So after thinking through and reading about using a prebuilt WordPress theme and you’ve decided to go down that road. Now, where do you start?
One word: StudioPress.
StudioPress is the same company that sells the Genesis framework/parent theme. And they also sell child themes for Genesis that you can put on your website and run out of the box. Plus it’s pretty easy to customize them to fit your branding.
And that makes them the best option for using a prebuilt theme over ThemeForest and other sellers.
I will be up front: I do not work for StudioPress at all. But I have used it a lot, especially while working at Faith Growth. I remember being a bit skeptical at first, but it didn’t take long for me to see how great they are.
So if you’re looking for a good prebuilt theme from StudioPress, here are some that I highly suggest.
The Outreach Pro theme might be my favorite StudioPress theme ever. It’s a pretty simple theme. There’s not too much going on. The color themes are pretty simple, but work really well.
Yet it really feels like it pops out. It uses medium to large sized images that stand out against the background. The homepage comes across as organized but not overbearing. And the inner pages focus on what matters: the content.
You’ll see that this theme was designed with church and non-profit businesses in mind, but don’t let that fool you. It still works well with any business or organization to give them a nice, clean website for a fraction of the cost for a custom website.
It’s pretty easy to set up (I say as a developer myself; your milage may vary) and you can choose from one of a number of color schemes or easily change out the colors to match your branding. I definitely recommend this to any business looking for a prebuilt theme for their website.
If you’re looking for a theme to display news items, then you’re probably going to want to check out the News Pro theme (I mean it’s in the name). I haven’t used this one as much as I have Outreach, but the limited times I have, it’s been pretty easy to use.
Since it acts similar to a newspaper website, the homepage is much more cluttered than Outreach, but it still looks clean and pleasant to look at. There’s a slider of posts at the top. And plenty of widget space on the homepage to list out other posts.
For those looking to monetize the website, there’s also a ton of ad space you can sell and documentation about how you can fill those spots. At the end of the day, this is probably the best news theme you can get for your dollar.
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If you’re looking for something more simpler with a bit of classy style, might I suggest using the Infinity Pro theme. This team feature
Setting up the homepage to match the demo/what you want it to be can be a bit tricky. You have use widgets and the customizer in order to get your images and content onto the homepage. But the end result is really cool.
Plus, it’s easy to customize the theme to fit your branding. You can easily swap out the site logo and change the single, non white or black color from the customizer. And as an added bonus, it’s already set up to work with the Gutenberg editor, so you won’t have to worry with updating to WordPress 5.X.
Overall, if you looking for a simple theme with a landing page style homepage, Infinity Pro is as good as they come.
If you’re looking for something more geared to a one-page website, I would definitely take a look at the Altitude Pro theme. Like Infinity, the homepage full-width images and block style sections with information about the business or product.
If you take a look at the demo website for it, you can tell right away that it’s geared as a landing page website. The links in the menu at the top go to different sections on the homepage.
While the demo feels really geared towards a one-page, landing page style website, there’s still support for a regular website. And in fact, that’s what I’ve used it for in the past. You can have a blog and normal inside pages.
Overall, this theme is probably for a niche; you’re trying to sell a specific product and want a way to just show it off. Still, if that’s what you’re looking for, Altitude is one of the best selections you can make.
So those are the themes I would recommend for StudioPress if you’re going the prebuilt route. Overall, you really can’t go wrong with StudioPress themes. They’re built to a really high standard, and they each accomplish a specific goal.
So go through their directory and pick the one that works for you. These listed here are a good starting point. And I’m curious: what’s your favorite StudioPress theme?