There are thousands of themes available for you to choose from for your WordPress site. How do you know which to choose? What makes one theme and/or company better than another? Here are four things to consider when choosing a theme for your WordPress website or blog.
1. What’s the goal for your site?
All sites are not the same; meaning that everyone has a different goal in mind when it comes to their website. Depending on what goal you have for your site will be a large determining factor when it comes to choosing your theme. Is your goal to build your email list? Is it to provide great content? Do you want to show off your work with amazing images? Is it to sell your products? Whatever your goal, it will help to know this in the beginning.
2. Changes, edits, and tweaks
You found a great site; one you really like; only there is one problem. You don’t quite like the size of the header, the colors for your company are fuchsia and black, but the theme only comes in green and blue. If you aren’t very tech savvy or don’t know how to code, you are setting yourself up for frustration. It’s important to find a theme that requires little to no changes and if there are changes you would like to make, make sure these changes are available to do with the theme options.
3. Think long term
Let’s say you are just starting out. You probably do not have many images of your work so you will have to rely more on content for the moment. As your company grows, so will your portfolio. When choosing your theme, make sure to choose one that will grow with you. Can you change themes later? Absolutely! But why not take the time now to find a theme you can grow into and save yourself some time and possible frustration later on?
4. Free or Paid?
Themes have come a LONG way, but paid themes still continue to give you more freedom and most importantly, more support. There are themes which allow you to choose colors, fonts, layouts, etc. It’s always worth paying for it to get as close to what you want as possible; especially if a Web Designer is not in your budget.
What theme did you choose for your WordPress site? Why did you choose it? Leave your answer in the comments below!