The Best Premium WordPress Themes For 2017

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n this post I am going to explain to you why Thrive Themes will rock your world when it comes to WordPress Themes.

I have been using my own variation of a free WordPress theme I downloaded nearly 3 years ago.

In the beginning, it was enough to get me going with my blog, and I did not have the money to invest in premium/paid themes.

As time passed by, I realised that by using an outdated theme that was suited to my needs, I was just shooting myself in the foot – over and over again!


I was compromising on sales and conversions.

My site was slower than it needed to be (and I have already gotten my site pretty fast)

And I had way too many plugins, including a whole bunch that were not needed…if I used a better theme.

The Choice of a New and Improved WordPress Theme
I use a lot of great themes to create websites for my clients, but none of them amazed me enough to change my theme.

Sure they all look great, are mobile responsive, and have lots of features such as page builders and layout options.

But they are not designed to sell more, keep things simple and load fast.

That is what Thrive Themes is designed to do.

In very simple terms, Thrive Themes offers:

conversion focused themes (so they are designed from the ground up to sell more)
feature-rich themes with a whole bunch of options that mean you can delete tons of plugins
a stunningly easy to use page builder to create modern websites
landing pages, and optin forms that can be created in minutes (and tested with A/B testing)
and a whole bunch more

Conversion Optimisation is Built-In
What does that mean exactly? Well, Shane Melaugh and his team are dedicated to creating themes that sell more (or get you more email sign ups).

1. It Starts With Great Design
So the designs are:

very simple in terms of layout
with easy to read and larger fonts and lots of white space (have you noticed how easy this is to read?)
have simple and clear navigation
All of these kinds of best practices for web design lead to better user experience and more conversions/sales.

2. Focus Areas for High Conversions
And that is just the beginning. They also provide you with focus areas, which are specific optin forms or calls to action you can place in prominent locations on your website.

Just like the big guns in online marketing, you will notice they all have a homepage focus area (aka feature box or hero section) designed to get you to do one thing.

Derek Halpern, a big tester of such things has this as his number one place to put an optin on your website, and got a 51.7% optin increase on DIYThemes with this method.

Takeaway: You should be doing this too.

And with Thrive Themes this is built in, so you just design one and say where you want it (top of homepage, blog pages etc)

3. Landing Pages Built-in
Thrive Landing Page Templates

Each theme also comes with pre-built landing pages, as well as the 80 or more that you get with Thrive Content Builder (comes with the Themes).

So you can add/build landing pages for almost anything, in minutes, make them look stunning and designed to suit to your theme.

If you want to learn more about how the landing pages work, check out my detailed review here.

So no more Leadpages subscription or landing page optin (which can cost you $50-100). It’s all built in!

4. Thrive Leads For Optins Everywhere
The Thrive team have not stopped there, you also get Thrive Leads with your membership, so you have the ability to add optins or calls to action almost anywhere else on the website.

thrive-leads-2step-2So you can do all the usual optins you should expect from a modern WordPress plugin:

Popups (exit intent, timed, scroll triggered)
2-step optins (triggered from links, images or buttons)
2 stage optins (like Neil Patel made famous)
Header Ribbons (like the hellobar)
And a whole lot more including A/B split testing to make your optins convert even better.

You can read a more detailed review of Thrive Leads here
5. Thrive Clever Widgets (Show Widgets When & Where You Want)
Another recent innovation from the Thrive team is the clever widgets. Sure there are other plugins that do the same, but it shows they know how useful it is.

Why is this plugin useful?

Instead of displaying the same things on the same pages, it makes far more sense to show targeted content to an audience.

That means content that is far more likely to convert and sell.

optin boxes in your sidebar that relate to the current blog posts
ads that sell products related to the current topic
even posts or guides you have that are more specific
And these are just some ideas off the top of my head – but it means in the end more conversions, optins and sales!

And then there are all the other plugins you can throw away…

Declan Deshaun