The time is approaching. Soon, you’ll be launching something special and you need to tell the world about it. Installing a “Coming Soon” WordPress theme can do the trick. They’re a great tool for building audience anticipation before you officially hit that launch button. Today we’re reviewing some of our favorites.
The bad news is… most themes of this nature come at a cost. 🙁
The good news is… after scouring through the WordPress theme directory, we’ve uncovered a bunch of great free options you can use for your coming soon or launch page. 😀
In each mini review we cover what’s good about each one, their specific options/features, and which one might work best for you.
Then, when you do launch — BOOM! — the sky’s the limit.
Plugin vs. Theme: Which One Launches You Higher?
Before we continue, I recently published an in-depth article that provides useful insights on using coming soon plugins.
Inside I explain why coming soon pages are important and test several plugins. It’s worth reading as it goes hand in hand with the article you’re reading now.
In general, there are much more WordPress coming soon plugins than there are themes out there – all with varying specific features.
And as you’ll see, many of these themes do require additional help with their suggested plugins. Still, these coming soon themes have a standalone purpose.
After all, a theme might be the better way to go if you’re looking for the complete layout of your website to be geared towards launching.
Plus, a theme can work well if you’re after a simple coming soon/launch landing page – meaning you don’t necessarily have to install a whole bunch of plugin add-ons.
Use Both Coming Soon Themes and Plugins For Best Results
In my experience, both work best in unison together.
A standalone coming soon or launch theme can also be enhanced with a great plugin. Likewise, practically any theme can benefit from having a coming soon plugin.
It’s what suits your purpose the most efficiently.
What’s For Launch?
By the way, launching goes way beyond just websites.
A coming soon theme can also be a great tool to promote events like: A wedding, a new restaurant, book launch, online course, and much more!
Point is, no matter what type of site you plan to launch, a coming soon theme (like the ones below) can help you.
I’ve downloaded and tested all of the following free coming soon and launch themes. You won’t find any ‘fake’ reviews that are based solely off the theme website or description.
Let’s go through these and help you pick one that’ll put your next event/website into orbit.
Event Press by Nayra Themes is a free announcement and counting down until the “big day” theme. What’s impressive is all of the essentials are set up for you.
It’s suited for webinars, seminars, the launch
This article was written by Nathanael Fakes and originally published on WPMU DEV Blog.