I am not going to lie to you, picking the theme for your WordPress site is going to be the hardest decision you will ever make! And googling this question will not make it easier – because every WordPress Designer has their favourite themes and developers.
I am not here to make your decision harder, after all I started my business to solve problems, not make them. I am here to give you some tips that I use when I am helping my clients choose their themes.
Choosing your WordPress theme should be easy as 1-2-3.
1. What functions do you want on your site?
Whether you are starting an online shop, or a plain blogging site you need to sit down and think of everything you might want your site to do. Some might be for just in the beginning, and some ideas might be kept for a while down the road.
Make sure that the theme, you can see all the details of the possibilities of a theme – by previewing the theme before installing.
*an extra bonus is if there is a demo you can go through to get the feel of the theme.
2. How often is the theme updated?
Make sure whoever developed your theme is not going to disappear on you. As you have probably figure out there are 1000s of themes to choose from, and with that 1000s of developers to work with. From my experience, the best developer is the one you don’t have to contact constantly!
With a reliable developer, your theme will be updated on a regular basis. This means there will be security patches, updates to stay on tops of WordPress trends – which at the end of the day means less stress for you! And who doesn’t want that in life?
3. Find a WordPress Theme with a WordPress Page Builder
This seems like a “duh” moment, right? I wish it were! Page builders such as Elementor, Divi, SiteOrigin, WPBakery or WP Page Builder help make your site more mobile friendly. Some of these builders also take away the guess work when it comes to the layout of your pages. And they come with awesome Widget bundles that help you make magic on your pages.
Bonus: Should you use a Child Theme? (after all everyone else does)
This comes up quite a bit when people are looking into building a WordPress Website.
A WordPress Child theme is: “a sub theme that inherits all the functionality, features, and style of its parent theme. Child themes are a safe way to modify a WordPress theme without actually making changes to the parent theme’s files.”
The only REAL reason you will need to use a child theme is if you want to modify the PHP file or editing the style.css file of the theme you want to use.
And there you have it! 3 easy points to look out for when choosing your WordPress theme.
If you are having struggles with choosing or setting up your WordPress Theme, get hold of me or pop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to help you along.