15 new WordPress themes for consultants

With virtual reality exploding, this is a great time for virtual world experts to repackage themselves as virtual reality consultants and start putting their hard-won expertise to work.

Whether your focus is training and education, content creation, interaction design, scripting or development, you probably know more than most of the other experts that are coming out of the woodwork.

To start with, you need a cutting-edge website that tells people you are professional and up-to-date.

Today, that means a responsive site with a long home page that’s heavy on the graphics and social integration, maybe with a bit of a parallax effect.

The list below is of themes released in the past month or so, so that they’re not already all over the Web. They all have free versions so that you can set them up and try them out, and also have premium versions backed by design studios, so that you can upgrade if you need to get support or more features.

If you’re looking to sell things on your site, many of the themes below support WooCommerce, which is currently the go-to shopping cart platform for WordPress. However, do keep in mind that if you’re selling things one item at a time, you’re usually better off just using PayPal buttons.

Don’t all these themes look the same?

Yes, yes they do. They all have the same basic structure and layout. And if you are both extremely creative and really really good at Web design, you can do your own theme, instead.

However, for businesses, a site design is a lot like a man’s business suit. You want to show some originality, but not too much. Maybe a clever tie, or a pair of socks.

No, it’s worse than that. It’s more like a woman’s business suit. Because fashions change every year, and a website’s design can instantly tell visitors that your site is out of date. Or, even more damaging, if you try to get creative with your site and fail, it will simply seem amateurish, a hobby rather than a real business.

As a technology journalist, I visit many — many! — tech and business sites every single day. And yes, I do judge businesses by their sites. Out-of-date sites make me wonder if the company is still in business — or just hanging on by a thread, with no resources to spend on marketing. Unfinished sites, with “lorem ipsum” text or menu links that don’t go anywhere, make me think that the company isn’t ready yet to do business.

My recommendation? Pick a sleek, clean design in a color that fits your company and then spend your design money on a nice logo and gorgeous graphics instead. Most of your visitors will notice the photographs and images you’ve chosen, more than the layout of the site itself.

If you can, try to avoid a lot of customization, because it will make it harder to upgrade the theme later. If you do customize, do it in a child theme. Then put a reminder on your calendar to revisit the design a year and a half or two years from now to check that it is still current.

AwesomeOne

Awesome One

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Download free theme here. Upgrade to premium version for $39 from FlyThemes.

CurtainsPro

CurtainsPro

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Download free theme here. Upgrade to premium version for $39 from Webulous Themes.

Niche

Niche

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Download free theme here. Upgrade to premium version for $37 from Faster Themes.

Perth

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Download free theme here. Upgrade to premium version for $49 from AThemes.

Transcend

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Download free theme here. Upgrade to premium version for $49 from CPOThemes.

Himalayas

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Download free theme here. Upgrade to premium version for $55 from ThemeGrill.

Allegiant

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Download free theme here. Upgrade to premium version for $59 from CPOThemes.

Gaga Lite

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Download free theme here. This theme is from AccessPress. They don’t have a premium version of Gaga Lite, though they do have other premium themes. I’m still including Gaga Lite here because I like its design and bright style.

Foxeed

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Download free theme here. Upgrade to premium version for $49 from Sketch Themes.

Premier

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Download free theme here. Upgrade to premium version for $39 from Template Express.

BootFrame

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Download free theme here. Upgrade to premium version for $49 from Creative Market.

Naturo

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Download free theme here. Upgrade to premium version for $39 from SKT Themes.

Appointment

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Download free theme here. Upgrade to premium version for $49 from Webriti Themes. Child themes available in blue and red.

Avis

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Download free theme here. Upgrade to premium version for $49 from Sketch Themes.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

  • John Simmons

    I like the Make theme for my virtual world website (http://www.piratesatoll.com). For most of my sites now, I create custom themes using the new Thematic 2.0 framework, which gives me a comprehensive starting place to create any look and feel that I like. Even more customizable is the Underscores theme. Since virtual worlds are all about immersion, it is best to let media speak and get the site out of the way with as much zen simplicity as possible.

  • all great themes for wordpress. In today’s world people are visiting websites on their mobile phones so its always best to have a responsive website using the latest css frameworks like bootstrap. So if you’re wanting to have a smartphone friendly website i personally suggest all of the ones in this article. As for a personal pick for a wordpress powered opensim grid website i would go with the FOXEED theme.

  • Christopher —

    I did a story on WordPress themes for grid websites about a year and a half ago:

    http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2014/05/ten-more-great-free-wordpress-themes-for-a-grid/

    For grids, I recommend the themes that have the full-screen images on the home page. Virtual worlds are full of great imagery — use it! There are some fantastic builds out there.

    Avination, FrancoGrid, Virtual Life, Clone Life, the Lost Castle, Spellscape, Island Oasis have some very good looking sites.

    In addition to have really strong graphics, i recommend as little text as possible on the home page — just the minimum that people need. The pictures will tell them more about the community and feel of the grid than piles of text every could, anyway.

    The calls-to-action that every grid should have on its home page:

    * Get a free avatar now — telling people to just join or register is WORK. getting a free avatar is FUN. at the very least, they might be tempted to see what avatars are available — so make sure if they click, they get pictures of pretty avatars to hook them in.

    * Stop by NOW to visit this great event/build/whatever — give people a reason to log in or teleport in, and change it frequently. Mall openings, museum exhibits, holiday-themed regions, hunts — always have something to feature on the home page and change it up every week or so. Give them a REASON to copy-and-paste your hypergrid address to go through the pain of setting up a new grid in their viewer.

    * check out this week’s land deals — or this month’s land deals. again, change this up every month. offer holiday discounts. Free homes. a free island terrain. free varregion upgrade. Something different, that will end soon, tempting and fun, so that they’ll be less likely to put off the purchase decision, but buy now. Make sure you have a NEW LANDING PAGE set up for each of these offers to make it as easy as possible for them to get the deal with the least hunting around. And remember the first rule of online sales — with every click, you lose a chunk of potential customers. So take their money FIRST, then have them fill out the paperwork.

    • oh i know you did maria, i just personally dont like wordpress because of all the exploits and prefer to code my own websites which i been doing lately using the laravel 5 php framework.

  • Hey thanks for including SKT Themes. However the name is Naturo and not Minimal our theme name….

    • I’ve updated the story — but why do you have the title as “Minimal” if the theme is called “Naturo” when everyone else puts the theme name in the title? Very confusing.