In this post, we bring to you the top WordPress themes of 2015. This list showcases 20 of the most popular WordPress themes as well as WordPress theme frameworks used for building websites this year.
All these themes that feature in this list conform to the latest web development standards, are mobile-responsive and come with extensive customization options and add-ons that allow users to easily design pages according to their needs. As you will read on, you will find that many of the themes that have made it to the top are multi-purpose WordPress themes like Avada and Divi, or theme frameworks like Genesis and Thesis, that can be used to build all kinds of websites – business, corporate, portfolio, blog, products and more.
If you are looking for a WordPress theme for doing a makeover for your own site in 2016 or working on a website for your client, this collection has the the finest WordPress themes that are currently available. Listed below are both free and premium WordPress themes and frameworks; for your convenience, we have indicated if a theme is free. Please note that some links are affiliate links.
1. Genesis by StudioPress
Genesis is one of the most popular theme frameworks for WordPress. It empowers you to quickly and easily build incredible websites with WordPress.
Whether you’re a novice or advanced developer, Genesis provides the secure and search engine optimized foundation that takes WordPress to places you never thought it could go.
2. Divi by Elegant Themes
Divi is a versatile, beautiful and flexible WordPress theme. By transforming elements into visual building blocks, the Divi builder allows you to easily understand and edit the structure of your page without touching a single line of code.
It comes with over 20 pre-made layouts that can be used to quick-start your new projects by allowing you to build new pages in just a matter of minutes.
3. Sahifa by TieLabs
Sahifa News Theme is a clean, modern, user friendly, fast-loading, customizable, flexible, functional and fully responsive WordPress News, Magazine, Newspaper, and blog Theme.
4. Avada by ThemeFusion
Avada is the top selling WordPress theme on ThemeForest. It is clean, super flexible, responsive, includes Fusion Page Builder and comes packed with powerful options!
Its clean multi-purpose design can be used for any type of website; business, corporate, portfolio, blog, products, etc.
5. Enfold by Kriesi
Enfold is a clean, super flexible and fully responsive WordPress Theme, suited for business websites, shop websites, and users who want to showcase their work on a neat portfolio site.
It comes with a plethora of options so you can modify layout, styling, colors and fonts directly from within the backend.
6. Twenty Twelve by WordPress (Free)
The default WordPress theme for 2012 theme is a fully responsive theme that looks great on any device.
Features include a front page template with its own widgets, an optional display font, styling for post formats on both index and single views, and an optional no-sidebar page template.
7. Thesis by DIYthemes
Thesis is a super flexible and extensible website framework.
OptimizePress is the essential theme for marketers. Create high converting landing pages, sales pages, membership portals and much more with ease.
9. Salient by ThemeNectar
Salient comes packaged with a highly tailored version of visual composer. Enjoy building the gorgeous pages you´ve been waiting for all with drag & drop simplicity.
10. Newspaper by tagDiv
Newspaper is a WordPress theme that lets you write articles and blog posts with ease. Excellent for a news, newspaper, magazine, publishing or review site, it also supports videos from YouTube and features a rating system.
11. Jarida by TieLabs
Jarida is a responsive retina ready Magazine, News and Blog WordPress theme. It includes 8 beautiful and useful custom page templates and is fully compatible with bbPress, BuddyPress and WooCommerce WordPress plugins.
12. Canvas by WooThemes
Canvas enables you to modify the design, layout and typography through the options panel. Packed with 100+ options, it will help you on your way to achieving the look you want, without touching any code.
If you are after a highly customizable blog design or just a starter theme for your next client project, then Canvas will most definitely work for you!
13. Hueman by Press Customizr (Free)
A fully featured, responsive high resolution magazine & blog theme without compromise. Hueman presents what you love to write about in a visual & user-friendly way on all devices.
14. Twenty Fourteen by WordPress (Free)
The default WordPress theme for 2014 is a magazine theme with a sleek, modern, and beautifully crafted responsive design.
15. X by THEMECO
An immensely powerful and endlessly customizable WordPress theme.
16. Twenty Eleven by WordPress (Free)
The 2011 theme for WordPress is sophisticated, lightweight, and adaptable. Make it yours with a custom menu, header image, and background.
17. Twenty Thirteen by WordPress (Free)
The 2013 theme for WordPress takes us back to the blog, featuring a full range of post formats, each displayed beautifully in their own unique way.
18. SimpleMag by ThemesIndep
Simple Mag is a responsive, minimalistic magazine theme with lots of useful, unique and awesome features.
19. Headway Base by Headway Themes
Headway is a feature-packed theme framework with drag and drop layout editing, point and click design capabilities, powerful search engine optimization and much more.
20. Jupiter by artbees
A beautiful, professional multi purpose responsive WordPress Theme. With a modular architecture and advanced memory management, Jupiter is incredibly fast and powerful.
Source: WP Theme Detector
As you can see, most of these themes are not new and have been available for quite some time. Since this list is based on the most used WordPress themes on live websites and these themes are still going strong and trusted by people, they are a part of the most popular WordPress themes used in 2015.
Have you used any of these themes or frameworks for building WordPress websites? Let us know in the comments below.
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