Now that 2016 is mercifully over, it’s time to list our favourite cool WordPress themes for 2017. We’ll continue to update this list as new cool themes are released.
While everyone may have a different idea when they think of what makes a cool WordPress theme, here we are going to focus on new modern layouts and designs that catch our eye.
The M&M Minimal theme is a great new theme from AndrewChs. Andrew is known for his high quality creative modern themes, and M&M is another great option.
This is a one page theme that’s ideal for businesses or individuals looking to promote their work. It has 4 different demo options built in, of which the Transparent Header version is our favourite. This version is designed as a mobile-first layout that utilizes a Facebook-style mobile navigation throughout the site (even on desktop versions). This gives the user a great unified experience no matter what device they access your website on. If you are looking for a cool minimalist WordPress theme, definitely check this one out!
Metro Magazine is a cool new theme perfect for blogging. We love the simple header with a nice space for banner ads, as well as the homepage layout for your top posts. Lots of themes look great with their high res demo content, but without it can be lacking, the Metro theme however lets you have a great professional looking blog even if you don’t have access to large hi-res images.
Building a website for a restaurant on a budget? Check out the new Resto theme from envisionthemes. This theme features a modern front page, perfect for a slightly blurred image of your restaurant. It also features a mobile style menu, as well as very prominent call to action buttons to drive your users deeper into the website. Topping it off is a great use of fonts, with the titles exchanging bold words with regular type to give this theme a contemporary style.
The Geko Theme is a fully featured template that can be used to create a variety of websites. With this theme you can do anything, have a standard business site, a site for featuring an app or single product, have a very creative agency or portfolio site, whatever you want, you can do with Geko. It utilizes the powerful Visual Composer plugin so you can create new page layouts easily without needing to know how to code. We highly recommend you click the image above and check out more of the various website styles it’s possible to achieve with this theme.
If you are looking for a cool mobile WordPress theme then definitely check out Nightly. Nightly is a mobile primary theme, which is perfect for sites that want a separate mobile design, or only are targeting the mobile market. What we like about this theme is that it comes with several different types of mobile navigation options, from a sidebar option, standard dropdown, boxed layout and more! Nightly also features a great layout for WooCommerce products & pages if you are building a mobile e-commerce website.
Killeen is a great theme for photographers looking to show off their work in a creative way. The grid layout is perfect as it can display a variety of photos that open up in a lightbox when clicked. This theme includes Visual Composer to easily build pages, and is retina ready so you can show off your photos in high resolution.
Frost is a cool WordPress theme designed to be used with the Woocommerce e-commerce plugin. It’s jam packed with features & extra plugins, including Visual Composer and the popular Revolution slider. You can choose either a light or dark template to use as seen above. What makes Frost special is the ‘frosted glass effect’, which occurs when you mouseover products or click into specific sections. It’s a subtle effect where a frosted glass plane will appear over the product image displaying add to cart & other buttons. This effect is ultra-modern and is likely to be replicated throughout 2017. As it’s somewhat difficult to describe, it’s definitely an effect you need to see for yourself, we highly recommend checking out the available demo’s!
Magazine basic is a great theme for developers to use as a template when developing other websites. It has a great layout, multiple menu options, jetpack and buddypress compatible, and has a nice set of default fonts. It keeps the colors and style very basic, so you don’t have to undo any unwanted styles when building your own site. With over 10,000 installs Magazine Basic is one of the more popular Free WordPress themes available!
Have we missed any of your favorite cool WordPress themes? Let us know in the comments below!