Selecting of a perfect WordPress theme is a frustrating process for almost every blogger specially for newbies who just started blogging, If you are having the same problem than I will help you find a perfect WordPress theme for your blog in this post.
When it comes to WordPress themes, there are two main types of WordPress themes: Free WordPress themes and premium WordPress themes.
The first process is to decide you want to use free theme or premium theme.
Recently a visitor raised an interesting point by comment on one of my blog post that the premium WordPress themes are not all good, there are many Free themes which offers tons of important features than premium ones, Do you agree? I agree with him because free themes are really great just because they are FREE!
If you want to start a personal blog to explore your personal interests than you can use free themes, but when you consider your blog as a business and your blog started growing than you should spend money on premium ones.
You know what they say look for the quality of a product, not price. Premium WordPress themes are quality themes which adds extra benefits on your blog, but free themes don’t even give the opportunity to fully control the theme.
Forget about using free WordPress theme:
All free WordPress themes include some kind of strange and encrypted code in the footer section which you can’t remove and if you try to remove it the theme will stop working, So as a website owner no one want to have any type of unknown code on his website.
Another disadvantage of free themes is that it makes your website load slow. Of course if there’s any encrypted codes on your site (You don’t know what type of code they are!) than you can’t even think of fast loading of your site.
Pick a Theme related to your industry:
Now you’ve decided to use a premium WordPress theme for your blog, So what next? The second and most important step of choosing a perfect theme is that you should find a theme related to your blog niche. e.g. If you have a news related blog than Newspaper Worderpress theme is perfect theme for you or if you have a photography related blog than find a perfect theme which suits your blog content.
As you know my blog is related to blogging, so I found SmartBlog theme from Theme Junkie a perfect theme for my blog and it has a lot of great features.
Features of a Premium WordPress Themes:
Premium WordPress theme provide you with tons of great features. You must consider these before buying a premium WordPress theme from anywhere.
- Customizable Homepage Support: The theme must offer a custom homepage support because there are many possible used of WordPress these days, Most quality themes enables you to create a custom homepage and choose the individual elements you want to place on your homepage instead of your recent posts.
- Customizable Header: The theme which you’re considering must support easy customizable header without using of HTML and PHP code.
- Different Color Scheme: The theme must offer a different color schemes available.
- Must be Compatible with every Browser: The theme must be compatible with every browser. Your theme must be compatible with older browsers like IE 6 because most tech designers are ignoring internet explorer. There’s still a large number of people who use internet explorer and other old browsers, so make sure you look for browser compatibility.
- SEO Friendly: Must be SEO friendly and ability to set the titles and description for homepage and for every post.
So these are the most common features of a premium WordPress theme which must be considered before buying.
There are tons WordPress premium themes providers online, but I would highly suggest to go for Themes Junkie or Elegant Themes because these two websites offers all of the great features which I’ve mentioned above.
Now I turn It to you. How did you select your current WordPress theme, have you considered the features of your theme before buying? and what tips do you have on choosing a perfect WordPress theme? Let us know in comments.