Types of Themes on the WP Repository
Themes on the WP Repository usually have 2 types: Free completely and Free + Premium (Freemium)
Completely Free themes
This theme is developed a free version for users by the developers, without ads, without the link to introduce paid upgrades.
In fact, they did not provide the paid version.
According to completely free themes, many themes are fully integrated features and have the most customization capabilities by the author.
These themes are developed for non-commercial purposes – although some themes may have a Donate section – if users want to contribute a little to thank the author.
Many developers offer the Free version on the WP Repository, but it has only a few features.
In parallel, they offer a Premium version (paid) with more powerful features.
If users like the design of the Free version, but they want more professional features, they must buy the Premium version on the author’s own page (or on the theme markets).
One of the best free themes of this type is:
- Phlox (Averta – ThemeForest – currently, it is the best Elementor theme – with JupiterX)
- Hestia (ThemeIsle) …
- Schema Lite (Mythemeshop)
- Socially Viral Free (Mythemeshop)
- Kava (Crocoblock – Zemez)
Themes For Page Builder
When the popular SEO theme – GeneratePress was born, they pioneered to provide a slightly different form of Freemium: the theme is completely free, but it can expand many powerful features through addons (actually, plugins provide pro features to the theme).
Keeping the completely free theme and providing the Premium version of the plugin (addons/extension) makes the theme development be more flexible, and theme users can add features that they like, they must not use the “premium” plugin from the author.
Users also have the option of using some Premium features by not installing or not enabling unnecessary addons/extensions.
This form of modern Freemium is becoming the trend of the theme development community.
We can see many big-name brands learned from it such as GeneratePress, WP Astra, OceanWP, Page Builder Framework, Customify,etc …
The characteristic of new Premium themes is that they are built for use with Page Builder – it is obvious that it allows users to flexibly expand the design by using the Page Builder what they like that is on a light theme and is Highly compatible.
The best freemium themes of this type are:
- Page Builder Framework
These themes are well compatible with most of popular Page Builders, especially with Elementor – it is Page Builder which is the best in the world in the last 2 years!