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How to find a good Wordpress theme

wordpress themesThere are a lot of Wordpress themes available, and it's easy to get lost when searching for the perfect one. Most of them are free, and even the professional themes usually don't cost more than 100 dollars.

Do you have anything specific in mind?

That's the first question you're going to have to ask yourself. What is the goal of your website? Is it business oriented, or is it more along the lines of a personal blog or image gallery? Depending on the type of site you have, you might be looking for some specific features, while others may not be as necessary, or not needed at all. For example, some themes allow you to change the colors of the theme, and some don't. Make a list of criteria the theme needs to meet.

Portraying your website

wordpress theme smart magIf you're running a company, it's extremely important for your site to project your company's overall style and image. If you want to imply professionalism, pick a theme that uses a lot of blue. That's what the psychology of colors says. However, if you're a company with a lot of emphasis on individuality or humor, it's your best best to go with something minimalistic-looking.

A good WordPress theme offers a lot of customizability options. For example, probably the most important feature is being able to upload your own company header, so make sure the theme includes this feature. Check whether the theme enables you to switch between different layouts. That's another obvious plus.

Taking a sip

The best way to decide if a theme is right for you is to play around with it. WordPress themes are super easy to install - it can literally be done within a couple of seconds. If you come to the conclusion that you don't like it, you can instantly return to the previous one without consequences.

And if you don't want to install it, that's fine. You can view demo versions instead. Usually you'll be able to tell within a glance if the theme includes what you're looking for.

Technical support

Not everyone is a tech wiz, so if the theme has some form of technical support, that's a huge plus. Whether it's live chat, a phone line, email, or ticket system… it doesn't matter. But it's important to know that this is a feature you usually won't get unless you purchase a premium theme.

Search filters

wordpress theme searchWordpress includes a search engine that lets you browse through the themes with ease. To quickly find the features you're looking for, just use the tick-boxes in order to filter the results some more. By using it, finding the right Wordpress theme becomes a breeze.

It's extremely important to choose something that fits the context of your website. If you look at it from the visitor's perspective, a website that looks engaging will hold their attention, while an outdated look might quickly scare them away, which means lost revenue for you if you're selling a product or earning through display ads. So make sure you take your time with it.

Here is a video that will be useful installing your favorite theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21It5oDzYZw