When it comes to starting a new blog, or revamping an existing blog, choosing a WordPress theme will be one of the most important decisions you make.
While most people are focused on what their blog or website looks like, the fact of the matter is there are more things to think about when choosing a WordPress theme. Let’s take a closer look at how to choose a blog theme that works the best for you.
A WordPress theme is something that allows you to customize the look and feel of your site. Themes in WordPress have the ability to change your theme’s page layout, color, fonts, and more.
Many WordPress themes still require some sort of setting change to get them the way you want them to look. Some have an easy to use graphical user interface, while others require some level of programming to make them work.
Remember, WordPress themes make your blog look pretty by making changes to the programming of your website. This is something very important that not many people think about.
Depending on how the theme was programmed, these changes the theme makes may have a big impact on your site.
Here are the things you really need to think about when it is time to pick a new WordPress theme:
When you are ready to start seriously looking at WordPress theme sites, there are a many many places out there to look.
Here are the best WordPress theme sites I always use when looking for a new theme:
These websites all have a huge directory of themes to choose from.
Now that you know what you need to keep in mind when it comes to choosing a WordPress theme, it is time to make your choice. Here is a step by step process for choosing a WordPress theme.
After you choose your theme and purchase it, do not forget there will be customization work you must do. If you are not doing it yourself, be sure you have ample time and budget to have a professional assist you. Upwork is a great place to find WordPress pros to help you out.
I wish I knew everything I did now many years ago! With my first website, I specifically picked themes based on the ability to make my website have pink colors with minimal optimization.
This was a very very poor choice on my part. I did not understand how a WordPress site worked back then, or the implications of picking a bad theme.
The theme has not been updated in a number of years, and has very large files that it loads for my users. This means I had to do all sorts of weird stuff to increase my site speed. It is also not customizable enough for mobile out of the box, because when I bought it mobile was not as popular as it is today.
Had I used the knowledge I now have, I would have never picked that WordPress theme, but I learned many important lessons I can now share with other bloggers!
My final piece of advice is to take your time when choosing a WordPress theme, especially if you are looking for a premium theme that will cost you money to deploy and upkeep. If you take your time now, you can avoid the headaches I find myself having on one of my other websites years later.
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