14 Compelling Templates You Can Use to Create Your Website

by Jason Cosper
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One of the many reasons WordPress is such a popular platform is its versatile theme system. Themes enable you to create gorgeous designs easily and even get access to advanced features. All you have to do is pick the right one!

Technically, you can use any WordPress theme to build your website. However, some themes are easier to use and more stylish than others, or they might offer you extra features to simplify your work. With a carefully-chosen theme, building the website of your dreams becomes much more manageable.

In this article, we’ll introduce you to 14 of the best WordPress themes you can use to create your website. All of these templates are available if your site is hosted with DreamHost, so you’ll have easy access to them through WP Website Builder

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Photography Themes

If you want to set up a WordPress website for your portfolio or photography agency, you need a theme that stands out visually. You’ll want a template that puts the focus entirely on your photographs, and that’s where these two website themes come in handy.

1. Resolve

The Resolve theme.

Resolve is a modern theme with a dark color palette. It’s built for photography agencies, and it enables you to showcase your best artists as well as their work.

With Resolve, you get to display your photographs using a modern grid that will remind users of Instagram. The difference is that the resolution and level of detail on your website should be much higher.

2. Haven

The Haven theme.

If you’re a fan of the minimalistic aesthetic, you’re likely to love Haven. This theme offers a design with clean lines that make it easy to navigate. With Haven, you can show off your best shots, discuss what services you offer, and much more.

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Real Estate Themes

You wouldn’t buy a house from a sketchy real estate agent or website. Real estate sites need to look professional, and they have to be easy to navigate so users can view as many properties as they want. Here are a few themes that can get the job done.

3. Diced

The Diced theme.

Diced is a perfect theme for small real estate agencies. It offers a simple, elegant design that enables you to highlight your best properties with ease. Potential buyers can read about your business, connect with you on social media, and take a look at your hottest properties.

4. Hifidel

The Hifidel theme.

In most cases, real estate transactions don’t take place online. What your website does is help customers find and get in touch with you. With Hifidel that process becomes much easier, thanks to the theme’s elegant Contact Us page and out-of-the-box integration with social media.

Hifidel also enables you to add customer testimonials to your home page. This is an excellent way to show potential buyers that you’re the real deal.

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Restaurant Themes

These days, most people look up restaurants online well before they set foot inside. Customers want to know what they’re going to get and how awesome your food looks. That’s why the perfect restaurant website matters — and the following themes can help.

5. Florentine

The Florentine theme.

Florentine screams “modern restaurant.” The theme is all bright colors that contrast beautifully with any pictures of your food that you might choose to share. Using Florentine, you also get to share your restaurant’s history, who your staff is, and even testimonials from past customers.

6. Evolv

The Evolv theme.

If you run one of those classy, low-light restaurants, you’re going to love Evolv. This understated theme enables you to show off your restaurant’s strengths and testimonials from your best customers. With Evolv, visitors can get to know your staff before they make a reservation, as the theme enables you to include a section that’s all about them.

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Music Themes

The music industry is always at the forefront of what’s cool. With the right theme, you can create an effortlessly stylish WordPress website that helps you promote your music and build an audience. We recommend the following two options.

7. Grid One

The Grid One theme.

A lot of the modern web is built on grids. With grids, you get designs that are easy to navigate, and you know where one element ends and the next one begins. Grid One takes that classic approach and jazzes it up with a cool black and white color palette. You can then use pictures from your concerts or gigs to add splashes of color that pop off the page.

8. Haven

The Haven theme.

We already introduced Haven as a photography theme, but it’s also a top option for up-and-coming musicians. Haven’s music website template is perfect for bands looking to develop a web presence and make sure fans and potential employers know where to reach them. Plus, you’ll get access to easy-to-integrate social media icons, so your visitors can follow you on other platforms.

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Fitness Themes

Staying fit isn’t easy for a lot of people. That’s why a fitness website needs to be inspiring and make visitors want to take action. These high-octane designs can help you get the medicinal ball rolling.

9. Grid One

Grid One’s fitness layout.

Grid One also offers a fantastic layout for fitness websites, which is perfect for gyms looking to expand their clientele (that means all of them!). With Grid One, you can build a WordPress website that’s easy to personalize, and highlights your gym’s best features. Clients can also swing by to leave testimonials, which can be vital in getting new members on board.

10. Resolve

Resolve’s fitness layout.

When Resolve isn’t moonlighting as a photography theme, it’s also a fantastic option for fitness websites. This theme enables you to build eye-catching grids using pictures from your gym. Customers can leave reviews, and visitors get a simple contact form they can use to get in touch with you. All those features come in a package brimming with energy, which is precisely what you want from a fitness theme.

Designer Themes

Interior design requires superior taste. That means you need a theme with a unique style that can help you turn heads. For this section, we have one theme you’ve met before with a different look and a brand new option.

11. Vacation

The Vacation theme.

Despite its name, this isn’t a travel theme. Instead, Vacation is all about making visitors yearn for innovative designs that can be applied to the spaces they love. In other words, this theme helps you show off your best designs and decors, making it easier for potential clients to understand who you are and what you do.

12. Hifidel

Hifidel’s designer layout.

Next up, Hifidel returns with a modern take on interior design websites. When using Hifidel as your theme, you get a minimalistic style that puts all the focus on your designs. You can let your work do the talking and back it up with a gorgeous About Us section and testimonials to seal the deal.

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Clothing & Fashion

If you’re going to create a website for your clothing or fashion business, style matters. With that in mind, here are two themes you’ve already met, but which come with layouts that make them ideal for this particular niche.

13. Florentine

Florentine’s fashion layout.

Florentine is the perfect theme for fashion and apparel websites that target teens and young adults. It’s a vibrant, colorful theme that shows visitors you’re not afraid to be bold. Its options and layouts enable you to show off your best pieces, display client testimonials, and demonstrate what makes your clothing unique.

14. Haven

Haven’s fashion layout.

If your clothing line is aiming for a more elegant vibe, Haven should be right up your alley. This theme offers a classic black and white color palette, so your product pictures stand out. You can tell visitors all about your store, and make it easy for them to get in touch. After they’ve made a purchase, those customers can even leave reviews, so future visitors will know precisely what to expect when they buy from you.

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The right WordPress theme can simplify the process of building your website dramatically. There are amazing themes for almost any type of project you can imagine, from photography portfolios to restaurant sites.

With DreamHost, you get access to plenty of unique themes you can pick from for your website. With a theme like Resolve, for example, you get to play with designs that work well for both photography and fitness sites. On the other hand, Haven is ideal for music sites and clothing lines. 

Whatever type of WordPress site you’re building, you’re sure to find a perfect fit.

Are you ready to build your first website with DreamHost? If you choose any of our WordPress plans, you’ll get access to our WP Website Builder tool, enabling you to use all of these professional themes for free!

Jason is DreamHost’s WordPress Product Advocate, based out of Bakersfield, CA. He is currently working on making our DreamPress product even better. In his free time, he likes to curl up on the couch and watch scary movies with his wife Sarah and three very small dogs. Follow him on Twitter.