Themes for small and local business sites
Even though WordPress is primarily a blogging platform, I'm sure we've all struggled to find that perfect theme.
There's plenty out there, but sometimes it can feel like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I've spent the last few days searching the corners of the internet and here are some really good options if you have a small or local business that you wish to promote.
I have to admit, I haven't personally tested all of these themes myself so please do your own due diligence. I'd highly recommend installing the theme on a test site first in case of any issues.
Free Themes: Begin by Searching inside WordPress.
The best way to find free templates is to search directly inside your WordPress back office. Simply log into WordPress - Appearance - Themes- Add new and then type in search terms related to your business.
I'd recommend starting with the category that your business falls into such as "Daycare".
Other than your industry, you can also try the following search terms;
- Small Business
- Local business
Premium Themes (Paid)
The following themes are premium from third party companies. There will be a charge attached. Also, please note that if your site is hosted here at Wealthy Affiliate, you need to be a premium member to be able to use a premium theme on your site.
StudioPress Themes: http://www.studiopress.com/ (non-affiliate link)
My personal favorite range of themes and what I use for my own site. I've tried many themes in the past and always end running back to Studiopress with my tail between my legs.
You need a "framework" and then a "child theme" here. The Genesis framework is like the engine for this range of themes, and then you just need a child theme to sit on top of it which is the basic look and feel of the site.
It may sound complicated but it's just like uploading two themes instead of one. The StudioPress site has a fantastic tutorial that guides you through the entire process.
It'll set you back around $99 initially for the framework and a child theme, once you have the framework in place, you're able to purchase individual child themes separately which are less than half of the price.Nexus Themes: https://nexusthemes.com/wordpress-themes/ (non-affiliate link)
Starting at around $75 each, they are the "ready to use straight out of the box" style that you'd find over at other website builders like Wix.
The major difference is with Wix, once you choose a template, you're stuck with it for life and the only way to change it is to start your site over, whereas us WordPress users can change themes as much as we like with just a couple of clicks.
These themes are for people who don't have the time to fiddle around trying to get the right look, or simply don't have an artistic bone in their body. FYI, I fall into the latter!
Tally Themes: http://tallythemes.com/product-category/wordpress-... (non-affiliate link) They are around $29 each.
This range is much more limited than the previous only having seven templates the last time I counted but still worth a look.
Divi http://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/divi/ (non-affiliate link) $69 at the time of writing.
If unlike me you have a creative side, then I've heard good things about it this particular theme from members here at WA, as well as other reviews.
From what I understand, with a bit of patience, you can bend this theme to your will.
Installing a Premium Theme
When you purchase a premium theme, you'll need to download it to your computer and upload it to WordPress. Don't worry, it's quite a simple process. This tutorial will walk you through the process.
I don't have any affiliate relationship with any of the companies mentioned above, and I highly recommend installing the theme on a test site first in case of any problems.
These themes won't suit every type of business, but they're a great place to start and may just save you countless hours of searching.
Happy site building!