7 Best WordPress Themes 2018 – The Last One Might Surprise You

7 Best WordPress Themes 2018 – The Last One Might Surprise You


In this video me to share with you these seven
best WordPress themes for 2018 if you’re not familiar with me my name is Adam from WPCrafter.com
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kind of going hand-in-hand with the very popular video that I posted last week and it was a
how to choose a WordPress theme the seven questions to ask so this is kind of going
along with that in this video I prepared the seven questions asked to determine if a theme
is good or if it’s bad and bad isn’t necessarily bad it just means that it’s based on older
ways of doing things older technology in the seven questions are geared to help you to
decide and determine whether a theme is based on old outdated technology or modern technologies
that will help you get a website built faster smoother and you’ll actually be able to enjoy
the process now to make this convenient for you I’ve got links to each of the scenes in
the video description box down below now let’s just get started the first theme and in full
disclosure is a theme that I am using on my website that we were just on is the Astra
Theme and you could visit them by going to WPCrafter.com/Astra and this single one of
the things I like about this the number one that its focus on performance in speed you
don’t want a slow website but one of the nicest things is right here if you click on starter
sites there is a variety of websites that you can literally restore and start using
with just a few mouse clicks and these are really nice websites here let’s take a look
at one right here this doesn’t cost you anything is a beautiful website that can be restored
with three mouse clicks and it’s a beautiful website for a nonprofit organization in the
beef and includes integration with donation plug-in so you click on this donate button
here in the menu and it takes you right on over to a fully integrated donation platform
all this was was three mouse clicks to get this going on your website so I like a lot
of these conveniences that is the Astra Theme the next one is the GeneratePress theme and
they also have this library of websites that you can restore with just a few mouse clicks
I really like that it’s also an being that is focused on being the lien and a high-performance
for you and they also give you the tools to be able to get a beautiful website up and
running with the minimal amount of effort one of things I like the most about this theme
is the developer’s names Tom he is so fast at providing support when you need it and
he is so thorough and invested in those support requests you know have you ever needed support
from product developer and they kind of aren’t that helpful when they responded that is not
what you get with with GeneratePress they are so helpful whenever you ask for help they
are there to help you now the third theme is the ocean W. Theme and what I appreciate
most about this theme is it’s the most full featured free theme for WordPress in fact
it is the number one theme in the list of popular themes in the WordPress theme directory
it’s the number one now there’s actually a technically it’s the number four most popular
theme but though slots 12 and three are the ones that get installed by default with WordPress
so OceanWP literally is the number one most popular three theme in the WordPress theme
directory no doubt and that has a strong focus on e-commerce which is also very nice next
is the DV theme in the last 12 months the Divi theme has totally changed in and made
improvements in every nook and cranny every corner of the theme it has made phenomenal
overall improvements and has been very impressive let me show you something that I appreciate
about the Divi theme I’m in the builder right now and this is part of what they call the
Divi design initiative so I click right here on the plus and it just pulls up this screen
here this is over 273 page layouts organized in 34 packs a pack would be an entire website
and when you scroll through here each of these pages in these packs are real you can restore
it by just clicking on a few buttons so for example here’s a for a copywriter there is
one here for a law firm a sass company interior design company it should that they just the
list keeps going on and on so if I click on this and I say mean I like this I can click
on use this layout and you just have to wait about a minute it takes it and it puts it
right on in there for you and you can start editing away your new page and so here we
see it’s just refreshing the page that was all it took now all I have to do is change
some text and chain some images and I’m good to go so what’s nice is it has a in-line editor
I can just click and I can start typing and that’s all you literally have to do with this
now the Divi theme and the Divi builder it does have a learning curve I do find that
it’s a little steeper of a learning curve initially but you can get used to it pretty
quick now you might be asking yourself wait a second he’s not listing any of those themes
on Theme Forest that have crazy amounts of sales and all of that and I’m not doing that
on purpose because the vast majority of these themes do not meet the requirements that I
presented in this video here about the seven questions asked in fact most of them fell
flat out spell those seven questions in there based on older ways of doing things with WordPress
now there’s no problem with older ways of doing things the thing is is they usually
take a lot longer than modern ways of doing things and they tend to have a much steeper
learning curve as you’re trying to learn how to do what you want to do it’s gonna be a
bit more complicated and so that’s why those seven questions are crucial to know before
you make a choice of a theme now there are couple exceptions to the rule and these are
themes where they are more like applications and they solve some kind of higher or bigger
purpose and I’ll give you a couple examples of those from some good things so I got to
hear that our directory themes so that’s not your typical website directory theme has a
ton of additional functionality built into it in order to serve a specific purpose so
a directory theme facilitates a listing having a directory and having these various listings
taking reviews having this social engagement I got to for you here number one is a ListingPro
the ListingPro is fantastic in the sense that it truly is a single integrated solution for
having the directory website as opposed to this thing right here call the my listing
which is also very good but this one uses is not an all-in-one solution it pulls in
together other plug-ins to get the full functionality these two are really good I think I would
I wouldn’t give the slightest edge to my listening because it’s not based upon the visual composer
page builder next and this is a question people have all time what is the best newspaper style
theme and you know what it’s called the newspaper and if as matter fact I used to use this theme
before I switch to Astro and this is a great theme if you really want that newspaper layout
the only thing about using a very rigid specific purpose theme like this is something that
you might want to change that don’t necessarily make sense it’s not going to be easy to change
a perfect example of that for me in my website I wanted all of the images to have that video
size image with right it’s called 16 x 9 format but this has all these image sizes and formats
that don’t quite work doesn’t quite work well with my type of content so I would have to
have all this modified custom code that was difficult to manage so with a theme like this
you just have to know it is what it is and if you want to change is some core functionality
of it you’re looking at custom code and maybe some custom development but just know that
going into it now via lasts being might surprise you and that is Elementor now Elementor is
actually a page builder for WordPress but they recently released a version 2 of Elementor
Pro and it is now kind of like a full theme builder all those parts of the website that
were typically only done with your WordPress theme now you’re able to do it with Elementor
that includes creating headers that look however you wanted to look footers your archive pages
your blog post styles every single thing that you would normally make with a theme in your
theme would control it you can now do this with Elementor it’s amazing everything that
you’re now able to do with Elementor Pro it’s it’s just beyond impressive the design flexibility
that you have using a tool like Elementor Pro version 2 you can essentially virtually
do anything that you could want to do in fact this works perfectly with just about everything
that I listed except the Divi one it’s gonna work perfect with all of these themes and
its really an amazing tool I use Elementor on my website on my homepage here were I’ve
got this scrolling letters it’s all Elementor all of this for me is all Elementor see page
building tool of choice for me that I use on my website and now you can use Elementor
to really build everything out so that is my list of the

73 thoughts on “7 Best WordPress Themes 2018 – The Last One Might Surprise You

  1. Switching from Avada to Astra and Elementor were the best decisions I made since starting with WP a year ago.

  2. As page builders get more powerful, what's the point of having themes? I just purchased the Astra pro theme – is the benefit that Astra integrates well with other systems like LifterLMS, etc? Where do you see this all heading?

  3. I would add Genesis to that list still! You hardly find any other theme that is more stable, secure and longer around than Genesis. Yes, it is not that "heavy" with the Customizer, but other than that it is still a very good option for a lot of things. And yes, it works fine with Page Builders.

  4. I have just watched a video from Elegant Themes Adam and apparently they are bringing out a Theme builder and post type management system which is something to look out for 🙂

  5. Great video again Adam. I agree with your list, I really like OceanWP and I am studing and testing Astra and I am liking a lot.

  6. Hi Adam, have you had any chance to test Kava Theme by Crocoblock? They market it as a theme made for Elementor.

  7. Really enjoying your vids Adam!
    I've only been playing with WordPress again for the last few months and it's been a long road for learning everything!
    I've been looking more and more at different themes and still get very confused. I purchased a theme bundle that "looked" great but soon discovered they had issues (layers not sitting in right order and speed issues).
    The last week or two had seen me watching quite a few vids of Divi, and now I'm stuck trying to decide between that or Astra.

  8. It would be very interesting to see a tutorial with astra or oceanwp developing a newspaper theme with the elementor pro plugin. It's possible?

  9. Looking for a good theme for social services people with developmental disabilities and Autism

  10. I'm a fan of GeneratePress & Elementor Pro… for sure. Use both for most everything. Funny, I just finished a site using MyListing. Really love the results. prochops dot com.

  11. Very cool video. I think I will shift from Avada theme to Astra + Elementor or Divi, although I will have to build my site from scratch because I cannot use Avada Fusion builder content in another theme. I would use your affiliate links below because your videos helped me always

  12. I see what you did there. Brilliant way to work-in Elementor, in a video about "themes." More power to you, Sensei.

  13. Nice video Adam, I find that OceanWP and Elementor Pro cover all my needs. Will have to take a look at Astra though. With Elementor Pro I think as long as the core theme has flexibility, the theme is now less important. (Assuming there is investment in the page builder and theme)

  14. Great list with great choices as always, but I was expecting the Page Builder Framework to be in that list, which is a theme built specifically for page builders, it's not being around for a long time, but I think it worth the mention.

  15. Might be transitioning back to Astra from OceanWP! Seems to be conflict when creating various headers and footers! I like OceanWP, but too many options! Gonna try and keep things on the more simplified side of life!

    Adam, any chance you might do a video on the new process of using Google API Keys since they’re now charging and how to properly set up organizations as an agency?

  16. Great list Adam! You put in your theme list Elementor Pro 2 which is a builder. Does that mean that with Elementor Pro 2 you don't need to use a theme in building websites?

  17. Hey Adam, this is great. Question – if I have an existing website and like to check out these themes, how do I leave the existing site alone and experiment with the new themes?

  18. Great video as always, Adam! Do you have a favorite theme for creating a digital images library membership site? Do you think WooCommerce is best for the cart and digital delivery?

  19. I cannot find the Elementor Theme. I have Elementor pro.
    i wish they had some kind of blank theme you can start from scratch.

  20. Here are four themes which are oldies but still goodies: Headway Themes pioneered multi-layout for any post or page; ditto for Ultimatum Theme. Finally Total and Uncode themes have driven the idea of multi-layout with new features. Total is "loaded down" with ViscualComposer and Slider Revolution.

  21. Hi Adam. I am loving your tutorials. Can you please make a video on MyListing Theme? I am struggling to set up a simple community phone listing directory accessible to members only. Thank you.

  22. Hi. U have amazingly helpful videos! I have a question not related to this video (but dunno how to reach you, so here it goes): I have a wordpress + elementor website. I want to make a page on my website that does not appear on the navigation menu, but can be found through google search (when someone searches for the product which that page promotes). i.e. that page should be indexed by google and should appear as a google search result but not appear on my navigation menu. Is that possible?

  23. Also, my website has Sydney theme (too bad i didn't see this video before making the website)…What's your take on the sydney theme & is it mobile friendly?

  24. Hey Adam, thanks for the video as always. What's the status of the new theme by Thrive Themes? Any latest word?

  25. Hey Adam, thanks for these amazing video. Learned a lot. I'm building a membership site. Is Astra a good template for that as well?

  26. What are the best themes for bloggers, that are also page builder friendly? I mean I suppose since wordpress was all bloggers once most themes would do okay.

  27. Another great video. When using Divi and the Divi builder do I not loose my content (as you discussed in your 7 questions video) if I stop using Divi (one or the other or both)? Thanks for the useful information!

  28. Hello Mr Adam
    Great videos, as usual.
    I think of a store or a blog of Amazon affiliates in the niche of perfumes, you believe that the theme MyListing could be adapted.

    Thank you

  29. Why didn't you list the Beaver builder that you talk about sometimes. Have you stopped using it, or has it started to not be as good as the Elementor Pro?

  30. Hello. I have a question. Is the last "theme" that you cover (Elementor) a theme, a page builder … or both? I just watched your Elementor vs Beaver Builder comparison video and thought Elementor was a page builder that works with "themes" like the first 6 you cover here. Thanks in advance for clarifying.

  31. Are you familiar with Click Funnels? I was wondering if that whole entire platform is a viable alternative to building a website via Word Press for purposes of building and servicing an ecommerce / social media follower driven eco system. Any thoughts on this. Thanks

  32. How do you go about accessing and then downloading / inztalling the OceanWP theme onto your Word Press dashboard? When I type in Ocean WP at the WP plugin search I get things like "Ocean Extra" .. "Ocean Posts Slider" .. "Ocean Demo Import" .. "Ocean Social Sharing" etc. But no OceanWP theme specifically. Thanks if you can answer this.

  33. sir adam what is the best theme for a travel agency website that will match well in elementor pagebuilder can you pls. reccomend?

  34. thank you for this video… ive watched countless of videos from you and others and i was so stuck on paying for these high themes and than using you guys tutorials to help me through it. but im glad i know now, i want to build in word press and will be using astra or elementor or just use them together. you prefer the paid version for astra? i seen on wordpress it was free.

  35. Adam – I see nothing related to photography, do you have any recommendations? I'm using x-theme and I'm finding that it's not really mobile friendly, google reports way to many JS errors when testing the site.

  36. legendary video my friend , you have a new fan. I use video to capture leads so tell me where you get that little bubble speaking box , its awesome

  37. Do you have any advice for a responsive but lean/lite theme. My current WP site has 9mb of content but is >3.5gb. A basic blog theme without all the bells and whistles of e-commerce etc.
    cheers..

  38. 2:00 that's why these themes still add value over purely page builder sites. Demo sites. Although Page Builders doo have page templates, some a really a bit slower code runtime wise.

  39. With Elementor hello, how do you delete the small default text so I can use Elementor full width instead of canvas for faster load time?

  40. I'm curious about Phlox compared to OceanWP. Any experience or comments about it? Thanks! Video's very helpful!

  41. hello adam. is the elementor theme is seo and adsence friendly? is the theme is lite weight or speedy? i am new, and i am confusing to choose the theme for google adsence and seo friendly. plz help me, and plz tell me for free theme where i can use elementor page builder and it shold be seo and google adsence friendly. thnax

  42. At some level if you want sell website to very serious business you will need to use Bridge, Salient, betheme or other professional theme

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