10+ Recommended WordPress Themes for 2016

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It can take time to drill down to find the top 10 or 20 WordPress themes, whether you’re looking for the best all-purpose theme or one that is dedicated to a special purpose. We’ve done much of the work for you and have compiled a list of what we believe are the 14 best WordPress themes on the market.

Since there is something here for everyone, you shouldn’t have to scroll far to find a top-of-the-line multipurpose or specialized theme that will meet your needs.

Enfold WordPress Theme

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Topping the list is Enfold, a best-selling ThemeForest WordPress theme that provides everything needed for building top quality websites. Enfold is a perfect choice for novices and experienced users alike. Its combination of predefined content demos and a user-friendly drag and drop editor makes setting up a website page of any type a straightforward task, and once you are underway you’ll find it exceptionally easy to move along at a rapid clip.

It takes but a single click to install a demo to begin, and if you wish to, you can combine elements from different layouts. You also have the option to create your own layout from scratch. Whichever route you take, this ultra-flexible theme makes it easy to create a website you can take pride in, and do so in record time.

If setting up an online shop is your objective, this is an ideal theme for the task. It’s WooCommerce, SEO, and retina ready –  three all-important features you will need if your eCommerce venture is to be successful.

BeTheme

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BeTheme is a premier multipurpose theme that has much to offer, and a theme that is suitable for use by website builders at all skill levels. BeTheme is bigger than ever with 40+ core features, 160+ pre-built websites, and 200+ shortcodes. This theme has a large user base as well. The most compelling reason to make Be your choice is the huge selection of pre-built websites, many of which feature multiple pages. Since each page is editable, you can create a website ranging from the simplest to the most complex, in an amazingly short time.

You will enjoy working with Be’s Muffin Builder 3, although if you are a devoted Visual Composer user you have the option to use it as well. Starting from a blank screen is also quick and easy; select a grid and a layout configuration, add a header, and away you go.

X Theme

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X Theme is high on our list of best WordPress themes for good reason. This premium multipurpose theme is ThemeForest’s fastest selling product, and it has been for some time. Its latest two major releases have had much to do with this. In Version 3.0, a number of highly useful plugins were introduced. Version 4.0, introduced X Theme users to Cornerstone, an extremely innovative front-end page builder that is a proven productivity booster.

While this theme is a great choice for building any type of website, three website-building areas where it really shines are one page sites, blogs, and eCommerce sites. X Theme also has the tools you will need to rapidly build an awesome portfolio. Whether you are looking for a general purpose WordPress theme, or one that is dedicated to a special type of website project, X Theme should not be overlooked.

Shopkeeper

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There are many themes that claim to be WooCommerce compatible or feature the WooCommerce plugin. Shopkeeper is a WordPress theme that has been specifically designed with eCommerce functionality in mind. Its functionality is expressly designed for working with the WooCommerce plugin.

Shopkeeper is almost by definition fully responsive and provides pixel perfect results. Since it is one of three Get Bowtied themes dedicated to eCommerce use, you can expect professional support as you build and maintain your online stores.

Uncode –Creative Multiuse WordPress Theme

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Uncode is one of the newest themes on the market. It will be not quite 2 months old when 2016 arrives. In that short time, it has received excellent ratings become a ThemeForest best seller.

Since the professionalism and attention put into this theme will readily become apparent to the user, we have no problem including it among the 14 best WordPress themes going into 2016. Uncode features include Visual Composer, iLightbox, WooCommerce, Revolution Slider, and Layer Slider. If you want a modern, innovative theme with close to a 5-star rating, this is it.

The Core

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The Core includes 10+ themes, and more are on the way. Since all future themes will come with the purchase, once you’ve started using this WordPress theme it will just keep getting bigger and better. You’ll enjoy using the Visual Page Builder, which comes with a large selection of shortcodes.

You can click and drag to your heart’s content, and build anything you want to in the process with minimal effort. The Core features a host of layouts, animations, and portfolio showcases along with multiple sliders, a MegaMenu, and an SEO module to help draw visitors to your site.

Mr. Tailor

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Mr. Tailor has sold close to 4,000 copies. Version 2.0, which took nearly 12 months to design and develop, promises to push sales even higher.

The 2.0 upgrade was heavily influenced by feedback provided by the themes users and online shopkeepers. The theme has in fact been practically reinvented. Its authors took what worked and made it work better. There is much to like about everything Mr. Tailor has to offer.

Kallyas WordPress Theme

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Kallyas is another theme worth taking a good hard look at if your goal is that of building a better eCommerce website. It serves its users well whether the user is a large corporation, a small business, a startup company, or an individual wanting to get into the affiliate marketing business.

Now in its fourth major version, Kallyas features include the new frontend LIVE page builder along with a plenty of customizable home pages and portfolio and blog layouts. This exceptionally complete theme is highly recommended.

 

SEO WP – SEO, Online Marketing, Social Media Agency WordPress Theme  

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SEO ready is a feature to be expected in most themes, yet SEO WP is, as the name implies, SEO ready, but with a difference. The design specifically addresses the needs of the digital marketers and SEO pros. A digital marketer or SEO expert, can easily build its website with SEO WP, thanks to its drag and drop and live customization features, as well as its pre-designed pages, unlimited header styles, pages or designs and many more.  Among SEO WP’s other interesting features are the ready-to-edit SEO content and SEO images, both of which can be customized to suit your needs.

Despacho Theme

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If a premium WooCommerce theme is on your shopping list, Despacho is worth a look. This premium theme is in fact 100% free. You might wish to download the demo first for a preview of this WordPress theme and to see if the features you consider to be critical are there or easily accessible.

The basic features needed to build a high-quality shop are included. Slider layouts, product layouts, blog layouts, contact forms, and 100+ shortcodes come with this fully responsive theme.

Royal – Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

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Royal Theme is a multipurpose theme, but one with a difference. Instead of providing a basic set of layouts that could be customized for any purpose, the authors have broken the theme down into several categories.

Among the 60+ demos there are 16 variants for eCommerce solutions, another 15 for websites of the type preferred by web agencies and digital studios, and 15 one page variants. All have plenty of customization options and there are more variants to come. If you have been searching for a quality business-oriented website solution, Royal Theme deserves a close look.

Kleo Community Theme

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Kleo is another great choice for web designers looking for eCommerce solutions, but it actually has a great deal more to offer. This extremely flexible theme might be the best possible choice for anyone interested in building a community or membership website. It also has the features you will need to create a mobile website or a company presentation website

Kleo is fully compatible with the latest BuddyPress and WordPress versions. Included are GeoDirectory, BP Profile Search, Sensei-eLearning, Responsive Pricing and Compare tables and other novel features.

Lecco One Page WordPress Theme

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Lecco will be an excellent choice for any website designer/developer specializing in one page websites, or who may be looking to build just one. One page websites are particularly useful for showcasing products, publishing blogs, or displaying portfolios.

Designers, creatives, and readers alike will appreciate what Lecco offers. Its powerful Admin Panel makes customization of the layouts provided a simple task. This very affordable theme fully deserves a place among the best 14 WordPress themes for 2016.

Hipsta – Minimal Creative WP Theme

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Take the Visual Composer page builder, add the features needed to create stunning portfolios, and you have Hipsta. The name of this minimal creative WordPress them is by itself enough to generate interest. If you’ve been looking for a quick and easy way to create a beautiful, modern portfolio to showcase your work, your search could end here.

The authors suggest you check out their videos before you buy Hipsta, which only makes sense. They know you will like what you see.

Final remarks

Multipurpose themes, eCommerce themes, specialty themes, and even a free theme are included in our list of the 14 best for 2016. We’ve tried to narrow your search down to a manageable number. Hopefully, there are one or two themes that stand out as potential solutions for your website-building needs. If you believe we have left something out, let us know. Your feedback is important.

Catalin Zorzini
Catalin is the founder of Mostash - a social marketing boutique - and he's always happy to share his passion for graphic design & social media.