Article by Jerry Low
Geek dad, SEO data junkie, investor, and founder of Web Hosting Secret Revealed. Jerry has been building Internet assets and making money online since 2004. He loves mindless doodling and trying new food.
Founded by Nick Roach in 2008, Elegant Themes is headquartered in San Francisco. The company provides 87 gorgeous WordPress themes and 4 premium themes to its more than 200,000 customers. It’s the perfect way to customize your WordPress site according to your needs and tastes without having to do an extensive amount of coding.
Elegant Themes is available in three different packages: the personal plan, the developer plan, and the lifetime access plan.
The personal plan is the simplest and at $39 per a year also the least expensive (though still comprehensive). It boasts complete access to all themes, perpetual theme updates, and premium technical support. The developer, the mid-range plan, tends to be the most popular. It comes complete with all of the features of the personal plan though for $50 more (this plan costs $89 per a year) you also get complete access to all plug-ins and layered Photoshop files. The last plan, the lifetime access plan, is the most comprehensive. In contrast to the first two plans there is no need to pay a month fee here. With a one-time fee of $249 you receive access to all themes and plug-ins, premium technical support, and layered Photoshop files, as well any themes released in the future for your entire life.
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In regards to code, there are also some reports of loading speed problems with sites that use ET themes. I personally didn’t have any kind of issue so I can’t really attest to this.
When it comes to picking favorites, it is hard to narrow things down to just one theme. Every theme has different strengths and weaknesses and the best theme for you will largely depend on your specific needs. Here is a closer look at my favorite themes, categorized according to most appropriate use.
These two themes really came in at the top for me. They’re versatile and flexible, with endless customization options.
This is the latest theme from Elegant Themes and it is certainly stunning.
Elegant Themes describes it as “the smartest, most flexible theme in our collection.” And this description certainly rings true. Essentially Divi is an aggregation of a number of very powerful design features, giving you total control over the design of your site. The Divi Builder lets you create incredibly unique layouts. And the best part? You don’t ever need to worry about touching code. Of course, Divi also boasts responsive web design and pre-made page layouts.
As the name might suggest, this theme is incredibly versatile, able to evolve to perfectly conform to your needs. You will find a vast variety of pattern and color combinations, so you’ll never have to limit you’re websites evolution. Change colors with every season if you feel so inclined. In spite of the theme’s versatility, it is also marked by an elegant simplicity, making it very professional. This theme also boasts responsive design, page layouts, and short codes.
The best bet for bloggers? A theme that gives equal weight to word and image. After all, blogging is the art of successfully blending compelling written narratives with engaging visual narratives.
Designed to facilitate visual narration via post variation, Fable is truly visually stunning.
It is incredibly spacious for easy reading, designed with a full-width, long-format style. It also boasts a responsive design; Fable utilizes CSS media queries to trigger different layout sets to accommodate different screen sizes. No more zooming and scrolling on mobile phones or tablets. It also comes complete with page templates and short codes, meaning you can create complex designs without the hassle of having to deal with convulse code. All in all, Fable is simple, professional, and presents content that is easy readable. It’s the perfect theme for long-form bloggers.
If you are a photographer (or any kind of visual artist) your work needs to be situated front and center. After all, that ‘s what you want to attract your viewer’s attention. Look for themes with feature-rich media display options as well as visually driven layouts. Responsive design is also a crucial feature; you don’t want your photographs to display poorly on mobile sites.
The name of this theme couldn’t be more apropos.
It has a sleek, minimalist feel but it comes fully equipped with powerful features, meaning it is fully capable of adapting to your specific needs.
The gallery feature is incredibly feature rich, complete with a multi-media Ajax powered gallery.
Origin is a grid-based theme endowed with powerful narrative properties; it works to convey stories through image, filling the screen with photos.
This theme is perfect for artists who want to show off their work in a portfolio like site or for bloggers looking to give their readers an easy and attractive way to navigate through their many posts. The responsive design aspect of Origin is crucial here, as websites saturated with images can often be awkward to navigate on tablets and mobile devices.
Luckily, Origin, like many other ET themes, uses CSS media queries to trigger different layout sets to accommodate different screen size. You will never have to worry about users scrolling and zooming again.
When it comes to crafting business sites you need a layout that is sleek, professional, and easily navigable. You never want visitors to have to spend time unnecessarily searching for essential information.
Lucid can best be described as a sleek and modern magazine theme.
It has a strict, grid-based organization theme, so it is guaranteed to be clutter free. All in all it is elegant and makes content incredibly easy to read. Navigation and viewing has never been so clean or so easy.
Foxy is a WordPress theme especially designed for businesses.
All in all, its foremost strengths are functionality and structure, but it still brings a visual appeal to the table as well. This theme boasts responsive design, ePanel, user-friendly navigation, flexible page layouts, and short codes.
My experience with Elegant Themes was overall quite positive and I would most definitely recommend the service.
It is affordable and easy to use, and the customization options are pretty much endless. Whether you are a casual blogger or an experienced businessman, Elegant Themes is not only a great way to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your website, it also helps to make your site navigable and more user friendly, which is good for attracting more traffic and boosting business.