Elegant Themes (ET) is one of the definitive sources for WordPress themes, offering up a diverse mix for businesses and clients of all kinds. A yearly subscription gives you access to all 87 premium themes in the ET gallery, which gives you a world of variation to work with.
The collection gets better every year too, so now seems like a good time to run through the best of Elegant Themes for 2016. Today we’ll be trimming down that gallery of 87 themes to just nine, leaving nothing but the absolute best of Elegant Themes to try on for size.
A quick note on pricing
Before we dive into the themes themselves, let’s take a quick look at what you can expect to pay. It’s a dirty subject, I know, but a pretty important one – so let’s get it out of the way now and move on.
Head over to the join page on the ET site and you’ll see three packages on offer: Personal, Developer, and Lifetime Access. If you’re selling on themes to your clients, it’s worth going for the Developer package, as you get access to all of the Elegant Themes plugins and Photoshop files.
Lifetime Access doesn’t come with any additional features; instead, you’re looking at a one-time fee, which adds up to less than three years on the Developer plan.
If you want to start working with Elegant Themes you can signup in a matter of clicks and start turning those themes into money today. But now let’s take a look at the best themes you’ll have to work with.
Divi – For complete flexibility
Divi is the most flexible theme you’ll find in the ET gallery and you’ll be able to tweak this for a huge range of clients’ needs. This is essentially the premium of ET’s premium themes, designed to cater for just about businesses with a bundle of versatile options:
- Drag & Drop Page Builder: For faster customization, regardless of coding skills.
- Extensive Module Options: Bring a bundle of features to your Divi projects, before you use a single plugin.
- Design Presets: So you can select layout styles within a few clicks and customize from there.
- WooCommerce Ready: Giving you fully-functional eCommerce projects right out of the box.
- Export & Import Layouts: So your best layouts are at hand whenever you need them.
- Elegant Icons: A collection of 300+ icons to use in your projects.
Extra – For clients serious about content
Extra brings all the flexibility of Divi into a theme designed for more blog-style and publication sites. If your client’s business model revolves around monetizing content, rather than services, then this is a powerful theme to get things up and running.
- Post & Page Builder: Based on the Divi page builder to help you and your clients create a visually engaging, story-driven content hub.
- Extensive Module Options: Tailored features to meet the needs of high-authority blogs and online magazines.
- WooCommerce Ready: Allows your clients to integrate product sales into the story of their brand.
Fusion – For the digital startups/app releases
Fusion is the first specialist theme we’re looking at from the ET team. You don’t get the customizable options on offer with Divi or Extra, but you have a solid starting point for any clients in the digital startup scene or those with an app to promote. If that sounds like your client, you might be better of starting with something closer to the final product, cutting out a chunk of the workload, with Fusion.
Vertex -For the modern business
Vertex is one of the best themes you’ll find for the modern digital business. All the design trends you would expect to see on an agency website are accounted for – and that counts for a large number of prospective clients these days. Hero section, complete with call to action, meets some fixed background scrolling and sticky header for that genuine agency feel.
Nimble – For the SaaS firms with pricing plans
Nimble is the ideal theme for SaaS (Software as a Service) firms, which can have your clients selling their software packages in no time. Product descriptions, testimonials, and previous projects all have a place on the homepage, but it’s that “plans and pricing section” that allows your clients to have customers signing up within a few clicks.
Nexus – For the breaking news publications
Nexus is all about maximizing engagement with content that looks as good as it reads. This is a fully-functional magazine-style theme for online publications with a focus on their readers and creating an online presence that keeps people coming back. Features include hover post snippets, ad space, and full social integration to help your clients build their audience and keep them engaged.
Origin – For a portfolio with a difference
Origin is a really nice conceptual design for portfolio websites, making it ideal for designers, photographers, artists, and just about any client with visual services to offer. The only trick I think Elegant Themes has missed here is an eCommerce feature, which would make it perfect for clients with visual products to sell, such as handmade jewellery, crafts, wedding cakes, etc.
Fable – For the something
Sometimes clients don’t want anything fancy, they just want simple elegance that lets their services do the talking – that’s where Fable comes in. This theme is ideal for single service or product clients who simply want to showcase what they can do for their own customers. And that huge slab of video integration gives a good hint of how to go about showing it.
Explorable – For the travel resource
Explorable is a very niche theme, so don’t expect too much versatility out of this one. But for clients who focus their content around travel locations, you won’t find many themes that meet their needs right out of the box like this one. And 2015 was a record year for the travel industry, making it the ideal time to get your hands on these kind of projects.
Okay, so that’s our run-through the absolute best of Elegant Themes for 2016. I’m pretty confident I’ve managed to narrow down the top themes from the entire gallery, but I’d love to hear your thoughts – especially if you think I’ve missed anything!