Clean is the new trend in web design, and for good reason. It allows your business and your visitors to focus on whats important… your message.

As more and more businesses clean up their websites, it seems that a one size fits all theme with a page builder is becoming a useful tool for building a website.

Clean Business WordPress Theme


Some of the best looking, fastest loading clean business wordpress themes I’ve seen are Thrive themes. If you havent heard of Thrive yet, youre gonna love em. Thrive is the new kid on the block but they’re proving their worth quickly with some amazing built-in features, great design and solid code. I cant wait to follow this company as they grow.

Thrive themes are built for conversion, so marketers, small companies, just about anyone that has a goal in mind for their website will fall in love with their themes. And they make building super easy. Create sample sales pages, opt-in pages, legal pages and more with just a few clicks. The buit in page generator makes it easy to build fully featured, conversion-focused website in the shortest amount of time.

Choose from over 600 fonts, header layout styles, custom colors, so you get the perfect layout for your website every time. There are a number of themes to choose from and they all have Thrives great webpage builder software with amazing options.

And I think the best thing about Thrive themes is that they’ve taken care of my biggest pet peeve. Too many Plugins! Every time you install a plugin in wordpress, it slows your website down. It doesnt take long before your wordpress site is dragging along. Visitors and google alike hate slow websites. Thrive builds in common functions with ultra-lean, speed optimized features like social sharing feature, related posts feature, optimized image galleries, a font manager and more. Oh yes, and of course, they’re responsive so they look great on mobile devices. Thumbs up Thrive!

Check Out Thrive Themes

Here are some examples of their great design!







Check Out Thrive Themes

My Big 3

3 Must have plugins to go along with your wordpress website

Now, I know I expressed my opinion strongly about too many plugins, but there are some you just must have, and I will tell you why.

Zero Spam.
Wordpress by default adds a plugin called Akismet. The main goal of akismet is to block comment spam on your website. I was under the impression that akismet was the best there was for comment spam, even though my comments were littered with junk from people who were talking about everything but my content. Then I found zero spam. Now its a joy to read my comments because they’re only from people who actually READ my article and had something interesting to say! Zero spam also takes care of form spam too. The very first thing I do on any new website is uninstall Akismet, and add Zero Spam.

Wordfence Security.
When one of my clients came to me she was under attack! She had not kept her site updated and a nasty hacker was able to sneak in through her wordpress theme. Once we got the site cleaned up we installed WordFence, one of the best security plugins I’ve ever had the honor to see in action. WordFence will alert you by email when someone tries to log in. We set it to lock out users after 5 failed log in attempts. I felt so strongly protected with this plugin that it went onto every single one of my websites, immediately.

WordPress SEO by Yoast.
If you have the need to optimize your website for search engines, this is your plugin. Local businesses, anyone selling a specific product, or anyone with a targeted niche should have this plugin. WordPress SEO makes it extremely easy to optimize every page and post for your targeted keywords. It also has settings to verify google webmaster tools.