The 10 best HTML5 template designs

With so many free HTML5 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 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. Porto

Build a distinctive site will this highly customisable template
  • Price: $17

This is a popular, well-supported and highly flexible template that you can use for just about anything. It contains layouts suitable for many different purposes, and you can use it with WordPress, Drupal, Shopify and more. 

02. Canvas

Bootstrap-based and crammed with features
  • Price: $16

Canvas is similar to Porto in that you can use it for just about any purpose, and it's packed with layout options for portfolios, blogs, ecommerce sites and more. It's Bootstrap-based, and there are over 1000 UI features at your disposal. 

03. 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.

04. 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.

05. 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.

06. Lychee

HTML5 template

Lychee is also available in WordPress flavour
  • Price: $15

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.

Contributions: Creative Bloq staff

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