Choosing A WordPress Theme
There comes a time when you are serious about your project, you have to know how to choose a WordPress template that matches the ambition of your blogging project. If you want to convey a professional image, you must choose a professional template. You’re, thinking. With so many options, how can a blogger decide which template to use in his blog design? Easy. Just think about the 11 factors listed below to make sure you choose a Word Press template best suited for your project.
There are free templates. Premium WordPress templates range between $ 70 and $ 100, which at the change are about 50 – 70 €. There are numerous reasons to choose a premium WordPress template, but basically what you have to think about is that for less than € 100 you can give your blog a professional look. Value it in your budget. And give it the priority it deserves.
What features do you want your blog to have? It is not the same to build a membership site as a corporate blog. To convert your blog into the base of operations of your business, you must pay special attention to this point. You will invest in a digital asset so look for it to be flexible and scalable, allowing you to do what you want to do. Therefore it is important that you define your goals.
And if you want to give a differentiating touch to your blog? All WordPress templates allow customizations far beyond the demos presented by vendors on their sales pages. You must choose a WordPress template that you like, but later on, you will surely ask for something more. For example, change fonts, colours, some retouching of the CSS style sheet. Find a template that allows you to customize it to the fullest.
Speed of Loading:
The speed of the website is one of the most important factors while choosing the theme of the WordPress website. It has the potential to affect the conversion rate highly. Most of the people will never go to a website which takes a lot of time to load. Hence look for a WordPress theme which does not affect the loading speed of your website adversely.
The ‘layout’ or layout of the template also influences the flexibility of your blog. Some templates have a sidebar, others that have two, others that have articles in the form of a magazine or magazine (that is, that resemble a magazine with photos and text), others that allow you to place a slider or slide show.Think about what you want to offer in your blog:
- Are you going to put advertising or banners?
- Is the content of your blog going to be visual or text type?
- Are you going to need a specific ‘landing page’ format integrated into the template or do you prefer a third-party tool for this purpose?
- If you can, analyze in-depth the demos of the providers that you like the most, to see if that is what you need.
Any designer can create a template, promote it on the internet and offer it for free, freemium or for a specific price. Be careful, it takes curro, but with the necessary knowledge, they can do it. Well, because it can be a nuisance to choose a WordPress template and have it change, having produced a large amount of content and having a very different personalization (for example, plugins, custom sidebars with widgets, etc.). Make sure that the designer of your future staff, in addition to having good taste, enjoys a good reputation. If you do so, you will make sure that your blog works correctly, and you will have the best features and functionality. And you’ll save yourself headaches that this designer has probably already suffered.
Find designs that you like
An intelligent way to choose a WordPress template is to look for blogs with designs that you like. Make a list of the ones you like most, and then you can do the following to find out which template they are using:
Find the contact page and send a message to the blogger whose design you liked asking him what template he uses. Normally it will tell you and it will serve as a link for some kind of later collaboration. Another thing you can do is look at the footer or footer of the blog. There are usually credits and among them the template that uses the blog. This way you will know the name of the template that you liked.
Go Check Other Blogs
Imagine that you have already chosen your template. Search other blogs that work with the template you have chosen. Invest a little of your time in navigating those blogs, test the functionalities of the same from the user, review the main pages (Home, About, Contact, etc.). Do not cut yourself. Contact the provider of the template and tell him to indicate 4 or 5 blogs that you can see and have chosen your template. Any provider would be happy to provide you with this information.
Consider customizing design elements such as colour, fonts, sizes of images before making your decision. There are templates in which it is very easy to make these changes, however, in others, it is much more complicated. Here your decision will depend on your technical skills and your desire to complicate your life.
Now it is the turn of the functional elements, or in other words, “the brain of the beast.” Just as you have taken your time to analyze the design elements, now assess elements such as the link «Read more» at the end of the posts, how is the text in quotation marks in quotation format, the comments section, sidebars, titles, and subtitles, if it can be translated easily. Each of these functional elements is very important for the user experience in your blog. Make sure they work and that they do what you want them to do.
Search for opinions
Do a search on Google about the provider and the template you have chosen. Take a look, see what they have: if the template is stable, if the provider responds, if they update regularly, security failures, bugs, etc. Look also if there are many search results, if the opinions are good and if it sells a lot.
How is the technical support of the provider you have chosen? For me, this part is one of the most important and I value the most when choosing a WordPress template. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the provider accessible to raise questions?
- Is there a support forum where users help each other?
- Do you have to pay a fee to get support or once you acquire your template have your support for life?
- The difference between a good template provider and the best ones is that the latter always offer a fast, simple and efficient system so that their clients can get help when they need it.