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Themes vs. WordPress Templates – Exploring the Differences

To understand the differences between WordPress themes, WordPress template, and Template kits – we must evaluate the differences between WordPress themes, templates, and Elementor Template Kits. WordPress themes and templates alike can even be considered the building blocks of any WordPress website design workflow.

What are WordPress Themes ?

WordPress themes are the foundation for complete WordPress website designs, determining the overall look and functionality controlling the site’s front-end design. The foundation includes the entire design and all of the web components, color palettes, backgrounds, headers and footers, typography, page layouts, sizing, positioning, etc.





WordPress Themes and WordPress Templates are oftentimes mistakenly confused. Themes usually require that you use a certain layout with limited available customizations. 

Theme markets use pre-designed layouts, which are often bloated, slow and often bundled with a proprietary page builder which you’re forced to use. Otherwise your page layouts will break causing images and design elements to appear to be jumbled code.




WordPress Templates

WordPress templates differ to themes particularly because the only pertain to certain website pages, and does not apply to the entire site. Templates are single-page layouts available within a WordPress theme. WordPress themes actually come with their own templates sometimes, which may even include multiple variations of one type of page such as a template for a blog post page that will come in multiple versions such as a full-width version, a narrow-width single column layout, and a two column double-wide layout.

WordPress Templates are used and applied to individual pages within the WordPress page editor with special templates for designated page-types such as archive pages, homepages, contact pages, and photo galleries. 

A “template” is one specific part of your theme, so you would have separate templates for each section of your site for example:

  • Header
  • Blog Post Design
  • Blog List Design
  • Footer
  • Etc.

These templates can considered building blocks that can then be assembled into complete websites, kind of like legos. Elementor takes  it even one step further with a feature called Template Kits offering pre-built sets of templates you can use to create a cohesive design.

Elementor Restaurant Website Template Kit

Differences Between WordPress Themes and Templates: 

The Basic Difference between WordPress Themes and WordPress Templates are the number pf pages each one applies to. Themes affect the design of the entire website, and templates only affect the layout of single pages of a website. .

Another difference is in terms of quantities, you can only have one WordPress theme active at a time, yet you can have multiple templates on your site. You can also assign one template for your blog, and another for your portfolio. You can even include multiple templates, meaning you can have a header template on one page and a separate Footer template that same page. Most commonly, separate templates will be used for each area of your website. This means you might have a Header template on one page and another Footer template for that very same page. When using templates, you will most commonly use separate templates for each area of your site.

What Are Template Kits?

Template kits are use for individual pages of a site. Elementor Template kits are sets of page templates made available as collections based on a certain theme or website-type.Take a closer look at Elementor Templates Library and you will see that they are built as groups of individual templates intended to be combined into a single cohesive site. in our Restaurant Website Template Kit, each page consists of templates for each page that any standard restaurant will need to use, as well as templates for individual components, including pop ups, headers, footers, contact forms, and so on.


Templates vs. Template Kits

However synonymous they may sound, and both WordPress templates and Template kits contain pre-determined design elements which can be used on a page-by-page or even component-based bases. However, Template Kits are, by default are a collection of templates that are not only theme-based, but are “full package deals” which include every page and design component needed to build a site of a certain category. Template kits are easier to edit and make them your own, while templates are more hard-coded.

What are the Differences Between Template Kits and Themes?

Template Kits are similar to themes in that each template in the kit uses the same color scheme, typography, spacing conventions, essentially the same brand assets and motifs. However, these kits are also different to themes in that you have more options to make your own design customizations.

Themes vs Theme Builders

What are the key differences between WordPress themes and theme builders? It’s important to understand the differences when selecting the best approach for developing, designing or rebuilding your WordPress site. Is it better to use an existing WordPress theme design, or does it make more sense designing your own with a theme builder? 

Knowledge Is Power

Now because you have a better understanding of which WordPress resources are available for your site, you can see why assets such as Template Kits will make your web creation process even more robust, smooth and simple to complete. The scope of what you can do with WordPress sites knows no bounds, and maximizing the potential of Template Kits, WordPress themes, templates and page builders will allow you to breed better results than ever before.

Landon Shipman
Web Designer