WordPress designs have undergone a bit of a renaissance in recent years. Similar to the sudden emergence of online clothing stores where you can buy clothes exactly-fitted to your body shape, you can now buy WordPress templates that are perfectly fitted to your intended audience, aesthetic, and content. Why settle for a cookie-cutter website when you can opt for a custom WordPress design that ticks all those boxes? Here are five must-see custom WordPress designs that can elevate your site from mass-produced to elegantly bespoke.
The emergence of templates specifically catering to online entrepreneurs has placed the process of building a drop-shipping, MLM, or lead generation site (to name just a few) on smooth, easily adjusted rails.
There is an abundance of template options when it comes to building a slick, business site, but the Genesis Framework Package has to be near the top of the pack. Genesis successfully avoids the fussy, overhyped aesthetic that so many online business sites seem to indulge in.
It’s pared back. The template sports oodles of crisp, clean white space and a beautifully simple nav that leads readers gently to the killer content without resorting to heavy-handed visual manipulation.
Check out The Economic Secretariat website for an example of Genesis in practice. As this business site reveals, content can and should come first — particularly if your goal is to build a relationship of trust with customers.
Templates tailored to online learning were hard to find until fairly recently. The Online Tutor WordPress template was one of the first to arrive and it still stands out as one of the best — particularly if your content relies on video.
The template integrates a range of teaching tools, including lecture paywalls, the option to dynamically combine lessons into a range of syllabi, and a variety of marketing and promotion methods.
Perhaps the most powerful feature though is that it successfully recreates the same kind of learning experience you’ll find on huge, well-established learning platforms like Udemy.If your main content is knowledge, this custom teaching solution is well-worth your consideration.
The challenge for influencers is that they are their own brand. The template they build their site around should, ideally at least, artfully blend the personal with the professional. From a website design standpoint, this can be a tricky balance — especially when introducing a specific call to action. The Influencer Pro WordPress template deftly handles the task. As you’d expect, the site features a wide array of options for promotion. Full-page banner ads, newsletter subscription, and links to podcast content can all be built into your page in a way that seems natural and unforced. But the site builds on the visual dimension of personalization by giving users a powerful toolbox for tweaking typography, layout and color, right down to the finest detail. The result? This template makes it easy to build a site that reflects your personality while helping you also stay firmly on message.
At first glance, a consultant’s website might appear to have scant options for meaningful customization. Establishing solidity and credibility places a dampening influence on how your site looks and feels, and with this kind of site less is definitely more.Ridhi Pro is an excellent choice for consultants, precisely because it does have a light design touch. Site visitors are greeted with a simple welcome message, service descriptions, a few call-out boxes and the option to set up a phone call or face-to-face meeting.It’s the website equivalent of a crisp-looking business card, giving all the information a prospect needs with zero fuss or distraction.
Creatives succeed or fail by the strength of their portfolio, so their website template needs to be built around the idea of exhibiting strong work examples with minimal distraction. While portfolio add-ins are thick on the ground, a pure portfolio template is a little harder to find.
Core is an excellent choice. Six gallery templates are bake into the template, as well as a range of options for curating a collection of work in a full-screen slideshow. Added features like full social sharing, a variety of skins, and password protection for exclusive galleries make Core Photography a solid choice for creatives seeking to make their art their business.
A hidden gem within this template is the extensive power it gives users to customize and tailor the site using CSS, right down to the finest detail. While deep level customization won’t appeal to every user (after all, tailoring takes work!), for creatives wanting a site that can closely reflect their personality and style preferences, Core is a solid choice that gets the job done.Generic WordPress templates are fine for generic content. But if you want something unique and distinctive.