The 12 best HTML5 template designs

Discover HTML5 templates that will ensure your site looks great and is customisable.

Recently, I wrote an article featuring the 10 best free HTML5 templates. Today, I'd like to share my top picks for the 12 best premium HTML5 template designs for your site.

With so many free templates available, the obvious question becomes: why would you pay for an HTML5 template? Honestly, the reasons to pay for a template can range from showing support for the developer who created the template, to buying ongoing customer support either from the developers or the template warehouse.

In addition, paid templates often have more customisable options than their free counterparts. They might also include additional features such as responsive web design and parallax scrolling. In the end, you'll need to decide which works best for you, your site and your budget. If you decide to purchase a premium HTML5 template, my picks are as follows:

01. Shots

Shots features eight homepage styles and more than 10 portfolio styles
  • Price: $16

This multipurpose HTML5 and Bootstrap template is nice and versatile; whatever your business, you'll be able to set it up to showcase your work. It features eight homepage styles and over 10 portfolio styles, plus responsive carousels and four colour skins.

02. Artist Portfolio

This template's easy to stamp your own personality upon
  • Price: $69

Artist Portfolio is a simple responsive HTML5 template that's ideal for showing off your creative work, and it's easy to personalise and add your own assets to give your finished site a custom look.

03. NowaDays

NowaDays is a great catch-all option with plenty of features
  • Price: $19

NowaDays is a powerful responsive HTML5 template that's suitable for all manner of applications; it comes with 16 different homepages, with single and multipage layouts, and all the features you'll need including parallax scrolling, smooth animation and optimised load speeds.

04. SmartStart

HTML5 template

If you want something simple and clean, check this template out
  • Price: $17

A great template if you're looking for something that's simple and clean. This template features responsive design, Google Web Fonts, PSDs and documentation. It also includes an Ajax contact form.

05. Locus

HTML5 template

This one-pager features three different skins
  • Price: $14

A one-page responsive design that includes three different skins, each with their own background. This template also includes a working contact form and filtered portfolio. The filtered portfolio includes some wicked cool animations too.

06. Lychee

HTML5 template

Lychee is also available in WordPress flavour
  • Price: $17

Easily my favourite one on the list, Lychee offers a 100% responsive design along with either a one-page or multi-page theme. Even better, there's a WordPress version available.

07. Botanic Garden Website

HTML5 template

Can't find a template for your botanic garden? Sorted!
  • Price: $69

Another responsive design, Botanic Garden includes a parallax effect to help draw visitors into a truly immersive web experience. In addition, a stick-to-top menu is included to make navigation easy. This would be a great template for a Landscape company.

08. Motor Website Template

HTML5 template

The punters will love this template's online chat feature
  • Price: $69

The Motor Website Template, like the Botanic Garden, includes a parallax effect and a stick-to-top menu. As an added bonus, this template includes an online chat feature as well.

09. Polo Responsive Website Template

HTML5 template

Polo will look great whatever platform you view it on
  • Price: $69

A simple, yet elegant theme, the Polo Responsive Website Template offers Google Web Fonts, contact form and interactive Google map tool. Of course, this theme is also responsive so it'll look good on desktops, tables, and phones.

10. Dimson Website Template

HTML5 template

Dimson packs some great features into its simple layouts
  • Price: $69

Dropdown menu, Favicon, Google maps and more, this template is clean, simple and easy on the eyes. This template also includes a project gallery and parallax effect.

11. Pet Center - One / Multi Page Vets

HTML5 template

This responsive template's perfect for medical businesses
  • Price: $25

A fully responsive single or multi page design, this template offers sticky menus, an ajax contact form, four different blog page options and parallax background images. This template works best for a medical-type business like a dentist's office or veterinary clinic.

12. Simrik

HTML5 template

This minimal portfolio template is well worth a look
  • Price: $25

Clean and minimal is the name of the game with this template. Includes 10 color schemes, layered PSD, widgets and more. If you're a creative looking for a nice portfolio template, this one might just fit the bill.


Tammy Coron is an independent creative professional and the host of two podcasts – Roundabout: Creative Chaos and Invisible Red. She's also the organizer of Indie DevStock, and the founder of Just Write Code, a small independent production company based in West Tennessee. In addition to working on her own projects, Tammy is a contributor on Creative Bloq,, iMore and When she’s not earning a living, Tammy enjoys spending time on her farm with her husband and their two sons.