Below is a list of some of the best WordPress premium themes providers of 2012. I am not putting these in a ranked order, as rankings are subjective to each individual user. Certain WordPress premium themes features are going to be more important to one person than they are to others. Design choices vary, etc. This list of best WordPress premium theme providers is based on a combination of our own combined experiences with them, as well as their overall reputation within the WordPress website development world.

These premium WordPress theme providers typically offer many themes from which to choose. This list is not a ranking of individual themes, but will discuss the premium theme developer and their product. I will list the best WordPress themes on an individual basis in a future article.


FlexSqueeze WordPress ThemeNot just for affiliate marketing sites. FlexSqueeze features incredible user design control via the site administration interface. This is currently my favorite theme. I use this repetitively for affiliate sites, client small business sites, and personal sites.

The purchase price for this theme is higher than many WordPress premium themes. But priced at $127, it is absolutely worth it. There is no other theme out there that, to my knowledge, offers the flexibility of design and layout of this theme.

Ease of Installation
Ease of Modification

  • Attractive, professional design.
  • Easy to install
  • Built-in sales pages
  • Complete on-the-fly design, layout, and colorization control
  • Includes a high quality assortment of 250 vector graphics
  • Free updates
  • Use on unlimited sites / domains
  • Free access to tutorials and forums
  • Plenty of options available to create 1-of-a-kind sites that don’t look like templates
  • A theme control panel like no other I’ve seen. Great for beginners to experts.
  • Price: $127
  • Click here to visit the FlexSqueeze website >>>

Genesis Framework by StudioPress

Genesis WordPress ThemesThe Genesis theme framework from StudioPress is one of the industry standards. It is used by many professional bloggers. The Studiopress Genesis themes work great for traditional ‘static’ websites as well. WordPress isn’t just for blogs any more!

Studiopress offers a wide varity of child themes to work with the base Genesis framework theme.

Ease of Installation
Ease of Modification

  • Search engine optimized
  • Use on unlimited sites / domains
  • Very professional designs
  • Unlimited support and updates
  • Updates easily with WordPress updates
  • Highly secure against hacking
  • Widget ready
  • Advertising ready
  • Many Genesis-specific plugins are available to help extend your website possibilities.
  • Custom widgets and layout options
  • Price: $99.95 for one, or $349 for the entire theme library.
  • Click here to visit the Studiopress website >>>

Elegant Themes

Elegant Themes for WordPressElegant Themes was probably one of the first WordPress premium themes that I used. And they were very good. At that time, there were limited design selections, and I started using other premium themes.

I have recently come back to Elegant Themes, and see that there are a lot of great new, modern, themes available since my last visit. I also appreciate the shopping cart themes. The nice thing about this, is that I know I will continuously have new themes to use.

Ease of Installation
Ease of Modification

  • Perhaps the best deal around. You get a lot of good themes for your $39.
  • Easy installation.
  • Professional look – AWESOME designs!
  • Use on unlimited sites / domains
  • Widget ready
  • Plugin ready
  • Themes available to work with WordPress eCommerce plugins – make your site a shopping cart.
  • Detailed administrative control panel.
  • Quality support and updates
  • Price: $39 for unlimited access to all premium WordPress themes.
  • Click here to visit Elegant Themes >>>

PremiumPress : Shopper Press, Coupon Press, and More

ShopperPressPremiumPress is the developer of the six themes listed to the below.

I have used the ShopperPress WordPress shopping cart theme often. It is FANTASTIC to use in building Amazon affiliate shopping sites. 

Ease of Installation
Ease of Modification

PremiumPress offers selection of premium eCommerce WordPress themes including:

  • WordPress Shopping Cart (ShopperPress)
  • WordPress Classifieds Theme (ClassifiedPress)
  • WordPress Directory Theme (DirectoryPress)
  • WordPress Coupons Theme (CouponPress)
  • WordPress Real Estate Theme
  • WordPress Auction Theme
  • There are more themes such as community themes, price comparison themes, etc.

Each theme offers:

  • PSD files included
  • Many design options
  • Easy and detailed theme panel

Price: $79.95 per theme. Unlimited access to all themes is $299

ShopperPress can be used to build full catalog sites with thousands of products – all from Amazon. It automatically creates your affiliate links for you. You just have to choose which products to add to your site. I have not used the ShopperPress shopping cart and checkout functionality yet.

Click here to see all available themes >>>

Woo Themes

Probably one of my favorite things about Woo Themes is the vast selection of designs. Very 2.0 looking, and these work great for small business sites.

I do appreciate the theme control panel. Not too much, not too little. This control panel should be easy to navigate for the WordPress beginner. If you ever get stuck using a Woo Themes theme, there are plenty of support avenues to back you up. Documentation, forums, videos, tutorials, and even a developer codex.

Ease of Installation
Ease of Modification

  • Wide assortment of themes to choose from.
  • Easy installation
  • Easy to update
  • Quality framework
  • Very good customer support
  • SEO friendly
  • Very nice designs – the type you don’t see in a lot of other premium themes.
  • Some themes support shopping carts and eCommerce
  • Detailed theme control panel accessible from within WordPress admin.
  • Price: Many levels of club or ala-cart purchases available.
  • Click here to visit the Woo Themes website >>>