Having had the opportunity to review hundreds of premium WordPress templates in 2012, I’ve found a new appreciation toward themes that fall into a “niche.” Although a growing number of downloadable templates are amalgamating into more feature-rich products, there are still plenty of “specialty” themes on the market that make uploading content and administering a specific website type much easier and logical than it would have been just a few short years ago.
When we write reviews here at WPHub.com, we generally have a list of categories that each theme falls under. These include Real Estate, Retail/e-Commerce, Education, Music/Band, Personal Blog, Restaurant, Magazine/News, Events, Non-Profit, Tumblog, Photography/Portfolio, Business, and so on.
The great thing about niche themes is that there is usually at least one category for each personal “taste” and business methodology. Admittedly, the selection of premium themes that have been made available to the public at extremely reasonable prices in the last three years is astounding. In the times we’re in, the issue in many cases no longer revolves around a lack of products, but rather choosing one theme from dozens of viable candidates.
The Restaurant Business
If you’re running a brick & mortar restaurant, there is a growing need to reach out to the online realm to attract Internet users in your area. This can be done in a variety of ways via the WordPress platform, beginning with publishing high resolution photos of your dishes, and extending to full menus, maps on how to reach your location, along with industry blogging.
The screenshots I’ve pasted in this section show the Indulgence premium template by Color Labs, a responsive download that can be purchased for under $50 if you’re opting for a Standard License.
The theme is 100% responsive and adapts to the smaller screen sizes of mobile devices and tablet computers.
I find this category one of the most interesting due to the sheer amount of flexibility and actual “niches” that developers have created products for. Need a single page WordPress theme that acts an online business card? You’ll be pleased to know that there are several downloads out there for precisely this purpose. Are you planning a wedding and searching for an attractive theme that doesn’t require any actual code manipulation? If so, there are themes within our catalog that have all the right modules (including His & Her blogging sections) that will take you from your engagement through the wedding reception.
Another nice theme that goes for a specific need is Family Tree by StudioPress. This download works off of the Genesis Framework and has 6 unique layout options, threaded comments, a featured images region and more.
The theme focuses on a personalized website for family members and friends to visit, plus it encourages photo and text uploads.
Music and Recording Artists
In 2012 alone, the recording artist theme niche has taken off with several high quality products that offer bands an option to keep readers informed via blog and tour dates pages (complete with an interactive calendar) while also allowing for publication of multimedia content for album cuts and videos. The blend has come off well for many bands who are looking for a clean WordPress theme that requires a minimal amount of back-end effort.
Take the upcoming Harmony theme by Elegant Themes, for example. Due to be released before the Christmas holidays, this download will be included in the all-access yearly subscription package for a low Standard License price of $39 per year.
Once it has been finished, Harmony promises a fully responsive design with plenty of widgetized regions for ensuring a precise and effective look to your next music-driven website.
This Week’s Poll
We’ve already received close to 80 votes for last week’s WPHub poll: How Long Have You Been Using WordPress? This week, we’re asking our readers to decide on their favorite WordPress theme niche category.
You are welcome to choose various options within this poll, and we will have a follow-up article published next week that breaks down the results.