The Best WordPress Themes (Paid & Free)

With thousands of options choose from, finding the best WordPress themes isn’t easy. If you’re about to start working on a new project, here are the five best themes that you should consider using!

Best WordPress Themes - free & paid

Choosing the best WordPress theme for your website isn’t easy. WordPress offers thousands of options to pick from, both free and premium. Ultimately, selecting the best one for your site comes down to your budget and which style and features you need.

Since there’s no single WordPress theme that’s a perfect fit for every project, we made a list of our favorite picks. Within this collection, you’ll find the best free WordPress themes. We also talk about premium options for almost any type of website that you can imagine.

The list includes five of the best WordPress themes. We’ll discuss their features, style, and price. Let’s get to it!

1. Astra (free and premium multipurpose theme)

Astra - the best free WordPress theme

Astra is almost always near the top of the list for the best WordPress themes. However, this isn’t a coincidence. Many modern themes focus on offering as many features as possible. In contrast, Astra is all about slim design and site performance.

With Astra, you get access to many customization options. Additionally, it’s one of (if not the) fastest loading themes that you can use in WordPress. Astra works perfectly alongside the Block Editor. Furthermore, it comes with a broad library of business, magazine, portfolio, and other types of templates that you can use to kickstart your site’s design.

Price: The free version of Astra is a great starting point. The theme also offers premium licenses with advanced features starting at $49 per year.

2. Divi (premium multipurpose theme)

Divi theme

Divi is one of the most popular WordPress multipurpose themes on the market. It’s a premium option that shines due to its visual drag-and-drop builder. It also has a massive collection of creative photography, real estate, and boutique templates. With Divi, you can put together a website while viewing what your visitors see from the front end.

The Divi theme gives you a significant degree of control over each of its module’s styles including Divi form styles. The theme is so popular that it has a dedicated community of developers who offer plugins that further expand its functionality.

Price: Divi licenses start at $89 per year. You also get access to other themes and plugins within the Elegant Themes collection.

3. Ultra (free and premium multipurpose theme)

The Ultra theme

Ultra is one of several popular WordPress themes based on the Themify framework and page builder. It is a multipurpose theme that has a massive library of pre-built templates. Among those templates, you have options for full websites with multiple ready-to-go pages. This includes gallery, gaming, and eCommerce templates.

Combining those templates with the Themify builder and Ultra lets you get websites up and running in record time. The theme also offers several add-on plugins that further expand its page builder’s functionality. For example, Ultra has options for pricing tables, media players, and more.

Price: Ultra offers a free WordPress theme that’s fantastic for new websites. However, if you want access to the full range of features the theme and its page builder offer, premium licenses start at $59 per year.

4. Hestia Pro (multipurpose premium theme)

The Hestia Pro theme.

A lot of the best WordPress themes are designed around page builders. That’s a good approach, but the WordPress Block Editor and customizer are also flexible tools. With Hestia Pro, you get a multipurpose theme that you can easily customize using built-in WordPress functions.

If you’d rather use a page builder plugin, Hestia Pro adapts to all the most popular options on the market. The theme is also optimized for performance. In addition, it includes several ready-to-go designs for landing pages that span several industries.

Price: Hestia Pro licenses start at $69 per year.

5. Sydney (free and premium multipurpose theme)

The Sydney free WordPress theme

Many WordPress multipurpose themes throw too many features and options in the face of new users. However, Sydney doesn’t do this. Is this is your first time using WordPress? Or building a site you’ll be passing of for clients to maintain?

In that case, you can benefit from a flexible multipurpose theme that adapts to any project you have in mind. Additionally, Sydney doesn’t need you to have a Ph.D. to learn how to use it.

Sydney is just that kind of theme. You can easily change the style and feel of your project using the WordPress customizer. In addition, the theme integrates with all the most popular page builder plugins on the market. On top of that, you get to play with a vast selection of starter templates that you can customize in any way that you like.

Price: Sydney is one of the best free WordPress themes that you can use, and its premium version builds on top of that. Sydney Pro licenses start at $69 per year.


Putting together a list of the best WordPress themes is always a challenge. The top contenders vary from year to year, and new entries come up all the time. However, the best options are usually easy to use and offer excellent performance. In addition, you don’t need to be a WordPress expert to use them.

If you already have a theme, here’s a guide on how to change WordPress themes the right way.

With those criteria in mind, here are our picks for the best WordPress themes:

  1. Astra: The best WordPress theme that you can use in terms of performance.
  2. Divi: This theme gives you access to one of the most powerful and intuitive page builders on the market.
  3. Hestia Pro: This theme works with page builder plugins and the WordPress Block Editor and customizer, making it incredibly versatile.
  4. Sydney: With Sydney you get a theme that’s easy to use and to customize, for both WordPress beginners and enthusiasts.

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