If you need to get a site up and running in a short time, consider implementing a theme or template for the content management system of your choice, or go for a straight HTML5 template. There are thousands of options out there, especially for WordPress. If you want to cut to the chase, check out the ones below.
A few reminders
Be sure to look for themes from reputable sources and look through the user comments and reviews before purchasing your theme. The benefit of buying and downloading a theme from a reputable company is that you will get support implementing your theme, and help if you have a problem, as well as some guidance in making slight changes to a theme (for example, updating the CSS).
Part of the challenge of working with themes, even though they can save you a lot of time on development, is that you need to familiarize yourself with it in order to customize it for your content. So make sure the theme is well documented, as you will most likely need to refer to the documentation.
As far as WordPress goes there are a lot of themes focused on a specific market, for example: photography, blogging, real estate etc. The theme is essentially built with this specific content in mind. If you’re opting to use WordPress look for a theme that falls into the website category you’re going to be designing for.
If you need something more flexible, you can look into more generic themes, but it will require a little more work to customize.
Here are my recommendations of sites for purchasing themes for WordPress, Drupal and Joomla.
Now, here are my recommendations for the 10 best responsive website themes/templates for 2014:
The Avada theme has remained one of the most popular WordPress themes in use today. It’s a very flexible, well-written and well-documented theme. Just keep in mind that one drawback to using a very popular theme is that without enough customization your site will look generic. So be sure to try to dig into the CSS and edit it a little bit to make your site more unique.
Beautiful Pro Theme (Genesis framework)
The Beautiful Pro theme is a theme for genesis (a HTML5 and CSS3 framework), so if you’re not already running it you can purchase them both together.
Industrix Template (Joomla)
This template is for the T3V3 framework built with Booststrap 3.
Consilium Theme (Drupal)
Themes and templates are a great way to get a site up and running quickly as they can save you time on custom development. Install it and start customizing and populating content. Just be sure to read the documentation and add some unique touches of your own, like artwork, logo and images. Also, play around with the CSS and edit fonts and colors.