Today I want talk about one of my favourite topic about WordPress: WordPress Themes!
Because I’m sure that at some point you’ll probably start thinking on buying a WordPress theme for your blog or business website.
Free themes are great to start with, but as things evolve, your online appearance should to evolve, too.
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5 Things to Consider When Buying a WordPress Theme
In this post I want to assist you in making the right choice and choose the best theme for you. Because.. Let’s be honest. There’s so much choice out there!
Even me sometimes, I find overwhelmed by the vastly amount of themes around that it becomes difficult.
But there are some things to consider when buying a WordPress Theme.
1. Responsive layout
This is the number one rule. You need a theme that is responsive.
What does responsive mean?
A responsive theme means that no matter you open the website on a laptop, smartphone or another device, it adapts to the format and resolution of that device.
So for example, the homepage will shrink on a smartphone but you are still able to read the content effortlessly.
This is a must-have nowadays, as a lot of your readers will open the website both from a laptop and a smartphone.
When you spend bucks on something “digital” like a theme you also want to be able to have someone to help you, just in the case.
That’s why I always choose themes that comes with a minimum of 6 months support.
This is a good and wise choice in case you have issue with installation or you want to change something that cannot find in the documentation.
This way, you won’t have to spend other money for a professional in case you have to fix something., But you can just use the support included in your theme.
Most of the themes I use for clients I get them from ThemeForest. They offer minimum 6 months support on all themes but you can choose to extend it to 12 months.
You can click here to see some of the best choice of blogging themes I’ve picked for you.
If you are a blogger, you are or you will be planning of inserting ads in your blog for monetisation.
When writing blog posts it’s easy doing so, as you just to have add it as a HTML text into what you’re writing.
But if you want to include ads in the “layout” of your blog, you want to make sure the theme supports monetisation.
Read carefully the features to make sure you can add sidebars (for example you should avoid only fullwidth theme) or text widgets (where you can paste in the ad code).
Another quick way to see if a theme support monetisation is the live preview. If you click here, you’ll see a live preview of the theme “Matilda” . You can notice it has a “Advertise” box in the sidebar on the right.
4. Read the reviews
Like you wouldn’t buy something from Amazon with just 2 star reviews, it’s the same for a WordPress Theme.
It can be the best ever design that you found, but if the reviews show lack in support, customisation or any other issue.. stay away!!
As I said before, because you are buying a theme that is going to last for the next 2-3 years you want value.
I’ve done a list for you of blog themes rated with 4 stars and more to simplify the choice 🙂 Have a look in here. There are some great design starting as little as $29.
You get what you pay.
That’s always true, but you don’t have to pay hundreds of $$ to get a good quality theme. On ThemeForest there are some great design starting at just $29, and I would advise to start looking for something from that price up to $50-60.
There’s no reason to spend too much, always check the features and you can find great stuff with everything you need at a fair price.
Once I’ve worked with a $60 theme for a client and it was fantastic! The best theme I ever worked with and now I sympathise a lot for that brand too. (This is the theme I’m talking about. It’s not for blogging but it’s great for a company website).
However, there’s nothing wrong with a $99 theme. If you have the money, go for it!
Higher price themes offer unlimited support as well as access to the theme they are made from. For example the Modern Studio Pro Theme on the right, offers unlimited updates and support as well as including the Genesis Framework.
So of course, more value for more money. But if you haven’t got a big budget for a WordPress theme, themes up to $60 will work well for you.
Let’s do it
I hope you now have clearer ideas on what to consider when buying a WordPress theme. Also remember that a blog needs to be self-hosted in order to install a theme. That means you cannot instal a theme on a Blogspot or free domain. If you haven’t done it yet, read this post to learn how to start a self-hosted blog on WordPress.
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