Want to start an affiliate blog with WordPress but don’t know which WordPress theme to use? Here, we’ve covered the six best WordPress templates ideal for these types of websites. How have we shortlisted the templates? A successful website has the following features:
Fast: Websites with sponsored URLs should rank well in search engines. If its ranking is not good, it will have few visitors, and the earnings from the portal would be very low. Website speed is a search engine ranking signal, according to Google.
Layouts: A affiliate marketer may want to experiment with different layouts. If the theme doesn’t have many layout options, the site owner won’t be able to perform experiments. For example, if the opt-in form on a web portal is well-positioned, people will subscribe to your newsletter. Likewise, if the product/sponsored link is on a part of your website that is often in front of the visitor, the visitor may click on the link. Unless the theme lets you play with layouts, these two things won’t be possible.
Easy to set up: People use WordPress because, with WordPress, they can build a web portal without learning web technologies or writing code. If a WordPress template is complex, customizing it would be difficult.
Supports page builder: With page builders, you can create beautiful and unique pages for your website from scratch. If you want your website to look different from other websites, you must choose a WordPress affiliate theme that supports the leading page builders, such as Elementor or WP Bakery, or even Elementor alternatives.
Pre-designed layouts WP templates may have more than a dozen options. Thus, building a site may take some time. The fastest way to build a beautiful affiliate website is to import and use a starter, aka pre-made demos portals.
The themes we’ve covered below fulfill the above requirements.
A fast WordPress theme that we believe is perfect for affiliate portal is GeneratePress. GeneratePress lets users tweak the website layout and also has color customization options. As people go through the content on an affiliate site, you may not want the text on your website to hurt the eyes of the visitor. Here’s when the typography settings of GeneratePress come in handy. You can set your favorite Google font as the font of the text content in this WordPress template.
In GP, you can modify the header using the built-in header presets, header width option, and changing the alignment of the header. You can also create a footer with up to five columns in GeneratePress. GP supports the GeneratePress blocks page builder. The GP Blocks plugin enables you to create new layouts, add pictures to the pages, build attractive buttons, etc. Beautiful buttons can increase the conversion rate on an affiliate site. Generatepress free vs Premium? Which theme to use? We recommend GP Premium.
Another fast WordPress theme you can use to build an affiliate website is Astra. As in GP, you will find layout options in the settings section of Astra. This WP template has been developed by Brainstorm Force. Brainstorm Force is also the developer of the popular Gutenberg blocks extension Spectra. In Astra, you can create unique headers and footers using the header/footer builder. You can also set Google font for your affiliate website’s text content with this WP template and decrease/increase the blank space on the left, right, above, and below post content, and change the width of the sidebar.
Despite being a premium product, Divi is a widely used WordPress template. Divi is one of the most feature-rich and beautiful WP themes. Divi Builder is the reason why it has a substantial user base. It is one of the most powerful page builders ever built. On the official website of Divi, you will find dozens of beautiful layouts designed for Divi. You can thus import a layout that you think will suit your affiliate website to launch your website quickly. ElegantThemes, the developer of Divi, offers a powerful opt-in form builder, the Bloom plugin, with a Divi subscription plan. Bloom supports integration with many popular email marketing services.
Newspaper by tagDiv is marketed as a magazine theme, but as it ships with many header, single post layouts, and a page builder TD Composer, you can use it to build an affiliate website of various niches. Newspaper has many dedicated ad spots where you can put advertisements. It also has a post-splitter and review module built in. Post splitter lets users split a lengthy post into multiple parts. The review module accepts a rating, description, and title, as input and generates + inserts an SEO-friendly review schema in the website’s HTML code.
If you buy Divi, you will get two feature-rich premium plugins, Monarch and Bloom, and another responsive theme “Extra”. Extra is a magazine/newspaper niche WordPress website. Divi is not the only template by ElegantThemes that supports Divi Builder. Extra supports this page builder as well. Like tagDiv Newspaper, Extra lets you create review posts. The template also enables visitors to rate products.
Kadence is similar to Astra. Nevertheless, it is a great WordPress theme for affiliate sites. The major difference between Astra and Kadence is that you cannot move the single post elements up or down in Astra, but you can do so in Kadence. For example, a single post in Kadence boasts these elements – categories, meta, breadcrumb, excerpt, and title. You can move the meta above the title and breadcrumb at the end of the post content. In addition to customizing the single posts page, you can set one of these five layouts for it – right sidebar, full-width, left sidebar, normal, and narrow. You can also disable/enable the featured image on the posts. Everything you find on a page of the Kadence is customizable.
Note: Only two out of the five WordPress templates we’ve covered above have a review system built-in. Although the review schema isn’t important, if you do like to add to your review posts on your affiliate website, you can use Rank Math or SEOPress WordPress plugin. These two search engine optimization WordPress plugins support 10+ types of schemas.