Themes and Plugins

The power of WordPress is in the community and the ability to extend WordPress through the use of themes and plugins.  (*note that plugins can only be used in sites, not  In no means is this meant to be a complete listing of all themes and plugins, but it will give you a starting point from some of the largest premium WordPress services.



DIYThemes — Home to the Thesis framework, DIYThemes provides theme options starting at $87.

Elegant Themes — A premium theme shop that sells individual yearly memberships for $39 per year. Developers can purchase a developers membership for slightly more.

WooThemes — Woo Themes is one of the largest theme shops.  They sell theme packages starting at $70.  In addition, they have plugins that are designed to work specifically with their themes.  Their most recent addition to the WordPress space includes WooCommerce, ecommerce plugins for WordPress.

StudioPress — StudioPress is the author of Genesis (one of the most commonly used frameworks for WordPress).  Pricing for Genesis Framework and one child theme start at $79.95.


Plugins — One of the best places for plugins comes from the WordPress repository.  You can access the repository by going straight to or you can also access it from within the WordPress dashboard.

“Gravity Forms” by rocketgenius — There are many great premium plugins out there, but Gravity Forms is one of my favorites.  This paid plugin allows you to customize and extend online forms on a site.  Check them out.  They are very user friendly and can be customized. They are widely regarded as one of the best plugins in the WordPress community.

Backup Buddy — This premium plugin is a must have for backing up your WordPress website.  Pricing starts at $75.   This is money well spent for peace of mind.

*Please note for the purpose of transparency, some of these links are affiliate links, however, I am only an affiliate for services that I stand behind 100% and use for my own site.

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