10 Ridiculously Good Looking WordPress Themes

by 12 01/10/2012

Have you ever seen Zoolander with Ben Stiller?

There’s a part where he says, “I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.”

The good news is that there definitely is more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. A lot more, as a matter of fact.

But when it comes to web design and WordPress themes, how your site looks makes a big difference.

Having the best looking theme doesn’t guarantee your site will be a success. Your product offering, content, layout, and design all work together to create the complete package that people are looking for.

But let’s also be honest–design is a key component to internet marketing success. If you don’t believe me, you need to read this article: Does Good Web Design Really Matter?

The answer is, yes, yes it does.

Good web design matters a lot, and if you’re basing your design 100% off of a WordPress theme, having a really ridiculously good looking theme matters even more.

Lucky for you, this post features 10 incredibly good looking themes.

Generate by Copyblogger

The Generate theme by Studiopress takes advantage of one of the latest blogging trends–the feature box for e-mail signups.

The feature box idea started with Derek Halpern of Social Triggers, and it uses an opt-in banner on the home page above posts to produce more conversions. The banner highlights one of the most important goals of any blogger–e-mail conversions.

Not only does the Generate theme employ an effective feature box, it’s also a beautiful theme right out of the box, featuring a gray and white color combination that’s easy on the eyes. It also comes in four colors–blue, green, orange, and red.

If you’re looking for the perfect theme to build an e-mail list, you can’t go wrong with the Generate theme from Studiopress.

Conversion by TwoHourBlogger

Continuing with the feature box trend is the brand new Conversion theme released on January 9th by Two Hour Blogger.

It’s modeled after Derek Halpern’s theme at Social Triggers, and it’s ready to convert e-mail subscribers right out of the box.

The theme is super clean and puts the focus on your content to attract readers and on the feature box to attract subscribers. It also comes in green, red, blue, and monochrome color schemes.

Crisp by Woothemes

If you’re looking for a Tumblog styled WordPress theme, look no further than the Crisp theme designed by Woothemes.

It’s gorgeous.

It’s the template of choice for bloggers looking for a colorful and professional theme that’s easy to update with pictures, videos, and short posts. You can also publish from your iPhone, and the theme includes 11 alternative color schemes.

Tapestry by Studiopress

Another beautiful Tumblog styled WordPress theme is Tapestry by Studiopress.

It features a Tumblr inspired layout that’s easy to update. If you post a lot of pictures, video, audio, or short blog posts this is a great theme to highlight those types of posts.

You can also lay this theme on top of the Genesis framework to give it a little more oomph when it comes to SEO.

Clip Art by Themedy

The Clip Art theme by Themedy is a beautiful e-commerce WordPress theme that can be used with both Thesis and Genesis.

It features an effective slider on the homepage to highlight key products. It also includes the latest products directly on the homepage so customers don’t waste any time finding what you have for sale.

It’s a beautiful theme that is excellent for selling products with WordPress.

Simple Cart 2 by Up Themes

Simple Cart 2 by Up Themes is another beautiful e-commerce WordPress theme.

It’s built on the UP Themes framework which makes it highly customizable. It also includes the storefront directly on the homepage so customers immediately see your most important products.

If you’re looking to start an e-commerce store with WordPress, you really can’t go wrong with the Simple 2 e-commerce theme from Up Themes.

Nitrous by Studiopress

The Nitrous theme from Studiopress may be one of their most underrated themes.

It’s professional, it’s edgy, and it’s unique. It features a textured gray background, a homepage layout that’s perfect for small businesses, and a clean blog design that puts the focus on your content.

Nitrous is a great theme for anyone who needs a modern, professional looking site that stands out from the crowd with a powerful look.

Elle by Northbound Design


The Elle theme by Northbound Design is beautiful.

It features a magazine style layout that’s great for sites that publish a lot of content. It’s a very flexible theme that supports several different layout styles. It also comes in five magnificent colors: orange, blue, white, green, and red.

This is a great magazine style theme to use on the Genesis framework and can be found in the Studiopress marketplace.

My Resume by Elegant Themes

The My Resume theme by Elegant Themes is a simple and clean theme for displaying an online resume. If you’ve ever though about creating a digital resume for your online presence, this is the theme for you.

It’s a simple theme that provides a cascading style page to emphasis objectives, portfolio, experience, etc. It also displays a photo to personalize the site and can easily be incorporated with social sharing information.

If you’re looking to stand out in the job search process, this is the theme for you. (To get a better idea of how to use this theme, check out this site.)

About 

Joseph Putnam is a copywriter and blogger who writes for startups like KISSmetrics, CrazyEgg, SlideShare, Wibiya, Conduit, Rejoiner, and more. He loves the science of marketing and conversion rate optimization.

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12 COMMENTS

Azzam

I would recommend the themes from themify and elegant themes that have themes they’re optimised fire responsive Web design

January 10, 2012 Reply

Ricardo Bueno

I’m a fan of the Generate Theme myself. Been using it on my site and conversions are definitely up compared to how I had things set up before…

January 10, 2012 Reply

    Joseph Putnam

    Hi Ricardo, I noticed that you’re using Generate, and it looks great. From everything I’ve heard, the feature opt-in box works exceptionally well for e-mail subscriptions on blogs. Thanks for the confirmation!

    January 10, 2012 Reply

Anastasia Koltai

Hello Joseph! Thank you for this wp theme ideas!
Maybe ones you can collect 10 landing page themes for WordPress.

January 10, 2012 Reply

Josh Sarz

This is a great list. The generate theme looks epic. I also told Martyn that his Conversion theme is really sexy. Hah

January 10, 2012 Reply

Brian

My favorites are the Genesis framework (Studiopress) and the Dottoro theme. Both of them are high quality products. Studiopress offers several child themes to choose from while Dottoro offers only one theme, but maybe it is the most feature-rich theme on the market and its visual editor is awesome.

January 11, 2012 Reply

James Le Gallez

Great post, I really like Elle.
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately looking for good WordPress themes, two I particularly like are “Agenci” by Purty Pixels and “Workspace” by Woo Themes.

March 1, 2012 Reply

Nick Eubanks

I was really surprised not to see any of the Thesis skins from Alex Mangini – Easily has the best theme skins / landing page skins out there.

March 5, 2012 Reply

Sergiu

nice collections! thanks!

New WordPress Themes! Check on http://www.lookthemes.net

March 10, 2012 Reply

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Goran

Generate theme is one amazing themes for marketers and anyone looking to capture emails from their visitors. Amazing list, thanks ;)

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