Not a graphic designer? Not a problem. Not tech savvy? Not a problem. Every day Nick and the rest of the crew over at Elegant Themes are working to help make your WordPress sites simple to create and looking fantastic.
I have been a member of Elegant Themes for the past three years and each year it gets better and better. I have no regrets and I have no need to go anywhere else.
What Does Elegant Themes Have to Offer?
At Elegant Themes you don't have to scroll through hundreds of pages to find a theme you kind of like and shell out $50 only to find out a week later that you really don't care for it. At Elegant Themes you get the entire package. You get instant access to every theme that Nick has ever made. You can also count on one or two new themes to be added each month.
You can also rest assured that all the themes have been updated to work with the most recent version of WordPress.
Behind the scenes you'll be very impressed by the ePanel. This is where the magic happens. This is where you can manipulate the code without ever having to learn or touch a bit of coding. If you want to add Google Analytics to your site, just paste the code into the Google Analytics Code box and click Save. That's it. If you want to change the color scheme of your website, just select the new color from the drop-down box and click Save.
Everything from navigation to layout to ads and even SEO can all be controlled from the ePanel.
Another great feature that has been added since I became a member is Shortcodes. These are handy little tags that you can place around text to give your page some extra flair and an air of professionalism. Most of these Shortcodes can also be added with the click of a button.
The Shortcodes allow you to create button, boxes, image sliders, tabbed content, testimonials, pricing tables, columns, and more. I never have to worry about designing new elements to fit my site. All the options I ever need are right at my fingertips.
Elegant Themes also offers great support. I have heard reports of slow reply times (although I personally have never had a problem with this), but with over 160,000 members and only a handful of staff members, there's only so much they can do. Many times your question has already been asked and answered in the forum, so that's a good place to start.
So How Much Does It Cost?
The big question is always about the price. Thankfully, at Elegant Themes, that's not something you have to worry about.
As of January 2013 you can get all 80 themes for a measly $39. This $39 will give you a one year membership to Elegant Themes. During this one year I would expect to see at least 20 new themes released. This would mean that for $39 you get 100 themes.
The best part is that even if you decide to cancel your membership after one year, you get to keep all the themes you downloaded. You can keep using all these themes forever. I have never seen anyone else make an offer like this.
Elegant Themes has been my source of WordPress themes for the past three years and I can tell you now that I will be renewing my membership next year.