Having a great theme is essential for your WordPress blog/site.
But when it comes to choosing a theme, going with a free is not always a good idea. There are things you need to pay for.
And at the same time, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to get a premium theme to place on your site.
That is why I created this post, where I am going to share a list of 21 best cheap WordPress themes that are premium and offer your site the perfect foundation, but they don’t cost so much.
Without further ado, let’s get started with the first one.
1. Elegant Themes ($89)
Elegant Themes is used by over 589k web designers and business owners. It has been in the market for over 11 years, and it has been known for offering high-quality themes for a small annual payment, or you can get it for a lifetime subscription as well.
And what do you get when you pay for Elegant Themes?
You get their awesome Divi Theme which offers you huge flexibility to customize the theme as you want.
But what if you don’t want to get started from scratch? You can grab any of the 110+ premade websites and add them to your website with over 880+ premade layouts.
Again, don’t forget their Divi Page Builder plugin which, by the way, can be used on any theme. The page builder is among the best page builders for sure, so don’t worry.
You also get the Bloom Email Opt-in Plugin to make sure you get the most amount of emails from your blog. You also get the Monarch social media plugin to get shares for your articles and gain more followers to your social media account.
And how much for all this?
And yes, you get only 1 licence, but you can use it on unlimited sites. There is a reason why they have been among the top themes all these years, right?
2. OceanWP ($39)
OceanWP is a freemium theme. They have a very good free theme that you can get started with, and you could have the premium version for a small fee.
It has been downloaded over 1.55 million times.
One of the standout features of this theme is its load time. It is way too fast. Not to mention that it is highly optimized for SEO, and it integrates fully with WooCommerce, so you can easily create your eCommerce store.
And to get the most out of this theme, there are extensions that you can add such as:
- Stick Anything, to stick what you want on your website.
- Full Screen, to make your website a fullscreen scrolling website.
- Cookie Notice, to comply with GDPR regulations.
- Portfolio, to display your portfolio beautifully.
- Sticky Footer, to make your foooter always apparent at the bottom of the screen.
- Demo Import, to easily import any of the free/pro themes with one click.
- And more.
Some of those are free while some of them are paid.
You can get access to all extensions for one small fee of $39 paid annually for 1 license to use on 1 website. This gives you access to updates and support for 12 months, access to existing free and paid extensions and upcoming ones. It includes 73 demos that can be added with just 1 click.
For the 3-site licence, just pay $79, and for the unlimited site, pay a yearly fee of $129.
To get lifetime access, you can pay 4 years price in advance. So for the 1-site licence, you pay $159. For the 3-site license, you pay $319, and for the unlimited sites, pay $519. You’ll get updates and support for a lifetime.
3. Astra ($59)
Astra is another freemium theme that has gained a lot of attraction in the past few years.
With over 300k users already using Astra to build their websites, this theme shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Astra is a super fast theme created for the people who want to have complete control of how their site looks without messing with theme’s code. It integrates well with page builders, and you get the option to customize everything in your website.
And if you are worried about starting from scratch, don’t worry because they have a huge library of pre-built websites that you could benefit from, so you can get started in no time.
And to get the best experience, you need to purchase the Pro add-on that gives you more power and flexibility on how your theme looks.
For a small price of $59 paid annually, you could use it on unlimited websites. This theme is definitely a steal. You can get lifetime access for $249.
If you have an agency, there are plans for that that give you white labeling options, which isn’t a necessity for normal business owners.
4. Ultra ($59)
Ultra is another great theme that is created by the team at Themify.
Ultra is known for its high flexibility that gives you full control over everything – from header to footer, as they say.
And there are skins and pre-made demos that you can use to get started in no time. You can import any of them with just a single click.
You get access to builder add-ons like countdown timers, progress bar, pricing table, Image pro, slider pro and others that you could use directly. They are valued at 100$, more than the price the theme.
You have access to 60+ pre-designed layouts.
And with different layout options for your headers, footers, archive, menu and more, you have complete control over your theme.
Not to mention there’s image filters, the ability to add a portfolio, integration with WooCommerce so you can easily create your shop, its drag and drop page builder, and more. This theme is a great value for its price.
You can buy this theme for just 59$. If you are a developer, you can go with the Developer plan for $69 to builder add-ons and PSD files.
You can also join the master club to get all their 42 themes and 12 plugins for just $89.
5. Coastline ($35)
Coastline is a great premium theme created by the team at CSSIgniter.
Its layout is not for everyone, but for some, it may just be the perfect option. It is known for its unique layout.
You can use it to show your work as a portfolio. It comes with many customization options to make it flexible and mold it as you want. And with the custom widgets available, you can get more out of this theme.
And of course, it is SEO optimized, and it integrates with many of the popular page builders, including Divi, Elementor and Beaver Builder.
And if you want to replicate the demo site, you can do so with the 1-click demo import.
You can get started with this theme for only $35, which includes 1-year support and updates with unlimited site usage.
You can get all themes for just $49. And to get lifetime access to this theme and all plugins and themes, you need to pay just $175.
6. Decorist ($49)
Decorist is another premium theme created by the team at CSSIgniter.
This one is with a design that is aimed a little more toward decoration product stores and fashion-related product stores. You can use it for other stores that sell physical products as well, but it is perfect for decoration sites, which you can clearly get from the name.
And since it is focused on stores which sell products, then you would expect a great WooCommerce integration. And that is exactly what you get here.
It comes with 100+ customizer options to help you get the most out of the store. You can also easily customize the storefront to make sure that you control the experience of your visitor, not to mention the different layout options to choose the one that best suits your taste and your brand.
And as with the previous theme, it perfectly integrates with the Beaver Builder, Elementor, and Divi page builder plug-ins.
And you can replicate the demo site with a simple 1-click demo import.
You can get started with just $35 for this theme only, or $49 for all the themes. And you can have unlimited access to all themes for just $174.30
7. Beaute ($49)
Here’s another great theme from the team at CSSIgniter. Beaute is a theme that is perfect for beauty and health WordPress blogs.
It comes with their usual flexible layout options, & it is SEO optimized with multiple color schemes.
One thing that they have in this theme is their custom appointment form to allow customers to easily book your services.
It can be used with your favorite page builder including Beaver Builder, Elementor, and Divi WordPress page builders.
If you are worried about starting from scratch, you can easily import the demo with just one click.
The pricing is as simple as their previous 2 themes. If you want the theme only with 1-year support and updates, it costs $34.30. All themes come at $48.30, and the lifetime options come at $174.30.
8. Corporate ($59)
Corporate is a multi-purpose theme created by the team at Themify.me. It can be used for sites like businesses, portfolios, photographers, web apps, or general company sites, as the name suggests.
The theme is packed with different features that may help you spice up your design to suit your needs, like video background, social icons, animated progress bars, animations and more, to help you customize it the way you want.
And with the Themify Builder in hand, you can easily change the layout as you want to make the site appear as you need.
Did I mention that it is responsive & Retina ready, and you can easily import the demo with the Themify demo import?
You can get this theme for $59, or you can join the master club for 89$ to get this theme with all other themes and plugins from the themify.me team.
9. Elastik ($29)
Elastik is a modern multipurpose theme available on the ThemeForest marketplace.
It is a theme perfect for most WordPress users, especially those who want to build personal brands, SaaS companies, and start-ups.
With 200+ premade sections, you will surely have different options to do whatever you want with this theme. That includes membership, landing pages, webinar sites, agency sites, single product sites, and more.
And it comes with 20+ premade demos to choose from that you can upload to your site.
You can easily build your site with their drag and drop sections without sacrificing page speed.
The theme owner is running a special discount, si you can get this theme now for just $29, which is a huge bargain considering the different options you have to design your site the way you want.
10. Nimbo ($29)
Nimbo is a minimal design theme that is created specifically for personal blogs. It is sold on ThemeForest marketplace.
There is a light and style that you can choose from. Not to mention different header styles, menu types and different blog and single page layouts. And with the power of the live customizer, you can quickly customize the theme.
You can add popups as well.
The theme comes at a low price of just $29, which comes with 6 months support.
11. Rima ($29)
Rima is a personal WordPress blog theme that is a little bit more modern and stylish, unlike Nimbo. It is also sold on the ThemeForest marketplace.
It integrates beautifully with the Elementor page builder or Visual Composer builder so that you can benefit from the WYSIWYG functionality and make your site appear perfectly as you want.
And the updated version comes with a mega 3k+ homepage combinations. That is insane! It gives you the ability to customize your site as you need to.
Their demos are professionally designed, and you can easily import them to your site to get started right away.
The theme comes at a price of just $29. It comes with 6 months of support.
12. Philos ($19)
Philos is a new, modern WooCommerce theme that you can use to easily create your store. It is perfect for fashion stores because of its stylish look, but you can easily use it for other niches as well.
You can easily add your portfolio into this theme, or use any of their product page variations with the ability to use product grid/list option.
You also get the ability to control the color. And don’t worry because the theme is already SEO optimized.
It is available on the ThemeForest marketplace and it costs just $19.
13. Marki ($29)
Marki is a theme created specifically for digital marketing agency websites, and it excels at providing them with the perfect theme.
It is based on the Bootstrap 3 framework to ensure it has a solid and powerful foundation.
It comes with the Revolution slider plug-in and the visual composer page builder plug-in as well.
And it can’t be placed on an SEO agency website without being already optimized for SEO, right? Don’t worry about that.
You can easily install any of the available demos right away.
It comes for the price of just $29 at the ThemeForest marketplace.
14. Schema ($35)
Schema is a theme available at MyThemeshop, and it takes pride for being one of the fastest loading themes which is also SEO-Friendly. So, if you are focused on SEO, then give this theme a look.
And since it comes from the team at MyThemeShop, then you can expect to get their normal features like the custom options panel, as well as all their shortcodes and widgets.
And since it is focused on SEO, then you can expect that it would include rich snippets in order to help search engines rank your sites higher.
And you can easily manage your ads from within, not to mention the ability to import any of the demos.
You can get this theme for 1-site license for $35. And the unlimited sites license costs just $77.
15. eCommerce ($35)
Another great theme by MyThemeShop. And as the name suggests, it is focused on building eCommerce sites. It is a modern and professionally designed theme with many layouts that help you optimize the site to get more sales.
It comes with advanced features like Wishlist and QuickView options that give you different ways to share your products and ensure your customers’ satisfaction.
You can use it to sell your own products, whether digital or physical. You can also sell affiliate products.
You have the stepwise checkout to ensure that your customers don’t drop early on, unique product slider widget, 5 top places to show featured products carousel, related products carousel, 4 different pagination options, and much more options to make sure you get the most conversion rates for your theme.
You can get started with this theme for just $35 for a 1-site licence. The unlimited sites licence costs just $77.
16. Mission News ($49)
Mission News is a theme created by the team at Compete Themes, and as the name suggests, it is focused on creating a news website.
It comes with different features to help you create the perfect looking and functional news blog, including the News Ticker which you can add at to the top or the bottom of the site to promote the latest and most important posts, with complete customization options.
Custom backgrounds, responsive slider, custom fonts, flexible header, featured videos for important events, even sticky header, and more, are available in this theme.
You can get started for 1 site for just $49. For unlimited domains, you can get it for $89. And the VIP package, where you get all 14 themes, comes at just $99.
17. Montblanc ($58)
Montblanc is a multi-purpose theme that is created by the team at TeslaThemes.
It can be used as a multi-page & one-page WordPress theme and can be used with different WordPress sites like corporate, portfolio, creative agency, e-commerce, and more.
And Tesla Themes is known for their themes that are optimized for load speed. Not to mention their built-in shortcodes and top-notch support.
And it is fully integrated with WooCommerce for creating your eCommerce website.
You can get started for just $58 a year for this theme. And if you want all their themes, you can get it for just $99.
18. Happy Thoughts ($27)
Happy Thoughts is a business WordPress theme, which has nothing to do with its name. :)
Created by the team at CyberChimps, it is focused on emphasizing the company’s offerings. The theme is fully optimized for SEO with the ability to drag and drop elements to customize the site as you want.
And you can easily import the demo to get started right away. There are 2 home templates to choose from that are easily customizable.
There is also the countup section that can show your company’s accomplishments in a good animation effect that can be added to any page including the home page.
The theme is available for only $27 with updates and support for 1 year and the ability to use it on unlimited sites as well.
19. Complete ($39)
Complete is a premium theme that can be used for different sites. It is created by the team at SKT Themes.
You can easily change colors with its easy color picker options. A slider is included with features like animation and pause time.
The easy shortcodes come in handy to add different ready-to-use sections.
The customizer can be used to allow changes to be done with live preview.
There are different layout options, including header and footer, and homepage.
And of course, it is SEO and SMO friendly.
It is a theme packed with a lot of features, which may be perfect for some people. You can get it for just $39.
20. Nanopress ($39)
Nanopress is a premium blog and magazine theme available on the ThemeForest marketplace.
The template comes with different layouts, 3 header layouts, & 7 slider layouts.
It can be used as a personal blog or magazine blog, which you can choose from in the theme options. You could then choose from unlimited colors, and of course, you have access to the drag-and-drop page builder, and much more.
The theme comes with different demos you can choose from, and it costs just $39.
21. Inspirar ($49)
Created by the prolific team at WP Manage Ninja, Inspirar Pro is a multi-purpose WordPress theme.
It comes with dozens of available site designs that you can import directly, so you can get started right away. And you can of course customize it without touching any line of code.
You can use unlimited colors with the ability to edit/add/change/remove any content from the site. And you have access to 50+ elements that you can use to adjust your theme interface. And it integrates perfectly with the Elementor page builder.
You can get access of this theme for just $49.
The post contains a solid list of over 20 themes that can suit different needs for any WordPress site. So depending on your needs, there are some themes that may suit you more than others, that is why I created a big list instead of sharing just a few options that suit all.
And as you saw, having a good solid premium theme doesn’t mean that you should spend a lot. You can get started for as little as $19. Make sure to find the ones that best suit you and go from there.