I’m not always looking for the most customizable theme in the world, depending on how much I want to spend and whether or not the initial theme is good enough for what I’m trying to do. However, wouldn’t it be nice if you could simply take a single theme and use it over and over again for your client sites and even for the websites you manage yourself?
When themes or theme frameworks provide total customization, such as color changes, custom widgets and powerful shortcodes, you don’t really need to keep buying new themes for your clients. You also have the ability to make every single one of your sites look and respond completely different, depending on what you’re trying to achieve.
Are you looking for the ultimate customization at a reasonable price? Let’s take a look at the best options for you.
Divi WordPress Theme
The Divi WordPress theme is one of the hottest themes online right now. Bloggers, website owners and reviewers are going crazy about this theme, and all of the praise is justified, because you can complete just about any customization possible with Divi.
To start, this theme comes with something called the Divi Builder, which is a frontend customization system so you never have to touch a single line of code. Just drag and drop your components throughout the website and see all your changes in real time.
The Divi theme also comes with 18 premade layouts, so the customization already gets started right out of the box. The drag and drop builder comes with unique modules for adding custom items such as pricing tables, testimonials, contact forms, and more. The true customization comes into play with the module options, where you can change details for every single module.
Themify Builder Drag & Drop WordPress Framework
The Themify framework provides some solid customization options, as long as you add it with any one of the company’s themes.
You can check out all of the Themify features here, but in terms of customization, I enjoy the drag and drop editor, as usual. The styling panel lets you control every single aspect of your theme. So, if you want to change the color of a single button, go for it. If you would rather modify your footer styles, change things up without touching a single line of code.
The widgets and shortcodes also add a layer of customization that makes for a beautiful framework, regardless of the template you choose.
The Weblizar theme is one of the few free themes I would recommend as a true customization option. It’s a simple and lightweight theme that works on just about any device due to its responsive design. You can go into the theme and use one of the four page layouts, two page templates, five widgets or even the column modifier.
In short, there’s lots of stuff packed into this little theme, so if you need some solid customization for a small business website without breaking the bank, I’d at least try this out before looking elsewhere.
The Salient WordPress theme is one of those themes with extensive design options, starting with both box and wide layouts, unlimited colors and a nice little shortcode generator to make things easier on those who need to duplicate similar designs throughout a single website.
The Salient theme comes with a tailored version of visual composer, making it even easier for you to drag and drop your components and understand exactly what’s going on. The theme comes with over 600 fonts, and you can create an unlimited amount of combinations between fonts, colors and page layouts.
Any StudioPress Theme with Genesis Framework
I use the Genesis framework on a few of my sites, similar to many of the top bloggers in the world. Genesis is reminiscent of the Themify framework, but I’ve always found that Genesis has a little more documentation online, making it easier for me to understand the system.
The reason I put Genesis on this list is because you can basically choose any child theme from StudioPress, and pair it with the Genesis Parent theme to make a super-customizable theme. If you have no idea what a framework is, feel free to check out our guide here.
X | The Theme
X | The Theme has one of my favorite names and builds for a WordPress theme. The theme comes with quite a few very powerful free extensions, and it’s packaged with multiple designs that are completely different from each other.
This way, you can just buy a single theme in order to make four or five of your sites look completely different with just a few clicks. This is the fastest selling theme of all time on Envato, so they might be onto something here.
Thesis from DIY Themes is the ultimate design and template manager for WordPress. You can drag and drop multiple skins onto your theme for a completely customized design leading to a well-tuned masterpiece. I particularly enjoy the built-in site tools for things like SEO, branding and more.
The Thesis theme also includes point and click add-on functionality so you never have to dig into your site code to make any changes. This is wonderful for both beginners and advanced users, since no one should have to spend additional time on tasks that don’t require it.
The Customizr theme is a viable option, since you don’t have to pay a dime and the download counts and reviews are actually quite positive. The theme works on all devices and browsers, and you receive some nice customization features by going to Appearance > Customize > Design in your WordPress dashboard.
The modular code isn’t always the best for beginners, but it presents some nice customization opportunities for more experienced designers who want to work with hooks.
The Enfold theme features some nice customization options such as the ability to have 3D or 2D slideshows. You can play around with unlimited colors and layouts, helping you use the same template for as many websites as you want.
The theme comes with tons of shortcodes so you don’t have to touch that code, and the multiple blog and header designs are essential for any type of business.
Dynamic News Lite
Dynamic News Lite is one of the slickest free WordPress themes I’ve ever stumbled upon, and that’s probably because it’s a watered down version of a premium theme.
That said, this magazine theme works well for changing up the bold fonts and moving around the page templates. You’ll notice that the theme comes with various widgets and modules to move around and design just about any type of homepage you can think of.
Builder WordPress Theme Framework
The Builder tool from iThemes is another framework, and the customization is just wonderful when you pair the framework with any one of the iThemes themes. It all starts with the layout editor, a place where you can move around modules to design items like content areas, navigation, headers and more.
The uDesign theme provides a stunning seven sliders for you to play around with and really figure out how your content looks best on the homepage.
The backgrounds uploader can make any site look completely changed within just a few seconds, and the unlimited color variations are perfect for branding your business website. Build whatever you want with the drag and drop editor, and don’t forget that the theme comes with a sortable portfolio.
That’s about it for the best WordPress themes that can be totally customized. If you have any questions or customization tips once you purchase these themes, feel free to drop a line in the comments section below. I tried to include a few free and premium WordPress themes to ensure everyone gets something out of this article. If you have any other highly customizable themes, let me know.