| January 19, 2015 | 67 Comments

I’ve writ­ten else­where about  Free premium wordpress themes and how I finally switched from free themes to cheap paid premium themes after frustration from broken themes left from regular updates done by word press. I did for a while try designing my own WordPress themes, also tried  using free themes but was not really 100 % satisfied or problems kept cropping up and it needed more maintenance. I even shelled out a modest sum for a few pre­mium, professionally-designed WordPress themes and was burnt by making the wrong choices. I might get  small commission  if you do eventually decide to buy from some of the affiliate links listed below , though i honestly recommend  these theme providers as i have been using them over the past couple of years

Since trying out numerous cheap, free and also paid  themes, i have now pretty much narrowed down my preference to just  three theme providers for my wordpress blog themes. By the way themes are also called templates by some on-line webdesign stores, just to clear any confusion.

I have used many  Blog and website template and themes providers in my 10 + years of blogging and creating websites and blogs,  but these are the one’s below that i  still have a membership for in the last so many years and i am happy to recommend them.

Good  word-press themes can  normally be priced from as low as  $30 to $200  and that is just for  1 theme,  How ever most of these below is a membership and has more value  due to the number of themes  they provide in that membership.

My preferred Three WordPress blog theme providers are :

1. Elegant themes  ( Why – because they are cheap or affordable compared to others, looks nice  and has an up to date latest design and for Just $69 a year and you get to use 80 + premium themes for that one membership amount). Elegant  themes provide value  because of the sheer number of professional  themes you get  for just one price.

[updated  Elegant themes membership price :$69]

2. WP Zoom themes  ( Why – Because they got a nice set of professional news  and magazine themes in addition to blog themes and are a bit more advanced in design to elegant themes)- I’ve purchased the$9/mo -$199 SIGN-UP FEE membership option, but there are other –See pricing options

3. Solostream wordpressthemes ( This blog uses a solostream theme) – Truly SEO optimised and nicely structured blog  which is the next best option for a premium blog theme with excellent AdSense advertising options inbuilt which you can use for affiliate links as well.

This theme provider stands out  for the well designed professional look, with  very good options to integrate ad-sense and advertising banners and ads. You can also  change the  look of your blog  to different styles , like portfolio,  blog design, Full width length  posts without sidebar , adjust your sidebar designs  etc  with just a click of the button.

4. Themeforest Or Envato Marke

This one is one of my favourites for not only wordpress themes but also blogger themes and  wordpress plugins, email templates , Mailchimp plugins , facebook integration plugins from Envato-codecanyon  and many more  blog related stuff that i have bought  from them.

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[my membership badge with themesforest/envato above] Theme forest/ Envato – are one of the bigger providers for all related bloggin stuff from themes to plugins  to scripts for your blog etc. Check them out here 

Difference between Free WordPress themes and PAID wordpress themes

Free themes Pros :

  • They are FREE ( Oh yeah! )
  • There is a larger selection of Free themes

Free themes Cons :

  • Most don’t  have any  regular ongoing support ( theme breaking and  security updates slow)
  • Theme authors may no longer update themes (as its free after all )
  • Limited features  available

As part of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals, Solostream is offering a 20% discount on all products. Apply for discount – Coupon Code: 5084BE  [expired November 26, 2012].

All three theme providers provide AdSense  and seo options inbuilt.

Here area  few of the word-press themes that are free from these providers , Its a  roundup of some of the best, freshest—and cheap—new premium WordPress themes. If you really want the latest and the best and the most up to date themes, I would recommend you get a paid membership  from these guys.

Most of these “Free themes” don’t have any demo sites any longer ( as they usually do) , but you can get an idea of the theme by the pic below and can try them for free


To check out the  demo themes click on word press themes a then free wordpress themes on the Solostream website

Bosco 2.0 Free cheap premuim solostream wordpress templates

Solostream Bosco 2.0 (Above)–  Download link

WP-Glory 1.0 solostream free premuim templates

Solostream Wp glory1.0 – Download link

torn 2.0 solostream cheap wordpress themes premuim

Solostream Torn 2.0 – Download link

Elegant themes doesn’t have any free themes as they are already are so cheap priced at $69 for 80 premuim themes, giving the designers no time to work and provide for free themes


Click on the free button on the wpz website  to checkout  the demo version of free themes

Photoria free wp zoom theme

Photoria Wp Zoom Free theme – Download link

wp zoom Academica theme free premuim wordpressblog theme

Academica Wp Zoom Free theme – Download link

meeta sweet Budget theme for wordpressblogs

Meeta Wp Zoom Free  theme – Download link

I have these  “wordpress premium  themes” from Solostream , Wp zoom and Elegant themes installed on various blogs that i manage and i am totally pleased with them. Go check it out for yourself.

Check out my this blog theme  which is also from SOLOSTREAM called WP– CLEAR  (Use Solostream Coupon Code 26009B for a $10 Discount)


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ElegantThemes WordPress Themes

If you check out ElegantThemes, you’ll see a wide selection of beau­ti­fully crafted wordpress themes. Better yet, you get unlim­ited access to all of these themes (almost 80 as I write this) for only $69! It’s an incred­i­ble deal! Get it here

Disclosure: I earn commissions from some of the services (mostly web hosting) that I recommend on my blog,

Digitalgrog.com.au is a affiliate partner to most of the Hosting services and some other blog related promotion services that I have listed here on my blog and I use, which means that in addition to using their service, we also receive a commission for referring new customers. To be fair, though, we still use these services even if we weren’t an affiliate. We don’t recommend any particular host just because we’re an affiliate (every hosting company offers a similar affiliate program); we recommend certain Hosting companies because they are the best, most reliable option. Plus, because we’re a partner, these providers offers a special price for Digitalgrog readers. Get your hosting today.

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JJay blogs on Technology related products ,websites, SEO, Social Media and blog promotion. JJay also writes articles for Stock market , Finance and business blogs and websites.

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  1. roberto79 says:

    As for the wordpress template, I am suggesting you to get yourself paid themes. Why? Cause paid themes have various of choices and you can get your dream theme exactly like they are. My friend used a paid theme and his blog recieves quite a good number of visitors. It attracts people cause the theme is different from others. Cheers!

  2. Saraboddington says:

    I love themes from WP Zoom themes. They have minimal themes and their prices are super affordable. I have a blog and I used theme from WP Zoom and I really am happy for it! My blog looks simple but yet quite attractive due to the arrangement of the columns, and not too crowded.

  3. Superaidan says:

    I am currently looking for themes for my blog, just need something new for the blog. Came across your article and I must say, your recommendations are good. I’ve checked out ElegantThemes, I am so happy for the offers and the prices. So affordable. Thanks once again for your article! Cheers!

  4. ianmatin says:

    I’ve heard of Theme Forest before. It’s an okay site for themes but not really that okay. They have simple shoot and some of them needed to be considered. I’ve tried it once. Not saying Theme Forest is bad but you can find something better.

  5. Boddie says:

    I’m new to wordpress and currently using the free themes. I’m satisfied with the current theme i’m using but I think I need a better theme. I’ve checked out the themes on your article, and I’ve read all of the comments to see which theme is the best. Is it okay for me to use WP Zoom theme although there are other themes which are more affordable, but I find WP Zoom themes are beautiful and simple. Need your opinion for this. Thanks!

  6. jamie says:

    I ams thinking of starting my own blog .. i dont know which web hosting to go with ..

    im in australia and would like to know if US or Au HOSTS are good ?
    thanks in advance


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  9. box planters says:

    Hello! Quick question that’s totally off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly?
    My web site looks weird when viewing from my iphone.

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    If you have any recommendations, please share.

    With thanks!

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