If you are going to be building a website for yourself or for your business, one of the first things you’re going to need to do is to choose a WordPress theme. Choosing a best WordPress theme can be a tough thing if you can’t understand what you are looking for.
We will discuss here four tips that will help you make a great decision when you choose a theme and if you follow these tips, you’ll be able to choose a theme that’s really going to serve you well for a long time. And one that’s going to make your money and your time well spent.
So let’s jump into the tips for choosing a WordPress theme.
How to Choose a WordPress Theme – A Beginner’s Guide
If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re trying to build possibly your first WordPress website and that’s awesome. In fact, you’ve probably already started looking at some themes that you want to build your website with.
But hold on for just a second,
Because this article is going to give you four tips that you should keep in mind when you look for a WordPress theme and if you keep these in mind I think you’re going to make a lot better choice in the end.
1. Create a List of functionalities you want:
Before start looking at themes, make a list of what you would like visitors to do when they come to your website.
- What do you want them to do?
- Do you want them to fill out a form?
- Do you want them to read a blog post?
- Do you want them to look at your gallery of work? Do you want them to read an article that you wrote?
What exactly would you like them to do when they come to your website. Now as you make this list of action items, try to be as specific as you possibly can because the more specific you are the more focused your website design is going to be.
And ultimately it’s going to be a lot more effective when it’s focused and when you know what you want people to do when they get there.
2. Check Sales and Support for Theme
The second tip for choosing a WordPress theme is to pay attention to sales satisfaction and support. So pretty much anywhere that you buy a WordPress theme is going to have these things available for you to read sales satisfaction and support.
You’ll be able to see how many times this particular theme has been sold so if a theme has only been sold a couple times or if the numbers really low my recommendation would be to wait it might be a fantastic theme. But I think it’s wise to wait until some other people have purchased it and it gets a chance to be used and maybe work some of the kinks out.
You can also see what version it’s on how many times it’s been updated it’s called a change log so you can look for the changelog and see what version they’re on because if they’re on 1.0 you might want to consider waiting especially if the sales are low.
Where ever you go to buy a theme, you should be able to see people’s comments, for example, you might see questions that people are asking and you can see how the author has been dealing with those questions. How well have they taken care of people how satisfied are they. What kind of rating did they give the theme because usually you’ll see one two five star ratings and I would like to see it as close to 5 stars as possible, and a lot of different ratings as well?
Also, the support piece is kind of, how well does the designer interact with the people who buy their theme, how friendly are they, how eager are they to answer questions. In fact, a lot of the best themes out there have a special website you can go to to get support from the theme writers. Some of them even have a forum where you can discuss issues and challenges that you have with the theme with other people who are also using the theme.
So, that is really important to be able to find it at all possible. Pay attention to sales satisfaction and support.
3. Choose the Best Structure not the Shiny Look
3rd tip for choosing a WordPress theme is don’t get distracted by shiny things look at the structure.
it means that it’s really easy to go out there and look at demos of a theme and a lot of times the demos are showing you every single thing that the theme can do. It’s showing you pictures sliding in and having cool transitions and it’s got all these little widgets that do neat little things and that’s great.
But don’t get so distracted by shiny things that you don’t notice how well it’s actually created and how good the structure of the theme actually is because here’s the thing your content for your website is not going to be the same as the content in that demo.
So look at these demos or maybe if you look at a live site that’s actually been built using this theme, try to look at it with your content in it what would you put in those places, do you have the content that would make this theme come alive.
So don’t get distracted by what someone else has there also look at the structure and try to determine if this theme is flexible enough to look the way that you want it to look. Most good demos are going to show you the different types of page layouts for example that are available make sure that it’s as flexible as possible. Because a lot of times I’ve seen people buy the demo or the theme that distracted them but when they got into it they realize it wasn’t very flexible at all and they kind of regretted their purchase.
So don’t get distracted by shiny things try to look at the structure of the theme.
4. Look Outside Your Industry or Your Topic
The problem that I see over and over and over I’ll have a client that is a dentist or a client that is that sells insurance or maybe they have a dance studio or whatever. They tend to look for themes that are specifically built only for their industry and that’s ok because sometimes you can hit a home run that way but more often than not the best themes that are available are usable by any industry and a lot of times when you focus on one specific industry you tend to not get the best choices available to you.
So 4th tip is to look outside your topic and outside your industry and try to see the broadest possible opportunities that you have to buy a WordPress theme.
The first tip is, before you start looking for themes make a list of what you want people to do with your website. The second tip is to pay attention to sales satisfaction and support. The third tip is don’t get distracted by shiny things look at the structure and the fourth is to look outside your industry or your topic.