There are thousands of WordPress themes to choose from. It can be overwhelming to choose the best WordPress theme for your website or blog

Since 2020 is just around the corner, guess what, I have compiled a list of 45 best wordpress themes for business and blog. The list is based on features, usage stats, ease of use, and popularity.

This list can surely save you a ton of time and hassle

What are WordPress themes

WordPress themes are set of files and codes html, css, php and javascript. They control the visual appearance, user experience of your website or blog.

Websites are essentially visual ways of communication medium. An online user may take average 3 seconds deciding to stay or quit a new website

User experience, visual aesthetics play key role in success of a website

A theme controls website elements like menus, header, footer, heading styles, posts, pages, colors and content area

Types of WordPress themes

There are WordPress themes for almost every business, industry, blog and niche. All WordPress themes share common elements like blog, posts, pages, header, footer, menu etc.

Most popular themes are for

  • Business or industry
  • Blogging (Content creation)
  • Ecommerce or shop
  • Magazine or newspaper (Content creation)
  • Influencer or personal brand
  • Education
  • Forum (social media)
  • Listing or Directory
  • Other

WordPress Theme Layouts

Websites have visual elements like text, images, infographics, animations and videos. This information is displayed in the form of rows and columns.

Different themes offer different default column layout configurations and customization

 Website-column layouts

For example, single column full width layout is used for business websites.

Two or more column layout is commonly used for blogs or news websites

When looking for a theme you might want to consider number of columns supported.

Columns can be added or subtracted by customizing Css (cascading style sheets) files

How to choose which theme fits your needs

Which theme is best for you, depends on the website type. When you are searching for a theme do consider points like

  • The theme should be responsive (Mobile friendly)
  • It should be light, loads fast, (this affects SEO)
  • It should not have any bugs, errors or malicious code
  • It should be compatible with latest WordPress version
  • It should be compatible with third party plugins or technologies
  • It should be aesthetically pleasing and beautiful
  • Its authors (support team) provide helpful support, when needed
  • Is updated regularly
  • Is well documented (help docs. or video tutorials should be available)
  • One click easy install is a plus (Optional)
  • Is Highly customizable
  • Compatible with drag and drop page builder (Optional)
  • The theme is rated good by previous users (Optional)
  • Is GDPR ready

Free vs paid WordPress themes

There are thousands of good, free and paid premium themes available.

Free themes may come with limitations and require coding expertise for website customization.

If you are a business owner go for paid premium themes. They offer almost complete website customization features

Custom theme development

If you want a unique bespoke WordPress theme designed for your business. You need to have it developed by a developer or development agency.

This requires time and extra development cost.

A freelance developer may charge about $2000-$5000 depending on project scope

A development studio or agency may charge even more

So, this depends on your budget and personal preference

Learning Curve

Please note that WordPress themes offer similar features and options. But there will be a minor learning curve in the start.

Themes these days come with user friendly page and theme builders (drag and drop).

This makes over all web design process easy and less time consuming. You can make your website without having knowledge of web code (Html and Css etc.).

Themes may differ in interface and usability, but offer same solutions.

You may need few days or weeks to get fully accustomed with using a new WordPress theme.

Best Multi-purpose, Business WordPress Themes

Divi

divi-theme

Divi (by Elegant Themes) is one of the most popular multi-purpose themes. It ships with the Divi builder (drag and drop page builder), you don’t need to separately buy any other page builder.

It gives users almost unlimited customization options.

Divi 4 release offers theme builder which takes the web building experience even further. You can make template for any page, post or web element. It also supports Woo-commerce pages as well.

It also comes with over 100 pre-built demo websites. You can click install a template you like and start editing.

The theme can be used with other languages (translation ready). Annual and lifetime subscription is available.

Divi has over 600K* professional users

Avada

avada-theme

Avada is another multi-purpose responsive theme. It comes with a custom Fusion builder

It comes with over 300 pre-built web pages.

It has a support team of 20 people which is the highest number that I’ve seen

With Avada theme you can customize any part of your website. You can also use this theme in other languages (translation ready)

It ships with Over 60 design elements and 300 pre-built web pages

A lot of professionals and bloggers use this theme

Over 550K* professionals use Avada.

Astra

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Astra is a multi-purpose theme for business, blog and portfolio websites. It is compatible with popular page builders like Elementor, Beaver etc.

Its load speed is blazing fast which is good for SEO. It comes with a huge library of pre-built websites.

It is available as free and paid versions

Astra supports multi languages (translation ready)

Theme help documentation and video tutorials are available

Over 530K* users use Astra

X The Theme

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X theme is a premium theme for business, brands and blogs

The theme comes with Cornerstone page builder

You can customize fonts, layouts, pages and visually see the changes before publishing

Multiple portfolio options are available for portfolio websites

X theme is SEO friendly and is updated regularly. The theme also supports WooCommerce.

A dozen demo websites are available for use

The theme supports multiple languages (translation ready)

Enfold

enfold-theme

Enfold is a multi-purpose responsive theme for business, shop or blog. It ships with a user friendly drag and drop template builder.

Demo business and portfolio websites are available

It can be used with other languages (translation ready)

Theme help documentation is available

Over 350K* websites use Enfold theme

Salient

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Salient is a multi-purpose theme for business and blogs. This theme uses highly tailored version of WP Bakery page builder Salient Studio.

It comes with 285 section templates and 9 different portfolio styles.

It offers multiple blog, post and portfolio layouts

Salient supports multiple languages (translation ready)

Theme help documentation is available

Over 170K* live websites use this theme.

The 7

the-7-theme

The 7 is a multi-purpose theme for business and blogs

It has over 40 pre-made demo websites to choose from. It’s a very customizable theme with over 1000 theme options and 250 page options.

It uses WP Bakery page builder (with ultimate addons) & 7 Elements plugin that enhance the themes features.

It supports multiple languages (translation ready)

Help documentation is available

Over 180K* live websites use this theme

Best WordPress Themes for Creative and Portfolio websites

Be theme

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Be theme is a multi-purpose theme for business

It ships with library of over 450 demo websites related to different business and industries. It also supports WP Bakery page builder

The theme is multilingual and Right to left (RTL) support is available

You can customize anything in your website

Theme help documentation and video tutorials are available

Over 314K* live websites use this theme

Bridge

 bridge-theme

Bridge is a creative multi-purpose theme for individuals, business and blogs.

It comes with over 410 website demos for different business and industries

You can either use WP Bakery or Elementor page builder

Bridge supports multiple languages (translation ready)

Theme help documentation and video tutorials are available

Over 190K* live websites use this theme

Jupiter

 jupiter-theme

Jupiter is a multi-purpose responsive theme for business, creative portfolio and blogs

It come with over 240 pre-built websites and 100 page block templates

It supports the Elementor page builder

The theme supports 4-5 different languages

Theme help documentation is available

Over 125K* live websites use Jupiter theme so far

Impreza

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Impreza is a multipurpose customizable responsive theme for business, portfolio and blogs

This theme has 17 demos with 220 pre-made web page designs

You can customize anything in your website. You can also customize different grid layouts

It comes with customized WP Bakery page builder called UpSolution page builder

The theme loads fast and is SEO friendly

This theme supports multiple languages (translation ready) and RTL (Right to left)

Theme help documentation is available

Brooklyn

brooklyn-theme

Brooklyn is a responsive multi-purpose theme for business, creative, portfolio and blogs

You can choose from 45 complete pre-built websites

It has over 2K advance page and theme customization options. You can edit and customize anything in your website

It ships with a tailored page builder (Visual Composer) with over 60 designer modules

This theme supports multi-language (translation ready)

Theme help documentation is available

Kalium

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Kalium is a responsive theme for business, creative, portfolio and blogs

It is compatible with WP Bakery page builder. You can customize anything in your website

Kalium comes with complete pre-built demo websites

It has over 30 different portfolio types, and over 800 custom free icons

It also has minimal shop and product page layouts

Kalium theme is multilingual (translation ready) and supports RTL (Right to left languages)

Theme help documentations and video tutorials are available

Best themes for blogs / News / Magazine / Content creation

Genesis Framework

 genesis-framework-theme

Genesis framework themes are mostly popular for online blogs, news or magazine websites.

The framework is responsive, light and SEO friendly

Genesis framework themes can be purchased separately or all in one package.

Genesis framework is available as free and premium versions

Help documentation and video tutorials are available

Over 290K* live websites and blogs use Genesis framework

GeneratePress

 generatepress-theme

Generatepress is a popular theme for blogging. It’s a light, responsive SEO friendly theme

Free & premium versions are available. Demo website library is available for paid versions

Generatepress is compatible with Elementor and Beaver builders

The theme supports multiple languages

Theme help documentation is available

Over 190K* live websites and blogs use Generatepress

OceanWP

 oceanwp-theme

OceanWP is a multi-purpose, light theme for business and blogs. It is available as free and paid versions. Demo websites are available with paid version.

It is compatible and tested with popular page builders

OceanWP supports multiple languages and RTL (Right to left)

Over 300k* live websites use this theme

ColorMag

 colormag-theme

ColorMag is a popular responsive magazine and newspaper style theme. Its available as free and paid versions.

It gives different layout and post style options

Demo content is available for use

ColorMag supports multiple languages and RTL (Right to left)

Over 72K* live websites use ColorMag

Sahifa

 sahifa-theme

Sahifa is a theme for newspaper, magazine and blog websites.

It comes with a drag and drop page builder called TiePage

Multiple layouts are available for use. You can also edit and customize the mega menu

The theme supports multiple languages  It has RTL (Right to left language) support

Newspaper

 newspaper-theme

Newspaper theme is best for news, blog, magazine and review websites. Its user friendly interface allows content publishing and blogging a breeze.

It comes with 13 pre-made website demos and over 800 pre-made design elements

It’s a light weight theme with good load speed

Its default page builder is Tagdiv composer

It’s a really popular theme, institutions, companies like United Nations, Uber and Bitcoin use this theme for their websites

This theme supports AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) plugin for mobile friendly websites

And it supports multiple languages (translation ready)

NewsMag

 newsmag-theme

NewsMag is another theme by Tagdiv (Newspaper theme developer). Its best for news, blog, magazine and review websites

It come with over dozen pre-made website demos

Its supported by page builders like Tagdiv composer and WP Bakery builder

It has an integrated translation panel, and comes translated with a dozen  languages

Your can choose from different combination of pages, layouts and page templates

This theme also supports AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages), loads faster on smart phones

Best themes for Online shops, Ecommerce websites (WooCommerce)

Flatsome

 flatsome-theme

Flatsome is the most popular theme for ecommerce, shop, store and product websites. It works best with the WooCommerce plugin.

Ecommerce or online stores have additional pages like

  • Cart
  • Checkout
  • Product
  • Account
  • Shop
  • Payment
  • Product Category

With Flatsome theme you can edit, style and customize any of the shop pages.

Flatsome theme comes with Live page builder and element library.

You can edit product pages with Custom product page builder.

The theme has library of over 300 pre-defined layout sections (Flatsome Studio). Demo content is available for use

The theme supports over 12 different languages (translation ready)

Help documentation and video tutorials are available

Over 200K* live websites use this theme

Storefront

 storefront-theme

Storefront is a free default WooCommerce theme (by developers of WooCommerce plugin)

There is a paid version available which allows additional customization on shop pages (Child theme are also available).

If you don’t want to spend money on the theme. Storefront is free and simple to setup your online shop or store.

Over 140K* live websites use Storefront theme.

Porto

 porto-theme

Porto is a multi-purpose WooCommerce theme.

Over 90 demos are included with this theme. Portostudio is a library of pre-defined layouts, elements and sections

It comes with a page builder (WP Bakery) and powerful features for WooCommerce pages. You can edit and customize any shop page

It has over 90 pre-built demo websites, you can click install any demo and start editing

You can also choose different layouts for different page.

It is optimized for load speed (SEO friendly)

Porto theme is multi-language, also supports RTL (Right to left language)

Theme help documentation and video tutorials are available

Shopkeeper

 shopkeeper-theme

Shopkeeper is a responsive ecommerce theme for Woocommerce.

This theme ships with pre-built web stores for your products.

It is compatible with page builders like Gutenberg, Elementor, Visual Composer WPBakery page builder.

It comes with additional pre-built design elements, layouts and advance theme options

With this theme you can use different modes, turn ecommerce mode on / off, as desired

Theme help documentation, video tutorials are available

Special Booking, Listing (Directory), Community, Real Estate Themes

Booking, Listing (Directory), Job Board Themes

Listify

 listify-theme

If you want to create a listing or directory website check Listify theme.

The theme has powerful features to make a directory website.

Real estate, car, restaurant, travel listings are some examples of directory websites you can create.

You can also integrate booking reservations through Open table, Resurva and WooCommerce Bookings

Theme help documentations are available

ListingPro

 listingpro-theme

ListingPro is WordPress directory theme. The theme offers advance directory features.

The theme has a user friendly dashboard.

It has features like smart search, filter, pricing plans, ad campaigns, ratings & reviews, events management, deals & coupons, menu management, location and checkout

Payment gateway like Paypal can be integrated with the theme

Yellow pages Serbia uses ListingPro theme which is great

The theme supports multiple languages (Loco translate plugin)

The theme is updated regularly

AdForest

 adforest-theme

AdForest is an advance WordPress theme designed for classified ads websites. The theme can be used for almost all classified ad websites.

12 different demo websites are available for use

You can create and add custom fields

Google map, locations, radius search, user registration features are supported in the theme

The theme has an ad bidding module and  supports WooCommerce

The theme supports Multiple language and RTL (Right to left language)

The theme is regularly updated and help documentation is available

Theme developers also offer paid theme customization

MyListing

 mylisting-theme

MyListing is a WordPress theme for directory or listing websites.

It has advance features like listing types, paid listings, Google maps and Mapbox

You can customize your listing as desired

The theme works with Elementor page builder

The theme supports WooCommerce

Theme help documentation is available and is updated regularly

Kallyas

 kallyas-theme

Kallyas is an ecommerce multi-purpose WordPress theme.

It works with Zion page builder.

The theme is fully customizable

It has over 70 prebuilt templates and over 65 pre-made websites

The theme has features like online hotel booking, restaurant reservation and membership

The theme supports WooCommerce (Ecommerce ready)

The theme supports multiple languages (translation ready) RTL (Right to left)

Theme has help documentation and video tutorials

Jobmonster

 jobmonster-theme

Jobmonster is WordPress theme for job board and listing websites.

It is compatible with Elementor and WP Bakery page builder

It supports Google map and Bing map

It has many features like advance job search, front-end resume & job submission, easy installation and customization, admin review, job posting pricing plan and email notification

It has 9 different home pages to choose from. It has four different styles of job details page

It has advance front-end employer and candidate management dashboard

It supports unlimited number of custom fields

It can be integrated with WooCommerce and Paypal

JobMonster supports multiple languages (translation ready)

Helpful documentation and video tutorials are available

Careerfy

 careerfy-theme

Careerfy is a WordPress theme for Job board, listing, portal and recruitment websites

It works with WP Bakery page builder

The theme has many advance features to manage application, job submission, location, Cv, and resume

It has 18 different pre-built demo templates for use

It supports payment gateways like PayPal, Stripe and Skrill

The theme supports 12 different languages and RTL (Right to left language)

Theme developers offer paid theme customization

JobCareer

 jobcareer-theme

JobCareer is a WordPress theme for job board, job listing and recruitment websites

It comes with easy to use drag and drop page builder

It has 15 pre-built responsive demos for use

It has advance features like geo location, subscription, Cv application, featured jobs, WooCommerce payments, resume and more

The theme is mobile friendly. It supports payment gateways like paypal, Stripe, Skrill, Authorize.Net, WooCommerce Payment

The theme supports multiple languages (translation ready)

Theme help documentations and video tutorials are available

Developers offer paid theme customization

WorkScout

 Workscout-theme

WorkScout is a WordPress theme for job board and listing websites. It is aimed at recruiters, employment agencies and job office

This theme works with WP Job manager plugin

The theme has advance features like search filters, Google maps, Job and application management

The theme works with Visual Composer page builder. It has 2000 different icons

The theme supports multiple languages (translation ready) and RTL (Right to left language)

You can enhance this theme features with paid extensions

Theme help documentation is available

Community (BuddyPress) Themes

For community / social network websites you need plugins like BuddyPress. Here is a list of BuddyPress supported themes

KLEO

 kleo-theme

KLEO is a BudyPress theme for community / social network websites.

Different demo websites are available with one click installation (Include News magazine, community, Pinterest style, eLearning, portfolio, WooCommerce, agency, member,)

Supports Visual Composer page builder

You can integrate memberships and payment gateways

The theme supports multi languages and RTL (Right to left translation ready)

Olympus

 olympus-theme

Olympus is a new powerful social WordPress theme. It is integrated with Youzer (BuddyPress community and user profile plugin)

The theme has advance community, social features and options

It comes with different pre-made demos

It works well with third party plugins like WooCommerce

The theme works with WP Bakery page builder

It supports BuddyPress and bbPress (for forum discussion websites)

The theme supports multiple languages (translation ready)

Real Estate Themes

RealHomes

 real-homes-theme

RealHomes is a theme for real estate business. It provides advanced customizable features and options helpful for real estate business

It works well with Elementor page builder, with 20 additional RealHome widgets

The theme has user friendly interface to add property information, images and videos

It also has CRM (Customer relationship management) integrated.

The theme supports open street maps & Google maps

Theme help documentation is available

The theme is updated regularly

Houzez

 houzez-theme

Houzez is another WordPress theme for real estate agents and companies.

This is a highly customizable real estate wordpress theme

The theme works well with Elementor page builder, it has 18 custom drag and drop widgets.

The theme also works with Visual Composer

It is integrated with map platforms like Google maps, Open street map and Mapbox

The theme has 16 different pre-built demos, 8 property page layouts and 9 listing page templates

It has a front-end property management and property submission system

The theme property management system allows agents to easily manage different property listings

Payments and membership systems can be integrated

There are 14 property tabs to control your properties

Property 360 virtual tour feature is also available

The theme is mobile friendly

The theme supports 20 different languages (translation ready)

Residence Real Estate

 WP-residence-theme

WP Residence theme is for real estate agents, agencies. Users can also submit their properties (free or fee based)

This is a highly customizable theme with over 400 theme options

12 pre-made demos are available for use

Payment gateways can be integrated with the theme

The theme has 16 custom real estate widgets for Elementor page builder. It has 12 widgets to design property page

The theme also supports Visual Composer

Property listing and virtual tour options are available. Different property listing styles are also available

The theme is translated in 32 languages (translation ready)

Best free WordPress themes

Default WordPress Themes

twenty-fifteen-theme

Twenty Fifteen is a free default WordPress theme of year 2015. It is a simple theme for blogs. It does not have advance features and options.

It was designed with mobile first approach

Twenty Fifteen has over 300K* active installs

The theme is updated regularly

 twenty-seventeen-theme

Twenty Seventeen is the default WordPress theme of year 2017. It was released with WordPress 4.7. It was meant for business and blog websites

Twenty Seventeen theme has over 1 million* active installs

The theme supports many different languages

Twenty Fifteen, Twenty Seventeen themes cannot be compared with modern premium themes. They remain limited in terms of features, customization options and third party technologies.

Twenty Nineteen

 twenty-nineteen-theme

Twenty Nineteen is the default WordPress theme of year 2019. It was released with WordPress 5.0.

The theme is meant to work with new WordPress block editor Gutenberg.

This major update replaced the classic WordPress editor. This heavily impacted the entire WordPress publishing scene.

Gutenberg is a similar approach to present day drag and drop page builders.

Twenty nineteen has over 1 million* active installs, but has a 3.5 rating

The theme is updated regularly

Twenty Twenty

twenty-twenty-theme

Twenty Twenty is the new default WordPress theme, it supports the Gutenberg block editor.

The theme is based on Chaplin (free WordPress theme) by Anders Noren

Twenty Twenty theme allows easy customization of colors

The theme has 1 column layout and 3 post, page templates

The theme is aimed for business, organizations and blogs

The theme supports multiple languages (translation ready) and RTL (Right to left language)

It has over 400K* active installs

Shapely

 shapely-theme

Shapely is a free WordPress theme for business, portfolio and blogs. Its a beautiful light weight theme with over 100K* active installs

It is also suitable for one page websites and landing pages

The theme is regularly updated (V.1.2.8)

If you are starting out in learning WordPress, you can use shapely theme. There are many video tutorials available.

Shapely is compatible with most common and necessary WordPress plugins like WooCommerce, Jetpack, Kali Forms, Gravity Forms, Contact Form 7,Yoast SEO etc.

The theme is SEO friendly

Sydney

 sydney-theme

Sydney is a popular free theme for business and blogs

The theme is regularly updated and has over 200K* active installs

Sydney in compatible with popular Elementor page builder, you can customize almost anything in your website

Premium version of Sydney is also available with further features and customization options

Sydney theme is translation ready

Hestia

hestia-theme

Hestia is a free WordPress theme for business, portfolio, blogs and ecommerce websites.

The theme works well with page builders like Elementor, Divi, Beaver, Brizy, Visual Composer and SiteOrigin

It is a customizable theme with over 100K* active installs

Hestia is translation ready and supports RTL (Right to left languages)

It is optimized for SEO. Helpful video tutorials are available

Hestia also has a premium version, with further customization features and demo websites

The theme is regularly updated

Neve

 neve-theme

Neve is a free light, multi-purpose and customizable theme.

The theme is best for business, portfolio, blog and ecommerce websites

Neve works well with popular page builders like Elementor, Divi, Beaver, Brizy, Visual Composer and SiteOrigin

The theme is SEO friendly and supports AMP (Accelerated mobile pages)

Neve is also available as pro version with further customization features. Demo starter websites are available with paid version

Neve is translation ready and supports RTL (Right to left languages)

The theme is updated regularly and has over 70K* active installs

Hello Elementor theme

 hello-theme

Hello theme is a fairly new theme by developers of Elementor page builder.

The theme is suited for one page websites and landing pages

Its fast, light weight and SEO friendly

Hello theme works well with Elementor page builder

The theme works well with popular WordPress plugins like WooCommerce, Yoast and many others

Hello theme supports multi languages and RTL (Right to left)

It is updated regularly and has over 100K* active installs

Summary,

Here is a brief summary of the best WordPress themes, 2020 with their features

Closing thoughts

I hope this guide gives you some helpful ideas about best WordPress themes in 2020.

Which theme I recommend? Well, this depends on your website project scope. You can check and select any one of the above mentioned best WordPress themes.

If you want to create an affiliate marketing website, you can use any theme for this purpose

So, tell me in the comments which WordPress theme you use and why

Thank You

(*) Number of live websites at current time (subject to change)

Further reading:

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