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December 2017

WordPress Themes

Despina

$15 for a latte? Hard pass. This theme’s design though? Solid 10/10, would buy again.  It’s simple, it’s well organized and easy to manage all the layout and style settings too.

A mega theme for coffee shops?  Tell me more about Despina.  So, the first thing I thought, what does Despina mean?  Well, it turns out to be Greek for ‘lady’ so you might expect this to be a feminine style theme, though it really isn’t.  Our collection of feminine themes can be found here.  More specifically, Despina is often what the Virgin Mary is called.  In fact, the masculine version of Despina is Despot, which means ruler or King.  So, you’ve got that going for you, which is nice.  Despina is crafted from the ground up as a coffee shop template, though it’s also an amazing restaurant site to.

Oh well, here’s what the developer, a small agency called SK Themes, says about their Despina theme.

Despina is a mega Coffee Shops, Cafes, Bars and Restaurant Responsive WordPress Theme for bakery, food, beverage, cake, cuisine, organic, sushi, coffee, pizza, tea, wine or restaurant & other food relevant businesses.

It can be used for introducing about your restaurant, team, service, order system, contact info or show gallery, write blog about cooking and more.  The theme comes pre-packed with a most popular drag and drop page builder – Visual Composer. so that you can easily move, change and edit your layout the way you like.

Despina is purely build on Visual Composer to make your life easier and quicker in making and customization. We also have added Revolution Slider with the Theme.  It comes with Powerful Theme Options and easy to customize.

I need to take a deep breath to cram in all the options and addons you get with Despina.  WooCommerce, Contact Form 7, Slider Revolution, Visual Composer, Redux Theme Options Framework, WPML compatibility for epic translations, tons of great looking header styles, five amazing home page options and a ton more.  Coffee Shops are really going to get the most out of this theme and I think that if you happen to be looking for a great template for a coffee shop website, you should consider Despina.

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Live Grid

Live Grid Seeminly Showcases millions of images. Millions!

For the sheer number of images you can display on the front page, it’s pretty tough to compete with Live Grid.  You better have a ton of awesome looking images, because you’re going to need them.  I cound about 10 million in that image alone!  This is an exaggeration.

 Live Grid is an interactive WordPress theme for photographers who need to showcase tons of amazing images.  The front page will have real impact as you are able to highlight around 100 or so images.  There are 48 in the main grid, but each one can animate to show multiple images either at random time intervals or as you hover over the original image.  And it’s not like it’s just two images per square, you can add more and more and they’ll just show up at random.  Pretty cool, right?
Live Grid has sold over 200 times so far and the rating is hovering right around 4.5 overall, which is solid.
Responsive Interactive WordPress Theme was specially created according the latest web technologies. It includes a unique menu, animated image grid, full screen photo portfolios, photo and video masonry and grid portfolios, client proofing page, image adaptivity for each screen size, ajax page preloader, share social icons for photo and video items and much more. It can be great for photographers, media agencies, hotels, restaurants, design bureaus, interior studios and for other representatives of creative areas.
The layout is fully responsive, which means Live Grid looks amazing on all devices.  There are light and dark versions available with five separate home page layouts.  There’s the big grid which is demonstrated above, but also a single fullscreen image, full screen image slideshow, fullscreen Vimeo video or fullscreen YouTube video.  I’m not sure I could that as two things but hey, they do, so I’m willing to go with it.
Dummy data is included, as are a pair of blog layouts, five different gallery styles, password protected galleries and a lot more.  This theme is a really great one for all kinds of portfolio sites.
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OldStory

Oldstory Coffee Shop and Whiskey Bar Theme

Located in midtown and inspired by each city block, Bar embodies the energy of New York with the laid back atmosphere of living room. Designed with relaxed approach to good food and alcohol in mind.

Say hello to OldStory and settle in for a rich looking theme that smells of mahogany and the finest Scotch money can buy.  For bars and restaurants that want a stylish, upscale look, OldStory is a great fit.  If you want to use big images that really get attention, simple navigation, elegant typography and other solid features, make OldStory among your finalists for your next web template.  When you look for a WordPress theme, grid layouts are a great way to organize your content.  OldStory allows for that perfectly.

If you’re looking for Bar or Pub template, OldStory is what you actually need to make an impressive website. Created especially for Whisky Bar and Shop, OldStory has modern and functional design and lots of customizable features. The Theme can be also interesting for restaurant, cafe, cocktail bar, coffee shop, brewery, tavern, bartender career and more.

OldStory theme has an intuitive visual interface and informative layout that looks wonderful on any platform, since it’s fully responsive and Retina ready. The theme is compatible with a bundle of premium plugins: Revolution Slider, Essential Grid, Visual Composer and PO Composer that make your work both easier and more effective. We made the theme WooCommerce ready and supplied it with a respective shop design, so building a whisky shop or bar shouldn’t take you much time and efforts.

I think OldStory could also work well for coffee shop, this theme just has an overall appealing design that’s classic and timeless.

Optimized for mobile devices, with multiple attractive homepage layouts, OldStory also offers a bevy of plugins for free.  Revolution Slider, Swiper Slider, Visual Composer and a bunch of shortcodes.  This theme is SEO optimized and works well with Yoast, you can translate it into any language you want and OldStory is totally responsive too.

An excellent theme from an excellent developer, AncoraThemes, I think Old Story is well worth the money.

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Sleek

Sleek Responsive & Creative WordPress Blog Theme
Sleek Responsive & Creative WordPress Blog Theme

You’re going to have to look at the demo for this one, the picture doesn’t make sense once you’ve seen the theme demo.

Sleek is what it says it is, a sleek and modern, fully functional and well made theme for portfolio and blogs alike.  I really love the blog design, it’s light and airy, breezy even.  The design is minimal but it’s anything but boring.  With a wide variety of stylish variations possible, Sleek is a great theme for creative websites for personal blogs or portfolio sites, not to mention small creative agencies.  Sleek can do whatever you want it to do.  Pay special attention to the grid layout option, one of the best portfolio styles around.

Here’s what the developer has to say about Sleek.

Sleek is creative and responsive blogging wordpress theme, built to bring functionality and style into the blog. Sleek?s smart layout makes use of full screen size, while making a sidebar fixed and independent in scrolling. With enabled sidebar comments, Sleek makes commenting much more prominent and substantial part of a blog. Lightweight, mobile-first layout progressively enhances across all screen sizes to bring native & smooth experience on any device, accompanied with a full retina support. AJAX navigation and AJAX comments bring speed, animation and interactivity for a full UX.

Sleek has multiple blog layouts – including a minimal list and masonry. The Post formats are distinctively designed to bring variety and richness to the content, both in a single view and in listings. With the Tweet post format support, Sleek brings appealing integration of tweeting into a blog. Category and Tag pages can have customized headings, with supported featured images and description for a distinctive and styled blog archiving.

For an advanced usage and page creating Sleek offers grid system, shortcoded elements and custom blog lists, to support custom page building.

Carefully crafted with best coding and WordPress practices in mind, Sleek is intuitive with selected and thought-out editor/admin settings and theme options. It?s translation-ready, SEO optimized with semantic HTML5 markup. Sleek Theme comes with a full documentation and amazing support.

So, with over 1300 sales and a nearly perfect 4.9 rating on ThemeForest, Sleek is a well made and really great choice for your portfolio site.

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Juniper

Juniper One Page WordPress SLeek and Modern Theme

This is Juniper, a sleek, slick, cool and modern WordPress one page theme from ThemeShift.  This theme  can do it all and I absolutely love the visual style of the Juniper theme.  Very modern, very clean, easy to navigate and attractive to look at.  It’s an ideal frame for all kinds of content.

For our full collection of one page themes, try this collection.

There are tons of reasons why you might enjoy the Juniper theme, but you’d better want a one page design, because that’s what this theme is all about.  Juniper has a parallax effect that’s very nice, responsive and smooth scrolling.  The live customizer makes it a snap to customize your website to look and feel just like you want it to look.  The social media integration is professional and bold, it’s really going to attract attention to your various social media outlets.  With call to action sections, a contact form built in, you may find you don’t need anything else but this Juniper theme to make your website look incredible.

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SimpleShift

SimpleShift WordPress One Page Theme

Flexible and stunning as it is easy to use, the SimpleShift WordPress theme is a great looking option for your one page business website needs.

This is a one page theme called SimpleShift, it’s from a small theme maker called ThemeShift.  They only have four themes our currently, but the ones they have are very nice to look at.  One of their best is this SimpleShift theme.  It’s not quite fair to say that it’s a minimalist theme, but it is pretty close.

More outstanding one page themes can be found right here.

This is ThemeShift’s top selling WordPress theme and I can see why.  The design is simple and highly effective.  It’s got a gorgeous one page setup with responsive design.  You can set up an online shop with WooCommerce, since that’s fully supported.  Like many one page themes, SimpleShift offers a cool parallax effect to help engage with your audience.  You can translate this gem into any language you want with WPML support.  Color schemes are truly flexible, as is the typography.  Those two choices alone can really help set your website apart from the competitors.  The SimpleShift theme options are plentiful and user friendly, the theme loads up in a hurry too.  With tons of custom widgets, the amount of functionality you add is completely up to you.

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Underwood

Underwood Personal Blog Theme

I bet the name Underwood wasn’t inspired by Carrie, the country singer.  I’m thinking it’s more like the old school typewriter.  No matter what, the Underwood WordPress theme is a simple, effective and strong entry into the personal, creative, lifestyle, recipe and travel blog market.

A masculine blog like Underwood is a great way to impress your visitors.  With the Underwood theme, which was created by ThemeShift by the way, you get a very reasonably priced template that can help you win over tons of new readers with it’s awesome style and ease of use.  Underwood could be ideal for all kinds of bloggers, from food bloggers, creative lifestyle bloggers, even travel and tourism.  The option is yours.  If you want a good looking theme that doesn’t use a bunch of plugins and addons that slow things down, Underwood is worth a look.

For more awesome personal blog themes, try this collection.

The front page banners give big impact, the audio and video options throughout the website do too.  Incorporate any sort of multimedia you want, audio and video posts and anything else you can imagine.  I really think Underwood could be a great theme for podcasts too!

Underwood has three front page layouts, nine amazing post formats, simple to use dashboard with live editor, full width front page post banner, a cool cascading style grid layout, social media links and icons, awesome Bootstrap code, hundreds of Google fonts and plenty more.

Well worth considering Underwood for all of you blogging needs.

Underwood minimalist video blog theme

Well, so that’s my brief overview of the Underwood theme.

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Epicurean

Epicurean Theme for Food Blogs and Restaurants

Created by ThemeShift, this is Epicurean, a wonderful theme for food blogs and bloggers who want a delicious looking website at a very reasonable price.  If you’d like nothing more than to share your love of food with readers from all over the world, Epicurean is a great selection.  Recipes, reviews, it really doesn’t matter what you’re blogging about, ThemeShift’s Epicurean theme is a great looking theme to use for that purpose.  Thanks to Epicurean’s food focused images, clean layouts and attractive frame for your content, building your website’s social media campaign will be a snap.

With Epicurean, you can create any sort of layout you want to create, since you’re in charge of post formats, visual styles and more.  There are three homepage layouts to get you started with Epicurean. The Epicurean WordPress theme also allows you to create posts in any one of nine different formats.  Sharing images, videos, audio and image galleries are all simple to manage.

So, what kinds of customizations can you get with Epicurean?  Tons!  And you’ll never need to touch a line of code if you don’t want to.  While the typography is really attractive right out of the box, it may not be your cup of tea.  Switch to something else, it couldn’t be easier to accomplish.  Changes occur in real time too with the live customizer, so you can see if you like the changes you’ve made without having to reload the website.

Since Epicurean is a recipe blog theme first and foremost, it’s nice to see full integration with what I believe is one of the best recipe plugins, WP Ultimate Recipe.  That means you’ll be showcasing all kinds of recipes, from simple to highly detailed, in a very stylish and flexible manner.  Don’t waste your time having to re-format stuff as you create a new recipe, the built in templates make it easy to post a ton of recipes in short order.

The code is excellent, the

For more recipe blog themes, check out this amazing collection.

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Blog-a-Porter

Blog-A-Porter-Minimal-Responsive-WordPress-Theme

Blog-A-Porter-Minimal-Responsive-WordPress-Theme

Blog-A-Porter is sort of a play on words.  The term Pret-a-Porter means ‘ready to wear’ so I guess this theme’s name means ‘Ready to Blog’.  Is that true with regard to this theme?  Absoluetly.  This theme is a responsive, modern multi-purpose WordPress blogging theme, with a Tumblr inspired layout and features designs that aim to make your blogging experience just about as seamless and simple as it possibly can.  With great support for desktop computers, smart phones and tablet devices too, along with an exceptional visual layout, it is possible to reach all your readers no matter where they are or what device they’re using, since this Tumblr inspired theme is completely responsive and lovely to look at! Blog-A-Porter is a completely open ended theme, easily adaptable to suit your needs.  Want to see the responsiveness in action?  Simply resize your browser and get ready to be wowwed today.

All the WordPress blog post, portfolio and other layouts are assembled with responsive design in mind, which makes this a very valuable theme indeed. It works well on desktops, tablet computers, and mobile devices. The template is totally adapted to various screen sizes, and its captivating fresh design makes it look and feel amazing.  It’s been specially designed for those who adore simple, fresh and clean design, not overloaded with features you don’t need, so if you are hunting something different and out of the line, please check out the Blog A Porter and become a Tumblord or Tumblerina today!

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DeZine

dezine-wordpress-theme

Themeshift presents, DeZine.  A dark, elegant blog or magazine theme that’s quick to customize and has a bunch of widgetized areas to make customization pretty easy.   DeZine has a built-in jQuery slider to help display your content up front and center, right where it belongs.  Custom backgrounds, custom menus and more make this theme a delight for both admin and end users.  Dezine is one of those stunning, maybe even the best WordPress magazine themes, that can do darn near anything and do it well.  A magazine WordPress theme like Dezine can really help make your website a big hit with every visitor.

So, I guess ThemeShift has pulled the rug out from under deZine, so you’ll need to look elsewhere for a great magazine template.  Luckily, we’ve got a collection of the best right here.