How to Choose a WordPress Theme for Your New Blog
Choosing the right WordPress theme for your site is a very important step in the site building process. Choose the wrong theme and you’ll end up with a design you’re unsatisfied with and a site that doesn’t help you reach your goals.
But, where do you start? After all, there are thousands of different themes for you to choose from, and you don’t have the time to sort through every single one. Trying to find the right theme can seem like quite the overwhelming task.
Below we highlight a few important considerations you’ll want to take into account when selecting a WordPress theme for your new blog.
What Are Your Needs?
Before you even begin the theme selection process it’s important that you take note of what you’re actually looking for in a WordPress theme. This will help you to narrow the selection process, so you can more easily find what you’re looking for.
The questions below might help you get started:
- What’s the purpose of your blog? Is it primarily an online journal, or do you want to build a business?
- Will video be the main focus of your blog?
- Do you need a static homepage or do you prefer a traditional blogroll?
- Do you want your blog to have a minimal, creative, or corporate feel?
- What level of customization do you require?
Beyond answering the questions above spend some time browsing other sites in your space, so you can get a feel for what you like, and what elements are must-haves for your own site.
Free or Premium?
Once you have a better idea of what you’re looking for it’s time to decide whether you’re going to go for a free or premium theme. Free themes make a solid choice if you’re not trying to monetize your blog in any way, or you don’t demand any extensive customization features.
There are a lot of high-quality free themes, but don’t expect the same level of support and customization options from free themes.
Premium themes are generally higher quality, come with support teams, and have an abundance of customization options. Typically, you’ll be able to find the perfect premium theme to fit your chosen niche.
What Else Should You Look for in a WordPress Theme?
When browsing for WordPress themes there are a few additional things you’ll want to keep in mind. Not every theme will have every single feature you desire, but that’s where WordPress plugins come in. Still, you’ll want to choose a theme that has the following features.
1. Responsive Design
Sadly, there are still themes out there on the market that aren’t responsive. With Google’s big mobile smackdown, your site needs to be mobile-friendly if you want to compete.
Make sure you check your theme’s responsiveness before you decide to install it on your site. Typically, you’ll be able to preview the theme on mobile, desktop, and landscape view before you decide to buy or download.
2. Extensive Customization Options
When you choose a WordPress theme the chances are high that there are dozens, or hundreds, of other websites out there using the same theme. For that reason, you’ll want to be able to easily customize your site to give it a unique look and feel.
We’re guessing you don’t want to have to hire a developer, and you prefer to customize your site yourself. If so, then you’ll need to ensure there’s extensive documentation, or tutorials, which will walk you through setting up and customizing your site.
3. Solid Reviews and Customer Feedback
Customer reviews don’t lie. Make sure to spend time reading customer reviews and feedback. If you find that the overall customer base is frustrated and can’t get the theme to work, then you should steer clear. There are plenty of themes on the market that have stellar customer reviews.
Where Can You Find WordPress Themes?
There are numerous places online where you can download free and premium themes. The best source for free WordPress themes is going to be the WordPress theme depository. You can even filter themes listed here by the features you’re looking for. The WordPress theme repository also has a selection of paid WordPress themes that are very high quality as well.
Here are three of the most popular sources for premium WordPress themes:
ThemeForest is one of the largest WordPress theme marketplaces on the internet. You have the ability to use search filters to find the exact theme you’re looking for. Plus, most of the themes here have dozens of reviews from past customers, so you can determine the actual quality of the theme before you buy.
StudioPress has an outstanding reputation for offering some of the highest quality themes on the market. You’ll be able to filter your search by theme features, or the niche you’re building your site in. All of their themes are easy to customize and come with extensive documentation to help you set up your theme and customize it accordingly.
3. Elegant Themes
Elegant Themes currently has a customer base of over 430,000. That number alone should tell you that their themes are high-quality. They offer a number of themes that are geared towards specific niches. All of their themes are rather “elegant.” The team has also developed a number of high-quality WordPress plugins that you might want to use as well.
Hopefully, the tips above will help you choose the best WordPress theme for your new WordPress blog.
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