With the recent increase in Cloud Hosting services and availability of new and exciting technologies, creating a hosting business is easier than ever before. Part of the success of bringing a good service to your customers is due to the easy of use, presentation and options on your business website and that is why selecting the proper theme for your new project is crucial, in this article I’m going to explore the best options you have on the market.
Today I’m going to show you the best hosting WordPress themes to start your own reseller or managed hosting business. I’m also going to show you the usability of each theme. Specifically the possibility of linking your site to your WHMCS installation, one of the most widely used platforms for handling your customers inside a hosting scenario.
Why is WHMCS important
Whenever you have hosting customers, handling them properly is paramount. You need a system that can properly show your hosting plans, handle customer registration, domain searching, invoicing and suspension of services (yes, that is a major thing if you plan on selling hosting). WHMCS is the de-facto standard for such operations since it’s an all around solution for invoicing that also includes a ticket system.
WHMCS is also very powerful since it allows the addition of a lot of plugins and modules to extend it’s functionality. From gateways to support Stripe, Paypal and almost any payment system in existence, to mapping servers and resources. The automatic creation of plans in WHMCS is also possible thanks to extensions. Connect to VPS services, cPanel WHM servers, Plesk servers and more. This is why the majority of the themes you’re going to see here have some form of support for WHMCS included.
Creating your perfect hosting website must involve connecting your WHMCS to your main site. There are themes on this list that won’t have such a feature while will allow you to style your WHMCS installation from your WP website. And they are other still that go a step further by customizing the backend WHMCS interface to match your site. That way, you can integrate your billing system into your business website with a unified style. An ideal setup!
I’m going to cover (in no particular order) some of the best hosting WordPress themes from TemplateMonster and ThemeForest. Prices are listed and range from $29 up to $75 so you can make an informed decision (note: any prices listed are as of June 3, 2019 and are subject to change). Then I’m going to issue my two personal best recommendations. Are you ready? Let’s start then!
The first one in our list is called Interium. This is a very good theme designed with Elementor in mind. The theme does offer the JetElements extension, which will expand the Elementor features even more. Since the theme is designed around Elementor it is a drag and drop style. It does come with JetMenu, a nice addition for creating Mega menus and also JetTricks and JetBlock plugins.
The theme also includes the JetPopUp plugin which will allow you to create nice Popups to feature a specific plan or discount at your site and last but not least, the theme includes only recently the JetTheme Core. This will allow you to build your own Header, Footer and Sections and then customizing them to your liking. Although the theme does not have WHCMS integration it is very well made and the addition of JetElements, JetMenu and JetTheme Core are serious pros that will allow any competent designer to stretch it’s skills.
It is sold through TemplateMonster for $75 with the option of having extra services like a complete site ready to work and installation for extra cash.
This is a very aesthetically pleasing Theme designed for hosting services and software companies. The theme does have some interesting abilities, for example, it will allow you to build a realtime domain search and purchase, it does include WHMCS support and it has a Premium Collection of Elementor modules. The addition of instant Hosting and Domain purchasing by using the WHMCS Bridge is one if it’s strongest points though.
The theme is offered through TemplateMonster for $72 with extra additions such as must have plugins, ready to use and Installation as a separate purchase.
3. Hostme V2
Hostme V2 is a very clean minimalistic theme designed for a multipurpose website such as hosting and any business. It can also work as a portfolio. The neat thing about this theme is that places the the main content before the sidebar so it has some advantage for search engines as it gets crawled first. Hostme V2 includes the well known Slider Revolution as the main slider which will give you a definitive edge whenever you want to create the ultimate slider.
The theme does also includes a Sortable portfolio, it uses more than 500 Google Fonts and more than 300 icons from FontAwesome, it also has 9 custom widgets and a shortcode generator. The theme is also built around Visual Composer.
Last but not least, the theme does include support for the WHMCS Bridge so you can connect your website to your WHMCS installation for easy managing and integration and it also includes an event manager for creating your own events. There are far more features that I could point here but these are the most important ones. If you want to read all about the rest, click on the button for more information. The amount of features this theme has, combined with it’s nice set of tools makes it one of my top recommended choices for a hosting theme.
The theme cost $60 and is offered through ThemeForest the standard license includes 6-months of support that you can extend for another 12 months for $18 more.
This is another brilliant theme designed around Elementor with the inclusion of JetElements. Connecty is the cleanest theme I’ve seen so far, ideal for those that do not want fancy sliders or extravagant effects. Everything can be turned off for a very stylish design. Connecty has a lot going for it such as it’s mobile first design that looks superb on any mobile device, the inclusion of JetElements along with JetBlocks, JetTabs and JetThemeCore, sadly, it does not have WHMCS integration so you will have to make that yourself with the WHMCS bridge plugin. This theme is recommended for novices as it is easy to use and without too much configuration. Expert designers will want more tools to play around that would find on more powerful themes on this article.
The plugin sells for $75 on TemplateMonster and you can add must have plugins, ready to use website and installation for an extra.
Don’t let that subpar name fool you into thinking this is a mediocre theme, Megahost is the opposite of mediocre, it is a theme specially designed for hosting services. The theme does promote itself as designed with WHMCS in mind so this definitely put it above the rest. It also uses the all popular WHMCS Bridge plugin.
The theme was developed, according to it’s creators Elementor’s capabilities in mind and it comes preloaded with tons of modules designed specifically for hosting, which will make your life a lot easier. Please check the video below.
That is not all, the theme does include a lot of page templates built-in too, you have 9 full homepages completely designed and ready to work included, so you don’t need to start from scratch at all. It includes Revolution Slider so you can basically built any slider you want with it and it also includes the Awesome Mega Menu plugin. All for a neat price that severely challenges the rest of the themes in this article.
Among it’s other features we have support for Google Fonts, it’s SEO Friendly and has a One Click Demo installer. Since this is a theme specially designed with WHMCS integration from the ground up and since it includes so much predefined templates and modules, it’s one of my favourite choices for an all-around perfect theme for hosting. This theme is built around the underscore framework. A very minimalistic theme creator, in case you want to do some extra research.
The theme is sold on ThemeForest for only $29, making it one of the top choices for it’s features and price. This is one of the best balanced themes out there.
Hostiko is by far one of the best Premium Hosting themes out there. It is specifically designed with Hosting in mind, it is based on WPBakery Page Builder, better known as Visual Composer and it does include the Revolution Slider.
This in itself is not such a great thing if not for the added features, it uses the classic Bootstrap Framework and WHMCS Bridge. Both combined creates a beautiful WHMCS backend that works as a complete replacement of the standard WHMCS theme. Take a look at the screenshot.
Now, Hostiko does not end there, you also have more than 29 template variations of the main page, the author promises us that there is no design spinning and I tend to agree. The theme also provides a Domain Search integrated with WHMCS via Ajax, an interactive VPS Slider if you plan on selling VPS and a stackable responsive tables for dedicated plans. You can also customize the Header/Footer and includes the Mega Menu option. Last but not least you also have Google Fonts and Contact Forms, it includes FontAwesome Icons and it is Retina Ready.
The theme is offered through ThemeForest for just $29 with perpetual updates. This is just a lot of value for such a low price and turns this theme into one of my top choices from this list.
This theme is elegantly designed and suitable for all types of hosting scenarios. Onehost is based on the Visual Composer with the Revolution Slider. The theme does support WHMCS bridge and has 10 predefined layouts for the home. This theme is particularly interesting since it groups all the functions of a hosting business in a single homepage. Among it’s best features is the addition of a Light and Dark version and a special Options Panel that allows for some custom theme options to be tweaked.
Onehost includes all the demo content, it also adds a Portfolio showcase with 3 different styles, it is compatible with Contact Form 7 and has 7 types of post formats. The theme also has 3 types of layouts ready for blog and pages, it is translation ready, includes FontAwesome icons and Bootstraps components built in. If you’re planning on building a complete site with a separate blog you will also be happy to know that it does include a widget customizer.
This is a top theme for several reasons. First, it is the only theme that includes Light and Dark versions of templates for you to use (and the dark variants are simply amazing). Second it does have a lot of features built in. This in conjunction with the WHMCS bridge support, the widget builder and support for Visual Builder and Revolution Slider makes for quite a package. It is not cheap though. The theme is sold through ThemeForest at a price of $69 and it lacks customization for the WHMCS backend. This theme is worthy of consideration if the price is not a problem and you don’t need customization of WHMCS.
8. Arka Host
Arka Host is not the fanciest of all them all but its good enough. It includes a boxed and fullwidth selector along with an easy color customization. Similar to OneHost with one minor detail, it does have integration for the WHMCS backend. You will have to get used to it by now, there is no perfect theme. Otherwise I shouldn’t be making this list at all. Arka Host is based on the Visual Composer and it includes predefined templates, slideshows, color variations and easy customization.
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Having 3 hosting demos and 3 corporate demos, a total of 3 different footer styles and 4 different header styles makes this theme the most balanced of them all. You also have 5 blog layouts, video sliders, the inclusion of Revolution Slider and some minor control on WHMCS backend colors and configuration.
It is worth mentioning that even though it has WHMCS backend customization. It does not rival the looks of Hostiko, which completely redesigns the backend by using Bootstrap. Nothing can match the perfection of Bootstrap in action. At least we have boxed-fullwidth control and color customization, which is better than not having any control at all.
Even though Arka Host does have it’s limitations it’s a fine Theme with a good array of options to tweak. It is currently sold through ThemeForest for $69. A worthy recommendation slightly on the expensive side.
The last on my list is Spark. This is a fully responsive theme created specifically for hosting, as such, it does include the Bootstrap Framework for WHMCS and the Bridge functionality, making it a complete solution like with Hostiko Theme. The theme is very well designed with 4 different Home Versions, 3 different Header Styles and 2 different Footer Styles to complement. The plugin is ready for hosting and based on the Visual Composer.
It does have the Revolution Slider and it is compatible with WPML for multi-language. It supports both fullwidth and boxed layouts, smooth scroll effects, page layouts and handling of blocks separately. With it’s support for more than 10.000 font icons and over 650 google fonts and the inclusion of the Bootstrap Framework for WHMCS on it’s backend, this is one of my top recommendations.
Spark also supports domain search by integrating perfectly with WHMCS through WHMCS Bridge. And since it uses the Bootstrap Framework, you can expect a very clean look that will merge beautifully with the homepage.
Spark is available on ThemeForest and is currently sold at $49. A superb price for the amount of features it includes and making it one of my top recommendations.
This is the part where I tell you which one you have to buy. No, seriously, all the themes listed here have it’s pros and cons and you’re the only one that can make a choice based on your requirements. I hope to have made a good job of showing you the best themes around for your hosting project. If I were to choose the most balanced themes on this list I will surely go for Hostiko first, as it’s not only full on features but also sells at a price that is really hard to resist.
Another good choice is Megahost with an excellent price, clean looks, the superb use of Elementor and custom blocks and the One click installer. Remember to always choose based on your level of expertise and how much are you planning on doing yourself. Some themes are better for novices while others are more oriented to veterans in design. All in all whatever the theme you choose from this list, you will be able to make an awesome site, that’s for sure.
So, what is your favorite theme, do you have some that is not on this list, share it with us in the comments below.