This article showcases some free WordPress themes that are designed to specifically address the features and requirements of a particular niche.
But before we dive into the themes that can cover the needs of your professional niche, let us briefly cover the requirements of a good WordPress theme in 2018.
To say that 2018 is the year of responsive web design would be a lie. Back in 2015 it was already absolutely necessary that your website looks good and functions correctly on a mobile device. Nowadays, most internet browsing takes place on mobile devices, and your website must look good, have navigation and buttons optimized for touch screens and take advantage of swipe gestures.
That your website/WordPress theme has to look good to every single modern browser should go without saying; it is puzzling that there are still so many themes out there that only work well on Chrome, or only on Firefox and that people seem to have forgotten that IE still exists and is still widely used. Not to mention the plethora of browsers for mobile devices.
Support as many popular WordPress plugins as possible. Because chances are you don’t just need a static page filled with information. If that were the case, you would hardly need WordPress, or a CMS at all. You will want to install a contact form plugin, a caching plugin, some security measures, maybe some gallery or slider, SEO features, analytics, and so on. Your theme has to be able to correctly display a WooCommerce shop and the associated pages. For this, you need a theme that is coded following closely the WordPress coding standards and makes use of native WordPress functions – that way you ensure that the theme will be compatible with equally correctly developed plugins.
Without further ado, let’s examine some free WordPress themes for specific niches:
Porfolio, image gallery and photography are among the most popular theme categories, with numerous themes addressing this need. Many popular generic or multipurpose themes include options for portfolios that will allow photographers to create amazing looking sites easily.
Personally, as an amateur photographer, I like very much Gridsby, a theme with a Pinterest-like gallery and simple design that drives all the focus to the photos presentation.
Optics also uses the masonry grid layout and offers a variety of widgets and plugins to help artists organize, offer prints and sell their artwork.
We used to have this theme on Themeforest, however we wanted it to share it for free with all our readers.
Making full use of the amazing capabilities of Unyson framework, DISCOVER offers a very easy-to-use and intuitive page builder and 16 shortcodes that will showcase your hotel or vacation resort. Rooms lists, bookings, testimonials, maps, services and every other piece of information that will attract your clients.
And, of course, we took special care to make our theme fully responsive to every screen size, compatible ith all major broswers, clean valid code and compatibility with popular WordPress plugins.
Unite is a beautiful wedding theme from the amazing Colorlib team. Built with a mobile-first approach (much like most themes from this team) and Bootstrap-based, with infinite scroll, image galleries and slider, as well as support for WooCommerce. It is specifically build for wedding related websites, however its features would make it useful for many other kinds of websites as well.
There are many premium real estate themes for WordPress (also see our previous article on Best Real Estate WordPress themes) and relatively few free ones. There is a reason for this: Real Estate business require some sets of specific features that are more inline with the premium themes development model.
It sounds strange to mention multi-purpose themes to a post dedicated to niche themes. However, the truth is that many niches don’t need that many specific features. A well-designed multi-purpose theme with a few well coded shortcodes, custom post types and widgets can cover the needs of a few different niches.
Shapely comes to mind. A beautiful, one-page theme with amazing looks and specific homepage widgets for displaying porfolio, parallax sections, WooCommerce-based stores, product information and more.
Our own Zapto multi-purpose theme, as well, is perfect for a few niche professions, such as agencies, medical services, porfolio, construction, and generic business websites.
We include 8 different homepage layouts and 7 portfolio templates to choose the one that suits your venture the best. Another 7 widgets specifically made for our Zapto theme will allow you to quickly add Post lists, Recent posts lists, Facebook, About sections, Google newsletters or a contact form.
This is not all. We include WPBakery’s Visual Composer, a drag and drop page builder that will allow you to lay out your page any way you want. And we have developed and added over 30 Visual Composer elements for our theme, for displaying beautifully Testimonials, Team members and information, Price tables, Facts list, Google Maps and so many more.
Like all our themes, Zapto is fully responsive and compatible with all major browsers.
We hope that this article has helped you research and choose an ideal theme for your niche website.