The Best Premium WordPress Themes for 2014

What makes a theme worthy of being considered the best premium WP theme? To understand better, it’s critical to have a basic understanding of what WordPress has to offer, in terms of website creation and design.

WordPress has the distinct honor of being a highly configurable Content Management System (CMS) that was originally designed to address the needs of bloggers, but eventually evolved into a platform that can accommodate plugins and design widgets that add not only aesthetic value, but also functionality. There are numerous Premium WP Themes available in the Web designers’ market, like the themes ThemeForest offers, which can sometimes prove wearisome to hunt down and compile all of them, especially since with the way the needs of people constantly change, the corresponding need for technology to keep developing spurs on the creation of more themes that can better respond to changing user needs.

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 Related to that, in the matter of content, it is no longer sufficient to have random, non-thematic images or to have a wall of text to populate a website. In order to attract traffic, other multimedia such as video and audio, and links and quotes are often made a part of the site’s content. Text has also been given a fresh treatment. The more succinct the text, the better it can engage the site’s users. Finally, the concern given to design elements has grown deeper, in proportion to the fast development of design technology. 

Based on those facts, here now are some of the best premium WordPress themes for 2014. They’re considered the best, based on a study of the category they belong, and regarded as premium because they aren’t free for the taking. They have to be paid for, and licensed, in order to be used legally.

Boundless – Multipurpose WordPress Theme

Category: eCommerce, Business, Portfolio, Gallery

Boundless is a modern WordPress theme with parallax effects. It utilizes the power of HTML5 and CSS3, and it brings you a beautiful design, with very lightweight code, which enables fast loading times. The Revolution slider will surely amaze your visitors, and you will be surprised by its numerous features: animations, custom icons, pricing tables, and much more.

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The X Theme – Multipurpose Template

Category: eCommerce, Business, Portfolio, Gallery

They say it’s the theme of 2014, combining elements of premium design & functionality which enables you to create unlimited websites using the same theme.. it’s called the X Theme, and people are raving over it. Introduced in early 2014, the theme became an instant success on the Themeforest marketplace and positively reviewed by many high profile internet marketers. The X theme really has it all! Check out 30 demos they’ve created by visiting the preview below.

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Avada

Category: Business, Ecommerce, Portfolio

An extremely popular theme, and for a reason. This is one of the most sold WordPress themes ever, thanks to its multi-purpose design. You can create anything from it – from blogs to online stores and beautiful creative portfolios. The theme is WooCommerce ready, has lots of gallery and slider options, as well as many other features that will leave you satisfied.

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Mozzy – Premium Portfolio & Blog Template

Category: Portfolio, Creative, Business

A stunning, simple portfolio & blog WordPress theme from the creators of CSSigniter. Enjoy multiple options on your portfolio dashboard and be sure to use the flexible homepage, which allows you to modify your website’s look in no time, while choosing column numbers, layout, contact forms and so much more. Grab a look and enjoy a full range theme company which offers a $39 bundle.

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Nexus Modern Magazine Theme

Category: Blog, News, Corporate

A versatile magazine styled template with plenty of content modules, shortcodes and styles that allow you to fully control your theme’s front & back end easily. Created by the brilliant guys over at Elegant Themes, Nexus makes it easy to blog of a great amount of content in a magazine style hassle free, which in addition to old print-style design, brings edge to the table. With a grid layout, responsiveness and abundance of features, Nexus is the choice for a magazine type website.

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Inception – Multipurpose Portfolio Theme

Category: Portfolio, One page, Corporate

Inception is the perfect one-page portfolio theme. It has beautiful CSS3 animations, smooth section transitions, a customizable footer, and Google Maps integration. All of this means that you can easily showcase yourself and your business, regardless of whether it’s online or offline. And with its beautiful design, Inception is a theme that will leave a good first impression on your visitors.

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The7 Responsive Multi-Purpose WordPress Theme

Category: Business, Portfolio, Photography

This is a new premium theme, which has a modern design. The theme itself is multi-purpose and you can use it for anything from a regular blog, to a full-scale online store. An extremely flexible theme, which will be of great use in any endeavor.

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Photocrati

Category: Photography, Portfolio

Photocrati is a leading theme platform that specializes in the photography niche. It provides a platform of themes & templates which includes a built-in gallery system, a photography options panel and much more. Ideal for photographers and highly customizable, Photocrati proves to be a good choice. Check out the multiple demos by clicking below.

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Lavish – Responsive Business Theme

Category: Corporate, Minimal, Business 

If you are looking for a sophisticated design for your business website, then the Lavish theme can provide you with that. It has minimalist and responsive design. With Lavish you can easily create many buttons, tabs, and toggle content, thanks to the many shortcodes that are available. Show where you are located with Google Maps Integration, and create multiple pages with the easy page builder.

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Karma Creative Wordpress Theme

Category: Creative, Business

As a fully responsive parallax enabled premium WP theme, Karma can be counted among the best because of its special theme features that include an Isotope Gallery with Fancybox which is ideal for video and image sharing sites such as YouTube and Instagram, and a vertical timeline layout that comes with its own set of media queries and icons. This is a theme that fully lives up to its name. Probably the best of the many WordPress themes currently out there, which 21,000 buyer on Themeforest will vouch.

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I Love Rockband

For designers who are creating websites for those in the music industry, or who are themselves musically inclined, it’s very hard to resist the appeal of the I Love Rockband theme. Although it’s specifically situated for dealing with rock-oriented musicality, it’s also highly open to being used to design any kind of site that’s meant for showcasing artists ranging from solo performers to complete bands or orchestral symphonies, and promotional musical events, irrespective of the musical genre. This music theme is one of the best wordpress themes for the year 2013 and will probably lead 2014 as well.

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This theme is fully responsive, and comes with a multi-level dropdown menu. It’s also cross compatible with most new browsers.

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Invictus

Category: Photography, Fullscreen

Here you can showcase your images and videos in full screen glory. It’s fully responsive too. The options panel allows you to customize a lot of the elements, and nifty effects are possible as well. It’s so easy to use it’s virtually unbeatable.

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MayaShop

Category: eCommerce

You can sell just about anything under the sun with this theme that uses the JigoShop and the WooCommerce plugins. Customization is a breeze even for non-developers, starting with the more than 50 custom backgrounds and 8 different sliders.

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Wiksi Premium WordPress Theme

Category: Magazine, News

If you want a sleek and fully responsive solidly standing on HTML5 and CSS3 architecture, look no further than Wiksi. This theme’s designed sites can be seen using desktops, smartphones, and tablets. It has a shortcode generator, provides opportunities for endless customization, has a Revolution Slider, and offers cross-browser support.

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Natural

Category: Environmental, Multipurpose

If you want to make a contribution to Mother Earth, it helps if you have a fresh looking website to support your goals. The Natural theme from Organic Themes is designed to suit the purpose of environmental blogs, organizations, or even nature-based businesses. The theme includes custom page templates, a portfolio template, a large slider, and an options panel that allows you to change every aspect of the layout if you wish.

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It’s retina-ready and mobile responsive so that the message can be received by everyone no matter what computing device they’re using.

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Event Premium Entertainment Theme

Category: Music, Events

Event is a beautiful theme by Themify, with an amazing design and cool scroll down effects. The Themify builder will allow you to create endless layouts and page styles without having to put in any effort at all. Managing a website has never been easier before!

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TastyFood

Category: Lifestyle and Food Blogging

There’s nothing that can waste an elegantly cooked meal or spoil even the freshest images of ingredients than a site that does not do much by way of visual appeal.  The TastyFood theme is the ideal solution to the quest of foodies and those involved in the food and beverage industries for a stylish site that incorporates a strong sense of visual engagement.

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Your recipes, food and beverage items,  food presentations, and/or catering events can all be qualified and quantified with the theme’s Rating & Review feature. You can also quickly build an enticing and mouthwatering Gallery, with six advertisement placement options to help you earn on the side.

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City Guide Premium Guide WordPress Theme

Category: Entertainment, Business

City Guide is one of the most modern WordPress themes of its kind. It presents you with the possibility to create a website which can be used for many reasons, but mainly concerning tourism and sightseeing. The theme has Google Maps integration and has made it very easy for you to manage.

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Bazar Shop

Bazar Shop is a Woo Commerce powered theme which is highly creative yet super neat. Creating unlimited styles and using powerful options for your online shop with a custom builder, you can focus on your content and product list instead of back-end non sense. This theme rocked the Themeforest marketplace in 2013 and will surely be a leader in 2014, so be sure to check out the demo below.

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Parasponsive

Category: eCommerce, Business, Flat design

Parasponsive is SEO optimized, making it ideal for businesses who want to get a good SERP position. The theme is compatible with smartphones and tablets, additionally to  640+ Google Fonts included. WooCommerce enabled and beautifully designed, Paraspnosive is a great theme to choose for business purposes.

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Propulsion

Category: Ecommerce, Business

If you are in the need of a responsive online store in just a few hours, then Propulsion can do the job for you. It has a simple and beautiful design and WooCommerce will help you create your online store in just a few minutes. There are great gallery options if you would like to create a catalog-type site.

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BlogNews

Category: News, Magazine, Blog

At the core of every site that richly features content is a blog. Weblogs have evolved from being personal outpourings of opinion and stories, to a wide variety of fashionable and vari-functional online forms. Must be one of the best Wordpress themes you can find today.

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In the news/magazine/blog category, there’s the BlogNews theme as a robust contender.  It can be considered special because it makes available two layout options for your homepage – blog style and magazine style.  You can choose from its 6 color schemes, and font styles based on serif and sans-serif. For your images, this theme allows for the creation of automatic thumbnails. Its panel for theme settings provides designers with 74 different options.

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Parallax Pro Premium Narrative Parallax Theme

Category: Blog, Photography

Parallax Pro is an amazing parallax theme, allowing you to tell your story in this beautiful design with lots of options and settings for customization. Creating page sections is very easy and it does not require that you have any coding knowledge. You can easily switch between pre-defined skins.

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Divi – Multipurpose WordPress Theme

Category: Multi-purpose (special events, special interests, eCommerce, IM)

Although Divi can be regarded as a multi-purpose premium WP theme, it is recommended to be used for special events such as for wedding sites, or special interest sites such as those created for parenting advice and tips. It’s also good for promoting products and services through its custom post types. This theme has two homepage layouts available, together with multi-page templates.

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Titan

Category: Portfolio, Photograpy

Titan is an astonishing WordPress portfolio theme, which is a must for photographers. There are many gallery effects, slider options and animations, and many other features that are going to make your visitors’ jaws drop. Create your stunning unique portfolio in this easy to manage theme!

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Flatty 7

Category: Parallax, Multi-purpose, Flat design

Photo studios and agencies that rely heavily on the infusion of creative juices can find online site design fulfillment with Flatty 7. It combines the simplicity of a flat single page template a full screen slider aside from parallax scrolling, to come up with a true winner of template.

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Voyage

Category: Travel blog / agency

If you want your visitors to catch the traveling bug, you need to entice them with captivating images and videos of some amazing travel adventures, and that’s what the Voyage theme can do. It doesn’t matter if they’re seeing the site on a large PC monitor or on their smartphones, the theme’s responsive so it will work regardless of screen size.

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Voyage also allows you to feature your tour and hotel packages, along with other functions that a travel agency website needs.

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CleanPort

Category: Portfolio, Business

CleanPort is a flat design theme with a very good-looking layout, created especially for businesses and agencies who want to create a reliable and enchanting portfolio without having to spends thousands on developers. Get this theme now and see how your audience will like the amazing slideshows and portfolio pages.

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Modernize

Category: Corporate, Education

Modernize has started a whole new age in WordPress theme creation. It is full of features and is a multi-purpose theme that could serve very different areas just as well. Our tests show that the people are most used to seeing this theme filled with business, or educational content, due to the clean and simple design which sets the focus entirely on the text.

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Themify Parallax

Category: Parallax, Portfolio, One Page

Maximize the use of the single page Themify theme and its parallax effects by using fly-in elements in relation to your images. Among other things, this theme has portfolio custom post type with Ajax expander and an option for lightbox or photoswipe gallery.

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Ego

Category: Parallax, Portfolio, One Page

Ego has a fullscreen slider and 200+ design options covering fonts, colors, patterns, slider animations, loaders, and slider transition speeds. Great for fashion-oriented or celebrity publicity websites.

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MedPark

Category: Medical, HTML5, Responsive

MedPark is a premium WP theme that’s a sure bet for creating websites that have a medical, health care, or education focus. A functional and attractive slider allows you to show off medical services, present doctors with their credentials and specializations, and engage site visitors by giving them the ability to make appointments online.

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Pandora Box

Category: Design, Magazine

If you’re a designer or developer for mobile platforms who wants to show off your creative work, go with Pandora Box. It’s a single page HTML template that makes showcasing your works easy to do.

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Lawyer

Setting up a website for your law firm is actually easy with the Lawyer theme for WordPress. The impressive admin options panel enables you to set up and customize each page to conform to your specifications. A few of the key features include the ability to upload your own images, icons, backgrounds, and logo, unlimited color choices with the color picker, helpful shortcodes, and a revolution slider for truly striking multi-layered slides.

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Freelancer

Category: Design, One Page

If you’re a web designer, chances are you’ve run across clients who insist on making sites “as colorful as possible!” With Freelancer, a fully-responsive theme, you can give them and yourself all the color variations they want, the choices are limitless.

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Medi

Category: Health and Medical

A health clinic obviously needs to be clean as a whistle, and with the responsive Medi theme you can emphasize the cleanliness and professionalism of your clinic or hospital. The Medi theme is laid out efficiently, and you can customize it by choosing one of the color scheme options available. You can then add custom widgets for a custom contact form with a map, along with widgets for scheduling, open hours, and even testimonials.

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Workality Lite

Category: Free, Portfolio

Had to list this free theme! Workality provides a great platform for portfolio websites with great features, documentation and support. For being free, who wouldn’t like it?

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UberGrid

Category: Photography, Portfolio, Blog

Any photographer knows that frames are important when it comes to showcasing photos, and in this case the Uber theme is the perfect frame for an online gallery. It includes smooth filtering animations and touch sideswipe slideshows. Background images can be customized for individual pages, and the full screen background can synchronize with the homepage slider.

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Rustik

Category: Creative

As a fully responsive parallax enabled WP theme, Rustik can be counted among the best because of its special theme features that include an Isotope Gallery with Fancybox which is ideal for video and image sharing sites such as YouTube and Instagram, and a vertical timeline layout that comes with its own set of media queries and icons. Still, Rustik is minimalistic and fast, which makes it stand out than other themes. This is a theme that fully lives up to its name.

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Foodie

Category: Food, Restaurants

Whether you’re a master chef, a food critic, or just someone who likes to share info about their favorite meals, the Foodie WordPress theme is the perfect theme for you. The huge post images can really showcase food to its best lip-smacking advantage, and the video embeds can demonstrate how the magic is done. The custom recipe and ingredients builder automatically creates an attractive recipe in your blog after you simply enter the ingredients on your site dashboard.

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Natural

Category: Multi-Purpose (eCommerce, Business, Portfolio)

Multi-purpose themes abound in the market, but not all can boast of a host of features that make designing a site a truly appealing endeavor. The Natural WordPress theme is one of the multi-purpose standouts. Designs based on this theme can encompass corporate sites, cause-oriented organizations, online shops, product or services portfolios, and, if you’re in the mood to be super-trendy, even a stylized blog.

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This theme has a huge slider featured on the homepage and templates for customizable pages. A desirable characteristic of this theme include flexibility: it’s easy to modify colors, background images, and other visual highlights.

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Solo

Category: Multipurpose, Minimal, One page

Solo is ideal for seamless jQuery effects that help you come up with a flawless style for your portfolio site. Visual expansion and automatic scrolling combine effortlessly for the best designer’s showcase.

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Creativity

Category: One page, Flat

Let your website be an epitome of trend-setting designs with the Creativity theme. Modify colors, add images, and complement them with the most awesome write-ups and you’re good to go.

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Teeshirt

Category: eCommerce, Photography

Photo sliders are one of the best friends of online shop owners. Teeshirt has that, and more: 3 homepage banners can be made for promotional deals, announcing events and trends, or featuring certain product pages that you can direct your customers to. Great theme for clothing lines, crafts, and creative blogs.

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VideoPro

Category: Video, Blog

Some video themes are only good for video sites, but VideoPro is also great for news and magazine-style websites. Still, with that name you know what it’s really for. It comes with multiple pages templates for various sections and categories, custom widgets, and a convenient way to manage ads. It’s already SEO optimized and W3C standards compliant, so it can be easily found and read perfectly no matter what browser is used.

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RT-Theme 17

Category: WooCommerce, Business

Despite the rather bland name, this responsive theme offers numerous styling options to enable you to come up with a very unique business webpage. You can start by choosing one of the 8 skin options, and then you can change the styling and fonts according to your preferences. You can also create any header or background you wish.

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Real Homes

Category: Real Estate

Some video themes are only good for video sites, but VideoPro is also great for news and magazine-style websites. Still, with that name you know what it’s really for. It comes with multiple pages templates for various sections and categories, custom widgets, and a convenient way to manage ads. It’s already SEO optimized and W3C standards compliant, so it can be easily found and read perfectly no matter what browser is used.

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Tripod

Category: Creative, Photography

With this responsive theme, building a website becomes child’s play. You get three default templates comprised of specific areas, and you just drag and drop the elements you want included in those areas. It’s that simple.

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Fest

Category: Events, Conference

For the corporate event planner, there’s Fest. The GK News Show Pro, GK Comments, and GK Speakers widgets make it a cinch to provide data relevant to the event. Speakers can make their own posts, deepening relevancy.

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Wedding

Category: Creative, Wedding

The Wedding theme is not just for weddings, it can be used for numerous kinds of websites. Your own creativity is the only limit, what with the unlimited color schemes, Ajax pagination, a gallery with multiple albums, 20+ shortcodes, 250+ icons using Entypo, and a slider generator.

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That wraps up our list of the 25+ best premium WordPress themes.  Would you like other premium themes to be featured here? In that case, send us your comments—we’d love to hear from you!

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