7 Best WordPress Themes 2018 – The Last One Might Surprise You

In this video me to share with you these seven best WordPress themes for 2018 if you're not familiar with me my name is Adam from WPCraftercom Remick WordPress tutorial videos for non-techies if you knew your consider clicking on the subscribe button and if you want notifications click on the little bell now this video is kind of going hand-in-hand with the very popular video that I posted last week and it was a how to choose a WordPress theme the seven questions to ask so this is kind of going along with that in this video I prepared the seven questions asked to determine if a theme is good or if it's bad and bad isn't necessarily bad it just means that it's based on older ways of doing things older technology in the seven questions are geared to help you to decide and determine whether a theme is based on old outdated technology or modern technologies that will help you get a website built faster smoother and you'll actually be able to enjoy the process now to make this convenient for you I've got links to each of the scenes in the video description box down below now let's just get started the first theme and in full disclosure is a theme that I am using on my website that we were just on is the Astra Theme and you could visit them by going to WPCrafter

com/Astra and this single one of the things I like about this the number one that its focus on performance in speed you don't want a slow website but one of the nicest things is right here if you click on starter sites there is a variety of websites that you can literally restore and start using with just a few mouse clicks and these are really nice websites here let's take a look at one right here this doesn't cost you anything is a beautiful website that can be restored with three mouse clicks and it's a beautiful website for a nonprofit organization in the beef and includes integration with donation plug-in so you click on this donate button here in the menu and it takes you right on over to a fully integrated donation platform all this was was three mouse clicks to get this going on your website so I like a lot of these conveniences that is the Astra Theme the next one is the GeneratePress theme and they also have this library of websites that you can restore with just a few mouse clicks I really like that it's also an being that is focused on being the lien and a high-performance for you and they also give you the tools to be able to get a beautiful website up and running with the minimal amount of effort one of things I like the most about this theme is the developer's names Tom he is so fast at providing support when you need it and he is so thorough and invested in those support requests you know have you ever needed support from product developer and they kind of aren't that helpful when they responded that is not what you get with with GeneratePress they are so helpful whenever you ask for help they are there to help you now the third theme is the ocean W Theme and what I appreciate most about this theme is it's the most full featured free theme for WordPress in fact it is the number one theme in the list of popular themes in the WordPress theme directory it's the number one now there's actually a technically it's the number four most popular theme but though slots 12 and three are the ones that get installed by default with WordPress so OceanWP literally is the number one most popular three theme in the WordPress theme directory no doubt and that has a strong focus on e-commerce which is also very nice next is the DV theme in the last 12 months the Divi theme has totally changed in and made improvements in every nook and cranny every corner of the theme it has made phenomenal overall improvements and has been very impressive let me show you something that I appreciate about the Divi theme I'm in the builder right now and this is part of what they call the Divi design initiative so I click right here on the plus and it just pulls up this screen here this is over 273 page layouts organized in 34 packs a pack would be an entire website and when you scroll through here each of these pages in these packs are real you can restore it by just clicking on a few buttons so for example here's a for a copywriter there is one here for a law firm a sass company interior design company it should that they just the list keeps going on and on so if I click on this and I say mean I like this I can click on use this layout and you just have to wait about a minute it takes it and it puts it right on in there for you and you can start editing away your new page and so here we see it's just refreshing the page that was all it took now all I have to do is change some text and chain some images and I'm good to go so what's nice is it has a in-line editor I can just click and I can start typing and that's all you literally have to do with this now the Divi theme and the Divi builder it does have a learning curve I do find that it's a little steeper of a learning curve initially but you can get used to it pretty quick now you might be asking yourself wait a second he's not listing any of those themes on Theme Forest that have crazy amounts of sales and all of that and I'm not doing that on purpose because the vast majority of these themes do not meet the requirements that I presented in this video here about the seven questions asked in fact most of them fell flat out spell those seven questions in there based on older ways of doing things with WordPress now there's no problem with older ways of doing things the thing is is they usually take a lot longer than modern ways of doing things and they tend to have a much steeper learning curve as you're trying to learn how to do what you want to do it's gonna be a bit more complicated and so that's why those seven questions are crucial to know before you make a choice of a theme now there are couple exceptions to the rule and these are themes where they are more like applications and they solve some kind of higher or bigger purpose and I'll give you a couple examples of those from some good things so I got to hear that our directory themes so that's not your typical website directory theme has a ton of additional functionality built into it in order to serve a specific purpose so a directory theme facilitates a listing having a directory and having these various listings taking reviews having this social engagement I got to for you here number one is a ListingPro the ListingPro is fantastic in the sense that it truly is a single integrated solution for having the directory website as opposed to this thing right here call the my listing which is also very good but this one uses is not an all-in-one solution it pulls in together other plug-ins to get the full functionality these two are really good I think I would I wouldn't give the slightest edge to my listening because it's not based upon the visual composer page builder next and this is a question people have all time what is the best newspaper style theme and you know what it's called the newspaper and if as matter fact I used to use this theme before I switch to Astro and this is a great theme if you really want that newspaper layout the only thing about using a very rigid specific purpose theme like this is something that you might want to change that don't necessarily make sense it's not going to be easy to change a perfect example of that for me in my website I wanted all of the images to have that video size image with right it's called 16 x 9 format but this has all these image sizes and formats that don't quite work doesn't quite work well with my type of content so I would have to have all this modified custom code that was difficult to manage so with a theme like this you just have to know it is what it is and if you want to change is some core functionality of it you're looking at custom code and maybe some custom development but just know that going into it now via lasts being might surprise you and that is Elementor now Elementor is actually a page builder for WordPress but they recently released a version 2 of Elementor Pro and it is now kind of like a full theme builder all those parts of the website that were typically only done with your WordPress theme now you're able to do it with Elementor that includes creating headers that look however you wanted to look footers your archive pages your blog post styles every single thing that you would normally make with a theme in your theme would control it you can now do this with Elementor it's amazing everything that you're now able to do with Elementor Pro it's it's just beyond impressive the design flexibility that you have using a tool like Elementor Pro version 2 you can essentially virtually do anything that you could want to do in fact this works perfectly with just about everything that I listed except the Divi one it's gonna work perfect with all of these themes and its really an amazing tool I use Elementor on my website on my homepage here were I've got this scrolling letters it's all Elementor all of this for me is all Elementor see page building tool of choice for me that I use on my website and now you can use Elementor to really build everything out so that is my list of the

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