Getting Started With WordPress: Choosing A Good Theme
Wordpress is an incredibly powerful tool which can make creating a website or blog and future edits possible for people who know little to no code at all. That being said, there are some things that you should definitely consider when you start going down the road of creating a website for your blog or business with wordpress. I will run through some of the basics that I have learned from making and developing wordpress sites for the last 7 years. This first in this series is with regards to choosing a good theme for your site.
Choose a good theme
If wordpress is the foundation of your building, your theme is the frame. Themes or templates are the norm when it comes to wordpress. Don’t get confused thinking that you won’t get a custom website, just because you are using a theme. Every single part of a theme can be edited and changed to suit your specific business. What a good theme does is lays things out so that you can make your website much easier than if you were to start from scratch. In today’s day and age, you can buy a theme for $59 that would cost tens of thousands if you were to hire a developer to build it for you.
When choosing a theme you need to take a few things into account. First you should be paying for your theme. I generally use a site called ThemeForest to buy themes. This is a collection of wordpress developers all over the world who sell their themes in this marketplace. Even here though, make sure that you buy from a reputable seller. I always check the demo of the theme, the amount of sales it has had, the rating, as well as the date it was last updated. If you are in doubt at all, check the comments to see how responsive the developer is to support related questions.
The worst thing you can do is buy a theme, spend all kinds of time customizing it and then you realize that the developer has stopped supporting it and your theme will become outdated with future releases of browsers updates, security issues, etc. A lot of sales generally means that the developer will have enough pressure/incentive to keep the theme up to date. The theme this site is built on is called the7 Theme.