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Friday, May 7, 2010

Cheap Wordpress Themes: 5 Semi-Premium Designs for Business Websites

wordpress-theme-clubWe’ve talked about Premium Wordpress Themes ad infinitum on TutorialBlog. But, sometimes you need a cheap WordPress theme that you can get online and looking good in less than an hour. What do you when you (or your client) want it all … and your budget is under $25?

You call in reinforcements!

Take the pain out of working under an impossible budget by making it easy. Your “client” will be pleased as punch with any of these semi-premium WordPress themes and you’ll still have money left to buy a fancy coffee from your favorite java dealer.

What is a semi-premium theme you ask? These themes may not have everything as the expensive, bells-and-whistles-included brand of premium themes. That could mean fewer choices on the theme options screen or only a single page template or fewer plugins pre-built into the site. However, in most areas a good semi-premium theme has everything you need to build a quality website, quick and easy.

Elegant Themes is a WordPress theme club that specializes in semi-premium themes. Buy in for $20 a year, and you’ll get full access to all their themes and support. The thing to note here is that buying into the theme club is a personal license, not a development license. So, pay the $20 to buy a license for your friend’s site and if you want to come back and use another theme buy a new license for yourself. It’s a shame that Elegant Themes doesn’t offer a developer’s membership, but even if you’re buying multiple memberships the price is still right!

For most “business websites” or “corporate website” projects a semi-premium theme is the best option. Small businesses need to be online, but the return on investment just isn’t there to spend several thousand dollars on a website. Install a simple, semi-premium theme and your client will have all the functionality they need at a price they can afford. Here are 5 great themes from the Elegant Themes Clubs that are perfect for a quick, quality corporate or small business website.

BusinessCard Wordpress Theme


BusinessCard is a simple jQuery-powered, one-page theme for presenting clean and concise information. BusinessCard has 5 color choices, enhanced javascript effects and a fully functional photo gallery with slideshows and lightbox built in.

TheCorporation Wordpress Theme


TheCorporation is a sleek theme for business sites with a jQuery slider and templated homepage. The theme has six candy-coated color choices that add a sense of modern sophistication while still maintaining the expected level of professionalism.

Basic Wordpress Theme


Basic has a more traditional “Blog-Style” feel that can be useful for corporate sites that have a lot of information to present. The theme features a very clean, easy-to-read layout with four color schemes. A built in advertisement widget can be used to promote in-store promotions or important company business.

TidalForce Wordpress Theme


Tidalforce features a smooth blue design that will appeal to many businesses. The tabbed layout is easy to navigate. This theme has the fewest add-ons of any of the business themes mentioned in this article. However, for some clients, less is definitely more.

PureType Wordpress Theme


PureType is a sophisticated CSS-based design without images. The result is a strong type-based layout. The theme comes with three widget-ready areas, two layout options and more, all managed from the Theme Options Page. The main reason I added this theme to the list are the color palettes. PureType has three color schemes that will stand out from the pack of gray and blue corporate sites with class and style.


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