These days, finding a great Bootstrap theme is easier than finding a Starbucks to buy a cup of coffee. There are tons of free and premium Bootstrap themes everywhere.
But, when it comes to building a site, most people get stuck trying to decide between free and premium options. Mostly because a lot of free Bootstrap templates are just as gorgeous as the premium Bootstrap templates.
So, which is the best option for building a quality website?
In this article, we’ll give you an answer to that question. Keep reading to find out.
The True Price Behind “Free” templates
There’s an old Japanese proverb that gives a simple answer to the free vs premium debate:
There is nothing more expensive than something free
And even free Bootstrap templates can come with a cost.
Imagine building your business website using a free template and not knowing how to update your theme when a new version of Bootstrap comes along. Or seeing hundreds, and maybe thousands, of websites using the same theme around the web.
Ask yourself, would you go through all this trouble and risk your business just to save a couple of dollars?
The Many Benefits Of Premium templates
Premium Bootstrap templates sold by marketplaces goes through a careful process that test and scan every page for their effectiveness and vulnerabilities. These templates not only comes with A-Grade designs, but also comes with plenty of additional features, such as:
- A detailed documentation.
- Continuous long term updates.
- Customer support.
- Unique and responsive designs.
- Affordable prices.
Check out these premium Bootstrap theme marketplaces and see how affordable the templates really are.
WrapBootstrap is the most popular marketplace exclusively built for Bootstrap templates. Since its launch back in 2012, the marketplace went on to help designers sell their creations and for businesses to find high-quality templates for building websites.
Currently, WrapBootstrap features around 1000 premium templates. All the templates on this site have been carefully selected by the expert team behind WrapBootstrap and are offered at affordable prices starting at only $5.
The best-selling theme on the site, Unify, is a multi-purpose website theme that comes with 6 complete independent packages for building either a One Page website, a Shop, Blog or a business site. It has already sold over 23000 copies.
Themeforest is a well-known marketplace for WordPress and HTML website templates, but it also sells Bootstrap powered website templates as well. Their collection of Bootstrap templates includes a little over 1,700 templates, including Bootstrap templates built for WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal.
All templates on Themeforest comes with a quality check by Envato, free future updates, and 6 months of customer support by the theme creator.
Metronic, the best-selling Bootstrap theme on Themeforest costs $28. It’s an admin theme for building apps such as admin dashboards, eCommerce backends and it features over 500 template pages.
Similar to Themeforest, Template Monster also sells a mixed collection of Bootstrap templates of over 4,800.
In addition to 24/7 free support, PSD files, and free updates, one of the great features of Template Monster templates is that it gives you 7-15 hi-resolution stock photos to build your site, for free.
Transportation is one of the best-selling templates on Template Monster. Priced at $75, this theme comes with several page layouts and an online chat template.
Bootstrap Skins is a new marketplace launched in 2015, but the site already boasts a massive collection of over 1100 premium Bootstrap templates.
This fast-growing marketplace features Bootstrap templates for WordPress, Magento, as well as PrestaShop and OpenCart.
The Gitex business template is the best-selling theme on Bootstrap Skins, which is a great theme for building a blog or a portfolio website.
Mojo Marketplace is a popular and growing marketplace filled various types of high-quality Bootstrap templates. This site has a small yet impressive selection of Bootstrap templates that comes with mega menus and retina-ready designs.
The best-selling theme on the site, Ink, is a stylish multi-purpose theme designed specifically for personal blogs and magazines. It even comes with “$150 worth of goodies”.
GridGum is a fairly new marketplace made for Bootstrap and WordPress templates. The site has over 300 Bootstrap templates on sale at the moment of this writing.
Cramb, the best-selling theme on the site is a landing page theme that sells at $4. It includes 5 predefined color schemes, a pricing table, and support for IE9.
You may have heard about Creative Market as a site for downloading graphics, stock photos, and fonts, but what you didn’t know is that it’s also a marketplace for Bootstrap templates.
With a listing of over 750 Bootstrap templates, Creative Market has a wide range of templates at different prices. The best-selling theme, Incanto, is a multipurpose theme that includes 5 multi-page layouts, 5 one-page variants, and much more for $15.
89 theme authors supply over 200 Bootstrap templates and templates through BootstrapBay website under a range of price tags starting at $10.
The best-seller, ZTheme, is a responsive Bootstrap theme with over 55 HTML pages and 20 predefined colors. It’s the ideal theme for an agency website, a blog, or a one-page website.