Best Photography WordPress Themes from ThemeForest
Heard of ThemeForest? If your answer was “Who?”, then I would very much encourage you to check them out, especially if you are interested in open-source web templates and themes, including WordPress themes!
Who is ThemeForest?
ThemeForest is one of the few digital marketplaces where you get to buy and sell templates and themes for a variety of popular content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and ExpressionEngine. You can also find templates for Magento, Shopify, Open Cart, osCommerce and many other software on ThemeForest. It is home to a virtual community (and a vibrant one too!) of designers and users, where over 5,000 templates and themes are being offered for sale and download. Think of it as eBay dedicated for templates and themes. Prices here start from only $1 and can go up to $90, depending on the quality and complexity of the items.
ThemeForest is operated by Envato, which also runs other digital marketplaces as well as educational blogs. These interconnected websites, together with ThemeForest, allow users to sell or share their design works, royalty-free graphics, creative skills (IT related of course) and apps reviews.
At this point, some of you may be wondering why you should be buying themes when there are plenty of free themes available online these days. Well, to answer that, here’s a list of features of ThemeForest.
- Themes were reviewed and approved by ThemeForest’s panel before being put up for sale or download, so you can be sure of their quality
- You get to read other users comments on the templates and themes
- There are 6 ways to search ie by category, keyword, popularity, collections, featured files and top authors
- There’s a live preview to test out the templates and themes first
- Payments are made through PayPal, thus ensuring payment security
- Designs can be purchased and downloaded in just a few clicks
- Designs are sold individually so you only pay for what you want
- There’s also an option for regular license or extended license
- And for designers, it serves as a platform for selling their templates and themes without having to deal with your own e-commerce technicality, marketing and website maintenance
Since no review would be completed without listing the cons, here are some potential drawbacks.
Firstly, there is such a huge collection of lovely themes and templates, you may encounter a feeling of being overwhelmed by it all, though in a good way! So don’t blame us for you have been warned.
The other thing that we found to be a double-edged sword is customer support. Since each designer is responsible for the support of their individual designs, the degree of attentiveness differs from one designer to another. Having said that, the competitiveness of a marketplace environment would push these designers to be more supportive of their customers, in order to provide that extra service in return for a good review and higher sales!
10 Best Photography WordPress Themes from ThemeForest
In this article, I would also like to share with you 10 of the best WordPress compatible photography themes that you can find at ThemeForest.
Rhea is a beautiful and stylish 2-column photography theme with full screen slideshow for its photo gallery. It supports music on its homepage slideshow as well as videos, images or external links. Widgets are customizable too. Easy to use and navigate.
Created: 29 December 2011
ANAN is a modern photography theme that supports full screen image as its background. Contents are displayed in the center on a dark translucent screen. You will love the hidden menu on the side that allows for full screen slideshows. Great for showcasing striking images.
Created: 17 March 2011
Photoshot is a clean and classical theme with sidebar menu and drop-down thumbnails at the top. It is jQuery powered and has 3 homepage variations. There’s also a right-click disable option (so to discourage unauthorized image saving). It comes with a Favorite Box feature that allows you to add photos for viewing later on a full screen slideshow.
Created: 16 June 2010
Slash WP is a very sophisticated theme and is one of those recent WordPress themes that are so rich that it does not look like the “traditional” WordPress blog anymore.
You have 3 full screen homepage templates to choose from ie video, slideshow and static-image homepages. Great for customization into that dramatic effect that you had always wanted. On top of that, it is also iPhone and iPad friendly.
Created: 24 October 2011
Atlas is an amazing theme that only looks slick but also provides you lots of features. The first thing that captures you would be the 4 different homepage styles ie full screen, flip gallery, video background and static image. The next thing that strikes you is the cool jQuery powered animations as well as a password protected gallery.
Created: 24 June 2011
This Way WP
This Way WP theme is a video & audio supported and jQuery powered animated theme that is designed to make your site stands out. Truly a theme for the modern generation as it is optimized for iPhone, iPad and Android devices and comes with Twitter and social media links. The animated menu button and side filmstrip allows for easy navigation. You will fall in love this stunning theme and so will your visitors.
Created: 6 December 2011
The King Size theme is set to charm its way through your visitors with its full screen image background. The bold menu bar creates a sharp contrast against this background. There are 5 different gallery styles that make showcasing your creative works so much fun.
Created: 8 March 2011
PicTree is a clean and minimalist theme with a unique homepage scroller. It allows you to feature all your works in a neat and simple online presence. Other features include easy customization, shortcodes and two color schemes to choose from.
Created: 11 March 2011
Photorific is one of our favorite photography themes that are specially designed for the photo enthusiasts. The amazing full screen background conjures a striking contrast for the translucent side menu.
Created: 18 March 2011
Creating a photography website has never been more exciting with Pacifico. Is packed with amazing features like full screen motion slider, 3 different styling options, 8 theme skins, custom SEO options for each page, widgets etc. It is indeed the best way to showcase your creative works.
Created: 1 February 2012
With so many beautiful and affordable WordPress themes and templates to choose from, it certainly pays to be a member of ThemeForest!
Regardless of whether you are looking for designs for your personal blogs or online business websites or corporate websites or business resume page, you are sure to find one that is perfect and worth your money. It is indeed a win-win concept for both the designer and the user. Try them out and see for yourself.
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