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Create Your Own Unique WordPress Theme With WP Theme Generator

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WP Theme Generator is a theme service that lets you design WordPress designs online. It was developed by the same people who own Icon Shock and Web Design Shock.

WordPress theme generators were quite popular 3 or 4 years ago though I can’t think of any good theme generator service available today. WP Theme Generator could certainly change this as it has a lot of great features. It comes with thousands of pre-design objects such as menus, backgrounds, dividers, icons and buttons and more are being adding every day. A good summary of all the elements that are available can be seen on their landing page.

Theee are 7 different pre-made skins to choose from. They’re referred to as layouts though in my opinion that’s a bit misleading as the overall structure remains the same, it is simply the background images and colour scheme that changes.


All designs are built upon a single framework. This allows you to upgrade theme features at any time without having to modify your design.

WP Theme Generator allows you to save your designs to modify at a later date. You could, for example, work on a design and then come back to it several months later to modify and download it. Here’s the best part though; you can make any customisations you make public so that other users can use the design. At the moment there are 50 other designs added to the gallery area, most of which are in my opinion much better than the 7 pre-made skins available via the main menu. When more people start using WP Theme Generator there could be potentially be hundreds or thousands of great designs to choose from.

When you see a design you like you simply click the load link and the design is loaded onto the theme generator. You can then adjust the template more if you wish.

Load Themes

The Default Design

The default layout and design that is shown when you view the home page of WP Theme Generator has a corporate feel to it. The header is similar to most other WordPress designs and features a logo, social media icon list, search bar and a drop down navigation menu. Underneath is a large slider that rotates posts and several widget areas.

WP Theme Generator Design

I’m not too keen on the 7 default skins that are available in the main personalisation box however there are some great designs that you can load up via the gallery. It really is amazing how a different colour scheme can change your opinion of a design!

WP Theme Generator Design

To help you understand how the whole thing works, let’s take a closer look at how you can use WP Theme Generator to create a WordPress theme.

Designing The Theme

Down the right hand side of WP Theme Generator is a floating box titled ‘Personalize’. Through this box you can completely change how your theme looks. The design is divided into 7 different sections: Global, Layout, Header, Sliders, Content, Sidebar and Fonts. There are 7 other links at the bottom of the menu that give you more information and allow you to upload, save or download your design.

Designing Your Theme

What’s great about the WP Theme Generator is that all changes are made in real time. The page doesn’t need to reload and any changes you make are shown on your design almost instantly. When you start changing elements, you quickly understand the benefits of a service like WP Theme Generator being developed by a company such as IconShock, as they have thousands of icons, graphics and stock images at their disposal.

WP Theme Generator gives users a huge amount of choice. For example, say you want to change the way your search bar looks. You simply click on the header link and then search box. From there you can choose from dozens of different search box elements. Each element has a different structure and/or colour scheme. You’ll find yourself clicking through most of the design elements to ensure that you have the right one for each part of your design.

Changing Elements

Due to how responsive the menu is and the fact that changes are made instantaneously, you’ll be spending minutes customising your design rather than hours. Most of the sections allow you to change some element of the design though the slider section also lets you change the type of slider that is used. You can select from a nivo slider, accordion slider, piece maker and featured slider.

You probably noticed that the default design I showed earlier had lots of widget areas. Thankfully, each widget area can be enabled or disabled via the sidebar manager by simply clicking on the widge area you want to remove.

Widget Areas

I’ve reviewed a lot of WordPress frameworks over the last few months. Some of the most feature rich frameworks can take a long time to set up due to the number of options available but WP Theme Generator doesn’t have this problem. I initially thought that it needs more options added however I don’t think this is the case as every element on the page can be changed. In that respect, they got everything right, as it means that you can create your own design in around 5 to 10 minutes.

The video below shows you how easy the theme generator is to use.

Using Your Theme

Once you have your design the way you want it, you can scroll down to the bottom of the personalize box and download it. The file is fairly large compared to other designs at around 11 MB in size and over 800 files.

Download Link

The theme folder in each download has a number appended to it. For example, the two designs I created and downloaded were labelled wpthemegenerator_051383533105549152402102 and wpthemegenerator_89995453318367162402102. This helps you distinguish the different designs that are saved on your computer however the numbers are unfortunately not appended to the name of the theme. This means that if you upload two different designs, it isn’t clear which is which.

Activate Theme

There is no point uploading the framework every time you want to change your design though. So instead of choosing ‘WordPress’ when you are downloading your design, choose ‘XHTML Simple’ instead. That will let you download the CSS stylesheet and images that are required for your design. You can then upload these files to your existing WP Theme Generator theme and overwrite the previous files.

Hopefully this process will be made easier in a future version. An import feature that lets you upload a zip file with all the CSS and images would make changing the design that is live on your website more straight forward and save you the hassle of uploading files via FTP every time you modify your design via the generator.

Once your design has been activated you will see a lot of new options in your WordPress admin menu. The framework adds 5 new custom post types: gallery, portfolio, product, services and testimonials. All framework options can be found under the ‘Theme Generator’ link.

Menu List

The settings area has four sections: styles, general, footer and pages layouts. In the style section you can change the font that is used in the header and change what type of slider your website uses. The additional slider options available depends on what slider you chose. For example, with the piece maker slide you can change the slider effect and the delay between slides.

Unfortunately, you cannot pull posts from a defined category so you need to upload each slide image and set the URL it links to.

Styles Settings

There are a variety of options in the general settings area. Your website logo and favicon can be set here as can the email address that the contact form template uses. 7 pre-defined image packages are available for your gallery, portfolio, product and service pages and there are 8 social media services can be entered for the header area such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype, RSS, Google and LinkedIn.

At the bottom of the general settings area are customisation options for custom post types such as gallery, portfolio and testimonials.

General Settings

In the footer settings area you can enter information such as copyright details directly into your footer area. Tracking code can be inserted just below the closing body tag in this section too.

Footer Settings

In the pages layout section you can change the layout of your blog and single post, about and archives pages. Widget areas can be switched off and the style that each widget uses can be changed. You can also set which areas of your website you want the top slider to be displayed.

Pages Layout

The framework includes 7 page templates. Despite there being an option to customise the archives layout in the page layouts section, there is no archives template available. There’s no sitemap or author templates either however a 404 template is included.

Gallery Template

As you would expect from a framework, there are a lot of different theme templates being used to create the design. Thankfully, the templates are very well coded so you shouldn’t have many problems modifying things directly. Rather than place all styling in one stylesheet, WP Theme Generator has split the styling into over 20 different stylesheets for areas such as shortcodes, widgets and the slider. This makes it much easier to find what you are looking for.

There are two menu locations available. One at the top of the header and the main navigation menu directly underneath the logo. Both of these can be configured through the WordPress menu system.

Menu Locations

A total of 9 widget areas have been built into the framework. This makes populating your site with content from other plugins very easy. It also comes with lots of shortcodes for styling your content.

Widget Areas


All in all I was impressed with WP Theme Generator. The premise of designing your own theme is perhaps a little gimmicky in some respects but it does work well and the sheer volume of design elements that can be chosen makes creating a unique design quick and painless.

I’m unsure as to whether I should be comparing WP Theme Generator to regular WordPress designs or with other frameworks. One way to look at it is that WP Theme Generator is a simple framework that just happens to have a fantastic way of customising the design (as it does lack many features that other frameworks offer).

It is clear that WP Theme Generator was developed for WordPress beginners and those who don’t want to modify theme files directly and for the most part I think they got it right. It’s not perfect though and does have some limitations but beginners will probably not be too concerned about many of these issues. If you’re a complete newbie to WordPress and don’t want to spend a lot of time modifying your design, my advice to you would be to visit WP Theme Generator and play around with the service for 30 minutes. Get a feel for how the generator works and see if you can create a design that would suit your website. If you like the way it works and like the design you created, I recommend giving WP Theme Generator a try. As I said, it’s not perfect, however I believe WordPress beginners will forgive it’s faults due to how easy it is to create a unique design.

Other WordPress users may want to do a little more testing. Most parts of the design use images rather than CSS which means that designs aren’t as quick as they should be. The framework offers no option to change the size of content areas or the space between them (margins & padding) therefore you would have to make some changes to the stylesheet if you don’t like the default structure that WP Theme Generator has. Surprisingly, there is no support for featured thumbnails and by default all posts are displayed in full in the index and archives rather than using excerpts. There is no post formats support either (however it’s difficult to be critical of the design because of this as the vast majority of WordPress themes don’t support them, many new frameworks do though). Other little things like a link to edit posts and pages are missing too.

The templates are well coded so if you are comfortable doing some HTML and CSS edits you could fix these issues yourself. Again, my advice would be to test the service out thoroughly first and be aware of it’s strengths and weaknesses before clicking the buy button.

WP Theme Generator hasn’t been out long so I’m hoping that we will see many improvements over the next 6 months. They wisely built it upon a framework which means that they can keep improving the functionality of WP Theme Generator designs by simply updating the framework. As the framework grows, the benefit of using WP Theme Generator will too. Despite some of the issues I mentioned above, I can’t help but like WP Theme Generator due to how easy it is to create unique themes and share them with others. If they can address some important issues and offer lighter designs that don’t use as many images, it will gain a lot of fans.

WP Theme Generator currently retails for $29 for 6 months access. A free version does exist though it only lets you download the HTML and CSS of a created design once so isn’t really practical. The premium version offers pretty good value though. It allows you to download an unlimited number of designs and it permits you to
download layered psd files for thousands of gallery elements.

Premium license owners can also save designs and download them later and there is an option to download exclusive themes too. They also provide support to premium members via email, chat and skype. It’s a fantastic deal when you take all of this into consideration.

If you would like to know more about WP Theme Generator, I encourage you to try the service out and see what type of design you can create.

Thanks for reading,

Link: WP Theme Generator

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Comments (22)

Comment by Sara says:

Thanks for the detailed introduction, I have tried WordPress Theme Generator in addition to some other online WordPress theme generators, but if you are a professional WordPress theme designer you need to have a full fledged desktop software like TemplateToaster or Arty, and personally I like TemplateToaster

Comment by Bill says:

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Comment by Charles says:


Comment by Angelika says:

WorpdressThemeGenerator lacks a lot of functions and the “team” named “Juan Pablo Sarmiento” and maybe one more crew member are not able to make any changes in an appropriate time. The idea is all well but there is no support whatsoever and the forum is so thin, that it makes you feel nobody is caring. I tried to get my money back (on the 60 days refund policy they “garantee”) but they are not even answering my eMails. Nore does Paypal refund the money since it is not a deliverd product but a software licence. There is also not a company adress on the page and looking at the registered domain, the company is situated in Bogota. The owner Juan Pablo Sarmiento Jimenez is not responding to various eMails. It seems a real rip off!!!!

This said I can only warn everybody to subscribe or licence this software. BIG WARNING! Never purchace if you don´t want to burn your money. This is a fake company with absolutely no serious will to help you!!

Comment by Lisa says:

WP Theme Generator seems like a great product for someone like me, trying to move my blog/website to wordpress but still have the ability to change the theme to my liking without know a lot of code. I could forgive some of the limitations, however when I uploaded my theme it did not work properly and the forums are pretty quiet. Not all questions are even answered. I did get a response when I asked for a refund, but then when I listed my issues, there was no response to that. So now, after almost two weeks, no response and no refund from

I’m sorely disappointed in them.


Comment by Chris says:


All the comments are correct. They suck. Seems like it works until you sign up and try to download the templates and find out they don’t download properly, missing files and wrong images. Sometimes templates works and other times won’t even install at all. When it does the installation is horrific, adds pages and modifies your site. You don’t want to install their templates on a live site because it will screw it up and you’ll spend about two hours trying to figure out why your site is all messed up.

I’m on day five of trying to get a refund with no luck. They keep e-mailing me back bullcrap messages offering me more crap or offering support. How about just giving back my money? Basically the last message they sent me more said they will get back to me when they have time.

I’ll be opeing a paypal dispute tommorow if I don’t get my money back and I will be spending my free time warning as many people as possible about them.

Comment by itonisolutions says:

[email protected]@Val2138 After loads of emails I finally got a long email following their short reply of ‘it’s a WordPress problem’! Furthermore following a check of my site by WordPress I was informed the issues were in the theme! The email wasn’t to solve the numerous issues, answer my questions or fix bugs but to complain about my review and include in his email:  ‘that’s not good business man, seriously, it’s not ethic, it’s not polite, it’s not nice’ blah blah blah! Furthermore he offered to return my membership instead of attempting to solve the bugs and issues! I told him that I’d be willing to retract my review and even post a good review if he could work through the fixes in which he declined! Even sadder was that he informed me he was the founder of ThemGenerator! I kindly wrote back and said he could keep my payment and put it towards a forum to help others in the future such as myself. I gave you them chance to put things right! For a founder … shame on you!

Comment by itonisolutions says:

[email protected]@Val2138 And I replied numerous it does not fix it plus other issues.  I do not work with Val and if you see my comparison of your product to his I think that would be obvious! Believe I really want to use your product so please improve you support ;-)

Comment by WpThemeGenerator says:

[email protected] Tony, I gave you the solution when replying, adding http:// will fix the links, come on dude !  I ‘m not saying you work with lubith but VAL2138 -> [email protected]

Comment by itonisolutions says:

[email protected]@Val2138 My only reply from numerous emails was; it’s a wordpress problem’. That’s all I got from you! Please do not pass these posts off by saying I am a competitor or connected to Lubith. I am a web developer in Thailand and I really do like your product which would be even better if you work with me through the issues and I would remain loyal to you!   I have no wish to add links into Kevin’s post but my site would prove who I am! Once again, please work with me!

Comment by WpThemeGenerator says:

For all wp mods readers, yesterday we launched responsive version of our theme generator, so now all our predesigned themes and all themes you design with our tool, will be fully responsive. That means it will work perfect in any device, tablets, iphone, android etc.. :)

Comment by WpThemeGenerator says:

[email protected], it’s unfair you said that, we have answered several emails, from the last one our engineer didn’t find a problem with the theme, but I found a configuration issue, and yesterday, 11:30 pm, I sent you a solution, which is a wordpress issue, pls check here to see the answer: http:[email protected] think you are from lubith ;) ok, welcome to competitors as well :)

Comment by itonisolutions says:

[email protected] My issue with WP theme generator is quite simply a lack of support. It does create some amazing templates but upon installing them numerous errors follow. I even accept that all web cms platforms would have the odd bug or two but a good template developer is one that’s woks with you to find a solutions. If they cannot be bothered to support their paying clients at least set up a support forum. I would gladly help and support others if I know the solution!  I also understand Photoshop but I do not wish to pay for another theme developer when I cannot see what’s under the bonnet. I am now wondering if it would be much simpler to sign up to a template developer and edit the images!

Comment by Val2138 says:

[email protected] theme generator catches the eye indeed, but it has its limits also. every editor has, even WordPress, Artisteer, or whatever. i’m not putting my money on what theme generators promise to offer, but ultimately fail to succeed, i am only talking about what works best for me. i have a pro account on Lubith, found some tutorials online and worked my way through what it has to offer, for now. I know some Photoshop also, so working with these two was a bit easier for me. they always helped me with things i didn’t understand, not only about the editor, but wordpress settings  and coding also. 

Comment by itonisolutions says:

[email protected] I signed up to Lubith and it’s nothing like WPtheme! It’s like comparing a Ferrari to and old Ford Escort! However, the Ferrari mechanics totally ignore their drivers and do not support them! Shame as I would have been a long term member!

Comment by itonisolutions says:

The theme generator is great but customer support terrible. I have numerous errors and will not get support. Only after I wrote saying I will make a claim back with PayPal did Juan reply saying is was a WordPress error only! I would not recommend them!

Comment by WebDesignShock says:

[email protected]… you stumbled upon, (yeah, I think you work there, but…), No, you are wrong, we invite you to try first, it’s not only to make changes to premade templates, you can play with 1000 design elements, including menus, boxes, patterns, backgrounds, buttons, badges, and more. and play with several layout positions and unlimited widget areas nthat you can create dinamically, and also upload your own designs, we have recceived TONS of positive feedback from our customers, so invite readers to try and decide. 

Comment by WebDesignShock says:

[email protected], someone from lubith is here, No, is not only to make changes to premade templates, you are worng, you can play with more than 1000 predesigned elements, and even upload your own designs, I simply invite readers to try both and decide which one is better :)

Comment by Val2138 says:

I stumbled upon a similar WP theme generator, it’s called Lubith. It has a click- select- edit option, very user-friendly and very interactive. IT give you the possibility to change/resize?move elements of the layout (including padding), it has a great typography tool ( > 400 web-safe fonts with additional settings like word/lettern spacing, line hight, opacity and drop shadow). It’s very useful if you want to make a highly original theme – as I can see it, WordPress Theme Generator only allows you to make changes to pre-made templates, all you can do is make look-alike templates.

Comment by Kevin Muldoon says:

[email protected] you liked the review. I’m looking forward to see more features added. The ability to save designs publicly is sure to help the service become popular.

Comment by WebDesignShock says:

Kevin, thank you for this complete review, yes, post formats haven’t been included, but we are working everyday to include more and more features, and that’s the magic behind the theme generator, you can create your design and save it, and if you come back 2 months later and download your theme, it will be loaded with all the new and upcoming features.
have a good one !

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