How To Choose A Theme For Your Beautiful WordPress Blog is a part of how to start blogging series. Read how to start blogging series or read previous step: WordPress installation Guide or next step: How to write blog posts.
You may know that choosing a theme for your blog is frustrating step if you have ever spent your time to find out a beautiful theme. You know very well that there are hundreds of themes easily available in market for wordpress blog. But sometime this offers more confusion for making selection. So lets move forward to choose a theme for your blog.
The first step towards choosing a theme is that you first have to decide which type of theme you want to use out of free themes, premium themes or custom themes.
#1: Free wordpress themes
There are hundreds of free wordperss themes available designed and offered by third party designers. You can find such free themes by simply writing “free wordpress themes” in search engines. Free themes are great as they are free. But some of free themes are not well coded while many of these free themes have not support when you need it. And as they are free, there are dozens of blogs running on the same theme which you are going to use. So your blog may be missing originality.
#2: Premium wordpress themes
Premium themes are as name suggest they are premium not free. They have some membership prices. Prices are ranges from provider to provider. You can buy premium themes depend on your use because they provide themes in two forms, single site use license or multiple site use license. As they are premium they provide the best coded theme structures, best online support and upgrades to the new version of themes.
#3: Custom wordpress themes
Custom WordPress themes are just customization of your premium theme. But difference is that custom design is only made for you, not for anyone else. Custom wordpress is coded brilliantly for seo as well as for feel good. If you don’t know about CSS, then you must need designer to make changes in your blog. Custom wordpress themes cost you in some hundreds of dollars. Majority of bloggers satisfy with free or premium themes.
Now if you have decided which type of theme do you want, know which things to be check while choosing a theme for you.
7 things to check while choosing a theme:
1. Check theme demo for exact appearance
Do not always trust on the image shown by wordpress theme providers, check live demo site for the theme you choose. So that you can have the exact idea about the look and functionality of the theme. If you don’t find demo for your chosen theme unfortunately, then try “preview theme” option in wordpress dashboard to avoid confusion about appearance.
2. Theme should provide easy drag and drop option to design
If you are not technically good for coding, then you should choose a theme which is widget ready. If your theme is not widget ready, you may need to coding or may have to hire a coder or designer to design your theme. So prefer a theme includes side bar with easy drag and drop widgets ready.
3. Choose easy to customize theme:
you choose a theme which is very clode to your imagination needs just little modifications. Make sure a theme which you select may be easy to modify or customize. A theme provider provide you a guide to customize that theme. If possible, pay someone to customizr your theme to save your time.
4. Theme should include Banner Advertisement in sidebar
If your plan is to put some banner advertises on your blog and to make money, then you must check your theme for side bar having banner ad placements.
5. Check for available theme support options
This is the main difference between free themes and premium themes. Free themes do not give support while premium themes comes with full supporting community. So choose a theme which provides valuable support.
6. Check Appearance of theme in Multiple Browsers
Make sure your favorite wordpress theme is compatible with all other browsers. Some theme looks great in your bowser but there may be chance that it will not look the same in other browser.
7. Now look for the price of chosen theme
A costly theme may not be the most suitable theme for your needs. So, it’s not all about the cost. First you decide your purpose. Draw a rough design on paper and in mind, this will help you to choose the best suitable theme for you. There may be a chance that sometimes a free wordpress theme may be fulfill your requirements or you may need to go for a premium theme or you may want customized theme. This all depends on your design work and structure of your theme. After this all your needs satisfied, go for pricing.
So choose a theme which fulfills above 7 points.
From where to choose a theme:
Free wordpress themes:
You can find free wordpress themes by simple typing “free wordpress themes” in google or any other search engines.
Premium wordpress themes:
You can find premium wordpress themes from MyThemeShop, woo themes, elegant themes, studiopress, solostreams, etc. These are the best premium wordpress theme providers in the market and there are still many others are available.
Finally after you get yout theme, go to your wordpress dashboard, then appearance,then themes, then install themes and select upload. Now browse this theme and upload it to your wordpress from your pc. That’s it. your theme is uploaded and ready to use. You can now customize it as per your need. Best of luck!!!
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