The #1 piece of advice I give to folks is to choose 1 WordPress theme that can do just about anything, and master it.
The next question I usually get is, which is the best theme and that is what I try to answer in this video.
Yup, yup, these are the 3 best themes that I have used that just so happen to work perfectly with any WordPress page builder.
Well, that's all answered in this video. Enjoy.
Astra is a free WordPress theme that is focused on speed. Optionally you can purchase the Pro version for $59 which adds some additional settings and options.Key Astra Theme Features:
- Fast Multipurpose WordPress Theme
- Lots Of Free & Paid Demo Sites
- Newly Added Header / Footer Builder
- Flexable Mega Menu Feature
- Custom Layouts Options
- WooCommerce Support
Astra Theme is a fair choice for any WordPress web design project. I suppose the biggest question is if you even need to purchase a theme these days as page builders are doing all of the same things you would need a theme for.
There are still some good reasons to purchase a pro theme, but for most people, they most likely will be fine with a free theme.
Astra being over 3 years old, in a sense, operates similar to Apple Computers. They wait for others to innovate and bring new ideas, then when a certain feature becomes expected, they implement it there way. This is not a bad thing in any way, when you are responsible for over 1 million websites, it good to be cautious.
Astra's free version offers very limited customizations when compared to other similar themes. So if you were not wanting to purchase a theme, you may want to look elsewhere if you want more options.
Astra Pro on the other hand is a solid choice of theme.Check Out Astra Theme
GeneratePress is a lightweight theme that can be extended with a premium pack of extensions. It will work with all page builders and has the most extensive documentation of any theme.Key GeneratePress Features:
- Theme Truly Built For Performance
- Developers Love The Hooks & Filters
- People Love Their Support
- Extensive Documentation
GeneratePress is a rock-solid choice for you to build your website on. Many highly experienced developers use GeneratePress for all of their projects.
Now the free version is not that great. I am not trying to knock the theme, but the options are very limited, I don't think anyone would argue on that point. You could make a very basic site with the free version, but most use GeneratePress for their Pro version.
Above I stated that the developer is opinionated. This is good, but if you are wanting a theme that evolves its feature set, you might be disappointed with GeneratePress. That's not a bad thing, and some people prefer it.
People speak very highly of the support.Check Out GeneratePress
OceanWP is a WordPress theme with innovative features and is the most generous free theme I have ever seen. There is a suite of extensions that can be purchased which will extend the theme even further.Key OceanWP Features:
- Fully Responsive
- eCommerce Ready
- Fully Customizable
- Advanced Mega Menu
- RTL Support
- Free Templates
OceanWP is the most feature-packed free theme that is available.
For a theme that work with any page builder, it has some innovative features that I have never seen in a theme. Primarily it's strength is with e-commerce websites and has all the feature that you would normally expect to pay for.
If you are new to WordPress, the customizer options and the option boxes found in each post/page can be overwhelming and hard to make sense of at times.Check Out OceanWP
The Page Builder Framework is a free WordPress theme that is specifically made to work with your page builder and is incredibly fast. It is focused on speed and flexibility which will also make developers happy. There is also a premium add-on available for purchase.Key Page Builder Framework Features:
- Fastest theme in my testing
- Developer friendly, they just love this theme
- Works with all page builder tools
If you are looking for a theme that will provide a solid foundation for your website AND you are planning on using a page builder, then the Page Builder Framework is a theme to consider.
It was the fastest theme in my testing and is very reliable.Check Out Page Builder Framework