A while back, I was starting an Amazon affiliate site and was looking for a great looking WordPress theme that was suitable for this type of site.
I didn’t want to go with any of the StudioPress themes as I didn’t really see any that I think was a good fit the project. As I’ve written before, I used their Genesis framework for everything.
Well, that kinda ended when I found myself the perfect theme for the job, the Splash theme from MyThemeShop and I fell in love with the themes from that site.
Since then, I’ve updated some of my sites to use MyThemeShop themes and now own about 5 of their premium themes. In this review, I’m going to tell you why I really like this WordPress theme provider so much and why they’re my go to site for WordPress themes.
What MyThemeShop Offers
MyThemeShop offers premium WordPress themes and they also have a good bit of free and “lite” themes that you can use as well.
In addition to themes, they also have some very useful WordPress plugins. With this review, I’ll just focus on the themes because that’s what I use this service for.
MyThemeShop’s WordPress themes are very attractive, full of features and very modern in style and functionality. They’re all responsive and have some very powerful theme options on the back end so that you can customize them to your liking.
Furthermore, it doesn’t matter what type of project you’re working on, it seems as though they have a variety of themes to fit everything, whether it’s an eCommerce site, a business website, a portfolio site, a magazine site or just a regular blog.
Since I’ve been following MyThemeShop, they’ve been regularly releasing themes and plugins. Below, I’ll tell you what I love so much about these themes and why I now use and recommend them to others.
9 Things I Really Love About MyThemeShop Themes
By now you get that I have a thing for MyThemeShop’s themes. Allow me to explain why with these 9 reasons. Maybe you’ll fall in love too. I don’t mind sharing.
(1) MyThemeShop Themes are Attractive AF
I love big fonts and I cannot lie…
If there is one thing I look out for when I’m shopping for a theme, it’s typography. There is nothing more off putting than type that makes you squint and a font that makes you feel uncomfortable.
MyThemeShop themes sport large type and most of them use the Roboto font by default. With over 500 Google fonts available, you can change this in the theme options any time you like but I don’t know why you’d want to.
Besides the typography, the layouts look clean and uncluttered. I also like most of the themes have margins (like this site) and didn’t fill out the screen’s width. This was something that was really getting to me about StudioPress themes. They also didn’t have large picture backgrounds if you know what I mean.
(2) Lots of Theme Options
Theme options are what makes a premium theme worth it. Typography can be changed. Layout can be changed. Colors can be changed.
You can make your theme look different from the demo, just by playing with the theme options. In MyThemeShop’s themes, there’s a whole lot of theme options you can play with. There’s stuff you can add and buttons you can toggle to turn things off and on.
Here’s a run down of some of the settings you can find under Theme Options. Some may vary from theme to theme.
- General Settings – Upload logo, favicon, add Twitter usename, add header and footer code for things like Google Webmaster tool verification and more, set pagination, responsiveness and more.
- Performance – Help speed up your site with prefetching, lazy load and more.
- Styling Options – Set color scheme, sidebar position, site background, add custom css etc.
- Header – Show/disable logo, menu settings, search form, social icons and more
- Footer – Enable/disable footer widgets and layout, edit copyright text etc.
- Homepage – Select homepage layout, slider and more.
- Single Posts – Customize single posts look, remove author, remove dates etc.
- Social Buttons – Social sharing buttons are built in and you can choose position, which networks etc
- Ad Management – Easily add Adsense or banner codes to different parts of your theme.
- Typography – You can change the fonts and sizes of different text elements in your theme.
- Import/Export – Change your theme completely to a predefined layout, make child theme and more.
There’s also a reset button if you want to just change everything back to default. Very powerful stuff.
One suggestion – a site-wide SEO option would be a nice addition so you won’t have the need to use an SEO plugin.
(3) One Click Child Themes
Child themes are usually used with a framework as in the case of Genesis but with MyThemeShop, each theme is a parent theme.
When you need to do customization, you can generate a child theme with one click through the theme options. This is something that I really like about these themes. You don’t need a framework and you don’t need to manually create a child theme.
(4) Responsive on All Devices
When I looked at the site I made with Splash theme on my mobile, I was very impressed with the mobile version. The themes are responsive by default but you can turn this off in the settings (don’t know why you’d want to).
You can see how each theme will look on tablets, mobile phones and desktops when viewing the demo because they have a responsive viewer so you can check out how the sites look before you download them.
(5) Feature Rich
I just checked their new Sensational blogging theme and it says that it has 35+ features. There’s stuff like Woocommerce support so you can make a store, shortcodes, related posts, custom widgets, lightbox for showing off images, social media buttons and lots of other stuff.
When you really think about it, with most themes you’ll need to install plugins to get a lot of these features. I like that I can get rid of plugins and have all these integrated into my theme.
(6) Multiple Preset Layouts
Here’s one reason that you’ll really like. When you get one theme, it is like getting 2 – 6 different themes, depending on the theme.
Some themes have multiple pre-defined layouts that are based on the default theme but can sometimes look different. You’ll find them under Import/Export in theme options and you can set up the theme with a click.
For example, their MyBlog theme has 8 different layouts:
- Food – if you want to create a food blog
- Gaming – if you’re in the gaming niche
- Celebrity – for maybe a gossip blog
- Travel – for travel bloggers
- Tech – for gadgets and stuff
- Shop – for an ecommerce store
You can see each demo by clicking on the theme and then clicking on whatever layout interests you.
(7) Weekly Deals
Another thing you can look forward to as a member of MyThemeShop is the weekly deal they have on new themes and plugins.
I’m not sure if my observation is correct but it seems like every Monday, they have a new theme or plugin release and they will introduce the theme via email for a deeply discounted price (usually $19) or they’ll give away the plugin for free.
This deal will usually last a week. This is how I bought all the themes that I own.
(8) Excellent Support
Support is another excellent point that I’m happy with. There are two support channels that I’m familiar with and they’ve both allowed me to see just how invested the team is in their users satisfaction.
The main channel of support is the theme forums which I used when I ran into an issue with a theme I bought. I popped the question in the forum and received a prompt reply on how to fix the issue right away.
The support guys on the forum are knowledgeable and prompt and I’m sure if you ran into any problems with your themes you’ll always get it fixed.
The other channel of support is the face of MyThemeShop, Eric. I don’t know if he’s the owner – I think he is – but he is the guy who sends the emails. I would reply to the emails if I have questions and get an answer back in a reasonable amount of time.
There was one time though that I won’t forget. I had missed a deal on a theme and the price had gone back up. I emailed Eric and asked him if there was a coupon I could use. He ended up extending the deal another week. I don’t know if it was planned like that but I sent the email request before he replied that they were extending the deal.
(9) Themes for Any Project
As I pointed out above, you can get different style themes with the purchase of just one theme.
There are some themes too that make you want to start a project. Themes like their recent Coupon theme. I was tempted to start a coupon site and even did some research on how to start such a site.
But I can’t lose focus on the projects that I’m already doing.
MyThemeShop has themes for all sorts of sites. There’s a review site theme, a video site theme, an ecommerce site theme, a theme for creating a news site and even a viral theme for sites like BoredPanda that get most of their traffic from social media.
And they all look great and come with multiple preset layouts.
The One Thing I Wish MyThemeShop Themes Had
Ok, enough of the swooning. Despite everything that I’ve mentioned, MyThemeShop isn’t all perfect.
I could think of at least one thing that my previous theme provider had that I really miss with this new one. I wish they’d implement it in all their themes so I wouldn’t have to use a plugin.
What’s that one thing?
Built in SEO options. This is the number one thing I mentioned in my review of StudioPress themes that I really loved about them.
Having built in SEO options right on the editing page eliminated the need for a plugin like All In One SEO or Yoast. I don’t know if I’m asking for too much (am i just spoiled?) but I’d love to see MTS themes have this one day.
It’s not a deal-breaker though. It’s probably because they have their own SEO plugin called Rank Math. However, I just use the more established All In One SEO plugin with the sites that have their themes.
I Bought These 4 Themes
Well, the main review, what I wanted to say about MyThemeShop, is over.
I wanted to add this part to showcase some of their best themes but there are so many to choose from. Instead, I’ve decided to show you the 4 themes that I bought.
I’ve also added one of their best selling themes which has a free version that you can download today.
(1) Splash – This is the theme that introduced me to MyThemeShop and the first theme I bought from them. I used it to start an Amazon review site last year.
(2) Ad-Sense – The second theme I bought because it was an Adsense optimized theme and I might have a need for this one day. I changed one of my blogs from a StudioPress theme to this because I wanted to use Adsense on it.
The main feature of this theme is that it has an Adblock sensor that picks up when a browser is using ad-blocking software and asks the user to turn it off.
I bought it to use the Tech preset for this website but decided that I loved this particular StudioPress theme too much to change it.
(4) Wooshop – I bought this theme because I liked the Wooshop Blog layout.
I wasn’t really interested in the store layouts although I might have use for those in the future but the blog layout was very good looking so I got the theme anyway.
(5) Socially Viral Free – I don’t have the Socially Viral theme but I guess I can download the free version at any time. The theme is optimized for social shares and going viral and is inspired by sites like BoredPanda.
I’ve heard that this (well not the free version) is their best-selling theme and if you were to pick up the business model that this type of site was made for, you could make a lot of money.
I’ve included it in this section of the review so that you’ll have something good to try out if you do happen to take a look at MyThemeShop.
Your Theme Shop?
With so many themes to choose from and so many theme providers, I’m sure you can find the perfect theme for your site if you look hard enough. But MyThemeShop makes it easy.
Peep through their 100+ themes and maybe this could also be your theme shop too. Check them out and see if there’s any theme you like.
And don’t forget to drop your comments below. Ask me anything, leave your own review or tell me what MyThemeShop theme you’re really digging.