What’s going on guys, welcome back to another content on the Idea Techy website. My name is Eftekharul Islam and in this content, I’m going to be speaking on the top five free WordPress themes. So really fast what is a theme and why do we need one. Well, most of the time you’re going to be using a page builder like elementor or beaver builder or Gutenberg or any of those other ones and you’re going to be editing the meat of the website. But the top and the bottom the header and the footer you’re going to be using the theme for.
You can create any site you want with page builders. So if there’s one thing to take away from this content is to choose your theme based on your needs and its backend capabilities. Now if you’re not using a page builder you will actually be using these themes to customize the page itself as well. And they do come with certain customization capabilities in that. To be a little bit more specific a theme basically just gives you more customization power over your fonts colors stylings layouts and things like that. Being said let’s get started:
The first thing that I want to get into with all of you is in the middle of customization and ease of use. Phlox is unique in that it provides motion effects for the loading screen and template motion effects for the entire page. I thought that this was a very interesting feature. While in the customization tab you can choose from different page motion effects that automatically take care of animating your site for you. The pre-loading animations are pretty cool too. You have options like a loading bar that you can customize so that’s pretty cool. Another thing that it offers is a unique back-to-top button that’s sticky to the bottom of the page which has interesting motion effects as well. It was the cleanest most professionally animated back-to-top button that I’ve seen without having to do any editing or customizing too.
Maybe you all don’t geek out over things like that but I wanted to go over it. In addition, you can also go to the appearance tab and show the website frame and other aesthetic options as well. Overall I was impressed with the amount of animation and floweriness that the site achieved from a stock point of view. Most of the time in order to get your website to look this animated and professional in terms of motion effects you have to change a lot of settings on individual buttons and that takes some time. So the fact that this one was a cookie-cutter motion theme that was pretty cool. Now, these are some interesting concepts for this theme.
The next thing that I want to talk to you guys about is called deep. Right off the bat, this theme has one of the most powerful and detailed headers and footer builders that I have seen. You could use this theme if you’re comfortable not using a web page template because deep doesn’t actually provide templates. Rather it gives you a demo importer which essentially just a theme importer. All that it downloads is stuff like fonts and colors it’ll give you pages but they’re just completely blank. It does however come with a lot of unique features like smooth scrolling back to top buttons and much more. You can even choose from style layout options for blogs which is cool too.
But the best thing that I thought about this theme and that was incredible is that in elementor you get 50 new widgets that you can use which is a huge plus for someone who uses elementor all the time. Most of the additional widgets that come from deep usually have tons of types or styles within the widget so I thought that was pretty sweet. Another thing that I noticed is when you download the theme for deep you will have an incredibly limited capability when it comes to editing your header and footer. In order to get the header and footer builder, you’ll have to download the actual deep core theme. You can do this by just going over to the add plugins tab on your WordPress dashboard and then searching deep core. So I thought I would just mention it to you guys now.
The next thing that I want to talk to you guys about is one of the longest and most used themes in the WordPress repository. Oceanwp is a powerful theme that has tons and tons of customization options and capabilities. On the other hand, I felt like it was a bit too cluttered and a little overwhelming in that the customization tab seems unorganized and has too many options. For an experienced web designer such as myself finding out where everything is was not hard but for beginners, this could prove difficult. To make something unique you would have to use something like the elementor header and footer blocks plugin which is just a plugin that you can download.
Now oceanwp does have a basic header settings tab and does offer a transparent header which a lot of themes don’t for the free version, so I thought that was kind of nice. It does however have a top bar so you can enable it and then enter in some social icons in it or something like that. It has a back-to-top button which is nice uh pretty plain though it offers a 404-page customization tab a top bar a header without a header builder so that’s a little complicated to use and then also just a blog post customization. I would definitely recommend downloading it and trying it out and giving it at least a good experience. And I personally use it. After downloading a theme you can always go back and deactivate it at any time so it doesn’t hurt to try it out.
The next theme on my list is my number one go-to for the channel but not necessarily my personal favorite. Astra has a huge repository of templates out of all of the other themes and they have some of the best-looking templates as well. Now the design quality can be a bit subjective of course but I personally like the templates on Astra a lot more than the other themes. The reason I like Astra better than oceanwp is mostly for the starter templates. Astra offers 70 templates with 35 of them being available for free use. Oceanwp offers 73 in their library but it only offers 13 of them for the free version so it’s 35 versus 13.
So you have a lot more to work with when it comes to Astra in addition in terms of free use only I think that Astra is the much more appropriate choice with its starter templates along with the plugins and extensions that are available for free with Astra. I think it’s the best theme for the beginner website designer. The downside would have to be that it’s rather limited in its design capabilities and has much fewer options in customization than the other themes on this list like oceanwp. But that’s it I personally don’t think that there are any other downsides to Astra and that’s why I use it so much. I always use Astra because for beginners designing a slick website is hard. So the templates are a huge benefit for me teaching people who have no experience.
Now, this is why I’ve saved the best for last. When I’m not on youtube showing people how to build websites and keeping them simple and easy I personally like to use the blocksy theme. Because it checks every box that I have when it comes to picking a theme. And it also has some pretty awesome features on top of that. Blocksy definitely supports elementor which is my preferred page builder. It’s also highly rated and respected and it is also perfect for what I plan to use it for. Remember when I said at the beginning to pay attention to the back end of the theme well I think that blocksy has the most organized backend of all the themes. And it also has a super easy switch from the light and dark theme.
I believe that this is my favorite theme when it comes to creating websites because of its capabilities. It has the best of everything that I like to offer when it comes to themes. It has a back-to-top button transparent header and footer builder and it’s just as detailed as deep by the way. Website frame that’s customizable blog customization and starter templates. Now you have to download the blocksy companion plugin which is the supporting plugin similar to oceanwp and deep where you have to have that supporting plugin in order for it to work properly. But I think it’s the best theme out there still. The header builder is incredibly complex and powerful but not complex in a bad way it gives you full control of the header and the other headers as well.