20 Specialty WordPress Themes

One of the primary reasons that WordPress is the platform of choice for most bloggers is the incredible variety of themes that are available for its users. With thousands of existing free and premium themes to choose from (and plenty of designers willing to create custom themes), there is no need to settle for a one-size-fits-all solution.

There are a growing number of specialty WordPress themes available that have been designed for specific industries or for specific types of websites. These specialty themes in combination with the CMS capabilities of WordPress provide businesses, website owners, and bloggers new and improved opportunities to quickly and easily build and manage an effective website with substantially lower costs than just about any other option.

As WordPress continues to become a more popular choice for content management and users become more familiar with all of the possibilities, I believe specialty themes will only become even more common and higher quality.

In this post I’d like to take a look at 20 specialty WordPress themes that can help users to accomplish a very specific purpose with their website or blog. Some of these themes are free and others are premium. In many cases, you will still need a bit of customization to suit your needs and to help your site stand out a bit, but these themes give you a great foundation.

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SPORTS THEMES

Revolution Sports Theme – Brian Gardner is one of the most well-known WordPress theme designers, and rightfully so. His Revolution line of premium themes includes one that is specially designed for sports-related content. The single-use license for this theme costs $79.95.


Revolutions Sports Theme

Template Xtreme – If you want a theme for any sports team, they will create one for you for $30.

Template Xtreme

Sk4t3 – This free theme features a grunge-style design that is intended for skateboarding and other extreme sports.

Sk4t3

REAL ESTATE THEMES

Cory Miller’s Premium Real Estate Theme – Real estate agents can show off their listings with this premium theme for $59.95.

Cory Miller's Real Estate Theme

Real Estate Appraisal Theme – This free theme is intended for the industry of real estate appraisal.

Appraisal Theme

MICROBLOGGING THEME

Prologue – This free theme was recently released from the people at Automattic. It is ideal for a group of people who need to be able to communicate brief messages while working in various locations.

Prologue Theme

NEWS AND MAGAZINE THEMES

Revolution News – Another piece of Brian Gardner’s Revolution line, the news theme is flexible enough to use for just about any type of news site. A single-use license costs $79.95.

Revolution News Theme

Morning After – This free theme is attractive and has plenty of features for a magazine or news-style website.

Morning After

Premium News – Another premium option for news sites, a single-use license for this theme will cost $99.95.

Premium News Theme

Mimbo – Darren Hoyt offers Mimbo, a clean, basic magazine theme that allows users to apply their own customizations. Darren will soon be releasing a premium version that is more styled. More importantly, the theme gets its name from Seinfeld, so you know it has to be good.

Mimbo

WP Magazine Theme – This premium theme is currently selling for$79 for a single-use license.

WP Magazine Theme

Branford Magazine Theme – Another quality option for free magazine themes, Branford features a clean and attractive look.

Branford Magazine

CHURCH THEME

Delta – This free theme is the only decent-looking church theme that I could find (not counting a Revolution rip-off that charges more than double the price of Revolution).

Delta Theme

PHOTOBLOG THEMES

Neshita – A free theme that allows the emphasis to stay on the photos.

Neshita Theme

Nautilus – Another simple and free option for photoblogs.

Nautilus Theme

PhotoPress – A free photoblog theme from Performancing.

PhotoPress Theme

Photo Blog – A dark theme, free theme.

Photo Blog Theme

CAR THEME

Ferrari Theme – This free theme shows that specialty themes exist for just about anything you could possibly want.

Ferrari Theme

CSS GALLERY THEMES

Showcase – If you are interested in starting your own CSS gallery, this premium theme offers 8 different layouts and 5 different color schemes. A single-use license costs $70.

Showcase Theme

CSS Gallery Theme – This free theme is another option for starting a CSS Gallery.

CSS Gallery Theme

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  • Goal Setting College, February 11, 2008

    These are some marvellous selections. I particularly liked BrandfordMagazine. If I hadn’t bought mine already, I’ll definitely go for that theme. Especially since it’s free!

    Thanks Steven.

    Cheers,
    Ellesse

  • Vandelay Design, February 11, 2008

    Ellesse,
    I think your theme looks great as it is. Revolution is never a bad choice. And thanks for the stumble.

  • Dwayne Charrington, February 11, 2008

    Thanks for the themes. You highlighted my choices for using wordpress as my blogging platform. The ability to download a lot of great quality themes and plugins.

    I was going to code a blogging engine from scratch but what’s the point when you have WordPress which gets the job done nicely?

    - Dwayne Charrington.
    http://www.dwaynecharrington.com

  • Aurelius Tjin, February 11, 2008

    The themes are very well done. Thanks for sharing all these. I have bookmarked your site. :)

  • ma7moud, February 12, 2008

    very Well
    but i look for a job board theme
    :)

  • Freelance Writing, February 12, 2008

    While looking for a new theme to use on my personal branded site I came across the Branford theme myself. I love it and I reckon it will look just neat to showcase myself to potential clients.

    Besides, I can only vouch the highest for Brian Gardener’s themes as I’m using the Magazine one myself.

    Monika

  • James Chartrand - Men with Pens, February 12, 2008

    We used Brian’s Revolution Magazine theme for our new site at Men with Pens, and we’ve had some rave reviews on it. Customizing it to our tastes was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had.

    Plus, we did a rockin’ job ;)

  • David Airey, February 12, 2008

    Excellent selection, Steven. Bookmarked and all the rest of it.

  • Tomash, February 12, 2008

    Thank you so much! My old theme was getting … well, old and You just provided me with the change I needed. The Morning After theme really caught my eye.

  • wpjoy, February 12, 2008

    new Premium but FREE Real Estate them on wpjoy.com

  • Vandelay Design, February 12, 2008

    Dwayne,
    I agree. Building a blog from scratch isn’t really worth the time, and you’ll have plenty of options with WP.

    ma7moud,
    I’m not aware of any job board themes, but there may be one out there.

    Monika,
    I agree. Branford is a nice theme and so are Brian’s.

    James,
    Your theme looks really good.

  • Matthew Griffin, February 12, 2008

    Wow! Impressive list, Steven. I’ll definitely be bookmarking it.

  • Vandelay Design, February 12, 2008

    Thanks Matt.

  • Jon - FreelanceFolder, February 12, 2008

    Hey Steven, nice finds :)
    I’ve been playing around with the Prologue theme, and it’s pretty cool, might use it (or something similar) on FF eventually.

  • Tom Beaton, February 13, 2008

    Some really great usable themes there! Thanks for pointing them all out.

  • Vandelay Design, February 13, 2008

    Hey Jon,
    I thought about using the Prologue theme here to try to add a community feature. At the moment it’s not going to happen, but I think it could be cool on FF.

  • Moucki, February 14, 2008

    Vandelay, I always think that YOUR blog theme looks great ! Every time I come here to read your posts my eyes thank my brain for having chosen your blog. :-)
    I assume you created it ?

  • Ruchir Chawdhry, February 14, 2008

    I really like Revolution and the sports theme. Brian Gardner really rules. Hey Steven, why not come up with a list of the best magazine type themes?

  • Vandelay Design, February 14, 2008

    Mouki,
    Thanks for the compliment. Yes, the theme is customized from the default Kubrick theme.

    Ruchir,
    I have thought about that. Maybe it will happen. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • JONxBLAZE, February 19, 2008

    These are well designed themes, check out my blog to see my custom made WordPress Theme.

  • Illinois bowling alley, March 10, 2008

    love the ferrari theme

  • reg gordon, March 12, 2008

    Revolution Sports Theme is as it says ‘insanely customizeable’ (but spelt proper) Im hacking mine up as we speak
    http://www.thedailypunt.com

  • Abhishek, April 30, 2008

    Hi! thanks for providing these layouts they are really attractive. After watching these blogs I feel like having different blogs and use each of these layouts in them. I think blogs are a good way to enhance your web marketing skills as you can experiment with colors,layouts etc. Blog does improve your creativity and i enjoy blogging.

  • Rajesh Roy, May 1, 2008

    Hi! Thanks for providing such a attractive list of themes. Having a eye catchy layout does help your business do well.

  • mercurythread, June 19, 2008

    Cheers for listing the gallery themes. I’ve been searching through Google for these and the two you’ve listed look like they could be just the ticket. I am leaning towards the CSS Gallery theme just now but will keep looking to see if I can find one even better.

  • Vandelay Design, June 19, 2008

    Eric,
    Thanks for the additional link.

    Mercury,
    I’ve toyed around with the gallery theme a little bit and it’s pretty cool. It’s a fairly bare bones look, which is nice if you want to customize it a bit.

  • Effendy lie, July 1, 2008

    Thanks for this great resources, bookmarked your site! Well-done!

  • OYUNKES, July 8, 2008

    The themes are very well done. Thanks for sharing all these. I have bookmarked your site. :)

  • OYUNKES, July 13, 2008

    Great theme. I gave it a testrun and encountered a small problem. In the featured content carousel are five

  • Burak Önal, July 25, 2008

    Excellent selection, Steven. Bookmarked and all the rest of it.

  • webstigma, July 26, 2008

    wow, great themes. i love it. nice selection.

  • Hulfitte, August 2, 2008

    It’s amazing

  • Brockerzz, September 8, 2008

    i dont think many people will be downloading the Patriots one anymore haha!

  • Bill Robbins, October 17, 2008

    If you are looking for specialized church themes that don’t look like a blog you can find some free ones at http://www.organizedthemes.com.

  • sports car pictures, October 23, 2008

    Wow !!! i was searching one theme like this one for my Sports Car blog.
    Good colection of WordPress sports themes

  • O Benim Başkanım, November 5, 2008

    cool themes :)

  • Bob, January 20, 2009

    Very attractive themes. The real estate appraisal is very clean

  • Will, January 29, 2009

    Hi

    I love all those themes

    They are all clean and well designed and laid out.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • fede, February 7, 2009

    I only want to say thankz for this themes!

  • Tom Duong, February 25, 2009

    The Revolution News theme is my favorite one. It looks very clean, yet flexible as well. Thanks for sharing this!

  • nazaar, February 26, 2009

    hello,
    do you have an 2 column sports themes that are adsense ready that is hip and trendy

  • Bihar, March 14, 2009

    Looking at some themes, its impossible to tell which ones are blogs. Some very good themes. Thanks for putting them together.

  • real estate, March 21, 2009

    The real estate theme looks very professional.

    Nice clean layout and easy to identify and use navigation.

    It’s superior at laeast in looks to many real estate agent sites I come across.

    I own 6 real estate sites myself and so I appreciate a nice clean theme when I see it. Well done!

  • kiteboards, March 24, 2009

    I love the skate theme but can’t access it now. Is there any alternate site for downloads? Thanks!

  • Waterman pens, April 1, 2009

    Woww, Thank you brother . Very good theme .

  • John Seymour, April 6, 2009

    Very nice themes thanks

  • Brian Dickerson, April 8, 2009

    Cool post! I’ll bookmark this page and wish to share it to all my friends and clients.

  • IPL, April 16, 2009

    I am looking for Sports Themes collection… Any helpful link?

  • real estate in australia, April 16, 2009

    Has anyone in here come across a decent user friendly directory listing plugin for wp?

    By that I mean something which sets out categories for adding paid and free links in exchange for requiring a reciporovcal link ie a wordpress directory site

    Andrew
    Australia

  • Vandelay Design, April 16, 2009

    This is the only one I’m aware of – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/business-directory/

    At this point it doesn’t offer options for a paid directory.

  • Joachim, April 17, 2009

    Thanks for sharing! very nice themes.
    Joachim

  • Bali Web Design, April 27, 2009

    Nice Themes…Thanks For Sharing

  • Turkish Property Market, May 15, 2009

    Awesome themes! Very good and professional. Thanks for all of this.

  • Darin R., May 20, 2009

    I like the real estate appraisal theme. Where can it be purchased?

  • Vandelay Design, May 20, 2009

    Darin,
    That theme may not be available anymore, it seems to be a dead link. You can find a similar real estate theme here – http://themeforest.net/item/real-estate-theme/17730

  • Darin Redding, May 20, 2009

    V – Thanks for the link.

  • Affordable Website Design, June 29, 2009

    Great Themes. I used some of the themes as I develop websites in WordPress for some of my clients. I did encounter some problems with some of the themes. But overall the issues are easily resolved. My clients loved them and so will you. Thanks for the great info

  • The more simplistic.. the better!

  • Mike, July 9, 2009

    nice gallery theme

  • Roberto Sanchez, July 13, 2009

    I gave you guys a Stumble & a Delicious tag since I’m a particular fan of these ‘speciality’ themes. The Morning After may be a good choice for a solar site I’m designing.

    RobertO

  • Charlie Houston, July 25, 2009

    Hey thanks a lot for the inspiration! I really like the clean look of the Branson Magazine and will use it for a new site I am building. Keep up the good work bro.

  • Discount Electronics, September 26, 2009

    Very nice themes, thanks for your sharing!

  • Juan Ruiz, September 28, 2009

    thanks for the good list.

    I’m looking for an events template/theme for wordpress, and how to display “upcoming events”. Each event is treated as a post.

    If you have seen one theme like this, please let me know!

  • Marketing Meerkat, October 7, 2009

    Cool list, thanks for sharing :)

  • kinza, December 8, 2009

    Hi
    great list of premium tempalates, we should search very good be4 we decide to buy which one is fit for our blog, becouse there are hundreds of amazing templates over web or we can create one costum one for us.

    kinza

  • sana, December 13, 2009

    Hi
    Wow people are really getting creative on changing wordpress around from a blogging platform. Im guessing someday int he future we will use wordpress for everything online! Just activate the plugin you want are your done.
    sana

  • Davis Carlos, January 3, 2010

    Thanks for the themes

  • ahmedir, January 6, 2010

    great theme, we have build our own ecommerce style theme for wordpress as well, this is great post I found very good and professional work.
    Thanks

  • Taha Khan, April 23, 2010

    this is the best theme collection i have ever saw great collection man and i relly like the sport theme

  • Ronny, May 2, 2010

    Hi,

    nice Themes, thanks for this post :)

  • san diago Insurance, May 19, 2010

    hey great collection, i really liked the DELTA theme ,looks a very neat and light theme,exactly what i was looking for ,thanx a million

  • Jay, June 30, 2010

    nice :) keep on adding more themes!!

  • Steve, July 20, 2010

    The them names ‘The Morning After’ is a broken link. Any idea where I can find it please?

  • Jack, September 4, 2010

    There’s a new NFL football theme for WordPress too! http://themeforest.net/item/premium-football-32-in-1/122603

  • Ryan Crozier, October 7, 2010

    Nice! These themes rock!

  • Richard Cummings, November 11, 2010

    Thanks for this report on subject related WordPress themes. I was searching for “sports” related themes and I like the first choice here. Cheers, Richard

  • max, November 28, 2010

    good themes but a few years old. Nevertheless, thanks for sharing :)

  • Ghillie Suit HQ, December 2, 2010

    I still use the Mimbo theme on alot of my sites. Some theme are good forever.

  • web design hull, January 4, 2011

    Nice collection of themes here, definitely a few I could use… Thanks for sharing.

  • psp2, January 17, 2011

    These are some of the most mind blowing themes i have ever seen

  • lowongan kerja, January 25, 2011

    thank…I love the sk4t3

    keep post another theme

  • manele de manele, January 26, 2011

    Hey thanks a lot for the inspiration! I really like the clean look of the Branson Magazine and will use it for a new site I am building. Keep up the good work bro.

  • Mr Pixel, March 23, 2011

    Wow, nice collection, i had purchased “Premium News” and i think i had done a great thing

  • Joel Bauer, May 31, 2011

    I am looking for event themes, I have found a couple, but nothing has been great….your custom themes are great, but still not what I am looking for. Please email me event themes if you know of some – THANKS!

  • Steve C., June 21, 2011

    As I am searching for themes I found your site and it gave me such wonderful ideas. There are lots of themes available and you can choose some that suits your personality. You have a pretty good collection. Hope you’ll share more. Thanks!