As a blogger, you may know that theme of website plays a crucial role in the look and feel of a website. If you are using wordpress as the CMS (content management system) of your blog, you must know these basic points about choosing a wordpress theme.
1. Free, paid or nulled?
Free of paid theme? Many bloggers spend some time on this. In my humble opinion, you should go with a paid theme. Paid themes usually doesnt have links to theme creator’s page, while free themes mostly have this. Long term support is offered by most of the theme makers which is essential if you are a beginner. If something is wrong with the theme, you can ask the developer to fix it or at least get help from them.
What about nulled themes? Nulled means they are pirated versions of paid premium themes. Such themes may contain harmful scripts, cannot be updated properly, no support is available for pirated versions and you can even end up behind bars. Respect the hard work involved in creating a theme and respect the developer by paying them for the hard work they did.
Nowadays WordPress themes are not costly ones to own. Prices starts from $15 for good quality premium themes. Some well featured and sophisticated themes may cost upto 100$ or more, based on the features they have. If not absolutely necessary, dont go with such complex themes, as they can have slower page loading speeds too. So go with a theme which has enough and necessary options to deal with the basic functionality of your website.
3. Pagespeed numbers do matter
This indicates how fast a page loads if the specific theme is applied. Lighter themes with lesser coding and smaller image file-sizes means better page load speeds. So it is wise to check the pagespeed of the demo website of the theme. Better the speed, better would it perform with your blog too.
4. Simplicity and ease of use
Simplicity is the key with WordPress too. Simple and elegant themes load faster and are specially easier to load. Too many features and options means harder to configure. If you dont want to spend too much time in configuring your site, better go with a simple theme with basic options. 2 or 3 sidebars, 2 or 3 menu positions will be enough for almost all blogs. Responsive sizing is a must, as your site must look good in all devices of different shapes and sizes.
The theme you choose must be versatile by nature. It should be stable without much errors, configuration difficulties and bad reviews. Read reviews carefully and see whether the users were replied in a reasonable time and whether their issues have been solved successfully.
6. Features you need Included or required plugins
While having enough room for further updates, your theme must have features you need. Basically features include built in options like:
- Logo changing facilities
- SEO options
- Analytics Code
- Copyright text
- full-width & specific width
- Compatibility with forum plugins, ecommerce plugins etc.
- Built in social media sharing
This is a must if you are a novice in the field and dont know much about coding. Prompt support is necessary if you are new to blogging and dont have much time to deal with theme related issues. Read the reviews of buyers to see how much satisfied they are.
8. Publisher Age and update frequency of theme
Some theme selling agencies show this as a badge. More the age and frequency of updates, better the theme. Frequent updates means bugs are sorted out frequently. Also check how long the updates are provided for free.
Hope this guide is useful. Feel free to suggest more tips which I dont know.