The issue with making a choice about pretty much anything you get to choose, is having many options. This can lead to too much analyzing and the feeling of being overwhelmed. With a nearly unlimited pool of WordPress themes to choose from, it becomes so easy to feel overwhelmed and resort to inaction or choosing a low-quality theme. The choice comes with a dilemma: how to separate the relatively low percentage of high-quality themes from the rest.
In cases where you have a lot of options, it pays to know exactly what you need. Before starting to look for a theme, think about these:
- Is your site going to have a lot of content or be a “brochure” type of site?
- Do you want your site to be responsive so that it works on mobile devices?
- What will be the most important items to display on your site’s home page?
- How do you think your site will change in six months, one year, etc.?
After you’ve thought about all these factors, start looking for an appropriate theme – there are so many of them available, so it might take the time to find the right one.
Bear in mind that content comes first, then design. Define the type of theme you’re looking for: a theme framework, a full-featured theme to use as-is, or a customizable theme. It is also advised to try out the visual editor built into the theme or framework, or evaluate the theme’s CSS code base if it doesn’t have a visual editor.
Don’t forget that support is very important: choose themes that have not good, but excellent support. Make sure that the themes you’ll be using are backed by a support team with strong communication skills who can and will help us solve all issues that crop up. There are themes with a team that has lousy response times, and themes with what you might call “decent” standard of customer support. But you don’t want decent, you want excellent support, and on your own terms.
How to change WordPress Themes
For new WordPress sites, you can just select the perfect theme and install it on your site. However, if you have an established WordPress site, then you need to properly switch your theme to avoid any effect on your site’s performance and SEO. Some settings on your WordPress site will disappear and will not automatically apply to your new theme. You need to understand these things, and how you can put them back on your new theme.
After that, you need to follow the instructions given in this tutorial.
Take your time when choosing the right theme – it is going to be a part of your visual identity for at least a while, and possibly, quite some time. The truth is that no instant solution nor a specific piece of advice can help you with for picking the perfect WordPress theme. All you can – and should – do is equip yourself with as much information as possible in order to make an informed decision.
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