If you are a photographer building a blog, it is important that the layout you choose allows you to display your work in the best possible way. A great digital portfolio will make you look professional and help you grow your career. When choosing the theme for you blog, make sure it is easy to navigate, responsive to any device and able to display your work in high quality. There is a multitude of WordPress themes out there to choose from, ranging from minimalist to elaborate; and the theme you choose should reflect your personality as a photographer and fit the style of your work. To help you get started, here are a few examples of WordPress themes that work well for photographers.
A popular choice for photographers and visual artists, Photocrati provides you with everything you need to display your work with elegance and style. When you purchase a license, you have a choice of selecting one of 15 different WordPress theme styles, and then pairing them with a choice of four different gallery or home page styles to create a unique look. It is easy to switch to a new design, and you can always use the customization options to make the design your own. Photocrati is fully compatible with various mobile devices and makes selling your work easy through built-in e-commerce galleries. The theme costs $89 with an option of receiving a full refund within 30 days if you are not satisfied.
Agera is a full-screen theme that allows you to display your images in a grid, creating a modern and sophisticated look. Agera is easy to navigate as the header stays visible when the viewer scrolls through the images, and the animated footer allows your visitors to easily share your work on social media sites. You can set the color for each element and customize your site with the help of the easy-to-use custom admin panel. Agera is fully responsive and offers a shortcode wizard with live preview to make it even easier to manage your site. The regular license for this theme is $40.
DeepFocus offers a platform for an online gallery, as well as a traditional blog and a CMS-style homepage. You can choose from five different color schemes to best suit your style, while a fully responsive design ensures your blog can be viewed from any device. When you purchase the DeepFocus theme for $39, you also get 86 other themes included in the price. DeepFocus is easy to customize with an ePanel options panel, which allows you to adjust your layout, manage ads and control colors, among other options. This theme includes a variety of shortcodes and page templates to help make your site more functional and unique.
Memories is an elegant, minimalistic theme, perfect for photographers who want their work to do the talking. With Memories, you can host a gallery and a fully functional blog. Navigation is easy for your viewers thanks to a fully responsive design, and customization is made easy for you with such features as shortcodes, localization and custom menus. For the price of $39, you can download this theme and also receive full access to all other themes from CSSIgniter for a year.
Photo provides a clean and simple look with two homepage styles to choose from. This theme also offers a choice of three portfolio layouts and two blog layouts. You can choose from five custom post types, 11 custom page templates and 11 custom widgets, depending on what best fits the style of your work. It is fully responsive and retina ready. Among the multitude of other features, you get 50 built-in theme patterns and shortcodes, all for the price of $40.
Slash WP is a powerful and efficient theme for any photographer looking to build an online presence. It works as a portfolio, a photo gallery and a blog, and offers plenty of customization options to make your site unique. You can showcase both photos and videos via the portfolio page. You can also choose from several homepage templates, including a video homepage, a slideshow or a static-image page. The layout is fully responsive and extremely easy to navigate, and your photos display beautifully, letting the work stand out. Slash WP offers two portfolio layouts, as well as an option to showcase all your photographs together in one gallery or break them into albums. You can purchase a regular license to this theme for $45.
This neat and unique theme offers a drag-and-drop template builder that allows you to display all kinds of content in any way you choose. You can select from a carousel, filter or load more buttons, or sort your posts by date or popularity. Tripod provides two layouts, a full-width one or a layout with sidebar, and allows you to enable mosaic, grid, thumbnail or list view. You can also customize each post via a template builder. Among other useful options is a built-in “like” tool to help your visitors keep track of their favorite photos while helping you understand what photos are the most popular. Other features include Facebook comments, sidebars, widgets and a fully responsive design. You can download Tripod for $55.
Keres offers a fully responsive, gorgeous and user-friendly layout to display your work. It has 10 gallery and three portfolio templates to choose from. You can customize the color of the elements on your site using the color and skin manager. The advanced theme admin lets you manage the sidebar and typography, and set up your theme’s logo. Keres makes it easy to incorporate social media with your site thanks to the AddThis plugin, which allows you to share your gallery or blog posts on the most popular social networks. Keres also features a full-screen slideshow option for your photo gallery, a multitude of shortcodes and an unlimited sidebar. The regular license for Keres is $45.
With its modern and unique look, this theme is perfect for photographers with a bit of an edge. It features a full-width background image and a handy filmstrip at the bottom for easy browsing. This theme is simple to navigate and customize, and has a fully responsive design. Invictus provides a full-screen image and video gallery to help your work’s quality take center stage. You can choose from a black or white skin for your main color scheme, while the extensive options panel allows you to control and customize colors, fonts and sizes of your page elements. Extremely flexible, this theme offers just about anything a photographer needs for the cost of $45.
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