for your comments.

This guest article was written by Mike Swan, who is a specialist Web Designer at Markupcloud Ltd. a PSD to HTML Conversion Company. He possess a huge experience in technology domain and loves all things comes under web Design niche. He is trying to spread his intangible knowledge to maximum people he can, in order to make a parallel platform.