Which WordPress Themes Should You Use? – What I Use On My Websites!
It's fun knowing which WordPress themes people use for their websites. Many website owners are allergic to revealing the theme they're using, I still can't fathom why it's such a big deal being so secretive.
If you love what someone else uses, there are decent tools that are quite good at disclosing what themes and plugins bloggers. I for one use Spybar, it's cheap and cheerful and can be used on various browsers. I think it's worth having as I feel it's very useful at times.
Which WordPress Themes Are The Best?
It is a matter of personal opinion which theme to choose, but there are some guidelines what to look out for.
When first choosing a theme, you'll probably be looking for something either eye-catching with sliders or possibly big images at the top of the theme to represent your niche.
I think there's a lot wrong with that thinking and here's why...simplicity is always a better option because these type of themes rank higher in Google.
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Which WordPress Themes Do I Use?
This is a very good question. I use a combination of Genesis Themes and Thrive Themes. I currently own four websites, two are blogging sites and two are business sites. I am also working on a dropship website, which when ready I will post here too.
Thrive Themes Minus
This site BloggersRefuge.com uses Thrive Themes Minus (direct link) or read my review Thrive Themes Focus Review – Elegant Affiliate Marketing
Though I'm still using the Minus, this theme and all their other themes are longer available to buy. Thrive Themes are beta testing a new frontend visualizer theme, which I think is going to be awesome. Keep coming back to check for my changes and latest review, it should be here end of July 2018.
Genesis Infinity Pro
VizoVizo.com & SkillWorx.com use Genesis Infinity Pro (direct link) or read my review Genesis Infinity Pro Theme Review by StudioPress – Stylish & Modern. This theme is not as modern as other Genesis themes, but offers a good kick and is easy to setup.
Genesis Authority Pro
BacktoBeautiful.eu uses Genesis Authority Pro (direct link) or read my review Genesis Authority Pro Theme Review By StudioPress – Audience Building. I love this theme because it's incredibily gorgeous, offers tons of features and is easy to install and setup.
I use both Genesis Themes and Thrive Themes because they're sophisticated, simple and clean. You simply cannot get away from their uncomplicated coding. You can count on both being fast and lite, HTML5, CSS3, schema.org markup, flexible, mobile responsive design, optimized for fab SERPs, great security and much more. Genesis offers inbuilt SEO, but with Thrive Themes you have to use Yoast or something similar.
Drop shipping themes are different, they are more geared towards eCommerce specific for drop shipping, not blogging. Blogging can be part of eCommerce or drop shipping, but the blog part is much more silent. If your business is eCommerce without the drop shipping, then Genesis and Thrive Themes can cater for that. Drop shipping however needs a theme more specific to selling product with zero blogging emphasis on the frontpage.
About Genesis Themes:
Genesis themes are built on the amazing Genesis framework by StudioPress. Check out Why Genesis is the Foundation of Any Smart WordPress Design? They are responsive on any device, offer powerful coding, compatible browser support with the most recent versions, can translate into any language you prefer, GPL license with StudioPress Pro Plus, Customizer, unlimited domain usage and more.
Unlike Thrive, StudioPress don't offer compatible plugins for their themes on their site, you need to look for them in the WordPress Repository and because some are old they may not be compatible.
One thing I love about StudioPress is that a few years ago I splurged out on their Pro-Plus All Theme-Package. That was the best decision I ever made because I now get access to every theme they've developed and all their new releases. It’s the best deal, especially if you like to update your theme from time to time like I do or own more than one website.
It's fun knowing which #WordPressthemes people use for their websites. Many website owners are allergic to revealing their theme, but here I reveal all!
About Thrive Themes:
Thrive Themes was founded by Shane Melaugh and tech crazy Paul McCarthy. Thrive offer a similar package deal to Genesis. For many bloggers, Thrive Themes is the first port of call for themes and plugins because they are a reputable company offering outstanding compatible products all in one location.
Thrive Themes are totally different to Genesis themes because Thrive has 'what I call' inbuilt plugins/features into their themes and also offer separate compatible plugins. Some of Genesis newer themes offer integrated features. Some of Thrive Themes plugin/features include social media, image optimization, 404 page, related posts, commenting options, alternative blog styles, ready made email confirmation page, ready made download page, ready made sales page, focus areas for after and before posts and much more.
Some exclusive benefits when owning their full-membership is that you get unlimited top-notch support, forum, constant updates, monthly webinars, weekly training with video, email content courses, regular website reviews and feedback, regular homepage improvement tutorials, Thrive Themes University and much more. Don't take my word for it, check out my article Thrive Themes Membership Review – Is Your Business Toolbox Empty?
Which WordPress Theme Do I Like The Most And Why?
Please bear in mind each website is niche dependent, therefore, my recommendations are based on my own liking and experience. However, bear in mind, I have tried and tested all Genesis themes and Thrive Themes.
Thrive Themes: Thrive Themes Focus Blog is my first choice because it offers many features and functions. My second choice is difficult because they're all very good. I have used their Minus and Rise and love them, but their Square and Performag are good choices too. All of Thrive Themes are easy to install, set up is quick and features are relatively similar, though each theme's look and feel are different.
Genesis Themes: Not one are alike in look and feel, and all are different in setting up. For me, it's a case of which company is better to buy a Genesis theme from? Hands down, it has to be StudioPress because they're currently the only company that offer a good forum, and they offer a Pro-Plus Package at an exceptional price. Out of all their themes, I love their Genesis Authority Pro because it's sophisticated, clean, adaptable and super easy to set up. Also, their Mai Lifestyle is a good seller and it looks fabulous.
StudioPress vs Thrive Themes: I believe Thrives Themes are better because they offer more features, function better and you need half the plugins compared to Genesis. To know more please read my article Genesis Vs Thrive Themes – Be Informed Choose The Right Tools!