As an enthusiastic photographer, I have spent a lot of time trying to find the best WordPress photography theme to showcase my photographs. I hear you ask, “why just for WordPress?”
Well, WP accounts for around 27% of all websites worldwide as of February 2017, and its share will probably continue to rise in the coming years. It is one of the most stable and well-developed platforms available.
The reason WordPress is so popular is that it has a simple, user-friendly interface, combined with an unlimited ability to customize themes and plugins. There is also plenty of opportunity to write your own HTML or CSS code should you have the skills and/or inclination – but, you don’t have to by any means!
Whether you are a developer or not, you can find loads of useful WordPress tutorials that will enable you to build complex websites with ease. I have used WordPress to build several websites and have picked up coding techniques along the way – familiarity, in this case, does not breed contempt – it has created a skill! But, we’re not here to look at coding, just to dive into some great WordPress themes – that have all the coding done for you!
Showcase Your Photographs With Panache
This is my personal choice of the best WordPress photography themes available to date. Many of them are premium themes – and well worth it. Free themes may often lack useful functionality, so be aware!
“You get what you pay for,” so pay nothing, and expect very little! I like to look at it this way. You pay for a pro to highly develop a theme that can perform magic, and pay under $100 for it. Versus a free theme that can’t do very much, with you trying to add code and waste your valuable time tinkering with it. I’d go with functionality any day!
ALWAYS, go for the best theme you can afford.
Whether you are a professional photographer or a happy snapper with an iPhone, doesn’t matter, you are capable of taking fantastic photographs. You can, of course, upload your photos to specialist photo sites, like FineArtAmerica, ImageKind, 500px and many more. But why not also look for a professional platform to showcase them yourself?
Keep reading, and I will show you some awesome themes to use that have fabulous flexibility, look great and certainly won’t break the bank.
Facebook, Instagram and a host of others have enabled photography to become a popular form of art, thanks to their photo sharing services. Images taken by smartphones are usually of great quality, so why not show them off in a bespoke website of your own? And even earn money from them.
Create your own photography blog or portfolio website and build it on WordPress.
Look for responsive themes. What are they?
Responsive means that theme is optimized to work with all device sizes, such as PC’s, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Google ranks responsive themes on their mobile-friendliness.
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These are some of the best WordPress photography themes that I have found, but they are certainly not the only ones. Thousands of WordPress themes are available, but from a photography point of view, these have more than most, and I think you will like them!
WordPress Photography Themes
1. Photocrati – $129, [Ocassional Offers of 33% OFF!]
Photocrati is an epic modern, responsive and clean WordPress theme that offers plenty of customization. There are more than 60 start-up layout designs out-of-the-box, all with built-in galleries, blog, and eCommerce integration, and each are fully SEO optimized. Having eCommerce capability enables you to sell your photography or any other stuff from your website without having to process through a third party.
With over 18,000 photographers using Photocrati, it has been tried and thoroughly tested, making it one of the most desirable photography themes available. If you want simplicity and ease of use, then look no further than Photocrati.
2. The7 – $39
The7 is a responsive, modern, great value business theme with a style based on the iOS7. Created by the internationally renowned Dream-Theme, it has notched up over 93,000 sales since its creation in 2013!
The bright colors and glossy transparent style bring a touch of elegance to the homepage when this template is used. The theme’s overall design is outstanding and is both scalable and SEO optimized. Included are some great features, like WooCommerce and Visual Composer that make buying the theme a worthy choice, especially if you are looking for a business related WordPress theme.
The7 allows you to customize virtually every aspect of its appearance and layout via a theme options panel and visual page builder. There are over 30 pre-made websites with 1-click installation, as well as 6 premium plugins. This is one amazing theme at an incredibly low price!
3. Titan – $39
Titan is another clean, slick and code-efficient WordPress theme. Its responsive design comes with 14 gallery and 7 portfolio templates. From an advanced theme admin panel, users can fully customize all theme elements and their colors, change skins and setup typography with ease. The theme supports the popular “WooCommerce” plugin to allow for online store creation while also supporting the “AddThis” social media plugin.
Another useful feature is the ability to add password protected galleries in case you wish to show your clients their private photos. As with most themes, it also offers a large list of shortcodes to create buttons, columns, highlights and bespoke styling for drop caps and quotes. More than 300 installable Google web fonts complete the assets of the theme, apart from an extensive range of video tutorials and documentation for guidance.
4. BeTheme – $59
BeTheme is another flexible, responsive theme. It is a ‘big’ theme with over 100 ready to use custom-made templates for specific categories and interests, such as Golf, Theater, Handyman, Sport, Photography and many more. Custom backgrounds can also be easily created.
The core features include Mailchimp compatibility, unlimited Google Map styles, an option for dual sidebars, 5 & 6 column grid and a Greyscale effect on images used in the various grids and portfolios. There are also more than 200 shortcodes, a built-in translator, Muffin Builder and Visual Composer, and the theme is SEO optimized. A mega theme that has created more than 10,000 sales in its first year.
5. Deep Focus – $89/year = (access to many themes)
Deep Focus from Elegant Themes is a multi-purpose, responsive WordPress theme. The built-in gallery layout makes the theme a great choice for photographers and artists who want to create an online presence, while also maintaining the blogging capabilities.
An options ePanel, which integrates with the WordPress dashboard, comes with all of the themes. This enables easy customization across your whole site. Extra features allow you to control colors, adjust layouts, manage advertisements, and are SEO optimized.
6. Expression – $59
Expression is a powerful, responsive WordPress Theme, ideal for photographers and design creatives alike who use portfolios to effectively showcase their work. This theme is powered by the advanced Pexeto Panel, which provides dozens of options to manage and change any part of the theme. With all the styling options provided, you can easily customize the appearance of the theme and build you own custom skin. And, with 34 different background pattern displays available to choose from, you can easily create your own custom background. Your own background pattern image or full-width background image can also be uploaded.
Expression also includes 3 different sliders that can be included on separate pages, a full-width slideshow page, a full-height slideshow page and a Nivo slider. The latter comes with several animation effects and can be used in ordinary pages with the additional content appearing below.
7. Chocolate – $35
Another super theme from the Dream-Theme team, creators of The7 theme above. Responsive and feature-rich, this award winning design theme comes with a wide choice of homepage templates showing static images, two sizes of slider (Classical and Supersized), a 3D slideshow and full-screen video. It’s an elegant theme, full of features and functionality.
8. DK for Photography – $29
The DK for Photography theme is an interesting one, as it comes with the option to add a background audio playback when the site loads. Get clients and visitors in the right mood for looking at your photographs or reading your photo blog! The design is clean and simple and is responsive.
The homepage slider has a few different effects, and the fact that it is full-screen makes it a stunning theme. You can create 6 different galleries, a video portfolio and a password protected gallery – this is great only to allow access for private, family or client viewings. DK offers tremendous social media flexibility, using built-in sharing buttons, you can choose which ones to show and which to hide. There are plenty of shortcodes, as well as 7 custom widgets that are all easy to implement.
9. Invictus – $59
Invictus is a responsive, full-screen Photography WordPress Theme. The slick, modern and no-nonsense design can be used for any type of creative portfolio and photography websites. If you are a wedding photographer, then this is a great theme for you. There are loads of other portfolio styles to showcase better your images, with three different sliders (Slides, Nivo & Accordion) to play with. Full-screen video is also possible. This interesting theme is highly scalable, and SEO optmized for performance. A popular theme to date with in excess of 8,000 purchases.
10. King Size – $55
King Size is a multi-purpose, responsive WordPress Theme, which has proved popular with photographers with almost 17,000 purchases to date (1 May 2015). A highlight of the theme is the homepage options for full-screen image background display. And, with 5 special portfolios to choose from, each page can have unique backgrounds, sliders and videos that will set it apart from other pages or posts.
The interactive vertical navigation menu enhances the charm of the theme and is trendy. However, if you feel that its location doesn’t suit your requirements, with a simple click on the arrow at the bottom of the menu, it can be hidden from view. The overall elegant design of the theme allows it to be used for different purposes, such as galleries, photography websites, art websites, web design studios and more.
11. Armada – $39
A relatively new theme that is already proving to be a winner. Modern, professional design makes Armada a theme to look out for, and not only for photography, but also for any portfolio purpose. Once again, slick, code-efficient design from the Dream-Theme team (It gets an A rating grade for both Page Speed and YSlow). Fabulous flat design with a plethora of features and functionality. Integrated with WooCommerce, you can get down to your commercial business straight away.
Armada is fully scalable, responsive, optimized for SEO and performance, multi-functional photography WordPress theme. Whether you have a big studio portal or just a small personal portfolio, this theme will become a great foundation for any project!
12. Zyra – $59
A newly created theme, Zyra is a well-designed, responsive full-screen WordPress Theme suited to Photographers who wish to showcase their artworks professionally. The theme is easily customized and has an amazing full-screen slideshow that supports both portrait and landscape photos. The icing on the cake is that cropping for these images can be easily turned on and off in a whim – keeping the design neat and tidy. It also has video support features, whereby the video can be played without any disturbance. There are unlimited color schemes and video documentation, and Zyra is eCommerce Ready and Translation Ready, making this a theme well worth eye-balling.
If your passion is in the creative arts, then have a look at some of these fabulous WordPress themes and showcase your work professionally and with style. A stunning, well-developed image-based site that is visually appealing will hold visitors and customers for longer. And, the more time they remain on your website, the more likely they are to buy and interact.
Do you have any of these WP themes on your website? If so, what are you opinions on them and their performance – and more to the point, “were they worth it and do they perform well”? Please leave comments below and I’ll get back to you asap, and thank you for visiting the website.
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