Potential clients of any design agency or creative freelancer will often get their first impression of the company or individual from their website. The website will give an indication of style, expertise and experience and it may seem a little strange that any quality creative agency would use a premium wordpress template for their website, especially a digital or web design agency. However, the themes below have so many elements that can be tweaked or completely changed to make them completely unique and unrecognisable as a template by the end of editing that they may be worth considering as a good starting point. Although some of the best creative agency website designs are 100% bespoke, many high end web design agencies have used wordpress themes as frameworks to build beautiful and bespoke websites.
The past 12 months have seen some fantastic agency based wordpress theme designs being released but also some incredible functionality that allows so much design control from the admin area. For around $40 you can not get an amazing portfolio or agency website template that can showcase your creative talents in the style you wish without getting your hands dirty with CCS or HTML. Some also have ecommerce functionality in case you want to sell your products or services via the website. I believe all themes below are responsive and the majority are retina ready.
If you are an individual freelancer or just want a simple theme to showoff your portfolio without having any templates for designed to show your clients, testimonials or services then it would be worth checking out our list of top wordpress portfolio themes.
Display wordpress theme is designed for creative agencies who want to show off their services, team and previous clients as well as their portfolio of previous projects. All these main sections can easily be added to a very well presented home page which divides each respective section up effectively with colour and texture.
Vertex is a responsive theme with plenty of options on the backend to mould the site to suit your creative agency and showcase your previous work professionally. It has multiple portfolio templates and a full width option as well as good looking default blog layout.
Zerif Pro is another great One Page WordPress theme that can be used for any kind of business. The theme has serval sections such as Portfolio, Focus, Team, About, Testimonials, Subscribe and an easy contact form.
Hayden Minimal Theme
ThemeTrust, the designer of the Hayden theme, have included all the the main elements a design agency may want on their website and designed them beautifully. As well as a great looking filterable portfolio, this theme also creates clean and attractive services, testimonials, location and blog sections. The shortcodes, fonts, widgets, admin options and pre-designed page templates allow plenty of theme customisation.
Sparks Creative Agency / Portfolio Theme
Sparks is another great theme from Osman Clark and his team at Themezilla. The home page has a very clean and minimal design with a slick horizontal full width scoller for portfolio images half way down the page. The responsive design is very flexible and has there are 7 post templates (Image, Galleries, Standard, Quote, Link, Audio, Video). It comes with layered photoshops files so you can customize it easily.
Everest WordPress Theme
Everest WordPress Theme is a fully responsive HTML5 theme that is focused on showcasing imagery with flair and is therefore most suited to creative freelancers or agencies. The theme has the option of a full or fixed with responsive portfolio grid and the interactive elements are mostly touch sensitive meaning it will also give a good user experience on mobile devices. There are loads to options to customise the styling and layout to get the look you want.
Electra is another quality agency theme from Telsa Themes and includes predesigned templates that most creative companies looking to impress clients would want included (i.e. clients, services, testimonials, blog). You can easily had portfolio items in a separate page and add a ‘featured projects’ section to the home page.
Dante WordPress Theme
Dante is another theme in this list that is not marketed as one for creative websites but the image heavy page designs and style / layout flexibility mean it will make a great framework for a creative agency’s website. It has $90 of extras included such as icons, slider plugins and a lightbox plugin plus a huge list of portfolio, page and layout options that are too long to list here. The fact that it is Rated 5 stars after over 300 purchases on ThemeForest means you can be sure that it is something special as that score is very rare after so many downloads.
Marble - Responsive Creative WordPress Theme
Marble is flat responsive wordpress theme built upon Twitter’s bootstrap framework. It has a very cool portfolio design with 6 homepage and 2 blog templates to choose from. The prevalence on image placeholders and focus on gallery presentations mean this theme will be ideal for creative agencies or individuals who would like to present their portfolio of work with style. There are $52 of premium scripts bundled in with the theme and different styles available mean it should provide enough flexibility and functionality for those wanting to create a unique portfolio based website.
Norris - One Page WordPress Theme
Norris is a very stylish and contemporary single page wordpress theme built with HTML5 and CSS3. It is responsive, retina ready and comes with 14 unique homepage templates and all imagery included within a demo.xml file. A lot of time has been spent coding this theme so it can be easily adapted from within the admin panel without any coding by the users necessary: you can choose from unlimited colours, over 500 google font, background images and patterns. We recommend checking out the demo to see the elegant style of the pages and the various sections that the parallax scrolling navigates to without being clunky like some themes.
Jupiter Responsive Theme
Whilst Jupiter is not marketed as a creative agency or portfolio wordpress theme like most of the others on this list, its flexibility, clean design and portfolio layout options means it is can be customised into a great agency website. It comes with a very powerful and intuitive page builder which will allow you to create some fantastic looking pages using it is inbuilt icons, typography, textures and backgrounds. The responsive grid layout and retina ready imagery look great on ipads and other mobile devices. If you want a lot of flexibility in your theme then this would be a great choice.
The deafult layout of Gridstack really does look very professional and impressive on any size screen. It’s design is clean and simple and the full width filterable portfolio section (it can be chanegd to fixed width if you wish) on the home screen is very elegant. There are various image and gallery presentation options which ensure you can showcase images in the manner you wish.
Tao Portfolio Theme
Tao is a minimalist portfolio and creative wordpress theme that lets images be presented with minimal clutter or visual distraction. The vertical navigation bar sets this theme apart from all the others and its animation should definitely be tried out on the demo – this is another example of vertical website navigation being done well. This effect may well catch on but for now it is relatively rare meaning the impact will be even greater when seen by visitors.
Flamingo Agency WordPress Theme
The flamingo agency wordpress theme really will make your agency stand out online. The use of diagonal section breaks and parralax scrolling gives this theme a unique and interesting design. The layout, portfolio and styling options are perfect for web or graphic designers, illustrators, photographers or any kind creative business or freelancer. The admin area has several options to modify the layout with angled, straight or minimal options and the premium page builder is a huge time saver when you want to redesign page layouts (and money saver if you have no CSS or html knowledge).
Razzo Business / WooCommerce Theme
Whilst Razzo is marketed as business and ecommerce theme its layout and image layout options are ideal for creative industries and blogs – especially ones that have products they want to see via its wooCommerce module. It very smooth touch navigation and responsive retina ready layout enhance its UX score for mobile and tablet users. There are lots of shortcodes, icons, fonts, styles and layout options that can even keep users with very specific requirements happy.
Flat - Design Focused WordPress Theme
Rover Multi Purpose WordPress Theme
The beautiful default templates, slick transition effects and sheet number of styling options make the River wordpress template to compelling. It has a mega menu to create detailed menu, various AJAX transition effects and visual composer (worth $25) to edit layouts from within the admin area. There are also several well designed templates to chose from including portfolio layout options.
Engo Minimal WordPress Theme
Engo has made great use of white space and typography in its design and its responsive layout rearranges text and imagery very nicely in smaller screen sizes. Shortcodes, Font Awesome font selector and the revolution slider will allow you to adapt the theme with minimal stress.
Krative Agency WordPress Theme
Oriolus One Page Responsive Theme
Aware Responsive Portfolio Theme
White Jeans WordPress Theme
Bog Format WordPress Theme
Submarine WordPress Theme