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The 8 Best WordPress Themes for Small Business Websites

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A well-designed website can serve as a powerful marketing tool. These days, creating one for a small business is not distressing or expensive at all. However, it was just a few short years ago.

Today, you can take advantage of the features provided by the best WordPress themes. There are special themes for small business-oriented websites. It’s not difficult to find a website-building theme that matches a specific business. This can be a startup, a service provider, or some other venture.

You undoubtedly want nothing but the best business theme, right? Check out those described below. Each possesses functional designs loaded with amazing features. They will help you create a thoroughly engaging website to promote a business.

1. Be Theme

We’ll start with Be Theme, a responsive, multipurpose WordPress theme that takes every small business need into account with its more than 370 pre-built websites. There’s a multiplicity of small business WordPress themes in this pre-built website collection — each one embedded with the functionality you need to establish an effective online presence, and fully customizable to meet your business and marketing needs.

The range of business niches covered is impressive, With more pre-built websites being added every month it’s destined to become even more so. Web designers like Be Theme because it allows them to create a website for most small business types in as little as four hours.

Clients appreciate the rapid turnaround they receive and the ease in which changes or additions they have in mind can be accommodated.

Be Theme, one of the best WordPress themes for small business websites is a ThemeForest top 5 best seller whose core features include easy to work with page-building tools, a multiplicity of design features and options, and great support.

2. Astra

Astra is fast, fully customizable, and one of the best WordPress themes for business websites as well as for blogs and personal portfolios. Built with SEO in mind, Astra is responsive and WooCommerce ready — mandatory features in today’s online business environment. Its capabilities are easily extendible with premium addons and Astra can be used with most of the popular page builders. This free WP-based theme is definitely worth considering.

3. The100

A theme selected for WordPress for small businesses can be free or it can be a premium theme requiring an expenditure on your behalf. There are several excellent free themes on the market, and one of them is The100. While it is advertised as having premium-like features, bear in mind that free themes like this one generally can’t compete with premium themes. Nevertheless, The100 is an easy-to-use WP theme that features a multiplicity of layouts and plenty of customization options.

4. Uncode – Creative Multiuse WordPress Theme

Uncode has proven to be one of the best WordPress themes for business websites. It’s a multipurpose theme featuring 30+ homepage concepts designed to get designers and their clients off to a fast start on any small business website. Features include an enhanced version of the popular Visual Composer page builder, and an Adaptive Images System that enables mobile users to see what you want and expect them to see.

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How to Use a Pre-built Website to Refresh a Website’s Look

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There are a host of websites out there sorely in need of an update. Designers can do so by incorporating one or more of the current web design trends. Current trends involve everything from upgrading color schemes to reorganizing design content.

It can be a long and laborious task, something most web designers would prefer to avoid. The same designers are also leery of quick fixes, out of fear they will compromise the quality of their work.

BeTheme provides a fast and easy way to redesign a website. It offers a selection of more than 350 pre-built website designs. These templates can be customized to satisfy a business’s need for a website. The finished site will have an up-to-date look and feel, having many of the necessary changes already built in.

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There’s more than one way to quickly redesign an outdated website. It is possible to transform it into an up-to-date award winner. You can do so by using a pre-built website as a starting point. Here are 7 approaches to pick and choose from. They are accompanied by pre-built website examples to illustrate the possibilities.

Express Redesign #1: Make a run-of-the-mill website more dynamic

A dynamic homepage makes it much easier to capture a visitor’s attention. It helps to convince them to stay around awhile. Most visitors decide whether to stay or leave within about 3 seconds. If you can keep a visitor engaged for longer than that, you have a potential customer. A dynamic homepage stokes a visitor’s curiosity and a desire to see what surprises lie ahead. This can be achieved with a striking image, a video, or an animation.

Hint: If you use a video make sure the Play button is front and center.

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BeSportsman

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BeGame

Express Redesign #2: Refresh the color scheme & bring it up to date

This is usually an easy fix and it can carry with it a big impact by dramatically changing a website’s look and feel. A new color scheme can play a big role in helping a business meet the goals.

A pre-built website makes refreshing the color scheme easy. Its colors will be in line with existing industry or business trends.

Hint: While you’re at it, use plenty of white space. It makes a website look up to date and allows the colors to stand out.

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BeApp3

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BeTea2

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BeGsmService

Express Redesign #3: Reorganize the website’s content architecture

Many older websites are in need of a total architectural overhaul. Finding the right balance when attempting to combine text with images is never easy. This is unless you’re working with a pre-built website. Such a website can take into account much of what needs to be done. As you can see from the following examples they do a great job of attracting and engaging visitors.

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BeJournalist

Express Redesign #4: Incorporate large, eye-catching visuals

A good first step toward giving a website a new, refreshing look is to start with the homepage. Adding a large, stunning visual is often all it takes to entice a visitor to stick around and explore the site. Adding the needed imagery can be done in seconds. These three pre-built websites demonstrate that the results can be outstanding.

BeDigital is an example of using a fascinating 3D still that’s impossible to ignore.

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BeTheme: The WordPress Theme that Follows the Latest Design Trends

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2018 may be one of the greatest years yet for web design and web designers. There are web designers who are looking to stay relevant by keeping up with the latest trends. They certainly have their work cut out for them. After all, it takes some time to get acquainted and comfortable with new trends. It also takes more time to find ways to incorporate them into website designs.

To make things worse, the latest trends have succeeded in raising the competitive bar. They have made the designer’s work just that much more difficult.

Fortunately, there is a WordPress theme that has kept up with the latest in design. Here are examples of the 8 most stunning trends. BeTheme has incorporated them into their more than 330 pre-built websites.

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8 Creative Design Trends BeTheme has Already Put to Use

Design Trend #1: Illustration & Graphic Art

Custom art is currently all the rage in web design – and it doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon. Eye-catching vintage watercolor illustrations have caught on. They bring that sense of nostalgia that makes people feel relaxed and comfortable.

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Notice the use of bold fonts (complete with serifs in the second example). It attracts attention without detracting from the illustrations.

Design Trend #2: Light, Shadow & Smoke

Playing with lights and shadows has always been a popular web design technique. When you add smoke to the mix the design trend takes on a whole new look with a different vibe, especially when it comes to music and dance.

The right mix of light, shadow, and smoke lead to a soft, romantic look:

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Or a something a bit more dramatic:

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Or a perfect combination of sultry and classy…

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Design Trend #3: Gradients aka Color Transitions

Gradients are hot. Even hotter than last year’s use of bold colors. Gradients, or color transitions, work especially well with pastel colors. When they are allowed to clash with other design trends, the results can be surprising.

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Design Trend #4: 3D “Moving” Stills

Creating a 3D “moving” still can be tough, but when done right it can be a genuine eye-catcher. Maybe it’s because the illusion of the movement often attracts us more than movement itself. Here’s a pair of examples where you can see the results for yourself – a 3D image that appears to flow.

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BeDigital

There’s so much you can do with images like this. Give them any texture, play with light and shadow, make use of gradients or negative space. 3D moving stills combine nicely with many of the other trends to produce unique results.

Design Trend #5: 2018 Still Life

Still life has been popular for a long time. It’s a trend that could likely go on forever, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon. The most popular form of modern still life is – you guessed it – 3D.

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You can also use photography (or a 3D-photo combo). Here’s a pair of examples that make extraordinary use of white space:

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Check Out the #1 WordPress Page Builder

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Finding just the right WordPress website builder takes time – lots of it — and you also need to know what to look for, which can require a research skillset that would make Sherlock Holmes proud.

What you all too often run into, however, are these tradeoffs:

  • A website builder may have the features you need, but the quality of its overall design leaves something to be desired.
  • Or you find yourself having to clean up messy code, even though “no coding skills needed” was advertised.
  • Or you spend hours working out the details of a special feature your client insists on.

Your search will be much easier and quicker if you simply settle for #1.

How do you know Elementor is #1? It’s more than 600,000 users will tell you so. Elementor’s many special features were created with professional web designers and developers in mind.

Do yourself a big favor, and check out Elementor.

Why Elementor?

Elementor was created with the intent of making WordPress website building a painless and effortless task, without ever being constrained by a theme’s design. Its authors also wanted to ensure that you’d never have to write code to get a design to look precisely as you want it. That translates into providing you with all the design flexibility you are ever going to need.

As a result, all your design work is done on the front-end. You have total customization control over your layouts and full access to whatever design features or elements you require.

Plus, you’ll be creating and viewing the results in real time.

And it’s just going to get better. The 2.0 version of this WordPress page builder will gradually be released over the course of this year, and you can expect the already large customer base to increase by leaps and bounds as new and improved features surface.

Some clients don’t really know what they want, and you need to lend them a helping hand. Others are quite creative and may present you with some real challenges. With this #1 website builder at your fingertips, you can easily take on either type with ease.

What Makes Elementor #1?

Elementor has only been on the market a little more than 2 years. It can be tough to achieve #1 status in that short a time, but that is exactly what this WordPress website builder has accomplished.

Where does this WordPress page builder excel? Home pages, landing pages, online shops, portfolios – you name it. There are no limits. You can switch themes at will to produce whatever you want. You can save your designs for future use, and access them whenever you need to.

You might be saying to yourself “That’s good, but what are some of the features that made Elementor #1 on the market?”

Total Layout Customization

Total layout customization beats out “some” customization and “high” customization every time.

Instead of customizing to the point where you hit a brick wall, Elementor gives you extended control over section features like height, width, column size and position, padding, margins, and gaps. The result is an attractive cleanly structured design.

An Impressive Template Library

This WordPress page builder’s beautiful design templates cover a wide variety of industries, niches, and special needs. You can work with one or several of these pre-designed templates.

You can also start from scratch and design a page yourself. When you do so, you can save it and add it to your library for later use. Your templates can also be imported or exported to share with other designers or used on other websites.

40 Cool Elements Come with the Package

This Elements package includes advanced widgets such as Google Maps and Carousel. The large selection of customizable widgets is guaranteed to add both flexibility and fun to your design work.

It is these widgets that enable you to create layouts down to the minutest of details without having to resort to code. How else could you adjust the spacing inside a progress bar without writing the code yourself?

Elementor also allows you to automatically include your preferred widgets and plugins, another area that allows you to avoid code.

A 110% Responsive Design?

That’s not quite true, but this WordPress site builder’s design team did put in a 110% effort to ensure 100% responsiveness. Since anything less than 100% was unacceptable, your pages will render flawlessly on any device.

Device preview screens, percentage-based element widths, and device visibility control make sure this happens, and you can see it for yourself.

The Perfect Platform for Web Designers and Web Developers

The great thing about Elementor is that it’s praised by both web designers and web developers. Very few WordPress web builders can make that statement, and most of them ignore developers altogether.

Web designers like the freedom of being able to create pixel-perfect layouts without using CSS or coding. This WordPress site builder’s collection of 800+ Google fonts, 400+ icons, and exquisite color palettes are also designer’s favorites.

What web developers like is the freedom Elementor offers when customizing or extending a theme without constraints is required. If you’re a web developer you’ll certainly appreciate Elementor’s first-rate code, custom CSS, SEO optimization features, and the ability to incorporate third party widgets.

Elementor 2.0: The Best Keeps Getting Better

One piece of very good news: Elementor 2.0 is completely compatible with Gutenberg. Although the Gutenberg editor is currently still in beta, it will make design efforts much easier for WordPress users than the present visual editor WordPress users have long complained about.

Elementor 2.0’s features will be released gradually throughout the remainder of 2018. This will give users plenty of time to get acquainted with these new features as they are released, while resolving the WordPress issue.

The upcoming release schedule looks something like this:

  • Blocks: pre-designed layouts that will enable you to mix and match Section designs more quickly.
  • Header & Footer: a much awaited feature that will help you design a page in Elementor that includes the header and footer area.
  • The ability to create single posts and archive pages.
  • The ability to create customized search and 404 pages.
  • Vastly improved design control for WooCommerce shops, product pages and other eCommerce pages.
  • Role Manager: restrict client access to only change content, while preserving your website layout and design.
  • Wide-ranging developer support including many new options for plugin and theme developers who create Elementor extensions, and an extensive resource and tutorial center.
  • A brand-new process igniting dynamic content creation that includes an extensive integration of Advanced Custom Fields & Toolsets. It will blow your mind.

Why You Should Try The Best WordPress Website Builder Now

Elementor is not just another WordPress builder. It’s not even just another premium WordPress builder. Elementor stands alone, and you can tell it is so by the effort the team has expended on solving many of the perplexing issues users have had to face with most theme builders.

Although it’s the first completely free, open source page builder, and has garnered the #1 standing among WordPress website builders, the best is yet to come.

Check it out now, and you’ll soon be building pages faster and easier with the aid of new and improved features, super customizability, and your favorite widgets right at your fingertips. And, did we remember to mention that you’ll never have to write a line of code?

It’s free, so you’ve got nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain. Start saving your designs, reuse and share them, and have fun in the process. Check out the best WordPress page builder!

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