WordPress is now considered the most popular blogging platform and so it is no wonder web developers have been quick to create accompanying WordPress Photography themes, widgets and plug-ins in ever greater variety. The themes are developed to reflect the feel of different industries including e-commerce, news presentation, and hobbyists, but WordPress templates are not just about content presentation but also about visual appearance. In the last few years, there has been a huge improvement in the visual appearance of WP themes and you now see templates used throughout the photography industry which is obviously heavily focused on image presentation. Below is a list of top 10 WordPress themes for photographers with their own set of merits and demerits compiled from a variety of sources. Please remember “most popular” lists change all the time, so we welcome your feedback on which photography themes you use and love with WordPress.
*Themes are ranked from least to most popular*
#10. This Way WordPress
This Way WordPress is published on ThemeForest and is one of the few themes that is designed and compliant with CSS3 and HTML5 which helps ensure it is a mobile device friendly template and embracing the future of web development coding standards. Furthermore, it comes with social media links, Twitter feeds, blog, and portfolio filters. This Way WordPress is easy to customize and has a great jQuery animated effects.
*Photo light box
*Contact form validation
*psd files files included
*Optimized features for iPad, iPhone and other Android devices
*Deep link support
*Ajax content loading
*Supports nearly 500 Google fonts
*Special elements support
*Great Customization facilities: Users can change settings of audio controller, Twitter widget, background controller, share icons and thumbnail sidebar. Along with this, features like header, content and H1-H6 font size, background image duration, front page, audio and background image effect can be enabled manually if necessary.
*Backwards compatible with most popular browsers including IE8, IE9. Safari 5, Chrome, Firefox 4 and Opera.
*Customization can take hours thereby increasing the cost of implementation
Photolux is an extremely elegant and powerful WordPress theme for photographers and creative people who prefer using portfolios to display their work. Photolux theme is powered by Pexeto panel and published by ThemeForest. It has numerous options to modify or manage every aspect of the theme which makes it perfectly suitable for beginners who lack professional coding knowledge. This theme comes with 3 base skin choices: Transparent, Light and Dark.
*Dynamic Ajax Gallery
*Good variety of styling options
*Full screen slideshow provisions
*User-friendly font management system
*Separate portfolio system
*Easy logo replacement
*Nivo slider included
*Compatible with most browsers like Chrome, IE7, IE8, IE9, Opera, Safari 4, Safari 5, Firefox 4, Firefox 5
*An extra widget in the form of Portfolio Posts leader is included that displays the latest items with a light box preview in the sidebar
*Only compatible with WordPress 3.2 and newer, but one should be running the latest version of WP for security updates
#8. Slash WP
Slash WP is one of the most popular premium WordPress themes published by ThemeForest. It has a great design with robust functionality. It is meant to serve users as a photo gallery, blog and portfolio with internal support of WP v.3.2. & v.3.3. formats. In addition to this, the theme offers a good number of full screen page templates including static image page, video homepage and a spectacular slideshow with option to save default image proportions. Slash WP is powered by jQuery Isotope and Highslide JS jointly.
*Full screen slideshow and video
*Sortable portfolio and photo gallery
*Great customization options
*Blog with 8 forum widgets and 3 post formats
*Good documentation, FAQ and professional support
*Compatible with a good number of browsers
*Both photo & video works can be displayed on portfolio pages
*Gallery, portfolio and homepage modules are powered by WordPress customized content types. Therefore, chances of content conflicts are remote.
*It is both iPad and iPhone friendly and is easy to browse on mobile devices.
*Extended license is presently not available on the market, rendering it unsuitable for long term applications.
*Only compatible with WordPress 3.2 and newer
It is a minimalist and visually elegant WordPress theme that is used for photo studio or design studio. Studio8 has a full screen background gallery meant for Twitter ticker, featured work, Ajax contact form, jQuery paginated portfolio layout and great hover effect. It offers a simple and easy setup. Its unique back ground builder function and theme option pages enable creation of a professional looking skin for the websites.
*Unbranded theme options
*Simplified gallery management where hundreds of photos can be uploaded in three to four clicks only
*Support for mobile devices
*Additional translations + WPML support
*Full screen background slider with customization facilities
*3 custom post types
*2 skins: dark and light
*Compatible with a large number of browsers
*Vimeo, Video and Youtube support
*Great customer/technical support
*Studio8 being an Ajax theme disables the plugins that require java script to function.
DK is another popular premium WordPress template for photography, portfolio and blogging purposes. Built with the latest WordPress features, DK comes in 4 homepage and 6 gallery-page styles.
*Full screen slideshow for photo gallery
*Extensive galleries admin supporting multiple image upload
*Social media profile support
*7 custom widgets- popular posts, recent posts, contact form, YouTube video, twitter feed, Flickr photo stream and Vimeo video
*Style and column short code features
*Flexible page columns with styled typography
*Twitter and Facebook integration
*WordPress custom menu support
*Valid HTML standard
*Only 2 columns
*No provision to customize settings
Flashlight is one of the most flexible WordPress photography and portfolio themes. It comes with numerous options to modify layout, colors, fonts and styling which make it especially suited for new developers and photographers. Flashlight has 6 galleries including full screen, inline attached, WordPress default, and Classic 3 column and masonry grid. Availability of five unique types of galleries allows people to showcase their work in a way that fits best for the project.
*Password-protect galleries and posts
*Shop support with woo commerce
*Exit data display
*No plugins required
*Ajax contact form
*Includes java script full screen slider on macro large resolutions supporting tool tips, auto sliding, pattern overlaying of images and more
*Compatible with most browsers
*Customization might take long time
#4. Chocolate WP
It is undoubtedly the perfect choice for people who need a light, clean and minimalist theme. Chocolate WP is an elegant template created with precise and complex combination of both light gradients & shadows. This powerful blogging tool has been powered by Woo Tumblog and Express App.
*Full screen slideshow and video
*Powerful photo gallery
*Masonry layout with three column sizes
*Rich customization options
*3 Post sizes
*Background builder enabling simple and fast customization of theme appearance
*Splendid 2-level gallery
*Great documentation, FAQ and professional support
*Blog with custom widgets, post types
*Amazing new 3D slider
*Has been updated to be fully responsive to device screen size
*Social like buttons added to individual photos – great for social marketing
Village is yet another WordPress theme that is suitable for the new user. It comes with a plethora of customization options that helps new users to know the basics of WordPress better. It is one of the best choices for people who are passionate about photography and general creativity. Village WordPress template includes a good number of modules that are new and unique to ThemeForest, such as the interactive jQuery wall and others.
*Ajax contact form
*17 social icons
*5 Skins: Dark noise, stone, light fabric, dark fabric and dark crosshair
*Interactive jQuery walls
*Superb gallery management
*13 gallery templates including PrettyPhoto galleries, Colorbox galleries, Galleria galleries, and Fancybox galleries.
*Compatible with most browsers
*Login necessary to see posts and discussions
*Extended license not available
Invictus is a full size video and image WordPress theme for photographers and creative people. With Invictus, possibilities are endless. Users will have the liberty of using it in their own preferred creative ways. This WordPress template comes with powerful customized full size gallery with great image and video support on homepages. Invictus has two skin colors: black and white with unlimited background color options. It is powered by the Google Font API.
*2 Themes: white and black
*Vimeo, YouTube and self hosted video support
*Superb portfolio styles
*Bulk photo posting
*Password protected posts, pages and galleries
*Fabulous font management system
*Designers can choose font from a big list of about 250 Google API fonts
*No plugins needed
*Design optimized for both medium and large scale resolutions
*5 custom widgets: Video, Twitter, Flickr stream, Custom related posts and galleries, and WordPress gallery with internal thumbnail support
*Poor customization resources
*Only 2 columns format available
#1. King Size WP
King Size WP is an upgraded WordPress version of the top selling HTML template. In general King Size can be used for a variety of purposes though its primary area of application lies in portfolios and photography. It is one of the best templates to display present or past work collections.
*5 galleries: Pretty Photo, Color Box, Galleria, slide Viewer, Fancy Box
*Cross-browser support with valid code
*Hide/Show menu option
*Custom widget and contact page template
*Full screen image background
*Highly Customizable: King Size is fully capable of fitting any personalized use. With 5 different gallery styles, it allows blogging of photos with tagging facilities
*Fantastic gallery management. Creating a portfolio/gallery is extremely easy to manage. Images just need to be uploaded via Media Gallery and converted to the selected gallery type
*Versatile and easy to use
*Only 1 column
As you can see there are many options when searching for the best WordPress theme for photographers and all these themes are developed by awesome coders who are sometimes available for custom work. So if you don’t have the coding expertise to modify some of these photography templates to your specific needs one could hire the theme author, or even find someone on oDesk or somewhere else. However, make sure you understand the license restrictions regarding whatever WP theme you might purchase. However, most of theses are very well documented and easy enough to customize letting you just worry about being creative as you like with your photography business presentation on the web.