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.
Finding the Right Green WordPress Theme
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.
Best Green WordPress CMS Themes
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:
If you’re looking for a great way to show off your green business services or products (software and web apps take note as this one is perfect for you!), then Coffee Break is fabulous choice. Choose from one of the 17 styles Coffee Break has to offer, as well as customizable widgets, and a custom home page featured area. Priced at $70, your purchase of Coffee Break will also land you 2 bonus Woo Themes.
ecoDisplay is the theme for minimalists looking for a full screen slideshow for the homepage that functions much like iPad, iPhone and iPod touch flip books. This premium WordPress theme is priced at an extremely reasonable $25, ecoDisplay and is ideal if you’re in need of a website that allows you to feature lots of individual products, projects, or presentations – and they’ll be displayed front and center in a visually compelling way.
EcoPro is an appealing, premium full-width CMS WordPress theme with a conscience – 10% of the $79 fee goes to help the environment, which will add to your green business’ credibility. It comes with a large footer and featured content slider, 5 color schemes, and is widget enabled. Similar to like Green Stimulus, EcoPro also supports custom CSS.
Down to Earth
Down to Earth will work well for those looking for a two-level navigation design and the addition of an integrated blog. Down to Earth, with its earthy green and chocolate brown palette, is a WordPress CMS template that comes with a featured content slider, making it a great platform for any green nonprofit or business and costs a mere $27.
Enkelt is a minimalist WordPress CMS theme with a looped page content slider, and fully customizable site elements. The theme offers full control over the design, layout and typography – all throughout fast theme options panel. To buy the theme you must pay $69 for a lifetime membership to Bizz Themes.
Green Business might be the best premium WordPress CMS template available for green nonprofit organizations as it allows you to display important information right on the homepage – your mission statement, key projects, and funding needs, for instance. Working with the 7 page templates, 5 color skins, and other included features like sidebar widgets, image gallery, blog, and featured content slider, you’ll be able to create an outstanding website for only $27.
Me’gusta is a flexible and powerful WordPress CMS theme that allows you to build your site in seconds using its simple drag & drop functionality. The featured content slider also allows embedded video. To buy the theme you must pay $69 for a lifetime membership to Bizz Themes.
Organic Theme gives you two style options: Ocean and Earth. With the Earth variation’s brown tones, and the Ocean’s clean blue color scheme, this template is bound to fit most styles. Organic Theme is customizable and can include your blog, a portfolio, and other great features for your green business. Invest in Organic Theme for just $65.
Organic’s Nonprofit Theme
Organic’s Nonprofit Theme is an excellent choice for eco-minded charitable organizations. With the organized layout, you can feature all of the most important information about your nonprofit, including your mission statement, organization contact information, basic services, and so on. It even comes with a homepage newsletter signup and donation widget to help you raise funds for your work. If you currently use the CRM for donor management, you will be eligible for a donation from salesforce.com, and can take advantage of the WordPress-to-Lead plugin, too.
Optimize is a superb choice for green businesses who need to put their products front and center since it allows you to showcase these items right on your homepage. The stylish green WordPress CMS template comes with a featured content area, integrated lightbox, flexible layout design, custom widgets, portfolio page, and many other great features. The $70 price tag comes with 2 bonus Woo Themes.
Over Easy is a wonderful theme if you like simple but elegant. This WordPress CMS theme is great for new green businesses as it gives you the one-stop web presence you’re looking for in a straightforward layout. It runs at $70, with 2 bonus Woo Themes.
Beautiful Free Green WordPress Themes for Your Blog
The good news is that there are more free green WordPress themes for blogs than there are free WordPress CMS templates. Here are some of my top picks.
BeautyInNature is a beautiful, earthy WordPress theme great for nature lovers and ecology buffs. The dark chocolate background is terrific for highlighting color nature photos.
DarkForest is a nature inspired WordPress blog theme. The dark background is ideal for photoblogging your eco travel adventures.
The Grassland theme is a good choice for bloggers who like to write about renewable energy and clean tech.
Grassroots is a clean, modern WordPress theme in chocolate brown with olive green accents, designed with the crunchy granola loving backpacker in mind.
Green Light is a light on dark green WordPress theme design with a right sidebar and an artistic image header.
The Garden WordPress theme is a clean theme great for any eco blog. Read Instructions.The Garden theme is widgetized, Adsense ready, and SEO friendly. The footer must remain intact and not removed if you want to use this theme.
Going Green is an attractive premium WordPress theme built on the Genesis Theme Framework, which is built with an SEO-friendly code structure and design architecture. The theme includes a featured post section, multiple posts / page layout options, navigation menu controls, and a theme settings panel with lots of customization. Going Green costs $79.99, however, if you already own a Genesis theme, you can purchase a child theme like Going Green for $24.95.
Kitchen WP Theme
The Kitchen WP Theme is a blog theme especially suitable for green interior designers. It features a green bamboo background and is ad ready and widgetized.
The Nature Green WordPress theme is a pretty green theme with a very cool opaque scrolling content area against a grassy background.
Nature Theme is an artsy WordPress theme that has a hybrid black and white photo blog meets green design.
Organique is another earthy, wood textured WordPress theme that would be a great choice for showcasing natural sustainable products, or to power an organic food blog.
Wooden Fence is a beautiful WordPress theme that is an excellent choice for your green living blog, whether you are an eco mommy blogger or not.
Zengard is a modern, elegant 2 column green WordPress theme that is enabled with featured video, featured posts, custom banner ads, and adsense units.
Green Magazine WordPress Themes
For those of you who are green content generating machines, you may consider a WordPress theme with a magazine layout for your green blog, rather than one that displays a single column of posts in chronological order. What distinguishes a WordPress magazine theme from a blog theme? Typically magazine themes sport a rotating featured content slider, tiled content on the home page, and ad widgets.
Dreams Blog 1
Dreams Blog 1 is a very cute and girly magazine style green WordPress theme for personal blogs that comes with 5 different styles.
Groovy Video is a colorful, funky video blogging theme, with 17 color schemes to choose from. What’s really cool about this premium WordPress theme is that videos are resized automatically and Groovy even publishes the embed code for your readers. Priced at $70, you get 2 bonus Woo Themes for your purchase.
Lime Mini Magazine
Lime Mini Magazine is a bright, green WordPress theme that comes with a widgetized footer and plenty of ad space.
Lucent is a lovely WordPress theme in mint green with a Web 2.0 look. It has a featured posts slider, built in Google Adsense widget and admin control panel.
Nature Magazine is a cute, earthy WordPress theme with a textured wood background.
Nurture Nature is an earthy WordPress theme with animated featured content slider, ad widget, and textured wood background.
Magazine News Theme
Magazine News is an earthy magazine style premium WordPress theme priced at $75. It’s a 3 column, WordPress 2.x, widget ready, adsense ready theme that is beautiful straight out of the box. Custom category, search, and author pages, really help give this theme its complete and finished feel.
Do you know of any amazing green WordPress themes that we might have missed? Please add your suggestions to the comments. If we like what we see, we’ll update the blog post to include your suggestions.