Back in the old days, creating a website was a $2,000 to $5,000 endeavor, which is a pretty big investment if you are a small green business, aspiring eco-entrepreneur or nonprofit that’s trying to minimize overhead and maximize program spend. However, the arrival of Web 2.0, open source technologies and blogging changed all that. WordPress, the world’s most popular blogging software, has democratized the web, allowing ordinary citizens to easily publish a blog and share their thoughts with the world, without having to depend on a web developer to help them make every single content update. With WordPress, entrepreneurs and small business owners don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a professionally designed website, especially since thousands of beautiful WordPress themes are available for free.
Given all the choices, how do you find the best WordPress theme for your site? The easiest way to find a green theme is to do a search in the WordPress Theme Directory and utilize their tag filter feature.
Unfortunately, all this filter does is show you any theme that has the color green in it. Digging through the results to find an attractive theme for your eco business can be extremely time consuming. Furthermore, most of the themes in the theme directory are really designed for blogs, and its hard to find website content management (CMS) templates in the mix. But fear not – I’m going to make this easier for you. Here’s a collection of 30 beautiful green wordpress themes, free and paid, for your website or blog.
After looking through hundreds of green themes, here are my top picks of WordPress CMS themes for green business, environmental nonprofits, and eco social entrepreneurs. Bear in mind, as with most premieum WordPress CMS templates, most of these are paid themes, however, they all cost under $80, which is certainly a great investment.
Green Stimulus is a professional premium WordPress theme that comes with 3 visual styles, font, and layout options, which can be controlled in the WordPress backend via the powerful theme options control panel. Green Stimulus can also be completely customized to match the look and feel of your business brand using custom CSS. It has a jQuery animated featured content carousel that inlcudes a video lightbox feature. It’s an excellent template for clean tech websites. Green Stimulus is probably the best WordPress CMS theme available for FREE.
What’s cool about Green Stimulus is that you have the option to use the theme with or without a blog as a standalone small business website CMS. In the theme options control panel, you can choose to have blog entries published to your website home page, which will keep search engine spiders coming back for more fresh content. Here’s a demo of Incredible Places, a San Francisco multimedia agency using Green Stimulus: