Before you just start looking for a theme, make sure you’ve read all the tips for how to evaluate a theme. Beginning a website project by looking for a theme is a sure-fire way to focus too much on design and not enough on your organization’s needs.
- The recent default WordPress themes are all excellent, though fairly simple.
- Themes from Automattic (the parent company of WordPress.com) are excellent and fairly-well supported. These tend to be simple themes that look good out of the box.
- “Accessibility Ready” themes. These themes have been vetted twice to get onto the WordPress.org directory and tend to be newer and higher-quality.
These themes cost money but often come with more theme options and templates. Just remember there are great free themes that are much better than the worst of the paid themes.
- Some themes available on WordPress.com* (meaning they’ve been highly vetted) are also available for purchase for use on self-hosted WordPress. Maisha (specifically built for nonprofits), Fortune*, and Corporate are all themes that fit this bill and might be worth considering.
- Mentioned above for their free themes, Automattic’s paid themes have the same code and design quality. Their theme Forefront would work great for many a nonprofit.
- Some themes targeted specifically at nonprofits aren’t much more than marketing ploys. However there are a few probably worth considering: Maisha, NonProfit Theme, and Foundation.
- Themes from Array Themes are slick and tend to have just enough level of customization. Start by looking at Atomic or Ampersand. Their support tends to be excellent.
Page Builder Themes
- The Theme Foundry’s WordPress themes are some of the few I trust. Their theme Make* is also the only “builder” theme I recommend that gives you more control over page layouts. That said, be careful with it. A more customizable theme means a steeper learning curve and more work for you.
A few more “theme shops” with good reputations
- Themes from Foxland and Theme Hybrid both have reputations for high quality.
- The Genesis Theme Framework and associated themes are quite popular and they’re well-coded from my experience with them. However, because they use an additional “framework” on top of WordPress, many developers (me included) won’t be as familiar with customizing them.