Best Themes For Travel Websites

Themes That Capture the Spirit of Adventure:

Travel websites have been exploding in popularity since…well…there hasn’t really been a time when travel websites haven’t been popular. But since the inception of the smartphone era, people have wanted to read and blog about places they have been to.
People have either travelled somewhere new and want to know about great experiences they can have there, or they are researching where to go in the future. Either way, travel websites encompass a vast category of website. Will you blog about great restaurants to try in a certain place? The best beaches? The best trail rides for cyclists?

As vast a niche as ‘travel’ is, there are a few absolute musts when considering what your website will look like:

The 3 Musts of Travel Websites:

  1. Your site must be responsive – choosing a website that is responsive to smartphone and tablet screens is an absolute must for travel blogs. Of all the category niches, a travel website is likely the category with the highest percentage of mobile users.
  2. Keep it clean and fast loading – A lot of travellers will access your website while out of the country…which means they have to pay for the data they’re using. Keep your website clean and simple so that your website visitors feel comfortable coming back for more. No auto-loading videos!
  3. Add extra value for your customers – anyone can write about a popular vacation spot. But what can you give your website visitors that no one else can give? One option is to give your customers discounts to local eateries. is great for this: they have an promo code page for Expedia, so all their visitors can save on local hotels, tours and restaurants in that area.

1. Tour Package Theme

Best if you’re a tour company.

Tour Package WordPress Theme

The Tour Package Theme has a big, beautiful slider on the homepage.

If you’re a local tour company looking to attract lots of curious visitors to your tour, you should try the Tour Package WordPress theme. It’s specifically designed for the novice website owner. There is a drag and drop webpage builder (like Weebly) to help you quickly and easily create webpages for your website without hiring a designer. It has individual ‘tour packages’ that you can feature on your site and price differently. Your customers can also book their trips directly online (instead of phoning you), and the theme itself was recently updated to allow your website’s visitors to use Paypal to pay for their trips online.

Get This Theme If:

This theme is great if you’re a small or medium sized tour company that wants to focus on taking people on tours instead of fiddling with a website all day. The whole process is easy to set up, and after that the tour bookings are all automated.

Don’t Get This Theme If:

This is, as the name suggests, specifically created for tour companies. So if you’re a travel blogger looking for a blog, this isn’t for you. Let’s keep reading.

2. Arctica Theme for WordPress

Arctica Theme - Travel Blogger Theme

Great For Travel Bloggers

This is hands down the best overall WordPress theme if you’re a travel blogger. Why? The theme is fast, responsive, clean, and almost infinitely customizable. This means that, once you set up the theme to look the way you want, you can literally blog from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop and focus entirely on the content. Your website visitors will appreciate the beautiful but responsive look and feel of your website. The customizability will make your website distinctively yours, but you won’t need to spend time and money making it that way.

The only downside is that all the website’s cool customization features are mostly created through shortcodes, which will take a little bit of knowledge to implement. The theme developers do have a hugely helpful documentation file (we’ll link it here in case you can’t find it). But if you’re really new to these things, then it might be daunting.

Get This Theme If:

You’re a travel blogger who wants your website to look cool, but still be simple enough to work on all devices. Basically, you want to be able to set it up once and then focus on writing content.

Don’t Get This Theme If:

You are super-new to WordPress and aren’t comfortable setting up a website by yourself. It has sliders, shortcodes, and lots of features that will scare away any website-newbies.

3. Sahifa WordPress Theme

Sahifa isn’t specifically a ‘travel theme’, but there’s a reason it’s the bestselling theme on Themeforest’s website. It’s a responsive WordPress theme that is easy to use and does everything well. Technically it’s a blog/magazine theme, but it works really well as any kind of personal blog. It is retina-ready, responsive, and fast as heck. With this theme you can focus entirely on writing.

Get This Theme if:

You just want a website where you can install theme, upload a banner and then starting writing within 10 minutes. Installing ads, analytics, and all that are handled within the theme.

Don’t Get This Theme if:

You’re looking for a theme for your hotel, tour company or other travel business. Other themes will have specific modules and capabilities that Sahifa isn’t meant for.

How Colors Can Affect Your Perception of a Website

color-theory-web-designSometimes it’s not just about choosing the most reliable hosting company for your website, or what domain name you end up using for your website. Sometimes what really makes or breaks a website is its color scheme.

Within the world of web design, there is something known as color theory and it is useful to explore it in some detail because of the role that color plays in the way that a website is then perceived. You see, there is more to putting a website together than just thinking that certain colors work together because there is an entire psychology that lies behind how various colors are viewed by the public.

In other words, the wrong colors can actually give people the wrong impression of your site and that has to be a real nightmare for any designer.

What the Research Says.

To better explain the role of colors, we need to look at what the research itself has indicated as this allows you to then get to grips with how you will then go about building your sites.

It is known that different colors illicit different emotions and this does mean that when the wrong colors are used it can actually lead to visitors to a website misunderstanding the message that the site is trying to put across. For example, red is known to be a powerful color that is full of passion so if the message is trying to be calming and relaxing, then you can start to see how it just does not really work.

The problem here is that companies have a tendency to choose colors that are linked to either branding colors or personal preferences and this does not then actually mean that they are the correct colors to use. In order to get a better understanding of this entire concept, let’s look at how some colors are perceived so you can then determine how they should be used in your designs.


White is bright and it has a tendency to make us strain our eyes so you need to be careful and not use other bright colors alongside it. However, the perception of this color is that it represents something that is organized and professional. It is also linked to the concept of equality so if you are making a fun-filled website, then white should not be your predominant color as the fun part could pass people by.

example of white web design done well:


When it comes to colors that are able to get your blood pumping, then red is the absolute master. It is linked to passion and it gets the adrenaline pumping, so it is hardly going to be the best color for a website that is calming and relaxing. It is seen as being more aggressive and is a call to action color that is also demanding. Do you want people to have that perception of your website?

Examples of red web design done well:


In general, blue is seen as being quite a calming color and that is especially the case when you are talking about the lighter shades rather than the darker versions. To many, dark blue is seen as being depressing and cold so even if you love the color you have to be aware that people can sub-consciously at least perceive your site to be very dull and boring.


Green is often regarded as being the color that is the most pleasant on the eye and it does also have a rather calming impact as well. Believe it or not, but just having splashes of color on a website can really have a positive effect on any visitor although you do need to be careful of the shade. However, if you want to inject some passion, then this is not the color to do it with.


If you have never thought of using orange then you should know that it is linked to being quite warm and relaxing. It is seen as being optimistic and it is also not too offensive on the eyes which is always a bonus. However, if you are making a serious website then this would give people the wrong impression.

Now, you can easily work through each and every color and see how each color does create various emotions that we are not even aware of. However, even these almost subliminal messages do then alter how your website is perceived so educating yourself on what the colors mean and represent can help you to avoid this problem in the first place.

After all, you have worked hard on creating the site so do not mess it up with something that is so easy to avoid in the first place.

Best Themes for Wedding Sites

A lot of work goes into planning and preparing for a wedding, and these days your plan should include a website for your wedding. You can have people RSVP, list your gift registry, and have all the details for when and where your guests should arrive. It’s also more environmentally friendly than sending out traditional RSVP cards for people mail back to you, and you’ll save money on printing! You can collect guests email addresses in a mailing list and keep them up to date on any changes in terms of venue, hotels, or what do in case of rain. One of the best things to do is put a Google map up with the location and address of the venue, then you won’t have to deal with a million phone calls looking for directions or confirming the location of the wedding.

Below are our top picks for Wedding themes for WordPress:

1. Eternity

eternity wedding theme wordpress

$40. This is a relatively new theme available through ThemeForest, but it’s very well reviewed with a solid 5 star rating (that almost never happens!). All of the positive reviews note the excellent support by the theme developer, so if you are having any trouble you can contact him with questions. Beyond that the theme is quite simple and elegant, and best of all it is a responsive design. That means it will scale appropriately to display well on mobile devices, which is quite important these days! You’ll get your RSVPs in a lot quicker if your guests are able to do it on their phone or tablet. Lots of options for customization, a built-in RSVP form, support for Google maps, and image galleries all make this theme a great choice.

Purchase here

2. Soul

soul wedding theme wordpress

$40. The second most highly rated wedding theme on ThemeForest is Soul from developer Kaaz. This one has a bit more of a complex layout, but that doesn’t mean it’s difficult to implement or update! Soul actually comes with dummy content included, so you can see what text will go where. It’s also highly customizable and comes with custom post types as well as 10 different page templates. With a responsive design (which really should be standard these days) Soul is a solid choice too.

On top of that, Soul has become incredibly popular, and is used on sites like Livingsocial! This great theme has become a standard in the WordPress industry.

Purchase here

3. Unite

Unite wedding theme wordpress

FREE. I wanted to include at least one free theme in this list in case you are on a budget. With a free theme you can not expect the same level of support from the theme developers as you can with the paid ones, but if you aren’t overly fussed with being able to change every little detail or having lots of different page templates then this theme should suit you just fine. It does have a responsive layout and a decent amount of features, for $0 it’s a great option!

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Best Themes for eCommerce

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There are a few eCommerce plugins out there for WordPress, by far the most popular two are WooCommerce with a score of 4.1/5 stars, and WP e-Commerce with a score of 2.8/5 stars. Both are free to use for the basic model with extra extensions for things like table rate shipping, subscriptions, and various payment gateways ranging in price from about $49 and up. When you combine WordPress with something like WooCommerce and a great theme designed specifically for eCommerce you can have a great looking online store up and running in no time!

1. Crazy Diamond

crazydiamond ecommerce theme wordpress

$55. This is the number one rated theme on ThemeForest for eCommerce, it’s specifically designed to work with WooCommerce but I believe it will work with other plugins as well. It’s not hard to see why it’s rated so highly: it has a drag and drop style page builder which allows you to design your pages visually without writing any code, includes the Revolution Slider (a plugin that is normally an extra $15), Wishlist functionality, very extensive help documentation including a library of video tutorials to help assist you in setting up your online store, and 13 custom widgets for social media and product highlighting. Beyond all that, it’s just a good looking theme. It’s not limited to eCommerce sites either, it also makes a great corporate theme.

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2. BuyShop

buyshop ecommerce theme wordpress

$55. Another 5 star theme, this one also comes with the Revolution Slider included as part of the theme ($15 value). There are three different layouts that you can use as a base (creative, classic, and dark) and then of course you can customize everything from there. This theme seems to have a particularly robust and options-heavy admin panel which makes customization a breeze. It also allows your customers to login with either Facebook or Twitter to leave product reviews or make purchases. The other great feature is that you can set up price filters and ‘shop by’ categories to make browsing easier for your customers.

See full features list and purchase here.

3. Shopping

shopping ecommerce theme wordpress

FREE. This is a child theme of the Omega theme, so you’ll need to install that first for this one to work. But don’t worry, Omega is also free! Shopping was created to work with WooCommerce, but the author has confirmed that it will work with any other eCommerce plugin. I didn’t really see a lot of free eCommerce themes for WordPress that I thought looked much like online stores, this one really stood out to me. It has a nice clean layout, displays the products nicely, and it’s mobile friendly as well. It doesn’t have as many features for customization as the above two themes that I linked, but the price reflects that!

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Best Themes for Portfolios

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For any type of creative professional, or anybody really, one of the most important things you can have is an online portfolio. Any potential client is going to want to see examples of your work, a quick and easy way for them to check it out is to have a look at your website. If you are a photographer, artist, graphic designer, model, or any other type of creative you need need a website that looks as great as your work. Here are some of our favourite picks for portfolio style websites for showcasing your work:

1. Grille

grille portfolio theme wordpress

$45. The top rated portfolio theme on ThemeForest comes in at a solid 5 stars. It has a minimalist design that allows your work to speak for itself, it’s very clean and easy to read with an emphasis on large pictures. I’m not crazy about the Courier font that is the default in the theme, but that would be simple enough to change. It comes with 6 free plugins: Tweets, Theme Shortcodes (for adding buttons and things), Instagram, Portfolio, Social, and Pricing Tables. It also has a custom media uploader that extends the built-in WordPress one to make uploading galleries to your portfolio a snap, and you can sell digital goods through your website via Easy Digital Downloads.

Purchase here.

2. Aperture

aperture portfolio theme wordpress

$55. This theme comes with over 30 ready to use skins, or you can make the layout 100% customized to your needs with Essential Grid. Absolutely no coding needed on your part!

Everything in this theme is configurable, and you have the entire Google Font collection to choose from for your text (that’s over 600 fonts!). It also integrates fully with WooCommerce so that you can sell products (tangible or digital) through your website. It can also be set up to post images directly from Flickr, Instagram, Vimeo and other services. This theme is a little more expensive than most other portfolio themes, but with all the features available I’d say it’s well worth the extra $10.

Purchase here.

3. Portfolio Press


FREE. For people who are more hobbyists you might want a website to show off your work without spending a ton of money. There are a few good free portfolio themes out there but I’m partial to the Portfolio Press theme. I like the clean look and fair amount of options provided for a price that can’t be beat! The layout is quite flexible and can be changed. It’s very well reviewed on the WordPress theme directory, and the developer seems quite responsive to questions which is great considering it’s a free theme. He’s also provided a help video on how to use the theme:

Download here.

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