Looking for WordPress theme packs wit
They’re were theme packs (or packs of starter templates) where you can purchase all their themes/templates for a one-time payment.
If you’re designing multiple websites in WordPress, you can save money by purchasing WordPress theme packs. These are a bundle of WordPress themes offered at a lower price.
Most are one-time fees, others require recurring payments (this is labeled in the post). The most popular WordPress theme packs are Astra, StudioPress, and Elegant Themes. Astra has become the most popular theme store and is what I personally use for this WordPress site.
Below you will find important details for each theme package: pricing, sample themes, frameworks, and resources are all listed in this post. I hope this helps you make a decision.
The 10 Best WordPress Theme Packs
1. GeneratePress Site Library
Why is GeneratePress the #1 WordPress theme pack?
Besides its popularity in Facebook Groups, it’s cheap and one of the most lightweight options with 85+ starter templates. It uses Gutenberg which is more lightweight than Elementor and most page builders. I redesigned my site in the GeneratePress “Search” starter template which is by far the best theme I’ve used. Lightweight, lots of templates from GenerateBlocks, and it’s easy to work with. I also replaced my table/gallery plugin with the ones from Gutenberg which made an even bigger difference in speed. It’s one of the most popular theme packs for a reason.
2. Blocksy Starter Sites
Blocksy also comes highly recommended in FB Groups and top bloggers like WP Johnny.
It uses Gutenberg but a key difference is how user-friendly it is. Instead of descriptions of the layouts, they actually show you a picture of what the layout looks like. They have a sticky sidebar plus several other features not found in other theme packs. I personally think Blocksy themes also have nice designs and you’ll want to use their Blocksy Comparison plugin. It’s only $149 for the lifetime license (I have a feeling they will increase this once they add more themes).
3. Kadence Starter Templates
Kadence is my #3 pick and is similar to GeneratePress + Blocksy.
While they both use Gutenberg, the key differences are the price, customization options, and number of templates. Kadence is way more expensive compared to the other two and has 45 templates (pretty average), but the biggest pro is that it has more customization options for the header builder, global color palette, and many other settings. If you want to spend the extra $400 for more customization settings, by all means do it. But it’s a little ridiculous to me and the price alone made me lean towards GeneratePress. Kadence is too overpriced for me to hype up.
4. Astra Starter Templates
Astra was the fastest WordPress theme in my speed test, so why is it #4?
Because it’s really targeted at agencies. The huge selection of themes, choice of three page builders, and the Ultimate Addons plugins give you lots of flexibility. The downsides are there have been reports Ultimate Addons For Elementor is bloated, shady billing practices, and poor support by Astra’s team. Not to mention they were removed from WP repo a while back for violating WordPress guidelines. The lifetime license is $499 and for less than half the cost, I’d rather use GeneratePress or Blocksy. If you’re an agency, Astra is probably the right route to go.
|Themes||Page Builders||Lifetime Price||Installation|
|180+||Gutenberg, Elementor, Beaver||$499||View Instructions|
5. Oxygen Design Sets
Oxygen Builder is relatively cheap and fast, but comes with a steep learning curve.
It’s much different than drag and drop page builders and block editors, and you will need to spend quite some time getting used to it. Instead of blocks/modules, you’ll be using things like divs and columns. Many people swear by it though (just join the Oxygen Users Facebook Group and you’ll see). I feel like it’s hit or miss. Might be worth learning if you’re ready to get involved in the community, otherwise, I don’t think the average person wants their site built in Oxygen.
OceanWP has the best support I’ve experienced out of all WordPress theme packs.
I can’t say I’ve used their themes but I’ve asked them a lot of questions and they’re always glad to help. They have a huge selection of themes, quite a few extensions, as well as 13 premium plugins. Even though the OceanWP theme is free, it requires a premium plugin extension for it to work. So the theme actually isn’t free. I also think they could improve the design and starter template import process. Otherwise, OceanWP’s starter templates are at least worth checking.
StudioPress was great, not so much anymore.
$360/year and no lifetime license? That’s what happens when WP Engine buys them out. They scared all their old customers away (including myself) by driving the price up. Now they have their own block editor called Genesis Pro which I haven’t even tried because let’s be honest, who is willing to even pay this anymore? Unless you bought the All Themes Pack when Brian Gardner was around, I’m guessing you left. If you bought the lifetime license, you may want to look at your archived themes. Some of them are now updated, like my old theme: Outreach Pro.
8. Elegant Themes
The Elegant Themes pack comes with the Divi, Extra, Bloom, and Monarch themes.
The reason it’s #7 is because Divi is slow (and so is the Divi Builder). Even after I enabled all the performance settings built-in to Divi to make it faster, it was still the slowest in my speed test. This is pretty well-known in the WordPress community and anyone who says differently hasn’t compared the amount of CSS, JS, and fonts Divi adds with other themes/builders. I’ll give credit to Nick Roach and his team for coming out with the performance settings, but it still has a long way to go if they want to compete with other themes + builders. But if you’re a complete noob and don’t mind a slow website/backend in exchange for an easy drag & drop builder, go ahead.
The price of MyThemeShop doubled.
I have used several of their plugins and they’ve always been “average.” While I haven’t tested their themes, they could use a better design. Schema can easily be added with the help of Rank Math or other SEO plugins you might be using, so there’s no need to use the Schema theme just because of schema. They rely mostly on jargon and how it’s great for SEO/speed, talking about “Google Algorithm Friendliness.” Any time I see this kind of rubbish, I’m turned off immediately.
ThemeIsle has an army of bloggers, but I don’t know a single person who uses their products (I’m assuming they make most of the money from affiliate marketing, not their own products).
Sorry but this is a red flag off the bat for me especially since I haven’t seen 1 post about them in Facebook Groups. However, their Neve theme has a perfect 5/5 star review on WordPress and is supposed to be one of the fastest themes. Still, there’s no lifetime license and it’s expensive to pay $89/year for 2 themes. I would look elsewhere – no reason to use them with better options.