WordPress themes 2015 – what I use
I am extremely picky and have very little extra time on my hands, that is why I choose to still buy themes, I like to support the community and use the best. I have bought too many themes, it has been an addiction and hobby, I have ranted and raved about them in many past posts on my blogs over the years. I only want to work with the best, does not have to be the best selling but the combination of advanced added tools and ease of use is very important. I am not interested in learning some designers egomaniac’s “cool” dashboard or alternate WordPress universe and why I have had large disagreements with most major theme clubs.
What I must have in a theme:
- Visual Composer – best plugin to be mass-integrated in themes in 2014
- Mega menus
- WooCommerce – even if I do not use it, the theme has to more than be “woo-ready”
- Slider Revolution
- Layer Slider
Best “Anything” Theme
This theme is used on this site and is versatile and modern but not bloated with extra stuff on the backend. It does have multiple header layouts and per page tweeks that helps make pages and posts more unique than just one look that you have to choose for all and stick with.
It does have it’s own theme dashboard as well as a few things on the default WordPress “customize” tab. their dashboard is simple and works well and not trying to teach you a new way to WordPress that is nice.
It does have wooCommerce features and ways to show cart and pricing on the header but I have not really used it for a dedicated e-commerce site yet.
Best E-commerce Theme
While I squarm at the thought of Magento and WordPress in the same sentence I have been wonderfully surprised that this team brought the more organized Magento layout to a WordPress theme. The pages and product look without making it “Magento” and a headache to setup, it is really nice to get the best of both with the WordPress backend. Things other strictly WordPress/WooCommerce guys don’t have a mind to do these guys have done. Great balance of access to presenting the categories better and still light and wonderful WooCommerce. They have samples of more business looking sites but really because it is done on Visual Composer all those elements are a give-in. If you want a fast and easy and yet more thought out WordPress site this is the theme to beat.
I continue to use X-theme on some client sites however their header menu is dated and it is increasingly hard for ecommerce where you want cart and vital tabs on the header that X-theme with their “stack” is not able or willing to improve on. X-theme is a juggernaut and a great turning point in theming however it in it’s current use is looking too much like 2014.
It is clearly a marketing/landing page niche theme, their core buyers and niche target has always been that. Have they boxed themselves into a corner with “stacks” and their grave eventually read here lies X? Time will tell, but lack of header options is leaving them behind for my uses and my loyalty is only as good as their solutions. Right now they are a friend I start calling less and less on for help.
It is only early March 2015 so I can not wait to see what the next big thing is. It is hard to imagine last spring using themes without Visual Composer. Themes that snooze, loose my attention. More accessibility and user functions with closer implementation to WordPress core will always get my dollar and endorsement.