The best WordPress themes offer maximum flexibility without sacrificing stability or ease-of-use. Most of the themes you will find on the market are designed with one specific purpose in mind. For example, if you’re looking for a theme for a barbershop or hair salon, you can find dozens of options on sites like Themeforest. However, those themes are going to be useless for any other business. The most flexible WordPress themes, listed below, can be used for just about any website you can imagine.
All of these themes are “code-free” meaning you don’t need to know how to code to get them up and running. For more code-free suggestions check out the Ultimate Guide to Building Apps without Code.
X will always be my go-to theme for WordPress. I started using it for client websites in 2013 and I still use it to this day. Don’t believe me? Check the source code on this site. So maybe I am a little biased but I do honestly believe X is the most versatile WordPress theme available and here’s why:
- No Code Required – Drag & drop editor eliminates the need for code.
- Expert Designs – Instantly install one of the many demo sites and hit the ground running.
- Plugins Included – X comes pre-packaged with amazing 3rd party plugins like Slider Revolution and Google Analytics.
- Still Evolving – A lot has changed since X was released in 2013 and the developers at Themeco are working hard to release new improvements regularly.
Bridge is one of the best WordPress themes for rapid development because it comes with more than 320 demos. There’s a design for just about everyone and it can be applied to your site with the click of a button. The results really speak for themselves. The designs are aesthetically pleasing without sacrificing functionality and that’s why Bridge is one of the most flexible WordPress themes on the market.
The7 is third on my list but if you’re looking for the most bang for your buck then look no further. This theme comes at roughly half the price of the others without sacrificing quality.
My favorite part about The7 is the three built-in design styles: minimalist, material (aka Google style), and iOS. Each style is then available in 20 different skins. So right out of the box you can have a fabulous website without having to get into the weeds. I can’t tell you how many hours I have wasted on color schemes and HEX codes… For someone with zero design training, it can be a real nightmare.
The7 also comes with built-in themes for some of my favorite plugins including Gravity Forms and Events Calendar Pro. If you’ve dealt with either of these plugins you know how difficult they can be to match your site theme.
Honestly, my only gripe with The7 is it relies on Visual Composer to create page layouts. It’s fine, but it’s not my favorite (that would be Cornerstone which comes standard with the X Theme above). Overall The7 is an excellent choice and definitely one of the most flexible WordPress themes available.
We can’t really talk about WordPress themes without addressing the elephant in the room, Avada. It’s the number one selling WordPress theme with over 525,000 purchases. And while I’ve had a love-hate relationship with Avada for many years now, thanks to my work with VisitPearland.com, I have to admit that it is one of the most flexible WordPress themes you can get.
Avada comes pre-packaged with 39 demo sites that cover a broad range of styles. And the theme options allow you to control almost every aspect of the site without having to write any code.
However, the core plugin for building layouts, Fusion Builder, is limited to the backend only. So you have to reload the page on the frontend to actually see your changes. It’s a relatively minor inconvenience but when you’re making a lot of changes it tends to get annoying. I’m also not impressed with the page load speeds we have been seeing but that may not be Avada’s fault.
Overall, Avada is a great theme. It definitely lends itself to flexibility and usability without sacrificing quality. If this is the one you choose I certainly wouldn’t fault you for it. Just as long as you get out there and build it.