This is a collection of all the best WordPress themes of 2012. We have hand picked and listed only the top WordPress themes released in 2012. Below you will find high quality premium WordPress themes for just about every type and style of website you may want to build. From traditional blog themes, magazine themes, portfolio themes, photo themes, video themes, multimedia themes, business themes, CMS themes, news themes, restaurant themes, ecommerce themes, responsive themes and many other themes for specific applications and styles. If you want to find only a specific style of theme have a look at our premium WordPress theme categories page or visit our best premium WordPress theme galleries index page.
This is part one of the best WordPress themes collection of 2012. You can find Part 2 of the Best WordPress Themes 2012 here.
[Updated: 17 January, 2013]
The premium theme has a clean and professional design which is suitable for use by a whole range of different website styles including business websites, blogs and online magazines. Some of the features include a mobile responsive layout, featured pages / photos / video slider, portfolio page templates, alternative business homepage layout, video page template, and multiple post and page layout options.
Alternative Homepage Layout
A responsive business portfolio WordPress theme from Theme Trust ideal for photographers, freelance designers, design firms and others. Features include a custom portfolio section with smooth filtering animations, option for a full screen background that’s synchronized with the homepage slider, custom background images for individual pages, touch swipe sideshow, Google fonts, custom options panel and more.
Optional full screen background synchronized with the homepage slider
A feature rich premium WordPress theme from Theme Junkie that can be used for video websites, magazine sites or any other type of website you like. The theme has a clean and professional design and features automatic video thumbnails, a stylish featured slider on the homepage, custom built-in shortcodes, custom page templates, advanced theme control panel and more.
A modern and elegant magazine styled WordPress theme from WPZOOM. The premium theme features a custom homepage layout, 3 layout options for posts / pages, 5 custom page templates including 2 directory style templates, a shortcodes manager, video integration with automatic thumbnails, advanced options panel, 5 colour styles and more.
A simple and effective one page ecommerce WordPress theme built to sell one item. The premium theme from Obox Themes is ideal for authors, artist, musicians and anyone else who needs an ecommerce theme to sell just the one product. The theme uses the powerful WooCommerce plugin for the ecommerce functionality. Other features of this theme include a featured image slider, header image uploader, light or dark colour schemes, and a mobile ready responsive design.
A photo and video portfolio WordPress theme for photographers and artists to show off their images or video. The premium theme from Organized Themes has a mobile friendly responsive design to will look great on all screen sizes and devices. The theme utilises multiple gallery layouts to keep things interesting and you can post single images, galleries and even videos. Other features include 2 colour style options (light and dark), 7 different lightbox styles, custom header and background options, social sharing buttons, and a theme options panel to further customise the theme to your needs.
A premium ecommerce WordPress theme from Themify designed for bigger shops with a large selection of products. The theme is powered by the WooCommerce ecommerce plugin and has an Ajax powered shopping cart that allows customers to add/remove items from the cart without redirecting the page. Shopo has many promotional areas, duel navigations in the header, welcome message, feature slider and a customisable product slider. The ecommerce theme also has a responsive layout that automatically adapts to user’s viewport area to work beautifully on all desktop and mobile devices.
A chic minimalist magazine blog WordPress theme for female bloggers. The premium theme from BluChic is ideal for use as a normal website or a stylish magazine blog about lifestyle, fashion, beauty, parenting or any other niche. The Beverly theme is optimized with a responsive design so it automatically adapts to different screen resolution like iPhone, iPad, other tablets and mobile devices. Other features include a large featured slider on the homepage, custom widgets and shortcodes, a blog layout option, colour customisation options and a comprehensive options panel.
A professional web hosting business WordPress theme from Theme Fuse. The premium theme can be used for web hosting companies, a cloud computing business or any other computer related business as it has a stylish “digital business” design. Cloud Host has a slick customisable featured slider with lots of animation options, a cool pricing page, 10+ different pages and lots of shortcodes to create your own unique pages and templates, integrated blog, powerful admin options and more.
A responsive magazine and ecommerce WordPress theme from cssigniter with a clean minimalist design. The theme has a multiuse, flexible structure and can be a magazine website, an ecommerce store or a combination of both. Ecommerce functionality (if required) is powered by the powerful WooCommerce ecommerce plugin. The theme has alternative layout options, mobile responsive design, shortcodes, theme options and more.
A stylish magazine style WordPress theme from WPZOOM. The premium theme has a very clean, minimalist design with a mobile responsive layout that automatically adjusts for any screen size and resolution. Magazine Explorer has a widget based layout for greater flexibility and customisation possibilities. Other features include a featured slideshow on the homepage, carousel widget, advanced WPZOOM framework and options panel, several custom widgets, banner management options and more.
A dark coloured premium WordPress theme with a professional design from Solostream. The theme has a mobile ready responsive layout and is suitable for a variety of website types including a professional or personal blog, online magazine or a business website. WP Mysterious is packed with features including: 2 featured article sliders, multiple homepage layouts and multiple post / page layout options, portfolio and video templates, extensive settings page and more.
A simple and fast WordPress theme with a professional, versatile and lightweight design suitable for a variety of different websites. The premium theme from Elegant Themes also has a fully responsive design meaning the theme will adapt to any screen size to insure that your content is readable on any device. Other features include an optional blog style structure, 3 alternative sliders, advertising management options, and a control panel with heaps of customisation options for colours, fonts, backgrounds and much more.
A premium music or video WordPress theme from Aloha Themes. The theme allows you to play music or video continuously while you also visit other pages and posts on the site. The theme is ideal for bands, musicians, DJ’s, night clubs and lounges, and other music fans. It supports a large range of music and video services, has social sharing / contact links, and a smart backend options panel for easy setup and customisation.
A versatile premium WordPress theme from Colorlabs for magazines, newspapers, blogs or any other style of content publishing website. The theme has a sleek, modern, minimalist design with a responsive layout to automatically adjust for mobile and tablet devices. Other features include a sliding sticky posts section, top authors slider, custom posts archive template, theme control panel and more.
A magazine style WordPress child theme for the Backbone Framework from Colorlabs. The attractive premium theme has a custom homepage with two layout options: a blog style layout or category group layout, as well as a headline slider. Other features include custom video and gallery page templates, admin options panel, SEO options and a mobile responsive design.
Homepage Layout Options
A sophisticated magazine / newspaper premium WordPress theme from Gabfire that includes heaps of unique features. Some of the cool features include multiple category layout options, a smart navigation menu that includes sub navigation items and recent entries, a large or compact featured content slider, 2 different post layout options, 5 header styles, 7 colour styles, media gallery module and much more.
A mobile ready photo portfolio WordPress theme from Themify. The premium theme has a responsive design meaning it adapts to the viewers screen size, resolution and device to work perfectly on both desktop and mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Android phones. It has a gallery/slideshow that mimics the iPhone native Photos app, allowing users to swipe or press arrow keys to go through the photos, double tap, auto play, pinch and expand, etc. Other features include various list and grid view layout options, 8 theme skins, theme options panel and more.
A petition WordPress theme from FrogsThemes that allows you to create a petition website with WordPress. The premium theme has been designed specifically to gather support from people and get signatures for your petitions to fight whatever cause you wish. The theme has a large call to action section that directs people to enter their name and email address before digitally signing the petition. Other features include custom options panel with full petition management, multiple petitions, option to show / hide signatories, news ticker, featured homepage tabbed content and more.
A fresh and clean ecommerce WordPress theme from Mint Themes. The powerful and flexible ecommerce theme, built on the cart 66 ecommerce plugin, allows you to build an attractive online web store to showcase and sell your products. Features include a smooth and minimal design suitable for any brand, built in cart / check out design, 4 page templates, compatibility with PayPal and other payment gateways, extensive theme options panel and more.
A premium theme from Aloha Themes ideal for nightclubs, dance clubs, bars, taverns, restaurants, musicians, DJs, Bands and other nightlife related websites. Features include a custom homepage with featured content slider, Google fonts, WordPress custom menus, theme options panel and more.
MyRestaurantTheme – Restaurant Website Template for WordPress
My Restaurant Theme is a powerful and feature packed WordPress template system for restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars.
The premium theme makes it easy and affordable to create a beautiful and highly functional restaurant website that will attract more customers and orders. Features include 4 unique design styles, integrated online ordering and reservation systems, delicious versatile menus cards that are generated automatically, in built coupon system, event management functionality, mobile compatibility, extensive customisation options and much more.
A video blogging WordPress theme from cssigniter. The premium theme uses the build in video functionality of WordPress to easily embed videos. Features include a large HD video slider on the homepage to showcase your featured videos, pop out video previews, integrated sharing tools, theme options and shortcodes. You can also use the theme as a stylish normal blog rather than a video blog if you wish.
A premium WordPress theme from Organic Themes designed for photographers to professionally showcase and sell their photography. The theme has a mobile responsive design, several portfolio page templates, a slideshow template, a shop page template (powered by WooCommerce), 1, 2 or 3 column category template layout options, several colour scheme options and more.
Portfolio Templates – 1, 2 or 3 column layout options
A responsive ecommerce WordPress theme from Themify powered by the WooCommerce plugin. It has a simple, minimalist design making it suitable for any type of shop. The premium theme provides a slick and easy shopping experience thanks to an Ajax shopping cart where buyers can add or remove items with a single click without reloading or redirecting the page. Other features include a large panel slider and product slider for featured products, 7 colour options, theme options panel for customisation, and a full responsive design meaning the layout automatically adapts to any resolution on any device whether desktop or mobile.
A premium WordPress church theme from Organized Themes designed specifically for the needs of churches. Features include a touch based slideshow on the homepage (optional), built in podcasting, 3 homepage options, light or dark colour styles, staff section, and theme options panel. The theme also has a responsive design meaning it displays great on everything from desktops, to tablets to smartphones.
A responsive portfolio WordPress theme from FrogsThemes ideal for freelancers and creative job seekers. The premium theme has a slick, clean design and allows you to showcase your best work with support for both images and video content. It’s built with HTML5 and CSS3 (with fallback for older browsers), and is fully responsive meaning it looks great on mobiles, tablets and desktop monitors. The homepage features a filterable grid of your best work with an infinite load button to load more of your work. Other features include a portfolio showcase panel, creative blog, options framework, custom shortcodes, touch screen compatibility and more.
Portfolio Item Display
A clean and professional magazine WordPress theme from Theme Junkie. The premium theme is perfect for online magazines, professional blogs, newspapers or community blogs. Features include a custom homepage layout with featured content slider, advanced theme options, advertisement management with unlimited ad spaces and positions, custom shortcodes and widgets, auto sizing thumbnails and more.
A premium WordPress theme from Themes Kingdom designed for restaurant, cafe and food websites. The theme has a modern yet rustic design suitable for family restaurants or modern cafes. Features include a menu card, a reservation form, custom theme admin panel, a variety of colour options, and Google maps integration.
An attractive photography portfolio WordPress theme with a responsive layout from Colorlabs. The theme has a clean, minimal design to place the focus on your photographs, illustration, graphic design, or paintings without distraction. The custom portfolio post type for displaying photos includes a brief description and displays the EXIF data. Users can view photos in 3 different ways, and also “Like” them with an integrated like button.
A premium business WordPress theme from Theme Fuse designed for coffee shops, bars, bistros, cafes, or restaurants. Features include a custom homepage layout with a creative slider, 3 colour variations, menu template, shortcodes, powerful options panel and more.
A flexible business WordPress Theme from Gabfire which can be used for any business or agency website. Features include a custom homepage layout that can display either pages or posts, 4 category page layouts, 4 built in header styles, featured slider, 5 colour schemes, advanced control panel and more.
A stunning, truly unique WordPress theme from Elegant Themes with flashy effects and ajax loading techniques that will attract and engage your visitors. The theme lets you have custom appearances for each section of your website: pages, blog, portfolio, gallery etc. Gleam allows for full background photos, as well as a full background portfolio page, to display your photos full-screen and without any distractions. There is also a more standard gallery page template with smaller thumbnails, 5 built in colour schemes, theme options panel and more.
Full Screen Portfolio
A responsive business WordPress theme that works on the Genesis Theme Framework from StudioPress. Features include a mobile responsive design and fully responsive slider, 4 colour styles, WooCommerce ecommerce plugin integration and more.
News 2.0 Theme
A professional news / magazine premium WordPress theme designed to hold a large amount of content while still providing a great user experience and interactive design. Features include Ajax loaded content on the homepage, colour change options, featured tab section, news ticker, social media buttons, options panel framework and more.
Responsive WordPress Blog Theme
Notes is a premium blogging WordPress theme with a modern design from Themify that works similar to a Tumbr blog. It allows you to easily post various post formats such as image, video, gallery, audio, quote, etc. The theme has a completely fluid and responsive design to automatically adapted to any resolution on both desktop and mobile devices. Other features include 7 colour scheme options, list and multiple grid view layouts options, customisable header and footer menus, theme options panel and more.
A responsive portfolio WordPress theme from ThemeTrust with a super clean, minimalist design. The premium theme is perfect for creative individuals and companies to showcase their work and highlight their products. Features include a large full width homepage banner to display a key message, filterable portfolio template, TouchSwipe slideshow, custom options panel, mobile responsive design and more.
A female oriented, responsive ecommerce WordPress theme from BluChic ideal for online boutique stores selling kids clothing, arts and crafts, party products or anything else. The theme integrates with the JigoShop ecommerce plugin to provide ecommerce functionality. The plugin can also be deactivated for use as traditional information website or blog. Other features include a mobile ready responsive design, 2 feminine colour schemes, featured slider, theme options and more.
A responsive magazine styled WordPress theme from Theme Junkie. The premium theme has a custom homepage layout with featured content sections, 4 colour schemes, advanced control panel, custom built in shortcodes, unlimited ad spaces and positions, and mobile responsive design meaning it works great on any resolution on desktop and mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.
A premium responsive magazine WordPress theme from WPZOOM. The theme has a clean, minimalist design but is packed with features to quickly setup up a professional news or magazine website. Features include and advanced framework options panel to easily customise various elements, featured homepage slideshow, featured category sections, video custom posts types, a mobile responsive design and more.
A versatile premium WordPress theme from WPZOOM that could be used for a variety of purposes including business, travel, healthcare, education, regular blogging, even for a professional portfolio. Features include a featured slider and featured pages section on the homepage, 3 custom page / post templates, 7 custom widgets, theme options panel and more.
A gorgeous WordPress theme from Solostream ideal for girly blogs, mommy bloggers or anyone wanting to appeal to a more feminine audience. The theme has a clean and professional layout with soft colours, and is extremely versatile, so can be used for a personal blog, online magazine or even a business website. It has a responsive design making it mobile ready and features an extensive options panel for customization, featured slider, multiple post and page layout options, portfolio template, integrated ad spots and more.
A premium WordPress blogging theme from MintThemes designed for food and cooking blogs. The premium theme is ideal for food enthusiasts, chefs, food critics, and others wanting to blog about food or showcase their latest creations. Foodie has huge post images and video embeds to easily share and showcase your beautiful food pictures and videos. It also has a custom recipe and ingredients builder where you can just enter the ingredients and amounts to automatically create a beautiful recipe list in your blog post. The Foodie theme is perfect for food bloggers, but numerous inbuilt customizations options mean the attractive theme could be used for anything.
Example blog post showing the recipe and ingredients list, with video option
A good looking minimal magazine WordPress theme with a responsive design from WPZOOM. The premium theme has a nicely structured design that places the focus on your content. The custom homepage has multiple layout options with either a wide full width or narrower slider. Posts can be displayed either in a grid layout or a traditional list view (see images below). Other features include a mobile responsive design, video widget, multiple layouts for posts, featured categories widget, advanced options panel and more.
Alternative Homepage Layout – with smaller slider and list posts layout
A beautiful, responsive business portfolio WordPress theme from Theme Trust. The premium theme has a clean, professional design perfect for businesses, design agencies, creative individuals and others. The theme has a unique sequence slideshow on the homepage with options to control text and image position, as well as animation effects. Other features include a filterable portfolio template, Google webfonts, shortcodes, custom options panel and more. The responsive design means it will look great and work perfectly on all devices and screen sizes such as tablets, smart phones and everything else.
Magazine Theme 4.0
A sleek and modern premium WordPress theme from Organic Themes for online magazines and professional blogs. It has a clean, versatile design suitable for any type of website and will look great with large or small amounts of content. This new version has been completely rebuilt and features a fully responsive layout, WooCommerce ecommerce integration, AJAX post loading, flex featured content slider, colour change options, several widgetized sections, options framework and more.
A responsive WordPress theme with a clean and professional business design from Theme Furnace. The responsive design means the theme will look good no matter what your screen size, so works perfectly on desktops, tablets and mobiles. Whiteside includes a responsive slider on the homepage which can be controlled with finger gestures on smart phones and tablets. Some of the other notable features include a portfolio section with portfolio custom post types, custom widgets, font management and an extensive theme options panel.
A premium ecommerce WordPress theme with a vintage / grunge look and a clean, minimal layout. This flexible premium theme from Obox Themes also works as gorgeous video blog, portfolio website or a great looking standard blog if you wish. See the video version here. It uses the free WooCommerce ecommerce plugin for ecommerce functionality which has enterprise level quality and features. Some of the ecommerce features included in the theme are: a flexible slider that can display blog, product or portfolio posts, a drop down shopping cart, beautiful purchase button areas, and sale/price tabs.
The theme can also be used for video, and display videos from any third party video hosting site. It can alternatively display photos instead of video for use as a portfolio or standard blog. Other highlights include the responsive design making it looks great on desktops, tablets and mobiles, a widgetzied homepage that can show unlimited videos, portfolio page template, and a custom video post page for HD video with a massive 940px view port.
A clean and elegant portfolio WordPress theme with a responsive layout from ThemeShift. The premium theme has a very clean, minimalist design and the responsive layout means it will look great on all mobile devices. DePosito is built on the FrameShift Theme Framework and is packed with lots of handy features including custom post type for portfolio items, custom post and page layouts, lots of useful custom widgets and shortcodes, comprehensive theme options and more.
Portfolio Layout Options
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A responsive ecommerce WordPress theme from cssigniter powered by the WooCommerce plugin. It allows you to easily sell any type of physical or digital product online in style. The premium theme has a full widgetzied homepage so you can create your own layout with drag and drop widgets. While Agora is an ecommerce theme you can also use it as a normal blog or a magazine website also. Some of the other features in the theme include 10 custom widgets, theme options panel, shortcodes and a fully responsive design.
A premium medical and health business WordPress theme from Clover Themes. The theme is designed for health business websites for doctors, dentists, health clinics, or other health and medical business websites. The theme has a clean and professional design so it could of course be used for any other type of business website. Features include an advanced theme options page for easy set up and customisation, featured slider, 2,3 and 4 column portfolio page templates, various useful shortcodes, integrated blog and more.
A stylish and professional responsive WordPress theme suitable for use by a whole range of different website styles including business websites, blogs and online magazines. Some of the other features include: a mobile friendly responsive design, theme options page, 2 featured article sliders, portfolio page templates, alternative business homepage layout, video page template, multiple post and page layout options and more.
A sleek and modern portfolio WordPress theme with a responsive design from Elegant Themes. The feature rich premium theme has a modern minimal design aimed to put the focus firmly on your content. Flexible has a sortable ajax powered multimedia gallery that smoothly loads gallery items that can be sorted into different categories without reloading the page. The portfolio gallery also supports video, so you can display your youtube or vimeo videos along side your image based projects. Other features include a CSS control panel for unlimited colour schemes, dozens of fonts, automated thumbnail resizing, extensive options panel and a fully responsive design that will adapt to look perfect on any screen size and device.
Arts and Culture
A really cool magazine WordPress theme from Gabfire. The premium theme is built for creative and image heavy websites and is ideal for art, music, fashion, technology, gear, niche news or any other type of online magazine website. It has a sleek, mobile responsive design and is packed with lots of useful features and options. Some of the features include a fully widgetized homepage, multiple header styles, 6 category template layouts, 4 post templates, category based ad module, media gallery templates, shortcodes and more.