Veteran Drupal user or a confused beginner? No matter – we chip in on the most creative, functional themes for our favourite CMS.
Whether a blog, a portfolio, an ecommerce store or an information hub, you want an attractive and functional website – no exceptions. Something that supports all the features you need – and seamlessly matches your desired image. Fortunately, Drupal offers a myriad of themes for nearly any purpose – contrary to what most people think! The following are our top picks of Drupal themes we think you should be using for your website in 2016.
For: Photographers, Designers, Visual Creatives
Simple. Responsive. Stamford is the ideal Drupal theme for visual creatives. Lightning-fast and elegantly designed, the theme ensures emphasis is placed on every image. Perfect for photographers, designers, illustrators, and anyone who needs to show off their imagery. The site can be used to simply show off a portfolio or gallery – but has the in-built functionality to support a fully-fledged website, too.
For: Small Businesses
While this theme isn’t designed for a specific demographic, its flexibility is its strength. And it’s beautiful. With multiple homepage variations, social media integration and responsiveness on a range of devices, it offers a wide range of features and customisability – and is one of the most flexible of Drupal themes in our list. Due to this, it’s ideal for small-sized businesses and companies looking for a sharper, professional image. Freelancers and start-ups would also benefit. Because of its flexibility, DO can also be altered for growing companies – or as your business’s needs change and adapt.
Another visual theme. SOHO features a stunning, full-size slideshow feature for your website’s home page. Designed mainly to showcase creative image galleries – with a strong bias towards photography. It’s surprisingly easy to change how your images are displayed, too. The theme features six gallery layouts and eight portfolio layouts. SOHO is the perfect way to impress visitors or would-be clients for your creative venture.
For: Visual Creatives, Small Businesses, Agencies, Freelancers
Fiora is the modern theme for the modern creative. Fancy a slick, one-page website? Need the functionality of multiple pages? Fiora allows you to choose from either. Designed to be responsive, this will offer a pleasurable user experience across nearly all devices. This works great as a portfolio site for creatives, but also supports the functionality needed on a larger site for freelancers, start-ups and small businesses, too.
For: Freelancers, Small Businesses
Bracara is a super-flexible theme. Using a modern grid system, responsive design and a variety of colour and typography options, it’d make for a great foundation for a variety of needs – including portfolios. However, with well-explained, organised code and excellent support, Bracara would be perfect for small companies requiring the potential for expansion. When it comes to Drupal themes, web designers, marketers, consultants and more would benefit from using this one most.
For: E-commerce, General Businesses
Looking for a Drupal theme to support your ecommerce endeavours? Splash delivers. Integrated with Drupal Commerce, creating an e-store is extremely simple with Splash. But it’s far more than an e-commerce theme. With a drag and drop builder, 8 homepage styles and a clean, retina-ready appearance, it can be customised to work for almost any business’s needs. Whether you want a professional hub for your business and your portfolio – or you want to become the next e-commerce mogul – Splash is a good choice.
For: Freelancers, Creative Agencies
No theme screams fancy creative agency quite like Montreal. With attractive parallax scrolling, responsive portfolio layouts and a touch-friendly design, it makes for the ideal way to impress your clients. Whether you’re a freelancer or your company is a larger team, this is one of the great visual Drupal themes you can use to display your work and your services. It’s also well-documented and easy to alter should you need to tailor-fit the theme to your needs.
GoShop zooms ahead of most e-commerce websites. In place of clunky layouts and cluttered, confusing menus, GoShop uses a sophisticated visual style to help you show off your products. Based on Bootstrap 3 and advanced admin settings, you can also customise your site to your heart’s content. We think this Drupal theme is the choice for a forward-thinking e-commerce business in 2016.
For: Magazines, Bloggers, Journalists
Dreamed of a sophisticated online space for your posts, blogs and articles to be seamlessly delivered to your following? Perhaps you already have a magazine, journal or blog that needs a new home? Whatever your needs, The Rex can meet them. The theme lays out posts and content in an attractive tabloid manner, with an eye-catching ‘featured’ slider with parallax scrolling. Naturally, it’s responsive for optimised viewing across a range of devices, too.
For: Agencies, Business, Corporations
Who said corporate and aesthetic had to be mutually exclusive? Mega straddles those worlds perfectly. This theme is minimal enough to give creative work the space it needs to breathe. It also offers the features such as portfolio integration and mobile optimisation that any fully-fledged company needs to impress their clients. This Drupal theme also comes with a wide range of layout options for different pages – allowing you to choose what works best for your business.
For: Site Admins
Adminimal is a bit of a different theme in this list. Designed for site admins, this theme makes administration an easy, intuitive experience. The default Drupal theme is fairly infamous for being difficult and un-aesthetic. Adminimal handles each of these problems to make your life as an admin that bit easier – saving hours and hours of wasted time in the process.