With the global education market worth more than a staggering $4 trillion, and the World Wide Web becoming the go-to place for education and learning, there's no time like the present to create an educational website.
And there's no better platform to start than with WordPress - the most popular CMS platform available today.
But with more than 100 themes designed specifically for education websites, it can be costly and time-consuming to find the best one for your site.
So I did it for you.
Here are the 5 best education WordPress themes:
- Education WP - All-rounder with event management feature
- Ed School - Modern theme with plenty of widgets
- Eikra - Biggest number of pages
- Diplomia - Impressive courses & events feature
- Kingster - Powerful admin panel
1. Education WP
$69 - one-time fee
Recommended for: universities who want a professional website with LMS plugin.
Education WP is one of the most popular education WordPress themes available. It has a practical design and offers 10+ bright and inviting demos for universities, college schools, and kindergarten.
Out of all of the themes I shortlisted for my review, Education WP has the most polished selection of demos. Each demo has its own unique layout with different menu options. For younger age groups and kindergarten websites, there are bolder and brighter color schemes.
A key feature for Education WP is the event management. This allows you to plan, manage, and invite visitors to paid events and to take payment directly from your website. You can receive payments over PayPal, Stripe, and even via offline payment methods.
Having been established since 2007, Education WP has built quite a name for themselves when it comes to customer support. The response times are quick and their support team is professional.
For users who like to try before you buy, there is a free demo available for Education WP.
- Events management feature
- Retina ready
- Highly SEO optimized
- Drag and drop layout builder
- Fewer unique design options
- On the expensive side
2. Ed School
$54 - one-time fee
Recommended for: elementary schools that want a fun education website.
Ed School is a versatile theme that is suited to education and academic websites. In total, there are 24 education pages and 70+ page elements. This is a great theme for creating teacher and tutor profiles, as well as managing your school's events with the WordPress events calendar.
Ed School uses the WPBakery plugin to build your website. Mega menus and layout blocks are included as templates - so it's easy to achieve the design you want.
There are 18 custom widgets in total - including things like Contact Form 7, Google Maps, Events, Teacher, Instagram, and many more.
The Custom Heading widget allows you to select what widgets are displayed on which pages, while the events widget works seamlessly with this theme and is helpful for managing and organizing events.
Ed School has 700+ Google Fonts. And what's more - because Ed School is fully responsive users can expect great looking typography on almost every device.
To complete this package, Ed School provides video tutorials and online documentation should you need any assistance in building your website. Oh, and before you rush to purchase Ed School, why don't you try its free demo that's available.
- Good selection of widgets
- Creative headers and footers
- Responsive design that looks good on various devices
- Not retina ready
- Has a steeper learning curve
$49 - one-time fee
Recommended for: schools and universities who want to build a minimal and contemporary website.Eikra is an education theme that produces both multi-page and one-page websites. It has a simplistic design that makes it easy to navigate, and with a one-click installer - it doesn't take long to get your website up and running.
There are 14 homepages with a good variety of inner page layouts - 7 for multi-page, and 7 for one-page websites. Using the drag and drop editor, switching between the 20+ header and top bar layouts is easy.
Eikra comes equipped with 800+ Google fonts and WPML integration, which translates your site to multilingual.
The blogging pages are a good way to interact with your visitors, and can also be a useful tool for posting about new and upcoming events.
Like education WP, Eikra uses LearnPress - the best learning plugin available. This allows users to create, manage, and sell courses direct from your website. It also gives you the option to interact with your students using BuddyPress.
For users who like to try before you buy - there is a free demo available.
- Good selection of pages
- Multi-page or one-page layout options
- Lifetime updates are available
- 24/7 customer support is not available
$69 - one-time fee
Recommended for: users who want a long list of plugins, features and page types.
Diplomia is a responsive theme that is well suited to education and course websites. This theme is packed with features and has a strong focus on its user experience. It has been built on Twitters Bootstrap, and for this reason is has excellent customization features and strong layout designs.
As for the inner pages on your website, you can add events, courses, WooCommerce, and multiple blog pages.
A core feature in Diplomia is its courses, which can be displayed in a list or a grid. From this page, visitors can view a full course breakdown, course tutor, leave comments, and even purchase courses. You can also host events with Diplomia, and add a countdown timer on each events page to inform your visitors of the next scheduled event.
Diplomia has one of the largest feature lists out of all the WordPress education themes.
For users who are specifically looking to set up courses and events - Diplomia is a great theme. If you are still unsure - you can test the features by downloading the free demo.
- Good courses and events feature
- Custom shortcodes
- A good number of widgets
- Multiple blog styles
- Customer support response time is slow
$59 - one-time fee
Recommended for: users who want a multi-purpose and responsive theme with a powerful admin panel.
Kingster comes with two homepage demos and a number of inner pages. Both of the homepages are well designed and can be customized using the drag and drop page builder.Though the pre-built pages have all the necesssary elements and you may feel no need to customize the website too much. You can just start uploading content.
If you wish to completely customize the design, you can do this from the advanced admin panel. From here the header style, color scheme, overall layout, and custom skin can be managed.
More to add, Kingster is a fully responsive theme that looks and performs well on almost any device, automatic updates are available and you can upload your custom fonts. You can choose from 14+ blog layouts, 9 portfolio layouts, and 6 gallery layouts.
Should you wish to test these features before purchasing Kingster, you can do so by downloading the free demo that is available.
- Notably versatile theme
- Powerful admin panel
- Custom fonts can be uploaded
- Plenty of inner layout options
- Not the simplest theme to customize
What Makes Education Themes Stand Out
Although education themes have a lot of things in common, there are also a few significant differences that make each one stand out. These significant differences are what will help you decide the best option for your site.
For instance, Education WP is without a doubt the best all-around theme out of the bunch. On the flip side, for anyone who is looking to create a professional website and wants a powerful admin panel with plenty of customization options, Kingster is the theme for you.
Do you agree with my choices, or have I missed out a theme that you think deserves a mention? Please, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box below.