Choosing the right theme for your WordPress based site can be the difference between success and failure. The content and articles you post on your website is important, but if the content isn’t handled in a way that is pleasing to the eye than it was all for nothing. If you readers aren’t comfortable during their visit to your site, chances are they won’t come back.
It doesn’t have to be stressful! Selecting the right theme for your website isn’t nearly as difficult as it used to be. Over the past decade there have been literally thousands of premium and free WordPress themes released for your downloading pleasure. In this article we will cover several vital aspects of selecting the right theme: the type of blog, mobile responsiveness, and finally your skills as a designer.
The Type of Blog
It wouldn’t make much sense to use a real estate theme for a food blog, would it? Same goes for using a WordPress theme created for gamers wouldn’t fit for an auto sales website. You need to write down what important features your blog will require before even starting to search for a WordPress theme. Does it matter to you if your website encourages your readers to share via social networks? How about a featured slider? Be sure to really give this some thought before looking for a theme.
Is it Mobile Friendly?
Have you ever heard of responsive web design? Responsive web design is where your design can automatically re-arrange the content to fit any size of screen without becoming distorted. It’s becoming so crucial that your website is mobile friendly. Will your readers be visiting your website from a mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet? Chances are that they probably will. You want them to have a good experience and come back time and time again!
Your Skills as a Designer
The most obvious negative aspect of using free or even premium WordPress themes is that there are countless other websites using that same exact theme. You don’t have much time to catch your readers attention.
Your skills as a designer can really affect the final results of what your WordPress based site looks like. There is nothing wrong with using a pre-designed theme, just make sure you can make it unique enough to hold your readers attention.
You Have a Decision to Make
I want to encourage you to really give the above points quite a bit of thought before just jumping into a
theme. Having a design that matches your content is so important! Have you considered that some of your readers may be looking at your website from a mobile device? How about the fact that using a pre-designed theme could require some customization?
Of course, there are other options. You could always have a WordPress theme custom designed instead of using a pre designed one. It will cost you potentially thousands more, but the design should match your content completely.