To understand the essence and dynamics of WordPress themes, bring to mind a car, where WordPress CMS is its engine and the theme is its design and appearance. If a car has the best engine but lacks design, it will not attract a large portion of the buying public. So in the sites, no matter how easy the platform is, no matter the quality of the content, the overall image and appearance is what will create the first impression on the user.
Whatever WordPress theme you use, the way you manage pages, posts, widgets, categories, tags through the admin panel does not change. This is an important reason why WordPress is so popular as well is at the top of the preferences of those who build sites or engage in blogging.
Free Vs. Premium (paid) WordPress themes
The Free WordPress Themes are usually simple in design. If you want to create a simple site / blog, without high requirements, then a free theme meets your needs. However, in free themes there are limited settings and you do not have many options in terms of colors, style and overall formatting of the site / blog. A good choice to start your WordPress blog is Twenty Thirteen, stable and high quality theme, with frequent updates or Twenty Fourteen, ideal for magazine websites.
The Premium (paid) WordPress themes have been created by groups of developers, with special attention to coding and quality design. An important advantage of premium themes is the support, as a support team is at your disposal whenever you need it. If you are interested in building an online store, WooCommerce is a popular plugin for eshop in WordPress. Take a look at known sources to choose the WooCommerce theme that suits you.
Many of our clients are wondering how to choose the right WordPress theme. The selection process for a new user can be tedious, as there are countless free themes in the WordPress Directory and popular sources such as StudioPress, Elegant Themes, Themify etc., which offer premium themes. The following tips will help each new user to make the right choice:
1. Write down the key features you want
If you do not have the knowledge or time to deal with the customization of a theme, the first step is to note the basic features you want it to have. For example, how many columns do you need? What are the ideal colors of the site / blog you want to create? Are the colors customized?
Create the list and start searching accordingly. This way, you will not have to deal with the coding and design of the theme in the future and you will save valuable time and effort.
Through the WordPress management environment (admin panel) you have the ability to filter theme search results by selecting specific features. Select "Appearance”>“Issues”>“Add Topics”>“Attribute Filter”:
2. Aim accurately
It is important to choose a theme that will help you achieve your online goals. For example, if you are a wedding photographer you need a theme that will help you to effectively present your portfolio and at the same time, attract new clients. Therefore, you will choose a theme that meets the needs and requirements of photographers, and not companies or large organizations.
3. Evaluate your capabilities
A site with a nice design, easy navigation and stylish images makes a positive impression on us, we remember it easily and we want to visit it again. But how easy is it to create such a site, if your technical knowledge and capabilities are limited to the basics? If you do not have the knowledge of a tech geek, prefer a theme with a simple design, easy to modify and compatible with all browsers. If you have time to deal more and want a theme with multiple functions, choose a premium, which you can customize and customize as you wish.
4. Prefer responsive themes
With the heavy use of mobile devices in recent years, the rule is simple: if your website does not have a responsive design, you can lose visitors and reduce your page traffic. Most premium themes are now responsive, which means that the site adapts to the screen resolution of each device used by the user. If you are unsure about the responsive feature of a theme or if it is not specified in the features, do not hesitate to contact the theme support team.
These are just a few things to keep in mind when choosing the right theme for your WordPress site or blog. If you have questions or want to discuss with a WordPress Expert from our team about topics related to WordPress themes, leave us a comment below and we will be happy to help you!