Are you in the process of starting a new blog or redesigning your current website but comparing themes to get the best WordPress theme or Blogger blog template? Or you found an array of great looking WordPress themes but now you’re confused about which one to settle for?
Use the top 7 considerations (in this post) for choosing your own best-fit WordPress theme. This post is a follow up post to “Over 10 Legally Free Premium WordPress Theme Sources – Direct From Theme Developers”. By the way, that post featured sources of some of the best premium and professional looking free WordPress themes I found around the web.
What to Consider When Buying Or Choosing A Top WordPress Theme or Blogger Template
This can take a considerable amount of time, and as you know, time is money. The purpose of this post is to provide you with the top six things to use to eliminate all but that one, right-fit WordPress theme. Note that the 7 steps for finding the right blog theme applies to all kinds of themes, whether blogger template, drupal, WordPress, Joomla etc.
How to Choose The Best WordPress Theme or Blogger Template in 7 Steps
Below are 7 factors to consider before choosing any WordPress theme; these also apply irrespective of any blog platform, including choosing Blogger blog templates.
1. Easy to Customize
Find a WordPress theme that looks close to what you have in mind, requiring little or no customization. Else, be ready to pay someone to tweak it to look as good as you want or waste time struggling to customize the theme yourself. Would you rather not get off the ground fast, posting contents?
This is my story. I also wasted lots of days trying to configure one of the free cool themes I had found (and didn’t want to let go until I got it to look how I wanted); and that involved learning a lot of how to go the the backend of those WordPress files and add a code here and there. Those techy work suck, for me. Except if you are tech-savvy, you don’t need to do that – just plugin any theme and if it does not have the elements you want in the places, demo test another.
2. Appearance in Multiple Browsers
Some WordPress themes look awful in some browsers. Even when you find a theme looking good in your own browser, you need to check it out in other browsers to be sure it is compatible across board.
3. Side-Bar Banner Advertisement Placeholders
This is one of the features that I wanted but found a lot of cool WordPress themes did not have. Note that this option is only important if you want to advertise a thing or two on your blog, using banner ads.
4. Plug and Play Sidebar Widgets?
Again here is one of the major time wasters I experienced – trying to mess with codes to add additional widgets (to that theme I first found and liked). You do not need to spend time learning to hack any theme. The only reason you’ll want to mess around with the code configuring sidebar widgets is either that you are technically-Wordpress savvy or you know who to pay (and can pay) to get someone to fix the widgets for you. If you’re not theme-technically savvy or cannot afford to pay for a designer to tweak a theme, I suggest you choose a WordPress theme that has plug-and-play sidebars and widgets, usually with drag and drop using a mouse.
5. Appearance on Demo
Always ensure not to rely on what any WordPress theme looks like in the sample image, check it out in by doing a demo. Most WordPress theme developers provide demo links to enable you check out their themes before downloading or installing.
By the way, you can use the free “Theme Tester Plugin” (for WordPress) to check out how any theme will look on your blog, without installing the theme on a live site. This is a cool tip if you’re considering redesigning your current website or blog.
This is where paid WordPress themes beat free themes. Free WordPress themes do not come with support from developers.That means free theme users do not receive updates and upgrades. However, some of them, like Thrilling Theme (that I use on this blog) do come with some documentation from the developers, to guide you in installing and customizing the theme. Again, some of them that are open source have users’ supported forums, with minimal support from the developer.
Note that the most expensive WordPress theme may not be the best suitable for your purpose. So, it’s not about price. Look beyond the price and use the above 6 factors to narrow down to selecting the best WordPress theme that is right for your website or blog. Ensure to follow the above steps when deciding a website theme to use – whether free or paid.
a. Good Top Premium Blog Themes to choose from
Elegant Themes: Great offering of over 70 premium website themes on a low price – best if you’re on a tight budget and want great looking themes. If you’re an affiliate marketer who will build more sites, this is recommended because you’ll buy tons of themes for less than the price of one. Many top bloggers are still using Elegant themes.
WooThemes: Clean designs, beautiful themes for any industry and great price too PLUS you get 2 extra premium themes when you buy 1 theme.
b. Great Free Blog Themes to choose from: By the way, have you seen my compilation of the best legally free premium WordPress themes, direct from theme developers? Go check them out and you’ll be convinced that the best WordPress themes can sometimes be obtained free, legally too (wink-wink: I got this blog’s theme legally free; you’ll see how to get it, in that post). After-all, they say that the best things in life are free (sometimes, but finding them takes time:)
I suggest you save or bookmark this post to refer to, whenever you need to select or choose a WordPress theme or Blogger blog template. It’ll come in handy.
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Originally posted 2012-05-11 04:49:48.