Would you believe there are over 31,000 WordPress themes currently on the market? Yikes! Of course, the number of WordPress themes for health coaches specifically is nowhere near that amount. Still, there are plenty to choose from, even in a small niche such as ours. Here are some tips to choose one that’s best for you.
What to Look for in a Health Coach WordPress Theme
Since you’re reading this article, it’s clear you understand how essential a website is for running a successful health coaching business.
(Don’t have a website yet? Check out our complete guide on how to create a health coaching website or get a custom site designed for you with this great site design service for health coaches.)
So what image do you want to portray with your website? How do you want to come across to your visitors? Much of this messaging comes down to the appearance of your website and that’s where WordPress themes come in…
A WordPress theme is basically a collection of templates and stylesheets that perform certain functions and give a website a particular “look.” There are two types of WordPress themes, free and premium. We recommend premium for the following reasons:
- Free themes are generic, and many other people use them. Premium themes have many customization options to make your website unique.
- Free themes often have lots of bugs and few offer built-in SEO. Premium themes are SEO-optimized and tend to have cleaner code for fast loading.
- Premium theme creators regularly update themes. Free themes are usually only sporadically updated.
- Premium theme creators provide free support. Free themes often don’t.
Now, as you might imagine, there are a lot of variabilities when it comes to WordPress themes and this extends to premium health coach themes as well. That’s why you need to keep certain things in mind when evaluating them. Here’s what to look for:
1. Visually Appealing
Your site’s content may be as eloquent as a Shakespearean sonnet, but it’s not going to work if it looks unattractive. A major barrier to user engagement is a cluttered theme. A simple, clean design and easy-to-read fonts are much more user-friendly than a chaotic, confusing jumble.
White space is also important for streamlining your theme – an open area around an object that makes your page scannable. Colors are also important for strategically evoking specific psychological effects.
As a health coach, your theme should also be optimized for sales. Surprisingly, few themes have opt-in boxes, so you’ll need to find a theme with opt-in capabilities or use a third-party premium plugin like Thrive Leads, which is what we use on our sites.
(For tips on how to optimize the appearance of your health coaching website, check out our dedicated guide to website design for health coaches).
2. Easy to Customize
If you want your theme to be distinctive, you’ll want to choose one with a customizable design. Themes can either be built into the WordPress template, created with plugins, or both. Most come with dashboards for super-simple one-click personalization of fonts, colors, backgrounds, and more.
You don’t need to be a graphic designer because all the elements can be placed via drag-and-drop. Even better, you don’t need any programming skills. Just remember that customization should enhance template design rather completely overhaul it.
3. Helpful Built-In Features
A bloated theme is overstuffed with features that can significantly slow down your site and lead to security flaws. Your end user notices bloat when a theme loads slowly or becomes difficult to use. The fact is both you and your visitors aren’t likely to use many of these features because they’re merely nice-to-haves.
You can provide a better user experience by eliminating unnecessary plugins. Each time you have a plugin running on your template, its code needs to be uploaded, slowing down the entire system. That’s why it’s best to deactivate and delete unused plugins.
When your theme contains only the code you need, you’ll reduce bloat.
4. Fast Loading Time
When your site loads slowly, you put yourself at the mercy of impatient visitors who will quickly move on. Even if your site takes the optimal three to five seconds to load, your bounce rate increases by 32 percent. In only one to five seconds, that figure skyrockets to a 90 percent bounce rate increase!
Visitors literally expect websites to load in the blink of an eye, and while that isn’t possible (yet), your theme should be optimized for the fastest load time possible.
If you want visitors to find your site, you’ll need it to be SEO-friendly. SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, refers to tactics that help your website rank high in the search engines. This makes your site more visible to people seeking your specialization.
Few beginners can analyze a theme’s source code themselves, but thankfully most premium themes are optimized for SEO. Be aware, though, that even if a theme looks amazing, it may be poorly coded, resulting in a sluggish load time that will hurt your Google ranking. Never trust themes that aren’t optimized.
6. Mobile Responsive
This year, 63.7 percent of all web surfers accessed the internet from their phones. Additionally, there were 3.7 billion worldwide mobile users in 2018. You can see the importance of mobile responsiveness.
A mobile-responsive website is one that looks good on small or large screens. A good theme’s layout resizes whenever the screen size changes. Having a mobile-responsive site is particularly important for Google rankings.
Most website themes have demos you can try to ensure mobile-readiness. You can also use an online mobile-friendly test tool to check page readability.
7. Browser Compatible
When choosing a theme, remember that visitors use different browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. Your template may look fine on one browser but not another.
While WordPress developers typically test compatibility (also called cross-browser compatibility), it doesn’t hurt to double-check it yourself, using a free compatibility tool such as Comparium.
12 Best Health Coach WordPress Themes
You can’t build a health coach blog on the WordPress platform without using a WordPress theme, but deciding on one can be difficult when there are so many to choose from. To help make the process easier for you, we’ve reviewed 12 of the best themes available for health coaches…
1. Coaching by ThimPress
Coaching by ThimPress is a WordPress template specifically made for coaches, motivational speakers, trainers, and mentors. It’s a versatile theme offering four homepage demo websites that enable you to create a unique design.
Coaching doesn’t take much time to install. With one click, you’ll be able to get your site up and running in a few minutes. Its drag-and-drop page builder and precise column layouts also streamline the process. It’s super simple and requires no coding experience to use it.
The theme has many other impressive elements, such as unlimited colors, multiple header layouts, Google fonts, fancy parallax effects, as well as multilingual language translator capabilities. Thanks to responsive code, these features work fluidly across all devices.
If you intend on selling products as part of your health coaching business, you can open a professional online store via WooCommerce, a free WordPress plugin that integrates well with Coaching. Like the Coaching template itself, WooCommerce is newbie-friendly and you really don’t need to know any code at all.
Coaching has a unique capability called LearnPress, an e-learning management plugin. With this feature, you can create online educational materials, courses, and quizzes. You can provide educational services regardless of your location or your clients’. LearningPress is considered to be the most powerful plugin for education-related sites.
Check out Coaching by ThimPress here.
2. Guillermo by TemplateMonster
You don’t have to be an expert coder to professionally set up Guillermo by TemplateMonster. Specifically designed for coaches, Guillermo comes with a large library of presets, over 500 Google web fonts, and drag-and-drop functionality.
Moreover, the theme includes more than 25 modules to add different types of content to your pages, including audio, buttons, contact forms, pricing tables, and countdown timers. Guillermo also has custom widgets, including sliders, post carousels, and social media widgets that enhance your content presentation.
Guillermo offers a wide variety of layout choices and a Live Customizer that lets you experiment with your theme’s design in real-time before finalizing your choice. You can also save your favorite layouts to a built-in library and easily access them when adding a new page. All Guillermo’s features work extremely well because of its clean, structured code.
This template looks great on mobile or desktop, on all browsers, and at any resolution. It’s SEO-optimized to meet Google’s standards and has themes with multiple language options for translation in multiple foreign languages. Amazingly, Guillermo has 24/7 customer service – with real people!
One of the best features of Guillermo is its appointment-setting function. An appointment manager plugin permits clients to check out your schedule and book directly on your site, so you don’t get bogged down with this type of clerical work. This can potentially save you from having to install a separate premium booking plugin or integrating your site with a cloud-based booking program.
Check out Guillermo by TemplateMonster here.
3. Health Coach by ThemeKalia
Health Coach by ThemeKalia is a quick, intuitive theme builder, which doesn’t require any coding skills. With just one click, you can install a beautiful, polished website. Creating pages is also super-simple. With the help of a powerful drag-and-drop page builder, you can seamlessly create attractive, professional-looking pages.
Health Coach is ready to use straight out of the box and comes with demo content to give you an idea of what pages look like. You can then add use the drag-and-drop page builder to add your own original content onto the predesigned pages.
You don’t immediately have to commit yourself to a design. The WordPress Customizer allows you to first preview how your site will look in real-time. If you have some hiccups along the way, Health Coach provides in-depth documentation guides to help customize your template.
More than 600 Google web fonts are available to fine-tune your page’s appearance. The premium slider plugin also jazzes things up with animation and special effects. Forms are a breeze too, with the form-creation and customization tool, Contact Form 7. This form builder also protects your forms from spammers.
Health Coach is one-hundred percent fluid responsive, looks great on all devices, and is retina-ready. It’s also designed to look good on all browsers. Health Coach also supports multilingual layouts, so your message can have a greater reach.
Check out Health Coach by ThemeKalia here.
4. Health Coach by StylemixThemes
Health Coach by StylemixThemes makes it easy to set up your website with a single click. Afterward, you can place your choice of elements anywhere you want via the free Visual Composer drag-and-drop page builder. This way you can focus on the outcome, instead of the process.
Health Coach offers plenty of creative choices when building your site, including many preset color schemes, as well as custom colors and FontAwesome icons. They have a mammoth library of more than 800 Google web fonts, as well as parallax and video backgrounds. If you want to fine-tune your page even more, Health Coach comes with the Slider Revolution plugin, which helps you create advanced sliders with images, videos, posts, social media, and other content.
Health Coach has a super-responsive design developed to display perfectly across all gadgets your clients are likely to use – even SmartWatches. Health Coach packs cross-browser compatibility with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and IE9+. The theme provides regular, free updates ensuring your site functions smoothly and retains its appearance.
Also, if you hit upon any obstacles, Health Coach provides comprehensive documentation, as well as professional troubleshooters who provide an answer within 24 hours.
Check out Health Coach by StylemixThemes here.
5. HealthFlex by PlethoraThemes
PlethoraThemes developed HealthFlex as a website-building solution for health, beauty, and medical professionals. Super-simple to use, HealthFlex can be set up quickly and easily via its one-click demo importer. After that, you can build out your site with an easy drag-and-drop function driven by WordPress’ brawny Visual Composer plugin.
HealthFlex gives you plenty of customization options so you can tweak things to your liking, including fonts, icons, sliders, testimonials, contact forms, Google Maps, and attractive parallax backgrounds and custom colors.
The theme also comes with a default color scheme that’s simple, yet effective, as well as animations and sleek section separators. All are supported by the powerful Redux Options Framework and can be integrated with the Events Calendar plugin.
HealthFlex offers seven demos for health coaches, medical clinics, dental clinics, medical conferences, yoga studios, and pediatricians. There’s also a demo to set up an Ecwid e-shop that allows you to calculate shipping and taxes. To help connect you with the big, wide world of potential clients, the theme is translation-compatible with any language.
HealthFlex is designed to load lightning-fast. It also adapts to large and small screens, and all browsers, ensuring your clients and visitors will have a seamless experience when visiting your site.
Check out HealthFlex by PlethoraThemes here.
6. LifeHealth by TemplateMonster
LifeHealth by TemplateMonster is an agile and tech-savvy template with clean, structured code and a simple, no-coding-knowledge-necessary setup. Once you’ve installed the theme, you can simply use the drag-and-drop tool to place elements where you want them.
The template is a chock-full of more than 25 content modules to add calls-to-action, buttons, maps, headers, menus, pricing tables, breadcrumbs, color scheme, favicon, logo, and more than 500 web fonts and other presets from the Google Library. You can also include post carousels, simple sliders, and social media widgets, along with free custom sidebar plugins.
LifeHealth comes with a sophisticated parallax effect, which is a front-end visual technique involving foreground images that move more slowly than the background, creating the illusion of three dimensions.
Another nice feature is that you can preview your page live before saving it. This way, you’ll know what the finished page looks like without having to reload it.
It’s also search engine-optimized, ensuring targeted visitors will come across your site. You’ll also communicate more effectively with visitors worldwide though LifeHealth’s WordPress multilingual plugin, which translates web pages, blog posts, custom posts, and menus.
Equally important when communicating clearly with clients is ease of screen readability. LifeHealth addresses this with fluidity across all screen sizes, as well as browser compatibility.
If you get stuck, LifeHealth’s online help center contains lots of useful information, including installation instructions, helpful articles, and tutorials. Still baffled? LifeHealth has 24/7 phone support – with real, live people!
Check out LifeHealth by TemplateMonster here.
7. Livstrong by Mojo Marketplace
Livstrong by Mojo Marketplace is a superior theme optimized for health and wellness coaches, dietitians, nutritionists, and therapists. Like some others on this list, it’s built on the Bootstrap framework, which is acknowledged as the best website-building framework.
The theme is easy to install and master even if you have zero programming skills. Livstrong comes with a free version of the powerful Elementor plugin, a fast, simple drag-and-drop page builder. Even better, it’s free of drag-and-drop lag-time issues.
All design elements are customizable, including typography, layouts and colors, as well as four header layouts and column choices. A huge library of Google fonts is also available for embellishing your design scheme.
With Livstrong, you can preview your page live to view its appearance before publishing. It’s fully responsive, so it’s sure to look clean and organized on all devices, browsers, and screen resolutions.
Livestrong includes a chock-full of custom plugins and widgets, including About, Recent Posts, and Social Network. It supports blog post formats including standard, video, audio, image, quote, and link.
The theme also offers three layout options: no sidebar, left sidebar, and right sidebar. The WordPress slider is free and supports embedded text, images, YouTube videos, and Vimeo videos.
A cool Livestrong feature is Schema Markup, which boosts SEO by clearly providing information to search engines. The theme is also enhanced by language translation, so you can easily communicate with visitors worldwide.
Check out Livstrong by Mojo Marketplace here.
8. Melanie Hanson by ThemeREX
Melanie Hanson is a theme intended for health coach blogs and lifestyle magazines. It’s fully customizable so that you can design a theme that exudes your personality and draws maximum traffic.
The theme features convenient one-click installation that allows you to create a website that’s identical to the theme demo. In a single click, you can easily and conveniently change the demo data, text, images, color, and add your own logo without using editing code. This means you don’t have to be a programming whiz to seamlessly use Melanie Hanson.
If you want to go crazy with even more features, the template offers parallax effect backgrounds, cross-browser compatibility, Fontello icons, a customizable Google map, and a free WooCommerce plugin. Plus, it’s translation-ready.
The theme comes pre-packaged with many page templates including Archives, Full Width, and a nice selection of additional custom templates to dress up your site. Also included in the theme package are many custom widgets, including Flickr and Twitter.
Melanie Hanson is compatible with many widgets not packaged with the theme, including WooCommerce, Visual Composer, Essential Grid, Slider Revolution, Tribe Events Calendar, and Recipe Card – a widget that optimizes recipes for search engines and produces nutrition information.
Melanie Hanson is optimized for all devices, so you can be assured that all visitors get the same experience when they enter your site. The template comes with optimization specifically for mobile and includes swipe effect and retina-ready layout.
Check out Melanie Hanson by ThemeREX here.
9. Nutrie by TemplateMonster
Specifically designed for health coaches, Nutrie by TemplateMonster is a modern, dynamic, and straightforward theme. Like others on this list, Nutrie doesn’t require any programming experience to set up. Within a few minutes, you can get the theme up and running and use its drag and drop feature to start building out your site.
Nutrie brims with more than 25 content modules and a library of presets that allow you to add lots of detailed content, including a countdown timer, contact forms, buttons, blurbs, audio, and dividers. With seven header layouts, its Live Customizer lets you personalize your site with several theme options.
The theme also comes with custom widgets to provide increased efficiency, including simple sliders, post carousel, and social media widgets. Nutrie also includes a pack of proprietary plugins, including pop-ups, sidebars, team members, testimonials, trending, and services. With 500 Google web fonts available, you can customize your site even further.
Any changes you make can be made without having to reload the page to get them just right. The theme also allows you to save pages in Nutrie’s built-in library, so you can access them on-the-fly when creating a new page.
Nutrie has advanced booking forms so that clients can see your schedule and simply book their own appointments.
Want to add an online store to your health coaching site? Nutrie’s Ecwid tool allows you to build an e-commerce store within a few minutes, complete with a shopping cart.
Check out Nutrie by TemplateMonster here.
10. Nutritia by TemplateMonster
Not to be confused with Nutrie, Nutritia by TemplateMonster is a good choice if you’re a nutritionist, dietician or anyone who wants to have a healthy food website.
Like others on this list, you can set up your site with one simple click without having to know how to code. It’s built on a Bootstrap framework with ultra-sensitive capabilities that allow pages to be displayed on any screen. Your content will also look good, and consistent, on any screen resolution.
Nutritia comes with plenty of attractively pre-designed pages including Our Team, Appointment Booking, FAQ, Testimonials, and About Me/Us. In case people want to ask you questions, they can get in touch through the user-friendly contact form.
The theme is packed with plugins and widgets to present your services with your own unique style and flair. Nutritia includes a dynamic slider, drop-down menu, gallery, contact form, newsletter subscription form, and social media options.
Nutritia also supports Google web fonts, cross-browser compatibility, and retina technology. It’s also WPML-ready so that anyone in any country can understand and connect with your message.
The theme is integrated with a visible page builder, enabling you to make quick changes to the theme’s layout without having to go anywhere near a line of code. Nutritia offers free lifetime updates so your pages’ appearance and functionality are never compromised.
Check out Nutritia by TemplateMonster here.
11. Organic Food by BoldThemes
While specifically created for nutritionists, cooking schools, organic farms, and food delivery services, Organic Food by BoldThemes will also work effectively for health coaches. Perfect for newbies with no web building experience, this theme makes it possible to design beautiful, effective pages without the hassle of coding.
The theme is loaded with features that are compatible with both old and new browsers, including unique page transitions, interesting typography, customizable quote calendar, charts support, and a whopping 800 Google web fonts.
Organic Food offers a live preview that allows you to see real-time revisions before you commit to saving them. It also comes with plugins, such as Events, Gallery, Analytics, Maps, and Search to help make your website look polished and professional. A WooCommerce shop is already part of the theme as well, and can easily be set up.
Organic Food is fluid across all devices and is retina-ready. It’s equipped to translate foreign languages so that your site will have more universal appeal, which equates to more traffic and conversions.
Check out Organic Food by BoldThemes here.
12. Tribe Coach by LaunchandSell
Tribe Coach is uniquely designed for female coaches. It has a light, airy design as opposed to a more serious, corporate style. It’s amply equipped with seven pre-made custom pages for easy import of content, right and left sidebars, four custom widgets, and social share buttons.
The theme has over eight block combinations for a wide array of layouts, four custom widgets, unlimited colors, and more than 600 Google web fonts. Tribe Coach has a one-click import demo to get the customization process rolling as effortlessly as possible.
You can add embellishments such as a Praise Page/Testimonials. These comments can make your site a more effective marketing device and boost your credibility. Tribe Coach comes with About Me, a pre-built Services and Products page, As Featured In, and Contact Form.
Like many other themes on this list, TribeCoach offers WooCommerce support, a plugin that enables you to sell your e-courses, ebooks, and services. It’s extremely flexible, with two styles to match your products, more than 20 customizable options, a customizable purchase button, and direct checkout feature.
Check out Tribe Coach by LaunchandSell here.
Which WordPress Theme is Right for You?
Looking over the reviews of these twelve WordPress themes, you’ll probably notice some differences between them, but also some commonalities, such as the following:
- One-click installation
- Multiple header layouts
- Fully customizable
- Hundreds of available Google fonts
- Custom widgets
- Page builder included (free version only)
- Responsive and retina-ready
- Plus many other features…
Given the similarities, which theme should you pick? While you can’t go wrong with any of them, we’re particularly partial to Health Coach by StylemixThemes because it’s attractive, well-built, user-friendly, packed with great features, and offers great support.
To learn more about the Health Coach theme, click here.
So, what are your thoughts about our choices for the best WordPress themes for health coaches? Leave your comments below!Sources
This was very detailed and helpful for choosing a compatible website to the type of coaching you are providing; though you did mention one of the 5, are there any other you recommend? Are they all Template Monster themes? I honestly liked the sound of Health Coach by ThemeKalia, it sounds very easy to set up and seems very well put together. Is this one of the five? Either way this is the one I personally would with.
Thank you again for taking the time to give thorough and honest descriptions of each theme.
Hi Robert, Health Coach by ThemeKalia is sold through ThemeForest and yes, it’s a perfectly fine theme. Hope that helps!
WOW! I am so impressed by the variety of themes that you presented. I’m also completely bummed by my own blah theme. LOL
I’ve always been leery of custom themes as I’m not good with coding but it seems that with quite a few that you recommend this is unnecessary. Picking a theme that is feature rich, looks good on different browsers, is well supported, offers SEO support and STILL loads quickly is necessary these days. Your descriptions and recommendations are spot on.
Would you happen to know if these companies also sell themes that fill other niches or are they specifically targeted just to health coaches? I also have a gardening site that desperately needs a face lift. Is there anything you could recommend?
Thank you for the well written, comprehensive article!
Hi there, since I’m not in the gardening niche, I can’t recommend specific themes to you. However, I just searched for “gardening themes” at both Mojo Marketplace and TemplateMonster and there are plenty there to choose from. Hope that helps!
You are to be commended for presenting an article on themes. When I have started new websites, that always is the most difficult early task for me, selecting a theme. There are so many choices! Good for you, for gathering details together to help us choose.
I agree that the Health Coach theme by StylemixThemes looks like a good choice, but then, all of them look good. I notice you didn’t include prices. Since these are paid themes, I’m curious if the price differs from one to the other, and if so, by how much.
Thanks for taking some of the mystery out of selecting a theme that works well with the health coach niche.
Hi Fran, the prices of the themes range from around $60 to $80. Thanks for your input!