Top 3 Desktop WordPress Theme Builder Softwares (2019)

There are hundreds of thousands of WordPress themes out there that you can use on your WordPress site. 

Heck, there are even page builder plugins for WordPress that let you design awesome pages from scratch. 

But, what if you wanted to create your own WordPress theme? 

Yes, today you can get a WordPress theme that almost matches your requirements. But sometimes you’re not satisfied with the theme and want something of your own. 

Well, there are some really awesome WordPress theme builder softwares out there that let you build a WordPress theme without writing a single line of code. 

These WordPress theme builders are like any drag-and-drop page builder that lets you add elements to your page to design your theme. 

The only difference here is that these theme builders let you build your entire WordPress theme. 

The best part is that you don’t need to have any technical knowledge or coding skills to create these themes. The designing work happens visually. 

In this article, I’ll show the top 3 WordPress theme builders that you can use to create your own WordPress theme. 

We’ll do a deep dive into each theme builder and its features. 

Ready? Let’s get started. 

1. TemplateToaster

The first WordPress theme builder we have on our list is TemplateToaster. This WordPress theme creator lets you create a theme in just minutes. 

TemplateToaster is a desktop-based software that you can download to get started with your theme designing. 

You can add content while designing your theme so that when your theme is ready, your website can instantly go live. 

The custom visual editor lets you add visual elements to your theme pages quite intuitively. The theme builder is also plugin friendly so that the theme you build is compatible with all the popular WordPress plugins

You can create custom menus, play around with the theme options, and create widget areas with ease using TemplateToaster. 

The theme builder is WooCommerce compatible allowing you to create WooCommerce themes as well. 

Let’s now take a look at how the entire process of theme creation works out using this theme builder. 

First, you need to download the TemplateToaster software to get started. Once you have it up and running, you can start creating your WordPress theme. 

You can choose to start from scratch or use a sample template to get a head start. 

Here’s the theme designer with its general options: 

As you can see from the above image, the interface of TemplateToaster is very similar to Microsoft Word or similar software. 

You have the general options tab at first that lets you change the template, change the scheme, tweak the layout and sidebars, and much more. 

There are options to add or edit pages, change the website typography, and thumbnail. You’ll also notice there are options to add custom CSS, JS, and PHP. 

So, even if you’re not code-savvy, there are still options for custom code in case you need it. 

Next up is the body tab that includes background options, and texture and effect settings. 

You can add video and also change the scrolling style of the page from this section. 

The container options include layout and border settings. Again, there are also options to add effects and textures to the container. 

The header tab includes a lot of options that help you customize the header of your theme. There are presets that you can use to create your header. 

You can set the header position and change its background, height, width, margin, and border. There are options to add textures and effects to your header as well. 

You can also add social icons and place the logo in your header easily. 

TemplateToaster lets you create a slider in your WordPress theme which can be customized to quite an extent. 

There are a ton of options such as background, effects, transition, slideshow position, and more to your slideshow. 

Adding widget areas is also very easy in TemplateToaster. The theme builder provides a lot of options to let you add widget areas in your theme. 

If you’re wondering what elements come with TemplateToaster, here’s a look at the template tab: 

As you can see, the theme builder includes all the essential elements required to create pages. 

Lastly, TemplateToaster gives you a ton of customization for typography settings. You can choose different typography options for each text you have on your theme. 

It’s no doubt that TemplateToaster is a powerful WordPress theme builder software. But let’s take a quick look at the features of this theme builder: 

  • Multilingual 
  • Mobile-first design
  • Drag-and-drop interface
  • 100+ demo templates
  • Megamenu 
  • RTL compatible
  • Sliders 
  • No coding required
  • Custom CSS, JS, PHP 

Let’s discuss the pricing of this tool. 

TemplateToaster comes with an unlimited trial. But to enable the premium capabilities of the theme builder, you need to purchase it and activate the tool. 

TemplateToaster costs $42 for the standard edition which comes with limited features. To get the full features of the theme builder, you can get their professional edition that costs $70. 

If you’re looking for a solution to build custom WordPress themes without writing code, then the pricing is very justified considering custom WordPress theme development projects cost over $1000-5000. 


2. CloudPress

CloudPress is a responsive WordPress theme builder. Unlike TemplateToaster that has a desktop-based software, CloudPress has a cloud app where you can design your own WordPress theme. 

Their theme builder cloud app lets you build a responsive WordPress theme without writing a single line of code. 

CloudPress also provides a sync plugin using which you can use to transfer your designed WordPress theme to your web hosting. 

Let’s discuss the features of this WordPress theme builder in detail. 

CloudPress has a drag-and-drop builder interface allowing you to design your theme quickly. This drag-and-drop builder is very similar to WordPress page builder plugins that are very popular these days. 

The builder provides support for responsive design so you can switch to different device views and design your theme accordingly. 

You can control the height, width, margins, and padding of any element on your website using their intuitive dimensions panel. 

The WordPress theme builder also gives you the freedom to choose different web fonts of your choice with its web fonts panel.

Here, you can find various fonts that are popular and suitable for your WordPress theme. 

The typography panel has a lot of typography options available. From changing the font size to style, everything is covered. You can also do advanced styling by changing the line height and spacing of the text. 

Editing the background of the different sections of your theme is very important and for this, CloudPress offers various options. 

You can set the background to a solid color, gradients, or even an image. You can change the size, positioning, and more of the background. 

What if you want to add some effects to your elements? Well, CloudPress lets you add transform, transition, scrolling, and shadow effects to your elements. 

There are 50+ unique elements and components available in this WordPress theme builder to let you design the theme you want. 

To help you design your theme based on the best UX approaches, the tool offers you features such as layout grids, columns, and more. 

What I love about CloudPress is that it allows you to add third-party plugins to your website to get the most out of the theme you’re designing. 

Since this theme builder is packed with features, we can’t cover all of them in detail. So, here’s a quick rundown of the features you get in CloudPress: 

  • Drag-and-drop editor
  • Responsive editing
  • Live preview
  • 100+ pre-designed blocks
  • 50+ elements and components
  • Google Font support
  • Responsive layout grids
  • Menu 
  • Slider
  • Carousel
  • Customizable columns 
  • 3rd party plugin support
  • Advanced menus
  • CSS3 transforms and effects
  • Blog design options 

In conclusion, I would say CloudPress is a very powerful WordPress theme builder. With all the features that come with this builder, you can create very professional and advanced WordPress themes. 


3. Artisteer

The last WordPress theme builder we have on our list is Artisteer. This theme builder lets you create themes for WordPress very quickly. 

The interface is very basic and simple if compared to TemplateToaster and CloudPress. 

There are pre-designed templates that you can select to get started with your theme designing. 

There is also a suggest design option in the builder that gives you suggestions on the design. You can get suggestions on color, fonts, layout, background, header, and menu. 

One great feature of this theme builder is that it includes color themes or palettes that can be directly applied to your WordPress theme. 

There are many layout options as well that can be used when you’re designing your theme. You can have a fixed layout, a layout with the menu inside the header, a wide layout, a transparent layout, and more. 

Artisteer gives a lot of design options for creating menus as well. There are many built-in selections you can choose from while designing drop-down menus. 

These menus are highly customizable too. You can change their height, distance, border width, contrast, transparency, texture, shadows, and more. 

While designing the hero section of your theme, Artisteer assists you in a lot of ways. There is a selection of stock images you can choose to put on your hero section. You can even add your own images. 

The interface for navigating between pages is very simple too. You can see all the pages you’ve created on the left side of the editor. 

Once you’re done designing your theme, you can export your theme for the desired platform which in this case is WordPress. 

For someone who wants to create their own WordPress theme without writing code or hiring a developer, Artisteer is a great solution. 

The theme builder comes with a free trial so that you can give this tool a test run. In the free trial, you cannot export your theme for WordPress. 

To get all the benefits of Artisteer, you’ll have to purchase the tool. The personal plan costs $50 in which you get free upgrades for 1 year and access to all essential features required to publish your WordPress theme. 

Other plans cost $130 and $200 and come with all the features of the theme builder. 


Conclusion 

Although designing your own WordPress theme is not very common these days, but if you’re someone who wants to do this, then the above three tools are the best of the best. 

You can create a professional-looking WordPress theme with all its bells and whistles using these theme builders. And the best part? 

You don’t even have to write a single line of code for all of this. 

If you have any questions regarding the three theme builders mentioned or any general WordPress theme related questions, feel free to ask them in the comments section below. 

I’d be happy to clear your doubts and help you out. 

1 thought on “Top 3 Desktop WordPress Theme Builder Softwares (2019)”

  1. Unfortunately, Artisteer has been kind of abandoned for a while now. That’s especially critical considering that Artisteer created templates don’t work in PHP 7.x. Used it myself for a long time for the minor projects with fast turnaround, and now have to figure out patches on my own. Lots and lots of Artisteer customers are in the same boat… The developers moved on to another shiny project that was supposed to be the end-all of CMS theme design, and had neglected the original product – and now it seems that the new stuff didn’t go anywhere either. Absolutely not recommended.

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