Choosing The Right WordPress Theme

There is a WordPress theme for just about everything. Whether you want a photography theme, magazine theme, portfolio theme, or an eCommerce theme. There is a perfect theme available for every kind of website. Here are a few things that should help you pick your theme.

Responsive Design

What is a responsive theme? A responsive website seamlessly adapts itself to whichever device it is being viewed from. If it’s not responsive, it’s not going to work in todays world where mobile users make up 51% of total internet users. As a matter of fact, Google now uses mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal in search results, rewarding websites that are fully optimized for mobile platforms.

Upgrades and Support

WordPress is constantly being improved and upgraded and so should your theme. 1 popular place to find WordPress themes is ThemeForest, the biggest theme marketplace. I’ve purchased dozens of themes from them and each theme shows the date it was created and when it was last updated.

Theme Customization Options

The theme you buy will need to be tweaked in some way to match your own personal vision for your website. Some themes provide the user with countless theme customization options (and a large learning curve) others take the less is more approach (easy to learn but only a few options for altering the appearance.) Remember, it’s not just appearance that makes a good website.

Usability

Usability is increasingly becoming interwoven with search engine optimization (SEO). Search engines like Google now look at how your visitors interact with your website to help them determine where to rank it in the results.

Social Media Integration

It’s unusual to find someone nowadays that doesn’t have a social media account. If you are running a blog or a corporate website, chances are you are trying to attract more users to participate in discussions and comment/like/share your posts.

The themes to the right are some of the ones I’ve used in the past and highly recommend. This site was created using the Enfold theme. (I also make a small stipend for each referral.)